Bet365 Casino Review
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A Closer Look at Bet365
Bet365 might be one of the oldest, longest operating online betting sites we’ve reviewed recently. Bet365 was founded in the United Kingdom in the year 2000. It still operates to this day out of the United Kingdom and is owned and run by its original creators. If you’re looking for a site that is one hundred percent legitimate, has a history of operating within the law, and is provably fair, look no further.
Bet365 has expanded its original sports betting operation in the United Kingdom to become an international betting giant with a site that offers numerous different games and ways to bet. Whether you like betting on the next soccer match, playing hands of online poker, or trying your luck at slots, Bet365 has it all. They truly are a one-stop shop for anything and everything online gaming. Their player base is in the millions, and it shows in the quality of their site and the games available.
They’re currently licensed by the government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, a different regulatory agency than most sites operating out of the Asian Pacific region, but just as reputable. Bet365 has had numerous sponsors over the years, and if you’re a fan of the film The Departed, you’ll surely recognize their main ambassador, Ray Winstone.
With all of that preliminary information out of the way, let’s dive into some more specific aspects of the site and answer any burning questions you may have about playing at Bet365.
Games and Sportsbook Betting
While there are a lot of different factors that come with choosing a site to bet with, let’s face it, their games and sportsbook are usually the #1 deciding factor. If you’re not going to enjoy playing the games on a site, why bother betting? Luckily, Bet365 has a superb catalog of virtual slots, casino games, live dealer games, lotteries, sportsbooks, and more for their player base. Here’s a quick rundown of each section of their site.
There must be easily over 300 online virtual slot games available to pick from, with more added from time to time. While they don’t list them by the game provider, the ones we picked were all high-quality and entertaining. We really enjoyed the Age of the Gods games with the chance at a large jackpot and Book of 666 with its fun art and mechanics.
At the top of Bet365’s home screen are two tabs, Sports and In-Play. The Sports tab will take you to the sportsbook, where you can view every match available to bet on. Here, there is your usual variety of sports, like American football, boxing, darts, and golf. There are also some more exotic sports like surfing, netball, bandy, water polo, and more. The In-Play tab will show you any games that are actively going on in case you want to get right into the action and bet on a live game. Either way, there’s definitely some sport or match in here to entice almost anyone to play.
Judging by how fleshed out their sportsbook is, the available promos and bonuses, along with the fact that it’s on their home page, we can safely say that Bet365 considers the sportsbook to be their main draw and best feature. It certainly feels smooth and looks extremely professional compared to other sportsbooks we’ve seen in the past. Players that find themselves betting on the next soccer match should definitely check this out.
If you like creating your own teams based on a budget and seeing how they fare against other teams, fantasy sports is for you. This section lets you bet on upcoming matches differently. Build your own team, watch them earn points as the players in the real live game score points or defend, and win by building a better team than anyone else out there. Fantasy sports betting is getting bigger and bigger every year, so it’s nice to see a site with a dedicated section to it.
Under the sportsbook, you’ll find a section labeled eSports where you can bet on different matches in various professional video game tournaments. When we took a look, there was a wide variety of games. They had your usual League of Legends, CS:GO, and Dota 2, but there were also some less popular games like Honor of Kings, Free Fire, and even the original StarCraft.
Live Casino Games
Unlike other sites, Bet365’s live casino games seem to all be provided by Bet365 and not outsourced to other game providers.That doesn’t mean there are fewer games available, far from it. Their live casino has online blackjack, roulette, baccarat, sic bo, game shows, poker, 3 card brag, teen pati, dragon tiger, andar bahar, and more, They had a wide variety of dealers available, and each table specified what language the dealer spoke. There must have been 10 different languages available, from English to Hindi, when we were playing.
Unfortunately, Bet365 doesn’t have a specific section for fishing games, from what we can see. Instead, you’ll have to search for fishing games in their virtual casino to play them. We found a couple that were quite similar to what we’ve seen on other sites. There isn’t really anything special here to point out. Fishing games are extremely popular in South East Asia, but it seems the United Kingdom and other Western countries haven’t seen the rise in popularity yet.
Like the fishing games, you’re not going to find a specific section marked lottery. Instead, you’ll have to go into the sportsbook and find the tab titled “lotto” to bet on the results of different lotteries. Since they’re real-world lotteries you’re betting on, you’ll have to wait for the results in order to find out if you won or not. There were 9 total lotteries available to bet on, all of them being drawn in the next few days.
Bingo is immensely popular in America and the United Kingdom, so it makes sense to have a section of a United Kingdom based site dedicated to it. If you’ve never played Bingo, you should definitely give it a go. It’s quite fun and definitely a rush when you finally make a line and get to yell out Bingo! The jackpots are often quite larger than the ticket you purchased, making a win feel that much better. There were easily over twenty different bingo rooms available to choose from, ensuring you could keep your gameplay fresh and interesting.
Bonuses and Promotions
When it comes to bonuses and promotions, if you don’t play sportsbook, you’ll be severely disappointed. Almost all of Bet365’s promotions are centered around betting on different sports. It’s possible we were looking at a time when promotions for the casino and live casino weren’t running, but judging from our research on past promotions, this probably isn’t the case. The new account bonus is also pretty less than stellar compared to other sites we’ve reviewed in the past.
|Bonus / Promo||Bonus / Promo Details|
|Open Account Offer||Deposit a minimum of $10 and receive a 100% bonus, up to $30.|
|NBA Early Payout Offer||Bets placed on the Money Line market for any NBA game till 18/6/23 will be immediately paid out if your team goes 20 points ahead, regardless of the final score.|
|Tennis Accumulator Bonus||Succesful pre-match accumulator bets of 2 or more tennis selections on To Win Match, First Set Winner, and Set Betting markets for various matches will get a bonus of 5-70% added to your original winnings.|
|Soccer Accumulator Bonus||Succesful pre-match accumulator bets of 2 or more selections on the Full-Time Result, Both Teams to Score, or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for select leagues and competitions will get a bonus of 2.5-70% added to your original winnings.|
|2 Goals Ahead Early Payout||Pre-match bets on the Full-Time Result market for soccer games from select competitions will be immediately paid out if your team goes 2 goals ahead regardless of the final score.|
From what we could tell and our research, there is no VIP program available at Bet365. This is quite strange considering the fact that most online casinos have VIP programs, but it does line up with the quality of the bonuses and promotions that are available.
Depending on your location, you may have different deposit methods available for you to use. The following are the deposit methods available in the United Kingdom which has the most deposit methods available.
|Debit/Credit Card||Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay, Click to Pay|
|Bank Transfer||Most major banks available for transfers|
|Debit/Credit Card||Visa, MasterCard|
|Bank Transfer||Most major banks available for transfers|
Bet365 offers four different avenues to contact them. You can use their 24/7 Live Chat, email, web message, or even a simple letter mailed to the address on their contact page. Almost everyone will opt to use their 24/7 Live Chat. We had mixed feelings about it after receiving seemingly automated responses to our questions that weren’t too helpful, but another time got a quality customer service agent that was actually helpful with our questions. All-in-all, we feel pretty mixed about their customer support and advise you to try it yourself with some basic questions if you want to get a feel for how it will be.
Licensing and Security
Bet365 is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission. They’ve been operating online for over twenty years but were operating physical betting locations in the United Kingdom for decades before moving into the online sphere. Bet365 is also affiliated with eCOGRA, the eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance testing agency. eCOGRA is an independent agency that operates without government or corporate influence. They focus on ensuring that the following policies are upheld by the gaming businesses they test:
- The protection of vulnerable customers
- The prevention of underage gambling
- Combating fraudulent and criminal behavior
- The protection of customer privacy
- Prompt customer payments
- Fair RNG gaming
- Responsible marketing
- A commitment to customer satisfaction and support
- A secure, safe, and reliable operating environment
How to Make an Account at Bet365
Before we go into detail on how to make an account at Bet365, we would like to preface this section with the fact that one of our reviewers had trouble creating an account based on their location. We were able to make an account to test the games and site eventually, but you may encounter some trouble yourself, depending on where you are located in the world.
With that out of the way, you can make an account at Bet365 by navigating to the “Join” button near the upper left-hand corner of the home page. Once here, you’ll have to enter the following information:
- Country of Residence
- Full name
- Date of Birth (You must be 18 or older)
- Email address
- Phone number
- Bonus code
How to Download Bet365 Mobile Apps
Bet365 has mobile casino apps for both iOS and Android. So long as your device meets the technical requirements, you should be able to simply open the app store on either operating system and download Bet365 from it. Android devices will have to be updated to Android 8 or higher, while iOS devices will need to be updated to iOS 13 or higher.
If you’d rather not download an app, you can still access the website from your mobile device.
How to Transfer Funds to Specific Wallets at Bet365
Bet365 doesn’t have specific wallets you can transfer funds to, but they do have specific bonuses for each section of the site. By navigating to your balances, you’ll be able to view how much bonus funds you have in each specific category, like sportsbook, casino, poker, etc. These bonuses can’t be moved around and instead must be used in each respective area.
Bet365 has been around for over two decades and sees tens of millions of players every year. It’s a multi-billion dollar betting site, but it still lacks some features we would have expected to see from such an industry giant. While they have an amazing sportsbook, virtual casino, and live dealer casino, they lack the ability to deposit or withdraw funds using crypto, and their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. With that being said, their site operates extremely smoothly and looks sleeker than other sites we’ve reviewed in the past. They definitely put a lot of effort into their sportsbook, and it seems to be the main draw of Bet 365. If you like to bet on sports, this is definitely a site you should check out.