Ryan's Thoughts"The last few years have seen Betway make a play to become one of the major betting sites around and it is obvious that the plan has worked. Betway now has to be considered among the leading online bookmakers due to the investment and hard work put into its product of late. If you are going to pick one bookmaker has not come off the high street, this has to be it. "
Things We Like
Massive jackpots - In the Betway casino, huge amounts of money can be won. In fact, £13,209,300 was once won by a UK gambler for scooping the jackpot on Microgaming's Mega Moolah slot - setting a new Guinness World Record.
Range of bets - With over 25,000 markets available, there is definitely something for everyone on offer at the Betway sportsbook.
Free bets - Users can get up to £10 in free bets every single week, rewarding loyalty.
Fast live betting - In-play betting is a speciality at Betway and the live betting service is very fast, even when compared to some of the company's big name rivals in the industry.
Things We Do Not Like
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At A Glance - Important Facts
- Name - Betway
- Stock Symbol - Privately owned company
- Head Office - Empire Stadium Street, Gzira, Malta
- Year Incorporated - 2006
- CEO - Richard Akitt
- Major Awards and accolades - Betway Bingo was recognised as the best new online bingo site at the 2015 WhichBingo Awards, Make sure you google things like “bookmakerX awards”
- Contact Info - Email: [email protected], UK Phone: 0808 238 9841
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Betway's history is only a decade or so old, with the company having been founded in 2006, but it has quickly become one of the most important names in the sports betting world.
Based in Malta and Guernsey, Betway began racking up major sponsorship agreements in 2014, with its partnership with Premier League football club West Ham United giving it a huge boost in brand recognition that bodes well for the future of the company.
Markets Covered and Odds - Live In-play and Prematch
Betway are known for their good odds on football, so if this is the sport you want to bet on they will be a very good choice to join indeed. Odds are available on more than 12,000 markets, so you can be assured there will be something to catch your eye. Betway even allows users to bet on eSports, which is one of the hottest new trends in the sports world that is set for big things.
Live In-Play Betting
Betway recently added live streaming to its impressive growing portfolio of benefits, which had added something to its live in-play betting offering. While there might not be quite as many markets on offer as its big name rivals, there is more than enough for more sports fans here. There is less information such as data and statistics compared to other betting sites, however.
Other Gambling Products
As is the case with the majority of big betting companies in the 21st century, Betway does not just have a sportsbook to try and tempt people to part with their hard-earned cash. Betway also offers casino games, live roulette and blackjack, instant win games, poker and even bingo.
Sponsorships and Associations
In 2014, Betway started to sign a number of sponsorship deals to increase the company's brand recognition and reputation. The company is now the primary sponsor of West Ham United, while it also has agreements with a number of football clubs based all over Europe.
It is not just football where Betway now has sponsorships and associations, however, with the firm lending its name to snooker's UK Championship, various horse races, and the Davis Cup and Fed Cup international tennis competitions.
Betway Sign Up Bonus Offers
Betway offers a 100% deposit sign-up bonus for new customers, available without a bonus code, although you do have to opt in to qualify:
Sign Up Bonus
100% Deposit Sign-Up
- Make a deposit of at least £10 via credit/debit card or PayPal to qualify for the offer
- 100% deposit bonus of up to £50 will be automatically credited to your Betway account
- Deposit/bonus must be wagered 5x at odds above 1.75 before money can be withdrawn
- Bets placed at lower odds than 1.29 do not qualify for wagering, while for bets between 1.3 and 1.74 the bonus must be played through 24 times before being withdrawn
- Welcome offer can also be used in Betway's casino or in its Vegas online games
VIP Loyalty Program
Betway Plus is the VIP Loyalty Program offered by this online betting site. Every time you play at Betway, you earn Tier Tokens and Plus Points to move up the pyramid from Blue to Black rating.
A million points are required to reach the top tier, which entitles users to promotional offers and gives them entry into Betway VIP events. Account holders can also redeem points for bonuses, credits and Free Bets once they have collected at least 5,000 points.
Mobile Betting App Features on Tablets and Smartphones
The Betway mobile site and app is quite basic compared to a lot of the bigger betting sites that are out there competing for customers. That is not necessarily a bad thing however, as both the app and the mobile site work quickly, it is just that there are no extra features on offer on them.
Major European and international football matches have maximum payouts ranging between £250k and £500k at Betway, while novelty bets capped at £25k. UK horse racing has a maximum payout at £250k on Betway and this is reduced to £100k for Irish racing and £50k for overseas races. Rugby, snooker, cricket, boxing have a maximum payout of just £10k, however, which is quite low compared to Betway's major rivals in the sports betting industry.
Like many betting sites these days, Betway has a great offer available to boost acca earnings. For a minimum stake of £5, users can earn up to £2,000 in free bets. Here's how it works:
|Accumulator (5)||10% bonus|
|Accumulator (6)||20% Bonus|
|Accumulator (7)||30% bonus|
|Accumulator (8)||40% bonus|
|Accumulator (9)||50% bonus|
|Accumulator (10)||60% bonus|
|Accumulator (11)||70% bonus|
|Accumulator (12)||80% bonus|
|Accumulator (13)||90% bonus|
|Accumulator (14 or higher)||100% bonus|
The minimum odds per selection is 1/4 (1.25) and the offer only applies to multiple Win/Draw/Win bets only, while cashed out bets will not qualify.
Banking - Deposits and Withdrawals
The deposit and withdrawal options available at Betway are much the same as other bookmakers.
Betstars Accept The Following Payment Methods
|Debit Card||£10||Instant||Free||£10||2-5 days||Free|
|Credit Card||£10||Instant||Free||£10||2-5 days||Free|
|Bank Transfer||£10||<3 days||Free||£10||3-10 days||Free|
Betway has a dedicated customer services support team available in 17 different languages, while they are known for being really quick at replying to emails. The best way to get in touch is probably the live chat function, which is standard across the industry, and works well at Betway. You can also opt to use the 24-hour customer service line, available by calling 0808 238 9841.
In Conclusion / Our Verdict
It is fair to say that Betway does not have the features to match some of its larger rivals but it is catching up at a rapid pace and will have them looking over their shoulder. We are finding that their odds are consistently better than average and coupled with good customer service, a solid range of markets and competitive odds, there are plenty reasons for us highly recommend Betway. The VIP program is also good, while live streaming is a bonus, but this is a bookmaker that could be even bigger and better in future.