If you’re familiar at all with online sports gambling, particularly if you’re from Europe, you’ve likely heard of bet365. No, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill sportsbook that’s hosted off-shore somewhere, it’s a legit enterprise based out of the UK with thousands of employees and two-decade-long track record of success in the industry.
Why I Like Bet365
Bet365 doesn’t miss many things. Matter of fact, it’s ahead of many competitors in areas such as betting markets, live streaming, banking options, just to name a few.
Diverse betting markets for all sports
Live streaming capability on many different sports
Bet365 Mastercard available for ultra quick and convenient banking
Not available in US (except in NJ)
How to sign up?
Identity Verification Necessary
Joining bet365 is mostly a breeze. First, fill in details about yourself that you’re accustomed to inputting by now such as name, address, email, and password. This will earn you an account, but you can’t actually wager until you verify your identity. To do so, you’ll need to upload a bank statement or utility bill that proves you are who you say you are.
Once you’re verified, you’re good to go!
Player’s Choice, but no Bitcoin
The banking options on bet365 will vary slightly from region to region. Nonetheless, a common thread amongst each region is a slew of deposit options. For instance, bettors based out of North America can select between bank cards, bank transfer, or e-wallets (PayPal and Skrill).
As has become the norm across the industry, bet365 only supports Mastercard and VISA. This applies to both debit and credit cards. With each, the processing time is instant and players can deposit as much as $30,000 per transaction.
But get this, there’s an exclusive bet365 Mastercard that players can sign up for. With this card, you’re actually able to withdraw funds from your bet365 playing account at regular ATM’s. You’ll also be able to use this card to make everyday purchases outside the sportsbook. Give credit to bet365 here because this is a unique feature not offered by any other competitors.
For a sportsbook innovative enough to have its own Mastercard, the lack of cryptocurrency support by bet365 is a real head-scratcher. No Bitcoin, no nothing related to digital currency.
If you’re looking for quick turnarounds on withdrawals, your best bet is typically an e-wallet like PayPal or Skrill. Those transactions process within 24 hours. That’s a stark difference compared to a bank transfer or cards, which can take as much as five business days in a worst-case scenario. Who you bank with will dictate how long payouts are exactly.
Ok, we know we said, e-wallet payouts are quick, but no method beats out the bet365 Mastercard. Matter of fact, these withdrawals are instant and can be done through any ATM where Mastercard is accepted.
How convenient is that? However, it’s worth noting that funds tied to unsettled bets (think futures) can not be cashed out until said bet is finalized as a winner or loser.
Bet365 Welcome Bonuses
Very Light Bonus
Bet365 shines in a lot of different avenues, but its welcome bonus is not one of them. New customers will be matched dollar-for-dollar (100 percent) by bet365 on their first deposit up to $100. Yep, that’s it.
There’s no rollover requirement to meet because the bonus isn’t withdrawable — winnings made from using the bonus are, however.
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Bettors know the allure of hitting on a parlay and the hefty payout that comes with it. However, at bet365, there’s a bonus ON TOP of that payout. Get this, on US-sport wagers (NFL, NBA, NCAA, etc), bet365 pays out bonuses between 5 to 70 percent on winning parlays.
Two-leg parlays that hit have a 5-percent bonus tacked on, while three-legged ones come at 10 percent, and so forth until you reach a 14-game parlay at 70 percent. If winning big is your ultimate goal, it’s hard to go wrong with this bonus.
Placing a Bet
Easy and straight to the point, that’s the best way to describe betting at the bet365 sportsbook. The wagering menu is organized by sport in alphabetical order, which is easy enough.
Filter this down until you come across a line you like. Tap on it to add it to your betting slip.
Finalize the wager by adding how much to risk and clicking on the green “place bet” button. Like we said, easy and to the point.
Like NFL and MLB, the basketball betting options at bet365 aren’t just limited to the NBA. Bet365 also gives a fair shake to on-the-rise hoop leagues across other continents.
Word of advice, though: give bet365’s NBA live wagering a shot. The back-and-forth pace of the NBA game makes it easy to find good prices mid-game.
It’s a given for bet365 to carry prices for Grand Slam tournaments like the US Open or Wimbledon. But bet365 shows its mettle by offering tennis betting almost year-round with not only WTA or ATP events, but other pro leagues throughout the world, as well.
Just because bet365 isn’t legal in the United States doesn’t mean the bookie isn’t serious about its football offering. They most certainly are and it’s vast wagering selection backs that.
That selection includes not only the NFL, but also the NCAA and Candian Football League.
While baseball is “America’s pastime” it actually has a global footprint with pro leagues throughout Asia and Latin America.
A huge chunk of those leagues are available for gambling on bet365. Still, it’s MLB that gets the most action with all the lines you need during a long season — run line, run total, props, futures, and in-play.
You won’t find any betting lines for the US Presidential election, or anything politics related for that matter, on bet365. While this isn’t a deal-breaker, it would be an added bonus for bet365 to carry.
In the same token as politics, there’s also no eSports wagering available on bet365. Fans of Counter-Strike or League of Legends will need to take their money elsewhere.
Virtual Sports Betting
Virtual sports are computer simulations, rather than actual sporting events.
However, it’s a great way to pass the time while your favorite sports are off-season. The virtual sports selection at bet365 is hefty and includes an array of sports like football, horse racing, soccer, and plenty more.
More Betting Options
As a sportsbook based out of the UK, would you expect anything less than for soccer to be bet365’s bread and butter?
Of course not and the soccer menu is neck-and-neck with industry leaders. You’ll have no trouble finding odds for club and national team matches from across the world.
The speed in which bet365 refreshes its in-play odds is remarkable. Always just seconds ahead of the action, rarely ever behind.
Speed is paramount when it comes to live betting so kudos to bet365 here. Any available games with live betting capability can be found by clicking on the “in play” tab on the main menu next to sports.
Bet365 gives players the ability to split the risked amount throughout the parlay. For instance, say you have a three-leg parlay in place.
With the feature, you could conceivably wager $20 on the first leg, then $15 on the next, and $10 on the final leg. That differs from the tried-and-true method of wagering one sum on all three events.
Obviously, you still need to hit on all legs to cash out, but this feature effectively allows you to “double down” on certain legs you’re more confident in.
For the lovers of pop culture, you’ll really get a kick out of bet365’s catalogue of slot machines. It’s stock-piled with classic characters and titles such as Guns N Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Planet of the Apes, and a bunch more.
While slots make up the lion share of games in the casino, there are also the usual table game staples and even an arcade.
Bet365 benefits from being part of iPoker’s massive network that includes a multitude of other betting sites. Due to that, traffic is always constant in its poker room.
The more players, the more prizes, too. The bet365 poker room is not available in every region, but it is in most of Europe and Canada — sorry, New Jersey, you’re the odd one out here.
As a sportsbook with a global footprint, it’s imperative that bet365 offer customer support in a multitude of languages, which they do.
These reps are available either through the live chat, telephone (1-866-273-0934), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org; this is the English-based email).
The live chat is available 24/7/365 and is your best chance at finding answers quickly.
The blog & other betting resources
Bet365 maintains a news section that’s less betting-focused and more about current happenings in sports. Soccer dominates the headlines followed by “US Sports” as the NFL, NBA, MLB, and such are collectively tagged as.
Not to say the news feed isn’t helpful, but we’d like more betting analysis out of these articles, which it is currently lacking.
Online sportsbooks sometimes get a bad wrap, justifiably so or not, for spamming the inboxes of players. Bet365 does not fit this stereotype, however.
Emails are few and far between from bet365 and when they are sent, you’re likely to find a promo or tournament prize attached. We certainly don’t mind having a leg up on earning extra winnings.
Despite a high demand for live streaming sports, few betting sites actually offer the feature — Bet365 being one of the outliers. Matter of fact, bet365 is doing this better than almost any competitor.
Streams for sports like soccer and tennis, in particular, are well-supported on the platform. It’s worth mentioning that in order to access the live streaming feature, your playing account will need to have funds in it first.
While bet365 does cast a wide net in terms of where it’s legal to use, some countries are restricted.
Players located within the United States, France, and a number of others, can not wager with bet365 — that is, unless you access the site through a virtual private network.
A VPN allows you to hide your IP address in favor of another located elsewhere. You could be in the US, but the VPN makes it appear you’re in the UK (where bet365 is allowed) and boom, you now have access to all bet365 features!
There’s close to 300 different locations within HMA that users can login from. That ranges from Canada to the UK to even China. Jumping onto any one of these servers — no matter how far from your real location — is not only seamless, but reliable, too.
From our experience with HMA, it’s a rarity to even experience site lag, little less a complete loss of connection. This frictionless experience is HMA’s most-lasting quality.
Experienced Bookie With Vision For Future
Simply put, bet365 knows what it’s doing in the online sports betting realm. Some of that comes from 20-plus years of experience in the business, but it’s also a byproduct of having an eye toward the future. Bet365 is only going to keep bettering itself and add to its strengths: