Betway Review 2017 - Sports Betting ReviewBetway are one of the newer players in the online betting market, as they were started just back in 2006. However, they were started a bunch of sports fans who wanted to get together and offer something a little different for punters; a way to bet how they liked and wherever they liked. So they have bombarded punters with betting options that won’t leave customers short at all of getting bets down. The opportunities are vast there and and have grown to be a prominent sponsor of sports as well, backing the Premier League Darts and being the principal sponsors of Premier League club West Ham.
Betting markets and odds quality 7/10You will probably find Betway to be pretty generous with their odds, particularly on football betting. They are rarely cutting odds into the shortest odds that competitors are offering, but never seem to quite get all of the way out to offering the best market odd out there. So that leaves them somewhere nicely nestled in the middle and that can be a good thing for punters, because they offer steady value, not mindblowing out of this world value, but solid enough to get your teeth into. Where they fall down a bit is on some markets like tennis and ice hockey where they really ramp up the betting margins. But, for other markets like soccer, american football and basketball they are actually running very decent, competitive betting margins, which is something that the punter would like to hear. There is a maximum of one million pound winnings per bet with them. Overall, their betting markets, which covers the range of markets you would expect any bookmaker to carry, and their odds, are solid.
Sign up bonus, free bets & current promotions 8/10There is a free £30 bet bonus to be picked up at Betway and this is through a 100% matched deposit on your first funding of the account with them. So if you go and open an account and deposit £30 then you will have £60 to bet with to start things off with and there is a minimum of a £10 deposit to activate this bonus. Any bonuses will automatically hit your account straight away. In order to then active the free bet, just place singles bets in their sportsbook totally the value of your initial deposit at odds of 1.75 and this has to be done within seven days. There are deposit limitations as the bonus is only available with PayPal, SOFORT and debit/credit card deposits. Regular promotions are a little hard to find, but a couple of their long standing promotions include Best Odds Guaranteed on the horses and ACca Insurance On US Sports. They do offer event specific promotions such a free bet for an outright golf selection which is leading at the end of a round.
In-play betting 8/10Just hit up the in-play link at the top of website to get into the live action. You will be presented with a simple and straightforward list of sports events that are currently going on. There are no bells and whistles on the home page, just showing you what stage an event is at and the current 1x2 market odds to snap up. You can just do your live in play betting from there of course or click on a tennis match to get the full gamut of markets for that event. Everything here is just very basic with the Betway live in play service and that works. You don’t get the flashy graphics or anything, it’s just a no-nonsense betting platform with a lot of market coverage. You can quickly and easily see the Cash Out options as well next to markets. Functional and very user friendly.
Extras & features 8/10If you are going to be betting at Betway then you will want to joint up to their loyalty scheme which is called Betway Plus. This is where you earn points on not only your sports betting, but also from bingo and casino as well. There are different tiers that you can earn points towards. You start off in the Blue tier where you get the basics of 24 hour support, Best Odds Guaranteed and live streaming. If you earn enough points to step up to bronze level, then you will start getting other benefits. You can go through the Silver, Gold, Platinum and then Black (the top tier) through the Betway Plus loyalty program.
You will have noticed there that they do offer live streaming. They are actually pretty good with their live streams as they run a variety of sports and you can pair it up with live in-play betting of course. This includes horse racing and you will immediately see a list of those races which are available to watch. You have to place a minimum bet on a race to watch a live stream. There are the usual standard features of score sections and statistics. There are virtual sports for betting on as well.
Payment options - deposit and withdrawal methods 8/10The usual fare of payment options are available to getting funds in and out of your account. You can fund through Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards and use some of the top ewallets around like PayPal, Skrill and Neteller. There are different fees and processing times attached to the different withdrawal and payment options. You have plenty of good options to run your account with.
Deposit Methods Include: Visa, Visa Electron, Credit Cards, MAestro, Citadel Direct, Direct Bank Transfer, EcoPayz, Neteller, PayPal, PaySafeCard, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, EPS, eWire, Euteller, Webmoney, Neosurf, Astropay, EntroPay Card
Withdrawal Methods Include: Visa, Visa Electron, Credit Cards, Direct Bank Transfer, ecoPayz, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill, Strill 1-Tap, Webmoney, EntroPay Card
User-friendliness of website & mobile app / mobile version 7/10The website overall is very easy to get around and that is because it runs off a very simple template and format. Things are just straight forward and while the heavy black and white theme may not appeal to everyone, at the end of the day the website operation is the most important thing and it is quick and user-friendly. You will get pretty much the same experience on the mobile app and mobile version of the Betway site. There are few bells and whistles on any of the platforms, you just get a basic, solid operator.
Customer Service & Support, Security & Reliability 7/10One of the first points of access is to go through their live chat section on the website. That will get you to an operator quickly to help you out with things. If you like the more personal touch of calling they they have telephone support available at 0808 238 9841 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a well. The calls from local landlines are tool free. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org too.
Overall / Conclusion 8/10
There is the feeling that is a good operational base here at Betway for them to build on. The sportsbook is fine, the odds aren’t mind blowing, so they are left in the average category really. They are perfectly sufficient if you just like straight forward betting without a lot of distractions. There is clearly room for some growth there though to make them more a heavy hitter.
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