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Bet365 is one of the worlds leading online gambling groups who provide sports betting, financials, casino, poker, games and bingo. They are based in England and have over 14 million customers in 200 different countries. They operate on a simple one-wallet system, meaning that customers can bet on sports and access first class poker, casino, games, vegas and bingo rooms while using the same username, password and payment method for each meaning minimum fuss. They put a lot of focus and energy into customer service and pride themselves on their speed, efficiency and friendliness while dealing with questions and queries. The website is secured by Thawte, ensuring all transactions are safe and secure.

User Interface

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The player interface at Bet365 is surprisingly simple. There are a lot of bets that can be made at this site, and that can sometimes be intimidating to a novice bettor. At Bet365, the betting interface is straightforward to navigate, and you can have your bets completed in a matter of a few quick clicks.

What we are the most thrilled about at Bet365 is something that some of you may not have access to – the native app for your phone or tablet. Our office happens to be located in a jurisdiction that allows gaming sites to have apps in the app store, and so we were able to download the Bet365 app for an Android phone.

From the app, we were able to access our accounts, view our bet history, and make all the bets we wanted. The in-play betting is also available to mobile users, and players can even access some of the casino games if they want to get some spins or hands in while on the go. Overall, the mobile interface is excellent, and most importantly, it is fast, so we can get our bets in before lines move.

Sports Betting

Sportsbook is the main product available at bet365 and accounts for 80% for the total amount of stakes processed on the site. You’ll find every sport imaginable to bet on, as well as pretty much every competition. This site is well-known for its excellent in-play betting section, which you’ll often see advertised on television in the breaks of major sporting events. What’s more, the site was also one of the first bookmaker to offer early cash out on live bets, with players even able to take partial cash outs and pre-set automatic cash outs if they hit certain amounts.

Sports markets available

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bet365 have the full range of sports markets you would expect.

They have all the major sports, including football, tennis, rugby union, cricket, motorsport, horse racing, boxing, golf and American football.

There are also some more niche sports such as bowls, Gaelic sports, badminton and table tennis.

On most sports, bet365 offer markets on a wide range of major leagues and an incredible amount of minor leagues from around the world.

Football is bet365’s bread and butter and it is easy to find the outright markets and odds for Premier League, Champions League and Europa League. There are also markets for the Belarus Premier League and Tajikistan Higher League, as well as leagues in Nicaragua and Taiwan.

bet365 also offer odds on one-off events as well as some novelty markets, which some other bookmakers do not have.

A major plus for bet365 are their markets on esports, as they have become one of the only online bookies to have such a varied range of betting opportunities on the fast-growing sport with the likes of Call of Duty, CS:GO and ESL One: Road to Rio.

Virtual sports are also available, with frequent races and matches to bet on and a good number of different sports including horse racing, football and cricket.

There are also more markets than some other online bookmakers on offer, which is a plus, and the quality of the streaming of the virtual sports is also very good.

The sports are easy to find as they are all listed down the left-hand side of the screen, with in-play betting at the top of the sidebar and easy to find.

In-play betting is where bet365 set themselves apart from their rivals as they were one of the first to offer a platform for this type of betting.

Every live sport it offers is on a navigation bar at the top of the overview page so you can find what you are looking for easily.

There is also a schedule so you can keep up to date with the events that are coming up.

Once you click on an event, the dedicated page gives you a lot of information and valuable statistics on the match.

For example, on a football match, you can expect to see a feed of information from the match on a graphic that includes dangerous attacks and how many attempts each team have had.

This is more in-depth than a lot of their competitors’ offerings that really aid the user in determining what they want to bet on next, but it can also be quite busy on the page, and that may be a negative to some new users.

bet365 also offer a lot of different markets for in-play betting, including the likes of Asian lines, goals and next goalscorer.

Again, there seems to be a lot more on offer in terms of in-play betting and it is easy to see how bet365 got their reputation for this aspect of their website and app.

Live Betting/Streaming

Live betting is where the real excitement lies with any online sportsbook and Bet365 excel in this area. Even during quiet times of the day, you should find a good selection of fixtures with decent odds on a variety of interesting markets. Obviously, the more popular sports will have greater depth of markets, but compared with other bookies Bet365 do well here.

The live betting interface works particularly well, displaying icons of the sports with live matches available and then allowing punters to categorise further before employing collapsable bars to display the options by league/competition. The live stream/game graphic is off to one side and you can check it out without having to select the event in question which is very rare.

We really liked the fact that once you are in the live betting area there is very little from outside to distract you, it’s all about the live experience which means you can properly focus on what you are doing. This is especially helpful since the odds are forever fluctuating, so even a minor distraction could make you miss something.

Live streaming, however, is where they really have the live betting experience nailed down. Availability will vary from country to country, but in our experience, Bet365 offer more live streams than pretty much anywhere else – we found them particularly good for Football and Tennis but sports like Table Tennis and Volleyball are also streamed.

There is a handy live streaming schedule which lays out the day’s streams by sport, date, and time, so you can figure out your plan for the day with a few quick clicks of the mouse and a cursory glance.

The Bet365 Casino

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I love casino games. I know that the house edge is against me, and that I’m expected to lose in the long run, but I still enjoy playing. I especially enjoy playing online, and Bet365 is easily one of the better sites I’ve played at.

There are other sites that I think are even better for casino games, but I always have funds in my Bet365 account due to betting there so frequently. The other sites are not SO much better that it’s worth depositing additional funds elsewhere. The Bet365 casino is more than good enough for me, given the amount I play.

I tend to play a combination of table games and slots, and Bet365 caters well for both. I’ve already pointed out that the selection of slots is impressive, and I’ve got nowhere near playing all the different games yet. I generally stick with a few of my personal favourites, which include the following.

  • The Age of Gods series
  • Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven
  • Heart of the Jungle
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Justice League
  • The Mummy
  • Plenty O’ Fortune
  • Rocky
  • The Matrix
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Space Invaders
  • Jackpot Giant

Some of these games have progressive jackpots which can grow to be enormous. I’m very much hoping to win one soon, but I can’t pretend that I’m confident! I’ve been trying for years with no success, although I’ve still had some nice wins along the way. Maybe you’ll get lucky and win one of the big ones!

In terms of table games, I stick mostly with blackjack and dabble with others occasionally. There’s only version of blackjack and this is quite unusual. A lot of online casinos have as many as ten or more different versions of the game. This doesn’t actually bother me, as blackjack is blackjack at the end of the day. It might be an issue for seem people, though, so I thought I’d mention it.

In addition to the “virtual” version of online blackjack, I can also play at the live dealer tables. I enjoy this from time, and it does make the whole experience much closer playing at a real casino. The only reason I prefer the virtual version is that it’s much quicker. I can play a lot more hands, and that appeal to me personally.

I wouldn’t say that the live dealer blackjack here is any better or worse than live dealer blackjack at other sites I’ve played it at. The only thing that stands out at the Bet365 live casino is the point I mentioned earlier about game variety. Most live casinos have only blackjack and roulette, but there are some additional options at Bet365. I appreciate that, as I do like to mix things up occasionally.

Mobile Play

These days, many online gamblers play their games via a mobile device. With that in mind, gaming operators have had to adjust their delivery methods to accommodate these mobile players. Bet365 has multiple solutions for these players, starting with their downloadable native app. This app is available on the Google Play store as well as the Apple App Store, and once loaded, allows players to gain access to their accounts, make bets and play casino games from anywhere they can connect their devices to the internet.

Now, many countries in which Bet365 offers its games still have some obscurity when it comes to the legality of online gambling. In these countries, Apple and Google may not have approved the betting app for distribution. For those players, Bet365 has built a mobile version of its site that works with the majority of phones and tablets. From the browser on these devices, players will find the casino games and sports bets that they would find on the desktop version of the site. The bets we tested open our mobile devices were the In-Game options. As the outcome of matches can take some time, the introduction of being able to bet on outcomes within the game is very intriguing. The tests we ran on both the app and the mobile browser versions of Bet365 showed no signs of lag, which is very important for players who are trying to get bets in during the course of a game.

Welcome Bonus

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The Bet365 bonus available when I signed up was the usual up to £100 in bet credits deal.

Here’s the steps I took to get the bonus when I opened my account:

  • Visited the Bet365 website (click link to open site now)
  • Click the ‘Join Now’ option and entered my personal details.
  • Deposited £100 into my new account using my debit card.
  • Placed various bets until I’d wagered £100 in total which then released my bet credits (min odds 1.20 per bet).

Then used the bet credits to place more bets and was able to instantly withdraw any winnings minus the actual credits themselves.

BIG PLUS: once I’d released my bet credits I was able to withdraw any winnings from using them straight away.

How to Open an Account on bet365

Most of the time when you decide to register for a new account at the specific operator, it’s a very tedious process.

However, when we tried to open an account on bet365, we were pleasantly surprised by how simple the user interface was. This is a short step-by-step instruction on how we’ve gone through the entire bet365 account registration procedure.

  1. I’ve visited the bet365 website and clicked on the “Join Now” button.
  2. The registration form had opened up and we filled in all the necessary fields.
  3. You will need to provide your Social Security Number.
  4. We entered the bet365 bonus code and confirmed over the age of 18.
  5. The bet365 account registration process was over after we clicked on the “Join bet365” button.
  6. Lastly, we had to verify the account by providing some kind of proof to confirm identity via the email address. Personally, we used a driver’s license for the verification process but you can also use your ID card, birth certificate, utility bill, etc.

Keep in mind that most operators put the promo code field inside their signup form, so If you stumble upon that, make sure that you check if they have a promo code that you can enter.

If you decide to open an account with bet365 you will most likely go through a very similar process as we did.

How to make a single bet on bet365?

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Just like with any other bookmaker, you can place a single bet by choosing the sports event and selecting the specific outcome. Odds are presented next to each choice which saves a lot of time.

How to place a combined bet on bet365?

Placing a combined bet is very simple. Just make the list of events that you want to combine, choose your stake and see the possible outcome. The system will calculate your possible winnings.

Once you open an account on bet365 you will see that there are many variations when it comes to types of bets that you can place and additional features that are created to make your betting experience even better.

Payment Options

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A fully regulated site, Bet365 has many different payment options. The company prides itself on paying customers quickly, and those using the e-wallet solutions can have their withdrawals processed in only a matter of hours.

Deposits

  • Asia365
  • Bank Wire Transfer
  • Check
  • EntroPay
  • iDebit
  • InstaDebit
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • NETELLER
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Visa
  • Visa Debit
  • Visa Electron
  • Abaqoos
  • AstroPay Card
  • Boleto Bancário
  • DineroMail
  • Bank Transfers
  • eKonto
  • Euteller
  • GiroPay
  • Nordea
  • Paysafecard
  • Poli
  • Przelewy24
  • Qiwi Wallet
  • Sofortuberweisung
  • Swedbank
  • Todito Cash
  • Trustly

Withdrawals

  • Asia365
  • Bank Wire Transfer
  • Check
  • EntroPay
  • iDebit
  • InstaDebit
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • NETELLER
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Visa
  • Visa Debit
  • Visa Electron

Customer Support

As a massive international company, bet365 has an army of customer service representatives in multiple languages available to address customer queries. Customer support is available 24/7 on the site, with players able to get in touch using on-site live chat or telephone, as well as by email if you don’t require an immediate response. Customer service representatives are friendly and knowledgeable, and you can normally get an answer to any question you may have in just a few minutes.

The website also has a vast FAQ section that attempts to help customers answer any of their own questions themselves. This is available to access from your account section and is a very useful resource if you don’t want to wait around for an answer.

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