Betway Review

Betway ScreenshotBetway have quickly become one of the leading bookmakers in the sports betting industry. The company have pilled into their marketing campaign, sponsoring some massive events around the world, including the Premier League darts and even West Ham United football team.

The Betway casino is also pretty unique in that only Microgaming powers it, but that allows to have a great partnership with them, of which we will discuss more later in this review. What you’re getting from a company like Betway is access to one of the more innovative online casinos that have clearly invested heavily into their online gambling portfolio.

One of the most impressive aspects about Betway has been their ability to not only get their faces out in a very competitive marketplace, but also thrive from the added pressure that this sort of exposure inevitably brings.

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Welcome Bonuses

Sports: £30 Free Bet

The welcome offer at Betway is for a nice simple matched bet worth up to £30. The promotion will pay out in the form of a free bet that can be used on any market within the bookmakers vast array of sports. To claim you need to deposit £10 or more within 7 days of opening you account and then place bets matching the deposit amount at odds of 1.75 or greater.

Once the free bet hits your account you then get another 7 days to use it in its entirety before it will expire. It’s worth noting that this specific promotion is only available to players from Canada, Ireland and the UK, whilst other offers are available to punters from outside these regions.

Casino: Up to £1,000

The welcome package at Betway is one of the largest that you are going to find as online casino player. There is £1,000 up for grabs, which is spread across your first 3 deposit on the site. The promotion is broken down as follows:

  • Welcome Bonus 1: 100% Match Bonus up to £250 on your first deposit.
  • Welcome Bonus 2: 25% Match Bonus up to £250 on your second deposit.
  • Welcome Bonus 3: 50% Match Bonus up to £500 on your third deposit

You will need to wager through each of the bonuses 50 times before being able to withdraw. You will have just 7 days in which to meet this target and we will admit that this is on the shorter side of timescales for a bonus of this size. The bonus is heavily weighted towards slots where 100% of your bets will count, whereas just 8% of table games revenue will count towards clearing.

Loyalty Program: Plus Points & VIP Tiers

The Betway Plus system is one of the better reward systems, mainly because its linked to one account but includes points from sports betting, casino and bingo games, giving you maximum chance to earn. You also get to start within the bottom tier as soon as you enter.

There are 6 tiers in total, with each requiring you to earn a certain number of tier tokens before you can upgrade. Below we have listed the tiers and the number of tokens needed to reach that level.

  • Blue – Entry
  • Bronze – 2,000
  • Silver – 5,000
  • Gold – 25,000
  • Platinum – 75,000
  • Black – 1,000,000

You will earn 5 tier points for every £10 that you wager within the site. But, as you move up the rankings the number of bonus tier points will increase dramatically. With Bronze you get a 10% bonus, Silver 25%, Gold 25%, Platinum 75% and Black 80%. Once you hit 5,000 points in total you will be able to start spending them within the Betway store.

You are also going to be able to get access to a number of other rewards from being part of Betway Plus. These include:

  • Best odds guaranteed
  • Dedicated support
  • Invites to sporting events
  • Exclusive promotions
  • Personalised offers
  • VIP events

Other Promotions

Sports: Free Bet Club, Horse Racing Best Odds & Acca Boost

When you become a member at Betway you will gain access to their ‘Plus’ section of the site. This is essentially where they store all their promotions for sports, bingo and casino, which you can access from one account.

Opt in and place £25 or more in bets in any week and you'll receive £10 in free bets. This offer is available every week, rain or shine, with the £10 credited as two £5 bets split over the week. The first £5 is added to your account on Saturday and the second will be added on Monday. Each free bet only lasts a few days before expiring, so keep an eye on your account and make sure you make the most of them.

Betway, on the whole, are really good at offering up a more than decent range of promotions for sports bettors. One of the more popular has to come in the form of their ‘Acca Boost’ which will give you a bonus on certain accumulator bets that you place. The bonus starts from 10% with a successful 5-foild and works it way up to a 100% bonus for successful accumulators of 14 or more selections.

The bookmaker also offers up best odds guaranteed on selected horse racing markets form the UK and Ireland. This essentially means that should your horse go off at longer odds than the original price that you backed it at, it will pay out at the longer starting price, rather than the price you took.

Finally, we wanted to highlight how good Betway are for promotions on sports that might not be as popular as the likes of football and horse racing. For example, they offer money back on no goals in ice hockey matches for bets placed on the correct score market and also money back if your team loses in the extra innings for any money line bet in baseball.

Casino: Reload Bonuses

Betway are actually pretty poor when it comes to other promotion once you are through the door. In fact, at the time of writing there aren’t any, but we are lead to believe that they do offer reload bonuses to frequent players, although what constitutes as a frequent player we aren’t sure.

Odds & Markets

What you will find from Betway is that the site is relatively strong when it comes to pricing. It would be unfair to say that they are up there with the likes of BetVictor, because in all honesty, they aren’t, but they more than hold their own with the majority of bookmakers. One area that we did notice they were strong with is that of e-sport. The odds on offer for these markets were very strong and it seems to be one of the best places to bet on e-sports in the industry.

Market coverage on site is excellent and everything that you would expect to see from one of the biggest bookmakers in the industry is there. The bookmaker clearly revolves heavily around both football and horse, which comes as no surprise, but outside of these markets we were impressed with what was on offer.

We need to mention the e-sports market coverage as well, which backs up the pricing structure for this ‘sport’. There are a number of bookmakers who are starting to get into e-sports in a big way, but we think that Betway might just be the best of the bunch. The cover more tournaments and events than pretty much all the competition and from what we have researched, are the number one pick for most e-sports bettors.

Outside of this you are going to be able to access a plethora of others sports, with Betway offering up a good range of American sports and markets, that caught our eye. As a bit of a base we like seeing how many markets they cover for some of the top flight football games, and we can see that this usually hovers around the 130-150 mark, which is  on the average to good range in the industry.

Features

Betway Features Screenshot

Betway’s website is, in our opinion, one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the business, and it also has good functionality. Sometimes it takes a few more clicks than other sites to navigate to the markets you’re looking for and the ordering of sidebars could be more intuitive but for the casual bettor this isn’t too much of an issue.

The site also allows you to quickly flick between upcoming betting markets as well, changing between starting in the next hour, 4 hours and 24 hours, saving you having to trawl through the whole site.

In Play Betting

The in-play section is very easy to find as there’s a big green button on the top right of all pages which takes you to the long list of in-play and upcoming events. From here you can see how much coverage is available and view all the markets for each fixture by simply clicking on them.

Live Streaming

Live streaming is available on the site although it is provided by a third party and is not always of the highest quality when compared to other top bookmakers. However having any kind of live-streaming functionality puts them ahead of much of their competition so it can’t really go down as a weakness.

Betway Boosts

One of our favourite features with the bookmakers comes in the form of Betway Boosts. These are a series of bets that Betway have enhanced the price of and they come from a number of different sports. The good thing about these is that you can access them as an existing customer and aren’t just available only to new customers. The boosts make them very lucrative and we have seen 3/1 bets enhanced to as much as 7/1 from the markets that we tested. It’s also worth noting that these offers aren’t just for football – although they do make up a large chunk – but instead we saw that baseball, golf and cricket were all on offer at the time of writing.

Mobile Betting

The mobile betting app is a fairly new feature to the Betway armoury or at least in it’s current form it’s new, and has been a welcomed addition. The app carries over the great design that you are going to get from the desktop site and makes it into a functional, yet attractive place to bet.

Horse Finder with Timeform

The horse finder feature at Betway is one of the best that we have come across in some time. The concept is that it allows you to choose a certain number of criteria to find potential picks, such as course winners, finished well last time out, going winner, distance winner, winner in last 3, hampered last race, improved rating, winner last race and plenty more.

Once you have selected your different criteria then the Timeform will pick out a number of picks for you to choose from. It’s a bit like a predictor, but works on a much more sophisticated level, which is why we like it so much.

4-to-Score Competition

Competitions are becoming a great way for bookmakers to increase their exposure and Betway are one of the latest to try the concept. Their 4toscore competition is pretty simple in that you need to choose the team that will score first across all 4 of the English football leagues. This includes Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

The games that are included are the 3pm kick offs on a Saturday afternoon and the prize pool for each competition will start from £25,000 and roll over should no winner be found. If two or more winners from the same league score within the same minute then they will be both be deemed as winners.

Casino Games

Betway Casino Games Screenshot

As mentioned previously, the casino takes all its games form the Microgaming software and can be accessed via the browser-based software on site. What you are going to buying into when you open an account with Betway is access to the biggest software provider in the industry, with some of the best games. For those that aren’t familiar with Microgaming, it may seem fairly weird that just one provider is used on the casino in this day and age, but let us assure you that you are still going to be able to access hundreds of the best games in the industry.

The casino crams in a huge number of slots to choose from on site, which is great. What’s a nice touch is that each of the games can be accessed as ‘free paly’ which basically means you get to play first without using real money. If you are new to online casino or you are simply new to a certain game, then it’s a great way to find your feet before having to invest your hard earned cash.

The table games section will offer just about everything that you could eve need from an online casino. It’s heavily weighted towards blackjack and roulette, but then this isn’t uncommon due to them being the two most popular games in this section. However, you are also going to be able to access other games such as 3 Card Poker, Craps, Red Dog, Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow and several variations of live casino games as well.

The jackpot games section is another that’s very competitive, with around 13 games to choose from. They include some of the industries biggest names in the form of Mega Moolah, Major Millions and Treasure Nile, with each having jackpots well in excess of £1,000,000 at the time of writing.

Who are Betway?

Betway have been about since 2006 and in that time have managed to create quite a profile for themselves. As a group, they manage a number of different companies in several sectors of the gambling industry, such as casino (Spin Casino) and bingo (Dream Bingo and Bingo on the Box). It’s fair to say that the sports betting side is probably the biggest success for the Betway Group and it’s here where they invest a large chunk of their time and resources.

With over two million customers globally, Betway has really exploded onto the scene. This is partly due to the high profile sponsorship of several massive sporting events including the fight between George Groves and Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium, Premier League Darts and the Queen Mother Championship Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

The company is registered and licensed in Malta and although Betway markets itself as a global brand, much of its business and many of its most popular events are based in the UK, where they are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission for UK-based customers. They also announced in February 2015 that they will be sponsoring West Ham football club in a deal worth over £15 million.

Contact & License Info

  • Live Chat: Available via website
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Telephone: 0808 238 9841
  • Address: Betway Limited, 9 Empire Stadium Street, Gzira, GZR 1300, Malta
  • License: UK Gambling Commission (000-039372-R-319367-005); Malta Gaming Authority (Class 1 Remote Gaming Licence: LGA/CL1/302/2006, Class 2 Remote Betting Licence: LGA/CL2/396/2007, Class 3 Remote Poker Licence: LGA/CL3/302/2006)