I have to preface this review by coming clean about a couple of things. First off, I am a huge fan of betting online. I have been in the industry for almost two decades, and one of the main drivers keeping me in the business is my love of the online gambling world and my desire to do my part to make it better for everyone.
The other thing that I need to confess is that I asked the company specifically if I could write this review. Why, you may be asking, would that be the case? Well, it is because, after all these years, Bet365 is a site I have heard about, known about and yet had never tried. So, come along with me as I recant my first experience playing with this site.Join Now
As you can imagine, someone who has reviewed hundreds of online gambling sites can have immediate likes and dislikes when it comes to site design. I like to take a very open approach to my reviews. I assume that some smart people are in each company, but hope that they add their own unique take to their version of an online gambling site.
Now, on to the site. My first instinct was to say, "Wow, this looks outdated," but I am trying to see past that. In fact, the first thing that caught my attention was the number of languages listed down the left side of the homepage. It is clear that Bet365 has built their business for an international audience. Personally, I LOVE that the company has taken the time to get the site translated into different languages.
When I come to a site for the first time, I am looking for two specific things: a clean homepage, and a clear indication of how to create an account. I found both of these at Bet365. Yes, the page is a little dated, but I would much prefer that than a cluttered page full of promotions I am not interested in. The homepage cleanly shows you all the games they have to offer, and when you click on any of the banners, you are taken to the registration page. A few bits of info later, I was ready to make a deposit and get playing! Overall, I am very impressed with the ease of account creation.
I am not a player who cares too much about getting big bonuses. I am going to play without any motivation, but if there is an easy bonus to acquire, then I will sign up for it.
I started my betting life at Bet365 in the sportsbook area of the site. Did I mention that I think I know a lot about sports? Specifically, I am well versed in all the North American sports and know just enough about other events that can make me dangerous haha.
One thing I like to do is work with a game or two and then box them into a few parlays and teasers where applicable. This is especially true during the NFL season, where I think I can find a lot of value in certain plays. I didn't want to get too carried away with things in my first set of bets, so I chose to keep my bets at a nice low amount.
This also allowed me to test the software from a betting perspective, and let me tell you, I loved what I found. Not only is it easy to find the games and leagues you are looking for (no easy task, given how many sports Bet365 offers), but I was also able to make my parlay and teaser bets without any issues at all.
I was able to make my bets quickly, and in my account, I can swiftly pull up my betting history.
With those bets in, I was able to have a peek at the other leagues I could make bets on, and this is where I was totally amazed. As I mentioned, Bet365 is a globally-focused company, but I had no idea that anyone would want to make a bet on some of the minor league events happening around the world. For me, I'll stick to what I know, but if you are looking for some 4th division German soccer odds, you will find them at this site!
I am going to be honest here: I wouldn't know anything about eSports if it weren't for my teenage kid. I remember the first time he told me about it - watching people play video games on YouTube - and my first instinct was a very "old-person" response. However, after I took a deep breath, I realized that we made poker a massive phenomenon mainly through people watching it on television.
The next thing I realized is that you can BET ON THE OUTCOME OF GAMES! Yes, there is a whole set of professional players (imagine telling your folks that was your new career choice), and the major events held around the world are popular with bettors.
I can't profess enough to tell you if what Bet365 has to offer is good or not compared to other gaming sites, but when you click on the esports tab, there are many events listed, so that is a great start for those of you who may be interested.
I don't usually stop with sports betting. In fact, I have been known to spend a considerable amount of time outside the sportsbook area in my favorite Las Vegas casinos.
This theory also applies to online betting. Although I am more likely to flip through the channels to catch the scores of the games I am betting, I am still looking for a way to get a gambling fix, and casino games are always there to help me.
I will spare you all the details about the casino games you will find at Bet365. Let's just say that you would be hard-pressed not to find what you are looking for, and for me on the day of my review, the game was Pai Gow Poker. If you haven't played Pai Gow before, I can tell you it is one of the best games to play if you are sweating out some sportsbook tickets. I love the game, and the version at Bet365 had everything I needed - speed, great graphics, and decent limits.
Another factor in my ratings of any site I am reviewing is how easily I can access the games via mobile. Mobile can be tricky in the gambling space, especially when it comes to having apps built and approved by mobile operators. I am one of the lucky ones; where I live, there is an actual Bet365 app in the iTunes store! This is super news for me, as I am on the go a lot and definitely don't want to miss out on any opportunity to find an edge when making my bets.
Not only can I make the standard sports bets through the app, but I can also make live in-game bets from my phone. This is a feature that I love, because sometimes there is an injury or another event that makes me want to put more money down during the game. Yes, I am very aware this makes me sound like a degenerate, but I consider myself more of an "active" gambler.
You can also access the casino and poker games from your mobile device, which means you don't have to be tied to your laptop or PC to enjoy all that Bet365 has to offer! I love the flexibility of being able to play some blackjack on the go, or start a poker tournament on my laptop but then move to my phone. I tried this out during my review to see if there would be any issues and was very pleased to see that I was able to continue playing once I logged out of my PC.
I checked out the site to see what options were available and found out that you can contact the support team by email, Live Chat, and telephone. Hell, they even post their mailing address! Hopefully you won't need them too much, but if you do, it looks like there are loads of ways to reach them.
I loved playing with Bet365. And I mean that as a gambler, not just as someone who reviews sites. I think they are doing a lot of things well, and I am sure that I will be back playing with this site regularly. I highly recommend you give them a try. You might not be as advanced a player as someone like me, but you are still going to love what you see at this industry leader!
Is the mobile version of Bet365 identical to the desktop/laptop version?
No, the mobile version has a limited library and customer service features compared to the traditional Web version.
Has Bet365 ever been in trouble for ripping off a customer?
I scoured the Internet for negative reviews, and all I could find were the usual complaints about withdrawals and bonus amounts. Go check out the AskGambler review for Bet365 and you'll see what I'm talking about. I'm not sure any of those complaints are legitimate. Since the review also says most complaints are resolved within one week, I don't think you'll have any trouble depositing money or placing bets at Bet365.
Will Bet365 re-open for the American market?
If they know what's good for them, they will. Americans love online gambling, and I guarantee you if Bet365 could think of a way to do business with Americans and maintain their licensure and reputation, they'd do it in a heartbeat.
How long do Bet365 withdrawals stay in their "pending period?"
This is an excellent question - too often, cashout times don't consider the impact of the pending period wait-time. According to the various reviews I check out, it looks like most deposits are pending for less than 24 hours.join now