Well, Betway hardly got to the level of success they are at by making signing up to them difficult. This is a really simple sign up process, simply enter your name and date of birth before moving onto the next step.
Next up you’ll need to create a username and password. This is a very popular site so a lot of usernames are taken but with a couple of tries you should find something to your liking.
Of course, you’ll need a strong password to keep yourself protected, as well as a legitimate e-mail address to proceed. Passwords must be between 6 and 20 characters long and must contain at least one letter and one number.
Inputting your contact details couldn’t be easier as you can simply add your postcode and find your address. You’ll also need to add a mobile number here.
However, if you are worried about being bothered by Betway there’s no need as you’ll see in the final step that you have the option to choose how Betway contacts you. There’s also the option to include daily, weekly and monthly limits, which is a hugely important tool and shows their commitment to responsible gaming.
The last part of this registration process has you choose your preferred language and currency, alongside accepting the terms and conditions and, as we mentioned, choosing how to receive communications. Finally, hit that register button and you are good to go.
We have nothing to criticise here, it’s easy to understand, explains itself well, has plenty of options and everything works as it should. This shouldn’t take you longer than a couple of minutes. You don’t even have to enter your bank details in order to sign up to the site meaning there’s no pressure to add funds if you don’t want to. And if you do, you can sort out your banking details the moment you have registered.
Deposits and Withdrawals options
Immediately after registration you’ll be able to see the deposit options available to you. These include Debit Cards, Neteller, PayPal, Rapid Transfer and Credit Cards. It’s not the largest selection of options available and some will certainly miss things like cryptocurrencies. However, this is a mainstream betting site and for many, these represent by far the most useful and used options.
Of course, whether or not this is an issue for you entirely depends on your individual payment preferences. All of these options have the benefit of having no fees on the part of the site and being instant to deposit. You will generally withdraw by the same method through which you deposited.
Withdrawal times depend on the method used and can vary, but you should receive your funds after a couple of days using a card or bank account and the following day using a Web Wallet. Another benefit of the numbers of methods being selective is that all of these options are both trusted and secure, as well as being easy to use.
The only other major thing to know is their verification policy which is pretty standard. If your account can’t be verified accepted documentation includes photographic ID such as a driver’s license or passport, a copy of a recent utility bill confirming residence and/or a copy of a recent credit/debit card or bank statement.
We mentioned that one of Betway’s key strengths is that they don’t seem content to simply live off their reputation and are constantly offering players new things to keep ahead of the game.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with their promotions, with none more vital than the Welcome Offer. At first glance, a £30 Welcome Free Bet appears very generous, but of course, it all comes down to those vital terms and conditions.
We’ll be covering all the most important points here but do keep in mind that the promotions and terms and conditions are subject to change meaning you should always check them out for yourself to avoid disappointment.
Even if changes have been made, we hope by looking at this Welcome Bonus alongside some other promotions later you can get a good idea of the type of standard of bonus Betway generally offer.
This free bet will be based on your initial Credit Card or PayPal deposit, with a maximum of £30 and a minimum of £10.
All you need to do to activate the free bet is place bets totalling that first deposit.
In order to count this bet must be placed on single bets of 1.75 or over, each-way bets with odds of 1.40 or over or system bets with each selection at 1.40 or over. You also have to make the deposit within seven days of opening the account.
That’s all there is to activation, with no bonus codes. Winnings from these free bets will be minus the free bet stake. In other words, if you use £10 of your free bet and win £100, they would take the £10 off the overall return.
Most importantly of all, there are no wagering requirements. That alone makes this an astonishingly generous welcome offer and really one of the best incentives in terms of promotions you’re likely to come across.
And that excellent welcome offer is far from the only promotion available from Betway. At the time of writing the following promotions were available for sportsbook users:
4 to score: A free prediction game with a huge jackpot.
Simply pick the first goalscorer across four selected matches to win. Much like the welcome offer, this is about as close to a win-win situation you can get in promotions.
The jackpot is £25,000 and is shared among the winners. If no one wins, it will be rolled over to the following round up to a cap of £250,000.
All you need to participate is a Betway account. It is only available in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. All winners will be contacted by SMS or e-mail and the prize will be forfeited if they cannot be contacted within seven days. Another great risk-free bonus.
Wednesday Special Money Back Second: Place a bet on selected racecourses with six or more runners and if your winning pick comes second you will be refunded in the form of a free bet up to £20.
Minimum odds 1.5 or higher and forecast, tricast and system bets do not count.
Free bets are credited within 24 hours and expire after a further 24 hours. This offer is only available to accounts registered in the United Kingdom, Isle Of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and Ireland.
ITV Racing Money Back Second: Identical to the previous promotion but exclusive to ITV races.
4 to win: Similar to the 4 to score promotion this instead allows you to enter a free competition where you attempt to correctly predict four winners on horse races. The daily prize pot is £1000 with increased jackpots on ITV meetings.
The competition is one entry per day. In the case of a dead heat, both horses will be considered winners. The same terms and conditions for the 4 to score promotion apply with regards to contacting the winner.
Horse Racing 25 Bonus Spins on Final Furlong: A rare example of a crossover between sportsbook and casino promotions.
Here you’ll receive 25 free spins on Final Furlong for every £5 stake on horse racing, or £2.50 each way. Minimum odds are 3.00. Bonus spins are credited within 24 hours of the bet being placed and will be valid for 48 hours. This offer is only available to accounts registered in the United Kingdom, Isle Of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and Ireland.
NBA You Lead You Win: If you back a team to win and they lead by 12 points but then go on to draw and lose, the bet will come out as a winner. Maximum qualifying stake is £20. Pre-match single bets on Win/Draw/Win and money line qualify. The following countries are not eligible for this offer: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, Sweden, Switzerland, Russian Federation and Ukraine. Other than that, this offer simply improves your chances of winning which can only be seen as a big positive.
NFL You Lead, You Win: Same as the previous offer for all intents and purposes but with your team leading by 14 points in the NFL instead. Another great offer.
Betway Free Bet Club: Spend £25 or more on trebles in a week and you will receive two £5 free bets.
All you need to do is opt-in and spend the money to qualify. Better still, all enhanced markets are eligible, including those benefiting from the Betway Boost. However, system bets are not. The following countries are not eligible for this offer: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine. Free bets expire after seven days.
WePlay Bukovel Minor & Live Casino: Another crossover between the different areas of Betway.
Here, wagering £10 on Bukovel Minor (Dota 2) and the live casino can net you a £10 free bet. A slightly unusual mix for sure but you can’t doubt the value. Minimum odds on the Esport is 1.50 and the following countries do not qualify: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine. The free bets expire after seven days and deposits need to be played through once to be activated.
Esports objectives: This provides reward tiers through betting on Esports. In order to get to the bronze level, you need to win an Esports double, for this, you receive a £5 free bet and 5 bonus spins.
In order to get to the silver level, you need to win an Esports treble, for this, you receive a £10 free bet and 10 bonus spins.
In order to get to the gold level, you need to win an accumulator, for this, you receive a £15 free bet and 15 bonus spins.
Minimum stake per bet is £10 and minimum odds is 1.25. The maximum in free bets is £30 and the maximum free spins are 30.
The following countries are not eligible: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
This is probably the bonus which asks the most from its users and considering how relatively little it is compared to what is asked by many competitors, that should be taken as a compliment.
All in all, we have been hugely impressed by the promotions at Betway. Not only do these promotions offer serious value but they do so in a way which can be enjoyed by their players in general as opposed to just the high rollers.
On top of that, they provide ways to get interested in various types of betting across different parts of the site. If the goal of promotions is to improve the user experience, then this is mission accomplished. One of the absolute best selections we’ve come across.
We would have forgiven Betway if there was no VIP/Loyalty Service considering the generosity of the promotions we have already seen.
However, this is one site that rarely sees an opportunity to improve that it wants to let lie. There is indeed a loyalty program at Betway and the way it works is simple in theory.
Every £10 you wager is worth 5 tier tokens, although different games from the casino and sports bets contribute at different percentages. You can see how this is laid out in the image above.
These count towards your plus points, which determine your tier. Less clear though are the plus points themselves, which are also earned by betting but the amount per bet (or per tier token) is not made clear.
This is something that Betway could improve upon. We believe this is because the number of points you receive increases with your tiers so the maths can be fairly complex, but it would be better to have this clearly laid out for the user.
Because of this it is really difficult for us to accurately assess the quality of this service, even though they have a good reputation for it (as they do in general) and the rewards seem generous, even including things like invitations to sporting and VIP events. And in terms of following them as you go, this is made very easy as they appear next to your account details on Betway Plus.
Still, without details we can’t be accurate in our assessment, so we’ll have to remain neutral on this one.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Betway has an absolutely astonishing selection of sports to choose from.
These include Football, Horse Racing, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Cricket, Darts, Ice Hockey, Esports, American Football, Athletics, Aussie Rules, Badminton, Baseball, Boxing, Cycling, Formula 1, Gaelic Sports, Greyhounds, Handball, MotorSport, Politics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Specials, Table Tennis, UFC/Martial Art, Virtual Sports, Volleyball, Water Polo and Winter Sports at the time of writing.
So, a very solid selection there and not only that the amount of markets and tournaments available for these sports is just as solid. The amount of markets is actually close to unlimited as alongside the dozens of markets available you can also create your bet with #betyourway.
In terms of margins, we decided to use a Premier League game between Sheffield United and West Ham as an example.
Sheffield United had 10/11 odds, which as a percentage translates to around 52.4%. A draw had 5/2 odds which translates as a percentage to 28.6% and West Ham had 16/5 odds which translates to 23.8%. All together this comes out at 104.8%.
The amount above 100% is known as the overround and is essentially the margin the bookie takes to ensure a profit and stay in business. This is a vital part of understanding odds. For reference, anything below 110% is considered reasonable so not only are you getting a wide variety of markets, you’re getting top odds as well.
The only criticism you may consider when looking at the selection of sports is a lack of Esports. However, Esports actually has its very own section. As opposed to being missing, the amount of content there is actually so large they clearly felt it deserved its own page.
Speaking of that packed Esports section, well, we weren’t exaggerating.
There’s a huge amount of betting options across CS: GO, League Of Legends, Dota 2, Rainbow Six, and Call Of Duty. Not only that but you can expect an excellent selection of betting markets here as well. We looked at one League of Legends game and found close to 40 markets to choose from. This might be less than sporting events but for Esports that is an excellent level of variety.
Their margins are also good, the game we looked at gave Invictus Gaming 31/20, which translates to 39.2%, and gave Funplus Phoenix 9/10, which translates to 69%. This combines to 108.2%. That’s still good by any standard and do keep in mind that margins tend to be a bit higher for esports.
One concern you may have initially is that it appears like there are not too many non-sporting options. However, that is far from the case as the special’s sections are packed full of extras. At the time of writing, you could bet on award shows, reality tv shows and even the most sales between game consoles.
Obviously what specials are available is entirely dependent on the time as they are always tied to certain events, but it’s clear from our investigating that this is a part of the site that they take as much pride in as everything else.
Cash-Out & Bet Builder
Many sites have Cash-Outs and Bet Builders, but few are this comprehensive.
Cash-Out was available on every sports bet we tried, and we tried plenty. However, we are told by customer service this may not always be the case. Bet Builder is however only available on football. They are both available on mobile, the Cash-Out feature always worked flawlessly, which is very important when making quick decisions, and the Bet Builder has as many options as any we have seen.
Just as impressive as their sports variety in general is the amount of live sports that are available.
The sports that are available of course depends on when you are looking, but there’s plenty to choose from across all kinds of leagues and sports, from U20 matches in Brazil to the Premier League and from Ice Hockey to Esports.
Perhaps most impressive of all though is their live streaming service which covers thousands of events. These can even be watched on mobile.
We doubt with the reputation Betway currently enjoys that there are a lot of people who seriously question their legitimacy.
This is the first thing that needs to be addressed when it comes to security. Rest assured, they are fully licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and elsewhere by the Malta Gaming Authority.
We’ve also mentioned their commitment to responsible gaming during the registration process, but it goes much further than that. They have links to BeGambleAware, offer tips and advice and have a large number of tools to help people gamble responsibly including session reminders, self-exclusions and links for those who want additional help. As expected, Betway are pretty much flawless with regards to security.
Service and Customer Support
Betway is an absolutely massive betting site. This meant that in order to make sure we got all our information correct we had to go to customer service on quite a few occasions. Every time we got a response quickly and the team were as helpful as they were polite.
This was usually on live chat, which is available round the clock. On top of this, they are available in several languages including English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese and more.
You even have the option to call if you are from the UK and Ireland with phonelines which run seven days a week between 8am and midnight.
There is only one small downside to this which is that that you need to go through the help section to find the live chat.
It only takes a couple of moments, but it is our job to point out flaws when they are apparent, and this could be streamlined a touch. Beyond that there is the odd thing which could be added to the FAQ, but generally speaking it is also very good. A couple of niggles but still an overwhelmingly positive customer experience.
Design and Usability
Betway might not be breaking the mould in terms of its looks, but when it comes to usability and practicality, it is basically flawless.
Everything is painstakingly structured to be logical and easy to use. We also had zero technical hiccups during our entire time with the site and considering the sheer amount of content that is available didn’t feel lost for a single second.
The languages mentioned before, alongside others, are also available for the whole site and there’s even a blog tucked away to provide the site with a sense of individuality and personality.
The way that all betting options are balanced alongside things like stats and live streaming make the whole experience an absolute joy and allow you to simply enjoy the sports you love without having to worry about the practicalities of putting on the bets you want.
We also want to point out that we aren’t insulting the appearance of Betway either, you don’t have to be aesthetically ground-breaking to look good and work well, and Betway does exactly that.
If you were worried that the experience wouldn’t be as good on mobile, then we have some good news for you. Not only are all the features we’ve already mentioned like Cash-Out and Live Streaming on Betway have a portable home, but the miniature experience is every bit as satisfying as the bigger screen. Apps are available for all types of mobile devices meaning that you can enjoy Betway regardless of your portable preferences.
We have mentioned quite a few times that there’s a ton of content on Betway and while our focus is more on the sportsbook, we want to reassure you that if you are looking for a well-rounded betting site than they have you covered.
There’s a casino section that can stand up to the sportsbook in terms of quality and content with an astonishing amount of world-class games. These include a huge number of slots, roulette, table games, jackpot games, bingo, scratch cards, keno and many, many more examples. They even have their own live casino, with a selection here that can rival the best of the best in both. The virtual sports and esports selections are also, as we have said before, excellent. Betway is more than a great sportsbook, it’s also an excellent jack of all trades betting site.
Considering all the praise we have heaped on Betway thus far you are probably expecting this conclusion but nonetheless we truly have been blown away by the quality of this site. Not only is Betway good at almost everything, they excel at almost everything.
We say almost because there was the odd small issue, with the lack of clarity on exactly how the points system works being the clearest flaw. However, all these points were small in comparison to the excellence found pretty much everywhere else.
From variety and customer service to reliability and promotions, Betway is among the absolute best the betting world has to offer in many different areas. It might not be perfect, but it’s pretty close.