Betway Sports Betting Review 2019

They are among the most recognisable betting brands around, but can Betway live up to the hype? Read our in-depth sports review to find out if they deserve their sterling reputation in the online gaming world.

  • Bonus: £30 in Free Bets
  • Max. Bonus: £30
  • Odds Required: Odds from 1.40
  • Rating: 9/10.0
  • Bonus Code: No code required
  • Mobile: Yes

Introduction to Betway

It’s clear from pretty much every element of Betway that this site means business. From its two generous welcome offers – including £30 in free bets and a bonus up to £1000 for the casino –, alongside its advertisements and their sponsorship of West Ham United, there’s little this site won’t do to try and catch a potential punters’ attention.

It would also appear on first glance at least, that the website itself has had the maximum amount of effort and attention put into it as well. It’s bright, colourful and eye-catching, whilst remaining at the best possible levels of taste. It is also easy to use and in general a joy to look at and navigate around. Not only that but it appears to be backed up by plenty of content too. Of course, we’ll have to look a little deeper to discover whether Betway really does match expectations, but initial impressions are all positive.

Bonuses, Bets & Promotions

When we look at promotions, we often point out that they are subject to change with some being time sensitive by their very nature. This is certainly the case with Betway, which advertises the promotions other than its welcome offers as ‘today’s other promotions’. So, don’t be surprised if things have changed when you take a look at the site yourself. However, you should still be able to get a good idea of the level of quality you can expect from their promotions from the three we’re going to take a look at. There are, of course, more available but we hope that this will provide some idea of what you can expect.

Furthermore, while we’ll mention the terms and conditions that we view as exceptionally relevant, there will be far more information available on the site itself and not all terms are included here. With that in mind, here’s a quick overview of some of the promotions at Betway. Betway free bets£30 Welcome Free Bet: We could hardly start anywhere else. Your free bet is a 100% bonus matched with your first deposit up to £30. It is not subject to wagering requirements although, of course, you can only take any winnings minus the free stake amount. Minimum odds are 1.75 for single bets and 1.40 for system and each way bets. It’s a very generous offer.

Four to Score: This is a completely free game where you pick four players to score across four different matches. If you are correct in your prediction, you could win a potential £25,000. This is a great example of a promotion which makes the site generally more interesting and worthwhile.

Free Bet Club: Here we have another example of Betway giving away something of real value to improve the player experience. If you bet £25 on sports multiples, you will receive £10 in free bets across two £5 bets each promotional week. Minimum total odds of the multiple bet is 3.00.

We are extremely impressed by Betway’s promotional offerings here. Every one offers serious value which can actually make an impactful difference on how much bang for their buck the customers can get. Few can match them in terms of every promotion we’ve looked at improving the customer experience.

Betting Markets

It’s not just the advertising budget that’s big at Betway. They have an equally mammoth selection of betting markets to choose from. Whether it’s the Championship League in Bangladesh, KPL King of Glory or the Super League, if it’s available to bet on, you’ll probably find it here. There’s even a fun selection of specials allowing you to bet on TV shows and world events. It’s hard to find fault here: if there is something missing, then what you’re looking to bet on is likely very obscure. Betway betting selection

Mobile App

As has been the case with pretty much every element of Betway we have looked at so far, the mobile app for the site is at the pinnacle of what you could expect. It looks great, works well and is simply packed with content including everything you could expect, from odds to live betting. The customer response is overwhelmingly positive and it’s as easy to see why as it is to place a bet on the go with this stunningly seamless app.

Live Streaming & Virtual Sports

While the only sport live streaming at the time of writing was horse racing, that is still more than what the vast majority of their competition offers. On top of that, other sports are covered by animations which follow the action alongside offering commentary and stats. The amount of information you get does depend on the game, but it’s still extremely impressive. Betway virtualsThis is all also without mentioning the extensive virtual sports section, which includes several options from football to cycling and motor racing, all of which are top of the line. This allows you to truly immerse yourself in this virtual betting world. Our only criticism is what is available live streaming wise could be made easier to find on the site.

Payment and Withdrawal Methods

This is a bit of a strange one as the help section is very comprehensive when it comes to banking in so many areas. Yet, there is not a simple table that we could find to clearly give us all the basic information regarding things like fees and transaction times. We can, however, tell you that credit/debit cards, Neteller, Paypal and Rapid Transfer are all available deposit options at Betway. Betway payment methodsTo verify your account, a valid ID Card, driver’s license or passport are all accepted, while your utility bill, bank or account statement, residence card, house or motor insurance certificate, mortgage statement or even TV license can be used as proof of address.

The clear information regarding payment and withdrawal methods compared to other areas of banking really shows the juxtaposition of how Betway has excelled in presenting certain information but made it difficult in other instances. There is certainly room for improvement in terms of clearly presenting information here.

Customer Support

We’ve covered this a little bit with the help section, which in general is very well put together. However, we do have some gripes elsewhere. The good news is that Betway have a 24/7 live chat function, alongside an email and phone option for customers to get in touch. Betway customer supportOn the downside though, their usually brilliant site design appears to have failed them here, as we had to spend quite some time trying to find their contact us section. Once you’ve gotten there, you’re fine and you can always use Google to assist you. But this feels like a foolish oversight in an area which is generally one of Betway’s greatest strengths.

Reliability and Security

Considering just how well-known Betway have become, we doubt anyone thinks that they are anything other than a secure site. However, for those wondering, they are licensed and regulated in Great Britain and Malta. They also utilise SSL encryption to make sure that all that important financial information you are sending is as safe as it could possibly be. Betway reliabilityOn top of that, their odds quality is as high as what you would expect from a site of this reputation. With regards to the casino, their games are built around a random number generator, meaning what you are playing is fair. One criticism we do have is that, although there is an options for setting betting limits, the options to customise this feature to your needs is limited. More options here would really cement Betway’s commitment to responsible gambling even further. Beyond that though, everything is looking good here.

Casino Welcome Bonus

Connected to Betway Sports is the arguably equally impressive Betway Casino. And to show that they take each part of their site just as seriously, it also comes with its own welcome bonus. This is spread across three deposits, with a maximum bonus amount of £1000. The first deposit is a 100% bonus up to £250, the second keeps the same max amount but is only a 25% bonus, while the third is a 50% bonus up to £500. Betway casino bonusUnfortunately, this is another area where the lack of clear information structured correctly in the site lets them down. This is because the terms and conditions were not easily found amongst the basic promotional information.

Betway Summary

This is a bookmaker that should be receiving our best possible score. Unfortunately, some silly mistakes in terms of the site’s structure mean we can’t say they are quite perfect just yet. Nonetheless, despite our frustrations, they are issues which can and – we hope – will be easily fixed soon. So, we have to say that Betway is overwhelmingly a success.

Those hiccups can’t do too much to distract from the fact that, overall, this site is in the upper echelon of betting sites, with an incredible amount of variety and quality. It offers everything from virtuals to its mobile app, keeping everything to an incredibly high standard.

We asked at the start of this review if Betway lives up to the hype. Despite the odd bump in the road, we’d have to say that yes, they do.