So you’ve finally decided to give sports betting a try and you’re scouting for the best option around. In our books, you couldn’t start or end with a better sportsbook than Bet365; ‘Why?’ I hear you ask. Well for starters, the betting selection covers more or less every sports in existence, it has the best odds around and an easy to navigate website. Like what you see so far? Keep reading … there’s more.
Where do you start when it comes to reviewing one of the largest betting sites in the world, owned and operated by the Coates Family of Staffordshire? Although it officially launched online back in 2001, Bet365 has been in operation for 30 years, making reliability one of its strongest points. In Australia, only the sports betting feature of this website is available, which is why we will only be talking about Sportsbook in this review.
Another strong point? Consistently competitive odds displayed on one of the simplest interfaces you’ll ever encounter. The platform displays so much information on its homepage that it might cause the website to slow down a bit sometimes, but that’s such a small price to pay in comparison to the convenience of having all your favourite sports odds and results displayed on one page.
Officially speaking, Bet365 is a multifaceted online gaming site offering world-wide visitors a portfolio of betting services other than Sportsbook. However, in light of recent laws and regulations that banned online casinos from being used in Australia, this review will only speak about Sportsbooking.
Sport Event Options
Think of a sport. Any sport. The weirdest, most uncommon sport that you can possibly think of. Have you got it? Is it still being played in this day and age? If the answer is yes, just go to the Bet365 left side bar and chances are, it’ll be right there waiting for you, with a number of odds that you can bet on. That’s how extensive the event selection on the Bet365 website is. Well, maybe we’re exaggerating a tiny tiny bit, but the choice truly is vast, that we guarantee.
The largest coverage they provide is probably for football and horseracing; the premier league alone gathers around 200 wagering options. Apart from those, you have other common sports like basketball, cricket and a number of motorsports, and some uncommon ones like Biathlon and Gaelic Sports.
Placing your Wager
Apart from having an impressive selection of sports, Bet365 makes it extremely easy for you to find your sport of interest and place your wager on it. If we’re being honest, this is probably something they’ll benefit off more than you; I mean, you see some event odds, get all excited and place your bet at the touch of a button … let’s say this feature will probably benefit one party a bit more than the other, but that’s barely anything we can complain about. Speaking of event odds, Bet365 excels in this division, providing great odds with an overall betting margin of 4.5%, especially for major soccer leads.
When it comes to placing your bets, you can do it in any way you like. Phone, online, mobile, in Decimal, Fraction or American format; whatever floats your boat. Multi-betting is also available on same matches, which means that you can place bets on different aspects of one game.
A feature that definitely sets this sportsbook apart from the rest of its competitors is that they allow you to edit or cash-out your bets at any time you like, even during a match. When it comes to editing your bet, you can do so pre-match or in-play; the cash-out at any time option is really useful in case you’re feeling like you’re losing money and would like to drop out while you’re “ahead”.
Remember that we said Bet365 offers some really good odds? Well they do more than that. With certain matches, they offer to match up to any other odd that is better than theirs. This is the case with horse racing, so if you find a bookmaker that has better odds on some upcoming horse race, Bet365 will match you for it and pay you at those better odds.
The wagering requirement for Bet365’s sportsbook is x3 your deposit and bonus amounts put together, so if you deposit $100, the welcome bonus will match you by 100%, meaning that your wagering requirement will be 3x $200.
The minimum amount that you can bet is $0.1, and the maximum winning that you can have is $1,000,000, if you’re betting on a soccer game.
Bet365 is famous for its impressively fast payouts. When using Skrill, you can expect your money to be transferred to your account within 3 hours. As for the rest, the typical 1-2 days waiting time is expected. When making a deposit or withdrawal using this site, you can make use of Credit/Debit Cards, Neteller, Skrill and Paysafecard.
Live Streaming Options:
If you have an account with at least $1 deposited in it, you are eligible for live streaming any available sports event except for horseracing. When it comes to that, you need to bet a minimum of 50c in order to be able to watch the race live.
In fact, Bet365’s live betting and streaming platform is one of the best around. If, for some reason or another, you aren’t able to watch the game, the live match option will keep you updated on what’s going on in the game with score updates. You can even stream live sports and horse races on your phone on-the-go, making the site mobile-friendly too.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; can it get any better than that? Yep! Customer Support with Bet365 is efficient and friendly; it is also offered in multiple languages and you can contact them via live-chat, email, call back service, free phone and … wait for it … regular post. In retrospect, sending an online betting company a strongly worded letter, might not be your go-to communication of choice but doesn’t it just feel great knowing that you have the option?
There’s not much left to say except for the fact that we are 100% served by everything and anything that Bet365 has to offer. With a portfolio of event choices as extensive as theirs, you don’t have to scratch your head for long before realising that it is the best go-to option for all your sports booking needs. 3 hour pay-out, odds on sports events no one has ever heard of and the offer to match up any odd which is better than theirs. Look no further, Sportsbook heaven has been found.