Bet365 is one of the largest online bookmakers in the world with a customer base of over 19 million users and over 3,500 employees worldwide. The company was founded in 2000 and after a year they launched their online platform. The Bet365 bookmaker has one of the widest betting offer, with over 70,000 sport events each year. The sporting events for which Bet365 offer competitive odds are focused largely on football, tennis and horse racing. The Bet365 sportsbook platform is improving every year, giving players the opportunity to have one of the best betting experiences.
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Bet365 offers more than just sports betting. Users will also find here casino, poker, bingo and games sections.
Review for BET365: Is it one of the best betting platforms?
First of all friends this is our first article for this year so on that note all the team at Betting Views wishes you a happy new year full of accomplishments. Now back to the chase… On Betting Views we have numerous reviews for betting platforms. We try to analyze them in detail so you will know what are the downsides and also the good points regarding them. Next on our list of reviews is a well known betting platform that is renowned around the globe. As I’m sure you’ve guessed it, we are talking about Bet365. In the first part on our review will discuss a bit about the history of the company, the main betting categories, then will go into detail regarding each category and at the end you can read the conclusion. Let’s get started, shall we?
Bet365 was founded in 2000 by a UK based entrepreneur called Denise Coates in the United Kingdom town called Stoke-on-Trent. Denise launched the betting business in a portakabin and it evolved the brand slowly but surely. The online presence for Bet365 wasn’t a thing until the year 2001, when Denise developed a sports betting platform and trading team. In this period of time Bet365 was still a small entity and that had a desperate need of equity to expand. And later on so it did. It borrowed 15 million £ from RBS against the family betting shop that was run by Peter Coates, from all the way back in 1974. In the family betting shop Denise played a key role, being the Managing Direct from the year 1995. In 2005 the Bet365 betting shops were sold to Coral that paid 40 million £.
The business was expanded fast by Coral and in 2012 it has shown financial figures in the area of 12 billion £ (wagered on sports). In 2016 the company participated in numerous sponsorships that further consolidates the brand position in the online betting industry. The company Bet365 Ltd is still run by Denis, being the primary shareholder, with the help of her brother and father. As of now the company was over 3000 employees, around 19 million customers from 200 countries on which they operate on and it’s one of the top employers in Stoke-on-Trent. Now let’s take a look into the website categories and start analyzing them one by one.
The main betting categories for Bet365 are:
- Sports (with Live Betting)
First of all we must say that we really appreciate the way Bet365 decided to separate the website categories to avoid cluttering the interface. When you first access bet365.com you will see all the main website categories laid out in small boxes, sports being the top one. This is a huge thumbs up in our book! In the sports section you will find all the sports in the left side of the screen, some quick links to matches in the middle and the betting slip is placed a usual on the right side of the screen. The numbers of sports that are available in this category are fairly vast and it’s super easy to find what you are looking for compared to other betting platforms from the online space. Just to mention a few sports, on Bet365 you can find: Football (Soccer on the website), Basketball, Golf, Horse Racing, Snooker, Motor Sports, Darts, Cycling, Cricket and a few special ones like Lotto, Financials or E-Sports. The betting experience is standard for the most part. You have to click on the sport on which the bet will be placed. Here you will see all the competitions (from different countries also), championships and so on, then click on the odds for the matches you want to place an investment.
Like on any other betting platform, the match or matches will appear on the betting slip and from there the bet is almost placed. If you are not sure about the matches or what bets you want to place, next to the teams or athletes name competing (varies from bet to bet) you will see a chart icon. When clicking on it, a popup window will appear with some detailed stats regarding past confrontations and the overall performance. Based on those numbers you can make a call regarding the team or athlete you want to place you bet on. Also right from that popup you can jump to other sport types, there is no need to close it. That small addition (the sports in the popup) is extremely beneficial when you want to place a quick bet and don’t want to waste your time shuffling through menus. Overall the pre match betting experience is solid and we didn’t encounter any problems with it.
As of now, it’s one of the best interfaces we’ve seen in a sports betting platform. The sports and matches are not cluttered what so ever, the betting process and quick and easy as you would expect and the statistics makes your betting strategy a whole lot better. But what if pre-match betting is not really your thing? No worries! There is no need for a platform switch!
Right in the Sports category there is an In Play button for Live betting. The numbers of sports and matches that are available here is somewhat limited and can vary in number from day to day, but as you may or may know, this is expected. The sports available for live betting are: Football (Soccer on the website), Basketball, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Snooker and Volleyball.
When you click on sport type, a list of competitions appears and the time remaining is displayed in the left side of the competition, also the betting odds are placed on the right. Another cool option worth mentioning is a quick preview of the match when you click on it. Let’s take as an example a football match: when you click on the live match, in the middle of the screen are the odds with some helpful information regarding Yellow card, Red cards, goals, penalties and in the right side of the screen there is a small fiend. Underneath it you can see the attacks, dangerous attacks and possession in points/percentage for each team.
Also for some of the matches there is a live video feed available. This is a huge plus from our point of view! Not many online sports betting websites offer this option and we see it as a very nice addition. Same as pre-match betting, the experience is flawless and we were impressed by the number of options that are available to the end user. A big thumbs up from us! Now let’s move to the next category.
The Casino is one of the most popular categories in betting websites across the world. And this is thanks to many reasons, but the main on is the fact that it offers you a similar experience to a real life casino right at your fingertips, from the comfort of your own home. But at the same time, it is a safer way for you to bet large sums of money. We won’t go too much into detail regarding the advantages and disadvantages of online betting, because we are certain that you know them already. Instead let’s take a look together into the Casino category found on Bet365. Here you can find a lot of popular games that may seem familiar if you gambled in the past in a real casino. More precisely there are Slot games, card games, table games, video poker, games and jackpots. Also from the menu you can click the featured games tab to see the most popular games in the website. In the following sentences will take a quick look into each game category and tell you how was our betting experience overall. Slots are a top attraction for many betting enthusiast, this is because they are easy to comprehend and can offer significant financial gains. The titles available are interesting and based on some popular video games or movies (at least some of them).
In terms of optimization and game play, the slots are really well put together, offer an engaging experience and rand really well on our machines. The gameplay is the same somewhat across the board, but there are some variations based on the theme of the game. Card games are right beneath Slots, and offer you popular games like Blackjack, Baccarat, Hold’em and even Pontoon that we don’t see that often. Also if you don’t like the offline gaming experience you can opt in for a live casino experience.
In the table games section there are classic games like Roulette and Hi-Lo (which is live) or an interesting version of Roulette Marvel inspired. For the Poker fans out there, Bet 365 gets you all set offering a whole category dedicated to Poker type games (this is a different section compared to the main Poker category). Here are a multitude of Poker games that most likely will satisfy the needs for the majority.
And last but not least are Games where you can find Keno, Bowling and other entertaining games that weren’t fit for the categories mentioned above. To sum it all up, the interface is well put together and the games are really well implemented offering a stellar experience.
Except the Poker category in the Casino section, you can download a proprietary Bet365 Poker client to enroll in tournaments with real players across the world. Unfortunately the client is only available for Windows but if you have a Mac or a Linux machine there are some ways you can run Windows applications on them (use Google to get informed). The game types and tournaments are listed on the right side of the screen, as it is on many Poker clients and the available tables appear in the middle. Joining a table is just a matter of a few clicks. Is simple as that! Also directly from the client you have the possibility to access the Casino section.
In large, Bet365 Poker experience is good, it doesn’t have anything special but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The main disadvantage here is the fact that you can enjoy a table of Poker only you you have a Windows machine. The non techie user will not bother with the process of making it work on Mac and Linux, they will simply move along. But this doesn’t mean that in the near futures we won’t see a Poker client available for Mac, Linux or even better, a browser based client. A workaround for those that don’t own a Windows computer is the mobile app or the mobile website. It’s not the full fledged client but is better than nothing.
The games section is extensive and very well put together. This is a trend across the website, all the categories being implemented in such a manner that is super easy to browse them or to find what you are looking for. Games make no exception displaying all the games in one page, separating them by subcategory. The subcategories are: Premium Slots, Bonus Slots, Video Slots, Table Games, Arcade and Jackpots. Just like in the Casino section, the games are similar in broad terms and in gameplay, but have a different set of rules that depends on the game. Each game is rated by the users and has a counter that displays the number of times that game was played. A really nice tweak, if you want to play the most popular game, and don’t want to waste time. As a conclusion, is a great way to bet interactively and offers you a large number of options to invest on. Happy spinning!
Being one of the most popular games around the world, Bingo is present also on Bet365. You can choose from a few Bingo game types, some of them being: 90 ball, 80 ball, 75 ball. The games that are coming up are displayed in the middle of the page, so keeping track of the rooms and joining is straightforward. When you enter a room the tickets are placed on the right and the numbers are called above the ticket. Also you have a chat room in which player interaction is possible, a standard experience if you ask us.
The registration process is easy and fast. All you have to do is click the Join now button and a new window will appear. Here you have to fill your personal information in order to complete the registration process. More than 200 countries are opened for registration on Bet365, so chances are that yours is included also. Another thing to take note of is that the minimum age required to be able to create and account and start placing your bets is 18. On registration, users from all over the world will also enjoy a great welcome bonus package from Bet365 based on their country of residence.
To our surprise the deposit and withdraw methods are vast and most likely will fulfill the needs for most players. Just to mention a few methods, Bet365 supports: Visa, MasterCard, Maestro cards, Neteller, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, PaySafe, Direct Bank Transfer. You must take note that not all the payment methods are available for withdraw, you must consult the list available in the help section on the website. Also the payment methods available for withdraw or deposit don’t have any fees.
In terms of online gambling platforms there are a few option out there to choose from. Each having their own strengths and weaknesses, but in the end it come to what are you needs and what you are most comfortable with. Bet365 we must say that is one of the best betting websites thanks to its interface and easy to navigate menus. All the information you need is right in front of you, nothing more and nothing less, also the cross browser support is really good. The single downside we’ve noticed is the fact that the Poker client is only available for Windows, but there is a workaround. We recommend Bet365 website as one of the top online betting operators on the interwebs and we encourage you to give it a try. Please leave a comment down below regarding your experience with the site or if we’ve missed some crucial points.