Betway is an online sports betting site that has been around, in various forms, since 2006. If you associate them with any negativity, you probably have a long memory. They have dealt with various scandals and complaints and have even been blacklisted by SportsbookReview.com in the past. Betway decided to clean up their act, replace their management and improve their service. Perhaps surprisingly, they did a great job of it and are no longer blacklisted by SBR (who now actually give them a B- overall) or any other listing site. In fact, they tend to get fairly positive reviews these days, but are they the right sportsbook for you?
What bonuses do Betway offer?
Betway are currently offering a welcome bonus for new customers – a 100% match on deposits up to $50. As with most welcome bonuses, there are wagering requirements attached. You will need to wager 5X the deposit and bonus over a period of 60 days (from the day the bonus is credited to your account). All bets must have odds of 1.75 or more. Bonuses offered by the sportsbook can also be used in the Betway casino, but different terms may apply. Always check the terms and conditions for all bonuses and be aware that they are subject to change.
There are other ongoing bonuses available at Betway, such as the free bet club, which offers a free bonus of $10 each week if you make $25 worth of football multiple bets with odds of 2/1 or more. This is offered in the form of a free $5 bet on Saturday and another on Monday. There are also special promotional bonuses on specific sports, such as the NBA in-play special. If you place a live bet on any NBA game and lose, and the last score was a 3-pointer, your bet will be refunded with a free bet match on your stake, capped at $25.
What sports are available to bet on?
Betway offer plenty of variety when it comes to the types of sports and events you can bet on. All the popular sports you would expect to find at a major sportsbook are represented, including football, baseball, boxing and golf, as well as less common ones such as bandy, beach soccer and Pesapallo. You can also bet on eSports, winter sports, Gaelic sports and even fishing.
International sports available include American football, Australia-rules football and ice hockey. In addition, there is the opportunity to bet on non-sporting events, such as the outcomes of political events. Betway list well over 30 sports you can bet on, but many of these are categories such as winter sports and Gaelic sports, making the actual number even higher.
- Over 30 sports available
What features does Betway offer?
Betway offer a wide range of sports and a huge number of events, resulting in a very high volume of available markets. Both pre-match and in-play betting is available, and there are generous betting limits. The maximum bet on most events is high and can be up to $500,000, depending on the market and the type of bet you are placing. The minimum bet is as low as $0.10 on some markets.
Live streaming is available for many events, both from the main website and via mobile. Clicking the in-play button on the home page will take you to a list of live events, with current scores and stats and the ability to place live bets. The live betting section is well organized, allowing you to filter sports and leagues to find what you are looking for. Betway offer good odds for most sports, both pre-match and through their live betting function, although it is always worth shopping around for the best odds on specific events.
Setting up and funding an account is fairly easy with a range of payment methods available, including debit and credit cards, Neteller and Skrill. Most payment methods require a low minimum deposit of between $5 and $10. Customer support is available via phone, with dedicated phone lines for the UK and Canada, plus an international phone line that appears to be based in the UK. There is also a live chat option.
Betway mobile review
In addition to cleaning up their act when it comes to best practices and customer service, Betway have also vastly improved the mobile experience they offer to customers. The original Betway sports app was known to have a lot of limitations, but the company seem to have sunk some money into development and come up with vastly improved versions of their apps. They now have an excellent mobile app available for both iOS and Android devices as well as a dedicated mobile site that can be accessed via your browser without the need to download an app.
The new apps are slick, modern and intuitive as well as highly functional, allowing you to easily move around, exploring markets and placing both pre-match and in-play bets easily and quickly. You can place singles bets and accumulators, check on live events and manage your account, all with just a few taps of the screen.
Security is excellent on the apps, and everything is set up to allow you to fund your account, withdraw your winnings and place your bets with as little fuss as possible, and if you run into problems, customer support is also readily available via the app, including a live text chat option open 24 hours a day. It is also possible to access the Betway mobile site, which is reliable, intuitive and very similar to using the app.
Betting Veteran pays a visit
Betting Veteran paid a visit to Betway and tried out what they have to offer. He found that creating an account was easy. He appreciated the range of funding options and the low minimum deposit, although he made a high deposit in order to take advantage of the matched deposit bonus. Betting Veteran found the site easy to navigate and was impressed with the range of markets offered and the ease of use of the live betting section. He claimed his bonus and noted that he has a generous 60-day window to fulfil wagering requirements, so he will be returning.
Betway is a sportsbook that is working hard to overcome a shady past and generally succeeding. The current site offers an excellent user experience, reasonable odds, easy in-play betting and a wide array of sports and events to bet on. It is no longer blacklisted, and current user reviews are mainly positive. It is licenced and regulated by both the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission, which adds a little extra security for customers.
There are some very good features offered by Betway, including their intuitive in-play betting functions and top-quality mobile apps. Setting up an account is easy and quick, with lots of payment and withdrawal options, low minimum deposits and high betting limits.
Betting Veteran likes:
- High betting limits
- Good odds, both pre-match and in-play
- High-quality mobile apps
Betting Veteran dislikes:
- Deposit bonus could be bigger
- Live streaming not available on all events
- Shady history is a concern, but willing to give them a chance