- Massive sportsbook with incredible variety.
- Terrific mobile access, in-game betting, and live streaming.
Notes from the Editor
With over 20 million bettors in more than two hundred countries, Bet365 truly has something for everyone. Yes, it’s an international mega-site that accepts a wide variety of currencies, however Bet365 is based in the UK – their sports betting is even regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. But this is far from the only thing they have going for them. Bet365 requires all bettors to be 18+, and of course, gamble responsibly.
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- Minimum deposit: £5
- Payment options: Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, iDebit, Apple Pay, Entropay, Bank Wire, Cheque, Paysafe Card, FastBank Transfer
- Supported currencies: USD, EUR, CZK, GBP, CHF, DKK, HKD, HUF, JPY, RON, THB, SGD, SEK, ZAR, ISK, MYR, MXN, NZD, NOK, PLN, TWD, INR, RMB, CAD, ARS, AUD, BRL, BGN
Bet365 has chosen to make its services available to almost the entire world, while avoiding the complications often associated with taking deposits from American customers. This translates to extremely fast deposits accepted in a very wide range of currencies (with a more than fair exchange rate). Both Visa and Mastercard are accepted as well as their debit counterparts. You can also send in cash if you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, or use bank wire transfer, Skrill, Paypal, Neteller or one of several other online services in an instant.
The era of waiting weeks for your winnings cheque to arrive by post are over and Bet365 is leading the way in modern payout options among sportsbooks. Any of the above mentioned deposit methods can also be used as quick and easy withdrawal avenues. Expect PayPal within a day, or set up an Neteller account and have the funds (up to £20,000 of them) arrive in less than an hour. Or, my favorite is to simply have winnings given back as a credit on my Visa – like returning a pair of shoes. Bank wires can be made in an average of 2 days and you’re given one free bank wire withdrawal per month – every other method is free as well. The minimum withdrawal amounts start at a very low £5 so you can easily be cashing out your winnings after every successful bet if you prefer to manage your bankroll this way.
- Service hours: 24/7
- Contact number: 0800-0288-365
- Live chat: Yes
- Languages: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish and Chinese
Customer service at Bet365 has always been superb, and as their name suggests they’re available to talk to at any time. Phone calls are usually answered in seconds even if you’re calling at the peak time such as before a big match (or calling at 3AM trying to bet on Mexican basketball). They have several contact numbers listed to help those in other countries to avoid long distance charges, but as far as I can tell their entire call centre operation is in England. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been very knowledgeable, courteous, and well trained. Emails are also answered promptly.
In general, if you were worried about dealing with a larger company like this, fear not – they’re very approachable and accommodating. Other major organisations (*cough*BA*cough*) should take a page from Bet365’s book when it comes to customer service.
- Live betting: Yes
With a customer base as big and varied as Bet365 has, you can imagine what a huge selection of leagues they’d have to keep available. Combine this with their dedication to live in-game betting, and you get the most dynamic sportsbook around. Literally anytime day or night there’s multiple things to watch on their live streaming service and wager on as it happens. Sometimes I’ll find myself waking up early to make some quick bets on Korean baseball or Aussie Rules football – things I never would have been into otherwise and I have no business betting on, but I find the excitement helps me start my day.
Their streaming service, by the way, is very well done. Even if you’re just a casual bettor who enjoys watching sports and races, the streaming alone is probably worth keeping a Bet365 account for.
If that’s still not enough to bet on, the sportsbook also offers a wide variety of specials betting on entertainment and politics. Or try your luck at a foreign lottery or one of several virtual sports and races – betting on computer generated animals or athletes. I’ve never been quite sure how one would have a profitable time with these. You’re really just picking winners based on which has your favorite name or colour. But these are all just for fun and a serious punter would have no need for the distraction with the incredible betting selection that Bet365 already offers.
Website UI and UX
- Ease of use for betting: Arguably the best UI available today. Super clean and user-friendly.
- Mobile betting: Excellent mobile site & dedicated mobile apps. Also offers live-streaming.
Their mobile sportsbook app is also among the best around. The full sportsbook experience is right there on your tablet or mobile including all the live in-game betting as well as the smooth live-streaming platform. I love using the app at the racetrack as it even includes the racing form and I can bet without leaving my seat.
- Location: Gibraltar 1
- Established year: 2001