Bet365 is one of the largest betting websites in the world, as they claim to have over 22 million customers around the globe. The website was first launched in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The bet365 online site is full of different products, including a sportsbook, as well as in-play, casino, games, poker, vegas and bingo sections.
Navigating on the website was very easy, both on a desktop and mobile device (m bet365). Everything was easy to find and it was a pleasure to use. The green, yellow and white colour scheme makes everything stand out.
How to claim bet365 bet credits
As a new customer with bet365, there is the chance to claim bet credits of up to £100. The strategy for claiming these bet credits is to deposit £100 and then wager this amount. Make sure to claim the offer within 7 days. You will then be credited with the bet credits immediately.
The amount you will receive in bet credits is matched to the amount of the first deposit and bet, up to the maximum of £100. The terms of the offer state that the first bet must be at odds of 1/5 (1.2) to qualify for the bet credits.
When qualifying for the offer, I decided to choose a selection that was as close to the minimum odds as possible, as I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of keeping my stake and winning a bit extra.
Having searched the site for the best value, I decided to place my bet on a high profile football match, as the football odds on bet365 are good value. This is particularly true for televised matches, as the bookie bring their odds in line with the market leader.
bet365 online betting
Bet365 is certainly one of the best betting websites to use and placing your bets with them is a positive experience. It is clear that a lot of work has gone into the design of the site, and there is plenty on offer.
The sportsbook is the main attraction, where betting is available on a number of sports. These include American football, Athletics, Aussie Rules, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing/UFC, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, ESports, Football, Futsal, Gaelic Sports, Golf, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motor Sports, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sailing, Snooker, Speedway, Surfing, Tennis, Trotting, Virtual Sports, Volleyball and Winter Sports.
There are a good number of betting markets available on the bet365 online betting site, so there were some great options in terms of what I could place my bets on.
High interest sports such as football have a lot of markets. For example, some of the more popular football markets listed include Match Odds, Both Teams To Score, Win and Both Teams To Score, Over/Under 2.5 Goals, Under/Over 3.5 Goals, Goals in Both Halves.
Matches in the Premier League have well over 100 markets listed, while in comparison a match in the Macau 1st division had 18 markets listed.
Horse racing coverage on the bet365 website is great too. As well as special racing promotions that are listed daily, there are markets for all races in the UK and Ireland, as well as those from selected meetings worldwide, from countries such as Australia, South Africa and France.
Tennis matches often have a decent number of markets available too. As an example, matches in the ATP Indian Wells tournament had 13 markets. There are usually far more available for Grand Slam tournaments.
I took advantage of the cash out feature too, as I was able to use ‘Auto Cash Out’ to set an amount I would be happy to take before the event had even started.
How bet365 online betting odds compare
For most sports, the odds on the bet365 website are good. There is value to be found with football and horse racing markets, though some major value can be found on the American sports, such as baseball, ice hockey, basketball and American football.
As an example of good value I was able to find on football, I placed a bet of £10 on Marseille to beat Athletic Bilbao at odds of 3.20 with bet365, which would return £32. In comparison, Dafabet were offering odds of 3.00 on the same selection, which would return £30. An extra £2 just by choosing bet365.
In-play at bet365 online
In play betting is a key part of the sportsbook on bet365. It has its own tab at the top of the page on the desktop version and once clicked into, I was shown all of the ongoing sporting events that were available for live betting.
This included a large number of sports, including football, tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, greyhounds, handball, horse racing, ice hockey and snooker, among others.
The number of events available for in-play betting is dependant on the popularity of the sport in question. For example, an in-play match in the Egypt Division 1 had 107 markets, which is an excellent amount to choose from.
Some tennis matches have a great number of markets available too, such as a match in the ITF Israel offering 22 in-play markets.
Other sports may have less markets available as there is likely to be less interest, such as table tennis often having around 10 markets available. Others still have a good number, such as a Russian ice hockey match having 43 markets available.
Watching live streaming sports at bet365 online
Live streaming is a fantastic addition to the bet365 website, and it allowed me to watch some ongoing sporting events. There were a great range of sports available with this feature too, and it was easy to find a list.
All I had to do was click the ’services’ tab and select ‘Live Streaming’. I was then taken to the list of ongoing sports available to watch, which included the cricket match between Afghanistan and the West Indies as well as plenty of tennis matches and horse racing from Cheltenham Festival.
I was also able to view a full schedule of upcoming events that were going to be available for streaming within the next 7 days.
Not only was live streaming available on the desktop website but it was available on mobile devices too, which meant I could watch all these events on the move.
For most sports, the live streaming service does not require a bet to be placed on that specific event. All that is needed is to have a funded sports account or to have placed a bet within the previous 24 hours.
For horse racing, I was required to place a bet of at least £0.50 on a win market or £0.25 on an each-way market to watch the race in question.
Having the live stream available was really helpful in giving myself a better idea of what to bet on, and the in-play markets appeared just below the live stream.
How to deposit at bet365 online
In order to place any bets and look to qualify for the new customer offer, I first needed to deposit funds into my bet365 account. As a side note, all of the deposit methods I’ll be discussing here may only be relevant for those in the UK.
When I clicked the deposit button, I was presented with the full list of payment methods. These included; debit card, credit card, PayPal, ApplePay, Paysafecard, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, Neteller Entropay and Bank Transfer.
The minimum deposit amount varies depending on the method, with debit and credit cards having a minimum of £5, while the PayPal minimum is £10. They were instantly credited into my bet365 account and ready to bet with straight away.
I decided to make my first deposit using a debit card, as it was the quickest and easiest method. There is also the fact that the terms of the welcome offer state that any deposits made using Neteller, Skrill or Skrill 1-Tap will not count as your qualifying deposit.
As I deposited funds with a debit card, I also had to withdraw with a debit card. There are no fees involved with this method and the process time is between one and five working days. The minimum amount you can withdraw using a debit card is £5, and the maximum is £20,000.
It took a few days for any deposits or withdrawals to show on my bank statements.
What to do if you need help with bet365 online
As I had a couple of questions about the terms of the welcome offer, I decided to test the customer service options on the site.
By clicking the services tab and then ‘Help’, I was taken to a frequently asked questions page. There was plenty of information here on all different kinds of things, but I then clicked ‘Contact Us’ to receive help from a customer service representative.
The live chat is available 24/7 and is the quickest way to get your query answered. Email assistance is also available, as well as telephone and post help.