Betway sports online
Betway have been one of the most popular bookmakers for punters in the UK ever since their introduction back in 2006.
There is plenty to do on the site, with the sportsbook a key aspect. It provides betting on plenty of sports, and if this is not your thing there is something for everyone. There are also sections for Casino, Live Casino, eSports, Vegas, Poker and Bingo.
The Betway sign up process can be completed on a desktop or mobile device, and I found that navigating around was simple, meaning I found what I was looking for quickly.
How to claim a free bet with Betway sign up offer
As a new customer with this bookie, I was able to claim the Betway welcome offer, which is given to customers that have not registered for an account with them before. By opening an online account, I deposited £30 and placed my first bet, to then be given a £30 free bet.
The terms of the offer stated that my first bet had to be at odds of 1.75 or greater, but there was plenty of selections to choose from at this price. My first deposit also had to be made within 7 days of the account being opened, which gave me plenty of time.
I knew that the maximum free bet I could claim was £30, and it was matched with my deposit amount. Therefore I had to deposit £30 and place my first bet. After completing this step, the Betway new customer free bet was credited to me instantly.
I was given 7 days to use my free bet, and if not it would have expired and been removed from my account.
I decided to use my free bet on a high profile football match, as there was plenty of value to be found.
Experience of a Betway new customer
As Betway don’t have any stores, the only option is to place bets with them online. It is extremely quick and easy to gets bets on and I was able to place a number of bets in just a few minutes. Betway’s site has the black and white branding which gives everything a sleek look.
The sportsbook is where I spent most of my time on the site and there is plenty to be found. There were betting opportunities available on around 30 different sports, including Football, Horse Racing, Tennis, Cricket, Ice Hockey, Esports, Baseball, Politics, Boxing, UFC/Martial Arts, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Golf, Motor Sport, American Football, Aussie Rules, Badminton, Cycling, Darts, Futsal, Gaelic Sports, Greyhounds, Handball, Pesapallo, Pool, Snooker, Table Tennis and Volleyball.
The number of markets available for each sport was completely dependant on how popular that sport is. For example, Premier League Football matches usually have the most markets listed. Though, some events for lower interest sports are limited to just Home/Draw/Away betting.
Horse racing betting has plenty available too, with markets for all UK and Irish horse racing, as well as plenty of meetings from countries around the world. Ante post markets are listed for selected future races too. #betyourway markets offer something different, with the chance to request a bet.
There are plenty of tennis markets too, both for smaller tournaments and the big grand slam events too, which are Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open and French Open.
The cash out feature is an excellent addition to the Betway website too, meaning I was able to end selected bets early. I took an early profit when my selection was in a winning position, and I could have minimised potential losses if it looked like my selection would lose.
Betway sports odds
The odds available on the Betway website can be considered to be competitive. Their football odds are some of the best on the site, usually providing excellent value. It is often the case that Betway will bring their odds in line with the market leaders for big matches that are broadcast on TV.
As an example of the extra value I was able to find, Betway gave me odds of 3.0 for Everton to beat Stoke City, while other leading bookmakers were listing a price of 2.75. Per £10 bet, that is an extra £2.50 in profit just by choosing Betway.
Betway In-play betting
In-play betting is also available on the site, and actually has a prominent role. It has its own tab at the top of the page, so it was extremely easy for me to find all of the in-play events.
There are quite a few sports available for live betting too, including Football, Tennis, Cricket, Cricket, Basketball, Cycling, Futsal, Handball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Rugby, Darts and eSports. Football often has the most markets listed, while certain events are limited to just one or two markets.
Some of the key football markets that you can find in-play are Match Odds, Both Teams To Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Correct Score and more.
There are also some great graphics with accompanying stats, which helped me make more informed decisions. In-play stats were updated in real time and for football included the likes of corners, cards and possession.
Betway live streaming sports
Free live streams are also available for selected football matches from competitions including the German BundesLiga and Russian Premier League. I was also able to find live streams for KHL Ice Hockey, ATP Tennis and Euro Volleyball among other things. The live streaming service covers thousands of events each week, so there is plenty to choose from.
It did not require me to place a bet to stream most sports, all that was needed was to have a funded account.
Horse racing live streams are not free though. I had to bet a minimum of £2 on a race to watch it’s respective video footage. The live streams are provided by a third party and the Betway advises that there is a small delay to the feed.
I was able to access these streams on both a desktop and a mobile device, which meant I was able to keep up with the action while on the move. I could see which events were available for streaming by the small TV icon next to the event.
Betway sign up and deposit
Before I was able to fully claim the Betway sign up offer, first I had to deposit some funds into my betting account. It is important to note at this point that I am betting from the UK, and the payment methods I will be discussing may only be relevant for others in the UK too.
When I logged in and clicked on the Bank button, I was taken to the deposit page. The available payment methods were then listed, which included Visa, Mastercard, Neteller and PayPal.
I decided to use a debit card to deposit, as I found that it was the quickest and easiest way. My card details were saved to make it even easier for next time too, which was important when I needed to deposit funds quickly.
All of the available payment methods were processed immediately, meaning that the funds would be available to bet with straight away. There are no fees involved with any of the current payment methods either. The minimum deposit is £10, which is more than the £5 minimum from some of their competitors.
Another big reason why I chose to deposit with a debit card is due to the fact that the terms and conditions of the welcome offer state that only deposits made with a debit/credit card or PayPal will count towards the offer.
Withdrawing any funds is a similar process to depositing. The minimum withdrawal amount is £10, and I was required to withdraw with the same payment method as I deposited with.
What to do if you need help with Betway welcome offer
I had a look at the customer service options available on the site and there was plenty there to get any questions answered. The help section is easy to find too, as there is a Support button.
Once clicked, you will be taken to the help centre, which includes a number of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find the answer to your query, you can instead decide to contact a customer service representative via the live chat feature or via email.
If you need to escalate a complaint, you can contact the Independent Betting Arbitration Service (IBAS).