betway online gambling

Betway are one of a number of companies that have been started up to focus primarily on the online gambling industry. Founded back in 2006, the company has focused on four key areas of the gambling industry since its inception:

  • sports betting
  • online poker
  • bingo
  • online casino gaming

These are offered across five different sites (Betway Sports, Betway Poker, Betway Bingo, Betway Casino and Betway Vegas) as well as three other brands.

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Although taking a multi-faceted approach to the online gambling industry, most of the Betway advertising throughout the media does tend to focus, in the UK at least, on its sports betting platform rather than the others.

As such, Betway have developed a clearer and greater following within the sports betting industry than in other areas of the online gambling scene.

Betway Casino new player bonus and promotions

Betway offers a ‘single account’ approach across its gambling platform with a single account allowing you to access each of the different sites. However, there are different offers players can access when they join Betway, depending on which site they join Betway with.

Betway offer a number of different opening offers across their sites. Users can join using any one of the offers, but once they have joined they cannot join another site and access a second offer.

Currently the promotions available for new customers on each site are as follows:

Betway Casino and Betway Vegas – £1,000 welcome bonus for new customers

Opt in to the bonus offer when you first deposit with the either Betway Casino or Betway Vegas and you can receive a matched bonus offer potentially worth up to £1,000 over your first three deposits.

Welcome bonus #1 is a 100% match bonus up to £250 on your first deposit.

Welcome bonus #2 is a 25% match bonus up to £250 on your second deposit and welcome bonus #3 is a 50% match bonus of up to £500 on your third deposit.

You must opt in and accept the terms and conditions when you activate this offer and you have seven days within which to make your three qualifying deposits in order to receive the offer.

The minimum amount to trigger Welcome Bonus #1 is a £20 deposit and each bonus is subject to a 50x playthrough requirement.

Betway Bingo – 300% first deposit bonus

If you elect to join Betway Bingo first, then you can receive a first deposit bonus of 300%.

This bonus must be opted into and if you do, then you will receive the bonus when you make your first deposit, provided that you make your first deposit within seven days of opening your account.

The 300% welcome bonus is available on deposits of over £5 and the maximum bonus that a player can earn from the offer is £150 (which is equates to a first deposit of £50).

There is a wagering requirement of 30x your bonus before you can withdraw any funds attributable to that cash. You have a total of 14 days to use the bonus and to meet wagering requirements before the bonus expires and any remaining funds removed from the account.

Betway Sports – £30 free bet

Betway Sports offer for new customers is an excellent 300% sports betting bonus which sees new players who make a deposit of £10 or more and then place a bet or bets to the same value of their initial deposit, receive a £30 free bet.

You only receive your free bet after you have staked your original deposit in full. You have seven days within which to use your free bet and this bet must be used in a single transaction bet. It cannot be used to place multiple bets (such as Trixies, Patents, etc.).

If your free bet wins, then the stake is not included in any returns.

Betway Poker – 200% welcome bonus up to £750

Once you have downloaded, installed, and registered with Betway Poker, you can make your first deposit and earn yourself a 200% bonus worth up to £750, which is released incrementally as you play games for real cash on Betway Poker.

In addition to the cash bonus, you also receive entry into six freeroll events, with a total prize fund of over £4,000 to be won.

Once you have made your first deposit and generated your welcome bonus, you have 60 days within which to release the bonus by earning enough Poker Loyalty Points. Your cash is released in batches of £7.50, requiring the player to earn 566.28 Poker Points per release.

You earn 10 Poker Loyalty Points for every £1 staked in cash game fees or online poker tournament fees.

Do I need a Betway bonus code?

Betway doesn’t use bonus codes or promotional codes to activate their new player bonuses, instead electing for players to opt in to the offer and accept the terms and conditions when they sign up in order to access the bonuses.

Who is the Betway site for?

The first thing you notice about the Betway platform in general is that it does offer a wealth of options for every type of gambler, whether that is a poker player, an online casino gamer, a bingo enthusiast or a sports betting fan.

The options available across the five main sites, and their subsidiaries, like the esports betting and In Play betting are extensive.

As such, there is absolutely no hesitation to say that whatever your favourite form of gambling is, you’ll find something to keep you occupied and entertained at Betway.

That said, it is fair to say that the company, certainly in some countries, has tended to focus primarily on its sports betting site over the other sites. Advertising has tended to center on this.

Given the company’s high profile endorsement of large sports events, I would say that this is a site that would ideally suit a sports betting fan who also enjoys a spot of casino gaming, poker, and/or bingo from time to time.

That’s not to say a casino gamer or poker player would find Betway short of options. Indubitably that is not the case; it is just the site’s primary focus does appear to be sports betting in terms of its advertising.

As such, that tends to be where the main focus lies for most customers.

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What kind of games are available at Betway Casino?

Betway offers what would be broadly viewed as a typical selection of casino-based games via its Betway Casino site.

The site splits games up into several categories ranging from how popular they are on site, to the types of games available (roulette, blackjack, table games, live casino, video slots, three reel slots, progressive jackpots, video poker, and instant win games).

There are significantly more slot games available on the site than there are other forms of games, but once again, this is consistent with other casino-based sites on the market at present.

How many games are there to choose from at the casino?

Currently at Betway Casino, there are the following games available to play (including live casino versions of each type of game)

  • 10 versions of roulette
  • 30 versions of blackjack
  • 14 table games (card and dice games)
  • 218 video slots
  • 80 three reel slots
  • 15 progressive jackpot games
  • 22 video poker games
  • 6 instant win games

That gives a total of 395 games, although it should be remembered that this is at the time of the review and that this number will increase as Betway’s supplier (Microgaming) releases new games.

Does the site offer live dealer games?

Yes, you can play a choice of nine different live dealer games at Betway Casino and there is a dedicated live casino section within the casino home page to grant you easy access to this part of the site.

The live dealer games you can play are:

  • Live Casino Roulette
  • Live Casino Multiplayer Roulette
  • Live Casino Baccarat
  • Live Casino Hold’em
  • Live Casino Multiplayer Baccarat
  • Live Casino Multiplayer Blackjack
  • Live Multiplayer Roulette
  • Playboy Multiplayer Blackjack
  • Playboy Multiplayer Baccarat

How many progressive jackpot games are available and what are they?

There are a total of 15 progressive jackpot games available at Betway Casino and all but one of them (Jackpot Deuces) are slot-based games.

The progressive jackpot games available to play are:

  • Mega Moolah, The Dark Knight and Mega Moolah Isis (all part of the same Mega Moolah progressive jackpot network)
  • Major Millions 5 Reels and Major Millions 3 Reels (both part of the same progressive network)
  • Treasure Nile
  • Cash Splash (both three and five reel versions)
  • Lots A Loot (both three and five reel versions)
  • King Cashalot
  • Fruit Fiesta (both three and five reel versions)
  • Wowpot
  • Jackpot Deuces

Do any other sites part of the group offer casino games or similar?

Yes – you can find casino games to play at the Betway Vegas site. There is a significant overlap of games between the two sites, but you can find games on this site, particularly slot and table games, that you cannot access via Betway Casino.

Betway sports betting overview

Betway’s sports betting service offers a wide range of sporting bets across a number of sports, including all the most popular betting sports (such as football, tennis, and horse racing) as well as betting options available for a wide range of less popular sports.

What sports does the site offer sports betting markets on?

You can bet on any of the following sports at Betway currently:

  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Horse racing
  • Snooker
  • American football
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Cricket
  • Darts
  • Golf
  • Motor sport
  • Rugby (League & Union)
  • Boxing
  • UFC/martial arts
  • Bandy
  • Baseball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Cycling
  • Esports
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic sports
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • The Olympics
  • Pesapallo
  • Pool
  • Volleyball
  • Winter sports

There are also sections for politics betting and specials (which can be about a wide range of non-sport related bets).

Does the sports betting site offer in play betting and/or live streaming services?

Yes, Betway does offer an in play betting service. This is located under a separate In Play tab on the home page, as well as being the main feature in the central column when you load up the site on the Sports Betting tab.

Betway have now introduced live streaming for a number of sporting events including German Bundsesliga and Russian Premier League football matches, Russian ice hockey, Euro volleyball and ATP Tour tennis matches.

Matches across these events which can be live streamed are identified by a live streaming icon and customers can use them provided they are logged in and have an account in credit.

Live streaming is currently only available in the UK, Ireland, and Sweden.

How does Betway approach its sports betting promotions and offers?

Betway tends to offer a higher number of short term promotional offers for specific sporting events, alongside a smaller number of longer term offers which are available for a much lengthier period of time.

Usually there is a good choice of promotions available to select from across a range of sports on the site at any given time.

Short term offers tend to be found under the Promotions tab, while longer terms offers tend to be located in the Plus Promotions tab.

What other features are available on the sports betting site?

Other notable features of the site include a Betway Insider Blog, which gives the customer lots of articles to read and review ahead of forthcoming sports events, as well as a detailed statistics package that covers a wide range of sports.

Betway Poker overview

Betway Poker offers a range of poker games including cash table games (including Blaze Poker, Betway’s version of speed poker), multi table tournaments, fFreeroll events and sit & go games.

There are two main versions of poker available on the site – Omaha and Texas Hold’em.

What types of poker can I play on the service?

As with most online poker sites, the main focus of Betway Poker is Texas Hold’em, although you can play Pot Limit, Fixed Limit and No Limit versions of the game. You can also play Omaha on the site across the cash tables and in selected other parts of the site.

The software itself is split into the three main types of poker available today:

  • Cash games (which includes Blaze Poker)
  • Sit & go games
  • Multi table tournaments

Stakes range from micro stakes gaming (for very small buy ins of just a few pence) up to games for the higher rollers, though it is fair to say that most of games are focused at around the middle-to-low level stakes.

What other features are available on the Betway poker site?

A couple of nice features of Betway Poker that players may like to use are the Loyalty Club, which rewards players that play on the site over time. There’s also a Bad Beat Jackpot, which is triggered when certain conditions are met and can result in a player taking home a big win from the tables, even if they lose a hand.

In addition to promotions regularly running on the site, there is also the fact that Betway operates an anonymous tables policy, which means that poker sharks cannot target less-able players and try to take their cash from them.

Is there a poker service available for mobile?

One thing to note is that Betway Poker is not currently supported on a mobile device as there is no app to download. Bringing up Betway’s services via another app does not display an option for poker.

This is a big disappointment, especially if you are a mobile poker enthusiast.

Betway Esports overview

Betway do offer a very respectable esports betting service for its customers.

The site focuses predominantly on the major esports events and games such as:

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
  • League of Legends (LoL)
  • Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2)
  • StarCraft 2 (SCII)

Betway mobile options

Betway offers extensive mobile gambling options for its customers.

There are a number of different apps available for both Android and iOS devices for four of the different Betway gambling sites (Betway Sports, Betway Casino, Betway Vegas and Betway Bingo). However, there doesn’t appear to be a downloadable app for Betway Poker available.

You can also place sports bets and access games from Betway Casino and Betway Vegas using a browser with no download required.

The best things about Betway

  • An extensive site that offers a wide range of gambling options, especially in the sports betting and casino gaming sections.
  • Easy to use, responsive, and intuitive sites that allow customers to make their wagers quickly and easily.
  • A good range of introductory offers available across the sites so new players can pick the best start up offer for them.
  • Easy to use most of the services via a downloadable app on mobile, or via a browser.
  • A good mix of short-term and long-term promotions across all of the Betway family of sites ensures that players will get decent value in the long term.
  • Highly-respected name in the industry with a strong presence both in the media and as a sponsor of big sporting events.

The worst things about Betway

  • The live streaming options are somewhat limited compared to other sites and it is unclear whether events can be live streamed to mobile devices or not.
  • The poker option is not quite as strong as the other aspects of the site in terms of compatibility with mobile devices in particular, however PC/laptop players should enjoy the range of games on offer (we did experience issues with the download software and the poker site itself on the day we reviewed the site). This is a worry as this is a fundamental requirement of any site. Furthermore, mobile poker players will be frustrated at the fact they cannot play via mobile at present.
  • You can only activate one signup bonus when you join as your single account applies across all Betway sites. So you need to pick which bonus offers the best value for you carefully.

Betway company history

The Betway company was founded back in 2006 and have focused on four main areas of the online gambling industry – sports betting, casino, bingo and poker – since the company was formed.

The software the company uses has been developed by Microgaming, a trusted name within the industry and since the company began it has expanded to offer gambling services to over two million customers.

There are four brands owned by the Betway company:

  • Betway
  • Spin Casino
  • Bingo on the Box.com
  • Dream Bingo

The Betway site itself offers five different platforms on which customers can gamble:

  • Betway Sports
  • Betway Casino
  • Betway Vegas
  • Betway Bingo
  • Betway Poker

The holding company is based in Malta and currently holds valid gaming licenses in eight different countries within Europe:

  • UK
  • Malta
  • Germany (Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Belgium

The board of directors currently consists of six individuals:

  • Richard Akitt (CEO)
  • Anthony Cassar (CFO)
  • Bob Dutnall (director, Betway Guernsey Branch)
  • Jacques Visser (director)
  • Anthony Werkman (director of marketing & operations)
  • Lord St John of Bletso (advisor to the board of directors)

The company is now developing into one of the premier online sports betting platforms and are now sponsoring a number of events including the Betway UK Snooker Championships, the Betway Premier League Darts and a the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase horse race.