You won’t believe this.
You’re going to think we’re crazy.
And, you’re probably seconds away from closing your browser.
But please hear us out. Read the entire review before you cast judgement (and your stones).
Okay, here it is:
Once upon a time, Betway was considered a rogue book. They had a D- rating on SBR, and a spot on their coveted blacklist.
Because Betway did nasty things…
…like cancel winning bets mere hours after the customer won…
…and giving out free play bonuses to customers …only to confiscate them from those who won…
…and seizing accounts for breaking outlandish terms, which were hidden in small print.
By now you’re probably wondering, what the heck are doing promoting them?
Well, it looks as if they turned over a new leaf.
Seriously. They’ve gone from a D- to a B- on SBR. And other sites (people I trust) seem to be okay with promoting them.
So, we figure if other review sites are okay promoting them – within reason – then the least we can do is take a closer look.
Our review is below. If anything, be sure to read our conclusion before you head over to sign up.
Betway does have a sign up offer. But it will depend on where you live.
For some customers they offer a ‘bet $30 and get $30 free’ deal.
And for others, they offer a ‘bet $100 and get $100 free’ deal.
It just depends. The best way to know what you’re eligible for is to visit their site and read their terms and conditions.
While you’re there you’ll notice that this offer expires 7 days after you make your first deposit. And you have to follow these rules when you make your bets:
And adhere to their play through requirements:
It also looks like they weigh some bets differently:
What this means for you, is that for every $1 you bet, you’ll either:
Fair enough, I guess.
My opinion – this is overly complicated for such a simple, small bonus. But their house, their rules.
Unfortunately, this looked like the only offer available to cricket bettors.
On the upside, they do have other offers for rugby, soccer, golf, basketball, hockey and darts. So there’s plenty of opportunity if you bet on markets outside of cricket.
Let’s start with the cricket betting options.
All your betting options will be found under these headings: International, England, Australia, India and South Africa.
Most of these will expand to include sub-options like: Sheffield Shield, Indian Premier League, Momentum One Day Cup, Asia Cup, Specials, The Ashes and World Cup.
From there you’ll have betting options like: to win, win/draw, totals and outright. There are props and futures too.
Overall they have a decent selection of cricket markets and bets.
Outside of cricket you’ll have more than 28 markets you can wager on. This includes sports like basketball, e-sports, soccer, Euro 2016, horse racing, darts, NFL, handball and hockey.
They have a robust in-play section too. When I checked it out Betway had live football, ice hockey, tennis, volleyball, golf and e-sports matches running. But they had several upcoming matches which also included cricket, MMA, boxing and snooker.
Other than betting they offer in-depth stats you can use to make educated bets (at least more educated than most bettors can do on their own).
The last thing worth noting – it sounds like Betway isn’t competitive on their odds.
For example, I read a review that said they hovered around 107% on a certain market while their competitors ranged from 103-106%. And, this was consistent across the board (in other markets).
Honestly, I don’t think this will make a HUGE difference for most people reading this review. You won’t see a couple points one way or the other if you’re betting a few bucks here and there.
But if you’re betting hundreds, or even thousands of dollars?
Yeah, you’ll notice it then …and will probably be better off betting somewhere else.
One thing that did disappoint me about Betway is their site.
It loaded so slo-o-o-w for me – on both my laptop and phone.
Which brings up another point. It doesn’t look like their site is mobile responsive.
When I headed to Betway on my phone it did look responsive at first. However, the site never did finish loading – even after trying for several minutes.
Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. I don’t know.
Other than that, I think the software is well-designed, intuitive and easy to use. It just needs a bit of fine tuning.
Betway accepts several payment methods. It just depends on where you live.
For example, you can use:
If you want to see if they accept a specific option you’ll need to head to their site. Then choose your country from their drop down menu, and the options they accept from your country will pop up.
Overall …they’re an okay book.
Yes, even despite their shoddy past. Which, of course, is something we can’t overlook.
But – just looking at them in the here and now – and for cricket bettors – I give them a B.
They do have several betting options and even in-play cricket betting.
But, their site loads far too slow. It didn’t work on my phone either.
Add to that their overcomplicated bonus terms
So here’s my suggestion –
Otherwise I suggest waiting for now and creating an account at Bet365 and 888 first.