- Isle of Man and the Philippines
Dafabet is one of the biggest gambling brands in the world, one that dominates Asia and is also spreading across Europe. If you haven’t already used the Dafabet site then you’ll probably recognise their name from TV adverts or from sports sponsorship, as they have been linked with everyone from Everton and Aston Villa, to the snooker player Jimmy White. Perhaps most famous for bringing Asian Handicaps to the world, Dafabet offer betting on dozens of sports across thousand of markets.
So, is Dafabet worthy of its reputation or does it fall someway short of its competitors?
Dafabet have a huge selection of sports available, from darts and snooker, to soccer, rugby, eSports, hurling and many more. They typically cover all major events across all major sports, but there are also a number of niche sports and amateur events. When it comes to cricket, you can bet on everything from the biggest international test matches, including the International Twenty20, the Ashes and the T20 World Cup, to club matches played in India, England and other big cricketing nations.
The only downside in this regard is that the bets available on the “lesser” events often consist purely of match bets, and there is little choice in regards to handicaps, scores and other special bets and prop bets. This changes for the bigger events and tournaments, in which you can place everything from outright bets, staking your money on who you think will win the tournament, to bets on the highest run scorers, the length of the match, and more.
Away from cricket, the biggest selections are on soccer, where you can find everything from Asian Handicaps to first/last goalscorer, and a choice of totals.
Dafabet also has a mobile site, tailored for tablets and smartphones, and an online casino where you can play everything from online slots, progressives and more, to card games like blackjack and table games like roulette. There are also plenty of promotions available on the casino, much more than on the sportsbook.
This is one of the areas in which Dafabet struggles. There are a number of credit cards and debit cards accepted, and you can also use Neteller and Skrill, but that’s it. There are no eChecks, no prepaid cards, no bank transfers and certainly no PayPal. On the plus side, there is a minimum deposit of just £10 and in the case of Neteller and Skrill, withdrawals will be in your account within a matter of minutes, but for those players who can’t (or don’t want to) use these methods, this may not be a viable sportsbook.
We have not had any issues with he Dafabet support staff and haven’t heard of many issues either. There will always be bad reviews and there will also be complaints, but many of these relate to frustrated gamblers who didn’t understand the terms of their free bets or think they should have been entitled to a win during a losing bet. Dafabet have Facebook and Twitter accounts, and this is the best way to contact them as you will expose their flaws to the world and they will try even harder to fix them for you. Just be sure not to openly message them your username or password — keep those for DMs and private messages.
They also have an awkward (in a bad way) advert with Luis Figo in it. Enjoy:
There are a number of promotions on Dafabet, but unfortunately many of these seem to be focused on the casino, as opposed to the sportsbook. There are new member bonuses, acca refunds and free bet refunds, all of which are on the sportsbook, but the biggest and the best are definitely reserved for the casino.
Be sure to keep a close eye on the “Promotions” page at all times, because you might need to opt-in to any promotions that you want to participate in. As for the new member bonus you may need to input a certain code during the signup process, but you can also simply join via the links at the top of this page, as they will automatically trigger the latest free bet or new member bonus currently being offered.
Overall, it’s easy to see why Dafabet is so popular in Asia and why its popularity is growing around the rest of the world. There is nothing here that you won’t see on other sites, but the same can be said for the majority of sites out there. The good thing is that it gets all of the basics right, including a wide selection of bets, competitive odds and some competent customer service. The rest, the things that decide whether you join them or their rivals, and whether you have even ever heard of them, is all down to advertising and free bet bonuses. Dafabet have pumped a small fortune into the former and they have also focused a lot of their recent energy on the latter, so it’s a matter of time before this site grows even bigger.