Genting is one of the largest gaming brands in the United Kingdom, with land based casinos up and down the country and with plenty of online gambling opportunities as well. This name may not be as well known outside of the UK, but inside it is a giant of gambling and one that most gamblers respect.
This brand’s history has helped its sportsbook, Genting Bet, to launch quickly and effortlessly, becoming on of the biggest and best in a short space of time. It’s not quite up there with the likes of Bet365, which has had more experience in the online gambling world, but it is growing all of the time and has already passed many of the smaller sportsbooks and casinos.
The question is, is Genting a worthwhile gambling site. Are they as fair, honest and packed full of variety as their land-based casinos are? And if so, is this a location that you should devote some of your gambling dollars and pounds to or is it one that you should leave well alone?
Genting’s online home is a casino first and a sportsbook second, with the sportsbook section accessible through a sub-domain of Genting Casino. It doesn’t feel like an afterthought though and there are some good markets and a wide array of sports, from ones popular in the UK, such as soccer and cricket, right on through to NFL, Aussie Rules and Baseball.
Genting Casino and Genting Bet may feel like a newcomer, but it has been around since 2010, it just hasn’t made much of an impact since then. It is certainly known to the industry and many players enjoy playing here. But if you ask the average casual gambler, they will probably not have heard of it.
There are big bonuses available on both the casino and sportsbook of Genting. The former gives you as much as £1,000 and is by far the biggest. This doesn’t change much and has remained a constant for a while. The sportsbook promotions change all of the time, but they are usually around £20 to £50 and often come in the form of matched deposit bonuses.
On both the casino and sportsbook you can also take advantage of regular loyalty bonuses. These come in the form of money-back specials from bets that have lost in unusual ways, to free spins, holiday bets and more. Just keep an eye on promotional emails and on the Promotions page to make sure you do not miss any of these.
There is a wide range of betting markets on Genting, as discussed already. In terms of getting money into and out of your Genting account you can choose from debit cards, credit cards, Skrill and their casinos. In other words, if there is a local casino nearby you can hand over cash or chips and have this transferred into virtual money that you can bet with on Genting Casino or Genting Bet.
That’s not something you see everyday and it makes for a great feature for anyone who regularly switches between offline and online play.
You will notice that the majority of sportsbooks look alike. That’s because they have similar software and in most cases they are carbon copies. For instance, Unibet, 888 and 32Red all use the same layout and you can also find this on sites like SunBet. The Genting layout is a little different and a little more unique, but not entirely so.
It is nicely laid out, not as clunky and awkward as Ladbrokes, not as confusing as ToteSport, but not as comprehensive as Bet365. In many ways it reminds us of a lighter BetWay or BetVictor, as well as Guts. You have the menus on the left, which open markets in the center when clicked.
There are pages upon pages of bets on these markets and if you want to check your account, your betting history or make a deposit, you can do so via the menus at the top. As for the Genting Casino and Genting Bet, it uses Playtech, as well as many smaller developers such as Novomatic.
All in all, there is a lot to like here and there are a few niggling things we don’t like. Genting seems stuck in the middle, not quite knowing whether it should be a big sportsbook/casino or a small one. It can’t seem to make up its mind.
On the one hand, it has the reputation and experience of a big brand and it probably has the marketing budget to go with it. But that experience and reputation doesn’t come from the virtual world and online they are as new as the likes of 1x Bet. It’s a strange split between two worlds and it is why Genting seems a little stuck in the middle.
There are big bonuses and great support, but there are no live streams, no exclusive slots and the coverage of prop bets and more obscure betting markets is rather small.
Still, putting all of that to one side there is a lot to like here. Good customer support is a vital asset that all of the best sportsbooks and casinos need and it’s one that Genting has in spades. They also have good coverage of cricket markets, which is obviously a plus for readers of Online Cricket Betting.