This is always a tough one when a casino only really holds a license from Curacao. That’s not the greatest gambling jurisdiction, so we have to base the matter of trustworthiness on merit alone.
Here, however, Melbet holds up nicely. The bookmaker is well-reviewed among our peers and customers seem to be quite happy here. In the eight years the site has been up and running, they’ve expanded considerably and have not caused massive issues to players or punters.
On Askgamblers, the site received a high rating and a mix of reviews from players. There are few complaints on the whole and only two of those remained unresolved at the time of our review.
After our investigation into Melbet, we couldn’t find a compelling reason to withhold our trust here. Whilst we would still prefer to see at least additional gambling licenses, the bookmaker seems to do quite well thus far.
Cricket betting and other sports
We wrote this review whilst the Corona pandemic was still very much underway, so the cricket betting markets we found were not as exhaustive as they would ordinarily have been. That said, we discovered pre-match betting option for a handful of international test matches as well as European T10 matches. The Caribbean Premier League was also available to bet on.
This alone is indication enough that cricket betting is very well covered here. Once we can expect to see the big international tournaments and test matches, you’ll be able to find plenty of betting opportunities for each of them. Whether you want to bet on the IPL, the PPL, any number of Twenty20 tournaments, the World Cup, the Ashes or the Bob Willis Trophy, Melbet will have something available for you.
This also means you can bet on outright winner, over/under, top batsman, handicaps and much more.
Melbet easily offers some of the most comprehensive cricket betting we’ve seen recently.
That aside, nearly 30 types of sports and events are available to bet on beyond cricket. Whether you want to place football bets (most prominent, of course), tennis, horse racing, basketball, ice hockey, hurling, American sports or lacrosse, Melbet is covering all of these sports and many more.
They also offer an excellent betting portfolio for those of you who are keen on e-sports. It’s definitely one of their strengths.
Games and more
Melbet is not just a bookmaker but a dedicated online casino as well. When you head on over to the casino, you can sort the games according to slots, live casino games, live slots (we didn’t know that was a thing), tv games, bingo and TOTO.
At a glance, we would say that Melbet works with over six dozen casino game providers from around the world. Notably missing are NetEnt, Yggdrasil Gaming and Play’n GO, which is a shame, but you will still find tons of games from many other providers that are excellent.
Also missing are most of the biggest and best jackpots in the world (including Mega Moolah), which is a pity. Still, there is plenty of opportunity to chase smaller jackpots.
Live casino games are provided by nine different providers, which is also impressive and means you won’t have a shortage of live games.
Promotions and bonuses
You can either click on the gift box in the top menu on the left-hand side or click on the link “Bonuses” in the menu below that on the right-hand side.
Either way, you’ll find plenty of bonuses and promotions here, including a welcome bonus. Signing up via the sportsbook will give you access to a INR 2,150 free bet when you place a INR 650 bet. Your bet must be placed on odds of 1.50 or higher.
Your free bet is then valid for 14 days and must be used on accumulator bets of at least 4 selections and combined odds of no less than 1.40. The free bet money must be wagered 3 times in this manner.
Also, the amount you win from the free bet cannot exceed the amount of the free bet you received. It must be used in one sum instead of several smaller bets.
Beyond the sportsbook welcome offer, there’s also a casino welcome offer, which consists of a 100% match bonus on your first deposit.
More importantly, a variety of other promotions and bonuses is constantly available. Whilst the majority is aimed at casino players, punters may find the occasional free bet, accumulator or other boost offers, cashback offers and more.
Hit the dollar sign in the top menu and you’ll find everything you need to know about deposits and withdrawals at Melbet. There are currently 59 deposit methods available, two dozen of which are cryptocurrencies. Of course, more traditional deposit methods such as credit cards, e-Wallets and bank transfers are also available.
Unfortunately, neither Skrill nor Neteller are currently available to use for deposits or withdrawals here. But you should be able to find something convenient. Do be sure to check before you sign up.
Of course, there are fewer withdrawal methods, but you can still find 51 withdrawal options, which is still more than sufficient.
Keep in mind that your first bigger withdrawal will require an ID check, so be sure to get that done prior to making even your first withdrawal.
We have already mentioned that the site is available in dozens of languages and even the customer support team speaks multiple languages, which is always helpful in an international bookmaker.
The team is available 24/7 via live chat, phone and email. You’ll also be able to get replies from them in gambling forums, though we found them to be a little tone-deaf there, as if copying and pasting their answers regardless of the comment left by a player (twice the same response was left on a positive review that had been given for a negative review, for instance). That’s a little odd, but beyond that the customer service is friendly and professional.
Alas, there is no dedicated FAQ or help section on the homepage. The information button does supply some general information, but we’d prefer a proper help section.
Melbet has mostly kept things simple and professional. The website comes with a classic design in black and yellow highlights, giving us various menus to browse through and plenty of filter options.
There is nothing really special about the design, though it’s functional in the sportsbook and easy enough to navigate. We did find the casino quite cluttered with too much going on. Here the site can also take a moment to load, which would be less of an issue if it weren’t so cluttered.
Thankfully, Melbet also provides apps for iOS and Android, which are easier to use, have additional features and make for a pleasant alternative if you don’t want to place your bets via your computer.
Whilst Melbet may have been around since 2012, they’ve only recently appeared on our radar. The company is operating around the world and we are wondering if they are not stretching themselves a little thin.
They have a great sportsbook with tons of markets and great cricket betting options. The casino is also well-equipped with hundreds of games. But here and there is just feels a little unfinished or perhaps unfocussed.
Melbet is definitely a good option for cricket betting enthusiasts and if that is your sole focus, you’ll be happy here. And even if you want to bet and play beyond that, Melbet is still a solid bookmaker and online casino to check out.