A dynamic online bookmaker with a European pedigree. Established in 2006 and based in Malta, Betway have a slick user-focused package that is a little dark in colour but exceptionally easy to use. A very large sports book offering 60,000+ betting lines with competitive odds. Offers and promotions are very good, more interesting than most others and providing value for many sports, not just football and racing.
Cash Out is offered and live betting with streaming is superb considering their size. The mobile app is one of my favourites giving a great user experience. Overall Betway do everything the big boys do but generally in more user friendly way that leaves you feeling satisfied. The plus points program also ensures you get reward points every time you bet.
- Full Range Of Promotions - One of the strongest betting sites for existing customer rewards
- Exceptional for range of sports, much more than footy and racing
- Dynamic, professional and user oriented with one of the best interfaces around
Betway launched in 2006 as an online-only offering based in Malta. Betway are more international that many other UK online bookies with offices in London, South Africa, Guernsey and Stockholm and hold gambling licences in the UK, Malta, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy.
In a similar way to Sky Bet and other online-only bookies there isn’t much of a romantic history behind the Betway brand. Betway focus on user experience with a highly polished offering and great odds to match. They claim to offer over 60,000 sports betting markets over a wide range of sports.
Betway are strong advertisers and I am sure you will have seen an advert for their sportsbook or casino offerings during major events. Betway sponsor snooker, darts, tennis, horse races (including the Grand National Festival), football (including West Ham and Anderlect) and Rugby union, counting many big names as a brand ambassadors. This is one reason why their VIP and hospitality is lauded, simply because of the access to events they sponsor, not even the biggest high street bookies can match.
As a Europe wide bookmaker Betway offer their services in 17 languages, the site is available in 13 languages, you can bank in an inordinate number of ways and you can bet in several currencies. From a user experience perspective Betway are really great with excellent help sections explaining in simple terms all of your different banking and betting options.
Interface and Appearance
Betway provide a slick user experience across all of their products. You can’t help but notice the shiny image Betway want to present when you first visit their home page.
In shades of black and grey with the odd bit of green and yellow you get the feeling this site was developed with the user in mind, although it is far too black and dark in general for my taste. Menu options are simple compared to some other online bookies.
The in play link, major coupons and an A-Z sports are all easy to find with offers, stats and promotions and best promotions and betting highlights central on the screen. The mobile app is one of my favourites with great icons to find sports and markets easily. Text is far too small however on both the main site and mobile.
Following a revamp this year Betway have further improved their menu structure. Previously they had long lists when you expanded specific pre-event market, which meant a lot of scrolling before you found the betting line you wanted. Fortunately this has been fixed and markets are now structured into tabs that makes finding your bet easy.
You can tell with Betway that they have put a vast amount of effort into creating a good looking but ultimately functional user friendlily site. I wish more operators gave as much thought to their interface as this betting site does.
As a sportsbook Betway offer a huge range of markets, they claim to offer around 60,000 different lines. The international pedigree certainly shines through and when you consider the better than average odds available with Betway it combines into a really attractive online bookmaker.
Betway offer markets on all global football leagues with matches from the premier league to the Kazakhstan cup. Betway also offer markets on: American football, Australian rules football, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, beach soccer, boxing & wrestling (inc UFC/MMA), cricket, cycling, darts, e-sports, fishing, futsal, Gaelic sports, golf, handball, horse racing, Judo, ice hockey, motor racing (F1, motorbikes and others), netball, pesapallo, pool, rugby (union and league), snooker, speedway, table tennis, tennis,volleyball and winter sports.
Specials and non-sport markets are also covered by Betway including politics (UK and world), awards, TV shows and some novelty bets. On the whole Betway are mainly a sportsbook and for a wider range of novelty bets and specials there are better books around. As with most bookmakers you can however request odds from Betway for an event if you wish.
Depth of market is very strong with Betway. 100’s of lines are offered on major sporting events and even smaller events offer a wider range than you will find with most other online bookies. In play live betting is offered on most sports and events and the interface is quick and intuitive.
It should be noted Betway are the best eSports betting site you will find, they are also one of the strongest bookmakers for covering many so called 'minor' sports. If you like searching around for new markets to wager on there is no better bookie for coverage and value. They are also one of the only operators to provide promotions on non-mainstream sports and events.
Betway are regarded as having an excellent book for odds, always higher than average and usually near the top on odds comparison sites. Combined with the large number of lines offered there is generally little reason to take your bet elsewhere for odds alone. It is worth having them as part of your betting portfolio simply due to the number of times they hit the top of the odds sheet.
Betway are popular for enhanced odds promotions. In fact they have a tab high up in the left hand menu titled ‘enhanced odds’. Here you will find daily specials, enhanced multiples and money back offers on the usual things like ‘both teams to score’ enhancements etc. The enhanced odds offers are split by sport and couldn’t be easier to find. Back to that user focused experience again.
Betway will provide odds in both decimal and fractional formats, easily changed at the top of the screen. Odds are clear to see as they are always white against a black or grey backdrop, the font is too small for my liking though. Odds are clearer on mobile although still too small to see instantly.
Minimum / Maximum Bets and Payouts
Please don’t get caught out with maximum payout limits. Most people think they don’t wager enough to come close to these limits but you read a case every year of someone getting caught out by maximum payouts where they have wagered a small amount on a single line or multiple selections with high odds.
Maximum and minimum bets are defined by the odds of the selection(s) and the payment cap of the market. In general Betway offer minimum bets as low as £0.10. Betway do not offer telephone betting.
Maximum payout levels at Betway are not too bad for an online only bookmaker. Yet again the user experience shines through with Betway in how easily you can find these limits, not buried away in T&C small print but as clear as day in the betting help section under maximum payouts. A maximum payout of £250-£500k for major European and international football, £250k for UK racing, £100k for Irish racing and £50k for other horse racing. Tennis offers up to £250k and other sports generally £100-250k with non-sport and novelty bets capped at £25k.
Always be cautious when placing multiple bets, particularly those at high odds combining multiple markets. Your bet is capped by the selection with the lowest maximum payout. For example with Betway if you place a multiple bet on football, golf, rugby and tennis, the bet will be capped at £100k because of the Rugby selection.
Live Betting and Streaming
Live In Play Betting
The most frustrating aspect to live betting is a clunky and slow interface. It doesn’t matter how many markets you offer if it takes an age to find your bet and get it on. This is not the case with Betway. The user centric approach is really clear when it comes to the in play service offered here.
Both on the main site and mobile the in play feature is easy to find. Mobile in play is clear, not overcrowded and really nicely divided by sport and time with live now and upcoming tabs. Text, odds and selections are clearly visible. On the desktop site the sleek system makes you feel like you are controlling something far more important than your bets, odds are updated rapidly and appear in red with a down arrow if coming in and green with an up arrow if drifting out.
Clicking on an event will give you stats, live text commentary and streaming options if available. Betting lines are collapsed into easily defined groups making finding your betting line a breeze. I would say that at Betway the in play offering is their best feature with a very attractive interface, a huge number of in play markets, streaming and competitive odds.
To support the live in play betting service offered by Betway there is a superb news section with excellent articles and a really glossy finish that keeps you coming back. Leading news websites could even take a lesson from Betway here. The ‘useful stats’ option to the right of the home screen is also an excellent tool. You can access stats on all sports in an instant, split by team, match, competition, results, tables, etc, it literally has everything you need and somehow presents all this information in a minimalist fashion. Love it.
For an online only offering the Betway streaming service is better than some of the big boys. You can usually find something being streamed at any given time from tennis, football all the way to beach volleyball. The streams are excellent on both desktop and mobile versions and Betway have managed to make the streaming service complement the in play betting rather well.
Steaming is indicated by small TV screen next to the event and streams open in a small window to the right of the market. There is a quick link in the left hand menu at the top of the home page that will show you all current and upcoming live streaming events.
In combination with stats, news features, and excellent live betting this is an almost complete integrated betting package for live events. The minimum bet for steaming horse racing is steeper than most at £2 or £1 each-way.
You will have noticed already through the course of this review that I quite like the main Betway mobile app. It is by no means perfect, text is far too small and I wouldn’t recommend it on a really small screen but the rest of it is really good.
You again feel that user focused experience that Betway bang on about. The app has easy options to navigate between sections and promotions are really easy to find. The best feature are the sports icons on the main page the app, this makes finding your market a dream, even with the stupidly small fonts.
Overall the interface is nice and unlike the main site the background is predominantly white with black writing and green headers, I don’t know why they don’t use this clearer scheme on the main desktop page. You can fully manage your account and bet on all the sporting events that you can bet on through the online sportsbook.
The in play service on the app is very nice, split by sport and using icons again for easy and quick identification, you can even stream on the app.
As long as you are prepared to get your reading glasses out from time to time this is really a great app.
Betway offer a nice Cash Out and partial cash out service, not quite as integrated and functional as say Bet365 but a fairly decent and usable feature and great in combination with in play and streaming. Cash Out is available through Betway on singles, multiples and system bets and on most in play markets.
Cash Out availability is indicated in a green box above the event or betting line you want to bet on. Like other aspects of the site it is very user friendly and easy to use.The concept of Cash Out is simple, you can settle your bet prior to the completion of an event for a fixed sum.
For example, you have a £10 bet on Argentina to win the world cup at 10/1 before the competition starts. At the semi-final stage Argentina are still in the competition but are up against Germany and you don’t fancy them to win anymore. At this point you could Cash Out your bet, now let’s say they are offering you £40 Cash Out at this point. This is a lower amount than you could win if you allowed the bet to run (£100) but it mitigates the risk of losing and so adds a great tactical dimension to betting. You may even decide to Cash Out your bet In play during the match.
Cash Out is a great deal of fun especially when integrated with live betting and streaming and with the Betway overall sleek package it is a real hit.
Gaming and Casino
Powered by Microgaming the Betway Casino (click to read full review) and gaming features give a similar level of glossy user focused experience that the sportsbook does. Betway have clear sections for casino, vegas, poker and bingo available in the top bar or through bespoke apps on mobile. It is actually nice to see a more simplified gaming service from Betway as many bookmakers have now gone overboard offering several versions of each type (games, arcades, live games etc, etc).
The mobile versions of these features are particularly good, again like most things Betway you feel they have been designed with the user in mind. You can play casino, live casino and Vegas games through the main app although you need to download extra apps to get these functions in full. Fortunately there are not too many apps, unlike some other bookies, and they are all really easy to use.
Betway Plus Points
It is a shame that so many sports betting sites have fantastic introductory promos to get you in the door and they then do very little to keep your custom. If I bet with a bookie I want to know that I am valued or I will go somewhere else.
The Betway Plus scheme is a superb way to reward existing customers, the best thing is the loyalty points are not instead of good regular offers, but in addition.
You will be automatically enrolled in the Plus system when you join at Blue level. Every £10 wagered gets you 5 tier points (at basic level, see graphic), although this rate increases as you earn more move up through the loyalty tiers. Once you've earned 5000 or more points you can then start spending them on bonuses, free bets and credits (e.g. 5000 points = £10 casino credit, £10 bingo credit or £3 sports). Points are earned across all products too, including casino and bingo.
Earning points isn't just about getting free bets either. As you move up through the tier levels you will also get personalised rewards, VIP event and sports hospitality. Consider the range of sports sponsorship Betway have and this gives you an idea of the quality and range of events you could be invited to at higher levels.
Betway have a good social media presence and one of the better Facebook pages.
There are some excellent news and blog features without all the flashy graphics and silly videos that other bookies insist on using. The Twitter feed follows in a similar vein with a nice balance of news, discussions, offers and odds (@Betway).
The page is updated very regularly and there is a separate support page (@BetwaySupport) and feeds dedicated to casino and bingo too.
A dynamic, professional and honest online bookie that punches above its weight. Betway offer markets that are hard to find elsewhere (e.g. eSports) with good deals to go with them. The interface at this bookmaker is superb, as they often say it’s not always the destination that matters but how you get there. With Betway the user always appears to be the focus and you can see the time and effort they have put into all aspects of their site.
There are not many better in play services around too. Once you have gotten used to the style of Betway you would find it hard to go back to some of the more clunky sites offered by some other bookmakers.
In addition to good odds, great streaming and in play, stats and news services Betway also have their own Radio service with several channels easily accessible from the home page. Another nice feature are the coupons at the top left of the main site. This gives you instant access to daily coupons, enhanced odds coupons, live streaming and main events.
You can’t have it all though, as an online only offering you can never have the flexibility you can get with larger bookies that have a real world presence. A lack of telephone betting is also somewhat of a let-down for those times when you have no internet.
Payment Options Deposit/Withdrawal
|Method||Min Deposit||Min Withdrawal||Fees||Withdrawal Time|
|Debit Card||£10||£10||0%||1-5 Days|
|Credit Card||£10||£10||0%||1-5 Days|
|Bank Wire||£10||£10||BACS Free||1 -5 Days|
Betway yet again seem to have users in mind when it comes to payments and options. With their European pedigree Betway offer their services in several currencies and the site can be viewed in no fewer than 13 languages. They also accept the a huge number of payment mechanisms too.
For more information on how each payment mechanism works see our dedicated payments section.
How to place a bet
To place a bet with Betway simply sign up in your currency of choice, although once signed up keep in mind you must stick to that currency. Make your selections from their large range of markets, create your bet slip and click ‘place bets’. You can use the same account to bet on mobile but you cannot bet by phone and Betway do not have shops.
You can use cash voucher systems such as Paysafecard and pre-payment cards to bet with cash but you cannot withdraw using these methods
With Betway you can bet in any of the following currencies: British pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), Australian Dollars (AUS), Canadian Dollars (CAD) and United States Dollars (USD).
Betway offer a wide range of payment options, however you must use the same method to both deposit and withdraw. Minimum and maximum deposits vary by method and currency but for general card payments (Visa, Maestro, Mastercard) the minimum is £10 with no stated maximum. Not all options are offered in all countries so check first, Betway make this information very easy to find in their banking section.
- All major Debit and Credit cards
- Visa and Visa Electron
- Skrill (moneybookers)
- Click and Buy
- Lobanet/Transferencia Bancaria Local
- Qiwi Wallet
- Bank transfer
With Betway you can withdraw in the same ways you can deposit with the exception of Maestro, Paysafecard, Sofortueberweisung, EPS, Griopay, eWire, Euteller, Neosurf, POLi, Przelewy24 and Astropay. You can also withdraw but not deposit using Citadel Direct.
All withdrawals are free of charge from Betway and start at £10+, but some banks may charge their own fees particularly for wire transfers. Charges will be clearly displayed in the withdrawal section.
A lack of options for cash withdrawal may be a problem for some and if you like betting with cash you will be better off with a bookmaker that has a strong real world presence such as Ladbrokes.
Betway customer services are simply excellent and are contactable 24/7 through telephone numbers free from landlines. You can also use live chat, email and the help centre to get in touch. The help centre is actually very useful, clear and user focused. Agents are friendly and customer support is available in an impressive 15 different languages.
Support and site languages include: English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
See the contact details section below for ways to get in touch
UK gambling commission licences are like gold dust and operators are now required to follow a stringent set of guidelines to hold on to them. These include promoting responsible gambling by offering mechanisms of advice, control and support to its members. Licences are enforced and can be revoked for failure to comply.
Betway take responsible gambling seriously and offer several tools that for you to use to ensure you gamble safely and responsibly. In addition there are independent sources of advice such as Gam Care (http://www.gamcare.org.uk/).
- Deposit Limits – daily, weekly, monthly
- Self exclusion – 6 months – 5 years or permanently
- Take a Break – 24hours – 3months
- Activity statements
- Advice and referral service
- Parental control available
UK Licence ref/No: 39372
Betway is regulated outside the UK by the Maltese Gaming Authority.
The brand is managed by Betway Limited under which name they are licensed in the United Kingdom.
Additional details on restricted territories can be found in the Betway terms and conditions.
- Name: Betway Limited
- URL: www.betway.com
- Customer Services: 0808 238 9841 (UK), 1-877-811-2604 (Canada), +44-808-238-9841 (overseas)
- Customer services address: Not offered
- Phone betting: Not offered
- Text betting: Not offered
- Twitter: @Betway, @BetwaySupport and more
- Registered Company address: Betway Limited, 9 Empire Stadium Street, Gzira, GZR 1300, Malta.