Bonus summary – January 2017
|Bookmaker||Bonus type||Bonus value||Bonus Code|
|Bet365||New account welcome bonus. 100% of first deposit.||£200||Sent via email, read on for details.|
|Bet365||All customers mobile bonus||£50||Not required.|
We’ve teamed up with Bet365 in order to help you find their biggest online bonus. It’s a superb welcome deal that gives new customers a package of free bets worth £200! Yes, £200! It’s a generous one, yet it’s ideally suited for betting budgets of all sizes, as we explain further down this review.
** And £50 more! ** New and existing Bet365 customers can also claim a £50 bonus simply by betting on their mobile phone. Read on to learn how you can claim both these promotions and why Bet365 is the biggest online sportsbook around.
What is the Bet365 Bonus Code?
Bonus Code / Promo Code? Same thing really. It’s something you’ll regularly see if you use any online merchant, and it’s generally used to give you the customer a little extra incentive when you shop or bet with them. There are deals for existing customers (typically a “promo code” field you can use when you make a deposit to your existing account), or codes for new customers – in the case of Bet365, this is a bonus code field on the registration form as illustrated below:
Unlike similar sites you may have seen claiming to have the latest bonus code, we can reveal how this really works. In January 2017 there’s currently no requirement whatsoever to enter a code on registration. Simply by clicking our claim now button above you will guarantee your eligibility for the offer. The bit you need to be aware of comes next – once you’ve set up your account, you’ll be sent a welcome bonus email by Bet365 and this WILL include a 10 digit code. This code must be applied to your account, which you can do via the “services” menu, then “members,” then in the “offers” section. This is explained in full in the email you will receive along with the code.
There are a few rules around this that you should be aware of to ensure you make the most of it. The key one is that the qualifying deposit for your free bets is your largest deposit (up to £200) placed in the 7 days prior to you entering your code. So even if you’ve already made your initial deposit, you can still go back and enter the code retrospectively.
Now you’re ready to go, lets take a closer look at what you can expect when you bet with Bet365.
It is claimed that Bet365 is the top UK operator in the gaming industry, but does this stack up? In a word, yes. Recent figures from Experian hitwise showed more than 20 million visitors in a single month! The next best bookmaking company amassed a respectable 13 million, but almost everyone else has less than half the Bet365 figure. They are well and truly the market leader, and we think this review will help explain why.
We are concentrating on the Bet365 sportsbook in this review, but before we get down to the site itself lets have a look how they came into existence. Unlike a lot of other bookies, Bet365 is a little different in that it doesn’t have a lengthy history of on-course bookmaking or LBO (local betting office) shops. There was a brief spell in the mid 1990’s when current joint chief executive Denise Coates managed a small chain of local shops, but this was soon superseded after she purchased the domain name bet365.com in 2000. A year in the making, the first iteration of the bet365.com online sportsbook was launched in 2001, and they’ve never looked back since. The shops were kept on until a few years later when bought out by a rival bookmaking chain, whilst Bet365 concentrated fully on their online product.
Today, it has grown into one of the giants of the gambling industry. As we saw in the figures above, the monthly visitors are the highest of any operator in the sector, and that is usually a fair indication they are doing something right. So what is it? For any bookie, the customer is king, and bet365 have embraced this as a core philosophy of their business from the outset. In short, it’s all about treating the customer properly, understanding that if they look after them, they will remain loyal. Many bookies don’t take this approach, they are simply after a quick buck. Bet365 aim to be different, they are known for their generosity towards their existing customers, and they actually want you to get value for your money when you bet with them.
Bet365.com has a range of products
When you logon you’ll immediately see there are a range of products available. Laid out at the top of the screen is a menu containing all the main sections of the site (although not so many that it becomes overwhelming). The key areas being Sports, In-Play, Financials, Casino, Games, Poker, Vegas and Bingo. You can see this here:
You will default to the sportsbook meaning you’ll need to click on one of the others to access it. But for now, sports is what we want, so lets take a closer look.
One of the first things you might notice when you open up the sportsbook on your computer is that they use a responsive website design. But what does this actually mean? The best way to understand is to see for yourself, and you can do this by changing the size of your browser window.
What you’ll see is that the layout of the page changes according to the available space, so if you’re viewing it at home on a nice big monitor you’ll see a few neatly organised columns. The main column is the top sporting events of the day, usually this is football and anything that is currently in-play. At the top you’ll also see the latest offers and links to any other important current events. If space allows there will be additional events in their own section, otherwise they will be moved below your betslip. Whichever it is, look out for the top coupons, in play offers and other Bet365 features such as Cash Out.
If you’re using a tablet or mobile device you’ll note that it switches to use the Bet365 mobile site, which is optimised for the smaller screen of these devices. The alternative to this is the dedicated mobile apps, which you can download from the usual places. The mobile site and apps are designed to allow simple navigation from a dual menu system at the top of the screen, this pops out to allow sub-navigation, for example the A-Z of sports or the in-play section. Below it are quick access buttons for the most popular sports and access to some of the other Bet365 site features such as streaming and their sporting schedule.
Whatever your preference for accessing the site you’ll find it optimised for the best user experience. You should find it both simple to navigate the sports markets to find your bets, and easy to manage your account. Usability is key for the punters, and the site holds up well in this respect.
Bet365 sports coverage
No matter how good everything else is, with a bookie the bottom line is top drawer sports coverage. They have to get this right to keep their customers happy, and you’ll be pleased to know that Bet365 more than has it covered. The sportsbook is dominated by football (soccer) and racing, both of which are covered in absolute detail. Look a little further down the list and you’ll see a number of other sports that you might not expect, some of which prove incredibly popular amongst punters. These include basketball, handball, badminton and even e-Sports, a quickly growing sector that looks destined to become even more popular this year.
Within each sport is a intuitive navigation system that takes you through all the events and markets currently available. This will vary from sport to sport but the overall structure is broadly similar, which is helpful when switching between sports as you know what to expect.
Placing a bet with Bet365
Taking the example of football we’re now going to walk you through what you can expect to see when you actually place a bet on your computer. We’ll also assume that you are placing the bet from the UK, because Bet365 uses clever technology to work out where you are in the world and uses this to customise and display the most appropriate sports and markets for you.
Navigating from the homepage you’ll find soccer can be accessed from the pop out menu on the left, leading you to the neatly laid out football homepage. Working down from the top are main lists of upcoming games, arranged in chronological order and by competition. Then you’ll see all the main UK based competitions, from the Premier League right down to the various non-league competitions around the whole of the UK. Next up is International football, with the European Championships and the World Cup accessed here. Move a little further down and you’ll see the European club competitions, the top leagues from around the world and other competitions such as the Copa America. In short, if you can think of a football match you’d like to bet on, you’re going to be able to find it quickly and easily.
We’re going to have a bet on the Premier League, so click it and you’ll be taken to their Premier League homepage. Again the layout is neat and intuitive, from top to bottom you’ll see a list of the upcoming games, the related markets then an informational section with the league table. One nice touch here is that alongside the league table you can see (and click) the latest odds for each team to win the league, finish in the top 4, or be relegated. Simple, but effective.
Moving back up a little, Bet365 list all upcoming games in date order, and here you can quickly click to add the match odds to your betslip. But if you’re looking for a different bet, simply click the match in question to be taken to the full list of markets. Here you’ll see all the markets you’d expect, plus a few clever functions. A favourite of these is the “correct score slider” – which allows you to easily see the different odds available by sliding the correct scores on each team from side to side.
At the top of the match screen you can access the different types of betting markets, for example the Asian line markets, goals markets and specials. Take a look through them all and you’ll see just what a huge range there is to choose from, its highly like they will have the bet you’re looking for already priced up. Although if they don’t, it is possible to contact them (as a logged in member) to request additional odds, so either way you’ll be able to strike your bet.
Once you’ve decided on the bet you’d like to place you click to add it to your betslip on the right hand side of the page. At this point you can either quickly place the bet (through the “quick bet” function), or you can play with additional options such as multiples, each way bets and so on. It’s always worth double-checking your selections, stake and bet type, then confirm your bet and sit back to enjoy the action!
Bet365 live streaming
One of the things that appeals to a lot of people who use Bet365 is the amount of live sport that they stream via their website. As a logged in user you’ll be able to see the full range of available matches, races, fights etc, and there’s a huge amount available every single day of the week.
It’s completely free to watch, but you must be logged in and have funds in your account, or have placed a bet within the last 24 hours. As per the rest of the site which aims to be easy to use and intuitive, the streams are simple to access and view. Furthermore, you can set it so the in-play markets for the stream are displayed immediately below the video window, making in-play betting a breeze.
Now you’ve read all about Bet365 and their online sportsbook, lets explain how you can make the most of the current bonuses when you get started today.
How does the Bet365 welcome bonus work?
It’s time to explain how the offer actually works. It’s worth up to £200, which means this is the maximum you can claim from the offer. But the minimum is just £10, which means it caters for all levels of betting budget. The bonus is triggered when you enter the bonus code that Bet365 will send you via email after you’ve joined. It will give you a 100% match of the largest deposit made in the 7 days prior to entering the code. What this means in practice for most people is:
2. Make your first deposit.
3. Enter bonus code.
4. Receive bonus funds to match first deposit.
It’s therefore easiest to make sure that your first deposit matches the amount that you intend to benefit from in free bets.
There are a few rules that you should be aware of, such as the 90 day limit for the bonus and the minimum odds limit of 1/2 (1.5) for the qualifying bets. Please check the Bet365 promotional website for the current and definitive version of these before joining.
Is there a Bet365 bonus code for existing customers?
Bet365 have all sorts of ongoing offers for their existing customers. One of these currently available for all customers is the mobile bonus which is discussed in the section immediately below this. Another popular one is the “in-play bet offer” – we’ll write a more detailed review of the specifics of this soon, but here’s the crux of it. It’s an offer that is occasionally available for live betting on football matches. The deal is that you place a bet pre-game and get a free in-play bet of the same value! It comes round several times a season and anyone with a Bet365 account can take advantage of it, so keep your eyes peeled for this one.
Bet365 mobile bonus
As we said at the start of this review, there’s an additional mobile bonus available from Bet365 at the moment. The good news here is that this is for both new and existing customers, meaning new customers can claim a total welcome bonus worth £250. If you’ve already got an account but are yet to use your mobile to bet with them, there’s £50 waiting for you too! So how does this work?
The key is placing your first mobile bet with Bet365. The amount of the bet will be subject to a 100% bonus up to a maximum of £50. As with the main offer, once you’ve placed the qualifying bet and met the criteria, you’ll see the bonus funds hit your account. For anyone yet to try placing a bet on their mobile, you can take advantage of this offer whilst using all the familiar functionality of the main Bet365 site. Everything you know and like about the site is the same, it’s easy and intuitive to use and provides to access in the in-play markets that make Bet365 the most popular online bookie.
We wish you the best of luck with your betting at Bet365!