bet365 is the world’s largest online gambling company. The company, which employs over 3,000 people and has over 21 million customers worldwide, is a remarkable success being privately owned and having launched in 2000.
The bookie actually bought the domain name bet365.com on eBay for $25,000 the year they launched.
bet365 brand history
bet365, whose customers come from almost 200 different countries is headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, England where it employs around 2,800 people. They help make bet365 available in 17 different languages and support 28 different currencies.
As well as being the biggest employer in the area, an area which is generally recognised as being one of the poorest in the UK, bet365 also support the local economy through their association with Stoke FC.
In 2016 it was announced the Stoke City ground was to be renamed the bet365 Stadium as part of a six-year sponsorship/naming rights agreement with the club while their ongoing shirt-sponsorship has been extended for another three seasons. bet365 also have a three season long sponsorship deal in place with Sky Sports, with their name associated with all the channel’s live Premier League matches.
Indeed football betting is very close to the heart bet365 who pulled off a massive coup in 2009 when securing the rights to stream the first ever England football match shown exclusively on the Internet. The match, England v Ukraine, which was a World Cup qualifier, was available free of charge to all bet365 customers who had a funded account.
Remarkably bet365 do not run any betting shops, having sold their relatively small chain to Coral in 2005.
bet365 bookmakers have one of the most generous new customer offers in the online bookmaking marketplace, offering new customers who make a minimum first time deposit of £10 or more, a 100% matched bonus to bet of up to £200.
Any new account holder which has a first time deposit of £10 or more qualifies for the bet365 free bet offer and bet365 have made the process very simple…
New customers will be sent a 10 digit bet365 promo code (ending in NCDB2) via email. To participate in the offer, they simply need to make a qualifying deposit of £10 or more and then select ‘Members’ from the ‘Services’ menu, go to ‘Offers’ and then enter their bet365 promo code.
There are some significant T&C’s to consider when using your bet365 free bets. The most pertinent of which are: You must bet the amount of your qualifying deposit once before being able to bet with your bet365 bonus. You must have settled bets (excluding bets that have been Cashed Out) to the value of 3x times your qualifying deposit and bonus before making a withdrawal.
Similarly, bets which do not contain at least one selection at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater do not count towards any turnover requirements for this sign up offer. You will not be able to withdraw your bonus and/or winnings generated from your bonus if you have not completed the turnover requirement within 90 days of entering your Bonus Offer Code.
Free bet offers
bet365 was one of the first companies to offer in-play football betting and they broke new ground when creating one of the most popular In-Play Football free bet offers.
On selected high-profile televised football matches bet365 offer a free in-play bet for all their customers who have placed a pre-match bet on the same game. If that in-play bet loses (the first in-play bet, you place on the match) bet365 will refund the stake up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (to a maximum of £50).
For this bet365 promotion all bets must be paid for and placed in the normal way and any bets that are fully or partly cashed out are excluded from the offer.
Another great free bet offer is the immensely popular ‘Channel 4/1’ offer. It gives punters who back any single winner at 4/1 or more on any Channel 4 televised race a risk free bet of up to £50 on the next live Channel 4 race.
If the risk free bet also wins at odds of 4/1 or more, you qualify for another risk free bet on the next live Channel 4 race. Once any risk free bet loses, your stake (up to £50) will be refunded to your account.
bet365 has a long list of deposit and withdrawal methods. All transactions are free of charge and most have a minimum deposit sum of just £5.
bet365 processes payments via Visa, MasterCard, Maestro Skrill, Neteller (£15 min deposit), PayPal (£15 min deposit), PaySafe, FirePay iDebit (£15 min deposit), entropay, Cheque (£150 minimum 5-28 working days to clear), Bank Wire (£200 minimum, 2-10 working days) and FastBank Transfer (1-3 working days).
Everything is 24/7 when it comes to bet365’s customer care department. Live Chat is probably the easiest, it can be reached by simply clicking ‘Help’ at the top of the homepage and then ‘Contact Us’.
This page also lists the other contact methods for support staff, they are email, web-message, free-phone telephone lines and a postal address. bet365 gaming is also on Twitter: @bet365Gaming
bet365 Sports & Football Betting
bet365 may not have introduced ‘in play betting’ but they have certainly become the ring masters. Customers with a cash balance have instant access to numerous live sports streams all of which feature sports that can be bet in-running.
Their schedules do not list a simple menu of Horse Racing, Football and Tennis. There is a plethora of events to watch and play in-running ranging from Floorball to Ice Hockey and Handball to eSports. Greyhound Racing, while not turned in-play, is another popular televised sport.
During our review we found that there are almost 50 sports and ‘special markets’ are listed on bet365’s menu which surpasses anything their rivals can boast. And it’s not just a battle bet365 wins on strength, they have depth too, similarly trumping their rivals with ‘market depth’ meaning more bet options than their rivals.
Money Line, Match Bet Handicaps, Under/Over Score Total and Asian Handicaps are all mandatory. But you can add to them to Not Win, Odd/Even Total Points / Goals, Winning Margins, Under/Over Alternative Game Totals and a whole lot more. In short there’s more betting options at this bookie than anywhere else.
Usually, bet365 will offer over 70 in-play markets available throughout featured football games including Next Goal, Match Goals, Match Corners, Half-Time Result, Full-Time Result and many more.
All of this is brought to you by bet365’s own software meaning the site does not have that generic look to it which so many forms do – all being powered by the same software company.
In fact the only thing that looks generic at the bet365 site is the form, live-scores and results section. But, then again, it’s difficult to presents facts in any way other than factually!
bet365 does hire in it’s Poker software though, it is part of the iPoker Network of poker rooms (using the excellent Playtech software) but that’s a good thing as it means there are invariably 7,500+ people playing at any one time.
Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, 5-Card and 7-Card Stud are the games on offer at bet365 Poker with €5/€10 being the highest stakes tables and 0.02c/0.04c being the smallest.
At bet365 Poker tournament players can cheaply satellite their way into the two biggest tournaments of the week which are the €75,000 guaranteed ‘Big Sunday’ which costs €75 to enter, the €25,000 ‘Grand Tuesday’ (also costing €75) and the €20,000 ‘Sunday Masters’ (with a €150 entry fee).
Poker sign-up offer is a free €5 in tournament tokens offer meaning you can play poker for real money for free by simply creating a poker alias! When making your first cash deposit onto bet365 Poker (or transfer from bet365 Sports wallet) your first deposit will be matched by 100%. To be eligible for this offer the minimum first time deposit is £10. The maximum amount of free funds is capped at £100 although you can obviously deposit or transfer more.
bet365 Casino offers new customers a choice of three New Player Bonuses. The standard New Player Bonus gives customers the opportunity to boost your account with a 100% bonus up to £100. However, slots player then you can benefit from bet365’s ‘Slots Only New Player Bonus’ giving them the chance to claim a 200% bonus up to £200.
Finally there is bet365 Casino’s VIP New Player Bonus, which gives punters the chance to claim a 50% bonus up to a stonking £500.
Casino offers more than 250 games including a live European and live Asian dealt table games. There are also cards games such as Baccarat, Blackjack, Pontoon and Tequila Poker. Scratch Cards, Video Poker, Jackpot Games, Slots and Online Table Games complete bet365 Casino’s comprehensive menu.
In addition to bet365’s Casino VIP scheme there is also a Slots Club offering existing players some great bonuses and Comp Points which are earned when playing and can be converted into cash.
Simply register a chat name with bet365 Bingo and you will gain entry into their Welcome Party room where there is at least £1,000 in prizes to be won. Once making a first-time deposit of £10 or more and buying Bingo tickets (for £10 or more) new players can avail of a Bingo Bonus worth up to £100 plus they will receive a £20 Slots Bonus.
bet365 has bingo rooms for 90 Ball, 75 Ball, Multiplayer and ‘Special Bingo’, there are numerous bingo variations within each, some are unique to bet365, others are common – such as the massively popular Deal or No Deal.