Bwin has had a few changes of ownership down the years. When it launched in 1997 it was originally called BetAndWin and was based in Austria.
The company, which has traditionally offered sports betting, poker and an online casino spent 11-years listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (and boasted over 20 million registered customers) when it merged with PartyGaming in March 2011. At the time the new company became the world’s largest publicly traded online gaming firm.
Almost five years later that company was purchased by GVC Holdings (in February 2016). GVC, who also own SportingBet, Party Poker, PartyGaming and Foxy Bingo continue to use Bwin as a brand and their bookie site operates independently.
The Bwin site itself is one of the slickest online bookmakers sites on the marketplace. It includes more than 32 different sports to bet on, with their ‘core business’ being football betting. Other sports include all popular ball-related sports, US sports as well as all major Winter Sports, Motorsports (ranging from Formula 1 to Moto GG) and ‘exotic sports’ like Roller Hockey, Futsal, eSports and Darts.
Not only are conventional sports on offer at Bwin, customers will also find odds on a range of events outside the area of ‘sports’, these include bets on politics and entertainment such as the Oscars, reality TV shows like the X Factor and the Eurovision Song Contest.
Cumulatively, at any given time, there are normally 50,000 bet options at Bwin. This includes ‘In-Play’ markets which the Bwin bookmaker site covers in spades and the 220+ football betting markets they offer on most ‘high profile’ matches.
Bwin loves football. They have had some amazing sponsorships in place with some of the biggest teams and leagues in the sport. These include Manchester United, RSC Anderlecht, Juventus, AC Milan, FC Barcelona, Portugal Liga, Bayern Munich, Italy’s Serie B, to name but a few.
Remarkably Bwin does not offer any horse racing betting. On the plus side there are three really helpful Bwin Bet Services that can be found on the homepage: Live Scores, Results and Statistics. They seem to cover every sport imaginable – apart from horse racing!
They are currently offering a £50 sign-up Bwin bonus for all first-time UK customers. It is a 100% matched deposit Bwin offer.
It does feature some notable T&C’s which are well worth noting. They are as follows:
• The first deposit on your new Bwin account must be made within 30 days of it being opened.
• Only new Bwin accounts which have been funded by either InstantBanking, Visa, DinersCard, Maestro, Mastercard, Qiwi, Bank Transfer, Bank Wire, eWire, Paypal and Instantbank will be eligible.
• Your initial deposit and Bwin bonus money must be ‘turned over’ five times before the funds are available for withdrawal.
• ‘Bonus restricted’ funds must be wagered on selections priced 1.70 or greater and you have 90 days to complete the wagering requirements.
Free bet offers
Bwin free bet offers are commonplace although they are tailored to forthcoming events and remain valid for just a few days at a time.
Amongst the Bwin free bet offers that appear on a regular basis is ‘Multiple Bet Insurance’ whereby you will receive a Bwin free bet worth 50% of your stake (maximum £50) if one leg of your football accumulator (normally restricted to Champions League and Europa League matches) lets you down.
Bwin sports also offer lots of enhanced odds on football betting accumulators. They refer to these offers as Combi+ and these multiple bets can see potential winnings boosted by 10, 20 and even 30 percent.
Other offers and Bwin promotions are introduced on a daily basis and the best way to keep abreast of them is by subscribing to Bwin’s newsletter. Alternatively logged-in Bwin members can click ‘my account’ and then ‘my bonuses’. All promotions and Bwin offers can be played online and on the Bwin mobile app which available for android and on the App Store.
Also for free is around 2,000 live Bwin betting events which can be viewed in ‘live stream’ either for free or, at a worse-case scenario, after a small stakes bet.
Bwin offer a plethora of payment methods to UK customer, they are: Bank Wire Transfer, Click & Buy, Diners Club, EntroPay, eps, Fast Bank Transfer, GiroPay, iDeal, INSTADEBIT, Maestro, MasterCard, NETELLER, paybox, PayPal, paysafecard, Skrill, Visa and WebMoney.
As a bonus Bwin do not insist withdrawals are always made via the same method you made your last deposit. However, they do charge a ‘transaction fee’ for a number of withdrawal methods; three percent for Neteller withdrawals for example. There is a £10 minimum withdrawal associated with all payment solutions apart from Bank Transfers which are subject to a £25 minimum.
If you have any queries Bwin have a ‘Help Section’ brimming with information. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, there is also a simple ‘Live Chat’ option and also a straight-forward email form can be used on the same page.
For telephone enquiries about Bwin Sports, Casino and Games: 00350 20077761 is the number to call (lines are open Monday – Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 20:00.)
Bwin’s Twitter feed offers some great entertainment, albeit it can be heavily slanted towards football betting. It can be found at: @bwin
Casino, Bingo & Poker
The Bwin Casino welcome bonus gives new players a 100% deposit bonus up to £100 plus 50 free slot machine spins!
New account holders should make sure to register with the “b’inside Members Program” where they will be rewarded for every Bwin bet they make through the distribution of ‘Market Points’ and ‘Status Points’. These points can then be exchanged for cash, prizes and packages such as a high-tech gadgets and holidays.
Bwin uses its own software for poker, it means you will not be part of a cattle market scenario and you will only be playing against other Bwin Poker customers and Party Poker players only. On average you will find around 8,000 people playing online at any given time.