SunBets online bookmaker is a new addition to the online sportsbook landscape. Operated in conjunction with the famous Sun Newspaper, it has similar livery to its ‘currant bun’ relative with a familiar ‘red top’. Furthermore SunBets also has a no-nonsense approach.
SunBets brand history
The Sun newspaper itself is over 50-years old and has a loyal readership of nearly two million people – all of which will have doubtlessly been made aware of SunBets existence.SunBets itself only launched in August 2016 (to coincide with the start of the Premier League season) with an advertising campaign fronted by ex-England player turned pundit Ian Wright and racing journalist Matt Chapman. Unsurprisingly it is described as “the UK’s fastest growing online gambling site”. However, the business is actually a joint-project with Australia’s giant gambling organisation Tabcorp who provide most of the technology and liquidity to run the business which, they hope, will soon have 1.5% of the UK marketplace and reach its predicted break-even point.
New SB customers who place a first-time wager of £5 or more are entitled to a free bet worth £10. This promotion requires the new customer’s first bet to be placed on a selection priced at 1/2 (1.50) or greater.
The registration process at SunBets is very straightforward but it is vital you use a valid promo code when making your first deposit. It can be found at the promotions pages. The SB free bet will expire in 30 days if not used so make sure to find a winner within the first month! If you are finding that troublesome, why not checkout the Blog section of the Sunbets site where there are some excellent previews especially on the forthcoming football betting action.
Free bet offers
During our SunBets review we were pleased to find that the Sunbets promotions page does feature further free bets – some are primarily consolation prizes for bets which have gone awry – others are plain exceptional.For the most part these SunBets free bet offers normally revolve around TV shows such as X Factor and I‘m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and, thankfully, the football.
Right now Sunbets are giving customers who place a £10+ bet on any team to win either the Champions League or Europa League outright a free £3 bet every time their chosen team scores three or more goals in a game. It’s a free bet promotion they call EU Wanna Bet!
There’s more free bets in another SunBets promotion called ‘Second Half, Second Chance’. Here bets on any First Goalscorer in a Premier League or Champions League match televised on Sky or BT that has lost by half time will be refund as a free bet up to your stake or a maximum of £10.
However, others may prefer ‘Price Boosts’ for their football betting and that’s something SunBets have in spades. Naturally these are prepared on the days prior to kick-off so customers are advised to keep a very close eye on the Promotions page as it does regularly feature some amazing betting value.
With no betting offices you cannot deposit or withdrawal using cash over the counter but you can easily fund your SunBets account. At present, they have pretty limited card options only accepting Visa Debit and Credit cards and Mastercard (Debit and Credit). Pre-paid cards are not accepted.
Given the financial investment SunBets has made one would have thought they would have made their site more ‘accessible’ and surely it will not be long before PayPal, Neteller and PaySafe are added to their list of payment solutions.
One area where SunBets has got it’s house in order is ‘Customer Support’. It is excellent. Easy to locate on the SunBets site – meaning you are not bombarded with reasons not to contact SunBets – Live Chat, telephone lines, email and a Twitter feed are all offered up as a way to get help with your enquiry. The Live Chat is open 24/7 while SunBets call centre staff work 7am until 11pm seven days a week.
SunBets Sports & Football Betting
Football betting and horse racing are the clear headline acts at SunBets but they offer plenty of other sports to bet on including domestic BAGS greyhound racing.
Just how many bets they take on Australian Rules football, Surfing or Ice Hockey is a matter of conjecture but they all combine to make SunBets a pretty comprehensive online bookmaker. There is an abundance of markets on ‘entertainment’ such as the Christmas No. 1 song, the name of the next James Bond actor which may generate some genuine bets or are only in place to attract attention from the Sun readership. Generally, SB offers a no-frills experience but it is also a busy supermarket with it’s shelves laden with betting opportunities. That means hundreds of betting markets and multiple betting options including Yankees, Canadians, Heinz and Lucky 15/31/63 multi-bets.In addition to a good number of sports on offer, it’s the depth of football betting markets that really impresses, a Premiership game can feature over a whopping 350 different betting markets! Furthermore, you can back ‘in-play’ on all major games. The mobile app, which supports IOS versions are 8.0 or later, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, offers quick and easy bet placement and is very straightforward to navigate.
The SunBets Casino is instant play, it requires no downloaded software and can be played on all mobile devices in a browser. Nevertheless there is also a convenient SunBets app for playing the Sunbets Casino site – it can be installed from the App Store. Android users can download the SB app from the main site.
Powered by the popular software provider, Playtech, the Sunbets Casino has been divided into eight sections: Sun Picks, Live, Roulette, Blackjack, Slots, Jackpots, Table and All Games.
There are over 110 different games in total. All of the top-slots are there including ‘Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent Seven’ and jackpot slots such as ‘Batman and Catwoman Cash’ and ‘Captain America’. The Live Dealer Casino has six different game options which are Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Casino Hold’em, French Roulette and Unlimited Blackjack.
New SB players can take advantage of a sign-up bonus of up to £100 and 25 free spins. First time ‘Live Casino’ players will also receive another £5 as part of a ‘SunBets Welcome Bonus’.
The Sun newspaper was running and promoting a Bingo site long before they entered the sportsbook and casino marketplace.
Sun Bingo actually launched in 2006, in November 2015 it switched to using Playtech’s Bingo division meaning it is now offering bingo games such as 90 ball bingo, 75 ball and 80 ball bingo alongside as well as online slots and scratch games.
Bingo fans should be sure to visit SunBets Bingo on Facebook which features a dedicated live Sun Bingo TV show and features loads of bonuses and giveaways for its players.