Bet365 Casino Review
Introduction to Bet365
The brand Bet365 will not be unfamiliar to many. But less well known is that Bet365’s online casino is just as highly regarded as its giant sports betting operation.
Its catalogue includes the best games cherry-picked from leading providers such as Playtech and Microgaming.
The casino is licensed in the overseas British territory of Gibraltar, a jurisdiction that has a good reputation for player safety, with eCOGRA playing an active role in policing its practices.
Bet365 accepts players from most countries, although the USA, China, Spain, Australia and the Netherlands are notable omissions. If you are based in Asia, Europe or the United Kingdom, Bet365 provides a reliable desktop and mobile service.
Bet365 software download & instant play casinos
Perhaps the biggest highlight of Bet365 is it has a downloadable platform with more than 150 games available from various providers. This might not seem like many but the World Gambling List has not previously come across a casino with software featuring from more than one provider – a cool little nod of the head to the company founded in Stoke-on-Trent, England. NB: Mac users will be disappointed to know there is no download available for this operating system, but they can still play at the instant-play casino.
Bet365 also has an instant-play casino that allows you to play games simply by being a member of its website. The instant-play casino has fewer games but still has offerings from a range of software providers.
Games at Bet365 online casino
The casino does not have the full range of any software provider’s games, rather it has some from many providers. This variation on top of a well-stocked Live Dealer casino gives Bet365 freshness – in an industry packed full of casinos with solely Microgaming or solely Playtech games.
- 100-plus real money slots
- Video poker
- Scratch cards
- Rubix’s Riches
- Casino Hold’em
- Variations of poker
The selection of real money games includes an outstanding line-up of slots, with many of the best from Microgaming included, although the progressive jackpot games such as Mega Moolah are not. Instead the progressives available are from Playtech but still offer jackpots worth well into the millions of pounds.
Bet365 is not messing around catering to the past, with barely any random number-generated table games available, although the selection of video poker and scratch cards is a nice touch and probably indicates they do good business in the UK where both those are popular.
Live dealer at Bet365 casino
The live-dealer offering at Bet365 has everything you would expect from a casino based in Britain, including plenty of tables with generous maximum limits.
The live games, which are provided by Playtech, include blackjack, roulette and baccarat with several different tables of each game.
It’s clear the target market for the casino’s live dealer section is men; most games feature beautiful Asian and European women as the hosts.
Other live games at Bet365 include Hi-Lo, a simple game where you guess if the next card will be higher than the one displayed on the table; Casino Hold’em, a poker game against the dealer; and Sic Bo, a dice game you don’t often find a live variant of.
Mobile casino & apps
It’s still not perfect but the live dealer games by Playtech are definitely a highlight. There are not as many tables accessible via mobile but it’s great not being forced into playing RNG games when you are not on your computer.
Once you have signed up at Bet365 you can download their iOS and Android apps, which are available from the Apple App and Google Play stores. If you are on a different device you can access their mobile website. The only real difference between the app and using your browser is slightly quicker load times and some “offline” functionality when you are not connected to the internet on your smartphone or tablet.
Overall the mobile experience at this casino is first class, with a good selection of slots and table games. You can also fund your account (read more about it below) with a number of methods when you are on a phone.
Payment methods – Funding your account
Bet365 as a company operates in some jurisdictions where gambling may not be regulated or is banned, such as China (where Bet365 operated until recently). In cases like this the deposit options are limited, but if they have accepted your sign-up you should be able to find a way to get money into your account.
The obvious and most popular way to fund a casino account is with Visa card, which you can do in a matter of minutes at Bet365. Simply visit the cashier section, which is clearly marked in both the download and the instant-play casinos. You will then be presented with a selection of deposit options.
- Fastbank transfer
- Money Transfer
While most of us deposit with Visa there are other ways, including the bank transfer that will allow you to transfer more than the $20,000 limit on Visa, web wallets and money transfer services such as Entropay. Fastbank transfer allows you to deposit up to $100,000 with a minimum of fuss and works by you simply sending the funds from your Internet or telephone banking to an account held by Bet365.
Currencies accepted: ARS, AUD, BGN, BRL, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, HUF, INR, ISK, JPY, MXN, MYR, NOK, NZD, PLN, RMB, RON, SEK, SGD, THB, TWD, USD, ZAR.
Sign-up bonuses and promotions
Bet365 does not go over the top with sign-up bonuses at its casino despite the stiff competition in some of its primary markets. For most of Europe the offer is €100. In the UK it’s £100, while in Australia and Canada it stands at $200.
The verdict on Bet365 Casino
As always the company accepts a stack of bettors from many countries. It has an interesting mix of games and an outstanding live dealer offering. On top of this, the reliability associated with Bet365 makes it a good choice for punters.
It’s fully-functional live dealer mobile section is powered by Playtech and is a superb pointer to where gaming is going in the future. It’s definitely worth checking out at 365 or another casino using the Playtech software.
If there is one qualm with Bet365’s casino it is a reputation for an overly tough verification process when you are cashing out winnings. To get around this, just make sure you have all the documentation to prove who and where you are in the world.