Bet365 £200 Free Bet & Online Bookmaker Review

Bet365 £200 Free Bet & Online Bookmaker Review

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bet365We have played at Bet365 and they are very good. I have also spoken to friends who have accounts with numerous bookmakers and Bet365 always gets a big shout. They are very price-conscious and do their best to be as competitive as possible. This is a firm that does not standstill.

The in-play betting options are comprehensive. The website is fast. It has it all and the biggest of the free bets at £200 for the sports betting section. They also give the ‘best price guaranteed’ on horse racing. That means if you take a price on a horse and its Starting Price is bigger then you get the higher odds.

This is a bookmaker that is truly based in the UK, Stoke in fact and they own the football club there too. The CEO and founder of the online business, Denise Coates CBE, got that pretty little New Year’s honor at the start of 2012 from the Queen in recognition for employing so many people (a couple of thousand) and doing such a good job. I think the phrase was for ‘services to business and the community.’

Do you think a firm with such a pedigree, and so much on the national business radar, would behave in any other way than fairly and honestly towards its player base? Bet365 is a firm we are happy to pass a solid recommendation on for and below we review them in even greater detail.


This is a UK based sports bookmaker with a good reputation for offering quality streaming and in-play betting of sporting events directly from their site. They have an excellent selection to bet on and a generous first deposit offer for new punters. First established in 1974, they’ve had plenty of time to get their offer right and now provide such good sports betting product that few punters will go looking elsewhere for anything.

Bet365 Free Bet & Bonuses

As far as deposit bonuses go, Bet365′s offers to vary depending on your location as follows:

UK: £200 free bets.

Rep. Of Ireland: €200 free bets.

Rest of Europe: 100% first deposit bonus up to €100.

Rest of World: 100% first deposit bonus up to $200.

There are terms and conditions that apply to this offer so see the “more details” section where this offer is promoted. There’s also a separate mobile betting bonus of 100% up to €50 when you bet a minimum of €1 via mobile.

Clicking on the services menu and then on promotions will open a window where you’ll find a list of promotions for all sports. These include enhanced odds on certain markets, money back for goal-less draws and extra bonuses on accumulator bets for football (soccer); best odds guaranteed, free bets for better than 4/1 wins, and disqualified runner payouts on Horse racing, plus promos on other sports such as Baseball and Basketball.

Site experience

Bet365You’d be forgiven for thinking that the sport home page is rather dull and drab looking, but you do quickly see beyond that and notice the handy little functions that make the whole betting process easier and faster.

Unlike most other sports betting sites, Bet365 has four columns on the home page, which you’d think would be overly cluttered, but the design is arranged in such a way that it isn’t too complicated and actually means you don’t have to scroll miles down the page to see all your opportunities.

The left side is where you’d expect to find the list of sports in A-Z order and Bet365 doesn’t go breaking the mold in this respect, which is a good thing! A very smart little feature of this sidebar is the fact that you can fold it away once you’re done with it, so you’re left with the thinnest reference point, dotted with recognizable icons for each sport that not only do the job of labeling the sport but also lend a touch of character to the whole site.

Next to the sports sidebar, underneath the ‘Join Today’ section advertising the sign-up bonus, is the Live In-Play section. This lists the live sporting events for the day that are available to bet on in-play, along with their match prices and live event time. There’s a little button you can click to see only the televised in-play events, next to which is the link to the In-Play Diary. Clicking on that will bring up a page headed with the days of the coming week, each of which has details of the day’s upcoming in-play events arranged in time order and indicating where it will be televised, if available. Bookmark it so you don’t miss anything.

Back to the home page and the 3rd column consists of a Top Coupons section, followed by two very handy little sections, one underneath the other, that each contains 4 little dots then you can click to scroll through the top sporting events for the day, along with their associated markets. This is a perfect way to get all the top content on the page without over-stuffing it and making it difficult to navigate. But if you decide you don’t fancy that extra section, you can always tuck it away by clicking the two opposite-facing arrows to the far right of the page labeled switch layout.

And finally, the last section on the right is where you’ll find your bet slip, some cross-promo ads for other offerings such as Casino and Poker, an advert for one of the Bet365′s sports promos (the placement of which underneath the Casino and Poker ads is a little unusual), and another user-defined rotating section for football (soccer) league outright prices and highlights.

That’s a lot of information on one page but they have managed to find ingenious ways of keeping it all tidy and clutter-free.

At the very top of the page, you’ll find options for changing the language to one of 16 choices, your price display options from decimals, fractions, or American, as well as your link to live to stream and live chat. Everything else is all under the Services drop-down box, including your link to info about mobile betting options, which are also supported by Bet365.

Sporting events

You’ll find pretty much every sport you can think of listed, including some you probably wouldn’t think of too! Sports include Football (soccer), Horse racing, Cricket, Golf, Rugby, Basketball, Baseball, Snooker, Hockey, and plenty more.

Clicking on ‘More Sports’ will reveal the rarer sports such as Rowing and Water Polo and you can also find winter sports to bet on here.

Under the ‘specials’ section, you can find non-sport betting opportunities, such as political and entertainment-related markets including General Election, Big Brother, X-Factor, The Voice, and that sort of thing.

Additional nifty features

One of the best additions, and one that’s helped Bet365′s reputation tremendously, is the live streaming sport. This gives you the chance to browse through sports events, place your bets, then watch the action unfold live, maybe have an in-play bet, all in the one place. There is also audio commentary available for Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Football (soccer), and Cricket. There’s a huge amount of data available for the following results, analyzing form and checking out stats, should you be that way inclined.

Payment methods

Deposit methods vary depending on your location but generally include the following: all major credit/debit cards, Neteller, Paypal, Skrill (Moneybookers), Instadebit, Click2Pay, Ukash, Paysafe Card, Entropay, bank transfer, and cheque. The minimum deposit amount is as little as €1 for some methods, but bear in mind the minimum deposit amount to qualify for a bonus is generally €10. You can also withdraw using the same method you used to deposit, except Ukash, though remember there will be a minimum withdrawal amount for each method.


Support is available 24/7 via email, live chat, callback service, phone, fax, and post. There is a very detailed FAQ section you might want to check out first though when considering any query you may have.

Our Verdict

This is possibly the best all-round experience any sports bettor can have. The betting options can not be surpassed and the integrity of the site is unquestioned. In addition, there is a casino, poker, and bingo and they are all with the biggest and best networks. This is one of the fastest-growing companies in the UK in recent years and we can see why. Bet365 screams quality for the punter.



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