Sky Bet – An In Depth Review
The lightning quick crusade to the top of the betting industry all started in 2000 when the media giant BSkyB acquired the Sports Internet Group. Surrey Sports, which was included in the takeover, was then renamed as Sky Bet. Since then, the revenues have soared along with the increase in customers. This operator launched its mobile app in 2010, which builds on its already concrete foundations for an exciting betting experience. On their website you can find a host of sports, markets and features that means you are never short of betting options.
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Why choose Sky Bet?
Competitive welcome offer for all new customers
Bet easily on your mobile and live with the exciting in-play service
Best odds guaranteed on any UK and Irish horse race
Welcome Offers and Bonuses
This provider has an excellent welcome offer for new customers that involves a £20 free bet. All new customers have to do to qualify is register an account and then place a £5 single or each way bet on any sports market. The free bet will be credited to your account in the form of two £10 free bets. Make sure that you remember to not use Skrill or Neteller for the welcome offer, as they are not eligible. Also, remember that free bets are non-withdrawable and free bet stakes are not included in any returns.
On top of the enticing welcome offer, you can also easily find a whole bunch of other offers on their promotions page. There is a set of price boosts and other daily promotions that focus on events taking place in the following week or months. You can also find a great offer which allows customers to earn a £5 free real money bet every week. All you have to do to qualify for the free weekly bet is spend a total of £25 across any sport and markets before midnight on Sunday, the free bet will then be credited by 7pm Monday. The only catch is that if you miss a week, then it will cost you £40 to get back in.
How do we Rate the Betting Experience?
They have over 30 sports on offer, which you can find on the left hand side of the main page on the website. For each sport there is a solid range of leagues and competitions, with special focus on football and darts. Click on any sport and you will find a breakdown of all the market types and odds, and a great selection of bet types. The pages themselves are plainly laid out using Sky’s clean style and design. We find that the odds are on par with industry standards, and are often very competitive with an ample amount of price boosts on offer.
IMPORTANT BETTING INFO FOR SKY BET
BREAKDOWN BY NUMBERS
Betting Markets:Over 30
Live Streams:10+ per day
Most Famous Sports: Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, UFC, MMA, Tennis, Speedway, Rugby, Football, Formula 1, E-Sports, Darts, Badminton and Greyhounds
The Operator’s Best Features
Sky Bet have a number of great features including live betting, live streaming and the mobile app, but we will come onto them later. Firstly, we will begin with the awesome Best Odds Guaranteed feature, which guarantees to pay you at the bigger odds when it comes to UK and Irish horse racing. The feature applies to all single, multiple and each-way bets on all qualifying races, every day. Basically, if you bet on a horse that goes on to win and race at a bigger price, you don’t have to worry about losing out as you are guaranteed the best price.
- In-Play – Bet on all top events as they happen live
- Mobile App – Bet on the move with the mobile app
- Best Odds – Get the best prices for any UK and Irish horse race
- Payment Methods – Withdraw and deposit using a huge range of methods
Another great feature we really like is the Free Betting Tips section, which allows customers to delve into the world of tips and pundits. Not only is it interesting, but you can also find some great tips on who and what to bet on. On this page there are links to blogs from Alex Hammond, Jamie Redknapp and Ed Chamberlin, which are all great sources of information for sports betting. On top of that, there are some top tips from Johnny Herbert, Sir Ian Botham and Rob Lee.
Live Streaming and Live Betting
Live betting with this operator is a much more integrated experience than it is at other operators, which means that it feels less like a special feature. You will find live betting options on the main pages for most of the sports in a small dedicated box. Something we really like is that the live betting options sit right next to the other betting options. If you click on a live event, then you will be taken to a separate page with live odds and graphics. This page is not the best we have seen, but it does show the essentials. It looks and feels a little bit too static and boring even though live betting is such an exciting experience. On top of live betting, there is also a rather comprehensive live streaming service, in the form of the Sky Bet Player, that allows you to watch 2400 live sports events from around the world.
How Good is the Mobile App?
Now available for both iPhones and Android devices, the Sky Bet app can be downloaded easily from the website or from either respectable app store. The app allows customers to bet, manage their account and browse live odds all from the palm of their hand. Essentially, this app has the same content as on the website, which is good because it means that nothing has been forsaken for the smaller screen. It feels good and is very responsive, and also its very easy to find and place bets with. Another interesting feature of the mobile app is that you can now log in to your account with Touch ID!
We rate the customer support at Sky Bet very highly, as it is possible to get in touch with them very easily via telephone, email and live chat. It is important to make sure that the customer support team of your chosen operator are easily contactable, just in case you have any problems regarding your account. They also support all the major payment methods, which means you won’t have to sign up to anything dodgy! The most popular payment methods include e-wallets, which allow customers to make payments with nothing more than a username and a password.
- Phone: 0330 024 4777
- Email: Through the site
- Live Chat: Yes
- Rating: Excellent
Payment MethodsVisa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro, Mastercard, Laser and PayPal.