Bet365 Sportsbook Overview
Founded using a bank loan of £15 million in 2000 in Stoke-on-Trent, England by Denise Coates, Bet365’s internet-based sports betting platform went live in March 2001. The loan was taken against the betting shop franchise started by Coates’ father Peter in 1974, which Denise ran as MD since 1995. In 2005 the family sold the betting shops for £40 million to focus solely on the online betting and gambling business.
Today Peter Coates is chairman of Bet365 while Denise and her brother John are joint chief executives. Since its beginnings, Bet365 has grown into one of the globe’s most successful online gambling firms, with an annual turnover of £1.5 billion. It’s also one of very few gaming firms that is still 100% privately owned. Denise, Peter and John are all billionaires and appear in the annual Forbes magazine rich list.
One of the reasons Bet365 is so successful is the sheer quantity of betting lines and markets it posts every day. That and the fact it was one of the pioneers of in-play betting, which is where you can make wagers during games, matches and events. Bet365 also offers access to its live-streaming facility where you can watch up to 20,000 sporting events each year on Bet365’s website so you catch all the action.
Bet365 also has operations in Australia and Gibraltar, where it is licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory Government and Gibraltar Government respectively. It advertises extensively and also has a number of soccer sponsorships. For instance, it is the shirt and stadium sponsor of Stoke City FC in England, as well as the shirt sponsor of soccer clubs Ludogorets Razgrad and Slavia Sofia in Bulgeria.
Soccer Betting - Available Leagues
Being a UK-based online sports betting site, Bet365 has loads of soccer betting lines from the UK and beyond. If there is a professional soccer match being played somewhere, the chances are pretty good you’ll find odds on it at Bet365. Here are just some of the global soccer leagues Bet365 supports:
Other Sports / Categories You Can Bet On at Bet365
Here is a list of the many other sports and categories you can wager on at Bet365:
- Alpine Skiing
- American Football
- Australian Rules
- Cross Country Skiing
- Gaelic Sports
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Sports
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Ski Jumping
- Table Tennis
- Virtual Sports
- Water Polo
- Elections (Specials)
Bet365 Main Features
Bet365 is renowned for offering punters from all over the world three things – the widest choice of sporting and other events to bet on, a user-friendly website and generous odds. These, coupled with a variety of in-play betting options and state-of-the-art live streaming facilities, have made Bet365 the ‘go to online bookmaker’ for tens of thousands of once-in-a-while as well as avid sports betting fans.
The website’s trademark green and grey look and feel is instantly recognisable as is its white and yellow logo. With its quick and easy registration process, big selection of safe and trusted payment options and continually updated betting lines, Bet365 more than deserves its place amongst the world’s top-ranked bookmakers. It has especially garnered an enormous following with its exciting in-play betting lines.
Placing a wager at Bet365 couldn’t be easier online or on mobile. Just choose a category from the left hand menu, and then navigate to a match, game or event of your choosing. Then simply select the price you want to take which will automatically be added to your Bet Slip. Once you’ve loaded all of your bets on your Bet Slip, all you have to do click ‘Place Bet’ to lock in your bets, and then it’s just a waiting game.
To use the Bet365’s Live Streaming service, you must be logged in and have either funded your account or placed a wager in the previous last 24 hours. Any fixture/event on 365Bet with a Video or Play symbol can be viewed via Live Stream above the Bet Slip on Bet365’s In-Play page. On the drop down menu above the stream, you can also select what event to watch and even lock it by clicking padlock symbol.
Key Bet365 Features Summary
There are many features of Bet365 that makes it as popular as it is, including:
- It has been going for over 16 years
- It is privately owned and operated
- It accepts players from all over the world, including Africa
- It offers a huge range of global sports and other betting markets
- It is licensed in two jurisdictions
- It offers a broad range of in-play bets
- It has a cutting edge Live Streaming service
- It supports a long list of secure and safe payment options
- It has fast and effective 24/7 customer care facilities
- It has casino, games, poker, vegas and bingo offerings
Bet365 on Mobile Devices
Considering Bet365 was designed from the outset to be a virtual online business, it is 100% geared up for all kinds of computers, smart phones and mobile devices running all manner of operating systems. In fact, Bet365 has one of the most stable, easy to navigate and reliable platforms you’ll likely encounter, whether you live in Germany, Ghana or Gibraltar. All you need is fast and reliable access to the internet.
Whether you have a Windows or Linux-based computer or laptop, an iOS-based Apple Macbook, iPhone or iPad or any Android-based phone, tablet or device, you can sign up with Bet365 at any time (provided you’re 18 or over and don’t live in a restricted country). Bet365’s new account registration process is so quick and easy, as is depositing, betting and cashing out. Convenience is king at this online betting site.
Sports Betting Bonuses at Bet365
No leading online bookmaker is without a worthwhile bonus or free bet offer or two, and Bet365 is no exception. To welcome all new betting fans (no matter where in the world they live) Bet365 has a generous ‘Open Account Offer’ where you can claim a 100% first deposit bonus of up to $200.
To qualify for this bonus, all you have to do is take a few moments to open a new account with Bet365, opt in for the bonus, and make an initial deposit of $20 or more to receive your bonus. For instance, if you deposit $20, you’ll get a total of $40. Deposit $200 and you’ll receive $400 in real money funds.
When using your bonus, once you’ve made bets 3x the value of your deposit and bonus combined, you can make a withdrawal. If you do not use your bonus as per the terms and conditions within 90 days of you claiming it, any and all funds remaining in your bonus balance will automatically be forfeited.
Bet365 also continually runs a range of other special offers and promotions that fluctuate depending on the sport, match, tournament, competition and so on, for instance(at time of writing):
- Euro Soccer Bonus
- Tennis Accumulator Bonus
- Euro Basketball Bonus
- Parlay Bonus
- Bore Draw Money Back
How to Process Payments at Bet365
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As you might expect from a bookmaker of Bet365’s calibre, it has partnered with many of the world’s most trusted and respected payment methods. All you have to do is visit Bet365’s banking page, choose a method of payment that suits your needs (and is permitted in your country or territory), an amount to deposit and that’s it. Accepted deposit and withdrawal methods at Bet365 include:
- Visa / Maestro and MasterCard debit cards
- Visa / MasterCard credit cards
- Skrill 1-Tap
- Bank Wire
Note: While most of these banking options process your payments instantly, be aware that the processing periods for Bank Wire and Cheque can take from 2 to 10 and 5 to 28 banking days respectively.
Bet365 Contact Details
You can contact bet365 using any of these methods:
- Live Chat (24/7)
- Email form (24/7)
- Post: Bet365, Customer Services, bet365 House, Media Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5SZ, UK
- Outside UK Tel: +44 1782 684757