Betway was founded in 2006 and quickly rose to prominence due to effective marketing and a habit for high profile sporting sponsorships. The Betway approach to sports betting seems to involve two key strategies: to cover every sport in great detail and to go full blast on in-play betting.
According to recent metrics, Betway provides live betting odds on 190,000 events across 50 sports every year. Esports also feature prominently at Betway, making it one of the more comprehensive betting sites for the world’s major esports leagues.
The Betway.com website and mobile apps also offer horse racing betting, casino games and live dealer games. Betway offered online poker at one point but closed its poker room in early 2019.
Notice: Our Betway review is based on our personal opinions and impressions. This is not official promotional content.
Betway is a licensed sports betting, casino gambling and esports betting site that offers customers safe games and fair odds. Sports betting, in-play betting, casino games and more are all offered to customers through a single account.
- Excellent esports coverage
- Covers a ton of sports and leagues
- Many in-play betting options
- High quality betting interface
- Odds could use some improvement
Betway operates in many jurisdictions around the world but only in countries in which online betting is legal. The Betway Group holds a UK Gambling Commission license plus licenses in Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Sweden. In other jurisdictions, Betway operates under a Malta Gaming Authority license.
The key takeaway from noting the various Betway licenses is that this is a highly regulated gaming company. Betway is required by law to operate in a transparent manner, to disclose financials to regulators and so on.
That being said, Betway does not have a perfect track record. In 2020, Betway earned the unfortunate distinction of receiving the then-largest fine ever levied by the UK Gambling Commission. According to the UKGC, Betway failed to adequately verify the source of funds gambled by certain VIP customers.
The Betway Group is quite aggressive in building the brand name through partnerships with major sporting organizations and events. Betway currently sponsors or has sponsored a diverse range of teams and events such as West Ham United, high profile esports teams, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Grand National Festival and more.
For gamblers who may have seen the name in passing but are unfamiliar with it, the remainder of this Betway review will offer all the key details related to sports betting, casino gambling and what to expect in general.
Betway Sports Betting Review
One of the most apparent ways in which Betway differs from other online bookmakers is in design and navigation. Aesthetics do not typically occupy a place of high importance in our reviews, but this is an important point for Betway because it is much easier to navigate from sport to sport and league to league due to the layout of the website and mobile apps.
Ease of navigation is important because Betway offers so many markets each day on a wide range of sports. Navigation would be a nightmare if Betway took the same approach as some other bookmakers.
For example, selecting “football” from the main betting menu brings up a list of countries and then users can click on any country to see all of that country’s domestic leagues. This approach is important because Betway provides markets for leagues in more than two dozen countries, and for multiple domestic leagues within each country.
To provide an example of how in-depth Betway goes, selecting Brazil from the main football betting menu brings up a list of six domestic Brazilian leagues. Now extrapolate that extensive coverage of the Brazilian market to every other nation and it shows the scale to which Betway football betting operates.
The same also holds true for other sports. American football, snooker, cricket, rugby and many other sports are covered in great detail with many betting options offered for each. In all, Betway covers roughly 30 sports. The full list includes:
|Darts||American Football||Basketball||Ice Hockey|
|Golf||Rugby Union||UFC / Martial Arts||Boxing|
|Rugby League||Greyhounds||Snooker||Motor Sport|
|Gaelic Sports||Aussie Rules||Esports||Floorball|
The quality of the odds offered by Betway varies from event to event. In our experience, Betway occasionally has the best odds among the world’s major bookmakers but is often about average.
Customers can also visit the “Betway boosts” tab for a quick list of today’s enhanced odds offers for select matches each day. For these events, Betway temporarily increases the payout odds to provide punters with additional value on those markets.
Betway has been one of the most proactive operators in cozying up to the esports betting community. While most other online sportsbooks offer only a smattering of odds for the biggest events, Betway has an entire section of its website devoted specifically to esports betting.
The Betway esports area offers odds on major and minor esports competitions involving CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Overwatch, League of Legends and more. Additionally, Betway itself is involved in esports as sponsors of numerous high-profile teams from around the world.
Betway also provides live streaming of matches for users through the website and mobile apps. Customers need only log in to their accounts to watch and bet on esports live through Betway.
In-play betting plays a major role in the Betway business model with many events covered in real time each day. At the time of this review on a typical weekday afternoon, Betway had 46 in-play betting events happening simultaneously. Note that was not 46 events scheduled for the entire day; that was 46 events currently in-play in that moment.
The in-play markets available for each event vary, but Betway typically offers standard wagers on the outcome of the game along with short-term wagers on the next goal, props related to the exact score, penalties and more.
Early cashout is also offered for in-play betting, allowing customers to close out their positions early in order to lock in a win or to minimize a loss.
For punters who like nonstop action, Betway offers virtual sports matches to bet on every three minutes. The options include football, horse racing, cycling, greyhounds, motor racing, speedway and trotting.
Each event is “streamed” live with graphics showing the play of the game and is paired with dozens of betting markets. For each virtual sports event, customers may bet on the winning team, point total, first score and props such as the winning margin.
Horse Racing Betting and Greyhounds
Betway.com is heavily involved in both online horse racing betting and greyhounds. Customers can visit the horse racing tab or select horses/greyhounds from the main sports betting menu for a list of upcoming races held at tracks around the world.
Racing fans can take the fixed-odds price at any time with Betway or choose the starting price option for all horses and greyhounds. Betway also offers a best odds guarantee on all UK and Ireland “to win” bets, which means customers who take the Betway price will be paid at the starting price odds if their selections go off at a higher starting price.
Types of Wagers Accepted
Horse and greyhound racing feel a bit neglected at Betway compared to some other online bookmakers. Betway covers races every day, but the list of possible betting options is somewhat limited and racing data is in short supply.
Casual racing fans who primarily wish to bet on which horse will win a race should be satisfied, but those who desire advanced types of wagers should probably look elsewhere.
Live Racing Video
Many of the races covered at Betway are supported with live streaming video straight from the host track but availability is spotty overall. However, most US and UK races, including major events such as the Grand National are streamed live for all customers at Betway.com or through the mobile app.
Greyhound racing is also available at Betway, although the options here are less extensive as to be expected for dog racing betting. The entirety of the greyhound betting here involves US and Australian tracks. It appears all greyhound races in each country are covered, but betting options are limited.
Final Thoughts on Racing Betting at Betway
The Betway racing options are limited compared to the options provided by other bookmakers. Betting on horses or greyhounds are Betway feels like more of an afterthought than a core part of the Betway business model. Casual racing fans who like to place the occasional bet will likely find Betway suitable, but serious horseplayers should look elsewhere.
Betway Casino Review
Three different sections of the Betway website are dedicated to casino games of varying types, but we’ll group them all under “Betway Casino” for the purpose of this review. To clarify, the three different casino areas at Betway.com include:
- Casino: 500+ slots, table games, card games and all the casino classics
- Live Casino: Ultra HD live video brings real dealers to your desktop or mobile device
- Vegas: An additional 500+ slots, table games, card games and video poker all in a glitzy Las Vegas theme
As a whole, Betway Casino is a large offering with upwards of a thousand unique games between the regular casino area and the “Vegas” selection. Add to that the dozens of live dealer games and what you get is a just a big all-around online casino.
Betway slots are powered by a multitude of third-party software providers. This includes the like of Microgaming, NetEnt, SG Digital and other mainstream developers. Between them, the various software providers make Betway’s selection of slots and casino games diverse.
Jackpot games have long featured prominently at Betway, with numerous jackpot games to choose from. Progressives provide the largest potential payouts, and in fact once broke a world record in 2016 when a British customer put a 25p stake through one of the Betway progressives to win a jackpot of £17,879,645.12.
At the time of this review, the largest progressive jackpot at Betway stood at over £15 million courtesy of Mega Moolah.
Betway’s table game collection covers all the casino stables such as blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other standard card games. The main casino area and the Vegas area each offer a unique selection of table games to provide additional variety.
Video poker at Betway is fairly comprehensive with a variety of the most popular variants on offer. Video poker variations include Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, Tens or Better and multiple variations of each.
Live Dealer Games
The live dealer casino at Betway provides the brick-and-mortar casino experience at home by combining human dealers with live video and real gaming tables. Players choose their wagers onscreen with mouse and keyboard or through their mobile devices and then watch as a real dealer actually runs the game in real time.
Many gambling sites offer live dealer games today, but Betway’s live casino is above average in terms of selection and presentation. Today, Betway offers streaming, 200-frames-per-second HD video to create an experience that is as close to the real thing as it gets.
NetEnt and Evolution Gaming run the live dealer games at Betway, and together, they provide a nearly comprehensive selection of games. Players will find live dealer blackjack and roulette, live Casino Holdem, live Sic Bo and more.
Betway also hosts a handful of gameshow-style live dealer games such as Monopoly, Deal or No Deal and Dream Catcher. Each game type, whether it be blackjack or any of the others, is equipped with multiple dealers and tables so players should always be able to find an open seat.
Betway Deposit Methods
|Visa Credit and Debit||Visa Electron||MasterCard Credit and Debit||Maestro|
|Direct Bank Transfer||ecoPayz||Neteller||Paysafecard|
|Lobanet Transferencia Bancaria Local||eCheck||iDebit||ACH/EFT|
Accepted currencies: Betway accepts the Krona, Canadian dollar, US dollar, British pound and euro by default. If customers deposit in any other currency, Betway will perform a conversion and hold their account balances in one of Betway’s default currencies. When a withdrawal is requested, Betway will exchange each customer’s balance into their native currency at current exchange rates.
|Belize||Bolivia||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bulgaria|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||El Salvador||France|
|Germany: Bundesland and Schleswig-Holstein||Ghana||Greece||Greenland|
|Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay||Peru|
|Thailand||Trinidad & Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey|