Betsafe : Sports Betting Sites Review
Betsafe was established in 2006 and has been growing exponentially ever since. Their no nonsense attitude to gambling, as well as their excellent variety of sports on offer and high standards of online features make them a powerful alternative to other, better-known sports betting sites.
Betsafe Bonuses & Promos
Betsafe offers a variety of novel bonuses to keep the punter interested and to offer extra value. The bonus on offer for joining is a little substandard, with a 50% deposit bonus only up to £25, which doesn’t compare well to a lot of other bookmakers competing for your money. However, where Betsafe does stand out are the unusual promotions and offers they have available. They are a particularly handy bookmaker to use if you’re a supporter of Manchester City, with the company the official betting partner of the Premier League giants. On every league game that City play, you can get a risk free in-play bet of £10 on them to win the match (at odds of over 1/2 or 1.5) if you place a pre-match bet of £25 on any Premier League game (again at odds of over 1/2). This is sure to add up if you regularly find yourself backing City anyway. Betsafe also offers enhanced odds on City games, with the site currently offering these enhanced odds when betting on certain City attackers to score and for them to win the match.
Away from their association with Man City, there are other offerings which will entice potential users onto the sportsbook. One such promotion currently running is a weekly £10K giveaway, with any user who ‘opts in’ and then placing a minimum £25 bet on any sport being entered into a prize draw to win the £10,000. This also enters bettors into a draw to win tickets to Euro 2016, so plenty of incentive to bet with Betsafe.
- Bet £10 Get £20 free
- £10 risk free in play bet on Man City to win when placing £25 on Premier League pre-match
- Enhanced odds on City goalscorers and the Citizens to win.
- Entry to weekly £10K prize draw with £25 bet.
Betsafe Sports for Betting
Betsafe has a large variety of sports available for betting, with a particularly impressive selections of markets available on some of the less widely covered sports, which could make Betsafe a very attractive bookmaker if interested in such sports as MMA, handball, E-sports and even ‘trotting’. Strangely, despite featuring markets for these less popular sports, there is no coverage of horse racing at all, so if this is where you gamble, then you will need to look elsewhere. The coverage of football is good, as expected, with plenty of markets on offer for the biggest games and most major leagues covered to a decent level. The one major omission seems to be with goalscorer bets, with first and anytime goalscorer markets missing from games outside of the most major leagues, and the in play options are reasonably limited.
Betsafe Deposits/ Withdrawal options
Depositing and withdrawing money on Betsafe is easy and hasslefree, with most major payment methods accepted by the site from Visa to Skrill. One major absentee is PayPal, so users who prefer to make payments or withdraw using this eWallet site may want to look elsewhere, while only Visa and Mastercard are accepted of the major cards. It’s also worth noting that a deposit fee of 2.5% may be applied when paying with Visa or Mastercard. Withdrawal options are similar, except no fee will be charged when withdrawing funds. There is a minimum deposit limit of £10, and a minimum withdrawal limit of £20.
- Instant Banking
Betsafe Pay out Policy
Payout of winning bets is as quick as it gets with Betsafe, with money going back into your balance generally within a minute of a game finishing. There’s no fee or percentage taken from your winnings, with the site generally making money from having margins rather than taking a cut of your winnings like you would see on an exchange.
Betsafe has both a mobile site and an app for download, so has plenty of appeal if looking to bet on the move. The mobile site is very similar to the desktop version, except with the interface simplified to make betting on a smaller device easier. Navigating between sports and matches is really easy and the menus work really well so this is one of the big positives about using Betsafe. The app is another strong feature of the sportsbook, with it equally easy to navigate as the mobile site. It also offers some live streaming services which are also available on the desktop site, as well as live action zones for most live football games, and live scores in all of the featured matches. Betsafe is definitely a bookmaker to consider if most of your betting is done on the move with these excellent features on offer.
Betsafe Software/ Site & Graphics
The sportsbook looks excellent and this is thanks to the software provided by Parspro. Navigation between sports, markets and matches is seamless and overall the site is very easy to use which certainly adds to the appeal of using Betsafe. The app and the mobile version of the site are particularly well prepared and rivals the likely much more expensive software and graphics used by the bigger bookmakers out there. If looking for a bookmaker that looks good, but is also fully functional in terms of allowing users to find the bets they want with the utmost of ease, then Betsafe seems like a very good option.
Betsafe offers a comprehensive support service, with 24/7 support available via either an online chat feature or by phone. The hosts of the online chat respond quickly and there was very little waiting time before being able to speak to a person. As well as this, there are extensive FAQs available and the option to contact Betsafe by email if preferable.
Betsafe Extra value
As well as its sportbook offering, Betsafe has plenty of games ready to play in their casino, while also having a live casino and a poker application which can be downloaded and played live. There are some very decent bonuses available when depositing into a casino account, so if casino games are your things as well as betting on sport, then Betsafe is a safe bet for you. Other services on the sportsbook also offer a bit of extra value to Betsafe’s offerings, with live streaming available on some games, plus live scores for all events which can bet on in play.
Overall, Betsafe is a very solid site and a decent option when looking for a new site for your sports betting needs. There a few obvious flaws which might put some gamblers off, with the small charge on deposits by debit or credit card and the large minimum withdrawal limit a bit of a nuisance, while the lack of horse racing markets are an clear detraction that will make Betsafe unsuitable for many. However, when looking past these infractions, which for many will be very small, there is plenty in Betsafe’s favour, with the whole site, and its online version and app in particular a joy to use and the range of sports on offer will certainly appeal to those of you out there who are up for a bet on everything and anything. With interesting promotions and money paid out almost instantly, Betsafe offers a definite alternative to the mainstreams sportsbooks out there.