Felicity Kay/ December 2, 2017 12:07 (UK)
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, makes them a powerful alternative to other, better-known sports betting sites.
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 searching 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 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.
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.
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, one of the big positives about using Betsafe. The app is another strong feature of the sportsbook, with it equally as 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 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.
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.