bwin Sports Review

Check out bwin for your sports betting

bwin at a Glance

Top highlights: Packed with markets and features on its site and in its app; offers options of also trying casino, poker and other games with a sports betting account

     VIP or loyalty programme: No

    Other offerings: Casino, games, poker

 

About bwin

The history of bwin can be traced back to 1997 when the company - then called betandwin - was founded with just 12 employees. The following year, it launched its first gambling website, a sports betting site. Today, the bwin brand is owned by operator GVC Holdings

Since the early years, bwin has expanded its operations into other online gambling channels, including those of casino and poker games; however, sports betting remains its core business. Here, we assess in detail the site's thorough offerings for sports bettors.

Promotions

We can see many of bwin's sports bettors being happy with the promotions offered to them. The promotions that we saw during our time on the site seemed especially favourable for betting enthusiasts who like to use accumulators

You also have the option of taking into account multiple circumstances with just one bet. However, as these promotions could quickly change, we urge you to check them regularly.

Sports Betting Types and Betting Markets

The breadth of types and markets in sports betting at bwin is standard for a gambling site of its calibre. However, we can't see many of bwin's users finding much cause for complaint; the most mainstream choices include..

  • Football

  • Horse racing

  • Tennis

  • Cricket

  • Rugby union

  • Rugby league

  • Cycling

However, don't be too concerned if your sports betting tastes tend to be relatively unconventional. bwin also offers a few sports that we haven't always seen on other such sites, even well-known ones. Those sports listed in the bwin selection include

  • Handball

  • Alpine skiing

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Ski jumping

  • Bandy

  • Chess

Betting Coverage

bwin offers a range of apps, including one aimed specifically at sports bettors. Through the app available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, you can place single, multi or system bets; however, despite this software's sports focus, it lets you play popular casino games, too

The app is particularly worth downloading for its in-play opportunities. The software not only provides an ‘Accept odds changes’ feature but also - in the case of special events - lets you watch live videos. The live streaming gets even better than this, as we will later explain...

Software and Graphics

bwin's graphics shine in its livestreaming and in-play betting

Having never opened any bricks-and-mortar betting shops on the UK high street, bwin have been able to invest a lot of time into their online betting software. This shows, as the betting platform seems firmly and seamlessly integrated with the rest of the site

This is no mean feat, given the huge number of betting markets on offer through the site, which is also laid out in such a way that its users are unlikely to feel confused or lost when navigating it. Everything loads speedily, and the white and gold accents on a black background give the site's design an undoubted classiness.

Extra Value

bwin has recruited former Premier League star and Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Robert Pires as an ambassador. The Frenchman, now a coach at the Gunners, is at the helm of Pires World, where he predicts on a weekly basis how upcoming Premier League matches will turn out.

You might, therefore, want to take note of his predictions before you start placing any bets on those matches. Meanwhile, if a particular game will be live, you might be able to watch it full-screen through bwin's sports app for mobile devices. Such functionality is available with over 16,000 live events, many of which could especially fire up your excitement.

Loyalty or VIP Programme

Although bwin does operate a loyalty points program, these points only appear to be available to users of the site's games, including its casino and poker games.

Nonetheless, that doesn't strictly mean you should completely disregard this loyalty scheme. After all, you can use your bwin sports betting account to play the site's games.

There are two different types of points available with this program: Market Points and Status Points. Both types are available by playing for real-money stakes or rakes, and you can swap points for money-can't-buy goodies. However, you also need to stay active to avoid your points expiring.

Other Offerings

bwin also operates a great online casino

You don't have to sign up any additional account if you want to also make extensive use of what bwin offers in the games, poker, casino and live casino parts of its site.

We reserve a lot of our affection for bwin's live casino games, where you can play such casino favourites as blackjack and roulette while an actual, human dealer appears in a live video feed. Evolution Gaming is the respected purveyor of many live casino games for bwin.

Deposit and Withdrawal Methods

The variety of deposit methods that bwin supports is impressively broad; it includes

Payment MethodFeeProcessing TimeMinimum Deposit
Visa Credit CardNone £10
Visa Debit CardNone £10
Visa Electron Debit CardNone £10
Mastercard Credit CardNone £10
Mastercard Debit CardNone £10
Skrill 1-Tap4.9% £10
PayPaNone £10
NetellerNoneInstant£10
paysafecardNoneInstant£5
Maestro Debit CardNoneInstant£10
Instant BankingNoneInstant£15
entropayNone £10
PromoCode   
SkrillNone £10
TrustlyNoneWithin a couple of minutes£10
Fast Bank TransferNone1-4 business days£1

*Current as of March 2018; please check bwin’s website for updates

Payout Policy

The withdrawal options are not quite as varied, but remain remarkable

Withdrawal MethodFeeProcessing TimeMinimum Withdrawal
Visa Credit CardNone £10
Visa Debit CardNone £10
Visa Electron Debit CardNone £10
PayPaNone £10
Neteller4.9%Up to 3 business days£10
paysafecard   
Maestro Debit Card   
entropayNoneApproximately up to 3 business days£10
Skrill4.9%Approximately up to 3 business days£10
Fast Bank TransferNoneUp to 4 business days£1

*Current as of March 2018; please check bwin’s website for updates

Customer Support

The bwin site's help centre is pretty comprehensive, covering as it does subjects including betting on either desktop or mobile, live betting, bonuses and various account matters. Even if none of the articles actually assist you, clicking the ‘Contact Us’ link well could...

Doing this takes you to an online feedback form - no general email address is provided for customer service matters - and live chat facility. Listed beneath that is a phone number allowing 24/7 access to bwin's customer support.

Who Can Play?

At the moment, betting with bwin is legally permissible in more than 30 nations and jurisdictions. Here is a list of many, but definitely not all, of those territories:

     United Kingdom

     Austria

     Belgium

     Brazil

     Canada

     Denmark

     Egypt

     Finland

     France

     Germany

     Gibraltar

     Ireland

     Italy

     Poland

     Saudi Arabia

     Spain

     Sweden

Licence

ElectraWorks Limited, the GVC Holdings subsidiary responsible for the bwin site, holds a UK Gambling Commission licence under the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.

Bottom Line

As far as online sports bookies go, bwin strikes a nice balance between being easy for novices to get to grips with and sufficiently rich in markets to keep veteran bettors interested.

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