Bet365 is a well-known gaming brand founded in 2000 and currently serving over seven million customers in 200 countries. Since going live in 2001, Bet365 was initially popularized for its comprehensive sports betting platform, and now offers Bet365 poker, bingo and a fully loaded online casino courtesy of Playtech Software. Operating a one-wallet system for all of its various betting platforms, Bet365 has become the gambling home of choice for many an online gambler preferring to diversify wagers.
With registered offices in Gibraltar (Hillside Limited, Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place, 2 Europort Avenue), Bet 365 holds regulatory licenses through both the Gibraltar and UK Gambling Commission's - two of the most respected regulatory bodies today. Furthermore, Bet365 is a registered affiliate of the International Betting Arbitration Service (IBAS), which means that any possible disputes will be adjudicated by fully independent, third party IBAS mediators - whose ruling must be abided by affiliate members.
Betting options at Bet365 consist of 150+ casino games available via download, including 20+ progressive jackpot games accumulating millions of pounds at any given moment. The popular Marvel Superhero Slots network (Playtech Software) is available at Bet365, known for dishing out frequent multi-thousand-pound wins on a daily basis. In addition to a large tournament base for its poker and bingo platforms, Bet365 offers casino tournament play, including popular mobile slots, roulette and blackjack tournaments guaranteeing at least a $1,000 prize pool for the top 15 players.
Live Dealer Casino - Live dealer games (powered by Playtech) include Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, VIP Roulette and Sic Bo. We're not entirely sure why Bet365 offers the choice of either Euro or Asian dealers (all of whom speak English), so we'll let you ponder about that! We will say that Sic Bo is only available with an Asian dealer and VIP Roulette with a European dealer. Overall, Playtech's live dealer casino is one of the best in the business. A truly virtual casino, players can chat with the dealer and other players at the table, making this as authentic a real casino gambling experience on the internet as is currently possible.
Mobile Casino - Not just a downloadable app for smart phones, Bet365 also offers a mobile version of their website to allow for instant play games, which include Blackjack, Roulette, Gold Rally slot, Fish-o-Rama slot, Frankie Dettori slot and Santa's Gifts video slot (the latter three currently only compatible with iPad and iPhones). Users simply need only point their tablet or smart phone device browser to casino.bet365.com to access a highly user-friendly mobile gaming experience. Downloadable games, many of which are also available in tournament mode, currently include European Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Jacks or Better video poker, Keno, Bingo, Rock Paper Scissors, Safe Cracker and a handful of slot machines, including the popular Gold Rally Slot which at the time of OCNet's Bet365 casino review, dished out a 102,192 Pound jackpot to one lucky mobile player. This particular player was so lucky, in fact, he reportedly won a $1.5 Million jackpot on the PC download version of Gold Rally as well! Bet365 Mobile Casino is compatible with many devices. Visit the website to check if your device's make and model is supported.
The Recent Winners list, which is published live on the Bet365 Casino website, is as comprehensive as they come. And by that, we not only mean a lot of big winners, the recent winners at select, popular games can be viewed as well. Leaderboard's are updated frequently and player positions can be searched by simply entering a username.
Monthly payout percentages verified by Technical Systems Testing (TST), which include Live Dealer games, consistently average above 97%. The latest report (which can be viewed at the Bet365 Website) at the time OCNet's Bet365 Review went to press, showed the following:
Slot Machines: 95.17%
Table Games: 97.17%
Card Games: 98.42%
Video Poker: 98.39%
Poker Games: 97.37%
Fixed Odds: 97.42%
Overall Games: 97.13%
Bonuses and Promotions - Not many online casinos can boast a dedicated bonus team. But when you have as many players and bonus offers floating around as Bet365 does, this makes perfect sense. Bet365's welcome bonus is one of the best around. For inside the casino, new players are eligible for either the Standard opening bonus worth 100% up to $200 Free (BONUS100), the Slots-only bonus worth 200% (SLOTS200) up to $400 Free or the VIP Bonus worth 50% up to $1,000 Free (VIP500). The standard bonus has a play-through of 20x, with restrictions on the percentage play-through of each wager based on the game (see terms for details). The good news is that standard Blackjack and video poker are eligible. The Slots and VIP bonuses come with a 30x play-through (Game restrictions apply here as well).
While these are certainly terrific bonuses to kick things off, it's Bet365's monthly bonus bundles are what keeps players coming back. This is a series of four weekly bonuses each worth 20% up to $400 Free, amounting to over $6,000 in ongoing monthly bonus money. The play-through on these bonuses is just 25x, with most games eligible for play. Certain forms of Blackjack, for example, contribute 25% of each wager to the play-through - which for strategy-based games is a very player-friendly term. Weekly bonuses include "I do Like Monday's", in which bonuses are offered to players based on the previous week's activity, and 25% cashback up to a massive $500 on losses.
***Please note that the welcome bonus is not available to players residing in Australia, Denmark, Greenland, Russia and Spain.
In making all this free money possible (you must deposit to get something free), Bet365 offers a wide range of fast and secure deposit and withdrawal options, including 1-day bank transfers, 24 hour PayPal, Instadebit, Skrill and Click2Pay, and 1 Hour Neteller withdrawals. Withdrawals made to debit/credit cards take 2-5 days, and mailed checks are received within 5 days.
Last but not least, Bet365 gets a high rating from OCS for it's responsible gaming practices! If you believe that you have a gambling problem, contact the Bet365 team, and they will set up self-exclusion and get you the appropriate help.
Online Casino Review Content Updated: February, 2014
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