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188Bet Review

Review of 188Bet

Editors Note:
Our review of 188bet looks at every aspect of the site to help punters make an informed decision about whether or not they want to open a 188Bet account. We’ve rated them with a 3.5 star grade overall – which means they are a solid online bookmaker.

In recent years I’ve really started to feel like 188Bet have upped their game, they very much needed to and there’s still room for improvement, but if they carry on in the same direction then they’ve got potential to break into the mainstream market.

What they lack right now are promotions for long standing customers. Their markets and odds are competitive and they’ve most features you’d exepct from an online betting company. There is an opening account offer though…

188bet are currently offering not offering new customers a unique welcome offer but the offer will return after Cheltenham.

Review Ratings

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Licensing & Safety

Low risk classification
How safe is 188Bet?
10/10
  • UKGC license
  • Isle of Man license
  • Founded in 2006
  • Low risk rating
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

188Bet is regulated and licensed by the Isle of Man government and the UK Gambling Commission, therefore meaning that they are governed by professional organizations that ensure that the integrity of the site is maintained. This regulation ensures that:

  • All minors are prevented from accessing the services that the site offers, so as to protect them from the risks associated with gambling.
  • All of the transactions carried out on the site are clear and not open to fraudulent activities, either by the users or the owners of the site.
  • Both losing wagers and winning wagers are honoured in full.
  • Anyone suffering from gambling related problems is able to contact the site for details about how to get help.

188Bet are owned by Annatar Limited who operate out of the Isle of Man and currently sponsor both rugby league side Wigan Warriors and Durham County Cricket Club.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Varied options & limits
Will I get paid?
6/10
  • Instant deposits
  • Withdrawals vary by method
  • Neteller & Skrill accepted
  • PayPal not offered
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Visa/Visa Debit £0 Instant £10 – £20,000
Mastercard £0 Instant £10 – £20,000
Skrill £0 Instant £10 – £50,000
Neteller £0 Instant £10 – £30,000
Skrill 1-Tap £0 Instant £10 – £50,000
Entropay £0 Instant £10 – £30,000
Bank Transfer £0 3-5 days £10 – £50,000
Cheque £0 3-30 days £10 – £50,000

Markets & Odds

Good selection & specials
What sports are offered?
7/10
  • 25+ different sports
  • In-play betting availale
  • E-sports & virtual sports
  • Asian handicap specialists
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

188Bet is not one of the most popular sports betting websites around but it allows customers to bet on a variety of different sports, although there are sites with more sports than this one. One thing that you can expect though is that all of the sports are comprehensive, so you will be able to bet on almost any eventuality. The sports offered 188Bet are as follows:

  • American Football
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Darts
  • Entertainment
  • eSports
  • Financials
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lottery
  • MMA
  • Motor Racing
  • Politics
  • Pool
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Tennis
  • UFC
  • Volleyball

All of the sports listed above have their own dedicated section on the 188Bet website, therefore meaning that there is wide variety of opportunities for each. Also, many of the categories, such as football, envelop a huge amount of different leagues, both domestically and internationally. This means that whether an event is in London, Lisbon or Los Angeles, you will probably be able to bet on it at 188Bet however if it’s more obscure sports you’re after then 188Bet probably isn’t the right site for you.

If you compare the offerings at Betvictor or Paddy Power for example to that of 188Bet in terms of markets available then you’ll soon see why they don’t get a higher rating in this category.

In-Play Betting

Good coverage but slightly confusing
Is live betting offered?
7/10
  • In-play section
  • Decent range of events
  • Live scoring, stats & updates
  • Live streaming not available
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

188Bet Inplay188Bet offers all customers the chance to bet while a game is in-play, therefore meaning that punters can bet on a variety of different situations at the click of a button. The in-play menu is completely comprehensive and shows all of the major odds for the different games, although to find more specific odds you need to click on the actual game being played. All of the odds are constantly being updated, as are the stats that the site provides.

Game time, score, cards, action areas and plenty of other in game stats are provided in the in-play section which is good to see. Even some of the bigger bookmakers don’t include these so this is a really plus for 188Bet.

To access the in-play features, all you have to do is click on the “Sports” tab, before then clicking on the “In-Play” tab (under the top menu). There is a preview of all the in-play matches as well, which can be found on the left of the main sport page.

It’s hard to find fault with the in-play betting suite offered at 188Bet. It runs smoothly, displays live scores well and offers plenty of markets to bet on. One thing it doesn’t do is offer live streaming of events to customers – for this service check out Bet365 who’ve got by far the best live betting/streaming options around.

Welcome Bonus

Removed from Cheltenham festival
New Customer Offer
5/10
  • No current offer
  • We’re unsure if or when an offer will be available.
  • Poor when compared to other bookies.
  • Competitive odds available.
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

There’s no welcome bonus offer to all new customers at 188Bet – the offer which was running was recently removed and until further notice there will be no sign up bonus. A big shame.

Check back for updates, we’ll update this page if anything changes.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of 188Bet
Middle of the road option
Our Rating for:
188Bet
3.5/5

At the very start of our review page you might well have picked up on the 3.5 star out of 5 rating that we’ve given 188Bet. Now without any justification that doesn’t really mean much so in this part of the page we’re going to tell you why 188Bet gets 3.5 stars.

Basically 188Bet gets the fourth highest rating we dish out to an online bookmaker. Essentially the product that 188Bet has to offer is decent.

The problems start when it comes to promotions and the opening bonus. Promotions aside from the opening bonus are not exactly plentiful which means they get marked down heavily. Add to that the fact that it’s mobile only offer for horse racing or greyhounds and it looks even less attractive.

We’ve never really heard any mention of 188Bet closing player accounts, denying bonuses or doing anything else underhand. They sponsor various sports and are pretty much known as a reputable brand but the lack of value for players is a real off put.

When you compare 188Bet with the likes of BetVictor there’s actually very little reason to join 188Bet over them – in fact you’d be better off with an account at number of our other reviewed betting sites.

188Bet just aren’t industry leaders, if you join up you’ll be provided with a decent service but there’s no real draw. There’s no live streaming, the bonus is below average in terms of generosity and there aren’t any promotions running either. The site works fine – it’s just not the best that’s out there.

 
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • Dennis85
    September 10, 2018

    I’ve got an account with 188Bet but never really used it. Went back onto their site recently to see if they’d got any better but still no reason to use them over the bigger name bookmakers who offer better odds, markets, live streaming, bonuses ect.

    Wouldn’t bother if I was you.

  • J.Ling
    October 29, 2018

    I use this bookmaker for Asian Handicap. Place all other bets with on different site. Do always pay money and answer emai.

  • S
    March 12, 2019

    I thought I’d give 188bet a go when I noticed their sign up offer via Google, I signed up via the offer which was displaying on their site. However they refused to credit me saying the offer had been withdrawn the previous day despite the offer clearly being on their site the day after. Very dishonest and would not honour the offer.

    Customer service wasn’t overly impressive either, I’ll stick with my current bookie.

    • David Lenton
      March 13, 2019

      It’s a real shame they pulled the offer and sorry to hear they wouldn’t honour it as advertised. If you want a different bookie recommended just let me know mate.

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Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter