Review of 188Bet
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 all new customers a unique welcome offer where mobile customers can bet £10 on greyhounds or horses and get £10 in free bets.
01. Licensing & Safety
02. Deposits & Withdrawals
03. Markets & Odds
05. Welcome Bonus (bet £10 get £10)
06. Overall Review
07. User Reviews
Total Results47 / 70
Licensing & Safety
- UKGC license
- Isle of Man license
- Founded in 2006
- Low risk rating
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
- Instant deposits
- Withdrawals vary by method
- Neteller & Skrill accepted
- PayPal not offered
|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
- 25+ different sports
- In-play betting availale
- E-sports & virtual sports
- Asian handicap specialists
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
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Racing
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.
- In-play section
- Decent range of events
- Live scoring, stats & updates
- Live streaming not available
188Bet 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.
- Bet £10 get £10
- Mobile only
- Greyhound & horse racing only
- Minimum odds 2.0 (evens)
There’s a welcome bonus offer to all new customers at 188Bet which is worth £10 in free bets. It’s easy to claim and it’s worth doing if you do plan to sign up – to claim this offer follow the steps below:
- CLICK HERE to visit 188Bet.com (link opens in new browser tab)
- Once on the website click the ‘Sign Up’ link.
- Fill out all the required details and pick a unique username and password for your account – you’ll need these in the next step so don’t forget them.
- Using your new username and password log into your account and deposit at least £10.
- Using your mobile phone place a £10 bet on horses or greyhounds at even money or bigger.
- You’ll release 2x £5 free bets to use on horse racing or greyhounds.
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.