Recognised on the media giants for its excellent marketing practices, Sky Bet is a popular name in the UK household. Nearly one in every three families uses Sky TV, which makes its online betting portal all the more famous.
Sky Bet started as a betting exchange back in 2000. When Bsky B (the mother firm) took over a small online betting exchange named Surrey Sports, it re-branded its services as Sky Bet in 2002. By 2014, it expanded its services and sold 80% of its stakes to CVC Capital Partners. However, the company still holds 20% of the stocks, including the licensing rights.
For years, the company has covered major events like the Premier leagues. It has adopted high standards in betting and welcomes new players with an attractive £20 sign-up offer. Rest assured, the website is highly trusted, specifically in terms of their mobile services and you can rely on them for quality entertainment.
Free Bets and Bonus
Sky Bet currently offers a new deposit match bonus to all sports bettors. First-time members can claim up to £/€/$ 20 as welcome bonus on their first deposits. However, to claim this bonus, you have to place your bet on their Sportsbook. You can find more about their welcome bonus and ongoing offers on the ‘Promotions page’.
This free bet needs to be a single or a £5 + bet at odds of evens or above. As soon as you wager this amount, the website will match its value and credit an equal amount to your account. However, the catch is that if you’re using other Sky services like Vegas, Bingo or Poker, you aren’t eligible for this offer. Moreover, customers who use Neteller or Moneybookers for transferring money won’t be able to claim this amount.
- Other Promotional Offers
Super 6: In this promo offer, you get a tasty jackpot worth £250,000 without staking a single penny from your side. All you have to do is predict the correct results of any 6 of the selected matches. In case none of the players predict all 6 matches correctly, the highest scorer will win £5000.
Free Bet club: This offer gives you a free bet worth £5/week as long as you stay in the promotions every week. In simpler words, for every £25 that you wager, you get £5 as bonus.
Game Sports on Offer
Sky Bet lets you wager on Aussie Rules, American football, Boxing, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Chess, Cycling, Darts, Formula 1, Football, Golf, Gaelic Games, Greyhound Racing, Horse Racing, Handball, Ice Hockey, Moto GP, Poker, Snooker, Speedway, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, UFC and MMAUS, Virtual sports, Winter Sports, Racing, Politics and TV/Film Specials.
The website guarantees best odds in horse racing. It means if the starting price is better, the website pays the higher amount on all Irish and UK events. The rules are different in case of international racing, tote pools and enhanced ACCAs (accumulator).
It offers special ‘price boosts’ on selected matches and special enhanced events. The in-play selection is good and you can use guides and calculators to work out your potential gains.
Customer Service, Security & Banking Options
A majority of members have complained regarding withdrawals. This is because of the ‘Net deposits’ feature adapted by the site to prevent card thefts, hacking, online frauds and money laundering. In case you lose your card, the money you have accumulated in your Sky Bet account can’t be transferred to any other account other than you.
Withdrawals via cards usually take 2 to 5 working days (except for the weekends). The bizarre thing is that you can’t use PayPal through mobile. You ought to use a PC or laptop for this system.
On a positive note, the website offers customer service via mail, phone, live chat and postal system. Out of these, the live chat system is the best. You can get in touch with them on firstname.lastname@example.org, 0844-241-1411 or 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, Postal Code LS1 4AP.
Sometimes, you might feel frustrated because if you ask a question, which is already present on their FAQ, the agent will reply back with a web link pointing out at their guide. Other than that, their response time is minimal and services are good.
Sky Bet wins the cookie points for being an extremely comprehensive website packed with significant information. They are strong in terms of market value for odds and cover nearly all the major sports events and news.
Site navigation is clean and it’s pretty easy to get around the market, especially on their mobile app. Market diversity adds to this score. They just need to work on their banking options and other customer services, other than the live chat. In one word, it’s a ‘decent’ place for testing your luck in sports bets.