188bet is a sports betting company that is currently licensed from within the isle of man. They first graced the scene back in 2006 and have been smashing it ever since on their way to becoming one of the best online sports betting websites. They have a great focus on in-play betting and boast of providing customers more than 3000 variety of in-play bets within a month.
Website – Layout & Interface:
188Bets website looks great, extremely great, in fact. They have gone with a minimalistic colour scheme which shows some amazing combinations of dark and light grey colours with a defining border of orange that really helps pay homage to their roots and fit their logo snugly into this splendid design. The website is very clearly laid out and you can certainly tell that a lot of thought has gone into this particular layout, players of new and old will certainly have no issues navigating around this website.
188Bet have included a header at the top of the site which all of the different categories you can choose from such as sports, racing, e-sports, casino, poker, bingo, etc and also a tab for promotions, at the very end of this header on the right is where you can login or sign up. Descending down the left hand side is where you will find a complete list of different sports to choose from and once you have decided on what it is you are looking for its as simple as clicking on it and being taken to a page listing all of the events, matches and odds happening within that sport.
On the right of the homepage is where 188bets’ bet slip is found, this will increase or decrease to match the bets you are currently waging and will even calculate potential earnings.
188bet have plenty of different sporting markets for their customers to choose from such as Horseracing, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Tennis, E-sports, Greyhound Racing, Boxing / MMA, Cricket, Darts, Financial Bets, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, Lottery, Motor Racing, Snooker / Pool, Special Events, Volleyball. Their list might not be as extensive as you can find on some of the other bigger betting sites but its definitely not far behind.
Welcome Bonus & Promotions:
One thing in particular that players can expect to make full use of is 188bets “Bet £10 on sport, Get a £30 free bet” offer. This is pretty much exactly as it says on the tin and as of writing this review in mid February it actually expires on the 31st of July this year, so they do give you long enough to redeem it.
The other promotion they are currently offering is “Football ACCA insurance” this works when you have selected 5 or more teams and added them to your accumulator. If your accumulator then loses, your entire stake up to the value of £50 will be refunded to you in the form of free bets to use on 188Bets’ site. This promotion ends on the 28th May 2017 and the website kindly reminds you of the exact amount of days left to redeem it.
Once you have found 188Bets’ in-play betting section, which is located on the left hand side of the homepage above their list of sports. You are then taken to a new page that starts with Football and goes through there full list of sports they currently offer in-play betting options for, such as Basketball, Tennis, E-Sports, Financial Bets and Badminton.
Mobile & Tablet:
Sadly 188Bet haven’t gotten round to adding a dedicated mobile application for all the IOS users who like to bet on the go. There website is fully optimised to fit the small screen however and everything you can find on the desktop version is accessible from your portable devices. We suspect that 188Bet have this issue on their radar and is something that they are likely to implement in the near future, with all of the other big names having their own mobile applications for customers to use.
188Bet have plenty of different ways that customers can credit their accounts, they accept the typical Visa and MasterCard transactions as well as e-wallets like Skill and Neteller.
All deposits cost nothing and they accept 9 different currencies such as GBP, Euro, US Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar and Chinese Renminbi to name a few.
When making a deposit into your 188Bet account you should make sure the name of the cardholder matches the account name because otherwise your 188Bet account will be suspended.
188Bet have a section dedicated to FAQs which anyone with a question or query should look through first before getting in touch with a member of staff, if your issue isn’t addressed or cannot be solved via the FAQ section you can then contact their support team from the live chat function, this is definitely the best method of contact and is even provided in numerous different languages like Chinese, Korean, Thai and of course English. Live chat is usable round the clock 24/7 so no matter what time it is, you can be rest assured that help is always on hand. They also have a telephone number registered on the site.
If you feel as though your question or issue isn’t pressing enough to demand immediate help there is always the option to email through to the team and they try to respond within 24 hours.
As soon as you visit 188Bets website you can see that a lot of thought has been put into the small details, whether its the layout or colour scheme – the website has a very sleek feel to it. All of their products are extremely easy to find and and you never find yourself getting lost navigating the site or switching between sports or even the different betting platforms they offer. There are a couple of areas they could improve on such broadening their list of sporting markets to compete with some of the other huge names in the industry and of course by adding a mobile application so customers can play on the go. Other than this we are extremely impressed with 188Bets approach to online sports betting and they are definitely a site worth recommending.