Energybet Bookmaker Review

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Sometimes new sports betting websites seem to spring up from nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Other times they arrive and stick around, gaining our respect because of the company that they’re part of. The latter is true of Energybet, a site that was up and running in 2016 but was already established as one of the leading online casinos in Europe from about 2013 under the title of Energy Casino.

If you’re a football fan and you think you’ve heard the name before then you’re almost certainly correct. Energybet is the main sponsor of Leyton Orient, the League Two side, and they recently became the main betting partner of Aston Villa. You don’t make that sort of investment if you’re not hoping to make some headway into an already quite crowded market, so here you’ll find out everything you need to know about them.

Welcome Offer - 100% Bonus up to £25

Energybet’s welcome offer is a 100% bonus on deposits of up to £25. It’s that simple.

How To Claim

What you need to do in order to take advantage of this offer is register a new account and then deposit a minimum of £10. You can deposit as much as you like on top of that, but the 100% bonus will only apply to £25 worth of deposit. The important thing to remember after you’ve registered is to select your deposit bonus - there is an option to choose 'no bonus' and if you do that then you won’t get a chance to take the deposit bonus at a later date.

What Deposit Methods Are Valid For The Bonus?

There are no specific restrictions on what you use to make your deposit when you’re looking to take advantage of this bonus offer.

How The Bonus Works

Upon depositing your money you’ll be credited with a matching bonus amount up to a value of £25. Before you’re able to withdraw any of that money you’ll have to roll it all over, both your deposit and the bonus funds, five times. You’ll need to do that on single or combi bets with odds of 3/4 (1.75) or greater. To be aware that when you’re placing bets it is the real money that will be used first.

Regular Energybet Promotions

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At the time of writing there are no regular sports book promotions that you’ll be able to take advantage of. there are a number of casino bonuses that might interest some of you, as well as the ability to win a seven day holiday through the live casino, but I’m not really talking about casino offers here so I won’t bore you with the details.

Desktop Site

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The Energybet website is probably best described as an acquired taste. I don’t love it, personally, but I’ve spoken to some people who are really keen on it. It’s all down to personal preference. For my money you can tell that the company has come from the world of online casinos, with everything being big and obvious and their sports list accompanied by garish icons representing what they all are. The thing I like the least is that it takes a number of clicks to get to where you want to be, with each click revealing a new menu until you eventually get deep enough to find the sport you’re looking to bet on.

As I say, though, I know some people who are big fans of it and they like that within each sport there’s a series of menus that you can jump back on if you press the wrong button. The home page concentrates mostly on live events, with a banner for their latest promotions standing above links to sports that are taking place there on then as well as another tab for upcoming events. Scroll further down and you’ll also find the top five events that are being bet on at the moment that you’re there. I do like that as a feature, especially as I’m the sort of person who likes to have a wager on the days big sporting moments.

Mobile App

At the time of writing there is no dedicated app for Energybet. Instead there’s a mobile site that is very similar to the desktop site, with some small exceptions. The funny thing is that the mobile site actually works much better than its larger cousin. The style of icons and having to click through different menus is more suited to a mobile device, especially as we’re used to using our phones to play games and the like, whereas we normally use our main computers for more serious work.

That’s my logic for it, anyway. There may be no truth in that, but what I do think is that the style suits being used on your phone more than your computer, so if you have a choice then opt to place bets through your mobile device. There’s little to nothing that you can do on the main site that you can’t also do on your phone, so you’re not losing out by opting to go down that route. the layout is almost identical, with the only key difference being that the menu is in the top-right and is of the dropdown variety.

Live Betting

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Energybet know that one of the chief markets that people enjoy betting on is live events, so wherever you go on the website a link to their live betting won’t be far away. When you click on the live betting tab you’re presented with the choice of looking at single events or a calendar of upcoming events. Accordingly you can either bet on something that’s taking place there and then or else ensure that you don’t miss anything in the future.

Live Streaming

Within the live betting section of any given event you’ll be presented with a visualisation of the action. For example, if you go to bet on a tennis match you’ll watch a ball bounce backwards and forwards on a mini 'court'. Next to that tab is one for live streaming. It’s not up and running at the time of writing but they’re 'working on it'.

Markets and Odds

Other than the desktop site, the one area of Energybet that I think needs improvement is with its market depth. Admittedly this is something of an unfair criticism considering they’ve not been active for all that long, but outside of football there just isn’t the depth of the more established bookmakers.

Odds are about what you’d expect for a new bookmaker. They’re unlikely to top the comparison charts any time soon, but they’re also not exactly terrible. They’re so-so, and sometimes that’s not something to be critical of.

Banking

You may be slightly disappointed by the depth of market and odds offered by Energybet, but they’re certainly not lacking when it comes to banking options. All of the usual facilities such as bank transfers, debit card payments, Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard and so on are available, plus stranger ones like Euteller and Trustly.

Other Products

As I mentioned earlier, Energy Casino was the driving force that led to the formation of Energybets and their accompanying sportsbook. Accordingly they have both a casino and a live casino that have a lot to recommend about them.

About Energybet

energybetOwing to the fact that Energybet is so young, relatively speaking, there isn’t an awful lot to say about them. They’re operated by Probe Investments Limited and they made a name for themselves as a casino, as I’ve already said. The leap to adding a sportsbook to their operation came about because they felt they had something to offer the market and hoped to make waves by being a bit different.

As I mentioned earlier, they are the main sponsors of Leyton Orient and the main betting partner of Aston Villa. That should give you an indication of how serious they are about breaking into the UK betting market. That they are able to partner with two football clubs will likely show you that they’ve got a reasonable amount of capital behind them, too, as footy sponsorship isn’t exactly a cheap endeavour.

Pros

The fact that their site works so well on a mobile phone is a definite positive. I know plenty of people still bet using their main computer, but I’m a mobile bettor through and through so seeing a site that’s reasonably intuitive is definitely a good thing.

Cons

Conversely, their desktop site feels quite childish and not particularly intuitive. It takes too long to get to where you need to go to place a bet, so I hope they do something about that sooner rather than later. Their market depth will also hopefully improve over time.

License & Contact Details

The best way to get in touch with Energybet if you’re hoping for a quick response is either over the phone or via their online chat. Both services have the same operating hours, which are 8am to 11pm during the week and 12pm to 8pm on weekends. You can email them and they endeavour to reply within 24 hours, but obviously that’s no use for urgent queries.

They have both a Facebook and a Twitter account, but these are mostly used for posting competitions rather than interacting with punters. There’s also an Instagram account that does the same sort of thing.

Energybet is based in Malta and registered there, too. They also have a UK Gambling Commission licence, with the number being 39325.  

Should you wish to forgo the modern methods of contact and go old school then the company’s registered address is: No.2, Geraldu Farrugia Street, Zebbug, ZBG 4351, Malta.