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Genting Bet Bookmaker Review

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Have you heard of Genting Casinos? You’ll find one in most big towns and cities around the UK. They’re a big name in both real life and online casinos and they’re now broadening their coverage to offer a sportsbook for customers that would like to place a bet on various sporting events. Established in 1965, the company has around fifty physical casinos around the UK, meaning that they have got about as much experience when it comes to betting as some of the oldest and most successful bookmakers in the industry. They’ve grown from being an online casino alone to a veritable one-stop shop and powerhouse for all of your betting needs.

Their sportsbook might not be one of the oldest around, but the experience that the company brings to play means that it’s an awful lot better than most companies that have been running a sports arm for a similar amount of time. The difference really is that Genting are strong across the board, rather than having gained a good reputation for their casino and then bringing in sports for a laugh. I’ll mainly be talking about their sportsbook on this page, but it’s absolutely worth checking out their online casino offerings if you’re a fan of having a bet on the likes of roulette, blackjack or poker.  

Welcome Offer - £10 First Bet Insurance (+ £50 Casino)

Welcome offer for new customers only. 18+. Terms & Conditions Apply.

Open an account with Genting Bet and place a bet of £10 or more. If it loses then you’ll get a free bet worth £10 to use at your will.  On top of this get a matched first deposit bonus up to £50 for the casino/

How To Claim

If you’re hoping to take advantage of this offer then the good news is that you don’t need to do anything other than meet the requirements set out by Genting Bet.

As long as you’re a new customer then you’ll be able to use the offer by depositing money into your account and placing a bet of £10 on something with odds of Evens (2.0) or greater. If it’s a multiple then you’ll need to ensure the odds are 2/5 (1.4) or more and the bet won't count as a qualifying bet if it is made void, pushed or is a non-runner.

What Deposit Methods Are Valid For The Free Bet?

First deposits by Skrill aren’t allowed.

How The Free Bet Works

If your qualifying bet fails to win then you’ll get a £10 free bet credited to your account within 24 hours off the bet being settled. You’ll then have fourteen days to use said free bet on a wager with odds that are no greater than 4/1 (5.0). If it’s a winner then bear in mind that you won’t get your free bet stake back with any winnings.

How The Bonus Works

The bonus matches your initial deposit up to £50 (£10 minimum) it then remains active for 30 days and can be withdrawn along with any winnings once rolled over 50x (game weighting varies, see RP terms for more).

Regular Promotions

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There are numerous promotions run on a regular basis that those betting on sports matches might be keen to take advantage of. For example, when a big racing event like the Glorious Goodwood Festival is running you’ll often find that winning horse bets are rewarded with free spins in the online casino.

There are also fairly standard promotions, such as accumulator insurance and a Best Odds Guarantee. Neither of these are groundbreaking, to be fair, but at the same time if they weren’t offered then that would be a disappointed. It’s always worth noting which companies do offer the standard things and which ones don’t, after all.

Desktop Site

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The Genting Bet desktop site is very good, if a little unoriginal. Whether you like it or not will probably depend on whether or not you enjoy seeing something that’s a bit different from the norm. Whether you do or not, one thing that’s undeniable is that you’ll know how the site works if you’ve ever used any of the mainstream bookmakers’s sites. At the top of the page you’ll see links to the sportsbook, regular promotions and In-Play betting, with the latter also taking prominence on the main homepage. Football and horse racing are the key sports you’ll be pointed towards when it comes to live betting, so be aware that you might have to look around a bit if you like a slightly rarer sport.

Down the lefthand side of the page you’ll see quick links to things that you’re likely to want to have immediate access to, such as the next horse races to go off, live football, big events that are coming up soon like the Champions League or major cricket tournaments. Underneath that are links to football coupons, plus a list of every sport that Genting Bet offers coverage of. On the righthand side of the homepage you’ll find your betting slip, adverts for popular games in the casino and ante-post betting for major events of the season. This might include the outright winner of the Premier League if that hasn’t started yet, or the Gold Cup winner if it’s nearly time for the Cheltenham Festival.

Genting Bet Mobile

The company’s mobile app is exactly as slick as you’d expect from one that has been in business for decades. It works in a slightly different way to the desktop site, in the sense that it is aimed fairly squarely at the sports betting market and so the links to casino games and so on are conspicuous by their absence. This is because there is an entire Genting Casino app dedicated to the games and slots that you’d expect to find, meaning that there’s no need to include them in the sports app. That’s ideal for me personally, mainly because I’m not as keen on casino games as I am on betting on football, horse racing and so on.

Instead of links to the casino along the top of the main page, therefore, are links to the most popular things that people are likely to want to see. That include In-Play betting, football, the horses and tennis. The main page itself is taken up mostly with whatever sports are taking place live at that moment, with a scroll down leading to upcoming races, matches and so on. Right along the bottom of the page are links to your bet slip, betting history and general information about how the site works. This is always where you’d go if you want to change your odds from fractional to decimal.

Live Betting

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There is a real importance given to live betting on the Genting Bet site. They’re not stupid and they know that In-Play betting revolutionised the industry precisely because so many people were keen on doing it, so they’ve done their best to give the people what they want. As well as links to an In-Play betting section, they’ve also put it centre stage on pretty much every area of the site and app.

Live Streaming

At the time of writing you are unable to stream live events through Getting Bet’s website, though I have been assured that there are plans to change this in the near future.

If it’s a deal breaker for you then it’s worth having a look back at the site periodically to see if they’ve introduced it. I don’t think it should be a deal breaker, for the record, and I often place a bet with one company and watch the event live through another. If Genting Bet offers what you like from a book then I’d advise you to do similar.

Markets and Odds

When it comes to how many sports are covered by Genting Bet, they’re found a little wanting when compared to some rivals. That’s not to suggest that their list is poor, with most of the major favourites of the UK market covered, but simply to let you know that if you like to bet on slightly more random sports then you’re likely to be disappointed. If you’re solidly mainstream in your tastes then you’ll be fine, even able to branch out a little within the area you normally like to bet in. Right now, for example, I could have a flutter on a match between Itagui FC and Envigado in the Colombian Categoría Primera A league. The likes of American football, GAA hurling and rugby are all covered well, but anything off the beaten track probably isn’t.

One area that is a real strength for Genting Bet is their odds. They’re not exactly market leading, but they’re always there or there about when it comes to competing with the big boys for decent odds on the most sought after markets of the day. Put it this way, if you’re toying with whether or not to join Genting Bet then I would definitely not be worried about the their odds won’t be strong enough.

Banking

There are four main methods for banking when it comes to Genting Bet. The first is to use a debit card, the second a credit card and the third is to use Skrill. The fourth is the only unique one, though, as it involves paying money into and withdrawing money from your online account via a Genting Casino. All you need to do is have photographic ID on you and tell them what you’re hoping to do at the Cash Desk.

Other Products

Have I mentioned that Genting operate casinos? The company’s online and physical casinos are amongst the best in the world, let alone just the UK. You can play live games like poker, roulette and blackjack, play slot games or even opt for online poker if that tickles your fancy.

Given that this is the area that the company make its name, it’s no surprise to see that their casinos are second to none.

About Genting Bet

gentingIs it right to call Genting a 'bookie'? I think it’s probably more appropriate to refer to them as an online betting emporium, to be honest. Founded in 1965 by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, a Malaysian businessman, it was initially nothing more than a leisure brand. Its expansion over the years has seen it become one of the biggest betting conglomerates ever, operating not just casinos but also theme parks, IT companies and cruise ships.

Possessing over four and a half thousand acres, the company employs more than 58,000 people. Their headquarters is in Malaysia, but they have made many efforts to make inroads into attracting a UK audience. Between 2011 and 2013, for example, they were the principal sponsor of Aston Villa Football Club when they were playing their games in the Premier League. The UK is one of their biggest markets, but the company also boasts property in the likes of Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the United States of America.

Pros

The website and mobile app are both smooth, well-oiled machines that will allow you to do anything you want without any bother. You’ll also be pleased by the odds that you can get on most things, if that’s your principal concern when looking for a bookmaker of choice.

Cons

I don’t think that a lack of Live Streaming should be a deal breaker, but it’s certainly true that it will bother some people that Genting Bet doesn’t offer it. It’s also slightly disappointing that the amount of sports covered is limited mostly to the mainstream. You’ll be able to bet on most things unless you’re a bit fussy about what you have a flutter on.

Licence & Contact Details

Genting Bet’s online chat is excellent, available twenty-four hours a day all week long. The only time that’s not the case is on Christmas Day. You can email them if you’d rather and they have a telephone line you can get in touch with them via, too.

There are a number of Genting-based official Twitter accounts on the social media platform, but no specific ones for Genting Bet. Exactly the same thing is true of the company’s Facebook, with Genting Casino the best one to go to. You will find sports references on there, but don’t expect it to be kept up to date particularly and don’t imagine that the company will interact with you much.

Genting Bet is part of Genting Casinos UK Limited and is both regulated and licensed to offer services in this country by the UK Gambling Commission. The licence number is 537. The sportsbook itself is provided by FSB Technology (UK) Limited, a company which is also licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission with the licence number 22201.

Though the company’s main headquarters is in Malaysia, their UK base of operations is in Birmingham. Should you prefer to physically write to them rather than send an email their address is as follows: Genting Club Star City, Watson Road, Birmingham, B7 5SA.