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Netbet Bookmaker Review

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You might not have heard of NetBet, but you’ll enjoy using them. They have a slightly more continental focus than most UK based bookies and because they’re not one of the bigger, better-known brands they actually offer more variation than they do. I know that sounds slightly contradictory, but the big bookmakers try so hard to keep up with each other that they sometimes end up offering the same things.

NetBet are also no new kids on the block, having been operating since 2001. They’ve got a much more impressive market depth to their name than you might imagine, too. Of course all of the major sports that interest a UK market are covered, but they also look at some more random sports  that will be of note to a European market.

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NetBet’s welcome offer is a decent one. They’re offering up to £50 as a bonus amount for new customers, with only a small rollover required to claim it, too.

How To Claim

In order to claim your 50% deposit bonus you need to become a new NetBet customer and enter the bonus code WELCOME50 when you go to make your first deposit. As long as you bet your deposit amount in full on wagers with odds of 3/5 (1.60) or more within 60 days then you’ll receive 50% of it back as bonus funds.

That means that if you deposit £100 then you’ll get £50 as a welcome bonus.  Minimum deposit is £10 (for a £5 bonus).

What Deposit Methods Are Valid For The Bonus?

You can use any of the usual methods for depositing your cash, such as debit cards and credit cards. In fact, the only deposit methods that aren’t eligible are Neteller and Skrill.

How The Bonus Works

Once your bonus funds have been added to your account you will need to roll the total amount of the bonus and your deposit over six times before you’ll be able to withdraw it. That needs to be on bets with odds of 3/5 (1.60) or greater and the bets need to be settled in order for them to be consider as having rolled over.

It’s important that you rollover the full amount within sixty days or else it will be forfeited.

Regular Netbet Promotions

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One of the most irritating things in the betting world is when you place a wager on a First Goal Scorer only for them to net the second goal of a game. Thankfully that need wind you up no longer, with NetBet’s refund offer on matches televised on BT Sport or Sky. All you need to do is opt-in and place a £5 or more single bet on the FGS of a game. If the player you’ve bet on scores second then you’ll get up to £25 back as a free bet.

Not everyone loves football, so you might be interested in NetBet’s Acca Boost offer. Place a bet on an accumulator with three folds or more on tennis, basketball, ice hockey, baseball or football and NetBet will boost your price by up to 50%. The more legs you have in your acca the more they’ll boost if for you, so your bravery will be rewarded!

Desktop Site

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NetBet’s website took me by surprise when I first used it. Given that they don’t have the greatest of name recognition as a bookmaker in the UK I must admit that I wasn’t expecting much. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when what I discovered was a desktop site that puts some of the bigger companies to shame. It is clearly laid out, very responsive and the style and design of it is excellent.

The site offers plenty of information but it doesn’t do so in a cluttered or confusing manner, separating everything out nicely so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Along the lefthand side of the homepage is a list of quick links to the most popular events as well as all of the available sports, whilst in the main body of the page there are the betting highlights as well as any live events. Scroll a bit further and you’ll find upcoming events, too. I was seriously impressed.

Mobile App

When it comes to their mobile app I was slightly concerned as the reviews on iTunes weren’t great. Whilst they’re definitely worth a read if you want to get a feel for the app, I didn’t have the same problems as the people on there did. I found the app to be very responsive and easy to use, with clear links to everything you’d need to find.

There’s an odd quirk to it where there doesn’t seem to be a quick way to get back to the first page, but there is a search function that isn’t always present on a betting app. One thing that will interest those of you that enjoy a live bet is that it marks very clearly which sports are live at the time that you’re on the app, allowing you to head straight to them and see what’s going on.

Live Betting

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The live betting section of the website is just as impressive as it is on the mobile app, if not more so. There’s a clear link to it right at the top of the homepage, with a list of events split up into their respective sports. The score as well as all of the latest odds are laid out very clearly and air something of note happens then you’ll get an alert telling you.

If you click on any specific event then you’ll be taken to a list of all of the bets you can make, of which there are a number. Depending on the sport the depth of the market is really impressive. The key to having lots of markets, of course, is in how well you display them and NetBet’s system is pretty close to flawless. They’re probably not the best live betting bookie out there but they aren’t that far off.

Live Streaming

Having put so much effort into their website and in particular their live betting, it’s understandable that NetBet don’t offer any live streaming. When you’re not one of the big bookies you need to make a decision about what to spend your resources on and live streaming probably doesn’t bring in as many punters as a classy website. If you like their odds then you could always bet through them and live stream the event through a different bookies, of course.

Markets and Odds

You’ll be able to bet on all of the usual markets you’re used to looking at on other bookies with NetBet, but where they really come into their own is when it comes to slightly lesser known events. How do you feel about floorball, for example? Have you ever thought to put a bet on Gaelic Hurling? You can do both here, should you fancy it. Bandy is another one that might interest you, as well as winter sports - something not every bookies offers. In fact the only major omission from their roster is greyhound racing, just FYI.

The odds offered by NetBet aren’t the best but they’re not the worst, either. They sit comfortably in the middle of the market and actually offer some decent odds if you take advantage of their regular price boosts and other offers. In fairness it will only really affect you if you’re putting on big bets, such is the closeness of NetBet’s odds to most of the other major bookmakers.   

Banking

There are no fees for any method of deposit and a minimum amount of £10 is all you need to put in to get money into your account. You can use credit and debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCards and even do a bank transfer if that’s your preferred method. In short, it’s easy to make deposits to NetBet.

Other Products

NetBet’s other offerings are slightly more limited than some of the bigger bookmakers out there, but not by much. You can still play poker and go to a Vegas style online casino. If you prefer a more traditional one then there is just a normal casino without the Vegas stylings, or there’s a live casino if you prefer a bit of interaction with humans.

About Netbet

netbetThe company was founded back in 2001 as a casino and online gaming site, being bought by Cosmo Gaming Company Ltd in 2009. They got their gaming licence three years earlier, in 2006, and went from strength to strength after that. In 2014 their poker site merged with Poker770, meaning that they have over 2 million registered users and a really decent poker engine.

The company has made efforts to increase its brand recognition across Europe in recent years. The main way it has done this has been via sponsorship deals with some well-known clubs, most notably West Brom, St Etienne and Steaua Bucharest. NetBet has been located in Malta ever since it was formed, leading the way compared to plenty of other bookies who have tended to move their in recent years because of the tax breaks they receive in exchange.

Pros

The website is a major plus. When you compare it sites from some of the more established bookies such as William Hill it absolutely knocks spots off it. The live betting section of it is also excellent, meaning that it deserves all of the plaudits it receives. The depth of markets on offer are well worth keeping an eye out for too, with sports not even offered by some bookies covered well by NetBet.

Cons

The lack of live streaming will be a bother for some people. It shouldn’t be, given you don’t have to bet with the bookie you stream an event live through, but there you go. The fact that the odds are only ok will also be seen as a negative for some and that is slightly more understandable. Name recognition matters to some users and the fact that NetBet aren’t all that well-known may put some people off, too. I don’t think it should but I think it’s still worth mentioning here.

License & Contact Details

NetBet’s customer service is apparently available from 8am until 11pm thanks to live chat, though I have had some people tell me that they’ve struggled to get hold of them when they’ve had issues. That’s purely conjecture though, so don’t take it too seriously. You can call them and e-mail them if you’ve got any major problems and the phone line is open from 8am until 11pm too. There’s also an online form, but I have had slight problems with the Captcha image on that front in the past so it’s maybe not the most reliable method of communication.

NetBet’s Twitter account is a weird mix of seemingly automated tweets about different sporting events that are coming up and interaction with customers. It’s the latter thing you’ll be most interested in I imagine, as some companies don’t even bother to interact with people. A similar thing is the case with their Facebook page, too. Loads of posts, occasional interaction.

NetBet are based in Malta but they’re controlled by the UK Gambling Commission and have a license through them. The license reference number, should you be interested, is 39170. Their customer service address is: Cosmo Gaming Company Limited, 209, Marina street, Pieta PTA 9041, Malta.