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Vbet Bookmaker Review

vbet home page screenshotVbet is a relatively new take on the online betting industry, with the company only gaining a licence to operate in the UK in 2018. That’s slightly misleading, however, given that it was established in Armenia back in 2008 as Vivaro Bet. They’ve taken Europe by storm in recent years, combining decent offers with a stylish looking website (powered by BetConstruct). The fact that they’ve been in the game for longer than it might appear at first also means that customers get more out of them then you’d expect from such a relatively new bookie.

Vbet might not have the same name recognition as the more established bookmakers like William Hill and Ladbrokes, nor have they adopted the same heavy advertising approach as similar newbies such as Betway, yet the likelihood is that you’ll begin to see the company’s name all over the place in the near future. They’ve even moved operations from Armenia to Malta recently in order to take a proper crack at the UK market, so it’s fair to assume that they want to be taken seriously. Here I’ll have a look at why that’s the case and what you’ll want to consider when looking at their operations.

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Desktop Site

vbet desktop in play view

Vbet use BetContruct software, there’s load to like about the Vbet homepage. For starters, it looks really, really sleek, thanks in no small part to a colour scheme of black, grey and purple. They’ve also opted to make the landing page about more than just getting you to place bets, with major news stories flashing up and alternating halfway down the screen. In fact, the only wagers you’re able to place from the landing page are those in the ‘Last Minute Bets’ section on the righthand side. If you want to see more bets then you’ll need to click on the ‘Sportsbook’ tab or else find the ‘Live’ and ‘Sports’ links at the top of the page. That might not be to everyone’s taste, of course, but personally I’m a fan of a site that is more stripped back than manic. The good news as far as I’m concerned is that this minimalist approach to proceedings continues when you enter the Sportsbook proper.

You’ll find the list of sports covered by Vbet down the lefthand side of the screen, but they’re represented by icons rather than words. Clicking on one will unleash a dropdown menu that allows you to choose the geographical location that you’re most interested in. If you take football as an example, clicking on the icon will give you the choice of European competitions, world tournaments or individual nations. It makes it quicker to get where you want to go if you know what you’re looking for, though it does make it slightly more confusing if you just want a general overview. The ability to choose between the likes of Event View, Dashboard and Live Calendar was something I liked a lot. You can even change the look of the Sportsbook in Settings, choosing between Modern, Asian, Classic and Combo view.

Vbet Mobile App

vbet mobile website viewI’d love to be able to tell you that I’m as big a fan of the mobile app as I am of the website, but I can’t for one simple reason - there isn’t one.  Interestingly, there is a Sportsbook app but it’s only available in Armenia, which isn’t much use to those of us that don’t live there.

You can simply type in the web address into your phone’s browser, of course, and if you do that then you’re greeted by a version of the main site that’s been optimised for mobile browsing. It follows the same colour scheme as the site proper, with the major difference being that it puts the different sports on offer front and centre and adds words to icons so you know what it is that you’re clicking on.

You can choose between Pre-Match and Live-In-Play tabs along the top of the screen, depending on what it is that you want to bet on. It isn’t lightning fast when it comes to loading pages, but it’s not snail slow either. It’s just a huge shame it’s not in an app of its own.

Live Betting

vbet live betting screenshot

Vbet’s Live Betting section is a real strength, with numerous different options for even the most obscure of events. The reality is that the way the site is laid out does take a bit of getting used to if you haven’t used a similar one before, with the entire thing aimed more clearly at a European market rather than a British one.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, though, you’ll probably get more out of it than traditional bookies. After you’ve selected an event you’ll find that the main bulk of the page is taken up by the bets you can place, with the righthand side of the screen presenting you with a graphic to follow the action via.

Live Streaming

The reason for that graphic mentioned in the Live Betting section is that Vbet don’t have the rights to Live Stream any sports at the time of writing. That doesn’t mean that you should dismiss them out of hand, however.

As I always say, there’s nothing wrong with Live Streaming via one bookmaker and betting with another. Vbet also offer stats when possible, so football matches will give you information such as which team has had the most ‘Dangerous Attacks’, say.

Markets, Odds and Features

I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the market offered by Vbet. Those years spent earning a reputation before applying for a British Gambling Commission licence were clearly not wasted. The obvious options of football, tennis and cricket were all present and correct, supplemented by less common ones such as handball, hurling and water polo. That said, golf, horse racing and dog racing were all conspicuous in their absence. A quick look at the TV Shows and Movies section will show that this is a company still in the process of getting to grips with the English market, though, given that you can bet on the Italian version of The Voice but nothing in the UK.

Presuming that those areas of the market will come with time, the thing you’ll be most interested in for now are the odds you’re likely to get. On that front you won’t be too disappointed, with their odds consistently around the same area as some of the biggest bookies in the business. Opt for a look at some more random leagues and you’ll find that they’re even better, especially if it’s a European sport that some of the UK’s more traditional bookmakers might not cover to quite the same extent as Vbet. That’s the beauty of a bookie that has made its name in Europe before coming over here.

Banking

You’ll find plenty of different banking options available to you once you’ve opened your account, including all of the most common options such as Visa, Mastercard, and EcoPayz.

There’s a minimum deposit required of £5, with withdrawals taking anywhere up to three days to process. Vbet don’t charge any fees for either deposits or withdrawals, but the company that you use might so make sure you check that out.

Other Products

Vbet’s Casino offers the sort of slot games that you’ll be used to from any other site, combined with video poker and electronic versions of your favourite table games. At the time of writing there’s no live options for you to play, but that may well be something that they look to add at some point in the future.

About Vbet (Vivaro Bet)

vbetOwned and operated by Vivaro Limited, Vbet doesn’t have the same sort of storied beginning as some of the more famous bookmakers on the market. Whether that matters is really a case of personal opinion, with some of you likely to be more concerned about it than others. The reality is that they offer more than thirty thousand live events every single month, so if you’re looking for a bookie that can give you odds on something straight away then you’d be daft not to at least give them a look in.

Vivaro Betting Limited was launched back in 2003, getting all of their ducks in a row before launching Vbet in 2008. They’ve grown to the point that they employ more than a thousand people, so this isn’t some small operation run out of someone’s garage.

They use BetConstruct to power their Sportsbook, meaning that you’ll possibly recognise the layout from other websites that have turned to that company for assistance in getting the betting side of things off the ground.

Pros

There’s no question that the sleek look to the way that Vbet operates is a big plus as fair as I’m concerned. Add to that the low minimum deposit and impressive depth of market and you can see why I was enamored with them not long after opening my account.

I’m also a fan of the fact that they don’t shove betting options down your throat on the landing page. We all know why we’ve gone to the website, but being greeted by news articles of interest is so much more pleasant than In-Play bets coming at you from every angle.

Cons

The lack of a mobile app is a definite negative here. Yes, the mobile optimised site is perfectly OK but it doesn’t have the speed and efficiency that a proper app would offer. I’m also disappointed in the lack of some major sports from their coverage, but I’ve got a feeling that they will come with time.

The website is a little bit hit and miss, if I’m honest, so some of you may not like that as much as I did. That said, you can change the look of the Sportsbook in the Settings section, so have a play to find one that you like. All-in-all, though, I think it’s fair to say that these criticisms are mainly nit-picking.

Licence & Contact Details

vbet contact us detailsAt the time of writing, Vbet doesn’t offer a Live Chat facility. To be more specific, if they do offer Live Chat then they’ve hidden it so obscurely somewhere on their site so as to make it entirely pointless. You can email them, but I’d be lying if I said they reply immediately to any queries. Not great if you’re struggling with something reasonably urgent.

You can jump on social media if that’s your thing and the company does have a Twitter account. Looking at it, though, it seems as if they mostly use it advertising and don’t interact with customers. The same is also true of their Facebook account, which is used to post offers and deals rather than letting customers know how to solve problems.

Vbet moved to Malta specifically to be able to target the British market, gaining a UK Gambling Commission licence (Remote Operating number 44662) in 2018. Should you want to know their physical address for some reason then it’s as follows:

Vbet Address: Luxe Pavilion, 2nd Level, Diamonds International Building, Portomaso, St. Julians,
STJ 4010, Malta.