Betway Review

What Betway lack in terms of experience, they more than make up for in terms of their welcome bonus. You can a whopping free bet worth £50 when you register a new account, which just so happens to be on of the best in the industry.

The bet is essentially a 100% match on your opening deposit. Now, bear in mind the key term here ‘deposit’. You don’t even need to make a bet to claim this amount, just simply make your deposit and they will essentially double your balance once you have a settled first bet. A £50 deposit will get you a starting balance of £100; you jus can’t beat that sort of value.

Whilst this offer is for new account holders only, what you will find from Betway is that they offer a series of promotions once you are registered, just to keep you sweet! Things such as football acca insurance, late goal specials, highest checkout specials (darts) and a 200+ run special in the IPL (cricket) are just a hand full of what’s on offer.

Betway Screenshot

Betway Screenshot

How It Works

The process starts when you open a new account then make your first deposit of £10 or more. As mentioned, Betway will then match this deposit amount in the form of a free bet worth up to £50. Be aware that you may deposit more than £50 if you wish, but obviously only the first £50 of this amount will be offered as a free bet.

You need to make your deposit within 7 days of registering your account and then make your qualifying first bet at odds of 1.75 or more. Once your bet has been placed and the bet then settled, Betway will give you your free bet and you can use it as you wish. Any free bet that has been placed will not be stake returned for successful bets.


As with all of these types of offers there are a couple of requirements that you must meet, which are outlined below.

  • Your opening deposit is matched 100% in the form of a free bet up to £50
  • You must place an opening bet at odds of 1.75 for your free bet to be activated
  • You get 7 days to use your free bet once it’s been credited to your account
  • The free bet will match the amount of your opening deposit and not first bet amount.
  • The offer is only available to customers in Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden., Switzerland and the United Kingdom

Our Verdict

This is a real cracker of a deal from Betway in what we think could be the best value free bet offer in the industry. One of the best things about it is that it matches your deposit amount and not the amount of your first bet. So, if you were looking to spread your bets over a £50 deposit, you could do this and still claim the full amount.

About Betway

Betway have been an intriguing addition to the online betting industry. They first sprung onto the scene in 2006, but we’d reckon it’s fair to say that it took them a few years to really find their stride. These days however, they are going from strength to strength and now boast one of the fastest growing bookmakers in the industry.

The company are based out of Malta and Guernsey, but have offices all over the world including London, Cape Town and the Isle of Man, making them a truly international brand. Betway have worked hard on increasing the exposure of the brand, often by simply sponsoring major sporting vents such as the PDC World Cup of Darts, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Snooker UK Championships, to name but a few.

Best features

The sport coverage is compact, but usable at Betway. They may not have the dozens of sports on offer that some bookmakers do, but what they do have the do well. In fact, we would go as far as assaying that it’s refreshing to see them omit sports where they may have one or two markets on offer, and just work harder and smarter on sports with a larger following, which seems to be the route they have taken.

The statistics section is one of the best we have come across, and they have teamed up with some great companies to compile a huge range of stats from loads of sports. Whilst features aren’t quite as brimming as some sites, we were really pleased to see how many promotions the bookmaker ran, especially for existing users who often get overlooked one signed up.


The best way that we can describe the pricing at Betway is ‘fair’. By this we mean that they are about middle of the road when it comes to odds, so not the best, but by no means the worst. It’s worth noting that they do run a number of enhanced specials from time to time, so these definitely help when taking pricing into account.

Ease of use

The design of the site is simply stunning in our opinion! We love the black and green contrast and whilst we have previously stated that black backgrounds don’t work, for some reason Betway really do seem to have cracked it. We also want to give a quick shout out to their mobile betting app, which again looks and functions superbly.