Sky Bet Sportsbook UK Review
How Sky Bet is moulding the UK market?
From login page to bet completion, Sky’s sportsbook has felt a number of big changes since its conception. Established (in some form) between 2001 and 2006, the British gambling company ended up selling a large chunk of its own stock to a private equity firm in 2014 – and has undergone a number of changes since.
This review aims to focus on the core user experience of the desktop experience, without too much focus on the mobile app. Of course, a tablet app is available, as well as a distinction between iOS and Android availability, so most users should be catered for.
Sky Bet: Main Review
Football transfers can make for some of the most exciting gambling available online, and Sky Bet’s transfer specials do not disappoint. With the January market just around the corner, the platform is already displaying potential moves for some of the Premier League’s hottest property. Many big-name players are on the ‘Leave’ bus out of their current club, according to Sky Bet.
A particularly fun feature of the platform, too, is its Super 6 game. Every week players are invited to guess the score of six games, in the hope of winning up to £250,000. Promo codes are available, but the game itself is free. Players around the world compete, but should everybody fail to win the quarter-of-a-million jackpot, they give the highest scoring player £10,000.
The sportsbook has a huge number of bets that cater to both popular and niche sports. Boxing, rugby, cricket, cycling, F1 and darts are all considered priorities, but even US sports, such as American football, basketball, ice hockey and baseball have lengthy books.
Typical racing sports, such as motor racing, greyhound racing, and horse racing are joined by gentler options, such as snooker, golf, tennis and volleyball.
Non-sporting books are also available: if mud and sweat aren’t your thing, perhaps the blood and tears of politics are more likely to turn your head. Hundreds of bets from US and UK politics are available on the site. TV and film specials, festive specials, and winter sports are all available on Sky Bet too. These niche books really spell out the firm’s desire to cover all bases for its customer base.
Manager specials are among some of the most touted odds on the internet. While transfer odds fluctuate with every news report, managers are regarded on a season’s worth of success, or failure, offering a longer term viability that transfer specials do not. A particular talking point, already, is the future of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who could find himself in a new managerial position in the near future.
Pros and cons
✦ The native currency, GBP, is considered internationally unstable since the British vote to leave the European Union in the summer of 2016. As Brexit looks set to go through in March 2017, the odds are definitely on a huge fluctuation of the pound.
✦ There is no download required to use the website and, if you’ve just opened your account, it’s worth checking out the current sign up offers available to new customers, to see what you’re eligible to earn for free. In some cases, bonuses and free tickets are awarded at certain times of the year.
✦ New customers can receive a huge free bet with Sky Bet. One of their many current offers includes a free £60 with any £10 stake. This means, if a new customer were to put £10 on an accumulator, they would be given an extra £60 to spend on the website. Many websites offer between 100-200% on their deposit bonus, so to see 600% is impressive by all standards.
✦ Sky Bet offers results in real time and promotions are awarded in moments. Desktop users will find customer services to be extremely helpful should there be a delay to promotional bets – the live chat service answer promptly, despite some complaints in the past.
✦ The company use an affiliate system, Avira, to work with their sign up bonuses, so don’t be alarmed by its appearance should you check the Terms and Conditions.
✦ If one of your lucky transfer specials does happen to come in, the firm advise 3-5 days for the withdrawal process to be complete.
Operator mobile & apps
Becoming future-proof, too, is clearly key to Sky Bet’s mission here. Offering contemporary means of access, including both iOS and Android apps, as well as a solid live chat service ensures customer happiness.
All of Sky’s popular games are available, too, on the iPad. Simply by installing the iOS version of the app, players will be transported to a world of online gaming from their mobile device.
Sky accepts most of the same, popular payment methods as other online stores and gaming websites. Classic options, like Visa, Mastercard and Maestro have been accompanied by newer suggestions, like Laser and PayPal. Multiple methods of withdrawal are allowed on Sky Bet, providing there are no more than the maximum three cards attached to your account at once.
All in all, Sky Bet is a premier gambling service that competes at the very highest level – and in British currency. It is a must for UK players, especially while world currency fluctuates as much as it currently is.
– Has a huge number of games available
– No download required
– Good bonus offers
– Caters mostly to a UK market
– Uses unstable GBP currency
– 3-5 days for withdrawals