Review by Sarah Taylor, 5th Sep 2009
With over 3 million players worldwide Bet365 is one of the leading gaming companies that is run from the UK and operate internationally. They advertise on ITV and Channel 4 television channels and in addition to bingo also offer real-time sports betting, poker, casino and slots.
Their player network has grown to become enormous and is that big that every common player name seems to have been taken. This is one very well regulated company strictly following UK law, and only using the best industry standard software by Virtue Fusion to run their bingo game.
We played just after the upgrade was done to their bingo software and Bet365 is now one of the few operators that enable social networking through the bingo game. It is possible to upload photos, complete a profile and connect to your friends as well as offering live chat. The graphics are polished and the in game bingo numbers are called out in a fabulous English accent, using regular lingo for a quicker game. The usability is very good and a focus is put on enabling chat and networking throughout the game with a large chat pane on the left hand side. Should you want to try something new, you can play a number of slots, scratchcard and keno games within the bingo software, which we havent seen elsewhere.
There are even a series of modified bingo games including Deal or No Deal, and unlike the other ports we have seen this ones different and is actual bingo but the winner gets the option to take their winnings at the end or do a No Deal with the banker for a chance to win the amounts in the boxes that havent been cancelled out during the game; fabulous idea and nice touch.
If your looking for instant games then through the main Bet365 portal using the same account, in addition to their poker, sports betting and casino games there is also a number of slots, keno, roulette and scratchcards. We have seen a better variety of mini-games elsewhere but the quality of these are second to none.
Technically Bet365 is one of the best offerings available and extremely secure and fairness of payouts is guaranteed. Since they are based in the UK they are subject to stricter security measures and laws than those companies operating overseas meaning accounts have to be verified and you are protected no matter what happens.
Bet365 has huge know your customer and customer services departments that verify accounts and help customers out 247. As one of the larger operators they ensure the customer is well looked after and resolve issues quickly and effectively using professional procedures. They offer support through chat, email, telephone (freephone in UK) and even by mail, as well as having a full FAQ section.
This is the place to play for security and a great social experience with the large numbers of other players online. Some other operators offer better graphics, but technically Bet365 win on actual gameplay, quality of their games and service hands down. This is a top rated bingo operator; trusted and respected by us.
|Bingo Games||90 Ball|
|Chat||Yes, including social network|
|Mini Games||Slots, Keno, Roulette, Scratchcards, Chat Games|
|Jackpot||£10,000 guaranteed and progressives that have previously reached £3.9million; Bet365 holds the record for a player winning the largest jackpot in online bingo at £3,922,736|
|Initial Deposit Bonus||£20 bingo welcome bonus, from a minimum deposit of £10 or more|
|Ongoing Deposit Bonus||50% on deposits of £20 or more|
|Payment Options||Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Moneybookers, Paypal, Click2Pay, Ukash, Paysafe Card, Entropay, Bank Wire, Cheque|
|Currencies||GBP, EUR, USD, CAD, ARS, AUD, BGN, BRL, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, HKD, HUF, INR, ISK, JPY, MXN, MYR, NOK, NZD, PLN, RMB, RON, SEK, SGD, THB, TWD, ZAR|
|Support Options||Email, Phone (inc Call Back), Instant Messaging|
|Freephone Support||Yes; UK Freephone, International Toll Pay|