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Betway sportsbook review

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Betway is an established sportsbook, founded far back in 2006. It’s been gathering licenses across the planet, from most of Europe to South Africa, and now to the United States.

With licenses in nine states, Betway is certainly not playing around. Is it worth your time though? This Betway sportsbook review aims to find out, by analyzing all the sports available, the site’s safety, and its welcome bonus.

Pros and cons

  • Uncommon sports available
  • Native apps available
  • Detailed FAQs
  • No phone support
  • No e-sports
  • Low number of sports

General ratings

82 / 100 Expert rating by Paul P
83Betting features rating
78Bonus rating
84Odds rating
80Payments rating
90Safety rating
91Platform rating
93Support rating
57Sports and markets rating
How we rate
84% Playscore based on 8 critics
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General info

Launch date 2021
Company behind Digital Gaming Corporation USA

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Editor’s note

This review is based on the operator’s current offer. Data and analysis are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change as the operator’s offer expands.

Expert verdict

Betway is a decent sportsbook overall. Odds are fair, the platform is great to navigate, and the customer support team offers stellar customer service.

However, I can’t help but be a little bit disappointed with this site. For such a big name on the market, I expected a lot more in just about everything. More sports, more markets, more promos. The welcome bonus is a not-too-shabby Bet$25 Get $150 (that’s right, and on a win at that), but it hardly compares to some of the more lucrative offers currently on the market.

Look, I’m not saying this is a bad sportsbook. There’s a lot to like here, and you’ll certainly have a good time betting on some unique sports like jai alai. Unfortunately, Betway struggles to stand out from the crowd and I’m spotting more and more usability problems each time I check in. Ultimately, Betway provides a sportsbook that’s good, but has a long way to go towards excellence.

State differences

This Betway online sportsbook review is based on the New Jersey sportsbook site. All data presented below comes from the NJ offering. For a full list of differences between the states, see the table above.

Licensed statesSportsPayment methodsCustomer support availabilityOther products
Arizona25VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, SkrillPeak hoursN/A
Colorado13VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, PayNearMe24/7N/A
Indiana10VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, PayNearMe24/7N/A
Iowa13VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, PayNearMe, Cashier Cage24/7N/A
Louisiana21VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, SkrillPeak hoursCasino
New Jersey13VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, PayNearMe, Cashier Cage24/7N/A
Ohio9VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, SkrillPeak hoursN/A
Pennsylvania22VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, PayNearMe24/7Casino
Virginia20VISA, Mastercard, PayPal, Venmo, VIP Preferred, Betway Play+, SkrillPeak hoursN/A

Betway sportsbook bonus: $250 risk-free bet

Betway welcomes newcomers with a Bet $25, Get $150, valid exclusively on the first bet made in PA, NJ, or AZ only.

There’s a minimum odds requirement of -150, and the “get $25” only kicks in if your first bet wins.

Bonus facts

Welcome bonusBet $25, Get $150 if your first bet wins (-150 min odds)
Bonus codeN/A
Wagering requirementsN/A
Minimum qualifying bet$25
Risk-free betYes
VIP rewardsN/A
Other bonusesTouchdown multiplier, parlay bonuses

None of the mentioned bonuses require a Betway sportsbook promo code, and can all be activated directly from the site.

Betway sports welcome bonus in other states

The welcome bonus is available only in NJ, PA, and AZ. Welcome offers in other states where Betway is currently available are suspended.

StateWelcome offer
ArizonaBet $25, Get $150 if your first bet wins (-150 min odds)
New JerseyBet $25, Get $150 if your first bet wins (-150 min odds)
OhioNo offer at this time
PennsylvaniaBet $25, Get $150 if your first bet wins (-150 min odds)
VirginiaNo offer at this time
All other available statesNo offer at this time

Bonus rating

78/100 Good, but not great
  • Risk-free bonuses offered
  • Fair odds and wagering requirements
  • Limited recurring promos
  • Valid on the first bet only
  • Terms and conditions are a 404

Betway’s new sportsbook welcome bonus is reshaping the standard offer we’re used to seeing. The bookie did away with risk-free bets on losses, and introduced a Bet $25, Get $150 if the first bet wins.

In my book that’s substantially better than the previous risk-free bet of $250, and the boost to $150 instead of a typical wager match is actually quite nice. Not to mention uncommon, I can’t think of another bookie willing to slap $125 on top of an already winning bet at this time.

The odds requirements are also fair, and there are no current Betway bonus codes I’m aware of (so you won’t have to search high and low for the best deal out there).

As for a VIP program, that’s one thing Betway doesn’t have. The offering here is a bit lacking, with long-term players needing to stick to football and parlays to get any bonuses at all.

Betway’s online sportsbook also normally offers several recurring bonuses, but at the time of this update (July, 2024), the offers are suspended in most states, and the linked terms and conditions result in a 404.

Until I can confirm the validity and terms of the offers, including the welcome bonus, I can’t confidently recommend this sportsbook’s promotional offers.

Betway sports and markets

Betway sportsbook has 13 sports on offer. These include popular sports such as football and basketball, as well as more niche sports such as lacrosse and jai alai. There is no esports or entertainment betting at Betway.

Betway is partnered with several leagues, which means you will find events such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB on this site.

Sports facts

Number of sports13
Betting markets — Baseball151
Betting markets — Basketball63
Betting markets — Football 240
Other markets (politics/event betting)Jai alai

Markets can be inconsistent, with some basketball matches having nearly 300 markets, and others barely coming in at 30. Most of the niche sports, like tennis, table tennis, and MMA have just 1 market: winner after full-time.

Featured betting markets

  • Cricket paddle and ball
  • Rugby
  • MMA
  • Lacrosse
  • Jai Alai

Available events

Sports and markets rating

57/100 Niche sports, but very little else
  • Niche sports available
  • Official NFL partners
  • No baseball
  • Few markets

I’m not going to lie, I was very disappointed in Betway here. If a sportsbook lives and dies on its sports offering, then someone needs to get Betway on life support because this offering is pitiful.

Let’s start with the good. It’s rare I get to see lacrosse or jai alai available anywhere. Even if the total number of sports is low, it’s nice to see Betway have great variety in what is available. Being official partners with events such as the NFL also helps guarantee a nice variety of betting options for them.

Now the bad. No baseball, in a US sportsbook, really? I get trying to have offerings beyond the popular sports, but the popular ones still need to be there.

I’m also shocked to see many sports like boxing sometimes have only 1 betting option, winner after full-time. Sports is exciting because of all the unpredictable things that can happen, so let the players have fun with that.

Betway sportsbook betting features

Betway’s standout feature is its early cashout system, allowing both full and partial early cashouts on live betting. This means you can collect on your bet before the match finishes.

This works well with Betway’s in-depth live betting system, which has detailed data speedily delivered so you can make quick decisions. The live schedule is quite full, with around 30 events per day. Live streaming though is not available.

Feature facts

Bet BuilderYes
Cash OutFull early cashout
Live bettingYes
Live streamingN/A

Betway allows plenty of different bet types on the more popular sports, with moneyline, spread, totals, and parlays available. The site also allows you to see the odds in your preferred mode, with a drop-down menu to see American odds, Decimal odds, or Fractional odds.

Betting features rating

83/100 Several nifty features
  • Early cashout
  • Odds view changer
  • No live stream

It’s nice to see Betway stepping up its game in the live betting department. Live betting is quick and easy, with odds being updated rapidly as the matches progress. Betway also delivers a ton of data to help you make informed decisions.

It’s a shame to not have a live stream available, as that would make Betway online sportsbook one of the best live betting sites in the business. What is here though is excellent, and further improved by the early cashout system.

It’s also nice to see a site that lets you change how the odds are displayed. I prefer American odds myself, but the option to see them as decimals or fractions can help other players out there who are not used to the American system.

Betway sportsbook odds

The odds at Betway online sportsbook tend to come in at around 95.8%. This can vary somewhat with more popular sports like football and basketball, which come in just above the 96% mark. Keep in mind that whilst we have tools to calculate an average payout percentage, these can still fluctuate from bet to bet and payout percentages are rarely revealed by the sportsbook.

Odds facts

Average payout95.8%
Football payout96.1%
Live payout94.3%
Boosted odds availableYes

Live payouts are a little lower, coming in just over 94% to compensate for the player getting to see the match in action. Betway offers boosted odds, though these are not common. At the time of writing, only one bet on a soccer match has a boosted odd.

Odds rating

84/100 Fair odds overall
  • Boosted odds available
  • Quick updates on live odds
  • Low live odds
  • Very few boosted odds

I’m sure you’re a bit confused seeing me put boosted odds in both the “pro” and “con” sections. Allow me to explain.

Boosted odds are always fantastic to see, there’s no denying that. But when I opened the boosted odds menu and saw only one bet on one soccer match with boosted odds, I couldn’t help but feel let down. It’s like having a candy shop that only sells one chocolate bar, even if it’s great you still expect a bit more.

Everything else on offer is solid. Odds are fair and in line with industry standards, and live odds are updated quickly. The live odds are a bit low, but this is the norm for sportsbooks so we’ll close an eye there.

Payments at Betway: seven payment methods

Betway online sportsbook boasts seven payment methods. These include seven deposit methods and three withdrawal methods. You can deposit using VISA, Mastercard, VIP Preferred, PayPal, Betway Play+ card, PayNearMe, and cash at the casino cage. You can withdraw with PayPal, VIP Preferred, and Play+.

Betway payment facts

Number of payment methods7
Popular paymentBetway Play+
Minimum deposit$10
Maximum deposit$10,000
Average deposit timeInstant
Minimum withdrawal$10
Maximum withdrawalReviewed on per player basis
Average withdrawal time48-72 hours
Deposit feesNone
Withdrawal feesNone

There are no payment fees at Betway sportsbook. There is however a minimum deposit and withdrawal limit of $10. There is also a maximum deposit limit of $10,000. Withdrawal limits vary per player and transaction method used.

Deposit methods

  • PayPal
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • VIP Preferred
  • Play+
  • PayNearMe
  • Cash at Casino Cage

Withdrawal methods

Payments rating

80/100 Standard, but effective
  • Plenty of deposit options
  • Instant deposits
  • Few withdrawal methods
  • Long withdrawal times

Betway online sportsbook may not seem to have an impressive range of payment methods, but what it has is varied enough that it works.

You have your standard cards, your e-wallets, your ACH transfers, and even physical transactions all covered here. There’s enough variety that everyone should be satisfied. It would still be better if Betway had more methods, especially withdrawal methods, but what is here works.

I’m especially pleased with the instant deposits, though the lengthy wait time for withdrawals is a bit annoying. Bet365 allows players to withdraw within 24 hours, so it would be nice to see Betway do the same.

Safety of Betway online sportsbook

Betway is available in nine states, which means it has nine licenses and nine licensing boards watching its back. If Betway were to slip up, it would start losing licenses quickly.

Betway also benefits from 256-bit SSL encryption, so your payment information is kept safe and sound. If you’re unsure about any terms and conditions, they can be found at the footer of the site as well as on all the promos on the Promotions page.

Safety facts

Auditing sealsN/A
Responsible gaming sealsN/A
SSL encryptionSHA-256
Two-factor authenticationYes
Ever blacklisted?No
Deposit, wager, time, and loss limitsAll available
Cooling-off periodAvailable

The site also has a dedicated Responsible Gaming page, with tabs for each state. You’ll find several tools such as deposit limits, bet limits, time limits, and loss limits. You can also give yourself a cooling off period between three to 31 days, or set a self-exclusion period for either six months, one year, two years, three years, or five years.

Betway also offers a Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program in collaboration with the IRGC, which will restrict you from all online or land-based gaming in the state of Iowa for either five years or a lifetime exclusion.

Licensed by

  • Arizona Department of Gaming logo
    Arizona Department of Gaming
  • colorado gaming-association logo
    Colorado Division of Gaming
  • indiana-gaming-commission-logo
    Indiana Gaming Commission
  • iowa-flag
    Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission
  • new-jersey-division-of-gaming-enforcement-logo
    New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • pennsylvania-gaming-control-board-logo
    Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • virginia-lottery-logo
    Virginia Lottery
  • Louisiana GCB logo
    Louisiana Gaming Control Board
  • Ohio Casino Control Commission logo
    Ohio Casino Control Commission

Safety rating

90/100 Nine states guarantee safety
  • Statewide exclusion
  • Plenty of RG tools
  • No dedicated RG platform

I have to be honest, I knew Betway was safe the moment I saw it available in nine states, so all this section has done is prove what I already knew. It’s hard enough getting a license in one state, let alone nine of them.

It’s not just a matter of getting the license, you need to maintain a standard of safety or the license will be stripped away. This means Betway has the eyes of nine licensing boards observing it, ready for any slip-up it commits.

So yeah, you’ve got nothing to fear concerning your payment information. It’s also nice to see Betway go the extra mile with its RG section and take care of its players. There are a ton of tools available, and the exclusion and cooling-off periods have a nice variety to them.

The collaboration with Iowa state for a statewide exclusion program is also a nice tough. The only thing stopping Betway from getting a perfect score is it not having its own dedicated RG platform.

Betway customer support methods

Betway has three main ways to get customer support. There is a 24/7 live chat, a ticketing system, and a help center with FAQs. After several tests, we confirmed that support agents answer immediately with very helpful answers that require little follow-up.

Support facts

Customer support availability24/7
Live chatYes
EmailTicketing system
Contact numberN/A
On-page supportFAQs and Help section

The FAQ page can be accessed through the “Contact Us” link in the footer and is also where the ticketing system and live chat are accessed. Live chat is also sticky on this page.

Support rating

93/100 Great team that lacks options
  • Quick and helpful responses
  • 24/7 service
  • No phone support
  • No dedicated email

This section is entirely powered by how helpful Betway’s support team was. They were great to talk to, giving quick and helpful answers wherever they could.

It’s also nice to see that Betway sportsbook has a pretty extensive FAQ page. You’ll most likely find whatever you need over there without needing to contact anyone, which is a big plus.

This doesn’t entirely forgive the problem of there not being phone support or dedicated email support, but it does help quite a lot. In my eyes, Betway has excellent customer service.

Betway platforms — app and web browser

Registration is quick at Betway, with few fields that can be filled in in 3 minutes or less. It helps that there are no Betway sportsbook bonus codes to input, letting you get straight to registration and claiming your welcome bonus.

The mobile app is nearly identical to how the site is optimized for mobile browsers, though the app is slightly faster. There is also a scrolling image bar for promos, with the desktop site also having a dedicated promotions page.

Betway sportsbook homepage and live games page on two mobile screens

Platform facts

Mobile appiOS, Android
Ease of navigationVery smooth
Search functionYes
Loading speed0.4 sec.
UI and UX ratingExcellent
Other productsCasino

There are filters for each sport, as well as a search function to help find specific teams or events quickly. Live chat is also sticky on the “Contact Us” page as well as everywhere else once a chat has been initiated.

Platform rating

91/100 An excellent platform all round
  • Intuitive and easy to navigate
  • Fast and efficient app
  • No other verticals

If you’re looking for a sportsbook with an excellent app, then you have it here. Betway’s app, as well as its desktop platform, is smooth and easy to navigate. I’m personally a big fan of the black color scheme and the menus that make efficient use of the space available.

Registration is simple and quick, and you can jump right into betting with your bonuses being activated immediately (or at least till you do your first deposit). There are also plenty of options to find the sport or match you want, with some very helpful filters and a nifty search bar.

It’s a shame there’s no other offering, especially since the PA and NJ sites do have a casino, but for IA it’s just the sportsbook that’s available.

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