Sky Bet & Sky Vegas Review
Sky Bet are the sports betting arm of Sky Betting and Gaming, with the company also covering Sky Vegas (casino), Sky Poker and Sky Bingo. They are British-based, with headquarters in Leeds and London, and are a subsidiary of the huge global entity that is BSkyB. Of the major UK bookmakers they are relatively new to the scene, having been founded in 2002, but with such colossal financial power behind them they have grown rapidly, helped by a strong brand, television advertising campaigns and some great promotions.
One area in which they have invested heavily is in the software they use for their casino games. While some casinos are happy to go with just one provider, Sky Vegas have decided to spread their games between a host of software companies including giants like Net Entertainment and IGT, and other more niche providers like Barcrest, Ash Gaming, Open Bet, Cryptologic and Green Tube. The upshot for players is that you have an almost unparalleled choice of game styles before you, and while some offer more in quantity than the 250+ on offer at Sky Vegas, few will match the quality.
Sky Vegas is an instant play casino, so no need to download any software, and many of their games are available to play on your mobile or tablet, with new ones being added frequently.
Sports Welcome Offer
Sky have got some pretty nifty offers, including regular free bets for existing customers (see below). But before we get to that we should first tell you about their welcome offer. New customers can claim a £10 bet just for signing up. No deposit is needed and it will be added shortly after registering.
Free Bet Club
Sky Bet also have an amazing Free Bet Club which is worth £260 in free bets every single year. Customers who place bets totalling £25 (or more) at odds of evens or greater each week will qualify for a £5 free bet the following week.
Their are a few restrictions where your bets may not count - such as totepool bets - but on the whole the majority of bets and markets are included in this promotion, provided you meet the minimum odds. Free bets are issued on a Monday and are valid for a week only, with the stake not being returned when they are placed. If you miss a week you must place a £40 in bets in a week rejoin the Free Bet Club, after which qualifying bets revert to £25.
Sky Bet run a range of superb promotions and one of the very best is Super6. This is a predictions game based on six football matches and is totally free to enter. With a jackpot of £250,000 for getting six correct scores this is well worth playing. Football fans will also love the Fantasy Football competition Sky run, again, free to enter and with £100,000 of prizes to be won. In addition Sky Bet also run a great competition on Twitter where you can win Championship football tickets just for re-tweeting their tweets. There are often price boosts on big football games and accumulators too so – as you would expect from a Sky company – football fans are really well looked after.
Of course there are loads of other promotions and offers as well, with Best Odds Guaranteed now paid on all UK and Irish horse races, daily price boosts on selected races, plenty of F1 betting offers (as with football, due to the TV tie-in) and further promotions linked in to the biggest events of the year, such as money back if a particular player wins Wimbledon.
Sports Betting Features
Sky Bet has lots of nice little extras that you won’t find at other sites and a lot of this is down to the fact that the site is ultimately owned by BSkyB, one of the world’s most powerful sports broadcasters. There is loads of live screening, access to Sky Sports TV and radio, great form and stats services and loads of pundit and celebrity specials.
One of the main strengths of the site is the range of markets they have on their specialist sports – mainly all UK-focussed ones including racing and football but also Formula 1. There are loads of special bets relating to particular drivers or teams that you often won’t find anywhere else and this is great if you like unusual bets or betting for fun.
Sky also offer very strong odds, as well as the sort of top notch customer service you would expect from such an established operator. With a great mobile site, loads of good in-play options and a wide range of promotions Sky Bet get the big thumbs up from us.