After gaining their wings in the United Kingdom, the British-based company bet365 has come to the United States and now has an online casino and sportsbook to add to their increasingly large portfolio.
Coming to New Jersey, bet365 has gotten in cahoots with Hard Rock Atlantic City and this partnership has given live to the bet365 vision. Licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, let’s examine what bet365’s online casino has to offer.
The welcome bonus at bet365 comes in the form of what is essentially a free bet. You must deposit a minimum of $10 and wager as little as $1. As soon as your first wager settles you will be give a $200 free bet.
To receive the bonus bet funds, players must place a qualifying wager on a sporting event with -500 odds or greater. After the bet is settled, you will receive the bonus bet funds.
Currently bet365’s online sportsbook is only available on desktop. With the NFL season rolling around the corner, bet365 will do their best to try to get a mobile application out soon, though.
Overall, the desktop experience is OK, though it does feel like this is definitely a site that was pushed for launch with the impending launch of the NFL campaign.
Little nuggets such as the bet365 logo in the upper-right hand corner not acting as a home button are small bug fixes, but things like that are incredibly helpful as, if you venture deeper into the site, you’ll find it can be a bit tasking to get back to the main page.
Starting at the top of the page, you’re able to go between the casino and sportsbook and close by is where you’ll be able to log in and/or register for an account.
Just below that, leaning toward the right side of the page, there are links to bet365’s Live Streaming platform, which is a huge bonus to have, their Help menu, desired language you’d like displayed on the site, how you’d like your odds displayed, and a Services button.
The Services button is a drop-down that has another link to the Help menu as well as links to Responsible Gaming, and their current promotions.
After all of this, we get to the sports that are offered, which are displayed on the left side of the screen, with them again in the middle of the page and clickable logo’s resembling the ball used for the respective sport to act as a filter. Odds for games are displayed here, too.
Again, there are definitely some things that could be done to improve the overall experience on the site, but it’s definitely not bad for a fresh launch.
With the sports betting market getting larger and larger as time goes on since PASPA was overturned, it’s hard for sportsbooks to try to post favorable odds for themselves. With that said, yeah, bet365 has odds right on par with their competitors, especially the big name players.
bet365 offers three features worth mentioning: Live Betting, Cash Out and Live Streaming. Starting with Live Betting, this is just as it sounds: bet on live games. There is an entire section dedicated to this on the website, where you can place bets on games in progress.
Cash Out works like this: You can pull out of a bet early. Say you’ve made a bad bet and you want to try to get out and preserve even a fraction of what you originally wagered, you’re able to do that at bet365 with this feature.
Lastly, yes, bet365 does offer a Live Streaming for games. Simply click on the Live Streaming button on their homepage and there will be a list of all the games you can watch at that time. You just need to be logged in.
Different methods take different amounts of time. Please see the payment options section above.
Yes. Sports betting winnings are considered income.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.