Pros and Cons
- Huge global brand
- Lots and lots of promotions
- Inventive bet options
- Support is not the best
SkyBet is the sports betting product that is run by the UK telecoms company Sky UK Limited. It’s one of five gambling platforms that the broadcaster runs, the others being Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo.
The main promotion at SkyBet is an on-going on that’s known as ‘Sky Bet Club’. You can opt-in to the club when you sign up, and you will immediately be awarded a bonus £20 bet when you place your first bet of just £5. Then, as an ongoing member of the club you are awarded a free £5 every week, as long as you bet a total of £25.
To claim your bonus bet, you must sign up to SkyBet and then bet a minimum of £5 (single or each way) on any sporting event with odds of Evens (2.00) or above. A £20 bonus bet will then be credited to your account once your first bet has been settled.
All free bets at Sky Bet are non-withdrawable, and bonus bet stakes are not included in any returns.
Note that if you fund your first bet via Moneybookers (as it says on the site, even though ‘Moneybookers’ has been ‘Skrill’ for several years now) or Neteller then you are not eligible for the Sky Bet Club, nor are you if you register via Sky Poker, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino or Sky Bingo.
Once you’re a member of the Sky Bet Club, every week that you spend at least £25 in total on bets at the site on odds of Evens (2.00) or greater, you will receive as a thank you a £5 bonus bet. This includes multiple bets as long as the cumulative bet odds meet the minimum qualification.
One sad aspect of this deal is that if you fail to meet the minimum requirement during any one week then you are booted out of the Sky Bet Club! However, if during one week you make qualifying bets of a total of £40, then you are re-admitted. Once you are back in, the minimum requirement returns to £25.
There are a few bet types that are excluded from the promotion – see the Sky Bet Club T&Cs for information.
Both cash-out and live betting are available.
The ‘Sky’ branding should be very familiar to people in the UK as it has remained the same for virtual a decade. Fortunately the Sky way of doing things translates well to their betting site, although there is a little too much promotional material for our liking.
A big plus is the main screen menu which gives you a detailed list of all the major forthcoming events within the next twenty four hours, plus all the bonus features sports bettors are likely to be interested in, such where the event can be watched (usually on one of Sky TV’s sports channels of course), and the facts and figures available.
If it wasn’t for the intrusive promotional banners, this would be the perfect online betting site.
Now here comes the confusing part – designs the ‘Sky Bet Club’ mentioning Moneybookers (sic) and Neteller, it seems the SkyBet does not actually accept them as payment options. Indeed, SkyBet announced they would no longer accept Neteller or Skrill as payment options as long ago as 2014, so goodness knows why their T&Cs have not been updated.
So, that leaves you with Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, plus PayPal. The minimum deposit is only £5, and all deposits are transacted instantly. You can withdraw to Visa and PayPal, and the minimum withdrawal is £10. Withdrawals take three to five days, and there are no fees.
It seems odd that a business as large as Sky does not accept payment methods beyond plastic and PayPal. Nearly all other online sports betting sites accept Skrill and Neteller at least, so it seems a little archaic for SkyBet not to do so.
Other than that there’s very little that to SkyBet site can be faulted for, aside perhaps for going a touch overboard on the promotional material. If you don’t mind that fact that you’re limited in your payment options, then SkyBet could be the site for you!