21Bet is one of the most recent online bookmakers to appear in the industry, having opened in March 2016. However, with its growing visibility offered by the sponsorship of several sports team including, most notably, the Waterford Football Club, the notoriety of the young bookie is now well established and can no longer be ignored by punters. So, what makes the success of the sportsbook? What are its promotions and other advantages for the bettors? Is the online betting site reliable? Read all you need to know about 21Bet in our review.
- Name: 21Bet
- Currencies: GBP
- Football: More than 51 competitions around the world
- Odds type: Fractional, Decimal
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Information About the License of 21Bet
Today, any online betting activity operating in the United Kingdom must hold a license issued either by the UK Gambling Commission or by another licensing authority recognised by the British regulatory body. In the case of 21Bet, the online sportsbook is the holder of a license (000-022201-R-305119-014) issued by the UK Gambling Commission itself, which is a guarantee for fair practices.
Secure Betting Environment and Fair Gaming
Punters’ greatest concern when it comes to placing money on their predictions online is the security of their bank transactions with any sportsbook. As mentioned earlier, the fact that 21Bet is the holder of a license issued by the UK Gambling Commission is already a guarantee of quality. The safety requirements imposed by the British regulatory body are stringent and are regularly updated to meet current safety standards.
21Bet operates under the SSL security protocol that encrypts any data exchange between the user’s device and the online bookmaker’s server, thus ensuring that personal and bank data are only accessible and visible to the user and the authorised server.
The sportsbook also operates an online casino which regularly places its online gambling and betting operations under the scrutiny of an audit conducted by a third-party testing institute, ensuring that the online gambling site performs fair practices, further protecting gamblers and punters, as required by the UK Gambling Commission.
Sports Variety – Football Reigns Supreme
21Bet offers punters a selection of sports to bet on: American Football, Australian Rules Football, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Football, GAA Football, GAA Hurling, Golf, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motor Sports, Pool, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Specials, Tennis and Volleyball. Football fans will enjoy being able to bet on no less than 51 competitions around the world. Champions League, Premier League, French Ligue 1 and 2, Copa do Brazil, Belgian Pro League, Europa League, Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, and many more are available to punters.
Since the website is still taking its first steps in the sports betting industry, many of the sports categories displayed are in pressing need of further development. That being said, the fact that 21Bet displays so many sports categories for punters to bet on leads us to believe that the online bookmaker will develop their weaker betting opportunities as and when they gradually take a more significant share of the market. Remember that the online betting site is only two years old. Regarding 21Bet’s strengths, expert or amateur punters will enjoy the Premier League of football, tennis, golf, and formula one.
Finally, 21Bet has the particularity to offer a range of virtual sports events on which the punters can bet on the outcome of football matches, greyhounds races, cycling races, horse races and motor races generated by a random number generator program and with a 3D video rendering.
Betting Markets Available at 21Bet
The markets you can choose from cover the traditional spectrum especially when it comes to football. You can find match result, exact scores, total goals, over – unders, first team to score, next team to score, handicaps of 1 to 5 goals, and more. They also have a good selection of e-Sports markets, ante-betting, and some specialties as well for added diversity, depending on the sports events the punters wish to bet on.
In-Play Betting on Live Events
While many bookies restrict their In-play platform to the most popular sports, 21Bet has chosen to expand the field of sports available In-play. Thus, not only football but also snooker, volleyball, rugby, basketball and more can be followed Live via the In-Play platform. The only small downside is the lack of live streaming of the sports events hosted on the In-Play platform. However, it is more than likely to see a streaming system soon.
Best Odds Guaranteed for Horse Racing
Having opened somewhat recently, the sportsbook does not appear in most popular odds comparator. However, it seems that the ratings proposed by 21Bet are more than acceptable, even tending towards generous in the most sought out sports such as football. Finally, 21Bet applies Best Odds Guaranteed on UK and Irish horse racing. When we take into consideration the many promotions of enhanced odds and other offers that 21Bet puts at the disposal of the punters, the sportsbook offers betting odds that are overall competitive with the other bookies of the market.
21Bet’s Welcome Bonus and Sports Promotions
21Bet offers an innovative welcome offer that we have not seen anywhere else. Instead of offering a unique welcome offer usable only once at the time of the first deposit, the online bookmaker renews the offer every week for life! Thus, the punters choosing to benefit from the bonus will receive a £10 free bet every week and as long as they keep their account active.
In addition to the generous welcome bonus, bettors may choose to benefit from a rather exhaustive list of various promotions including Score Draw Money Back, Enhanced Odds Promotions, Football Promotion, Horse Racing Boost and many more. Finally, we will note that 21Bet gives the possibility to cash out bets before the end of a sporting events.
The Range of Banking Options Could Use Some Improvement
21Bet at the moment only accepts the classic methods of payment that are Mastercard, Visa and Maestro. The transactions are fast and processed within 2 to 3 business days. E-wallet users such as Neteller and Skrill will probably be disappointed not to see their favourite payment methods available on the online betting site. That said, we remain confident that the sportsbook will gradually add new payment commodities soon.
Getting in Touch with Customer Service
Customer support is not 21Bet’s forte. While most leading European sportsbooks offer multiple ways to contact their customer services, here it can only be reached by email. We will add that their electronic message system carries the mention live chat while there is not one. Even though the customer service agents usually answer fast, we find the calling an email system “Live Chat” somewhat misleading.
- Website: www.21bet.co.uk
- Company: FSB Technology (UK) Ltd
- Licence: UKGC
- Live chat: Yes
- Email: email@example.com
- Customer support: 24/7
- Adress: UK, 41 The Space Old Street, London, EC1V 9AE
An FAQ covering all basic queries is available on the betting site. In the most desperate cases, players can write on the bookmaker’s twitter account, which is not a common practice in the online gambling world. In conclusion, 21Bet has a serious effort to make in the field of customer service if they ever hope to one day compete with today’s giants of the sports betting industry.
Website Layout, Mobile Compatibility and User-Friendliness
Regarding the design of the website, the sportsbook is pleasant to navigate. The different tabs are easily visible, and the character font used on the entire site is large enough so that everything is easily readable. The navigation is fluid and not too much information is displayed at a time.
Although there is no downloadable version of the online bookmaker yet, whether, for desktop or mobile devices, the sports betting site is however fully compatible with any mobile device, smartphone or tablet. In fact, we believe that 21Bet is even more pleasant to use on a smartphone than on a desktop computer because its use is more intuitive. We witnessed only one slight slowdown of the web application with the promotions page; other than that, navigating the sportsbook on mobile is flawless and very user-friendly.
21Bet Is on the Right Track
Overall, 21Bet is a no-frills sportsbook easy to use on any device. The pure and sleek design of the site makes it that there is not too much information that appears simultaneously on the screen which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. The highlight of the sportsbook is its In-Play platform offering the possibility to bet during the running of sports events hosted by the site and cash out bets at any time.
- Unique welcome offer of £10 free bet every week for life!
- Rich roster of sports for punters to bet on.
- Various ongoing promotions to take advantage from.
- Best odds guaranteed on horse racing and overall good odds on all sports.
- Licensed and regulated by the UKGC ensuring highest standards of safety and fairness.
- Mobile compatibility and great user-friendliness on all devices.
- Great In-play live betting platform.
- Customer service can only be contacted via email.
- Limited banking options without possibility to use an e-wallet.
- No live streaming of live sports events.
In conclusion, 21Bet is easy to use, secure, convenient and offers punters the ability to bet anytime, anywhere, and on sports events held all around the world.