Because 1xBet doesn’t support players from either the UK or the US, it tends to fly under the radar. But in many other countries it’s proved itself to be a very popular betting platform since being founded in 2011. We must say, that they do have some of the best odds in the industry, especially on football. As an aside, they signed a five year sponsorship deal with Spanish titans, F.C. Barcelona in 2019.
Background & Licenses
1xBet have a license from the Curacao Gaming Authority from when they were first established in Russia (where they have over 1,000 bricks and mortar betting shops) in 2011. It’s true that it’s not as prestigious as having one from the UK for example, but it does still ensure that their regulated by a governmental authority. They have registered addresses both in Curacao and Cyprus. As you’ll see from their restricted country list, they have a huge presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Every day they have over 400,000 punters accessing the site and placing bets on over 1,000 different sporting events. They also offer a fantastic live stream of all the big matches and leagues, along with all the football betting markets and variants.
Deposits & Promotions
New customers get a full 100% bonus on their first deposit all the way up to €100. Though this does sound very generous, there are a number of hoops that might make you want to take a step back. Namely, they have created a number of restrictions on making withdrawal more difficult. For example, this bonus must be bet at least 5 x on accumulators of at least three selections with minimum odds of 2/5. Yes, we know that many sports books require you to complete a rollover before cashing out. But at five times, that’s pretty demanding. On the other hand, it could be argued that having a condition like this, would see you win big if your teams comes in first. They do have other offers for sports bettors. It’s best to check on a daily basis before you make any wagers.
1xBet Football Features
Being football fans, we would be happy if every site had a dedicated football area. But that’s obviously asking too much. So we have to content ourselves with the same overall layout that we’d find with other sports on the site. By clicking on “Football”, you’ll instantly see all the big matches of that particular day. Also, they don’t just give you the basic odds, but a huge number of betting markets. It’s does appear a little confusing in the beginning, having all this information coming up on the same page. But once you’re used to it, then there’s really no going back, as all this knowledge represents betting opportunities.
Opening An Account
The good news is that signing up to 1xBet is really straight forwards. You’ll see that there’s a “One Click” register on the sign up a page. Just put in your country and currency, and you’ll receive a auto-generated user name and password which you can then change easily. That’s it! You can freely now make a deposit and place your bets. One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t open an account from the following list of countries: United Kingdom, USA, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iran. As with all betting companies, you’ll need to verify your account with some forms of ID before you can make a withdrawal.
Though their license isn’t up to the same level as if they had one from, say, the UK Gambling Commission, at least there is some form of governmental oversight with their online gambling business. As you’d expect, all of your personal data is hidden behind 128-bit SSL and encryption. 2FA is also provided for your account.
1xBet: Banking Options
1xBet has over 40 banking options. Apart from the usual suspects of Mastercard and Visa, you also have ecoPayz and Payeer. Bank transfer, pre-paid and debit cards and a whole slew of cryptocurrencies including litecoin and ethereum. Oh…and the minimum deposit is a mere £1. Withdrawals are just a reverse procedure of depositing. Both deposits and withdrawals are processed 24/7.
This is something that can either make or break a sports book. The willingness to invest in a customer-centric system to handle both queries and complaints is the mark of a reputable company. 1xBet offer live chat along with every other option known to man. Toll-free calls along with a Twitter and Whatsapp all make getting in touch with a real person all the more easier.
To be perfectly honest, first impressions of 1xBet’s website leave a lot to be desired. It’s not the easiest to navigate. Also, there are any number of scantily-clad women as decoration, something that strikes us as dated and even sexist. But, hell, they get to have a bit of a free pass coming from Russia! Their 5 x accumulator welcome bonus isn’t going to win any awards either. But scratch the surface, and there’s a competent and impressive sports book hiding underneath. Their football betting markets are really great and their customer service has a lot of thought behind it. Then there’s the huge range of payment and cash-out options. So, though not perfect, there’s enough here for us to recommend them. As with all these betting sites, do make sure that you read the Terms & Conditions before signing up.