It was in the final month of the 20th century when Jochen Dickinger and Franz Omer from Austria founded Bet-at-Home. In March 2000, the website was launched offering a sports betting service and soon after a live score service was added.
Their business continued to expand with the introduction of an online casino in 2005. They later became a stock corporation and in 2009 became part of the Betclic Everest Group. Their head office is now at Portomaso Business Tower in Malta and are licensed and regulated by the Malta Gambling Commission.
By 2017 their turnover in betting and gaming had topped the €3bn mark with gross earnings of €145.4m. They have nearly 5m customers who are offered on average 7,000 daily bets. This year has seen them launch their app and an eSports channel. They are no strangers to the world of sports sponsorship having had dealings with Hertha Berlin, Schalke 04, Austria Vienna and SV Ried. The company motto is ‘Life is a game’ and it looks as if they are winning.
THE BET AT HOME SITE
When you log into the Bet-at-Home website it won’t take you long to notice that there’s a lot going on here. The site has a blue background with the all-important information standing out in white boxes.
The home page has lots of information on it but presents it in a way that doesn’t make it look cluttered. There’s a welcome box at the top of the page that could do with a little updating in terms of the number of customers they have as it gives a figure of 4m. You can register with the site by clicking on the ‘Register Now for Free’ box. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Register now!’ link situated on the bar in the top right-hand corner of the screen. More details about the registration process later in this review.
Down the left-hand side of the home page are details about the payment methods you can use on the site. Below that there’s information about the top winners on the site and hopefully once joining, you will end up included on that list. The centre of the home page has a link to a news story about one of the top sporting events and details of matches you can bet on right at that moment. Finally, on the right-hand side there are boxes that link you to the sports betting page, the live betting page and the virtual sports area of the website.
Click on the link to the sports betting section and there’s a wealth of information to see. The list of sports that the site covers is down the left-hand side of the page and you just click on the relevant sport to go to that page. Below that are links to the statistics section, betting rules, live scores and results with another list of top winners below that, they are rather keen to publicize those. Down the middle of the page are details of live games, upcoming bets and sporting highlights with the right-hand side simply showing the all-important betslip that looks a little lonely to be honest.
The live betting page is rather similar to the one just described. It has the live games down the left-hand side, just click on them and all the markets and odds appear in the centre. All these links make navigating your way around the site rather easy. There’s also a virtual betting page that includes horse racing, football, greyhound racing, tennis and basketball.
THE BET AT HOME APP
Even though the site is called Bet-at-Home, there are going to be times when you will need to go out but how do you keep up to touch with everything? That’s easily achieved by either using their new app or the mobile version of the website.
To turn the site into the mobile version rather than the desktop one, just go to the bottom of the home page and click on ‘mobile’ which is at the end of the list of links. That takes you to the mobile version that you can use while out and about.
If you want to register with the site, you need to look in the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on the three black lines and a drop-down menu appears. This includes a link to the registration page and there will be more details of the registration process later in this review.
Also included in that drop-down menu are links to details about the payment methods accepted on the site and what to do if you forget your password which is so easy to do. You can also access the promotions page, details of top winners on the site and the help section.
The home page of the mobile version of the site shows you snippets of what is available in the sports, casino and virtual sections of the website. Just above this are links to the top betting opportunities with some text about each event. Just click on them to go to the relevant page. Underneath the links to the different sections of the sites are links to today’s bets, tomorrow’s bets and the rules of the site.
Bet at Home app for Android
- To download the Bet-at-home App for Android devices you need to go to their website and click on ‘Apps.’ Choose the ‘Sports App’ option and then click on the Android icon. Follow the given instructions and you’ll soon have your App.
Bet at Home app for iPhone
- To download the Bet-at-Home App for iOS, you need to go to iTunes and search for ‘Bet at home.’ Once that has been found, you need to select the ‘install’ option and away you go.
Bet at home App review
The best thing about this App is that it includes the features that you can play on the desktop version of the website. This includes all the sports and live betting features, so you won’t be missing out on anything. It has a simplistic design with tabs at the top of the page and it’s easy to use with navigation being no problem at all, so the chances of you missing out on that event you can’t wait to place a bet on are slim.
It’s easy to make deposits and withdrawals when using the App so you can carry out financial transactions whenever you want and wherever you are.
BET AT HOME SPORTS BETTING
There is a wide range of sports for you to be placing bets on here with the notable exceptions of horse racing or greyhound racing. If that’s the passion that you have then you will need to look elsewhere. There is some horse and greyhound racing available in the virtual sport section of the site, but you can’t beat the real thing, can you?
You still have plenty of other sports to be placing bets on and there are betting opportunities available 24/7 as they cover events from all around the globe. There’s plenty of action from Asia in the mornings, Europe in the afternoon/evening and then for those of you who fancy a late night, there’s betting on events from the Americas.
Being a European based site, they do focus a lot on sports such as futsal, handball and skiing. All levels of sporting events are featured on the site with reserve and youth games to bet on as well as the very best leagues and cup tournaments on the planet. You will find the statistics section of the site very useful and there’s a results and live scores service too as well as plenty of ante-post betting to try and get long-range winners from.
An area where this site could improve is in its offering of promotions. Most sites have plenty on offer but that isn’t always the case here. They do offer some special bets such as 3-way betting on games up to a certain time but compared to other sites it’s a rather poor effort. There’s no loyalty scheme either and this is definitely an area where they could look at making improvements.
LIST OF SPORTS TO BET ON
The list of sports covered by this website are: Football, tennis, basketball, handball, volleyball, ice-hockey, motorsports (motor cycling/F1/speedway), American Football, baseball, darts, cycling, rugby union and league, boxing, Combat Sports, table-tennis, alpine skiing, ski-jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, futsal, water polo, netball, snooker, cricket and golf.
A wide range of sports then with a few notable exceptions as previously mentioned. The coverage is good though and you will never have a dull moment when visiting this site.
FOOTBALL BETS ON BET AT HOME
If you are a fan of football and love betting on the sport, there are plenty of opportunities available on this site. The number of games that you can be placing bets on is immense with coverage of all the major league around the world as well as amateur/reserve/youth games.
There are matches to bet on virtually 24/7 with games from all over the world being featured on the site. It’s not just a case of betting on who is going to win or lose as there are plenty of football markets available. This can go over the 100 mark for the top games with everything from how many corners in the game to whether there will be a penalty, double chance and handicap betting.
Being able to actually bet on a game while it’s being played has become a major part of sports betting in recent years. Gone are the days when you just put a bet on before the game and watched it knowing you couldn’t place any further bets. Now you can bet in-play with the odds constantly changing reflecting what is happening. If a team is 4/7 to win a match and fail to take a lead, those odds will continually lengthen to say 8/13 then 4/6 etc. If they do take the lead, then the odds will shorten to perhaps 1/10 and win betting becomes rather unattractive unless you are a high roller. When a favourite falls behind, their odds will lengthen to perhaps 5/4 and if you still believe they are going to win the game when the final whistle blows, you could take a chance and get a good price on their victory.
That’s an important aspect of live betting because if your selection is winning as you can place more bets to increase your winnings. For example, by placing bets on markets such as next team to score, leading at half and full time and correct score. On the other hand, if your selection isn’t doing so well, you can try and dig yourself out of a hole by backing the opponents and getting some winning bets.
This website has live betting opportunities on a wide variety of sports throughout the day. To make live betting even more exciting, there is the opportunity to cash out your bets. This gives players the opportunity to end their bet before it reaches its conclusion. It’s a big decision to make but one that can get you wins that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. That’s the case if your selection is leading, you cash out and then they fail to maintain that advantage until the game ends. Sometimes you can cash out and your selection goes onto win meaning you have taken a lesser amount, it’s a fascinating bet and good to see it offered here. There is an absence of live streaming though which is a bit disappointing as that is offered on many other sites.
It’s always good to see websites of this nature accepting the fact that gambling can be a problem for some of their customers. There is a section on the website that deals with this issue. Go to the bottom of the page and it’s included in the list of links. The section gives some important tips including having regular breaks from playing and setting how high your loss limit can be.
It is possible to set financial limits on how much you can deposit in a day, week or month. If gambling does become a problem, you can take a time-out or self-exclude yourself. The site also has links to organizations that can help people who are having problems with their gambling. Players under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to become members of this website and they carry out electronic age verification checks to weed out any underage players.
HOW TO REGISTER ON BET AT HOME
If you want to register with the site, look to the top-right hand corner of the page. You will see three black lines and if you click on that a drop-down menu appears. This includes a link to the registration form that you will need to complete to become a member of the site. You can use your Gmail or PayPal accounts to register or just fill in the registration form. This includes the usual set of questions and doesn’t take long to fill in.
It isn’t possible to register more than one account using the same personal details and if you do try to do that, this can result in your original account being closed by the site. This can also happen if you don’t verify your new account which is required in order to check you are of a legal age to gamble on the site.
You will need to produce identification documents and proof of address. If the site is unable to verify your identity details within 72 hours of signing-up and making a deposit, then they reserve the right to void any transactions placed during that period and they can freeze your account. If this continues then they can close your account.
The online gambling industry is a very competitive one so websites use welcome offers to entice new customers in their direction. Unfortunately, this website doesn’t have a welcome offer for the sportsbook which is a bit disappointing to be honest. They obviously believe that the quality of their site and the number of betting opportunities that they provide will be enough to attract new customers.
You will also need to fill in details of the payment methods that you wish to use on the site. There is a good selection of payment methods available on the site including VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, Skrill, paysafecard, NETELLER, SOFORT, bank transfer and Trustly. Again, check the website for the full list. The help section on the Bet at Home website also gives information that will help you when making withdrawals from your account. The minimum deposits and withdrawals on the site are £10.
If using Bank Transfer or Trustly as your method for withdrawing cash from your account, only three are allowed in a calendar month free of charge. Each additional withdrawal will see charges of up to €5. With Skrill, two withdrawals each month are free before the charges come into force.
If you need any help, the site has several ways in which they can help you. This includes a live chat service and to access this you just need to use the Help sign that can be seen on the left-hand side of the screen. They also have an extensive FAQs section that is packed with information about all areas of the site. It’s also possible to phone them on +356-20102510 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several pages that can help customers. These include an extensive help page and a terms and conditions page. The statistics section is extremely helpful when doing some research for your bets.