Sky Bet Welcome Offer
Skybet are offering 20 GBP/Euros worth of free bets when you sign up and place just a 5 GBP/Euros Sportsbook bet. Make sure that the first bet- known as a qualifying bet- is placed as one bet for that minimum amount and not as smaller bets making up that amount. Also make sure that the qualifying bet is placed at odds of at least 2.0 or else you’ll lose the right to get your free bets.
All the rest of the information is here but it’s all actually pretty straightforward. There aren’t any hidden sneaky terms in the rules. It’s worth knowing that it’s the profit of the bets that’s returned to you and not the stakes as well but that’s pretty standard.
Other Skybet offers
Crowd Boosted Accumulator
This is a fun promo and points are awarded straight away for originality. Here’s how it works: they’ll pick a particular accumulator made up of popular selections as their featured acca and the more punters bet on it, the bigger the odds at which it will be paid out should it go on to win.
If you were one of the first punters to back it, you’ll still get paid out at the biggest odds it ever became available at.
As you can see below, the more customers bet on it, the bigger the price will be.
But they’ll always set a cap on what the maximum odds of the acca can be. Just so things don’t get out of hand.
Skybet also occasionally offer price boosts and pay out on four horses rather than three on particular selected races. But all in all, there’s not much to write home about regarding their ongoing promos.
By all accounts, the Skybet app is one of the better ones from amongst the more high-profile bookies. Easy-to-use, quick and flexible in terms of you being able to do all the things you normally do from your laptop.
Downloading the iOS app
As ever, getting hold of this one is dead simple. Just click on the link and press the Free Download button.
Downloading the Android app
Start by signing up for a Sky Bet account which can be done either at www.skybet.com or on the app, then you just need to download the app straight to your device.
You will however need to allow Unknown Sources as the image below shows.
The normal Google app store – Play Store will not allow betting apps in there where you’re wagering for real money, so you will need to download it separately to your device. If you see a can’t open file message, just find the file in the My Files app and open it from there. This is perfectly safe and just allows you to download other Apps away from the official Android market place.
At first glance, the number of sports available on at Skybet is one of the longest out there. Although on second glance, that may have something to do with the fact that it includes five different types of Virtual Sports- football, horseracing, greyhound racing, speedway and motor racing- which some would argue aren’t sports at all. It also looks bigger because unlike some of their competitors, they’ve divided markets normally coming under the ‘specials’ category into current affairs, specialty bets and TV & Film.
It’s probably not the website that best shouts out 2017 and looks a tad dated but on the other hand it’s very easy to find everything, is quite pleasing on the eye and they’ve done a good job of having useful quick links on the left hand side that helps you find everything nicely. So if for example you wanted to only bet on the both teams to score market in football, it would display that particular market across all of the day’s main matches.
The same goes for the upcoming horse races, the day’s Crowd Boosted Accumulator, Enhanced Multiples and other special markets. So all in all you’re likely to find what you’re after with one or two clicks, which is helpful.
On a popular football match, you’ll find a load of different betting markets and selections include:
- Highlighted price boosts so you can see where you’re getting better value.
- Popular bets that were requested by customers, ordered by price. So short-odds ones in one place and then those between say 50/1 and 100/1 in another place.
- Long-shot bets requested by Sky pundits like Jamie Redknapp and Charlie Nicholas.
- An endless supply of specials such as doubles made up of two different players being booked. This is pretty rare stuff and a bonus to those who like to bet that way.
They offer a similarly exhaustive list of options on other big sports like cricket and tennis.
Always competitive, almost never considerably lower than the rest and occasionally best price. Can’t really say any fairer than that.
VISA, VISA debit, VISA Electron, Mastercard and Paypal are all available for you to deposit funds into your Skybet account.
When are we going to have a chance to review an otherwise good Sportsbook that doesn’t let itself down when it comes to Customer Service, or more precisely Customer Experience? No time soon by the looks of it.
In addition to the usual issues with withdrawing funds you’ve won fair and square, there seem to also be a lot of complaints regarding strange issues related to the Cash Out option. More precisely, customers using the function, their bet not going on to win and then finding out the request was never activated so you end up with nothing. Or the function being suspended during a match for no particularly good reason and very often, at very inopportune times.
We mostly like Skybet and if you’re a customer who likes to stay away from the most obvious markets you’ll find an endless number of options, particularly on football. They’ve really made an effort to lay bets on just about any outcome one could think of.
Look out for their darts offering as well: they’ve always had a big connection with darts and as such, there’s plenty to choose from, especially when the big tournaments come along.
We’ve also talked about how the site is easy to navigate, has a load of extras while you’re doing your betting and all in all the experience of playing with them is generally a very positive one. Except it seems, when it comes to one of the basic elements involved with betting: withdrawing your money.