Interwetten hold a fascinating and unique position. They’re one of the most important bookies to have existed… and yet, in the UK at least, I’d guess that very few people would even recognise their name.
Interwetten were formed in 1990. In 1997, they became the first European bookmaker to offer online gambling. The rest, as they say, is history. Online gambling has gone on to explode, and change the world of sports. Interwetten, however – despite making some gains across the European market – are still not a household name.
Historical achievement is a nice thing to have on your CV, of course… but it doesn’t mean a bookie is any good right now. Have Interwetten managed to keep up with the times, and continue to innovate? Do they still make a good proposition in the modern day?
It’s high time to find out, in my comprehensive Interwetten review.
Interwetten Sports Sign Up Offer
There aren’t many better ways to reach a wide audience of new customers than with a tasty sign up offer. In the case of Interwetten, who would surely love to break into a wider market, you’d expect to find just such a deal.
The Interwetten new customer offer is called “100% Bonus of Up to €100”. This implies that you might get your deposits or stakes fully matched… but you don’t, as I’ll explain shortly.
Here are the main conditions for the offer:
● Bonus must be activated within 14 days of registration
● Deposit amount must be staked five times to activate bonus
● Qualifying bets must be made at odds of 1.7 or greater
● Bonus will be given as real money, not free bets
You can read the rest of the T’s and C’s here.
That second bullet point is obviously the most important one. As I mentioned, Interwetten market this as a 100% bonus. In reality, it’s not, as you have to bet through your deposit five times before you qualify. That means you’d need to bet €100 to get €20 back.
Basically, this is a 20% bonus. That’s still okay, but – needless to say – I don’t like the misleading marketing. I do like the fact that you’re given the bonus as real money (which you can withdraw), rather than as an Interwetten free bet… but that’s still not quite enough to outweigh my qualms.
Interwetten Sports Betting Ongoing Promotions
So, Interwetten’s welcome offer didn’t exactly blow my socks off. Can they turn things around with some enticing ongoing promotions, and still take a good shot at luring in new customers?
The answer is… no, honestly!
In addition to a sportsbook, Interwetten also run a sizeable online casino. Unfortunately for sports bettors, this is what they’ve chosen to focus on in terms of their offers. Of the nine ongoing Interwetten promotions currently listed on their website, precisely two are for sports betting.
In fairness, these are actually pretty good offers. Most interesting is their “0:0 Insurance”. Every month, Interwetten select one high-profile match – either a big domestic derby or a Champions League clash – and make it their “top tie of the month”. Make a bet on that game, and – even if you don’t win – if it finishes 0-0 you’ll get your stake back, up to €25.
The other is something of a second welcome offer, but this time it’s for mobile users. Download the Interwetten app, and the first bet you make will be risk free. If it loses then Interwetten will refund your stake, up to a maximum of €25.
It’s deeply frustrating that there aren’t more Interwetten offers to talk about… because the ones which are present are actually really good! As it stands, there probably isn’t enough here to tempt you into signing up based on the promotions alone.
Interwetten Football Features and Bets
Given football’s sheer dominance over the sports betting sphere, it’s no exaggeration to say that a bookie’s football features can make or break them. If this section is found wanting, it certainly puts a hard cap on the number of punters a bookmaker might attract.
For starters, Interwetten’s interface definitely isn’t the most attractive I’ve seen, nor is it the most intuitive. In terms of aesthetics, it looks a little low-budget. There are few licensed images to glitz things up, and I found the colour scheme and font to simply have a dull appearance. This applies to the football section, as it does to the rest of the website.
More important, of course, is the interface. Again, I was slightly underwhelmed here, and some of the design choices are simply baffling.
For example, when you click on the general Sportsbook section, the first thing you see are the scores of the live football games, ready for in-play betting. Go to the main page of the football section… and they’ve disappeared! Instead, you’re shown a list of the biggest upcoming games across Europe. That’s all well and good, but it’s pretty much Bookie Design 101 that you show your live games at the top of the relevant section.
Spend a little more time with Interwetten’s football section, however, and you’ll start to see that it’s actually very respectable indeed. Navigating between the different competitions – both domestic and continental – is a cinch thanks to a handy sidebar. Dip into one of those competitions, and it’s extremely easy to find the market you’re looking for. The main upcoming match result bets are shown by default, but you can access other bet types – both short and long term – within a couple of seconds.
In terms of actual features, there’s not much to get excited about here. In-play betting is present and correct, and you can cash out your Interwetten bets easily enough. There’s no live streaming whatsoever, though… or any other features to write home about, really.
In all, the Interwetten football section is a solid, if uninspiring offering.
Other Betting Markets
Football certainly seems to be Interwetten’s focus, as is the case with most bookies. Still, they do a decent job of providing markets for other sports too.
Given that Interwetten is based in central Europe, you’ll find more of a focus on markets such as handball and volleyball than you might from a British bookie. In turn, the sections for sports like cricket are less developed. There are no markets whatsoever for the England vs West Indies test match which is taking place at the time of writing, for example.
Still, the big competitions for major sports like tennis, boxing and golf are still available for betting, and you can place in-play wagers on them too. In addition, you can bet on e-sports, and a few less common options like ski-jumping and water polo.
Mobile Betting Options & Apps
Interwetten were extremely early adopters of mobile betting technology, so on-the-go gambling is part of their DNA. It’s slightly disappointing, therefore, to discover that the Interwetten mobile app is… okay, but certainly nothing special.
The app is available on both Google Play and the App Store, but it hasn’t excelled on either. The Interwetten Android app only has a 3/5 average rating, as does its iOS counterpart.
It’s not hard to see why this app has failed to excite users. It offers all the basic features that you’d expect from a modern-day betting app – in-play betting and a cash out feature, the same solid range of markets you’d find on regular version – but precious little else. The design is uninspired, as it is on the desktop version, but it’s not terrible.
Honestly, there’s very little to say about the Interwetten app. It’s absolutely fine… but nothing more than that.
Opening an Interwetten Account
Interwetten ask for a fair few personal details for registration, but it’s certainly nothing excessive. At the first screen, you’ll need to enter your name, date of birth, address, and so on, and create a password.
Once you’ve completed the first stage you’ll be sent a confirmation email, which you must attend to within 30 days. You don’t need to do so before funding your account, however, which you’ll do on the next screen. Interwetten will also remind you to take advantage of their Welcome Bonus here, which is a nice touch.
Once you’ve confirmed your payment method and funded your account, you’re ready to start betting.
Funding your Interwetten account is far from a straightforward process. I’ll whip through the payment options first, then explain why that is.
Interwetten actually has a nice range of payment methods. Along with credit and debit card, you can use PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, bank transfer, and a few more.
The minimum deposit amount depends on which method you choose. With a credit card, for example, you have to pay a pretty standard €10. For PayPal, I was asked to deposit at least €50! That’s ludicrous! The minimum Interwetten withdrawal amount is also high, at €30.
As I mentioned, there are a couple of wrinkles when it comes to funding your account. When you register your credit card with Interwetten, a random amount of money (up to £3) will be deducted from your bank account. You must then tell Interwetten how much was taken, and they’ll refund it.
It’s a verification measure… but, before you can even tell Interwetten how much was taken, you’re forced to send them your actual photo ID. Only after that has been verified will you be allowed to get your refund, and to actually start betting. I must say, I really don’t like this way of doing things.
Given that you may never have heard of this bookie, especially if you’re based in the UK, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask “Is Interwetten legit?”
The answer is “yes”, but – in an ideal world – I’d definitely have preferred some more detail regarding their security measures. In their FAQ section, Interwetten state that “Data protection and security have a high priority at Interwetten”. That’s easy to say, but the only real evidence they give is that the site is protected by SSL, along with some other encryption and a “high security firewall”.
That doesn’t really give you much to go on, but I’m prepared to give Interwetten the benefit of the doubt. I couldn’t find any reports of a major hack, and they do hold a series of reputable European licenses.
The Interwetten customer service is actually very good indeed.
There are multiple ways to contact the support team, who are “available round the clock”. You can either call them, or send them an email. Technically I’m pretty sure you can actually fax them too… if you really wanted to.
There’s also a solid FAQ section in place, even if it’s not the biggest I’ve seen. The answers are written extremely clearly and concisely, and certainly cover all the major topics, largely removing the need to actually contact Interwetten.
Interwetten Company Details
Interwetten were formed in Vienna, Austria back in 1990.
Having started as a sportsbook, which offered betting exclusively by phone, it made history in 1997 by becoming the first European bookie to feature online gambling. That’s right – if it wasn’t for Interwetten, you might never be reading this lovely review! Interwetten continued this innovative streak by also becoming one of the first bookies to fully support mobile betting, in 2004.
Despite their Austrian roots, Interwetten – like a number of other gambling companies – have since moved to Malta. They are now licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, and have some 100 employees on their books.
Interwetten Bottom Line
What I said about Interwetten’s mobile app really encapsulates how I feel about this bookie as a whole. Just about everything here is fine, but there’s precious little to actually get excited about, or separate it from the competition.
The interface and appearance of the main website are good but not great, and it’s the same story with the app. The football section is pretty good, but there’s a lack of depth in the other betting markets. The ongoing promotions which are in place are actually appealing, but there simply aren’t enough of them.
What I don’t like is the… if not “dishonesty”, then at least the lack of clarity in certain places. The welcome offer advertises a “100% bonus”, but it’s nothing of the sort. Interwetten demanding ID verification after they’ve already taken money out of your bank account, for verification (even if it’s a small amount) also leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
In short, Interwetten’s offering is perfectly respectable, but there are far more feature-packed and generally exciting bookies out there. If you would like to try out Interwetten’s welcome offer, just head over here.