There are plenty of ways in which you can summarise a bookmaker, with the most obvious being whether they’re small or large, and new or old. Redbet – the bookie we’ll be evaluating in this review – occupy a strange, in-between space in both these respects.

For starters, they’re actually quite old; relative to the fast-moving sports betting industry, at least, in which new bookies are springing up all the time. Despite launching back in 2002, though, they’re certainly not a big, successful operation, and are far from being a household name. But, despite that… you can’t call them small, because – to have survived for as long as they have in this competitive scene – they must have enjoyed some considerable success.

Whichever way you look at it, Redbet are an unusual proposition. In our eyes, that also makes them a fascinating one. In our Redbet review, we’ll evaluate everything you need to know about this sportsbook, including its promotions, betting markets, payment methods, and plenty more besides.

Let’s get started.

18+. Min deposit £20. Bonus bet valid for 7 days. Min odds 3/1 (4.0). Min 3 selections. Bonus bets can not be split. Cash out not eligible. Additional T&Cs apply.

A wide range of  markets

Superb customer service

Notable ongoing promotions

Redbet Sign Up Offer

As noted in our introduction, while they’ve clearly been successful, Redbet’s brand recognition is still certainly not widespread. Well, one surefire way to start gaining some traction online is with an enticing welcome offer.

The Redbet new customer offer – simply titled ‘Welcome Bonus’ – isn’t the most eye-catching in the world, primarily because it only offers a £10 bonus bet as a reward. Claiming this Redbet free bet is easy enough to do, essentially requiring £20 to be spent after signing up, but – as always – there are a few T’s & C’s attached to this.

These are the most important terms and conditions for the opening Redbet offer:

  • Must use promo code ‘redbetWelcome’ when registering, and deposit at least £20
  • Deposits using Skrill, Neteller, Moneybookers and Paysafe are ineligible
  • Must spend £20 or more to activate offer
  • This can be done as one £20+ bet, or multiple bets totalling £20+
  • Qualifying bets must have minimum odds of 3/1 (4.0), and at least three selections
  • £10 ‘bonus bet’ (a free bet) will be awarded once qualifying bets have been settled
  • Bonus bet expires after seven days
  • Bonus bet must be used on a multiples/combination wager
  • Bonus bet stakes will not be returned with winning wager

While we don’t mind the overall value here – essentially betting £20 to get a £10 free bet – the restrictions are troublesome. The double whammy of 3/1 minimum odds, plus the requirement that they’re multiples, makes it challenging to win on your qualifying wagers. Add in the fact that even the free bet must be used on a multiples/combination, and – while there’s definitely a lot of upside here – there’s also every chance you won’t make any profit whatsoever.

Overall, we’re not particularly impressed by the Redbet Welcome Bonus. It’s not terrible, by any means, but – unless they’re happy to take on plenty of risk – it won’t be enough to convince many new customers to sign up.

Redbet Ongoing Promotions (Updated On: September 2020)

A quality welcome offer might be enough to get people ‘through the door’… but to keep them on your sportsbook, and betting with you for the long run, you really should be offering ongoing promotions too.

Unfortunately, the ongoing Redbet promotions are… basically non-existent! Head to the ‘Offers’ page on the website, and you’ll find a handful of ongoing deals for the casino section, but none whatsoever for the sportsbook (aside from the welcome offer). Literally the only thing which could be listed here is the Bet Builder, which was introduced fairly recently. Some bookies do indeed stick this in their promotions section, but we don’t really count it as such.

To us, this seems like a baffling mistake. Nowadays, while basic sports betting obviously remains the priority, bettors expect to be rewarded for their custom with some tasty ongoing offers. With the industry titans – the likes of Betfair, William Hill, and so on – you’ll find a broad range of these at any time. To have none at all – not even the basics like acca insurance or best odds guaranteed – is a major misstep.

Redbet Football Features

While the likes of special offers are certainly preferable from a sportsbook, helping to add to the excitement of the whole thing, it’s almost certainly more important to execute the basics. And of course, one of the biggest fundamentals every bookie needs to focus on is its football features.

Football has its own dedicated section on Redbet, which is always a good start! This is laid out in an extremely streamlined, straightforward manner, which is easy to use from the very start.

You’re shown live games at the top of the section in a dropdown area, which is minimised by default but can be expanded with the click of a button. Below that, Redbet list all of the most popular markets which you’re likeliest to bet on – in the UK, for example, you’ll be shown Premier League at the top, Championship fixtures second, then all the major European leagues below. Below that you’ll find an A-Z listing of other markets, which is… comprehensive to say the least! Domestic competitions from Algeria to Zambia are represented here, plus all the biggest continental and international tournaments.

When you’ve found the game you want to bet on, just click it to open up all the markets in a neat and tidy central section. All your old favourite bet types are present and correct here – 1/X/2, Over/Under, Both Teams to Score, etc. – plus the likes of handicaps and player specials. In-play betting is also supported (there’s an entire ‘Live Betting’ section, in fact, accessible via the top bar), and there’s a Redbet cash out feature in place too.

Other Betting Markets

The range of betting markets outside of football on offer here is simply outstanding. In this respect, at least, Redbet is up there with the very biggest bookies.

Every major base is covered, whether it be horse racing, greyhound racing, tennis, golf, cricket or rugby. In addition, you’ll find the likes of esports, darts, snooker and motorsports. Finally, there’s a full suite of American sports in place, including the NBA, NFL and NHL, each of which has literally thousands of individual betting markets at the time of writing.

Whatever sport or event you fancy wagering on, you’ll almost certainly be able to do so on Redbet.

Mobile Betting Options & App

While online sports betting is generally getting better all the time, this isn’t true for all aspects of it. One area in which things seem to be stagnating – bizarrely – is in mobile betting options. Despite it being quicker and easier than ever to create a mobile app, and more people than ever betting on the go, an increasing number of bookies seem to be ignoring mobile apps entirely in favour of their mobile websites.

Redbet are yet another example of this strange trend. There is absolutely no Redbet app available, for either mobile operating system. So, if you do come across a shady site inviting you to download a ‘Redbet Android app’… steer clear of it!

This strategy of foregoing a mobile app only pays off, of course, if the mobile version of your main website is up to scratch. Fortunately, in this case, the Redbet mobile site is genuinely outstanding. General navigation is made effortless by an expandable menu in the top-left, and – to subsequently find the market you want – you can use either a sub-menu or a search feature. Everything loads extremely quickly, and the modern, simplistic interface scales perfectly to a smaller screen size.

Security

Redbet hasn’t exactly gotten off to a flying start in our evaluation. We’re pleased to say, though, that this trend is reversed when it comes to security.

Whilst most bookies are tight-lipped in this area, Redbet actually have an entire page on their website dedicated to it. Amongst other details, this reveals that all data traffic is encrypted, SSL is in place, there are multiple redundancy servers to avoid downtime, and the central database is kept on an internal, dedicated network.

In addition to all of that, Redbet holds licenses with both the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority. Overall, if you were to ask ‘Is Redbet legit?’, we’d reply with a resounding ‘yes!’

Opening an Account

Signing up with a new sportsbook used to be a pain. Thankfully, things have generally been streamlined nowadays, and Redbet’s registration is a perfect example.

The entire process is neatly broken down into three sections. You begin by handing over your basic personal details – your name, date of birth and gender. Next, you enter your address. At the third stage, you provide your phone number and email address, and create a password. You can also set daily, weekly or monthly deposit limits here, if you so desire.

After that, simply click on the big green button, and you’re done! You’re now free to make your first deposit (remember to enter ‘redbetWelcome’ in the bonus code section here to use the welcome offer), and start betting.

Banking Options

Unlike with its betting markets, Redbet can’t quite match up with the biggest bookies when it comes to its range of deposit methods. While they do technically cover some of the major bases… there’s no getting around the fact that there are only five of them!

Those five are credit/debit card, Trustly, Neteller, Skrill or Paysafecard. While that does give you a bit of choice, the likes of bank transfer and PayPal are obvious absences. The good news is that the minimum deposit for all methods is a reasonable £10, there are no fees attached, and payments are processed speedily, within 1-2 minutes.

Annoyingly, while the same methods are supported when making a Redbet withdrawal, the minimum amount is raised to £20. Withdrawals to credit/debit cards take longer to process, too, at 1-5 working days.

Customer Support

Historically, this was one area in which the titans of the betting industry tended to dominate the smaller bookies. Recently, though, we’ve been pleased to see this trend slowly but surely being reversed… and the Redbet customer service generally follows that pattern too.

When it comes to getting in touch with Redbet, all the major bases are covered. A phone number is prominently displayed, and – even better – you can use live chat any time by simply clicking a couple of buttons in the bottom-right of your screen. There’s also an email address, and a fairly standard ticketing system.

Backing up the direct Redbet contact options is a genuinely impressive help centre. This is nicely broken down into both main sections and subsections, with a search feature also included which works extremely well. There’s a good range of articles here, covering essentially every subject you’ll likely need help with, and those articles are written in a helpful, straightforward manner.

Redbet Company Details

Redbet don’t offer a huge amount of information about themselves on their website. In fact, all you’ll really learn from their ‘About’ section is that they were founded in 2002, and started operating online all the way back in 2004.

Digging a little deeper, we discovered that Redbet have actually had an eventful few years! They were originally owned solely by Evoke Gaming Ltd, who operate a couple of other casinos. In late 2017, Evoke were acquired by Mr Green Ltd (who run the successful Mr Green sportsbook) for $8.3 million… then in early 2019, Mr Green were bought by William Hill for a cool £242 million.

After all of that excitement, Redbet remain owned by Evoke Gaming Ltd, and – like many other bookies – are based in Malta.

Redbet Bottom Line

It’s fair to say that we didn’t get off to the best start with Redbet. In part, this mediocre first impression is driven by a welcome offer which – whilst it has the potential to deliver a big profit – also comes with some pretty tough T’s & C’s. Needless to say, the complete lack of any ongoing promotions whatsoever doesn’t exactly help matters!

This is one bookie, though, which offers more than initially meets the eye. It actually executes the fundamentals brilliantly – whether that be its football features, security measures, or customer support – and the mobile website is also good enough to overcome the lack of a mobile app.

Overall, then, we were pretty impressed with what we found in this Redbet review. If you’re happy to take on a little risk, the Welcome Bonus should be right up your alley. If not, we’d say there’s still certainly enough here to merit giving Redbet a shot.

18+. Min deposit £20. Bonus bet valid for 7 days. Min odds 3/1 (4.0). Min 3 selections. Bonus bets can not be split. Cash out not eligible. Additional T&Cs apply.