Signing up with SkyBet
As part of the huge Sky Corporation, this is a bookmaker who is synonymous with global televised sport so they really should be up there among the best providers. SkyBet are also heavily involved in sponsorship deals and naturally they get a lot of exposure through their own TV channels and that has resulted in a wide customer base.
It seemed logical that I should open an account here but what was the experience like? How easy was it to claim their bonus and were there any issues along the way?
Here’s what I found.
The Welcome Offer
If you don’t already have an account then SkyBet’s welcome offer will be showcased right in the middle of the home page. Like many of the established UK bookies it’s a fairly modest one at £20.00 in 2 x £10.00 free bets for a £5.00 initial credit but that’s Ok if it’s quick and easy to get hold of.
From the banner ad shown, there is a quick link to the full terms and conditions.
So the first stage of this was very easy: Just credit that £5.00 and pick a single bet at Even Money or longer. It was time to sign up.
The registration process takes place in three sections and although there is a little more information required than some outlets, it’s still very quick.
If you’ve read previous reviews then you’ll know that I like to be taken straight to the cashier from this point and happily this is exactly what happened.
I wasn’t given any sort of eWallet option at this phase and although I prefer to play with Paypal wherever possible, I was happy enough to add my card. Having done this I was taken to a separate funding section.
As I mentioned, this is a slightly longer process than others but having already registered my card, it didn’t take long to add £5.00 to funds and to finally place a bet.
Placing a Bet
The good news here is that the quick links are logical and then the remainder of sports are A to Z. Personally I much prefer this and can never follow some of the bookies’ who list by popularity or by, what seems like a random jumble, so that was the good aspect.
I had decided to stake on the Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich and once again this was easy to find. From here however, I was confused by the way the side bets were listed.
SkyBet like to start with a long list of combination bets like ‘Muller to score and Bayern to win 3-1. This tied in with some price boosts. People like these I’m sure but there were lots of them and even if you have a particular combo in mind, it would take some time to find it.
As a first time customer, it took me a while to find what I wanted – the popular goal scorer markets which are normally one of the first to be listed at any bookmaker.
Here are the combos which link to price boosts and while some are tempting, if you’ve made your mine up then you just want to go to your selection.
Eventually I found it.
The bet slip is also a little different to others as you have to go outside of the box to select a stake amount on the left hand side. Now I know the process it will be quicker in the future but this would certainly confuse some new customers.
This was where I was really impressed: As soon as I staked the qualifying bet and refreshed the page, the two £10.00 freebies had been made available.
I was also pleased to see that the expiry date was clearly shown so I can stake well within that timescale and not have any issues. Overall, this was the best part of the whole sign up process.
The help button is at the top right of the page but from here you have to hit the contact link if you want to avoid the FAQs. There is a live chat as you can see from the graphic but unusually, you have to type in your question before an operator arrives.
I did this and my query was settled within a minute so although this is another slightly different way to approach things, it was certainly very fast.
In terms of getting hold of that welcome bonus, the experience with SkyBet is probably the best I’ve had at any bookmaker. There was no waiting around and as soon as I had made my qualifying bet, the 2 x £10.00 freebies were made available to my account. OK so we know there are bigger deals around but when it’s this easy you have to take advantage of it.
Signing up was easy too and funding was very simple. There are some quirks with this site and the biggest challenge came with finding my bet. It’s not set up like most bookies but once on board there are some top value prices and ongoing promotions too so I’m going to be hanging around here for a long time!
For more information on this bookie, including the current payment options, customer support, company data and more please refer to our Skybet review.