Bwin was formed in 2011 after a merger between PartyGaming plc and Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG. The company is probably best known for their poker site and software, Party Poker. Their sports betting company is well-known too and they have a full-fledged casino that is used by thousands of punters daily, including one of the best live dealer offerings.
Bwin Casino review
Bwin’s Casino cannot match the likes of Bet365 or William Hill in terms of diversity but that is not to say that it is limited. You will still find multiple versions of favourites, such as blackjack, roulette, video poker and other table games, and of course there are a lot of slots to enjoy too. The average punter will find more than enough variety to keep them amused.
Bwin Live Casino guide
One of the areas that really sets Bwin apart from the competition, in terms of variety, is their live casino. Again, the favourites are offered, however Bwin also include various alternative versions of these in a live table setting.
There are a massive selection of different stakes, locations and game variations on the site. Bwin features a total of twelve live roulette tables, for example. It is hard to think of another live casino game operator who offers this selection for the UK market.
The games are roulette, blackjack, casino hold ’em, baccarat, ultimate Texas hold ’em, three card poker and Caribbean stud.
Games at Bwin
The Games section on Bwin contains mostly slots, a few table games, scratch cards, arcade games, numbers games and virtual sports. Unlike the Live Casino, the selection is not quite as extensive as some of the other industry giants.
It is interesting to note that none of the games feature any licensed characters. You will not find Incredible Hulk or Spiderman themed slots on Bwin, as you will on many of their competitor’s websites.
Bwin sports betting review
Bwin offer a very competitive catalogue of sports to bet on. Of course, punters can place wagers on popular sports, such as football, tennis, basketball, rugby and golf. However, several more niche games are also offered. These include futsal, floorball, ski events and water polo. Mysteriously absent from the lists of events is the option to bet on horse racing.
The odds Bwin offers are competitive but rarely the absolute best that are available on any sporting event. However, the extensive collection of potential betting opportunities may make up for this foible for some.
Those who prefer to make their bets during a match will be pleased to learn that Bwin offers one of the most extensive collections for live betting opportunities in the industry. Practically every event that you can bet on pre-match is available for in-play betting too. While the actual selections available might not be as extensive as those offered pre-match, Bwin’s commitment to providing live betting on sports like alpine skiing is certainly worthy of praise.
Bwin Poker review
Bwin Poker is of course on the same network as Party Poker and as a result of this their software is right up there with the best in the business. Offering a huge choice of game variations and stakes for players to enjoy whilst attracting reasonable traffic at peak times, Party Poker comfortably finds itself among the top three networks who provide the game.
Both tournament and cash poker are well represented on the Party Poker network and stakes range from from absolute micros ($0.01/$0.02 for cash and $0.01 for tournaments) right up to the nosebleed levels of $50NL and $1000 buy ins.
For those wishing to partake in some of the less well known forms of poker, Party Poker features fixed limit Hold ’em, stud and some Omaha games. Whilst the selection is not as great as the likes of PokerStars, recreational players will certainly find enough diversity among the available games to keep them occupied. Serious specialists at games such as razz, HORSE, or hi/lo variants will be disappointed by the omission of their particular game, however.
One serious disadvantage of the Party Poker network is the astronomical rake that they charge for poker. This makes Bwin one of the most expensive online venues for UK players. Unfortunately, ring games, tournaments and Sit and Go fees all suffer from the insane table fees and even if it is a few cents more per hand, these soon add up. The serious player will certainly notice decreases to their bottom line, in the long term.
The obscene rake that Bwin charges on their poker tables does, however, have an interesting knock-on effect that is great for both the highly proficient player and the purely recreational. The cost of poker being so high, means that those players who float around just kind of breaking even or in slight profit, find that they actually lose money in the long term playing on the Party Poker network. Being as they are not usually used to redepositing on a poker site, these aspiring players will just move to one of the cheaper networks, most likely PokerStars. This allows sharks, able to beat the rake, to feast on the recreational fish that inhabit the player pool there. However, despite this, the general standard of poker seems to be much lower at Party Poker and tables are usually full of action. Crazy games are usually fun games and this is something that players of any ability usually enjoy.
Bwin offer a great sports book sign up bonus of up to £50 free bet for depositing and making a £50 qualifying bet. The value of this 100% match is much better than some of the other big names in the industry.
Unfortunately, the rest of the website does not really match up to this generous sportsbook welcome gift. Bwin’s poker section does offer a 100% match up to £100 but when compared to the other industry giants, this is hardly impressive.
The casino also offers a 100% match bonus for up to £200, which is small by industry standards, but at the time of publishing Bwin Casino are offering players over £5500+ in casino bonuses this week alone, so loyalty pays here.
Bwin offer several bonuses to incentivise players to keep using their products. These are usually more extensive than the frankly underwhelming welcome bonuses on some products. Promotions including risk-free betting opportunities on big Champion’s League and World/European Cup championship games and plenty of free spins and matched deposits on slot machines are frequently available so it is always worth checking out the relevant section’s promotions and bonuses areas.
Banking at Bwin
Players at Bwin online are able to enjoy a pretty extensive array of deposit options. Some of these carry no fees whatsoever and also feature no minimum transactions. There are more banking methods available here than at the majority of competitors.
Deposit options include:
MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, Maestro, Neteller, Skrill, PayPal, Paysafecard, EntroPay, InstaDebit, instant banking, MisterCash, PromoCode, iDeal, GiroPay, Moneta, fast bank transfer and wire bank transfer.
Some of the deposit methods listed above are, of course, also available for players making withdrawals. It is not however possible to withdraw to a source which you have never used to make a deposit with, so if you’d like to receive payouts through PayPal, make sure you deposit with PayPal so you’re eligible.
Bwin allows punters to open accounts in twelve currencies including USD, GBP, EUR, DKK, NOK, SEK, PLN, CZK, RON, HUF, BGN and RUB. You can choose your preferred currency when opening your Bwin account.
I was not able to find a categorical list of countries that are not able to play on Bwin’s software. If you’re country is restricted it won’t be listed on the registration form, so the best way to confirm your eligibility to join Bwin is to try to open an account.
Bwin’s customer support is available through email, phone and live chat.
Live chat is usually the most convenient method for getting a response on many casino providers’ and sportsbooks’ websites. However, Bwin’s is somewhat more problematic. I was left waiting for well over an hour to get through to a representative regarding my query over Bwin’s restricted countries and when I finally did there was no sound notification.
The email service is a much better option if you actually want your issue responding properly to. While this will definitely take a longer time, you will be able to have a dialogue with the support team, without the use of the phone, through email messages. Email support is handled through a web submission form, initially. Following messages can be communicated by replying to the email you receive in response to your web message. There is also the option to submit files via the online support request form which is particularly useful for providing screenshot evidence to back up your case when dealing with the team.
Bwin is licensed by two of the industry’s most prestigious commissions, the Gibraltar Gambling Commission and the UK gambling Commission. This level of accreditation is one of the highest in the industry meaning that the fairness of the games and the security over financial matters is very high. The company is also regulated by eCORGRA, ESSA (European Gaming & Betting Association) and EGBA (European Gaming & Betting Association).