STOP PRESS: We no longer trust SkyBet. On a player level, our betting account was limited and restricted fairly quickly. On a business level they are ignoring the terms of a contract we have with them. We will update our SkyBet review below shortly, but for now we advise you not to join them, instead try this listed of honest bookmakers.
Sky Bet Bookmaker is offering a ‘Bet £5, Get £20’ free bet at the moment. JustBookies can reveal that this betting firm is part of Sky TV (BSkyB), the huge media and TV conglomerate listed on the London Stock Exchange. The parent company is one of the largest companies in Europe. The SkyBet website covers every sport. There are excellent Poker, Casino & Bingo sections too. This betting operation has been growing rapidly due to the marketing opportunities afforded by its huge TV, newspaper and online media empire. Only residents of the following locations can join: UK, Ireland, Finland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar.
Opinion: SkyBet has grown into one of the biggest and best online sports betting and casino sites in the UK. When you join this company then you know you are betting with a huge and trustworthy operation, so our review of them is a positive one. They currently offer a respectable sports free bet, especially if you just bet exactly that initial fiver to get four times the amount. In addition, they want to keep you playing with a fiver giveaway weekly. But it is not all about freebies – we bet regularly with this firm because they offer an all-round excellent service.
Sky Bet Bookmaker £20 Welcome Bonus & £5 Free Every Week: SkyBet offer a £20 free bet when you wager a fiver as your first bet. Plus if you opt in to join their ‘Sky Bet Club’ and bet £25 a week or more on sports selections that are at odds of evens or bigger then you get a fiver every week. The £5 is credited on a Monday for your activity in the previous week (Monday-Sunday). You can do this every week. They no longer offer a no deposit bonus.
Sky Vegas Casino (£10 Totally Free + £40 extra upon deposit): That’s right, there is a tenner No Deposit Bonus in Sky Vegas Casino, just for registering (20 x rollover requirement) plus you get a £40 welcome bonus when you deposit just £10 (making £50 to play with).
Sky Poker (£10 FREE + £500): This gives £10 worth of tournament tokens, use the promo code POKER for the tokens. The £500 welcome bonus is 200% of your first deposit. It is released gradually the more you play in the first 30 days. They also have a type of rakeback scheme called Cash For Points, where you get cash back according to how much you play. Make sure you register for it using the promo code POINTS.
Sky Bingo (£50): You get a £50 bonus when you spend £10. There is seven days free access to the Newbies Room, which has free money prizes.
Restricted Countries: Most locations are excluded. Only residents of the following countries can join SkyBet: UK, Ireland, Finland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar.
SkyBet Bookmaker Historical Review
SkyBet Bookmaker may be part of the Murdoch media empire, but how was it assembled?
You would expect a Murdoch company simply to go out and buy an online betting company when he wanted to get involved in that market. In a sense that happened but it was an organic growth of acquired companies, if you follow that drift, that forms the impressive betting operation of today.
The first acquisition was a strange one. At the start of this century they bought a company called Hestview Ltd that traded as Surrey Sports. This company was the foundation stone of the SkyBet betting division and Hestview Ltd still holds the vast betting interests now. They did not even bother changing its unconnected name. The reason this was a particularly odd purchase was that Surrey Sports was so small and was not even trading on the internet. It was basically a minor telephone betting company. You would be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of mistake, for the Murdoch empire had bought an irrelevant minnow of the gambling world. This was not an appropriate beginning for such a big fish and there was work to be done.
Meanwhile, in a parallel world, a company called ukbetting started from scratch in a London kitchen in August 1998 as the first UK-based online bookmaker. ukbetting was sold in 2000 to ENIC Plc, the then investment division of the current owners of Tottenham. Current Spurs chairman Daniel Levy negotiated the purchase. Levy then sold on a controlling share and at the same time floated the firm to create ukbetting Plc. It was a very quiet transaction, but the new public company followed the advice of ukbetting’s now long-gone original founder and bought the Sporting Life website. The next purchase was the Tote’s badly-run and rather rudderless Totalbet internet betting site. Then the company bought a host of other media sports sites.
Well, what has that got to do with SkyBet Bookmaker? You guessed it. Spotting the potential, they bought ukbetting Plc, which by now had changed its name to the 365Media Group. That name was an eye-raising choice given the fact there was the completely unrelated and already booming Bet365 operation. But you sort of got the impression the directors of 365Media Group, prior to Sky’s purchase of it, did not know the betting industry too well. Perhaps they missed the fact that one of their chief competitors was called the remarkably similar Bet365. Despite their ignorance, they did do well out of the sale as their pockets were filled.
Sky merged the ukbetting and Totalbet brands into SkyBet and suddenly Murdoch had a serious gambling company on his hands. They set about a review of the business and ensuring all the media sites, as well as their own websites and sports TV satellite stations, fed the betting operation. The synergies were obvious and the firm has taken full advantage, turning that once ugly duckling called Hestview Ltd into an amazing online gambling empire. Not only is there the sports betting action, there is now the bingo, poker, casino and games options. At the heart of it all is the best betting platform available, courtesy of Orbis. The latter is also a Murdoch company.
If you have made it this far with this JustBookies.com Sky Bet review then you have read a unique and accurate history of the birth and development of Murdoch’s betting business. What has been created is the envy of its rivals: sports content sites and media organisations feeding millions of punters per annum to the online interactive betting site. SkyBet Bookmaker has come a long way and it keeps on improving.
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Skybet is a dreadful betting firm if you want a regular place to bet. As soon as you start winning they make changes to your betting account to stop you from playing. Integrity is not a word they know.
Uncompetitive with their pricing. I have registered with most of the big names online bookmakers and Sky Bet Bookie is certainly one of the worst. I get the impression that they do not try very hard to compete and you can't get a three digit bet on to save your life. In fact some of my stakes have been outright rejected. Are they in business or not?
I was a regular punter at Sky Bet but it has got worse recently and they have started to refuse some of my bet sizes. Website slow and difficult.
One of the worst bookies I have bet at. Just don't start backing winners or you soon get restricted. Losers only wanted here.
I took advantage of their no deposit bonus. £10 for nothing but registering is not bad. Then deposited some money and had a few bets and was limited quite quickly, probably because I had a lucky streak. Not worth the hassle.
Sorry to hear that, we are aware that you are not the only one with these problems.