Sky Bet Review

Sky Bet is the betting section for the broadcasting powerhouse, BskyB. The bookmaker was set up as yet another extension of this seemingly unstoppable company and since its introduction to the industry in 2000, its gone on to become a real thorn in the side of the UK and Irelands top bookmakers.

It's undoubtable that Sky Bet isn't the biggest in the industry, in fact, far from it. With them only accepting players from the UK and Ireland, it puts them at a massive disadvantage to some of their competitors who have quickly turned into worldwide brands. That being said, the bookmaker have targeted their market and tried to do as well as they can for the territories they are targeting.

Please Note: We no longer recommend playing at any of the Sky Bet brands and consequentially this review is no longer being updated. For a list of better options for sports, casino, bingo and poker in the UK then we suggest checking out our list of recommended gambling sites instead.

Sports Betting

Even though targeting just punters from the UK and Ireland makes Sky Bet a smaller bookmaker than some, they still have a site that is jam packed with features to keep even the most fussy of bettors entertained.

Betting Odds and Markets

There is little doubt that Sky Bet promotes more horse racing and football markets than any other on the site. In fact, we would hazard a guess that it equates to more than 80% of their total turnover. This limits other sports quite a bit, although there is still a quite a large range to pick from, market coverage does struggle somewhat.

In terms of odds they are pretty competitive with industry standard. It's likely that in terms of choosing just one bookmaker for almost guaranteed best priced odds across the board Sky Bet probably won't be the best there is, but as a steady alternative for one of markets and even their promotions, they will be a more than handy addition.

Mobile Betting

Their mobile betting app is actually one of the best deigned that we have come across. It feels modern, light and compact, but best of all it doesn't drain on resources like most apps. In fact, we can even run reasonably well without a 3G connection, which says it all really. The app includes sports and markets from the online site and does an all-round decent job.

Live Betting

Sky Bet does include a reasonably strong live betting section. In terms of depth, it's not as big as some, but what they do have going for them is that they like to link their markets to their Sky Sports TV channels. This integration makes betting and watching the game a real pleasure and even though coverage is lacking, what's there actually works really well.

Live Streaming

Sky Bet doesn't actually have live streaming available from their site, but as we mentioned they are obviously heavily linked with Sky Sports, of which you can access their app from mobile devices, and, obviously, from your TV.

Casino Games

Sky Vegas use a multitude of software providers to offer up one of the most comprehensive ranges of casino games in the industry. These include Amaya, NetEnt, IGT, Novomatic and PlayTech. With this comes a plethora of games and a casino that is available in both instant browser mode and also downloadable to Windows PC’s.

It’s also possible to get Sky Vegas on your mobile, via their dedicated app for both iOS and Android devices. All games that see on their desktop casino can be found on the mobile version as well, making it extremely well rounded.

Table Games

The table games kick off with the likes of blackjack and roulette, with each carrying over a number of variants for you to peruse. On top of that you can also get Caribbean Stud Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Brag, Jokers Wild and Deal or No Deal Blackjack and roulette.

Slots

You’re going to have access to over 200 slots at Sky Vegas and their affiliation with both NetEnt and PlayTech means that you can access some of the best titles in the industry, such as Snakes and Ladders, South Park, Viz and Winstar, to name but a few. A night feature on the main casino site is the ability to play slots for free to get a feel for how they work before depositing money into them.

Progressive Jackpots

Another massive advantage of using so many software companies is the ability to tap into their jackpot games. At Sky Vegas you’ll be looking to get around 40 different jackpots, each with ranging numbers in terms of how much you can win. The majority of the more popular titles such as Siberian Storm, Plants v Zombies and Cleopatra will often get well in excess of £1million paying out for their jackpot.

Bingo Games

The bingo section of Sky is powered by Virtue Fusion, who are a sister company to the casino powerhouse, PlayTech. The software is undoubtedly some of the best in the business and the games are designed to work on a number of platforms, including instant browser play and also mobile.

The mobile app can be downloaded straight from the Sky Bingo website, but if you have an iOS device then you can also access this via the App Store.

The games on offer include 90, 80 and 75 ball variants, along with speed, cash cubes (mobile only), rainbow riches, lucky numbers, deal or no deal, joker jackpot and Who wants to be a millionaire.

Poker Games

Sky Poker is powered by Orbis Technology, which isn’t exactly the largest poker network in the industry. But, Sky Poker has always been about the quality of their punter rather than the quality, which gives the quieter tables more of a community feel as you often see similar faces each night.

The poker room can be accessed via a download version for PC and Mac or alter natively via their mobile Poker app, which can be accessed on all smartphone devices.  

The games on offer are fairly standard in that you get Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo for your cash games and tournaments, but also variations such as 6 max, heads up, pol limit, spin up and even televised games can be played via their inclusive Sky Poker TV channel. 

Useful Info
Banking
Currencies
Payment Methods
Min Deposits
  • Debit Card (£5)
  • Credit Card (£5)
  • PayPal (£5)
  • Neteller (£5)
  • Skrill (£5)
Customer Support
Telephone 03300 244 777 (8am - 10pm)
Email Via Web Form
Live Chat Via Website (24/7)
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About Sky Bet

Sky Bet has been around since 2000 in one form or another and since then have gone on to become a real powerhouse in the UK gambling industry. What makes the company fairly unique in this day and age is the fact that they only really cater for UK customers, with a couple of European countries thrown in for good measure. This works well for punters within the UK as they tend to like the more focussed betting options and promotions a company like Sky Bet tends to offer.

In 2014 it was announced that Sky were going to be selling a good chunk of the company to CVC Capital Partners. In fact, they sold 80% of their gaming platform to them in a deal worth £800million, whilst Sky still kept a 20% stokehold in or order to make sure things were still being run under the ‘Sky’ brand.

As a fairly standard progression, Sky introduced Sky Vegas in 2003, their online casino platform which has really gone from strength to strength in that time. They started with just 3 games at that time and now host hundreds, as you can read above. The poker room was also started around the same time, and in 2007 it really upped its game by adding a dedicated TV channel for the site, which still remains today.

The company, based in the UK are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.