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Sky Bet sister sites 2023
Sky Vegas isn’t the oldest of the Sky Bet sister sites. It is, however, the most famous. All of the Sky-branded betting sites have been advertised on television to a greater or lesser extent, but none of them have received more TV time than Sky Vegas. After being created as “Sky Bet Vegas” (literally a spin-off of the older Sky Bet brand) in 2003, Sky Vegas even briefly had its own television channel on the Sky satellite television network. It was channel number 864, to be precise, and went under the name of “Sky Vegas Live” before re-branding as “Sky Vegas” and then disappearing in 2011.
Sky Vegas had only three games to offer when it first launched; “Super Keno,” “Top Spin,” and “Juicy Jackpot.” It’s expanded considerably since then, but it still has a smaller portfolio of slots and casino games than, for example, Sky Casino. Despite that, it’s an iGaming site that still has plenty of strings to its bow, including a no-deposit welcome promotion of fifty free spins without any wagering requirement attached to them. The other Sky Bet sister sites can be generous to new players, but not that generous. As a casino of such high standing, Sky Vegas sometimes gets its hands on new releases before most online casinos do. Whenever that happens, you’ll see the temporarily-exclusive games listed front and centre on the Sky Vegas homepage with a “Play It Here First” label attached to them. If you want to know what’s new and exciting in the world of iGaming, Sky Vegas is a good place to look.
Sky Bingo isn’t one of the better-known Sky Bet sister sites, but it’s still considered one of the UK’s premier destinations for people who want to play online bingo. It’s not quite Mecca Bingo or Tombola Bingo – very few sites are or ever could be – but it’s up there. Sky Bingo is a little like Sky Vegas in that it doesn’t offer as wide or deep a portfolio as most of the other casinos and betting sites on the Flutter Entertainment or Bonne Terre platform, but it tries to maximise the value of the things that it’s good at to deliver value and entertainment to its players. Also, Sky Bingo isn’t quite as small as it used to be.
There was a time when the only entertainment you’d find at Sky Bingo was bingo, but the days of the Sky Bet singular sites having singular focuses appear to be over. In recent years, we’ve seen Sky Bingo introduce and then begin to expand “Sky Bingo Arcade.” While it promotes the contents of Sky Bingo Arcade as “arcade games,” they are, in fact, slots. That means there’s now a considerable amount of overlap between Sky Bingo, Sky Vegas, and Sky Casino. Quite why Flutter Entertainment felt like Sky Bingo needed slots bolting onto it is unknown, but the site is still most notable for its array of bingo games. There are big-name bingo games like Deal or No Deal Bingo here, as well as ubiquitous games like Cash Cubes, but there are also plenty of bingo rooms that are exclusive to Sky Bingo for those who want something a little more unique.
Of all the Sky Bet sister sites, Sky Casino is the most difficult one to make a business case for from an external point of view. Each of the other sites has a clearly defined purpose – even those like Sky Bingo, which have strayed from their purpose a little in recent times. Sky Poker’s purpose is self-evident. Sky Bet is a sports betting site. Sky Vegas is a slots and live casino website. What, then, is the point of Sky Casino? It doesn’t do anything that can’t be done within the confines of at least one of the other Sky Bet sister sites, and its comparatively low profile surely means it can’t be attracting anything like as many players as its bigger siblings
Looking at the drab homepage of Sky Casino, with its muted colour scheme, it’s almost as if the casino somehow knows that it’s the runt of the litter. It isn’t totally without selling points, though – there’s up to £60 on offer as a welcome promotion for new players and plenty of small daily rewards for people who play at Sky Casino regularly. The only question is how many people actually do play at Sky Casino regularly and why they continue to do so when it’s highly likely they could have a better experience at Sky Vegas while enjoying most (if not all) of the same games. Don’t get us wrong – everything at Sky Casino is laid out well, and the casino website is very easy to use – it’s just that there’s nothing here that we haven’t seen elsewhere on the platform.
Much like Sky Bingo, Sky Poker is an iGaming site that doesn’t need much of an introduction – it’s perfectly obvious what the purpose of Sky Poker is from the name alone. Of all the Sky Bet sister sites, this is the one that does best at sticking to its originally intended purpose. It’s the only one of the Bonne Terre Limited sites not to dilute its purpose by offering slots or any other casino games. It’s deadly serious about its chosen purpose, though, and despite its fairly basic appearance, it has far more depth than most poker sites you might be able to name. Play your cards right (literally) at Sky Poker, and you could find yourself whisked off to Las Vegas to play in real big-money tournaments.
The top prizes at Sky Poker are off-limits to all but the best of the best poker players, but you don’t have to be an expert to start playing at Sky Poker. The site also operates the fairly well-renowned Sky Poker Academy, which is designed to accommodate those who’ve always wanted to learn how to play the game but have never taken the time to find out how. Once players feel comfortable at the site, they can get involved in instant cash games tournaments and other side games while talking to their fellow players in the busy Sky Poker forums. On top of all this, the site offers an exclusive loyalty reward scheme which is entirely separate from the rewards schemes you might find at any of the other Sky Bet sister sites.
Sky Bet Information
|#No. of Sister Sites||9|
|Best Sister Sites||Sky Bingo, Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Casino|
|Owner/Operator||Bonne Terre Limited: Sky Betting & Gaming, 4 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP, United Kingdom|
|Sister sites status||8 Active, 0 White Labels and 1 Inactive sister sites. 9 total sister casinos.|
|UKGC Licence page||UKGC Licence: 38718|
|Sky Bet Facebook page|
Sky Bet operator – Bonne Terre Limited
Technically speaking, Sky Bet belongs to the Bonne Terre Limited platform. That’s the name that appears on the UK Gambling Commission licence that governs the operations of the site. The technical story sometimes isn’t the full story, though. Other people would tell you that Sky Bet belongs to Sky Betting and Gaming, but that doesn’t paint the full picture either. The truth is that the brand belongs to Flutter Entertainment, which is one of the world’s biggest iGaming companies. Flutter Entertainment is, in fact, a colossus of a company born from the merger of Paddy Power and Betfair in September 2015. Bringing together two bands of such enormous size and repute would be enough for most iGaming companies but not for Flutter. They wanted to carry on getting bigger – and so they did.
Having brought together Betfair and Paddy Power, the next thing Flutter Entertainment did was buy out Draft, a fantasy sports betting company, in 2017. FanDuel, which was one of the biggest fantasy sports companies in the USA, was acquired in May 2018. The formal adoption of Flutter Entertainment as a name came in March 2019 after a few years of trading as PPB Limited, after which the company paid £6bn to buy The Stars Group (including PokerStars and the entire Sky Betting and Gaming platform) in October 2019. Sisal Gaming, the largest iGaming company in Italy, was added to the portfolio in late 2021, and then the Tombola brand (famous for Tombola Arcade and Tombola Bingo) became the most recent piece of the puzzle in January 2022. The Dublin-based company enjoys revenue of £7.6bn per year and is based in Dublin. The Sky brands, for all their prestige, are just a fraction of what this truly massive company does.
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The layout of Sky Bet is, if we’re honest, a bit of a mess. It’s easy to see where the sportsbook is, but picking out one promotion from the next isn’t easy. Tiny promotional banners scroll past almost relentlessly, and there are buttons everywhere. It’s all a little overwhelming. That being said, we managed to locate the welcome promotion – it’s just that the welcome promotion we saw at Sky Bet might not be the same as the welcome promotion you see at Sky Bet. It’s listed as “today’s new customer offer,” which implies the bonus may get switched around regularly. For what it’s worth, the promotion at the time of our visit was £20 in free bets for all new players who join Sky Bet and make a £5 bet, regardless of whether the £5 bet wins or loses. The £20 is delivered as four free £5 bets, and stakes aren’t returned with winnings.
As we intimated in the above paragraph, there’s not exactly a shortage of promotions at Sky Bet – it may have more promotions than any other sports betting site available to players in the UK. The problem with them is that they’re largely tied to specific matches, events or fixtures. They’re literally here today and gone tomorrow. If you’re after permanent, long-term rewards from Sky Bet, you might want to join the Sky Bet Club. There aren’t any entry requirements – all you need to do is sign up to the club, and you’re in. From there, the weekly rewards you receive will depend on how much you bet per week. If you bet £20 or more per week on accumulators, you’ll get a weekly £5 free bet. If you pet £30 or more, you’ll get a £5 free bet plus an additional £6 free bet exclusively for racing. Rewards go up incrementally from there.
Top Games at Sky Bet
There are no “top games” at Sky Bet. This isn’t one of those sports betting sites that mess around by introducing slots or casino games – it’s as serious about sports betting as serious gets. The sportsbook is the star of the show, and football gets more focus than any of the other sports on Sky Bet’s distinctive yellow and blue homepage. Given the brand’s association with football broadcasting on the Sky TV network and its sponsorship of all the professional divisions in England save for the Premier League, that makes sense. Horse racing is also a key point of focus at Sky Bet, though – and don’t forget you can always tweet Sky Bet and ask for a bet to be built if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Customer Support and Licensing
Trying to get customer support from Sky Bet is an ordeal. Finding contact options is a long process which involves clicking help, wading through the FAQ, confirming you still want more help, confirming you want to contact the site, and then finally seeing the list. Telephone support will be offered if there’s someone there to take your call, but the other options are live chat or social media chat assistance via Facebook or Twitter. Sky Bet is covered by the UK Gambling Commission licence that Bonne Terre Limited holds under account number 38178. It’s not a clean licence, though; in February 2022, Bonne Terre Limited was forced to pay a fine of £1.17m after an investigation revealed evidence that the company had sent marketing material to self-excluded customers and contacted other customers without their express consent.
Withdrawal Speed and Support
We have bad news if you want to use an e-wallet to make deposits to or withdrawals from Sky Bet – you can’t do it. The site is stuck in the past, and only works with debit cards transactions. That means you’ll have to use Maestro, Visa or Mastercard to withdraw. Withdrawals are subject to a general turnaround time of between two and five working days, but you might be able to get hold of your money faster if your Mastercard or Visa debit card has been approved for Fast Withdrawals, in which case you can look forward to receiving the cash within four hours. It’s still surprising that the options at such a big-name site are so limited, though.
Final Thoughts on Sky Bet
Sky Bet is a behemoth. This is one of the biggest sports betting sites in the country, and some would say it’s the outright biggest. There certainly isn’t one with greater visibility thanks to its sports sponsorships and promotions on Sky Television. You’ll find sportsbooks just as big in other places, though, and although some people will enjoy the sheer number of bonuses available at Sky Bet, others might find them confusing. We’re not in love with having to go digging to find customer assistance, and the lack of flexibility and choice when it comes to withdrawals is a surprise. Sky Bet will continue to be a massive brand no matter what we say here, but it could do a lot better.
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Here are the thoughts of your fellow players about Sky Bet. The reviews are all real, but we’ve paraphrased them to keep them brief.
My horse won at 25/1 and Sky Bet instead paid out at 5/2 each way. What a disgrace. They won’t do anything about it either.Bully, April 10th 2023. Source – Trustpilot.
The cash-out option at this site is rigged. There’s no fair play at Sky Bet. Stephen, April 10th 2023. Source – Trustpilot.
The offers at Sky Bet are smokescreens. They offer extra places but don’t offer best price, so what happens if you’re not backing each way?Stephen, April 10th 2023. Source – Trustpilot.
Sky Bet doesn’t act on fraud. Someone accessed my account, added a new credit card to it, and placed bets. I had a hold placed on the account, but Sky Bet won’t do anything about removing the other credit card or giving me control of the account back. Find a better betting site to play at.Clive, April 10th 2023. Source – Trustpilot.
I placed an each-way bet on Koepke at the Masters. It was a winning bet, but Sky Bet backed out of paying me and said I’d bet on him to win. That’s not what I did. I’ve closed my account, and I’d warn you to be careful about trusting this company.Kenneth, April 10th 2023. Source – Trustpilot.