1xBet is a young, ambitious Russian-born Sportsbook, licensed and regulated in Curacao and managed by Techinfusion Limited, Gibraltar. They have also been granted a reputable Alderney license as of October 2015.
The bookmaker is characterized by its fast growing reputation, high odds and wide complexity of betting options provided.
Website, bonus and promotions
The website is pretty well structured and the inspired full page layout provides the user easy access to the wide array of events and betting options on offer. There`s also a great graphic live platform. The only problem I found is that sometimes the language you choose switches back to Russian. It only happens on desktop though, as on mobile the website recognizes your own language itself. The design is a bit oldschool (which is usually the case with complex websites), but overall a very good website. There`s also a PC app available to make your experience even better.
There is no welcome bonus at 1xBet, which is obviously a downside, but there are a number of promotions trying to make up for it. You get a 100$ freebet if you lose more than 20 consecutive bets, which is nothing to shout about, but can work for punters that like to bet on very high odds or long accumulators. They also run regular “Cups” and promos giving out freebets for placing a number of bets, or betting every day for a certain period of time.
The most attractive promo is their Advancebet system. If you have unsettled bets and no money in the account, you can still place bets in advance and the stakes will be deducted when your earlier bets are settled. If all your earlier bets end up losing (leaving no amount to be deducted) the advance bet will be voided (even if it was won or lost). Example below:
Your account balance is $260. You have made the following bets:
$100 at odds of 1.5 — potential returns are $150.
$150 at odds of 2 — potential returns are $300.
Now your available balance is $10. 1xBet offers you an Advancebet in the amount of $100. Now you are able to place bets with the combined stake of up to $110.
Betting coverage, odds and limits
Market selection and odds represent 1xBet’s main quality and that is very important, as these are generally the most important things to look for in a bookmaker.
1xBet has a terrific betting coverage, with about 30 Sports regularly on offer and over 300 betting options on the biggest events, including some excellent asian handicapping. There’s great depth at competition level as well, with events ranging from the Belgian football youth league to Women’s ITF tennis events.
The prices are excellent an you will very often find the best odds in the industry on favorites. With a payout percentage of almost 96%, they are right there with the best in the business. Margins are tipically 1.90 – 1.90, which is average, but they can go higher on more important events.
Limits are about average. Like with most high-odds bookmakers you will have difficulties in placing massive bets, but you won`t be limited to ridiculous amounts. 1x Bet is maybe not for the highest of high rollers, but they are certainly taking big bets.
Mobile betting, live betting
Along with the previously mentioned PC app, 1xBet also provides apps for mobile – IOS and Android. The apps are fast, complex and include secure payment or betting history, but the most interesting feature is that you get enhanced odds on top events if you bet from the 1xBet app. The enhanced odds are marked with a yellow star.
Live betting is top notch. Firstly, there is live streaming available, which is a big plus. As this review is written on a Friday evening, there are over 100 live events available, with 37 of them being streamed live. And this is a slow day, because no top football is being played due to an International break. You will get well over 200 live events on a typical Friday evening. The top competitions get well over 300 betting options, with a wide array of handicaps or under overs, but there are plenty of betting options for lesser events as well. Live betting also has a nice design with a graphic representation of the pitch and stats.
Customer support, banking
Customer support has been 1xBet’s biggest problem in the past years. Lack of proper English assistance sometimes created some issues with players and delayed payments.
However, 1xBet has vastly improved this segment, they now have a fully reliable English language assistance, including live chat, which eliminated the sporadic issues with delayed payments. We received top class support from 1xBet, but we`ll keep in mind the former struggles in our ratings for this segment.
Update: After more interactions with 1x Bet I can say that customer support can still be a bit slow sometimes. English assistance is good, but you sometimes have to push to get a proper answer. We downgraded them from a 7 to a 5 in this department.
Banking options are a bit limited. While there`s a decent amount of deposit options (Cash Transfer, Credit Card, EasyPay, LiqPay, MoneXy, Qiwi, WebMoney, Yandex), lack of Skrill is a downside. Withdrawal options are worse, being limited to Cash Transfer, Credit Card, Qiwi, WebMoney and Yandex. The fact that they accept micro bitcoin is softening the downside a bit, but not enough to rate them above average in this category.
1xBet bookmaker review summary
With the wide range of betting options, high odds and top live betting platform, 1xBet is a surprisingly solid bookmaker, having virtually everything a punter needs to have both a great experience and profit. With better banking options and higher limits they would be better right there with the likes of Pinnacle – but as we know, you can only have 2 of the following 3 at the same time: wide betting coverage, top odds and top limits. 1xBet has the first two and needs to work on banking options.
Having upped their client assistance, it`s safe to say that 1xBet is of the very best emerging bookmakers out there. Given their fast and proven progress rate, they could very well become the best. 1xBet is definitely a bookmaker worth having an account at, even for the sole reason of having the option to often place your bet with the highest odds on the market.