Betway Casino has one of the cleanest, most intuitive layouts you’re likely to see online, and since 2006 has aimed itself not only at desktop players, but also at mobile and touchscreen devices too. The result is a sleek tile-based casino lobby with great extra features, like being able to add games to your favourites.
But you have to already be a member in order to even see this – as we’ll point out below, non-members just see snippets of information about very few of the big casino table games, meaning some of the best titles, promotions and general features of Betway are easy to miss unless you sign up.
One of the sweetest design features is the gift parcel that appears to the right of the screen when you have a bonus to claim – you should see this the first time you log in, as you’ll immediately qualify for the first deposit match if you’re ready to make a deposit. If not, just click ‘Claim later’ to hide the bonus window and it should collapse down to just a small square gift box icon.
For full details about the current bonuses, click the ‘Casino Bonus Terms’ link in the website footer – this will spell out the details of the first deposit match, and also any other offers that are currently running; for example, there will sometimes be terms and conditions for TV promotions you might have missed, giving you a chance to find out more about these and maybe claim a bonus you would otherwise have missed.
Visit the Betway Casino homepage as a non-member and you might think all it has to offer are a couple of Blackjack and Roulette rooms, but this is not the case – register an account and login, and you’ll unlock a lengthy list of casino and table games, card games, Live Casino rooms, slots and so on. It’s a fully fledged casino hiding behind a very plain-looking curtain, so even if you don’t end up playing, it’s worth registering a username for free just to see what’s actually available on the site.
Possibly the best feature is the ability to instantly add any game to your favourites, just by clicking the white star in the corner of its tile in the index listing – the star will turn gold, and the title will appear on your favourites bar at the bottom of the screen. It’s an ideal way to sort the wheat from the chaff, so that on your next visit, your chosen selection of only the best games is ready and waiting for you when you log in.
Unlike many other online casinos, there are a couple of ways to take a look at Betway’s live dealer rooms even without funding your account, so again, if you’ve never seen a Live Casino in action, it’s worth checking out this section. The obvious way is simply to open the interface and take a seat at a table; you won’t be able to bet unless you add some funds to your account, and you won’t be able to stay for long without placing a bet, but it’s a way to get a preview before deciding whether you want to play for real.
Alternatively, and almost uniquely, Betway offers a practice mode in its Live Casino section – look for the rather faint ‘Practice’ link on the index screen. Sadly during our visit, this wasn’t working, so it’s impossible to say whether it gives a realistic impression of what the live dealer rooms are like during real-money play, but it’s a step closer to a genuine preview than you’re likely to get anywhere else, and without occupying a seat at a real-money table for no reason.
Head to the Jackpots section for one of the cleanest index pages of big-money titles you’re likely to see at any online casino. All of Betway’s jackpot games are listed here in one place, with their title in plain text, the game’s logo as a graphic, and a live updated display of the latest prize pot available on each game.
Click almost anywhere on the game’s tile or text caption to immediately load that title and play for the jackpot – the only exception is the ‘favourite’ star in the top corner of each tile, which is present on this page just as it is throughout the site. Click this to add a big-money jackpot game to your favourites, making it easier to come back and play again, or to see if the prize has been won while you were away.
Betway’s website was registered in 2002, and its earliest current licence was granted in 2012, but it was in 2006 that the Betway betting network was officially launched, with the concept of being able to access its sportsbook, casino games and other forms of gambling whenever and wherever – including on mobile devices. Enter your mobile number when you register, and you’ll receive a welcome SMS with a link to claim bonus credit.
The exception to this, as usual, is Windows Phone, but Android and iOS users can download and install the Betway app for direct access to the site’s games and sports betting. On other mobile devices, the Betway website itself reverts to a mobile-friendly template – at least in theory – but you’ll have to check whether your specific device, mobile OS or web browser is compatible with this.