This is not the first time that we have reviewed a mobile casino from a brand that started out life as a sports betting company and then moved into casino gaming, and it is unlikely to be the last either. However, while the likes of Bet365 and Paddy Power had the benefit of being early starters and Ladbrokes and William Hill were established names with decades of experience, Betway has seemingly come out of nowhere to become what it is today. There is always a risk with casinos like this one that the gaming experience has simply been tacked on to the existing sports betting platform in order to offer an alternative opportunity to players and while that might well be the case here, we will be finding out for sure over the course of the full review below.
Betway’s mobile casino does indeed get off to a great start as far as we are concerned through the fact that it is fully licensed and legally able to operate in the UK. The main casino operation for players is licensed and regulated in Malta, which used to be enough for UK players, but now they match that up with full authorisation to operate from the UK Gambling Commission. It is fair to say that if anything went wrong, that would be the last body that you would want coming down on you and so we have every faith that this will serve to be the perfect place to play for players of all styles, at least in terms of safety and fairness.
Games and Software
As noted, Betway does not necessarily benefit from some of the factors that have allowed their closest competitors to become massive names and so they have had to do things slightly differently to the norm in order to become as big as they have. Generally speaking, we would assume that the best way to go would be to go with as many developers as possible for the biggest array of choice and variety – it worked for Leo Vegas after all! However, the brand has instead opted instead to place pretty much all of its faith in Microgaming. It makes a change from Playtech at least! Rather than going with Microgaming alone, Betway has instead opted for the Quickfire platform, so that does at least bring games from NextGen, Rabcat and a few other, smaller developers into the fray. However, there is no question that Microgaming is the main one here and players will probably already know what that means to them. There is Mega Moolah for jackpot hunters, Thunderstruck 2 for fans of the classics and new releases each and every month for players that fancy something fresh.
We were not actually sure whether to expect mobile live dealer action at this casino, as it is by no means a given at brands that rely so heavily on Microgaming software. Fortunately, those fears were put aside when we noticed that live roulette was one of the highest rated games at the casino, and it is joined by blackjack too. It also helps that Microgaming is behind the world’s biggest selection of virtual mobile table games, and they are all ready and waiting to be played here at this casino.
A Warm Mobile Welcome
Upon registration of a new account with Betway Mobile Casino, players are invited to immediately take advantage of the welcome package – and must do so within seven days of that account being created if they plan to do so at all! First up is a 100% match bonus on the first deposit, which can be worth up to £250, and this is then followed by another potential £250 on the second deposit, although this is only matched at a rate of 25%. Third and finally is a 50% match bonus of up to £500 so while you will need to be making pretty big deposits to get the most out of the package, the value is definitely there. We were not overly impressed by the fifty time turnover requirements on each bonus, especially when this only applies to the slots – blackjack players will need to turn the bonus funds over a massive 625 times to cash out, but players will be able to judge just whether the welcome bonuses are worthwhile here, as they are optional after all.
Perks of Playing There
The Microgaming selection on offer at Betway Mobile Casino is impressively large and solid, and the supporting cast could definitely be a lot worse. We think we may have been spoiled by the likes of Mr Green and Vera & John in expecting to see all of these games and many more in one place, but the fact remains that the numbers are a little on the low side. Indeed, one of the first considerations that players should make is whether they are Microgaming fans or not, as there are some glaring omissions at the casino. Plus points include the size of the bonus, the speed of the withdrawals and the availability of all major e-wallets in the banking area, including PayPal. There are no limits on withdrawals either, and they are processed relatively quickly. Overall, we consider the Betway mobile casino to perhaps be a tier below the very best that the industry has to offer on the back of the game selection, but it is still a solid, fair and safe choice that any Microgaming fans, especially those with a passion for sports betting, will enjoy.