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It’s time to review one of the longest standing online gaming operators, Dafabet! I have been looking forward to a review of these guys for a long while now, as they have come with an excellent reputation but the majority of our reviews are for casino-first, U.S. facing sites. What you will find below is a comprehensive, honest review about one of Asia’s largest groups in the market.
As you will soon read, there are a lot more options available to you at Dafabet than other casinos we have reviewed for Legit Gambling Sites. As a result, this review will take a little different shape than you are probably used to by now. Don’t worry, all the pertinent information is in here, I promise!
Dafabet was founded in 2004 and is based in Manilla in the Phillippines. They are fully licensed by the jurisdiction of the Philippines. However, their corporate ownership is listed as Bayview Technologies, who have an address in the British Virgin Islands. The backers of this brand are clearly deep-pocketed, and Dafabet has grown to become one of the largest online gambling operations not only in Asia but around the world.
While Dafabet is primarily an Asian-facing casino, it is clear that they are aggressively on the hunt for international traffic. This can best be exemplified by the amount of money the organization spends on sponsorships of major British soccer teams. You can find the Dafabet logo prominently displayed on the jerseys of Celtic FC, Sunderland FC, Burnlea FC and Blackburn Rovers FC. Those sponsorships don’t come cheap and are usually reserved for the titans of the industry.
Who Can Play at Dafabet
As we mentioned, Dafabet is primarily an Asian-facing casino, as is evident in the look and feel of their website and lobby pages. That being said, the casino does accept players from across the globe, featuring play in over 20 different currencies to suit their players’ desires. There are some restrictions on who can wager at Dafabet; these guidelines usually come from licensing regulations or from software suppliers themselves. As per the Dafabet Terms and Conditions, here is a list of the countries that are currently restricted from playing their games:
- Hong Kong S.A.R.
- Macau S.A.R.
- USA or its territories
- United Kingdom
- Republic of the Philippines
You might be surprised to see countries like the UK and Ireland listed here given Dafabet’s current expenditure sponsoring football clubs in those locations. What you may not know is that these two soccer leagues have a tremendous global, specifically Asian, following so paying to sponsor those teams is still worth the price. As always, these restrictions can change at any time, so it is a good idea to check the Dafabet website before you attempt to open an account.
The Good Stuff
Holy crap! If you are a Jackpot junkie like I am, then I promise you that Dafabet is the place for you! Dafabet offers no less than $65,000,000 in live jackpots (at the time of this review) across dozens of slot games and table games. This is the largest pool of progressive games of any casino I have ever reviewed. I am curious if that is because no one ever wins these jackpots, but to be honest, you would be a fool not to give a few of the games a shot.
The way the jackpot information is what I really like about Dafabet’s roster of games. Let’s take one game as an example. Their slot machine Jackpot Giant has a current progressive of almost 7.5 million dollars. If you click on the game in the Jackpot tab of the lobby, a pop-up window with a graph showing the rolling jackpot total comes onto your screen. There, you can see if there have been any wins recently, and how quickly the game is being contributed to in recent days. This information is crucial to those players who are trying to time a potential jackpot bursting. I encourage all of you to jump in on this game in particular; I have a feeling it won’t make it to 8 million before paying someone off!
Mobile App Available
It seems like we are ditching our laptops more and more these days. This isn’t surprising; our mobile devices have almost the same computing power, and with cloud storage now the norm, lugging around a 10-pound paperweight doesn’t make sense for many days.
Online gamblers also love to make bets via their phones, but even the best-optimized mobile web pages can feature some lag, which can be deadly for sports bettors looking for an edge. Dafabet is on the forefront of mobile gaming technology by offering an app for their site which can be downloaded for most Android and iOS devices. Their app allows you to play all their games including casino and poker, and the look and feel of the screens are excellent.
Bear in mind that while we in the online gambling space have always been quite progressive, the mobile operators have taken their time to catch up to what we are offering. For legal reasons, many countries are restricted from downloading the Dafabet mobile app. For those of you facing that reality, you can still have an excellent experience via their mobile browser pages. If you have the chance, you will not be disappointed by downloading the Dafabet app.
The Bad Stuff
Bonus amounts not listed in multiple currencies
I know, this may seem like a small thing to pick on, but if Dafabet is indeed trying to attract a more global audience, then they need to fix this part of their promotions. All of the promotions are listed in Malaysian Ringgit (at least they are for me when I look at the site from Canada). This is regardless of the fact that I am reading the rest of the site in English. For someone who may be new to promotions in an online casino, this can be very confusing. Having to go online to find out the conversion rate (it’s currently 0.23 USD for 1 RM) adds to the process, and I was not impressed that this conversion wasn’t already built into the text of every promotion.
Weak Welcome Bonus
The folks at Dafabet are apparently looking for action from players who don’t want just to abuse them for a first deposit bonus and then leave. As a result, the Welcome Bonus is nothing particularly exciting; it’s a match bonus up to $150 dollars (approximate amount based on exchange rates). There are restrictions on how you can earn the bonus depending on if you are playing sports or in the casino, but Dafabet is spending more of its time and marketing effort on their jackpots and their ongoing promotions.
Dafabet is first and foremost a sports betting site. This can be seen as soon as you get to their homepage, as sports logos and information are placed in prime locations. The Dafabet Sportsbook runs the iCore platform from Comtrade Gaming. This is a very robust platform that can support a significant number of betting options and sports. I was very pleased with the speed of this platform when searching for different bets.
Types of Sports Available
There is no shortage of sports that you can bet on at Dafabet. In fact, the sheer number of leagues and games available at any given time can be overwhelming. I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable sports gambler, but even I was amazed at what leagues for which Dafabet was providing lines and bets.
Here’s just a small sample of what you can bet on at Dafabet Sportsbook:
- UEFA Champions League
- English Premier League
- German Bundesliga
- Spanish Primera Liga
- Italian Serie A
- French Ligue I
- Holland Eredivisie
- Belgium Jumpiler Pro League
- Scottish Premier League
- Portuguese Superliga
Those are just some of the MAJOR soccer leagues where they take action. Dafabet also takes bets on several Asian and African soccer leagues, drilling down into the 3rd and 4th divisions where applicable. Don’t worry, Dafabet also takes action on other sports, including
- Field Hockey
- Auto Racing
Livestream and In-Game Betting
For those of you who want more action than just betting on the outcome of the game before it starts, Dafabet has you hooked up! They offer live streaming of many major (and minor) sporting events, and along with that something they call SpeedBets. Essentially this is in-game betting, where you can bet on the next play, next scorer, etc. What’s fun about this (and addictive) is that you can make in-match wagers on individual tennis points (I love tennis). Think about how many points are played in a match at the French Open! So. Many. Bets. Now, for me, this is an excellent way to be interactive in a game with a series of micro-bets, and I am hopeful that this becomes more popular with North American sportsbooks in the coming years.
Esports and Numbers Games
Haven’t had your fill of gambling after wading through all your options in the actual sporting world? No worries, Dafabet is all set up for your virtual wagering needs as well! The site offers a comprehensive eSports betting platform, and with Twitch feeds built right into their betting pages, you can jump right into the world of betting on people playing video games! The eSPorts world (and the betting on it) is huge in Asia right now, so it isn’t surprising to see a dozen or more live feeds with tens of thousands of viewers.
Now, if you are a real betting junkie, then the Dafabet Numbers Games are for you. If you aren’t familiar with Number Games, it is very similar to Bingo in that there are 75 numbers, but imagine if you could bet on those numbers as you do in roulette? The betting patterns are very similar, and there are odds on individual numbers, combinations of numbers or high/low. Not only that, there are literally hundreds of concurrent games, so if you are looking for patterns or favorite numbers that haven’t hit, you can do all the research you want. Numbers Games are immensely popular in the Asian betting market, and Dafabet has the perfect offering for veterans or novices alike.
Dafabet has tailored their promotions to be unique to the game you are playing, which makes sense given how different the wagering requirements are for each vertical. For the sportsbook, Dafabet offers several options for bonuses and cashback, drilling down into individual sports in an attempt to drive business from across the globe. Let’s look at a couple of their current promotions:
Mix Parlay Rebate
This is a cashback promotion for people making parlay bets across different sports. Dafabet is counting on bettors not knowing as much about one sport over another, and that is why this promotion is based on a multi-sport bet. Here are the details from the website:
Unlimited Rebates on all of your Mix Parlay bets, winning or losing! The more Mix Parlay bets you place, the higher rebate bonus you will receive.
How To Qualify?
Bet at least RM10 on Mix Parlay of odds of a least 1.2/ to qualify for the Unlimited Parlay Rebate. There must at least be 2 selections on the mixed parlay bet to be qualified.
Qualified players shall get 2.5% Rebate of their Mix Parlay bet.
The bonus for qualified players shall be credited to their account within 24 hours after their bet has been settled.
Of course, there are some conditions to be eligible for this bonus, but at least they are up front about them and post the rules right on the promotion page.
This is a nice little bonus for players who like to make consistent bets across the month. Essentially a loyalty bonus, here is how the Frequency Bonus works:
Monthly targets: RM550 in Deposits, and RM1000 in turnover.
Rewards increase for the number of consecutive months the targets are met:
- 2 mos RM30
- 3 mos RM60
- 6 mos RM80
- 9 mos RM100
- 12 mos RM150
An excellent simple promotion to reward players who are frequent visitors to the Dafabet site.
Dafabet has a VIP Program for its sports bettors called Dafabet FC. The terms of this program are pretty straightforward: once you register for the program (yes, you need to opt-in for this) you are able to receive automatic cashback each week, as well as special birthday bonuses, anniversary bonuses and weekly reload bonuses.
While Dafabet is very sports-focused, that doesn’t mean they haven’t spent time and effort to bring you the best in online casino offerings as well. Dafabet has chosen industry giants Playtech for their casino platform, and this means only the best games to choose from. Anytime I see a casino operating on the Playtech platform, I know that they are trustworthy as the folks at Playtech don’t take on anyone who hasn’t passed some level of due diligence. Also, the games don’t come cheap, so any operator needs to have deep pockets just to acquire the Playtech license. Playtech has an extensive list of titles including amazing content which is sure to please our readers. Let’s have a look at the casino offering.
We have already covered the fact that Dafabet offers the largest progressive slots games in the online casino industry today, with millions of bonus money available to be won. The full lineup of slots from Playtech is impressive. Here are some of the more popular slots titles at Dafabet:
- A Night Out
- Bai Shi
- Beach Life
- Buffalo Blitz
- Captain’s Treasure
- Desert Treasure
- Fei Long Zai Tian
- Fields of Fortune
- Fortunes of the Fox
- Funky Monkey
- Gold Rally
- Golden Tour
- Great Blue
- Halloween Fortune II
- Highway Kings
- Hot Gems
- Jade Emperor
- Jin Qian Wa
- Jurassic Island
- Lie Yan Zuan Shi
- Magical Stacks
- Monty Python’s Spamalot
- Mr. Cashback
- Nian Nian You Yu
- Nian Nian You Yu
- Queen of Wands
- Safari Heat
- Santa Surprise
- Secrets of the Amazon
Dafabet is a great spot to find video poker games. While they don’t have all the available variants, the 8 video poker games available for play all feature multi-hand options which expands the quality and quantity of hands a player can bet on. Here’s a breakdown of the video poker variants at Dafabet:
- 2 Ways Royal
- Jacks or Better
- All American
- Aces and Faces
- Pick ‘Em Poker
- Deuces Wild
- Jokers Poker
- Tens Or Better
- Mega Jacks
Table Games and Specialty Games
Dafabet offers its players a wide range of Table Games and Specialty Games. As can be expected from the Playtech software, each of these games is robust in nature and features excellent graphics and gameplay. Here’s a list of the available games in the Dafabet Table Games lobby:
- Mega Ball
- Penalty Shootout
- Poker Three
- Rock Paper Scissors
- Roller Coaster Dice
- Tequila Poker
- Wild Viking
- Blackjack Surrender
- American Blackjack
- Perfect Blackjack
- Blackjack Pro
- Double Attack Blackjack
- Lucky Blackjack
- Casino Reels
- Final Score
- Genie’s Hi Lo
- Wheel of Light
- Casino War
- Red Dog
- Pai Gow Poker
- Single Deck Blackjack
- Caribbean Poker
- Sic Bo
- Around the World
- Blackjack Switch
- Bonus Bowling
- Casino Hold ‘Em
- Derby Day Horse Racing
- Dice Twister
- Heads or Tails
- Jackpot Darts
- Let Them Ride
The Dafabet Casino has its own set of promotions tailored to drive play to their table games and slots. While there aren’t currently too many ongoing promotions, one nice differentiator for the casino is their welcome bonus for players, in which they offer a 100% cashback offer up to RM1500 for either slots players or table games players. The terms of the promotion aren’t the clearest, but here they are directly from the Dafabet website:
- All new sign up players will automatically join the Cash Back Club. This means, all players could get Cash Back Club benefits.
- If player wants to get 100% Cash Back Club First Deposit Bonus up to RM688, player should have RM as the preferred currency and should have a one-time first deposit of at least RM50.
- If player wants to get 100% Slots Club First Deposit Bonus up to RM1,500, player needs to contact Dafabet Casino Customer Representatives before making a first deposit or before playing the first game.
- To qualify for this bonus, player must make a one-time first deposit of at least RM40.
The Dafabet Casino VIP Program is more detailed than their Sportsbook version. This platform is split into two categories, Cashback Club and Slots Club. Each club has different levels within it, and crossing each level brings players an improved set of rewards. Primarily, the incentives in each level are built upon the rate of conversion of points to currency, and the amount of cashback that is given back to players.
What I like about this program aside from its simplicity is that it is clearly split between those who like to play table games and the slots enthusiasts. Many times when the two are mixed, it can water down a VIP Program, but Dafabet obviously knew this when they came up with their rewards programs.
Dafabet Live Dealer Casino
I like that Dafabet makes their live dealer casino offering feel like a different casino altogether from their traditional online game offering. Even the colors on the web pages are different, giving it the illusion of being its own entity.
The Dafabet live dealer casino is split into three separate rooms, the Diamond Club, The Topaz Club and The Black Pearl Club. Each room has a slightly different look to it, and there are some differences in the types of games offered as well. Dafabet is using three different platforms; Asia Gaming, Allbet, and Deluxe Bet for these three rooms.
The majority of the tables at the live dealer casinos of Dafabet are Baccarat tables, which is not at all surprising considering the Asian-focused nature of the brand. You can, however, find blackjack, Sic-Bo, Roulette and a couple other titles at the different rooms. I love the look and feel of their live dealer offering, and I am sure you will as well.
Continuing with the theme of different promotions for each facet of their online gaming offering, Dafabet has some tailored offers for their live dealer players. We are going to focus on one of these contests, the D Masters.
The D Masters is a promotion that is unique in that there is an individual component as well as a pooled goal for all Dafabet live dealer players. For the pooled portion of the promotion, if all live dealer players play a combined 1,000,000 hands in the time period allotted (in this case one month) then every player is in the running for a series of prizes to be awarded to the group in a random draw. I really like this promotion as it doesn’t require me to be one of the leaders of the promotion to get a chance to win a nice bonus.
Separately to the group promotion, there is an individual component the D Masters. This is a more traditional leaderboard promotion, with the end result being a live dealer tournament featuring thousands of dollars in prizes for the winners.
You can find all the additional live dealer offers by clicking on the promotions tab of the live casino page at Dafabet.
Dafabet also offers a robust poker offering to its players via the Playtech iPoker software. This software is a downloadable client that offers you all the best cash games and tournaments that are available on the iPoker network. Being part of a pooled network of other Playtech licensees also allows for larger prize pools. The more liquidity a site has, the more it can offer in the way of promotions as well.
The Dafabet Poker platform is also available on mobile devices, although the game will not be as fast via mobile as it will in the downloadable client. Also, if you are the type of player that likes to multi-table when playing poker, you will have to do so from your PC as the mobile platform does not currently support that behavior.
Dafabet is offering several standard types of poker promotions to their players, which is something I like to see. One thing I noticed is that some of the poker promotions may be tied to the network rather than being localized, as these are the only offers on their entire site that are listed in USD. That is the standard currency for most poker sites, so when looking at their promotions, it is important to take into consideration that you may be up against a larger pool of competitors who are all looking to take home the prize! Let’s look at a couple of promotions we like:
Everyone likes getting something for free, and this applies in particular to the poker community. Dafabet is offering freerolls of all kinds to their players, from micro events that pay out $5 in prizes to a monthly depositor freeroll that has a prize pool of thousands of dollars. These types of tournaments are an excellent way to build a bankroll without having to take any risk, so you should be playing in as many of these tournaments as you can when you register your account at Dafabet.
High Hand Bonus
Every day at Dafabet, the High Hand of the day is rewarded with a cash prize of up to $500. Here are the details of what you could win if your hand is the highest of the day!
Win any real-money ring game with the best hand of the day, and you could win up to $500 cash! Only hands of J,J,J,J or above qualify and both pocket cards must be used. Three or more players must get cards for the hand to qualify, and the hand must not be folded. This bonus is only available in Texas Holdem, non-tournament play.
To receive this bonus, you must provide your nickname and game code to our Online Customer Support or send an email to [email protected] within 24 hours.
Here are the prizes for your best winning hands:
A site as prestigious as Dafabet is certainly going to have nothing but the best payment methods available for their players. Dafabet has been in business for over a decade, meaning it has had the time to build long-standing relationships with payment processors from around the globe. The end result for you is that there is not going to be any issue making deposits and withdrawals from them.
There is a whole host of Asia-local payment options, and for a full list of those, you should refer to the Dafabet website. Here is a list of the standard methods; as always, some methods may not be available in your location.
- Wire Transfer
I will admit I was a bit concerned about the level of customer service I was going to receive from Dafabet as an English-speaking player living in North America. As always, I like to give a casino’s Live Chat feature a quick test when I get to a site, asking some simple questions about opening an account and the Welcome Bonus to evaluate the responses and speed.
I am happy to report that when I contacted Dafabet’s customer service, I was given the option of what language I wanted to receive my service, and the agent seemed to have a full understanding of my questions as well as very prompt response to them. On top of that, it took less than two minutes to connect to the agent, which is very fast compared to some casinos I have reviewed in the past.
Dafabet also offers their players customer service via email and 24/7 toll-free telephone in several languages. In my opinion, they are set up to provide you with the best customer service which in turn should keep you around longer as a player.
Would I Play at Dafabet?
There is no question that after a detailed review of everything that Dafabet has to offer its customers, I would highly recommend playing at this casino. The game offerings from Playtech are top-notch, and the customer service is quick and reliable. Furthermore, the company has been in business for over a decade and has an excellent reputation when it comes to security. While I don’t necessarily love the soccer teams that they have chosen to sponsor (go Tottenham!) I will give them credit for spending the kind of money it takes to achieve that level of exposure.
Go check out Dafabet…but don’t blame me if you find yourself betting on individual points of a first round French Open match!
This review was made by: LegitGamblingSites.com Rating: 4.2 out of 5