Should You Stay or Jet Away?
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See what I did there? I know you did! BetNow.eu is the gambling site I’m going to be zeroing in on and evaluating today, and if you’re new to LegitGamblingSites.com, I’d like to welcome you aboard.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I leave no stone unturned, and no punches are pulled in my reviews. Just like in sports, the competition is fierce when it comes to online gambling sites, and I don’t see the need to give a site a gold medal or even a silver or bronze one when there are so many other world-beating sites I reward instead.
I can tell you right up front that I like the look of BetNow.eu, but it takes a lot more than a slick design to win me over. I’ve encountered many sites before which initially impressed me but which went downhill fast when I looked beneath the surface. Let’s see if this is another.
By the time the final whistle blows on this review, I’ll have turned this site upside down and inside out to find out what it’s all about.
So, does BetNow.eu make the LGS approved sites squad, or is it destined to sit on the bench and never taste glory? Let’s find out.
Is BetNow.eu Legit?
Yes, BetNow.eu is a legit gambling site. My evidence to support this claim is as follows:
- It has a license from the jurisdiction of Curacao. I know, I know, this isn’t the gold standard of online gambling licenses, but the authorities in Curacao don’t tolerate outright scams, either. They have shut down more than one gambling site before today
- It operates on a secure SSL-encrypted connection. Your data will be safe from snoops here
- The bonus terms and conditions are fair and easy to understand. They aren’t hidden in layers upon layers of legal jargon, and the rollover and playthrough requirements are reasonable
I always do background research on the operators behind the gambling sites I review. By analyzing them and their track records, I often find out things which are important and which I otherwise would have overlooked. Here’s what I could find out about BetNow.eu.
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I have to admit I had to do quite a bit of digging to find the information above. That isn’t super reassuring, but it’s not the worst thing in the world, either. Perhaps these guys just want to maintain their privacy. If that’s the case, I do have to ask why, though.
As far as the site itself goes, I like the design and color scheme. The black and orange combo is easy on the eye, and the site is easy enough to use and understand, even if there are a few bugs here and there which need to be ironed out for a better user experience.
Who Can and Can’t Play at BetNow?
There are no restricted territories at BetNow.eu, so you can play here wherever you are from. Yes, that includes the USA.
However, the terms and conditions make it clear that you won’t be able to play here if betting is strictly illegal in your country.
The Good Stuff
There are lots of things I like about BetNow.eu. These are its best parts, in my view.
US Gamblers Accepted
If you’re from the good old U.S. of A, you’ll be glad to know that the doors are open at BetNow.eu. While many online gambling sites have banned US players, this one hasn’t. You’ll have access to the sportsbook, racebook, and the casino.
Superior Mobile Site
I believe the mobile version of this site is several orders of magnitude better than the desktop site. It’s fast, there are no bugs or errors, and you can access it on any device straight from your browser.
I rarely say this, but I would recommend playing on your mobile device even if you don’t normally do so. It’s just a better overall experience. The mobile site is world-class.
If you’re tired of those extra fees on your credit and debit cards and slow withdrawal times, you’ll be glad to know that BetNow.eu accepts Bitcoin.
This also comes in handy if you’re from a region where banks block gambling-related transactions or take extra fees on them.
The Bad Stuff
Every gambling site has its drawbacks. Any review telling you otherwise is lying. Here are the things you want to watch out for at BetNow.eu.
If casino games are your primary concern, you might be better off elsewhere. The operators have pumped most of their efforts into creating a sportsbook first and foremost. While the BetNow.eu casino isn’t terrible, it isn’t great, either.
I came across a couple of bugs in the navigation of the BetNow.eu site. For example, when I clicked the logo on the desktop site, which I assumed would take me to the homepage, I was logged out every time. These little things add up and can take away from the overall enjoyment of the experience, can’t they?
As I explain later in the review, the mobile site is much better in this regard and has none of these little bugs and errors. I’d recommend playing on it if you can.
As an avid video poker and slots player, I always particularly enjoy reviewing the casino side of online gambling sites since I get to check out the games I love to play. However, I have to say this at the outset – it’s obvious that BetNow.eu is a sports betting site first and a casino second.
I’m not saying the casino games are bad or that the selection is terrible. I am saying that it’s basic as compared to many other online casinos and that the game selections aren’t what you might be used to if you play at top US-friendly casino sites regularly.
Nonetheless, I never judge a book by its cover, so I brewed myself a fresh cup of Arabica coffee and set about examining the BetNow.eu casino. The following section is a summary of what I found.
This is one of the few sites I have reviewed where I literally could not find out what software providers it is working with.
Usually, you can see the game software provider when the game loads, but that’s not the case here. On top of this, I’d never heard of the games available, so I wasn’t able to find out through independent research. Finally, when I asked the customer service agent, she gave me evasive answers, kept responding with annoying offers which had nothing to do with the question, and when pressed, directed me to email someone for an answer.
This is poor form from BetNow.eu. How am I supposed to determine if the games are legit and fair if I can’t even find out which company powers them?
If you like to spin the reels, you’ll have the chance to do so here. You won’t be blown away by the selection, but it’ll do okay for casual players. You can play:
- Knight (progressive)
- Pyramid (progressive)
- Fire House
- Lucky 7
- Old West
- Venice (progressive)
- Deep Space(progressive)
- Gold American
- Scuba View
- Dog Father
- High Speed
- Lucky Bullseye
- Millionaire’s Dream
- Halloween Howls
- Part in Wonderland
- Beach Party
- Rock and Roll (progressive)
There are 45 slot games available in total, which you probably don’t need me to tell you isn’t the largest selection on the web. The games are basic and aren’t what I would call world-class, but they’ll do for a few spins if you just want to kill some time and potentially win some extra cash.
You can’t play the games in demo mode, but you can load them and view the paytables and themes. They’re professionally designed, and they run nicely, but I just wish there were more of them.
I’ve made it clear in most of my casino reviews that I’m a video poker enthusiast. As a result, it takes a lot to impress me. I wouldn’t say I’m blown away by the selection or quality on offer at BetNow.eu, but I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed, either.
You’ll have the following choices when it comes to video poker:
- 2 Ways Royal
- All American
- Aces & Eights
- Deuces Wild
- Jacks or Better
- Joker Poker
- Tens or Better
This is the total number of games offered, although there are some multi-line versions of these base games. Again, you can load them, but you can’t play them for free. They’re fine games with sharp enough graphics, and they’re professionally put together, as you’ll see if you check them out.
Bet limits start at $0.05 and climb as high as $25 per hand. That’s great as it allows both budget-conscious and free-spending players to get in on the action.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the sort of player who still enjoys playing digital game variants. Live dealer games are all the rage, but I’m old-school. I grew up on digital games, and while I’m warming up to the live dealer versions, I still prefer man vs. machine.
If you feel the same way, you’ll be able to play the following table and card games at BetNow.eu:
- American Roulette
- French Roulette
- European Roulette
- Single-Hand Blackjack
- Multi-Hand Blackjack
- Hoo Hey How
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Pai Gow Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Red Dog Poker
- Sic Bo
- Casino War
- Let ‘Em Ride
- Trente Quarante
As you can see, you won’t be playing every exotic variant of casino table and card game here, but all of the most important games are covered. As with the other games, you can view these games for free, but you can’t play them. There are no “demo credits” or other such things available here.
I like that these games offer different “bands” when it comes to betting limits. You can bet between $1-$50 if you want to keep it sensible, $5-$100 if you have a bigger bankroll, and $10-$500 if you consider yourself a high-roller out to win some serious moolah.
You’ll be able to play live games in the BetNow.eu live casino. I like that there are different tables for different limits, meaning you can pick betting ranges you’re comfortable with. I’ve listed some minimum and maximum bets beside the games below.
- Baccarat ($5-$1,000)
- Blackjack ($10-$5,000)
- Roulette ($1-$1,000)
- Super 6 ($5-$1,000)
To explain more about the different betting limit bands, let’s take the example of roulette. There are three different tables from low stakes to medium stakes to high stakes. The betting limits are as follows:
- Low Stakes – $1-$100
- Medium Stakes – $5-$500
- High Stakes – $5-$1,000
As you can see, these different table limits allow you to pick betting limits within your comfort zone. They also reduce the possibility of getting carried away and placing a much larger bet than you should since you would have to change tables to do so.
The live dealer games are high-quality, they’re run professionally, and they’re available on mobile devices. You can play with both female and male dealers.
There are a few variants of keno and several digital scratch-offs if you want to switch off and have some mindless fun for a while.
My Favorite Find at BetNow.eu
Since the slots aren’t up to much, I’d have to say my favorite find at BetNow.eu was Jacks or Better video poker. I’m not going to say these are the best video poker games I’ve ever encountered, but I particularly enjoy this game, and I feel the video poker games are some of the best this casino has to offer.
Everything played smoothly, I didn’t experience any jumps or freezes, and I won several hands in a row right off the bat, which always makes a game more enjoyable!
This isn’t the most comprehensive sportsbook we’ve ever seen, but it does offer action on all of the “major” sports. These include:
As you can see, the sports BetNow.eu offers action on are aimed mostly at the North American market.
Don’t be put off by the disorganized navigation you’ll find when you land, which is like a spaghetti junction. For some odd reason, BetNow.eu has decided to list almost every league and event in every sport it offers action on the right in the sidebar.
However, when you log in, the navigation is much better. That’s an odd choice on the part of BetNow.eu since logic would tell you that potential new customers won’t want to see something off-putting first, but perhaps it’s a strategy to pleasantly surprise you? I don’t know, but I thought I would mention it.
Once you log in, you’ll see the various sports you can bet on in a logical drop-down menu on the left-hand side. This makes much more sense and makes site navigation a much easier task.
You can then view the available lines for the sport you’re interested in and can use the one-click “Add Picks to Ticket” button to add them to your bet slip.
There’s still one more step to go, though, before your bets are live – you’ll have to enter how much you want to bet and click “Save.” Again, I would have thought “Bet Now” or something similar would make more sense, but this is a minor point in the grand scheme of things.
I like that you can view odds in American, decimal, and fractional styles. While this sportsbook is definitely catering to North American punters first and foremost, as stated above, this means that players from all of the other countries BetNow.eu accepts can view odds in their preferred way.
On the whole, I feel the BetNow.eu sportsbook is well-organized and easy to use. Something has to be done about that sidebar before you log in, though. That would honestly put me off betting here if I wasn’t determined to sign up anyway so as to conduct a thorough review.
In-play betting is also available here. I’ve written a subsection about it just a little bit down the page.
You can also view your pending bets, daily figures, and graded wagers. These are all the little extra things which count and which make this sportsbook better than some of its competitors.
BetNow.eu does offer mobile betting, and I would argue that the mobile site is far superior to the desktop site. It seems much simpler, it’s easier to navigate, and it doesn’t have some of the little bugs and errors the desktop site has.
You’ll have access to sports betting, live betting, the racebook, and the casino on your mobile phone or tablet. That’s a breath of fresh air as many mobile gambling sites are quite restrictive as compared to their desktop versions.
There isn’t a BetNow.eu app, but since you can play straight on your browser from any Android, iOS, or another device, that doesn’t matter too much. In fact, on a personal note, I rarely download apps anyway – I have quite enough of them already! How about you?
It’s good to see esports in the mix at BetNow.eu – this is often overlooked, but most gambling sites are catching on and realizing this is where the action and growth are right now. Clearly, BetNow.eu is on the ball in this regard.
You can bet on Dota 2, Hearthstone, King of Glory, and Counter-Strike here.
We found lines on events taking place in the Dream League, the ESL ANZ Championship, the Alienware Liga Pro, and the Global Games, among other leagues and tournaments.
Obviously, which tournaments and events you can bet on depends on the annual esports calendar.
I mentioned above that live betting is offered at BetNow.eu. I’ll explain what’s available in a little more detail here.
First, it’s important to note that the live betting section is separate from the regular sportsbook. Navigate back up to the main “Sportsbook” tab and hover over it to find the “In-Play Betting” section.
As far as betting action goes, you can place in-play bets on football, baseball, and soccer here. That’s not every sport, but hey, it’s something.
You can bet on lots of soccer outcomes such as total scores, whether or not both teams will score, which team will score last, whether or not one team will score, and the score in each half. This isn’t as robust as some other US-friendly sportsbooks we’ve reviewed, but it’s at least something to wet the whistle, so to speak.
If you’re interested in seeing what the upcoming opportunities are, BetNow.eu offers a weekly calendar. Just click on the day of the week, and you’ll see what you can bet on that day.
One cool feature I like is the “rule book” section. This allows you to read up on the rules of the sports you can bet on here. If you’re unsure, just look it up. For example, many American bettors are confused by the offside rule in soccer, and it’s explained right there in the BetNow.eu rule book section.
Again, you can view the odds in American, decimal, or fractional formats. You can also view the site in either English or Spanish. I’m a little confused as to why this translation option only applies to the live betting section. It seems like something that would add to the site as a whole.
The betting limits here should suit every type of sports bettor regardless of bankroll. You can start betting from as little as $1 on most sports, but the upper limits depend on what you’re betting on. For example, if you place a side wager on an NFL game on Monday, the upper limit is $1,000. If you do so on game day, the upper limit is $10,000.
BetNow.eu has a table detailing wager limits on most sports and bet types. I suggest checking that out for further information.
Give me 10 seconds on the “promotions” page of an online gambling site, and I’ll tell you whether you’re dealing with a serious, experienced operator or a rookie startup site.
Give me another five minutes, and I’ll tell you if it’s an honest site or is run by swindlers ready to rip your eyes out of your head for a profit.
This ability to discern legit sites from rogue ones has come through hard-won experience and not some special ability I was born with. However, it definitely comes in handy, and I can tell you that BetNow.eu knows what it’s doing when it comes to bonuses and promotions.
How so? It’s managed to strike just the right balance between generous welcome offers and the sort of promos and deals that will keep you happy for the long run. As you’ll see, there are both deposit bonuses and weekly rebates, and the offers apply to all areas of the site – the sportsbook, the racebook, and the casino.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer and some of the small print surrounding it. It’s always important to do that before diving in.
Sports Welcome Bonus
If you’re interested in betting on sports, you can get more bang for your buck by claiming one of the sports betting bonuses available. There are three options, as follows:
- A 100% bonus up to $500. The rollover requirements are 15x. Use the bonus code BN100 to claim it
- A 50% bonus up to $1,000. The rollover requirements are 8x. Use the bonus code BN50 to get it
- A 25% bonus up to $1,000. The rollover requirements are 3x. Use the bonus code BN25 to activate it
No matter which bonus you claim, you’ll need to deposit at least $50 to be eligible.
Casino Welcome Bonus
Casino players only have one bonus option, but the upside is that it can be claimed three times. That’s a welcome bonus and two reload bonuses in all. You can get:
- A 50% deposit bonus up to the value of $1,000. The rollover requirements are 30x. You’ll have to use the bonus code BNCASINO to trigger it
You’ll be able to claim this bonus on your first three deposits, and at each stage, the minimum deposit is $50.
As a regular casino player, you’ll be able to claim 10% casino rebates weekly. That means whatever you lose, you’ll get a second chance on 10% of it.
There’s no mention of maximum limits or game restrictions, making this offer even more attractive if you’re looking for a long-term casino.
There are no playthrough requirements on the casino rebates.
Are you the kind of person who can’t resist a punt on whatever’s happening on the tracks across the world? If so, you’ll benefit from the 8% weekly horse rebate at BetNow.eu.
There are no rollover requirements on the horse rebates.
Refer a Friend Bonus
When you refer a friend to play at BetNow, you’ll get up to $250. Make sure your friend uses your username when registering, though, or you won’t get your bonus.
You’ll need to have a balance equal to or greater than the amount of free play. If you use your bonus in the sportsbook, it’s subject to 4x rollover requirements. If you use it in the casino, it’s subject to 10x requirements.
In my multiple years of reviewing online gambling sites, I have learned to pay special attention to the banking section of any given site. This is where the things you want to watch out for lie, and a look at the deposit/withdrawal methods, fees, and transfer times can tell me a lot about the site and how honest it is.
One thing I don’t like right off the bat is that there are withdrawal fees for both available withdrawal methods. Since one of them is Bitcoin, this is just taking advantage, in my opinion. There’s never an excuse for charging withdrawal fees on Bitcoin since there are no fees incurred by the casino.
However, I like that there are a decent number of ways to get money in and out. This is a positive sign, although it’s not the biggest range of payment methods I’ve come across by any means.
As mentioned, BetNow.eu does accept Bitcoin, which is a step in the right direction. This means you can deposit and withdraw from any country, even where there are normally restrictions on financial transactions for the purposes of gambling. It also means super-fast transfer times and lower withdrawal fees.
Deposits arrive in your account instantly. Withdrawals can take between 3-5 business days. It all depends on which withdrawal method you use. Unlike many other online gambling sites, we didn’t find many complaints about slow withdrawals when we were researching this site.
- Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex)
- Prepaid Cards
- Cash MG
- Cash MG
As you can see, there are only two ways to get your cash back out of BetNow.eu, which isn’t ideal. I generally like to see as many withdrawal methods as there are deposit methods.
There are withdrawal fees whichever one you choose to use. The fees aren’t stated clearly, though. In both instances, it just says “fees depend on withdrawal amount.” I assume that means it’s a percentage. BetNow.eu could definitely be more transparent in this regard.
If you need to contact the BetNow.eu customer support team, you have the following options.
Email – You can send a message to [email protected] if you like. Expect a reply within 24 hours. Using the live chat feature is a much better option, though.
Live Chat – The live chat feature was fast, and the responses I received were fairly direct. Although I must say, the agent’s name was Frank, and the avatar was of a blonde model. I’m not sure I’ve met too many blonde females named Frank before!
One thing I didn’t like is that the live chat operator asked me for my username and password before speaking to me. Asking for a username, I’m okay with, but a password, not so much. This is information I feel the gambling site staff shouldn’t even know. That’s just my take on it, though. Am I being overly paranoid here? You decide.
Telephone – Call 1-844-U-BETNOW if you’re in North America. This is a toll-free number, which we like to see.
Honestly, the customer service here is fast, but it could be better. I got some evasive answers, the live chat agent kept hitting me with offers rather than answering questions, and when I pressed her on an important matter, she directed me to email someone, so I gave up. The service isn’t terrible, but it could definitely be better.
Would I Play at BetNow.eu?
I’m not going to rant and rave and say this is the best online gambling site online, because that would be a flat-out lie. It’s decent as far as sports betting goes, but it leaves a fair bit to be desired when it comes to the casino section.
Don’t get me wrong, the casino games work fine, and there’s enough to satisfy casual players, but if you’re used to world-class casino sites, this one will likely disappoint you.
The sportsbook should be enough to satisfy casual punters, though, and that’s probably because sports betting is the main focus of BetNow.eu.
So, would I play here? Honestly, it wouldn’t be top of my list. I definitely wouldn’t rush to sign all my friends up, but I wouldn’t absolutely avoid it, either. It’s a decent site for sports bettors. If you can tolerate some of the bugs in the navigation, the subpar customer service, and the withdrawal fees in exchange for lots of juicy bonuses and plenty of betting markets, it’s worth considering.
The best way to decide if BetNow.eu is for you is to check it out for yourself. Why don’t you go ahead and do that now?
This review was made by: LegitGamblingSites.com Rating: 3.25 out of 5