iBet Casino & Sportsbook
More choice, more excitement and more entertainment. iBet Casino & Sportsbook is on a mission to impress with a combination of casino games and sports betting. A fine selection of slots and live dealer games plus thousands of sporting events from countless markets will please casino fans and betting punters alike. All under the auspices of a solid licence and sprinkled with generous bonuses and promotions, 24/7 support and fast payments.
Launched on 11th January 2021, iBet Casino & Sportsbook marked the iGaming debut of the Claymore Group. The site is operated by their subsidiary Claymore Malta Ltd under a licence from the MGA Malta. Currently, iBet does not accept players from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, the USA and some other countries.
The GMBLRS Detective
Given the recent consolidation in the iGaming industry that further accelerated in 2020, it is always a welcome surprise to see a new operator taking the plunge. Even better when they do it under a solid licence from the MGA Malta or other reputable jurisdictions. Claymore is sticking to the former for now but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a licence from the SGA, Germany or UKGC being added later on. After all, iBet Casino & Sportsbook is their debut at the global online gaming stage and further expansion is most probably already planned.
Initially, iBet was set to launch in 2020 just before the Euro Championships as reported by SBC NEWS but the onsetting pandemic and the following cancellation of the tournament delayed the project for nearly a year. With the renewed launch date imminent we had reason enough to take a closer look as to what punters can expect.
Claymore Group Chairman Paul Fox, responsible for launching western-facing iBet Casino & Sportsbook at the time in January 2020: “The Claymore Group has ambitious plans for iBet in 2020 and our partnership with Betsson is of vital importance as we aim to replicate the success we have enjoyed in Asia with LeTou.” (source: SBC News, Jan 2020)
Combining a bookmaker with an online casino is not new as we have seen virtually 100s of such sites offering their services to the gambling public. However, not everyone is doing a stellar job, one could say that dancing on two weddings does not always bode well as none of the two parts are often not well executed. Claymore Malta took a different approach and employed two separate major platform providers that are known for quality and integrity. The result is that iBet is using the Relax Gaming platform for the casino and live casino part while Betsson AB hosts the Sportsbook. Both have a stellar reputation among players.
While our review focuses on the casino section, you can rest assured the sportsbook will meet or even exceed your expectations. Using the Relax Gaming platform gives iBet access to a not hugely large games catalogue but it includes some of the best developers currently in the market such as NetEnt, Play’n GO, Quickspin, Big Time Gaming, Push Gaming and, of course, Relax Gaming’s own slot creations. The live casino tables are powered by Evolution Gaming.
Following their launch in January 2021, iBet Casino & Sportsbook accepts for the time being registrations from a few select countries only including Austria, Finland, Canada, Norway, New Zealand and Malta with Euro or USD as account currency options. More countries will be added in the near future. Signing-up is done on a 3-step form which will require new arrivals to enter their personal details and mobile phone number. A confirmation SMS will be sent to the number which will authenticate and activate the account.
Once in, you can enter the casino or sportsbook by simply clicking on the tabs at the top of the site. All are well-organized and equally easy-to-navigate on any desktop, tablet or mobile device. Visit the banking lobby whenever you feel ready to deposit and choose from an extensive range of payment methods to fund your account. Included are debit/credit cards, e-wallets, mobile phone payments and instant banking options. The minimum deposit and withdrawals amounts are set at a low €10. iBet promises fast and secure withdrawals and that 7/365 including weekends and public holidays.
New arrivals at iBet can choose between three welcome bonuses based on whether they want to use the funds in the casino, live casino or sportsbook. Make your choice and then head to the selected section to wager your bonus. The casino bonuses are non-sticky, meaning you can forfeit them at any time if you have not used any bonus funds but had a good win with a cash bet and want to withdraw it. All offers are subject to the iBet bonus terms and conditions. We strongly recommend reading them in full to avoid any disappointment.
iBet Casino & Sportsbook offers 24/7 customer support via email and live chat, including on weekends and public holidays. For more convenience, the site can be loaded in English, Finnish, German and Norwegian languages.
Responsible Gambling is at the core of keeping a virtual visit to a casino or sportsbook as an entertaining pastime. To ensure it stays that way we strongly recommend using the tools iBet is offering to all its players. Everyone can self-set in their account section limits for deposit limits, activate a cool-off period or instating a self-exclusion.
The GMBLRS’ Detective Verdict
Completing my first tour, iBet Casino & Sportsbook came across as a modern gaming destination that caters for most gambling opportunities, be that casino, sports betting or live casino. The casino section is not the largest we have seen but has a fine selection of slots and table games. All loaded very fast and remained lag-free throughout testing, a testament to the quality of the Relax Gaming platform.