Whilst Sky Bet isn’t one of the longest established bookmakers in the world, they have grown a solid reputation for bookmaking in the relatively short timescale they have been about. Set up by broadcasting powerhouse BskyB, Sky Bet has seen one of the biggest growths in terms of an online bookie that we have come across.
One thing that is slightly surprising about Sky Bet is that they only allow punters to register from the UK and Ireland. Even though this does limit the amount of players that they can get through their door, it does favour that of the residents from these countries in that offers, markets and sports are firmly targeted towards them.
As a result, golf betting is seen to be one of their more popular sports and the coverage that the sport receives as a result is pretty impressive. The competitions on offer are reasonably solid, but the range of markets are a little on the small side.
You can claim a really nice welcome bonus at Sky Bet when opening a new account worth up to £30. The promotion is a free bet which will be matched based on the amount of your first matched bet. The matched bet offers are much easier for the majority of bettors as it means you can basically deposit however much you want, but the bonus will be made from your opening bet.
The bet must be made at odds of 2.00 (evens) or greater and there are no limits as to sports or markets that the offer will qualify for. It’s worth noting that any deposits made by Moneybookers or Neteller will not count towards the free bet promotion.
What was a little disappointing was the fact that the majority of golf competitions go without any special promotions. We say this because Sky Bet offers a variety of promotions for other sports such as football and horse racing. That being said, there are normally some price guarantees and best prices on the major tournaments held throughout the year, so all is not lost.
Golf Betting At Sky Bet
The golf section on Sky Bet has seen massive improvement over the last couple of years and it’s actually one of the better bookmakers to bet on the sport with – baring the lack of promotions. What was good to see is that there were a few more novelty markets thrown in for good measure such as mythical 2/3 balls, next hole winner and two chances to win, all adding to the variety on the site.
They manage to cover most of the bigger tournaments from around the world including the PGA Tour, European Tour, Majors, and a range of Antepost specials. One thing they don’t include is markets on the LPGA and the senior’s tour, so if you want to bet on those, you will have to look elsewhere.
The best time to take advantage of the widest range of markets is before the tournament starts. Once they do start, they tend to become a little limited although they do allow you to bet live as the tournament progresses. We loved the inclusion of their next hole to win market which concentrates on one hole and as players move through that hole they are given head to head match ups against playing partners. You can choose between a certain player to have the better score or choose a tie. This would actually be a really cool feature if you were lucky enough to be at an event and just hung out on that hole watching players come through. You could then bet on players as they played the hole out, which is great feature.
Sky Bet’s biggest pull is definitely to do with horse racing and football and their betting site accompanies each brilliantly. Their link with the Sky Sports television channels is very apparent and they often push markets that you can watch on these channels.
On top of that they include a really smart mobile betting app. It’s probably one of the best looking and functioning mobile betting apps that we have come across. All the markets from the sportsbook are on offer, but you can also stream a number of sports for free from the app and listen to live radio as well.