Skybet scores with an extensive betting program and very good betting odds. The payment transactions and the mobile app are also convincing.
Until 2018, Sky Bet belonged to Sky PLC – better known as “Sky” – which also includes the Italian, English and German pay-TV offer. In the summer of 2019, Skybet merged with bookmaker Betstars, while the Skybet brand remained.
Meanwhile, Sky Bet is part of Flutter Entertainment plc. This is the group to which Paddy Power and Betfair also belong. Flutter Entertainment is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
There can be no doubt about the seriousness and security of the bookie, especially since it not only has a large company behind it, but also a Maltese betting license on its chest.
We have taken a closer look at how the bookmaker currently presents itself in a detailed Reviews.
After all, the selection of a betting provider now depends on many different components – from the betting program to live betting and payment transactions.
One thing can be said in advance: Sky Bet has very good values in all important categories, which catapults the bookie into the midfield of our overall ranking.
1.) The SkyBet betting odds
The betting odds of a betting provider are an important indicator. The level of the odds very often decides whether it is “worthwhile” to sign up with a bookmaker or not.
After all – and this is all too understandable – every bettor wants to have the highest possible odds, because why give anything away?
As always, the so-called odds key, also known as payout ratio in professional circles, serves as a measuring instrument.
How generous this odds ratio – or payout ratio – ultimately is, can vary greatly within the different sports and betting markets.
As a rule of thumb, the more popular a sport or event is, the higher the odds level, i.e. the odds key.
And what does this look like at Sky Bet?
With a payout key of about 94 percent, the Sky Bet bookies work with a theoretical profit margin of about 6 percent. This means that 94 percent of the bets are paid out to the customers as betting winnings.
That is an “o.k. value.” With this, Sky Bet is not exactly one of the best in the field of betting odds, but it can definitely place itself in the “chasing pack”.
Sky Bet, for example, achieves these 94 percent in soccer – and this is true for the top leagues such as Bundesliga betting, Premier League betting and Champions League betting. Regarding the betting tax due in Germany at most bookmakers: Skybet also makes no exception here and deducts five percent betting tax from the gross profit of the bet.
2.) The SkyBet betting offer
Sky Bet offers its customers a betting program with about 20 – 30 different sports. The offer varies of course according to seasonal events and also whether a major event such as the Olympic Games are on the program.
All in all, the betting program leaves little to be desired for sports fans – a wide spectrum can be found here: from soccer, tennis, ice hockey, basketball to darts, bowling, MMA and futsal.
The main focus is, of course, on the game with the round leather – as with all other betting providers, “King Football” also reigns at Sky Bet.
At Sky Bet, the betting offer on the English kick ranges from the Premier League, perhaps the best league in the world, down to the lowlands of the amateur sector.
In between you will find, for example, the Championship, League One, League Two, National League, National League South, National League North, etc.
The “England portfolio” is completed by cup competitions, such as FA Cup or the League Cup.
Friends of English soccer will surely feel like in 7th heaven at Sky Bet.
However, the British bookie does not only spoil those clientele who are enthusiastic about English soccer, but basically everyone.
At Sky Bet, you can find leagues and games from all over the world.
The soccer offer ranges from Europe – starting with England, Germany and Spain – to Asia and South America.
In total, Sky Bet offers leagues and games from over 40 countries – including Paraguay and Algeria. Thus, there should be something for everyone here.
On the one hand, for those who look at the major European soccer nations (such as Germany) or at the “small” and less important soccer nations, such as Bolivia.
What would be a great betting offer without additional bets? They are immensely important, because the classic three-way bet (1-x-2) satisfies very few people these days.
Sky Bet is of course aware of this and offers a certain number of additional bet types for every match. For the big and important leagues, of course, more than for less important ones.
In the Premier League, the Bundesliga or the Champions League, about 120 additional bets are offered per match. That is a value with which Sky Bet is definitely one of the front-runners.
Of course, there are betting providers with significantly more additional bets per game, but there are also enough bettors who are already overwhelmed due to the mass.
Sky Bet offers its customers a triple-digit number of additional betting options, including the most important and most common ones, such as handicap bets, goal bets, half-time/standings bets, and so on.
In this respect, the betting provider with a Maltese license leaves almost nothing to be desired – not even in terms of long-term bets.
For example, in the Premier League, in addition to the classic champion and goalscorer bets, there is also the option to bet on the top 4, the top 6 and the relegation.
The same is also possible for tennis. Here, too, Sky Bet has many different long-term bets up its sleeve.
In general, Sky Bet is very well positioned in tennis betting! Here you will find not only the four Grand Slam tournaments and those of the ATP and WTA Tour, but also events from lower-class series (Challenger, Future and ITF level).
And all that with a corresponding number of additional bets…
The betting offer is also strong in other very popular “betting sports”, such as ice hockey, basketball and American football – both in the overall offer and in the additional bets.
In addition, Sky Bet is moving with the times, as evidenced by its former eSports betting offer. After all, betting on “computer games” is becoming increasingly popular. However, due to the ongoing licensing process in the Federal Republic, the British bookmaker does not offer eSports betting at the moment.
3.) The SkyBet live betting
Live betting has become more and more important in recent years – and of course, the betting providers know that.
The live betting area of Sky Bet is quite respectable!
On the one hand, because of the visuals: everything is very clearly arranged here, you can find your way around at first glance and feel very comfortable. Especially because everything is perfectly coordinated in terms of color.
At the top of the bar, the current live events are carefully sorted, so that the overview can not be lost.
When selecting a game, it can be followed very well with the help of an animation graphic – also because all relevant statistics are displayed and the course of the game is indicated very precisely.
Under the animation graphic you will find the additional bets that are offered for the respective game. For important games from the major leagues, there are of course more than for rather those games that only cause interest on the sidelines.
However, it is also important for live bets that the odds level fits – and that is also the case here!
It’s common that the odds key for live bets is lower than for pre-match bets, but at Sky Bet the gradation remains within a quite acceptable range.
4.) Deposits to a SkyBet betting account
The deposit options are not an insignificant factor in the evaluation of a betting provider – after all, the betting account needs to be filled every now and then.
Sky Bet offers the most important and most common deposit options:
- Credit card (Visa / Mastercard)
- Instant bank transfer (Klarna)
- Skrill / Neteller
- Much Better
However, we had to do without the payment method PayPal, which is very appreciated in Germany, in our test span.
Important: The lower deposit limit is 5 euros for all variants. All of them can be used free of charge!
5.) Payout of betting winnings at SkyBet
Almost more important than the deposits are the payouts for the betting friends. After all, it is about holding the winnings in their hands.
Sky Bet offers the same methods for payouts as for deposits – that is, you can transfer money to your bank account, credit card or e-wallets from Neteller or Skrill.
Only Paysafecard, Klarna, Trustly and MasterCard are not available for withdrawals.
At Sky Bet, withdrawals are made in the same way as deposits were made. For example, if the last deposit was made using a Visa credit card, then the next payout will also be made to the Visa credit card.
A plus point of Sky Bet in this area is that no fees are charged. In addition, the transfers do not take very long – on the contrary, everything happens very quickly.
It should be noted, however, that payouts at the British bookie can only be carried out if you have fully identified yourself beforehand. This can be done by means of a copy of a passport or ID card.
It is very pleasing that all withdrawals are free of charge and customers do not have to pay any extra fees.
6.) The customer service of SkyBet
Even though you basically have little to do with customer service, you only really realize the importance of competent help when you need it.
At Sky Bet, there are two helps on the website:
- Live Chat / Contact Form
If the problems cannot be solved with this, there is of course also the possibility to contact the Sky Bet customer service directly – either by mail or by live chat.
There is no customer support by phone at Sky Bet.
7.) The website of SkyBet
The website of Sky Bet is designed in white and predominantly blue very friendly. In addition, it impresses with a well-sorted arrangement.
In the left column is the betting program, in the middle are the highlights of the day listed – as well as promotions above – and in the right column is the betting slip.
Very helpful for friends of sports betting at Sky Bet is the listing of “Highlights” in the upper part of the left column. Here you can click on the most popular events, such as the top leagues in soccer or current tennis tournaments.
This bright and friendly atmosphere can also be found in the live betting area (see also Category 3 – Live Betting), which makes the live betting experience really one.
In summary, it can be stated that the Sky Bet website, apart from besides the color choice, convinces mainly due to its simplicity – all frills are thankfully dispensed with.
The entire betting offer of Skybet is also offered for on the go. Skybet has a mobile betting site and a downloadable app.
8.) The new customer bonus from SkyBet
A very important criterion for signing up with a betting provider is often the new customer bonus.
New customers receive a bonus of 200€ as a free bet at Sky Bet! A maximum of 200€ can be earned as a welcome gift at Skybet.
Skybet awards the 200€ for the first bet played. If this is lost, the bookmaker will refund the stake up to a maximum of 200€.
For the maximum 200€ as a free bet, the following applies: for the first sports bet in the amount of 200€, which was tipped within 90 days from registration, there is a free bet of 200€ in case of loss. The maximum bonus is 200€ per customer.
Extremely pleasing and positive to point out is that no minimum quota is required! However, the conditions of participation (e.g. 90-day period from registration) must be observed and adhered to.
9.) Security: how serious is SkyBet?
With the past of being founded in the Sky empire and being active on the English online sports betting market since 2006, the question of security or seriousness does not really arise at Sky Bet.
Especially not because Sky Bet has belonged to the renowned company Flutter Entertainment since 2020. The bookmakers Betfair and PaddyPower are also part of Flutter.
With a listed company in the background, as well as equipped with Maltese license, Sky Bet is considered to be a completely reputable and reliable betting provider.
Sky Bet, which attaches great importance to data protection, also does its own part to wipe aside any uncertainties of customers.
On the website, there is a section called “Company” and here, under “About Us”, the company is briefly introduced. If you have any questions about Sky Bet, you can also contact the customer support team by e-mail.
10.) Our experiences with the bookmaker SkyBet
Under Sky Bet Experiences, you will soon learn more about the findings that our busy Review Team has gathered over the past few months with Sky Bet in the area of sports betting.
At this point, we would like to conclude with a brief overview of what we noticed particularly positively about Sky Bet and which six major advantages we have worked out that speak in favor of registering with the British online bookie.