UK Bookmakers Guide – 188BET Review

With its origins firmly based in Asia, 188BET has enjoyed an online presence since 2006. Now licensed in the UK, it is popular for providing a generous welcome bonus, a good range of sporting markets and some innovative ongoing promotions.

188BET’s website has recently enjoyed an overhaul and its bright design now makes it easier to navigate and to find your favourite sporting event.

Sports Markets/Odds

188BET have a smaller range of markets than some outlets but there remains a good choice of popular and so-called ‘niche’ sports. Featured events are shown at the top left of the page while the rest are listed in a convenient alphabetical order. Here’s what you can bet on.

Football, Basketball, Tennis, American Football, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Motor Racing, Snooker, Pool and Volleyball. In addition there is a selection of virtual sports alongside special events from the politics and entertainments world.


188BET provides a selection of traditional and e-wallet funding methods so there should be a choice for everyone. All options are fast and secure and the following providers are listed.

Bank transfers, debit and credit cards plus Skrill and Neteller.

Customer Service

The company offers a really good range of help facilities and the most obvious of these is a live chat button which is displayed prominently on the home page. This is the preferred method for most customers and is manned 24/7 but there are some alternatives.

The help link itself will reveal a long list of FAQs which is very comprehensive but if you prefer, you can hit the contact button where you will find an e-mail address and a choice of telephone numbers depending on where you are based.

All of 188BET’s help options have proved to be fast and very effective.


188BET look to provide all the aspects that customers need from their bookmaker – great odds in a range of markets with a generous welcome bonus and ongoing promotions.

They succeed with their aims to a great extent and there are many good reasons why you should add them to your betting portfolio.

Pros (+)

  • Generous welcome bonus of up to L50
  • Competitive odds in a range of markets
  • New, easy to navigate website
  • Good selection of effective customer service options

Cons (-)

  • It’s difficult to find a downside with 188BET but the list of sporting markets could perhaps be a little wider