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Founded in 2010, Novibet is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In that decade, they have gone from virtual unknowns to one of the most prominent non-high street UK bookmakers out there. So how have they earned this stratospheric reputation boost?
We’ll examine Novibet’s pros and cons, highs and lows, ins and outs in this comprehensive review.
How to Sign-up
Thankfully, most bookmakers now understand that the last thing a prospective customer wants is to be ducking and weaving around red tape before they’ve even signed up.
The Novibet registration process is super easy and can be completed in a matter of clicks. You’ll need to provide some basic info, your email address, preferred username, password, date of birth etc. Nothing you’ve not done countless times before.
Once you’re in, you’re in. If you’re looking to take advantage of the welcome bonus, enter the promo code NOVIMAX at this or any other point in the process.
The only other thing you should note in terms of registration is that you may be asked to verify your date of birth – using a picture of a passport or driver’s license – once you win your first bet.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve scouted the web for bookmaker welcome offers at some point or other. Well, here is Novibet’s offering: a £10 bonus after a player makes their first bet of £20 or more.
On face value, this 50% bonus might not seem like the most generous welcome offer, especially considering that it isn’t uncommon for bookies to offer bonuses of up to 300%.
There are redeeming features to this offer, however. First of all, the qualifying bet conditions are not at all restrictive. You can stake the necessary £20 on any sports event with odds of 7/10 or higher – that’s 1.70 if you prefer decimal odds. Most online gaming houses ask that qualifying bets be placed at odds of at least evens. Others say your qualifying bet must be an accumulator.
Once your qualifying bet is settled, you’ll be able to use your bonus whichever way you please. So all in all, compared to other offers on the market, this one might actually give you a better chance at a cash win.
Markets and In-play Betting
Now we arrive at the most important feature of any online bookmaker worth its salt.
Novibet’s markets are reasonably eclectic. The sportsbook has a healthy range of options, with 22 sports covered in total. Some of the bigger bookmakers take bets on 30+ sports so we weren’t exactly blown away by their offering.
They do give customers the chance to bet on virtuals, however. Players can place wagers on football, basketball, tennis and horse racing simulations as well as a few extras.
Without a doubt, the most unique feature of their sportsbook is the dedicated stats page. Here, players can find the numbers which will help them place a more educated bet rather than the shot in the dark which most of us make more often than we care to admit.
The stats page goes beyond league positions, form and goalscoring charts. It offers real depth. We definitely encourage you to check it out.
Banking Options – Deposits and Withdrawals
The internet in 2020 is awash with cryptocurrencies and e-wallets. Bookmakers have slowly cottoned on to this and are beginning to offer more diverse options besides bank transfer and Paypal when it comes to depositing and withdrawing funds to/from your account.
Novibet offers eight deposit methods in total. Players can use bank transfer, Trustly, Paysafecard, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, Neteller, PayPal or Rapido Transfer when they want to add funds to their account.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to win a bet and you want to make a withdrawal, you can do so via bank transfer or Trustly.
Obviously, withdrawal times will vary depending on which method you choose. Deposits will be instantaneous, but players must make a minimum deposit of £10 unless they’re using a Paysafecard in which case the minimum deposit is £5.
In the banking section of Novibet’s website, you can also voluntarily complete the ID verification process, which will save you having to do it after you’ve won your first bet. You can also check your betting history so you’re on top of your finances.
If you need to get in touch with Novibet, you can do so using one of a number of different channels.
Crucially, there is a Live Chat function which players can use to get in contact with the customer support team. I used it when writing this review to get some extra info about the welcome bonus and the staff couldn’t have been more obliging. The Live Chat can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it really is the best option if you want your issue dealt with quickly.
If you prefer, you can use email or telephone. There are also options for Facebook Messenger and Skype, as well as a nifty FAQ section.
One of the defining features of the customer support centre is the call-back function. Customers can select this option and tell Novibet when the most convenient time to get in touch is. This means no holding music. Hurrah!
When you’re writing bookmaker reviews, it’s mystifying how often you come across an app which makes you want to tear your hair out. Lagging animations, endless crashes, more bugs than an insectarium; some bookmakers clearly don’t appreciate that mobile betting is, for many punters, their go-to option.
You’ll be pleased to know that Novibet does not encounter any of these problems. In fact, it’s one of the better apps on the market. The mechanics of the application run smooth as silk and the interface is easy to navigate. The whole design feels uncluttered, which is a welcome change when you spend your days reviewing apps which seem determined to cram as much information as they physically can within a relatively finite number of pixels.
There is no mobile-specific bonus, sadly. But players can sign up and register for Novibet’s introductory offer using the app.
Summary of Novibet
Yeah, excellent really. Some customers might complain about the value of the welcome offer, but given the easy-to-meet qualifying conditions, we don’t think it’s too much of a drawback. Even if the introductory offer is mildly disappointing, Novibet more than makes up for it in other areas.
The mobile app? Excellent. Markets on offer? Solid. The dedicated statistics page? The highlight of the whole thing.