BetZest marked the start of 2020 by beginning the process of obtaining a new license from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Until all the paperwork is complete, BetZest can only offer a tiny fraction of their usual casino games and range of payment methods. Sports betting, including in-play betting and virtual sports, has remained unaffected however with the typical offering still available.
The wide array of promotions have also left untouched, although it is not possible to redeem them all at this moment in time.
- Click the ‘register’ button, which you will find in the top-right hand corner of the screen.
- Enter all of the requested personal information. All boxes are mandatory.
- Move onto the account section in the second column. Here you will create a unique username and password.
- In the final column, you can enter a BetZest promo code if you have one, but you do not need one for any of the welcome offers. Before you click ‘Register’, you must click the button accepting the terms and conditions and confirming you are over 18 years old.
- Once complete, you will be sent an email containing a validation link. Click the link, and you will be able to start playing at BetZest.
Website review – layouts and navigation
It is the distinctive BetZest logo which first catches your eye as you make your way onto the site. A chameleon wearing a crown is a rather bold choice, and this attempt to stand out can see across the site. BetZest uses an array of vivid colours such as turquoise and purple and includes a variety of sleek images and symbols at every opportunity too. It is great to see the effort which has gone into the design aspects of the site, and it functions almost as well too, following some recent improvements.
On the whole, navigation across the site is straightforward with all the main areas of the site accessible via the top menu. Popular subcategories are located in the menu directly underneath, while the full choice is located down the left-hand side, as tends to be the convention. One slight drawback of using this menu is that when clicking on an option, the entire page will refresh, forcing you back up to the top of the page.
Search bars at the casino and sportsbook allow users to find specific games quickly and the promotions page helpfully divides sportsbook and casino deals into two distinct sections.
Betting on Sports
BetZest ensures their customers have access to an extensive selection of betting options, especially across football. For any major football match, you will be flooded with options covering virtually every realistic betting market you can think of. No other sport provides such an impressive catalogue but, by industry standards, there is still plenty to go at. BetZest regularly provides a strong number of different markets when it comes to major sports like basketball, ice hockey, American football and tennis.
Across the most popular sports, BetZest regularly offers a payout rate between 94 and 96% meaning you will struggle to find substantially better value for your betting money elsewhere. Naturally, the rate drops for more minor sports, but no more so than at most of their rivals.
Customers only have the choice of displaying the odds in decimal format, which might come as something of a disappointment to some.
Welcome Bonus – 100% on your First Deposit up to €100
The main welcome offer at BetZest sees players enjoy a 100% bonus on their first deposit, up to the value of €100. To claim the offer, all you need to do is select the proposal from the dropdown menu when placing your first deposit. After completing the transaction, the bonus will then automatically added to your balance.
- The minimum deposit needed to claim the bonus is €10.
- Bonus funds come with a 15x wagering requirement.
- To contribute towards the wagering requirement, bets must be placed at odds 2.00 or higher. They can placed on live or pre-match markets.
- The bonus will remain valid for 14 days once activated. If the wagering requirement not met within this time, the bonus and all associated winnings will expire.
- When placing your bets, bonus money always used first. Only when all bonus funds are used up will your real money balance be used.
- This offer cannot be used in conjunction with another promotion. Customers who claim the €5 no deposit bonus must meet its full terms before moving onto this promotion.
When looking at the number of fixtures covered for live betting, BetZest does not score too high compared to many other bookies. Not only do they fail to cover a wide array of sports live, but within each one, the choice is limited compared to what you might see on other sites.
That said, there is still plenty to like about BetZest’s live betting offering. As standard, matches come with an animated tracker and a full selection of continuously updated match stats.
Users will also see a range of useful tabs underneath the match tracker such as text commentary (giving a chronological description of events), head to head record, match line-ups and live table standings.
You may find that these widgets are empty for less prominent fixtures, but they are a regular feature among more high profile events. One other thing to credit BetZest for is their range of betting markets for live events. There is usually a high quantity of options to select from, especially sports which facilitate fast markets.
Cash-out is a feature supported at BetZest but in a limited capacity. Some pre-match markets still come with a stack of gold coins, which is the cash out symbol and you will be able to cash these bets out. Unfortunately, this option is not available for all events.
Live streaming services
If ever you want to tune in and watch some sporting action, BetZest will be unable to help you out. Live streams are not supported here, meaning users do not get the ultimate visual accompaniment to their live betting experience. Although this is a disappointment, an absence of live streaming is something we see very often across less traditional sportsbooks.
The BetZest Casino used to provide a gigantic collection of games, so we were surprised to see only 133 games on offer when visiting at the start of 2020. The reduced collection is because BetZest is – at the time of writing – in the process of obtaining a new licence from the Malta Gaming Authority. Until all the necessary bureaucracy sorted out, BetZest users will only have access to a relatively little choice of games from one sole provider, NetEnt.
Slots form the bulk of the small catalogue with other games in desperately short supply. There is just one choice for video poker, blackjack and baccarat and only five roulette options. We anticipate this will improve vastly if and when BetZest can obtain their new gaming licence.
Casino Welcome Bonus – Up to €200
Now is not the best time to start playing at the BetZest casino, for a reason mentioned, but if you do want to give their limited selection of games a tryout, a new customer offer is still available. Much like the sportsbook offer, it is a 100% bonus but to redeem it you must speak to a member of customer support via live chat. Tell them you wish to take part in the offer, and they will grant you the bonus immediately, doubling the amount of money you have to play with.
The main terms of the casino bonus can found below:
- The maximum bonus awarded is €200.
- The offer will remain valid for 14 days before expiring.
- Bonus funds come with a 35x wagering requirement.
- The wagering contributions are as follows: slots (100%), roulette (20%), blackjack, baccarat, punto banco (20%) all other games 0%.
- Bonus money will be taken from your account before any real money funds.
- This promotion can only be used at the BetZest Casino or mobile casino.
BetZest used to have a strong live casino offering powered by Evolution Gaming, but this too is temporarily unavailable while the new gambling licensed is sorted out. In the meantime, BetZest cannot offer any live casino games of any kind so those of you looking for the immersive casino thrill will have to play elsewhere for now, such as one of the other casinos featured on our site.
BetZest Virtual Sports
BetZest offers football (league, National Cup or World Cup), basketball, tennis, dog racing, and horse racing in virtual form. In terms of audio, these games are lacking compared to some rivals, with commentary not available for any at present, but visually they perform well.
The animations are rather lifelike, and the graphics are quite high in quality. Tuning into the virtual action can certainly be an exciting experience as a result, and the excellent range of betting markets also adds to this.
No matter which virtual sport you are getting into, users will have the choice of some short-odds options, some extremely long-odds punts and plenty in between. All sports run on a continuous cycle with just a small gap in between matches/races allowing users to weigh up which bets they wish to place.
Options for deposits and withdrawals
For more information about payment methods for deposit and withdrawals, you can see our table below:
|Payment Method||Deposit Minimum||Deposit Maximum||Time for Deposit||Taxes|
|Payment Method||Withdrawal Minimum||Withdrawal Maximum||Time for Withdrawal||Taxes|
|AstroPay||€10||€1,500||3-5 Business Days||Free|
Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, AstroPay, MuchBetter
BetZest Mobile apps
There is no BetZest app for customers to download for either Android or iOS devices. They have, however, altered their site for smartphones, allowing for a more streamlined experience. The mobile version of the site has lost none of its distinctive design and is just as easy in terms of navigation, in part thanks to the near-identical layout. Making the switch between desktop and mobile is a breeze as a result, although you may notice a slight performance drop if using an old smartphone.
BetZest Affiliate Program
Are you interested from affiliates? The BetZest affiliate program powered by NetRefer software, one of the industry leaders in affiliate management software. Not only do partners enjoy a wide range of useful statistics and accurate tracking as a result, but they can also earn themselves generous commission shares. The base rate is 30% of net revenue, but this figure can increase to 45% for particularly successful referrers. Affiliates are paid either by bank transfer, Skrill or Neteller.
Questions & Answers
How to activate and verify your BetZest account?
To initially activate your account, you will need to click the link sent to you via email immediately after registration. Mobile verification is also encouraged, but it is not compulsory. At any point, BetZest may ask you for documents that confirm your identity or address to fully verify your account. If photos of the relevant documents not supplied, your account may be frozen.
How can I recover a forgotten password?
To the left of where you usually sign in, there is a grey ‘Forgot Password’ button. Using this link, you can reset your password either by entering your username or email address. Upon entering valid details, you will send a link allowing you to reset your password.
Is there a no deposit bonus available at BetZest?
Yes, new customers can claim a €5 free bet without making a single deposit at BetZest. To claim the offer, you must validate your mobile phone number and then request the offer via the live chat system. Once handed the bonus, place a single bet worth €5 at odds of 2.00 or more anywhere at the sportsbook. You do not want to seek odds much higher than this though as the maximum you can win using this bonus is €10.
How can I make my account more secure?
BetZest recommends using Google Authenticator for people who like to be especially careful when it comes to their online accounts. The instructions on how to set this up are provided on the ‘Two-step verification’ page accessible via your account.
Can I transfer money between my sportsbook and casino account?
Yes, at BetZest you will have two separate wallets, one for sports betting and one for the casino. You can transfer real money funds between the two by selecting the ‘transfer’ button at the top of the screen.
Which currencies can I use at BetZest?
At the registration stage, you will ask to select one of the following currencies: Australian Dollar, Brazilian Real, Canadian Dollar, Euro, New Zealand Dollar, Norwegian Krone, US Dollar. Note that it is not possible to change your choice at a later date.
Can I use both the sportsbook and casino welcome offer?
Yes, it is possible to enjoy both welcome offers, and there is no need to choose just one.
Why is BetZest obtaining a new licence?
Licences supplied by the Malta Gaming Authority often seen as more secure and credible than those issued by the Government of Curacao. The move would also allow BetZest to operate in different jurisdictions.
The BetZest website is not loading correctly, what can I do?
In the event of any technical issue, BetZest recommends disabling any pop-up blockers, installing the latest versions of Java and Adobe Flash Player and ensuring you are using the most up-to-date version of your internet browser. Should your issues persist, send a screenshot of the problem and your username to the customer support team.
BetZest first appeared on the scene in 2018, initially operating with a license obtained from the Government of Curacao. They are boastful about their initial success stating that their team of veterans have turned BetZest into one of the “most trustworthy and reliable gaming companies” around. While we wouldn’t go that far, early success has no doubt taken some part in BetZest’s decision to obtain a more robust gambling licence. The BetZest brand is owned by iGaming suppliers Betomall who offer a wide range of service and products.
BetZest Contact Details
BetZest offers a live chat system which connects users directly to a member of the customer service team. We found the response rate was speedy during active hours which are 09:00-00:00 CET.
Users also have the choice of contacting BetZest via email. They can do this via the build-in form on the ‘Contact Us’ page or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final rating and conclusion
Without their usual range of casino and live casino games, BetZest is not the website it previously was. We are fully expecting the site to return to its former strength soon though, and when they are back on their feet, we are likely to give them our full seal of approval.
In the meantime, BetZest is only going to satisfy some people who wish to focus strictly on sports betting. Useful features like live streaming are unavailable here, but the sportsbook does have plenty of redeeming qualities. A wide range of betting markets found in abundance, live and pre-live game statistics are readily available and the odds offered are most competitive.
The terms of the 100% matched deposit sign up offer might be hard to fulfil for casual players, but it is an offer well worth scooping up for customers who are going to use their account regularly early on. For everyone else, there is little reason not to try out the €5 no deposit bonus. Although maximum earnings for it capped at a low level, why not try and turn the small winnings into something bigger when there is no risk!
Final rating: 4.5/5