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best sportsbook for functionality of website and app
  • Top-class app delivers high-quality horse racing betting experience for mobile users

  • Best Odds Guaranteed from 8am on race day on all UK and Irish racing

  • Healthy selection of international horse racing from the USA and South Africa

£20 Free Bet
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18+ | New UK players only | Min deposit req. £10 | Certain deposit methods excluded | Place 1 sport bet (3+ selections) | Excl Horse Racing | Min stake £10 | Max stake £20 | Min Odds 1/2 (1.5) for each selection | Max FreeBet £20 for football only | FreeBet valid for 7 days | FreeBet stake not returned | T&Cs apply

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Martin Booth
By Martin Booth  
Updated: 23 July 2021 14:00 am
A lifelong sports fan, Martin has spent his working life as a sports journalist, a copywriter and in various roles in the betting industry. This has given him extensive insight into how betting works, from both sides of the eternal battle between punter and layer.

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Bwin AT A GLANCE

Bwin is one of the biggest names in the world of sports betting. With more than 10 million customers across the globe, and a sumptuous spread of betting opportunities, this is a member of the industry’s online elite. One of the reasons it is held in such high regard is the superb experience of betting on the bwin website and app, and finding your way around the massive selection of markets on offer is quick, easy and a genuine pleasure.

This is an operator with a global sensibility, as shown by the fact that the online platform is available in nearly 20 languages. Bwin’s principal focus is unashamedly on football, as befits a brand that has been a sponsor of some of Europe’s leading clubs including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Milan, Juventus and Manchester United. One side-effect of this broad scope and European flavour is that horse racing is not as prominent in the sportsbook’s consciousness as it is with most UK-centric operations.

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Horse racing is found on the top navigation bar on the site and app, though it has to take its turn behind sports including football, basketball, tennis and golf. The bwin horse racing offering is, however, impressive and benefits from the superb functionality of the site and app. There are form guides on all UK and Irish race meetings, with Best Odds Guaranteed thrown in, and a decent selection of international racing from the USA and South Africa.

Placing bwin horse racing bets is a slick, streamlined process and pay-outs on winning bets are incredibly quick. Though one omission is that the live streaming offering does not include horse racing. It’s also not possible for racing punters to take advantage of the bwin welcome offer. The initial wager of between £10 and £20 to qualify for a free bet of the same amount may not be placed on horse racing.

Even if you place a bet on another sport to qualify, the bwin free bet in question must be used on football. This, and the lack of live streaming of horse racing, are the only two small quibbles about a sportsbook that offers a fantastic online betting experience.

Bwin PROS AND CONS

  • Best Odds Guaranteed from 8am on racedays

  • Form guides on all UK and Irish race meetings

  • Superb functionality of both website and apps

  • Quick pay-outs

  • No live streaming of horse racing

  • No in-play betting on horse racing

  • Sign up offer cannot be used on horse racing

bwin Free Bets and Bonus Codes

Bwin’s sign up offer comes in the form of a free bet that matches your initial wager. Sadly, however, bwin horse racing customers are unable to take advantage of this bwin bonus. You have to stake a minimum of £10 and a maximum of £20 on a multiple bet comprising of at least three selections. Horse racing bets are, however, specifically excluded from this offer. And the free bet matching your stake has to be placed on football.

There is, of course, nothing to stop a bwin horse racing customer from using their knowledge of other sports to generate a return from the free bet that can then be used for a racing bet. You don't need a bonus code to take advantage of the bwin welcome offer because it is triggered automatically by the placement of your first bet.

£20 Free Bet
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18+ | New UK players only | Min deposit req. £10 | Certain deposit methods excluded | Place 1 sport bet (3+ selections) | Excl Horse Racing | Min stake £10 | Max stake £20 | Min Odds 1/2 (1.5) for each selection | Max FreeBet £20 for football only | FreeBet valid for 7 days | FreeBet stake not returned | T&Cs apply

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bwin Best Odds Guaranteed

Best Odds Guaranteed is one of the most punter-friendly innovations in sports betting in recent decades. Gone are the days of debating taking an early price and worrying that the odds will then lengthen. Now, if your selection’s price does get longer, you get that better starting price. Similarly, if the odds get shorter you are paid out at the longer odds that applied when you placed the bet.

Bwin offers Best Odds Guaranteed on all races in the UK and Ireland. And it does so from 8am on the day of the race – very few bookmakers offer BOG earlier than this.

BEST ODDS GUARANTEED
T&Cs Apply

18+ | New UK players only | Min deposit req. £10 | Certain deposit methods excluded | Place 1 sport bet (3+ selections) | Excl Horse Racing | Min stake £10 | Max stake £20 | Min Odds 1/2 (1.5) for each selection | Max FreeBet £20 for football only | FreeBet valid for 7 days | FreeBet stake not returned | T&Cs apply

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bwin App

No operator has created a better mobile experience than bwin, whose app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It’s simple to find the horse racing section and to navigate between meetings and races, while all the extra information to help you make your selection is at your fingertips too. The bwin app’s design replicates the slick, stylish look of the site, with its monochrome flavour highlighted by the brand’s distinctive golden spot colour.

If people who placed bwin horse racing bets were able to watch their selection in action thanks to an extension of the sportsbook’s live streaming capability to cover racing, this would be just about the perfect mobile experience.

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bwin In Play Betting and Cash Out

Numerous sporting events are available for in-play betting at bwin. This means you can place a wager on an event even when it is under way and adds greatly to the level of involvement you can feel in your favourite sporting events.

Horse racing is not one of the numerous sports on which bwin offers in-play betting, but racing bettors can take advantage of the Cash Out facility on the site and app. If you have placed a single or multiple bet and want to close it early, the sportsbook will offer you a sum in return for stopping the bet. This could be to minimise losses, or to lock in a profit on a multiple wager in which some of the early selections are successful.

bwin Real User Feedback

It really isn’t hard to find a glowing bwin review – especially among customers of the App Store. bwin’s mobile service wins effusive praise from several reviewers, one of whom summed up the general tone when they wrote: “Carlsberg don’t make betting apps. But if they did, this would be it.”

That sentiment was echoed time and again. “Excellent app, super fast and has lots of cool features,” said one review, while another said simply: “Best sports betting app! Very easy to use set-up with regular offers.”

The user-friendly functionality of the app clearly scores extremely highly with users, but the value on offer from bwin’s betting markets also scored highly with reviewers. “This betting app is so easy to use and bwin give you excellent odds,” said one.

Naturally, the website was also the source of positive feedback. “Good website, easy on the eye and easy to navigate – and it is really fast at loading,” reported one visitor to bookmakeradvisor.com, while another said: “The website has a nice design and it is pretty straightforward to use… top-notch customer service.”

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Good website, easy on the eye and easy to navigate – and it is really fast at loading.
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Greg Adams, bookmakeradvisor.com review
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Carlsberg don’t make betting apps. But if they did, this would be it.
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bwin Security

To protect your personal data during communication with your web browser, bwin uses secure and tested encryption technology from VeriSign®. Online transactions continue to be protected by the extremely reliable security system of a worldwide accredited clearing partner, which guarantees that its payment system is available at least 99.5% of the time in a month.

bwin Customer Service Checklist

Year Founded: 1997
Telephone Number: 00350 200 77761
Email: Online contact form
Live Chat:
High Street Shops:
Banking Options: Debit card, Luxon, Trustly, PaySafeCard, PayPal, MuchBetter, CashtoCode, Bank transfer

bwin FAQs

How do you bet on bwin?

Bwin horse racing bets can be placed either through the company’s website or its app. The process is exceedingly simple. Make your selection and click on its odds – your bet will appear in your bet slip, at the top right on the web page and at the foot of the screen on the app. Decide on your stake and place your bet.

Who owns bwin?

Bwin is an Austrian brand that was bought in 2016 by GVC Holdings. This is also the parent company of Ladbrokes Coral and other betting operations including Sportingbet, as well as a large number of prominent casino brands. GVC Holdings changed its name to Entain plc in 2020.

How long does bwin withdrawal take?

Bwin offers customers an extraordinary range of banking options, with UK customers having about 40 ways to deposit funds to bet with. When it comes to withdrawing your money, the length of time it takes is influenced by your banking method, but you should have the money within five working days.

Does bwin do horse racing?

Yes it does. And the bwin horse racing service is a very good one. It offers full racecards, form guides and analysis on all UK and Irish racing, as well as meetings in the USA and South Africa. While there is no live streaming, bwin horse racing enthusiasts can take advantage of Best Odds Guaranteed.

How do you check a coupon on bwin?

A coupon is another way in which a new customer can qualify for a promotion or bonus at bwin. It’s worth checking the terms and conditions of the offer or bonus in question to see how the coupon can be checked or applied. But please be aware that the bwin sign up offer cannot be used for horse racing bets.

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