A review of the bookmaker 18bet is now available. This comprehensive review is part of a series on betting agencies that are suitable for Australians. All reviews form part of the Bookmaker Reviews section on this website. A full survey of betting agencies can be found in the Betting Agencies section.
In summary, with more white label eGaming service providers surfacing, there is now a burgeoning number of small-scale bookmakers emerging that using the underlying platform provider for not just the betting interface, but for the markets, odds, deposits and withdrawals. The downside of this arrangement is you don’t know much about the white label owner, although it does provide the upside of providing you with a stable, high quality betting interface with a broad range of markets. 18bet is one such bookmaker, using a betting platform operated by DelaSport. The overall sports betting experience is good, with the concise display of odds one of our favourite features. Australian users will also appreciate its online sports betting service. One major sour note of 18bet, however, is its long-winded bonus credit rules. A day after signing up we received a “Bonus manipulation warning” by email, reminding us that Asian Handicap, Over/Under and baseball bets don’t count towards our turnover requirements (we had placed an over/under bet). The email also stated “since non-eligible activity is considered as manipulation, have in mind that 18bet reserves the right to cancel your bonus and redeem the winnings accumulated using it.” One other harsh term and condition is “if a customer’s account is inactive for over 6 months, 18bet.com reserves the right to forfeit the outstanding balance.” This is harsh given most bookmakers charge inactivity fees, which we feel is much more reasonable. It’s a shame that the bizarre bonus restrictions and harsh inactivity rules overshadow what is otherwise a decent service.