138.com Review – £25 Free Bet
138.com have been around for years in Asia and launched into European markets in 2012 from their western base in the Isle of Man, from where they are UK licensed. Many people will recognise the brand from sponsorship of Premier League football team Watford FC.
This is not a small start up bookie, 138.com is a site that has been around for a good while in the East and is backed by large resources. It’s oriental roots also give the online bookmaker a different feel and their global outlook means they have a wide book with many and markets.
138.com Sportsbook: £25 Free Bet
138.com will award a free bet to all new sportsbook customers who join and bet. The free bet is available once you’ve placed five qualifying bets at evens or more (or 2/5+ each selection in an accumulator) and is equal to the lowest stake. e.g. bet 5 x £10 and get a £10 free bet, bet 5 x £25 and get the maximum £25 free. The five qualifying bets need to be placed on different markets or events.
To claim email support (email@example.com) once you’ve met the criteria and your free bet token will be in your account within the next day. The free bet can be used on any single and multiple bets for any sports or markets and is valid for 7 days from issue. The offer is not available with either Skrill or Neteller.
Don’t get me wrong this is by no means the best welcome bonus offer around and if you are looking for higher value deals then there are others to try out first. If however you are looking for a new or different online betting site then this is actually a good offer to give you the opportunity to try them out. There is no time limit in which you need to place your first five bets allowing you the opportunity to pick and choose your own favourite events to back at the rate you like to bet.
I think it’s fair to call 138.com a good medium sized betting site with a good range for features such as cash out, a casino section, a decent range (30+ sports) and depth of market and a good balance of regular and longer term existing customer promotions. You can also deposit and withdraw with a fair range of banking options.
The 138.com site itself, and mobile app, is simple in appearance but yet completely functional and very fast due to the lack of too many frills and graphics. Personally I find the site a pleasure to used compared to many other established sites.
138.com Casino: £10 – £100 Deposit Bonus
138.com provide a fully stocked casino section with in the region of 200 instant play games powered by Microgaming and Amaya. Although only on the scene fairly recently the casino has already made a good name for itself in its first few years for customer service, a good selection of virtual and live games and a frills free interface that puts the games at centre stage.
The casino at 138.com is a decent size and good quality and well worth a look for anyone who likes a site with an option for both sports and games.
The sign up bonus in the casino is generous, and to be honest much better than the sports bonus, so if you do play games it could bet better to take this offer instead. New casino customers can claim a 100% bonus equivalent to their first deposit from £10 up to £100, use code new100gbp when you first fund the account (or new100eur if depositing in Euros).
The wagering requirements are fairly standard at 30x the deposit and bonus within 30 days with around 130 games that count 100% to the rollover.
138.com Promotions For Existing Customers
I like 138’s regular promotions because they’ve decided to run four or five genuinely useful and valuable betting promotions at any one time rather than tens or hundreds of useless deals.
Here are some of 138.com longer term free bet and money back deals for loyal customers:
- Best Odds Guaranteed – On all racing from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- Football Acca Insurance – On all 6+ football accumulators if you miss out by one.
- Premier League Acca Boost – Up to £100,000 bonus (as free bets) on Premier League multiples. This tiered offer pays 5% on a winning 4-fold up to 40% on a winning 10-fold. Several markets qualify not just match result.
- Football Stalemate Moneyback – Moneyback as a free bet if any football match (from English Premier League, English Championship, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League, Europa League) finishes 0-0.
- Moneyback on all US and European Tour Golf – Back any player to win and get your stake back if any player goes on to lose in a playoff in either the European or US golf tours.
- Tennis Tiebreak Stake Back – Stakes up to £20 (£5 min) returned if any player you pick to win loses on a Tiebreak in a deciding set. Applies to ATP/WTA Tour events.
138.com are a very successful betting site from Asia, originally named 138SunGame, they attract customers globally and so try to offer a sportsbook and casino to appeal to a wide range. The result is a well rounded brand with a very interesting range of markets.
In Europe 138.com are based and UK licensed from the Isle of Man under the parent company name Fesuge Limited (2nd Floor Athol House, 21a-23 Athol Street, Douglas, IM1 1LB). They’ve held a licence since 2012 and are fully compliant with all UK laws, in fact they take responsible gambling and compliance very seriously.
The customer support available at 138 is particularly impressive. Not only can you contact them 24/7 by freephone (0808-120-1969), live chat, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or twitter (@138help) the service is lauded by players for its fast response time and knowledgeable staff. This is also one of the few online bookmakers available in the UK who offer 24 hour support in both English and Mandarin.
138 seem to have brought over a positive Asian influence providing an honest and respectful betting site and casino with great customer service and a genuinely impressive size.