Have you joined the Sky revolution?
Well if you are yet to sample the delights of the excellent SkyBet sports betting site, not to mention the other sister sites, Sky Poker, Sky Casino, Sky Vegas and Sky Bingo, then there has never been a better time to sign up and start to reap the benefits of membership at the site.
For many SkyBet is synonymous with the Sky Sports TV Channel, but while the company may share the same name, Sky actually sold their controlling interest in the betting arm of the company to a private equity group CVC Capital Partners.
Despite the change in owner the sites have remained largely the same and retain all the key features as well as the strong link with the Sky brand. This in itself presents any SkyBet customer with a number of opportunities that are not available if you join any other sports betting site.
So if you are thinking about joining SkyBet, what do you need to know? We hope our little Q&A section below will answer the key questions you may have about joining.
What does joining SkyBet entitle UK punters to?
When you join SkyBet the first thing you are entitled to is a SkyBet new player bonus, which we will explore in more detail in the section outlining key benefits below. When you create a SkyBet account, you can then start to place bets on sports betting on SkyBet, as well as enjoy any of the other attractions available on SkyBet’s sister sites: Poker, Casino, Vegas and Bingo.
In addition, having a SkyBet account also grants you access to two other Sky related competitions. The first is the Soccer Saturday Super Six competition, which is held during the football season and the second is the Sky Sports Fantasy Football competition.
Of course, when you are a member you can also take full advantage of any of the sites offers and promotions, provided you meet the terms and conditions of course.
How easy is it to join SkyBet?
Joining SkyBet is extremely easy and you can join either via the website, or through the mobile app and the good news for mobile customers is that you receive the exact same quality of service when you join SkyBet and access it from a mobile, as you would if you joined and used the site via a website.
All you need to do is enter your details in the relevant section on the website/app and click the register button.
SkyBet will then send you an email to confirm you have joined the site and you can start betting on SkyBet or using your new SkyBet account to play on the other sites associated with Sky. To do that though you need to make a deposit and this is where the New Player Bonus we mentioned earlier kicks in.
What is the SkyBet new player bonus?
SkyBet are currently offering its new customers the chance to receive a welcome offer of a free £20 bet when you place your first bet with SkyBet of just £5. It is important you open your account with SkyBet to receive this offer (not the other Sky sites, which have their own starter offers).
Once you have made an initial deposit into your account, all you need to do is place your first bet of £5 on any win or each way sports betting market at odds of even money or greater. Provided you meet these simple criteria, SkyBet will award your account with a free £20 sports bet.
You can then use this bonus bet on any single or each way market and if your free bet wins, then you will receive back your winnings from the bet, although the free bet stake will not be returned to you.
Do you need to join all the other Sky partner sites if you want to use them too?
The good news is that SkyBet’s family of sites all operate from the same single SkyBet account, which means once you have opened an account with SkyBet you can use the real cash funds in that account to play on any of the other Sky family of sites.
One single registration allows you to play Sky Poker, Sky Bingo, Sky Casino or Sky Vegas and there is no need to transfer funds between different accounts for each site as each site accesses the same single SkyBet account for all financial transactions.
Other benefits of SkyBet membership
If you place £25 worth of bets when you join SkyBet in your first week of membership, or any subsequent week, then you can opt in to SkyBet Club which rewards you with a free bet of £5 for every consecutive week you make £25 worth of bets with SkyBet.
If you miss a week, then you are removed from the club until you rejoin by placing £40 worth of bets in the week you rejoin. Once you do this, you get your free £5 bet back and you can qualify for another £5 bet free the following week by wagering £25 again.
In addition to SkyBet Club, you can also attempt to win £250,000 every weekend of the football season in the UK thanks to the Soccer Saturday Super 6 prediction game, where if you predict the results of six pre-selected games right, you can win the massive jackpot. Entry is completely free if you have a SkyBet account.
SkyBet account holders can also take part in Sky’s Fantasy Football competition, which offers a number of different prizes to players across the season.
How do SkyBet’s odds compare with the other UK sports betting companies?
A quick review of an odds comparison site reveals that SkyBet are generally middle of the road when it comes to odds on a typical market. On some markets they offer excellent prices, on others they are a little shorter than other bookmakers, but there is nothing to suggest SkyBet offers any less long term value with regards to odds than any other bookmaker.
You can get great value however with SkyBet’s daily Price Boost offers. These are bets which have enhanced odds and SkyBet selects markets that punters are genuinely interested in to offer these prices, which on many occasions are the best prices you will find on that bet from all UK bookmakers.
There are lots of daily Price Boosts on offer across the SkyBet site, so there is usually a good offer to be found every day on the SkyBet site.
What sports does SkyBet offer the best service for?
In general SkyBet does a solid job on offering odds for all sports, but the sports that the site has closest links with through its TV channel tend to be the better options. Football, golf, cricket, darts, Rugby League and Union, American football and Formula 1 being just a smattering of sports which are catered for very well on the site.
All in all, SkyBet offers an excellent service for punters of all experience levels and bankroll level. Whether you want to bet a few pounds each week, or considerably more, there are a great mix of bets available across a wide range of sports and multi-site punters who enjoy poker, casino games or bingo will also find plenty to occupy themselves at SkyBet’s sister sites.