We’re always big fans of companies going out on a limb and trying something new – and GentingBet falls into that category. The name Genting is well known for their work with casinos and slots, but in 2014, they launched GentingBet with the aim to break into the sportsbook side of things. It was a brave move at the time, and it’s interesting to take a look at how things are going five years on.
Without sounding too ‘harsh’, there certainly isn’t much to discuss straight off the bat with our first impressions. Everything is quite spread out across the home page, the interface seems fairly standard, and the in-play features seem a little bit stale.
When it comes to their sports markets there are certainly some options out there, but not quite to the extent of some of their immediate rivals. They’ve got all the usual faces and sports you’d expect to see, but sometimes, pushing the boundaries can be good for the overall success of your brand.
List of sports: American football, Australian rules, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, football, GAA football, GAA hurling, golf, greyhounds, handball, horse racing, ice hockey, motor sports, pool, rugby league, rugby union, snooker, specials, tennis, UFC, virtuals and volleyball.
The £10 first bet insurance allows you to get a free bet if your first settled bet doesn’t win, which is a nice insurance promotion. They also tend to push virtual sports quite a lot, too, even though it can be quite a hit and miss market at times.
GentingBet, considered to be a ‘premium’ sports book, is operated by Genting Casinos and is officially licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.
Things are a little bit more restrictive than you might think when it comes to banking options, with Visa, MasterCard and Skrill being the only available options. Visa and MasterCard require a minimum deposit of £10 each, whereas Skrill requires a massive £50 minimum deposit – which makes us question who would use the system. The withdrawal time is 3-4 business days for the first two selections and one day for Skrill, with maximum cashouts of £100,000, £100,000 and £50,000 respectively.
Their social media presence is pretty diabolical on Facebook right now, with just 33 likes on their page at this moment in time. Things are slightly better and more active on Twitter with 1,295 followers, but they still don’t seem to be doing all too much that would be considered ‘standing out’ from the crowd. In a business like this, that seems like a big misstep.
The sign-up process is pretty efficient, as they request your phone number and address – which we’ve come to expect with the majority of bookmakers. They also offer you a choice between GBP and EUR, which isn’t the kind of selection we’ve been used to seeing.
As we stated at the top we’re able to have a great respect for a company that wants to test the waters with a new venture. Sure, you could argue that they’re just being a bit greedy in a market that is already incredibly busy, but that would be quite a negative way of looking at things. Genting clearly puts their priority into the casino side of things, and in truth, we can’t really blame them for that.
However, there’s no point in pretending like they’re offering up anything that their rivals aren’t. The entire operation is a little bit paint by numbers, and while there’s always going to be business for new sites entering the equation, we’d be curious to look at the figures and see what their success rate is like.
They don’t seem to have all too many ‘loyal’ punters, but then again, that kind of logic only really applies to the big boys. We’d suggest testing it out to see if you find anything for yourself that you enjoy, but in the grand scheme of things, GentingBet is just kind of there.
Pros and Cons
- Good live chat and helpful staff
- Great slots and casino options
- They’re still young and have time to grow
- Not a vast selection of sports compared to rivals
- Quite rigid interface
- Poor presence on social media