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No prizes for guessing what 12bet are all about, but lots of prizes for signing up with the sportsbook and claiming their welcome bonus. Most sports betting sites are hectic, busy places, with buttons and links everywhere, because betting is a complex game which requires all manner of odds, variables and customisable options.
12bet isn’t like the others however. Its website is clean, minimalist and clutter-free. You’ll find just 3 links on its top menu: Sports, Casino and Live Casino. That’s all.
The remainder of the homepage comprises little more than a large image detailing the signing up process. Step 1: register. Step 2: make a deposit and claim your bonus. Step 3: bet. It’s that simple.
12bet is operated by TGP Europe Ltd, a company whose offices lie in the British gambling haven that is the Isle of Man. The firm holds a gaming licence issued by the UK Gambling Commission and its operations are targeted primarily at UK-based bettors.
Identifying the operators behind web-based casinos is rarely simple, and in the case of 12bet, the gaming brand’s European operations are handled by Pacific Sea Marketing International Ltd, a company who are registered in the British Virgin Islands.
If the name 12bet is familiar, incidentally, but you can’t quite place it, there’s a good chance you’ve seen their logo emblazoned across your local team’s football shirts. 12bet have sponsored a number of major clubs including Sevilla, Wigan Athletic and Hull City. They’ve also sponsored West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Birmingham City on a smaller scale.
It would be fair to say that 12bet are big on English football then, but they’re also into their snooker, having sponsored the World Open and UK Championships, and have even put their name to the English Badminton Championships.
There are a few reasons why you might elect to make 12bet your go-to sportsbook and casino. For starters, they’re a well-known and trusted gambling firm who can be relied upon to maintain customer confidentiality. 12bet’s website uses 128-bit encryption, courtesy of Thawte, to ensure optimum privacy and security. Customer service is available 24/7 including live chat and email.
There are a few ways of adding funds to your 12bet account. The site accepts funds via Neteller, Skrill and most popular UK credit or debit cards such as MasterCard and Visa. Funds should be added to your account instantly in each instance. Most casinos offer more payment methods than this, but 12bet seems obsessed to limiting itself to doing things in threes, as you’ll shortly discover. Neteller, Skrill or credit/debit card are your only options.
British sports are what 12bet is all about, and the site guarantees the best odds on UK and Irish racing. If you’re partial to a flutter on the horses, 12bet should be able to offer you some excellent deals that will keep you returning all through the racing year, from the big race meets to the run-of-the-mill events that are every bit as exciting when you’ve got money resting on them.
There’s much more to 12bet’s sportsbook than horses, but it seems a good place to start, followed swiftly by the football, the other quintessential British sport that the site champions. Bets can be displayed in decimal or fractional and 12bet’s default language can be switched from English to Chinese if desired.
12bet covers a good selection of matches in real time, enabling customers to bet on everything from free kicks to yellow cards. A button at the top of the page reveals the number of live games that are available for you to bet on at any given moment in time. In addition to football, 12bet offers live betting on tennis, basketball, handball, ice hockey, table tennis, volleyball and more.
There’s a section named Betting Highlights, which contains featured live matches, and another named New Last Minutes Bets. If you’ve rocked up late, there’s still time to place a hasty wager on the game and to pick up some cash with minutes to spare before the final whistle.
Sign up at 12bet and there are 3 x £100 deposit bonuses to claim if you’re planning to play at the casino. Casino games are categorised according to slots, table games and video poker. Three categories seems pretty slim, given that most web-based casinos are stocked with keno, scratch cards, bingo and all manner of other diversions.
The number 3 recurs everywhere 12bet; there are 3 menu options, 3 bonuses and 3 casino categories to sift through.
In terms of slots, there are some pretty entertaining games to choose from – plus a few twee ones, but so it goes. One man’s kitsch is another man’s class, so perhaps you’ll find Mystic Dreams and Mayan Princess to be to your liking. Other slots of note include Eagle’s Wings, Loose Cannon, Nashville and Major Millions. The latter is a progressive jackpot game, one of several to feature at the casino.
Oddly, there’s no section reserved for progressive games and they’re not marked within the slots section either, so there’s no easy way of telling which slots have progressive pots and which don’t.
The remainder of the games to be found at the casino comprise table games and video poker. Roll the wheel as you play American Roulette, European Roulette and Premier Roulette Diamond Edition. Play for the perfect 21 in your favourite variant of blackjack, be it High Limit European, Classic Blackjack Gold or Blackjack Multihand. Alternatively, try your luck at Baccarat Gold, a game that’s particularly popular with Asian players.
If poker’s more your thing, 12bet has 5 versions to choose from including Jacks or Better, Aces and Eights and Deuces Wild.
There’s not a whole lot to say about the live casino at 12bet because at present there isn’t one. Click on the live casino link at present and you’ll be taken to a page devoid of games which reads “Live casino will be back soon. We are redesigning our live dealer product for a better player experience. Please check back soon.”
On the one hand, it’s commendable to see 12bet seemingly taking measures to improve their live casino games. On the other hand, who knows how long this message has been in place, or when it is likely to be replaced with some actual games that can be played.
12bet is a strangely disappointing site considering it’s operated by one of the UK’s better known bookies. No amount of high profile shirt sponsorship deals can atone for the fact that this is a woefully underdeveloped site.
It looks like a work in progress, not only on account of the missing live casino, but due to the paucity of games in the virtual casino. The sportsbook is a little better, but it’s still nothing much to shout about.