bet365 is a British, privately-owned online gambling company that is one of the biggest and richest in the world. Financially secure, first rate customer service and a wide range of products have helped see bet365 grow from a small office in Stoke, England to be a multi-national company that is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Unfortunately, bet365 is not available in Cyprus, Estonia, Germany Nordrhein Westfalen, Hong Kong, Israel, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Turkey and the USA.
bet365 Bonuses and VIP Scheme
Anyone who downloads bet365 Poker via PokerNews has their first deposit at the site matched 100% up to €100 in the form of a bonus. If you reside in the United Kingdom or Ireland, and have your language set to English, you will receive €5 cash game ticket for free when you create your poker nickname.
The 100% up to €100 bonus is released into your account as you accumulate Merit Points, which are earned at a rate of 15 per €1 or £1 paid in cash game rake or tournament fees. The first €1 is released upon earning 50 Merit Points, a further €4 when you earn 300 Merit Points, with the remaining bonus balance releasing in €5 chunks when you earn an additional 450 Merit Points.
New depositing players also receive €10 worth of tournament tickets made up of two Tournament Tickets for entry to Premium Steps (Step 3 with €2.50 buy-in and Step 1 with €0.50 buy-in); €1 Tournament Ticket for entry to a Twister Sit & Go; €1 Tournament Ticket for entry to any Scheduled tournament or Sit & Go.
Bet365 has a potentially lucrative VIP program that has five levels. Each level has a number of steps that need to be completed before you can progress to the next; you progress from each step by earning Status Points. Once a step is completed, you are awarded bet365 Coins which can be exchanged in the bet365 store for tournament tickets, cash game tickets and bonus euros.
Status Points are earned at a rate of 10 for every €1 or £1 of attributed rake or tournament fees.
Everyone starts at the Bronze level and this has 15 Steps in it, each requiring two Status Points to complete. Once you have completed a Step, you receive one bet365 Coin. You then move onto Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels with Diamond players being instantly rewarded with 2,500 Coins and then 2,500 more every quarter they maintain their status.
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Games Offered at bet365
bet365 currently spreads Hold’em and Omaha cash games, with most of the traffic focussed at the six-handed No Limit Hold’em tables, although Pot Limit Omaha games are plentiful during peak European hours.
In addition to Hold’em and Omaha tournaments, bet365 occasionally runs seven-card Stud tournaments, but these do not run frequently.
Cash games start with blinds as low as €0.01/€0.02 and increase up to €5/€10, with tournaments buy-ins starting at €0.10 and increasing to €375 – and sometimes higher during online poker festivals.
bet365 Poker's Fast-Fold Variant
bet365 is the home to Speed Poker, which is its take on the fast-fold poker craze and allows you to play hundreds of hands per hour per table. Don’t like the hand you have been dealt? Then click the fold button and be whisked away to a brand new table, with new opponents and new hole cards! Keep clicking until you find a hand that you want to play.
The excellent bet365 customer service team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted by Freephone telephone, email or via the live chat feature. You can even request a callback from the team via the bet365 website.