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Sky Bet and the associated sites of Sky Poker, Vegas and Bingo are owned by the British Sky Broadcasting Group plc. The company is based in Middlesex and is one of the biggest and most well known companies in the UK. Their reputation is further enhanced by their position on the London Stock Exchange and the fact that they are a member of the FTSE 100. Sky Bet is licensed and regulated by the UK gambling commission.
Sports events covered by Sky Bet
Sky Bet cover a wide range of sporting events from around the world. Popular choices for members include the English football leagues, cricket, horse racing, tennis, rugby league and rugby union. Other sports on the site include the American sports of basketball and baseball, golf, greyhound racing, motor sports and traditional pub sports like snooker and darts. There is also the option of betting on virtual racing when there is no horse racing available.
The Sky Bet website accepts all of the common bet types including singles, doubles, trebles, each-way, accumulators, Trixies, Yankees and a number of more exotic bets. Unfortunately the types of bets are not well explained on the site and so you will need to know a little bit about online betting in order to place more complex bets.
Occasionally there are non-sporting events available to bet on as well as all of the sporting events. These additional events include TV specials like the X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Sports personality of the Year, and also things like 'will it snow on Christmas day'. At certain times there are also political betting options including the winner of the UK general election.
Other areas of the website
In addition to the Sky Bet area of the website there is also Sky Poker, Sky Vegas which is a casino facility and Sky Bingo. The Poker area holds regular tournaments that can all be entered providing you open a Sky Bet account while the Vegas area has all of the popular slot machines, table games and instant win games on offer. Similarly, the Bingo area can be used with the same account.
There are a number of ongoing promotions on this betting website, many of which are available to new customers including a poker cash bonus of up to £500 when you register, a casino cash bonus of up to £100 and 'buy one get one free' bingo tickets at certain times throughout the day. There are additional bonuses available as well that can be found on the 'promotions' page of the Sky Bet site.
Payment Options for Sky Bet
You can use any of the major credit and debit cards to fund an account at Sky Bet. In addition, the site also accepts the Laser card. Unfortunately you can't fund an account through Moneybookers or any of the other click and pay sites though.
The Sky Bet online betting site has a very good 'help' section where new members can learn about all aspects of online sports betting. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page that answers all of the common queries people may have. If you can't find the answer you're looking for though then there is an online chat line and a 24 hour phone line available. You can also email the customer service personnel at the site.
The poker area of the site has a comprehensive Poker school for those who are new to the game that explains the basics of the game, common mistakes that are made and other helpful information.
Summary of Sky Bet
The Sky Bet site has a very good reputation as an online gambling site because of its name and it offers plenty of options for its users. There is a wide range of sports available to bet on as well as the other areas of the site if you fancy a change. It is easy to deposit money into your Sky Bet account providing you own a credit or debit card and winnings can easily be transferred back onto your card. The promotions are varied and there is plenty of customer service assistance available should you need it.