Safety Inspector 🕵️Jacob Ljunggren
BettingScanner's resident safety expert explains why the sports betting giant Bet365 is now safe to use in the US.
New Jersey license → Bet365 is now legal and licensed in the state of New Jersey.
Safe deposits and withdrawals → The British online sportsbook has one of the widest selection of deposit and withdrawal options in the market.
Trustworthy welcome offer → Bet365 may have one of the more modest welcome bonuses on offer but it is honest - no misleading claims in the small print!
Excellent In-play → The in-play feature with Bet365 is simply world-class. Crucially it is reliable, with no glitches or delays and a 24/7 customer service who can help you if there are any issues.
Bet365 NJ: Licensed & Legal
If you are based in, or around New Jersey, then you really have hit the sports betting jackpot.
In 2018, when the Senate removed the federal ban on sports betting - allowing states to decide whether they would legalize online sports betting - no one expected the Garden State to emerge as a front-runner in the burgeoning US sports betting market. But here we are three years later and New Jersey has cemented top spot with over a dozen licensed online sportsbooks.
It might come as no surprise that FanDuel and DraftKings are the largest online sportsbooks in the state. The two companies are well-known US brands with a large existing customer base in NJ thanks to their DFS products.
However, when it comes to a global perspective, Bet365 completely overshadows the two US operators in terms of customer base and brand awareness. The company began its life in a portacabin in England's industrial north and is now the world largest sports betting operator. It is reflective of the US' historic aversion to sports betting and almost total isolation to the world's online sports betting industry that Bet365 remains lesser-known than FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM.
Considering its track record over two decades and the millions of customers worldwide, you can feel 100% secure that Bet365 is a safe and legit sportsbook.
Currently, Bet365 is only licensed in New Jersey. This means that you can sign-up do Bet365 anywhere in the country but you must be within state lines to deposit, place a wager or withdraw. If you are based in New York you can simply take the train, subway or ferry to NJ.
The company have announced that they have partnered with Century Casinos in New Jersey and a launch in Colorado is imminent.
Bet365 welcome offer
up to $500 in bet credits
- New customers only
- Single bets only
- Free bets expire
- NJ & CO players only
Bet365: Safe deposits and withdrawals
Bet365 enjoy a long relationship with many of the major payment providers in the industry. This means that they currently have one of the widest selection of options available to new customers.
Compared to many other legal online sportsbooks in the US, Bet365 offer a better selection of withdrawal options. This means that you are not stuck in a position where you have deposited into your account, wagered and won your bets but then you can't withdraw.
Bet365: A trustworthy welcome offer
Bet365's welcome offer does not quite carry the same weight as some of the other new player bonuses on the NJ market.
If you are looking for the largest amount on offer then we can recommend PointsBet's NJ welcome offer of 2x risk-free bets worth up to $20,000. This means that if you sign-up to PointsBet in NJ then you can place two bets of up to $500 and $1,500 respectively and if you lose you get your wager back in the form of a free bet.
If you are looking for the most generous offer we can recommend Unibet's welcome bonus which includes a $500 risk-free bet and 4x$10 no deposit bonuses. This is almost unheard of in the sports betting industry since a no-deposit bonus does not require that you make any initial transfer before you can pick up your bonus. It's effectively $40 worth of free bets!
So, as you can see Bet365's offer of a $500 risk-free bet is not quite up there with these two welcome offers. However, it is still a nice honest offer when you compare with sportsbooks like DraftKings that require you to win 25 times with your free bets before you can withdraw your money as cash.
With Bet365's welcome offer you simply place your first wager (up to $500) and if you lose you'll get your money back.
Best welcome offers in New Jersey
Bet365: Excellent In-play
In-play is an incredible form of betting in the US. It is also known as live betting as it allows you to place a wager on a live event.
There are certain sports that work particularly well with in-play bets. Baseball, for example, is a popular sport to live bet on as there are long breaks. This gives you enough time to place a bet without something happening in real-time to jeopardize your wager. Soccer, for example, is less convenient to bet on with 2 halves of 45 minutes with almost continuous play.
Bet365's In-play service is simply the best out there. In the UK the sportsbook built much of its brand around the winning combination of live streaming and live betting. This means they have had almost 20 years to perfect their in-play service.
If you are in New Jersey and looking to in-play bet then you won't find a better service than Bet365's.