Sunbets Online Sportsbook Review
Sun bets is one of the newest sportsbooks to join the online gambling sector with the British newspaper launching their own product in mid-2016 and hoping to attract punters worldwide to their shiny new sportsbook. The company already own a bingo site (imaginatively titled ‘Sun Bingo’) and their sports coverage in the UK and Ireland is extensive. The market is fairly saturated already but can Sun bets create a splash and take a share of the punters pound?
Getting Started and Signing Up
Thousands of new customers have already joined Sun bets and it’s perfectly easy to sign up for an account with the sportsbook. ‘Log In’ and ‘Join’ options can be found in the top right corner of the home page and simply click the latter to start the process.
The usual details will be required such as name (s), address, contact numbers and new customers must set a username and password for their account. You will also be able to select the preferred currency (£ or €) and it is possible to set a deposit limit for those who are worried about the possibility of addiction.
Finally, take a quick browse of the terms and conditions and confirm the preferred method of contact and you’re ready to begin!
Occasionally, additional verification may be required by Sun bets. This will usually be a driving license or utility bill.
It is also possible to complete the registration process via the Sun bets app.
Customers wishing to take advantage of the Sun’s Bet £5, Get £10 free promotion will need to enter the code ‘G10’ into the ‘Promotion Code’ box before leaving the sign up page. Don’t miss out! Only residents of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland can currently sign up and take advantage of this promotion.
Depositing and Withdrawing Cash
The next step is funding your new Sun bets account and it’s simple to get started. Punters can use all major debit and credit cards to complete transactions. These include Visa, Maestro and Mastercard. Paypal and Neteller are also available as are PaySafe cards and Bank Wire Transfers. All deposits are shown in betting accounts immediately and ready to begin wagering!
At the time of writing, only credit & debit cards and Bank Wire Transfers can be used when withdrawing from an account although we expect Sun bets to alter this shortly.
Withdrawals are usually completed within 3-5 working days which is standard procedure for all online sportsbooks.
Although you only have to bet £5 to take advantage of the welcome bonus, the minimum deposit is £10 or €10. The maximum is currently set at £1000/€1000.
New Customer Bonus
We’ve already trailed Sun bet’s promotion for new customers which is bet £5 and get £10 free! It has been heavily advertised on television, radio and in their newspaper and is a decent sign-up bonus. It doesn’t rely on new punters spending heavily in order to qualify for their reward.
Simply follow the instructions bellow:
- Sign Up for new account with Sun bets
- Use the code G10 in the ‘Promotion Code’ box
- Fund your account
- Place a bet of at least £5/€5 at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater
Your account will be credited with £10/€10 within 48 hours courtesy of Sun bets. It is important to ensure the code is entered on the new customer page in order to secure your sign-up bonus. There will be some wagering requirements attached to the free £10 so always make sure you check the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment.
There is an alternative bonus for casino players which requires the code SUNCASINO where new customers will be given a 100% matched bonus on deposits up to £100/€100.
During Royal Ascot 2017, Sun bets were offering all new customers who signed up and placed a bet of £10 or more on any horse racing market up to £20 /€20 in free bets.
Other Bonuses and Promotions
Throughout the 2016-17 English football season, Sun Bets offered a terrific first goal-scorer promotion to all existing customers. If you’d placed a bet on a first goal-scorer on any televised Premier League match (on BT Sport or Sky Sports) and your wager had sadly lost by half time, Sun bets would refund that bet and credit your account with the value of your stake up to £10 / €10.
This was an extremely popular promotion which many punters took advantage of. They look certain to bring it back for the new season starting in August 2018.
Horse racing fans do not miss out when it comes to promotions. Sun bets have been offering special incentives during the Cheltenham & Aintree Festivals and more recently Royal Ascot. If your horse is beaten into second place by a length or less, you’ll get your money back up to £25 / €25. This applies to all races at the Berkshire track.
Finally, Sun Boosts occur regularly on a range of different sports. These include enhanced prices on UEFA Champions League, US Open Golf and Wimbledon. These ensure Sun bets are the best price on a particular market. All customers can take advantage of these.
Mobile Betting and App
Sun bets have recently launched their mobile app which is available for iPhone, Android and other smartphones. It is available to download via their website and in the App store. It is quick and easy to download.
The Sun bets website is also available via mobile browsers for those who wish to save memory by not having the App on their phone. The same promotions are available via the App and mobile site and customers can still qualify for the price boosts betting via this method. The App is slick, clean and simple to navigate. It is still in its infancy but they clearly have a talented team of designers who are aware of customer’s needs.
Selected events (such as Premier League matches) offer ‘Cash Out’ on the mobile App where punters can take a profit before the event has concluded.The live chat function is also available via the App and it is easy and secure to deposit and withdraw from an account using this product.
Market and Odds
Sun Bets is only available in the UK and Ireland at the time of writing so unsurprisingly there is an emphasis on sports which are popular in these countries. Football takes up a huge chunk of the website although the tennis, cricket, horse racing and golf markets are all very impressive. The football markets include friendlies, Swedish Superrettan (second tier) and African Cup of Nations Qualifying. Very few leagues are missed with Sun bets.
Other sports offer a less extensive range of markets but Sun bets still cover the likes of MMA, Handball and Sailing.
Novelty bets are also available on television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity whilst during the recent General Election in the UK, they set up a number of political markets for punters to browse.
Sun bets odds are fairly standard across the board but their enhancements/boosts on selected markets is a terrific way of attracting customers to the product. The football odds are usually the standout options.
The Sun bets website feels very spacious and isn’t cluttered like many of its counterparts. The white and red design (not too dissimilar from Ladbrokes) makes it easy on the eye and simple to read. Standout features include the popular events towards the top of the screen and the ‘In-Play and Up Coming’ section of the website which allows punter to plan their bets for the next 24 hours.
Everything is very clear on the site and it is one of the best sportsbooks to navigate. It is easy to locate their most recent price boosts and the popular betting events. Designers have clearly taken time to speak to gamblers and find out which layouts successfully keep punters returning. There is also the Sun Bets blog and expert opinions available via the website whilst users are able to listen to talkSPORT whilst browsing for bets.
Sun bets are keen to keep customer service to a very high level and they offer a 24/7 live chat function for all punters. Operators are helpful, polite and always endeavour to solve any issues which might have arisen. There is also a phone line which is open from 7am each morning which is manned by a helpful team of operators. They also have an active social media team who man Twitter and Facebook and as well as advertising the latest promotions, they always appear happy to help stricken punters.
The level of customer service from Sun bets is very high and they are extremely attentive to bettor’s needs, which is a boon to a sports betting site in the UK.
Sun bets may be new to the market but it doesn’t have much catching up to do! It is operating to a high standard with a classy and efficient website and they continue to add to their range of markets and odds. There are still some things to be ironed out but at the time of writing they have been operating for less than two years and I’m sure they will continue to improve.