The In-Play Betting and Live-Streaming Selection at bet365

While you’ll find in-play betting available at all good online sportsbooks these days, none do it quite as well as bet365. The bookie was one of the first to realise that it’s all about the in-play and concentrated its efforts on developing one of the most sophisticated in-play platforms around. This review will take us through all aspects of bet365 live betting. From the live sport and betting options and their odds, to live-streams and statistics. You can check out the table below for an overview of these aspects, but the bet365 in-play features are so large, there’s much more to delve into. Read on for all you need to know or check out our reviews of the bet365 bonuses and mobile app.

bet365 – Overview of the Live Betting Options
  • Live Betting
  • over 200 events per day
  • over 25 sports to choose from
  • over 100 betting options
  • odds up to 97.7%
  • Live Streams
  • over 200 per day
  • free to view
  • Live Scores
  • live scores with in-depth statistics

Many of the bookmaker’s advertisements still focus specifically on the in-play aspect of its betting platform, as bet365 knows just how popular this form of sports betting is. While the reasons for its success are numerous – it has over 19 million customers worldwide – the strength of the bet365 in-play betting arena is definitely a major factor.

The bet365 Live Betting Options9

Right off the bat, bet365 takes the crown for having the most sports and betting options available in-play. Obviously then, there’s an extremely comprehensive selection of both sports and bet types to choose from. All the betting options are accompanied by very competitive odds, whatever the sport. There’s only really William Hill who can compete with the sport and betting options here. With a massive 25 sports and over 135 in-play betting options, bet365 is the undisputed king of this area though. So, along with the obvious ones like football and tennis, there’s also sports like handball, badminton and basketball that can be bet on live.

Summary of Live Betting Options
Football Tennis Cricket Badminton
Total Goals Set Winner Method of Dismissal Match Lines +/-1
Correct Score Next Point Winner Over/Under Runs Point Betting
Last Team to Score Next Match Winner Next Man Out Race to Points
Race to Corners Total Games in Set Draw No Bet Correct Game Score

While in-play options are never as large as the total betting options package, bet365 does probably the best job of recreating the offerings of the main platform. This is done through the strength and depth of the sports available to be bet upon live. For football, for example, pretty much every game that bet365 covers will be available in-play. This means that you can bet on obscure or youth leagues across the world in-play, as well as pre-match. The depth of the in-play coverage – just like with the main platform – is really unrivalled. Betting options are also huge. A great feature of live betting is the new bet types that it has made possible. Bet365 has these types of bets in abundance, with bet types like next yellow card or number of corners possible for bigger fixtures.

The in-play interface for fixtures is also extremely sophisticated. The score information is displayed in the centre of the screen and is accompanied by useful statistical information. On the right hand side of the interface is the live-stream video box, which is replaced by an interactive infographic should a live-stream not be available, which displays all the match action live. Below this is even further statistical information on the event.

The odds for in-play sports are good on the whole – between 92.13 to 94.4% for all sports – but there are better available on the market. The odds can change fairly quickly while betting in-play and if you have a selection in your bet slip that has just changed odds, then you’ll be made aware by the selection turning yellow, before being made to accept the new odds before you’re able to confirm the selection. Bet365 place a delay on the confirmation of in-play bets. Normally this is just a second or two, but I have had one or two experiences where my bet was delayed and then refused, and I had to re-attempt the bet, usually at different odds.

Live Streaming bet365 In-Play Events

As the overall winner of our live-stream tests, this is obviously an area where the betting site is extremely strong. There are over 70,000 events available for live-stream each year here, which is the second highest amongst all our bookies. When in the in-play arena, events that are available to be streamed are shown by a small TV logo next to the fixture information. There’s also a dedicated window to live-streaming that can be opened and contains the live-stream itself, along with a list of what is currently available for streaming and a schedule for upcoming events over the next week. When heading into the in-play platform, the live-stream box will automatically appear in the top right of the screen. It can be enlarged to give a better view or minimised completely.

There are plenty of different sports available to be streamed, from football and tennis to darts and volleyball. Bet365 has two great advantages over the competition when it comes to live-streams. First, live-streams are free to view as long as you have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Second, there are multiple sports available for live-stream on the mobile app, rather than just horse racing like most others. Some other betting sites do offer free to view live-streams, but none can offer a range of sports for live-stream on the mobile app like bet365. The only streams where the sport must be bet upon is with horse racing, though this is the norm across all operators. The limits are a little lower than the average though, at 50p for singles and 25p for each-way bets.

Live Scores and Stats

I touched on the live scores and statistics earlier, but this requires a little more detail, since the statistical information provided is of a good quality. Each football fixture has an infographic that will display what is happening in the match live. Underneath this is a small stats box, which shows the number of attacks and dangerous attacks each team have made, along with the match possession. The live score is prominently displayed in the top of the page and is accompanied by further statistical information. There’s the number of corners, cards, penalties and the score, with a drop down box containing all the events of the game that are relevant to bet types.

This information is also vital to in-play betting, as successfully winning in-play bets heavily relies on reading the fixture, predicting what will happen and betting accordingly. But there’s an additional service that is also very useful for sports betting. Bet365 offer a good past results service, which contains all the results of sporting fixtures over the last six months. Almost all the sports contained on the online platform can be searched through and the available bet types for that fixture will be listed, along with the winning bet types. You can also toggle between seeing the losing bet types.

Conclusion – The Most Complete In-Play Offering

Once again, bet365 makes its mark on an aspect of sports betting as one of the best places to bet in-play. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to us, after its past performances and its motto that it is ‘all about the in-play’. Our tests have confirmed this motto to be totally true. A huge amount of live-streams, one of the most user-friendly in-play platforms and the most sport and betting options were enough to seal the deal for the bookmaker. There are things that the bookmaker doesn’t do the best out of all the betting sites reviewed on this site, but it still does these things extremely well. The in-play odds are one area where it was beaten by a few other betting sites, such as Coral who had the best overall in-play odds from our tests, or the best in-play football odds at BetVictor, but the in-play odds here are competitive throughout. The past scores service is very useful and well-designed. Overall it’s an extremely strong performance from bet365.

Strengths and Weaknesses of bet365 In-Play Betting
  • Major Strengths
  • widest range of betting options
  • Major Weaknesses
  • none
  • Minor Strengths
  • strong in-play odds
  • sliding scale cash out
  • Minor Weaknesses
  • platform can be a little slow

FAQ

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Can I View Live-Streams for Free?

Live-streams for all sports other than horse racing are completely free to view at bet365, as long as you have a funded account balance or have made a bet in the last 24 hours. To live-stream horse races, you’ll need to bet at least 50p for a single to win or 25p each way on a particular event.