BetOwi are a sister site of SportsBettingOnline.ag making waves with their big bonuses for new players. While they're something of a newcomer to the industry, they have a stellar reputation to date.
Although the rollover requirements on their bonuses are higher than most, if you bet alot, you won't have too much trouble locking up some free bonus money.
On the outside, BetOWI looks like a pretty great site. It has a great layout, widgets for athlete tweets and news articles, and a couple of really nice bonuses that try to pull you in. However, when it comes to American betting sites, I’ve always gone for the “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” approach, especially when it comes to newer entries to the market.
So if you are curious about how BetOWI shapes up against the other US friendly sportsbooks, then read on.
Structurally, BetOWI looks and feels like a great sports betting site. For anyone who has used 5Dimes or BetCanadian, you’ll know that modern designs aren’t often found in the US market. In that regard, BetOWI kicked ass. I really dug the theme of the site – modern, colorful and well laid out, and the sports section is filled with content that I actually enjoyed reading.
In terms of sports betting, the site looks good, with a grid of lines including spreads, money lines, and over under bets. I was a little annoyed about the wagering system on the site. While other sites such as 5Dimes have a smooth operation in this aspect, I had a hard time actually placing my wager as I got a script error more than once. However, I notified staff of this and was told it would be rectified by their tech guys asap. Browning points there.
All Bases Covered for US Customers
Action wise I found the following sports could be wagered on: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, MMA, Boxing, Rugby, Auto Racing, Entertainment Bets, and Prop Bets. While the selection isn’t the deepest that I have ever seen, I did enjoy seeing the breakdown that goes into each sport. You will likely be able to find any event that you want to bet on, if not hit up their support team and ask them what’s up.
If you are looking for side action at BetOWI, you will likely be let down. While other bookies have started offering live dealer platforms, BetOWI is stuck with a dated Vegas casino that looks like it is from the early 2000’s. These games are beyond dated, and really aren’t much fun to play. I’m not much of a casino player apart from enjoying some craps while in Vegas or Atlantic City, so the games here might appeal to die hard blackjack, slots or baccarat fans.
With a clunky betting system and a casino needing updating, I was starting to get a little worried that BetOWI was pretty on the outside with nothing of substance underneath. That was until I loaded up my Android phone and gave their mobile site a shot.
A Better Mobile Site
With the problems that I had with the desktop version of BetOWI, I was expecting the mobile site to be awful. I’m glad to say I was wrong.
Surprisingly, BetOWI’s mobile site is even better than the desktop version. I say this because even though the great layout carries over, the bugs I encountered on the regular site did not. I had no problems getting the wagering menu to pop up and found it very responsive. I also had a quick look on my Ipad and everything seemed to be working well.
Keeping up with some of the bigger sports betting brands can be challenging, but somehow BetOWI has found a nice way to offer bonuses to its customers. I liked the 150% initial deposit bonus, and the casino and racebook bonuses were also very nice.
Additionally, BetOWI has a nice rewards program that should do a good job of keeping players back in the fold.
Banking Is Ample
A great mobile site and bonus system may look nice, but they don’t mean squat if the banking and customer service systems aren’t any good. Fortunately, BetOWI scored ok on both.
Depositing at BetOWI is limited to just three options: Visa, Peer to Peer, and Bitcoin. The one glaring omission here is Mastercard, however, that’s not uncommon in the US market. The Bitcoin option was also a bit of a surprise as it was the first time I’d seen it offered by a sportsbook. I knew there were Bitcoin poker rooms but finding it at a betting site gave me a bit of a “wtf” moment. So again, BetOWI deserves some kudos for being original and providing an option not available at other sites.
Withdrawals are limited to just two options: Person to Person and a paper check. While both are fee free (one per month), it took me 3 weeks to get my money back on a $175 win. While that’s not the worst waiting time in the world, it’s something I hope they can improve in future.
If you have read this entire review, you will know that I think BetOWI is a solid sportsbook. The site looks nice and offers a pretty sweet mobile option. They also feature above average bonuses and some banking options not available at other sites.
However, before I love you and leave you, I would like to finish with a small word of warning. While I had a positive experience at BetOWI and they seem to be a legitimate operation, they are still relatively new and don’t have much of a track record in the industry. If this were 5Dimes or Bookmaker in business for over 10 years, I would be giving them an A rating. But, these guys are new and I can’t overly recommend new books as I feel there is always some small element of risk involved.
Thus I’m going to rate BetOWI as a B- option. If you’re bonus hunting or just fancy trying out a new book, then give them a try, but don’t put your whole bankroll there, now quite yet anyway.
Update: Since publishing this article I have been reliably informed that BetOWI are a sister site of SportsBettingOnline.ag another B rated book at USABookmakers.com.