BETAT is a fun-looking online casino with the tag-line a ‘Real Casino for Real Players’. Let’s hope then that if you’re reading this, you’re not imaginary. Powered by some of the biggest names in the gambling industry – including Microgaming and NetEnt – BETAT popped online in 2011 and has been providing gambling opportunities for punters ever since.
There’s a bit of a Mediterranean vibe about the place, as players from Portugal, Greece and Spanish-speaking countries (but not Spain itself) and can enjoy the casino in their respective native tongues. Indeed, the casino is effectively sliced in two: betat.com for European players under a Maltese licence, and betat.co.uk for UK-based players with a UK Gambling Commission licence.
So, is ‘real casino for real players’ the real deal, or a real pain in the gambling ass? We humbly suggest you keep on reading to find out…
A lot of the proof of the pudding of any online gambling establishment comes with the initial match deposit bonus that’s offered. If a site’s bonus is lit up on the home page in garish neon, they you can bet that its beauty will be found to be merely skin-deep.
At BETAT they do shout a little bit: sign up and you get 100 bonus spins on either Starburst and a 100% welcome package. Bonus spins bonuses are increasingly becoming the norm, and we here at RightCasino.com are definitely in favour of them.
Now let’s scratch beneath the surface and examine those T&Cs. The 100% bonus is up to £300 and is split into two – £150 on each of your first two deposits. That seems reasonable to us. You also get fifty freebies on Starburst or Twin Spin per deposit.
The wagering requirments are pretty standard at 30x your bonus and deposit. What’s not standard, however, is that only slots can be used to meet them – no table games whatsoever. There’s a maximum bet of £6.50 as well, and some slots only count 50%, including both of the Jack Hammer games, plus Blood Suckers and Irish Eyes. It’s best to check the T&Cs before you claim this bonus so you don’t end up disappointed if you play the ‘wrong’ slot.
Wagering requirements for free spins winnings are set up at 20x. You also have to play through your deposit at least three times before you can claim your winning.
While reviewing the T&Cs we came across this oddity:
“Remember, at BETAT Casino we love to keep things fair! Our bonuses do not tie in your real funds and all wins made using real funds are credited directly to your real funds balance which can be withdrawn when you like without the need to complete any wagering requirements!”
This means that when you make your bonus-inducing deposit at the casino, you can still withdraw winnings made from the deposit before completing wagering requirements. This is beneficial when you win big. Beware though of withdrawing from your deposit before you complete WRs, as this means you will lose your welcome bonus forever!
Bonus winnings at BETAT are capped at €25,000. There is also a max withdrawal limit of €25,000 a month, but crucially that doesn’t include progressive jackpots.
BETAT runs other promotions, such as one where you gain fifty free spins on a Friday if during the week you made a single deposit of €/£/$50 or more.
BETAT make a bit of a song and a dance about their slots. They can be forgiven for this, however, as they count Microgaming and NetEnt among their slot suppliers. If you’re a newb then take it from us – this means there are plenty of great online slots to keep you entertained.
If you prefer to hit the online gaming tables, then there’s also plenty to keep you occupied. You’ll find plenty of versions of blackjack and roulette, plus ‘jackpot’ games and scratch cards. There’s both video and casino poker too, but we were surprised that we couldn’t find baccarat other than the live dealer version. The site does have baccarat, but it takes a bit of uncovering.
If you ‘love it live’ then you can play baccarat, blackjack and roulette with live dealers here.
The site design of BETAT is certainly very sunny – hence that ‘Mediterranean’ feel we mentioned earlier. BETAT is kind of half a ‘traditional’ casino site and half a more ‘gamified’ one, like our favourite Casino Room. Big wins are announced on the site’s front page, and you can unlock achievements with certain games, including Thunderstruck II and Immortal Romance.
One thing we’re not sure about though. BETAT monitors the RTPs of games at their site and publish details of which games are currently ‘hot’, and which are ‘cold’. We’re not sure we’re in favour of this (as it’s complete hokum) but at lease by publishing both ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ games they keep things balanced.
BETAT seem to have slimmed their content providers down to four: Microgaming, NetEnt, NextGen and Leander. Four is a bit of a slim number, but at least it’s a fab four!
The site does now have a provision for mobile players, just pop across to the site on your mobile device and you’re good to go.
Game providers:Genesis Gaming, Leander Games, Microgaming, NetEnt.
One thing we really do like about BETAT is their commitment towards fast payouts. Your first withdrawal will take a little time as your ID needs to be verified, but after that withdrawals can be in your eWallet account in as little as TWO hours. That’s pretty amazing, and extremely welcome.
Visa and MasterCard are both accepted here, as are Neteller and Skrill, and a few other ‘less common’ eWallet solutions like POLi and Pugglepay.
There are deposit limits of £2,300, but these can be increased once you’ve proven your identity.
|Payment Method||Name||Depositing||Withdrawing||Withdraw Time|
|Bank Wire||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 3 days|
|ClickandBuy||$5 - $350||$5 - $350||1 - 7 days|
|Credit Card||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 7 days|
|Debit Card||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 7 days|
|Neteller||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 7 days|
|PaySafeCard||$0 - $4000||$0 - $4000||1 - 7 days|
|Skrill||$10 - $5000||$250 - $2500||1 - 7 days|
|Ukash||$0 - $1000||$0 - $1001||1 - 7 days|
|Visa Electron||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 7 days|
|WebMoney||$10 - $50000||$10 - $100000||1 - 7 days|
|Ecopayz||$0 - $20000||$0 - $20000||1 - 7 days|
Do we feel ‘real swell’ about BETAT? Is BETAT a place we’d feel comfortable to bet at?
We give BETAT a thumbs up, but with a couple of caveats. We don’t like that ‘hot games’ thing – it’s just the same as roulette croupiers claiming that certain numbers are currently hot. We also think the wagering requirements are a little too restrictive.
We do give definite approval to those payout times, though. Getting your hands on your winnings within two hours is amazing. We also approve of the design of the site, and the support options we used were very good.
So, BETAT, a ‘real casino for real players’… and also the right casino for the right casino players!Sounds good, sign me up!