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U*bet is a regional bookie with a lot of influence in Malta. The platform offers interesting opportunities in various sports with plenty of odds in niche markets. U*bet is extremely easy to use and punters looking for simplicity will find much resonance with the brand’s layout. The company also offers a basket full of promotions for registered customers. If you happen to be in Malta, then you can treat yourself to extra bonuses. Read on this new U*bet Review of 2018, to know how you can extract the best out of the brand.
New customers at U*bet will be disappointed if they hope for a welcome bonus. As of 2018, U*bet surprisingly doesn’t offer any Welcome Offer for new punters. However, a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, and neither should a bookie be judged by its welcome bonus. U*bet does have some unique promotions for punters, especially for its Maltese fanbase.
U*bet likes to keep things simple and its promotion policy is a good reflection of its innate simplicity. Unlike other notable brands like 888 Sports, UniBet, BetFair, or BetAtHome, U*bet keeps just 4-5 active promotions at a given point in time. Most of its promotions for existing customers are seasonal and are likely to change in the future. In general, the promotions are quite lucrative and carry high stakes. Here are some of the current promos of U*bet.
U*bet is based in Malta and operated by Maltco Lotteries. Furthermore, Maltco Lotteries is part of the INTRALOT Group of Companies. Maltco Lotteries started its operation in 2013 as a regional provider of lottery tickets. Maltco Lotteries has an impressive retail presence with more than 240 outlets. U*bet is regulated and licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority.
Maltco Lotteries is also the name behind National Lottery Games and Additional Games, which was established by the Maltese Government in 1934 and transferred to Maltco in June 2012. U*bet is also partnered with notable horse-betting institutions like the ATG (the Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board), STC (the Swedish Trotting Association), and SG (the Swedish Gallop Association). U*bet has recently become the 31st member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS).
U*bet is also committed to Responsible Gambling and has recently contributed €50000 to the Malta Gaming Authority towards Responsible Gambling.
U*bet is fully retail operated and you can only pay for your bets at any of the 230+ Maltco retail outlets. You can select your odds and print your bet slip through the U*bet website/mobile app, or through an authorized vendor at Maltco retail outlets. You can also place your wagers directly on the U*bet FOBTs (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals), which will show the theoretical percent Return to Player (RTP) for every game. You can pay for your wager through cash or card.
Once the transaction is complete, you will be issued with a ticket, which will be the final piece for settlement of bets. You can cancel your bets within 5 minutes of an issue, given that the sports bet-event has not occurred. For the U*bet HR GBI British, cancellation time is up to 3 minutes after the ticket is issued or the first event in the bet has occurred. Punters have the right to get a refund of the stake in case of unavoidable circumstances.
U*bet won’t be responsible for Damaged/Lost tickets. In case of damaged tickets, the following information should be visible on the thermal paper:
U*bet has a healthy chart full of sports that is a typical mix of popular sports and traditional betting sports. The brand is very much inclined towards racing events and has a separate section dedicated to the holy trinity of racing; horse racing, greyhound racing and harness racing. In popular sports, Football is the prime focus for U*bet. You will also find baseball, tennis, rugby, snooker, lotto, Super 5, and Moto GP. However, U*bet fails to impress us with its sports portfolio and we hope to see the inclusion of some more sports like cricket, cycling, darts, hockey, etc.
The football odds are not at all competitive when compared to other bookies like William Hill, Bet365 or Malta based, UniBet. The canopy of markets under each sport is also unimpressive. Except for football and baseball, the platform’s tournament outreach is extremely low. Most sports have 2-3 tournaments at a given time, which is much lower than the industry average.
On the brighter side, the brand is a great place to scoop up some profitable odds in sports like snooker, rugby, and tennis. U*bet also has a surprisingly good edge in racing markets. Punters from the UK and Canada will love its odds and market depth in racing sports. The brand recently launched fixed odds system in Horse Racing and is a great opportunity for systematic gambling. Combinations/ Accumulators are allowed in all sports.
All bets in U*bet are placed at the Points of Sale (POS). You can scan the odds and vital information from the main website or the Android app. Final odds are the ones printed on the ticket at the time of validation of the bet.
One of the problems with the U*bet website is that the font size is a bit small. If you are trying to open the website through a smartphone browser, you have to zoom into your odds quite often. The U*bet App simplifies the betting experience to a great extent by offering an intuitive layout that is very ergonomic to use. A vertical panel at the left side of the screen lets you browse through important sections like Odds, Live Betting, Ante-post Betting, Results, Betting Tips, Promotions, Videos and Store Location. You can select the major sports through a single tab, and then enter the individual sports market from there.
U*bet is available on both Android and iOS. The app can be easily downloaded from the links provided in the table.
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Android 4.0.3 and up.
U*bet has made quite a progress in offering live bets. It even managed to put its own live betting bus on the roads of Malta. You can spot the black bus during festive seasons, gambling expos, special promos and global sporting events.
The U*bet live bet-spread is wide and covers important markets like full-times, under-over, goal/no goal, next team to score, exact goal, correct score, win rest of the match, etc. Accumulators are easy to place during live betting, but only one selection per event is allowed.
However, there are two shortcomings worth mentioning. First is the absence of any custom-betting feature, like that of Ladbrokes or Bet-At-Home, where you can make your own bets. The second is the absence of sports other than football in its live betting section. This one sport monopoly is sure to put off many punters, looking to diversify their betting strategy.
U*bet live streams important sporting events in its Points of Sale (POS). However, there is no live streaming provided by U*bet for online view. The results are broadcasted every day on selected TV channels of Malta. You can also obtain live scores from any U*bet Points of Sale (POS). For historical results, you can download daily pdf sheets from the website homepage. Certain Horse Racing bodies like GBI Racing provide live coverage to online viewers.
U*bet is a nascent brand and it is yet to launch its own VIP club. The brand is still far from having a VIP club and instead has its focus set on tourists visiting the gambling paradise of Malta. Unless the brand starts accepting online bets, the U*bet VIP Club remains a far-fetched dream.
U*bet offers customer support through the following numbers. Punters can also approach the retail outlets for help/ inquiry.
These three centers offer free consultation and treatment to gamblers in Malta.
U*bet operates extensively in Malta and has a laudable fan-following on the tiny island. Its strength in Malta is consolidated by a strong retail presence and a marketing blitzkrieg that is active round the year. It remains a foreign name for many punters from the UK and Europe. The brand seems comfortable in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and has little marketing efforts in mainland Europe. This is a sad thing because U*bet is a quality bet provider with much in store.
As mentioned earlier, U*bet is relatively new to sports betting. It can be one of the best bookmakers in the offline betting industry, given it expands its sports portfolio.
U*bet is a brand in making and we expect to see some big action in the coming year. The strength of the brand is its retail presence, which is also ironically turning out to be its weakness. U*bet is too focused on its retail presence to provide online solutions for its punters. Its huge presence in Malta has taken the steam off its global ambitions. In its current avatar, U*bet is not a place to be for veteran punters but a hunting spot for opportunistic odds in niche games. However, the brand is slowly catching up and trying to break into the European gambling market. We are eager to see how it adapts itself to the growing needs of new age punters. It is yet to come out of its Lottery cocoon.
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