Bet365 is one of the more popular rooms on the massive iPoker network, with good cash-game and tournament volume, great promotions and decent software.
With software also available in 14 languages, Bet365 is a truly international poker site that brings players to the table from dozens of countries. The quality of play is actually even a bit higher than your average European site, but not so high it's unbeatable.
Offering a number of poker variants, there are plenty of games for both new and experienced players. Tired of No-Limit Holdem? Try some 5-card stud. Limit Holdem getting you down? Try playing the calculation-monster of a game that is Omaha Hi/Lo.
With great traffic numbers thanks to the prolific iPoker network, there's plenty of action to be had; the high-stakes games aren't always well populated, but micro- through medium-stakes tables are usually available in droves.
A solid tournament schedule also makes bet365 a good choice for tournament players of any stake or experience level. Tons of daily guaranteed tournaments run around the clock and the live satellite tournaments are great.
Games offered at bet365 are Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Draw and Five-Card Stud. Real-money player statistics as of November 2015 show 10000 ring-game players and 55000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code and Promotions
Exclusive up to $1,000 bonus at 200% deposit match for players that sign up through a PokerListings link.
Bet365 bonus code for PokerListings players: PL600
Bonus Payout: Bonuses pay out in $10 dollar increments for each 1,200 merit points earned. At cash tables, merit points are earned depending on the rake collected from the hand. For example $2.25 in rake is worth 9.6 merit points.
For each $1 in tournament fees you earn 15 merit points. Bonus clearing time is 60 days.
bet365's Merit Program allows players to earn points as they play real-money cash games or tournaments. The higher the rake, the more Merit Points earned. Players who make 1,000, 10,000 and 25,000 become Silver, Gold and Platinum members with the higher the ranking, the more promotions and bonuses you're eligible for.
Freerolls, cash rewards and a holiday lottery are some of the perks you have access too as you climb the ranks. bet365 also offers a number of good, regular promotions to its players. The ongoing €650k Premium Chase is a great example with massive prizes and cash available for the average player.
Jackpot sit-and-gos get as high as $120,000 for taking down six consecutive SNGs. Tournament and SNG leaderboard challenges also give players a shot at bonus cash every week.
Tournaments and Freerolls
Bet365 offers a very solid tournament schedule with a lot of guaranteed tournaments throughout the day and usually satellites running for a few live tournament packages, such as the WPT and the WSOP.
The tournaments don't usually have much of an overlay and the field sizes are around 300-600 players for the regular weekly tournaments.
Tournament players at Bet365 are pretty bad in general, but not as abysmal as some other sites. There will be some competition, but not unbeatable. With the large number of tournaments, getting deep into the money shouldn't be a problem for any decent tournament player.
Bet365 doesn't offer a lot of freerolls but sometimes they have satellite freerolls into big tournaments.
Software and Graphics
Bet365 runs on customized iPoker software. Overall you get what you expect and playability is fine. You can take notes on players, the lobby shows the usual stats, and there is some limited statistical information available at the table, but only on your own play.
One function useful for clearing bonuses is the 'My Account' section where you can view bonus amounts and Merit Points required for completion, making it easy to keep track.
Bet365 offers fully re-sizable tables and supports play at up to 16 tables simultaneously. All-in odds are shown directly at the table, and there's a great in-software search function and a "Buddy list". There's also a calendar function for players to mark important upcoming tournaments into their diary.
For a direct Bet365 download, click the green "Free Download" link above.
Play at Bet365 is standard for most sites these days. High-stakes play will be more challenging than the average site, but expect the standard high volume of fish at the low and micro stakes with lots of gamblers from the casino and sportsbook.