Reviewed By Richard Janvrin
Bally Bet's arrival as an online sportsbook one brings one of the biggest names in gambling into the online sports betting scene, and it has a lot of folks truly excited.
Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Bally's Corporation was founded in 2004 under the name BLB Investors, but later changed to Twin River Worldwide Holdings. Later, in 2020, the company acquired the right's the Bally's from Caesars. Thus, the name changed once again, but this time to Bally's Corporation.
Across the United States, Bally owns 13 casinos in nine states and a horse track, which is in Colorado. Speaking of Colorado, in May 2021, the first Bally Bet's sportsbook launched. The online sportsbook is eyeing rapid expansion, and in this Bally Bet's review we will take a deep dive into what potential users can expect experience at the Bally Bet's website and Bally Bet's app.
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Bally Bet is an online sportsbook that is currently available in Colorado and Iowa, and it works just like most online betting sites. Users can wager online via the online sportsbook Bally Bet desktop platform as well as access the online sportsbook via the Bally Bet's app, which is available for iOS and Android users. On the Bally Bet website homepage, you will be asked to pick which state you want to access and which mobile app.
Currently, the site is simple in its design, but given that it is so new, that is understandable. The simple, clean and easy to handle aesthetic may be much easier for a new player to explore.
After choosing which state you wish to play in, you can start creating an account. To do so, simply click on the "Join Now" button in the upper-right corner of the screen. From here, you will be brought to a page in which you can either join the traditional way or, if you have a Bally Bet House Advantage Card, you can continue the registration process with your card and PIN.
Let's assume you are brand new, though, and walk through step-by-step how to register at Bally Bet.
At the end of the registration process at Bally Bet, some may find themselves needing to provide additional identity-confirming documents. In this case, you will need to provide a picture of your state-issued identification, such as a driver's license. Again, this is not a common occurrence, but something to keep in mind.
Lastly, there is geolocation. This is software that Bally Bet will run to confirm your location. This is done via IP address. If you're located in a legal state where Bally Bet is licensed, you will be able to wager freely. If not, any feature involving betting or withdrawing will be prohibited.
Keep in mind that if you already have an account with Bally Bet do not try to create a new one. In doing so, you run the risk of getting your account locked, as this is against the terms of service.
Still in the early stages of opening the product, the deposit methods are somewhat sparse. Currently, players at Bally Bet Sportsbook can deposit with either an online bank transfer or with a Bally Bet-branded Play+ CardPlay+ Card. The bank transfers can be performed immediately through all major banks. This method is limited to a maximum deposit amount of $2,000 per day or $10,000 a month. The minimum deposit amount is $10.
The Play+ Card is a card issued to the player and branded by Bally Bet. This is somewhat like a debit card in that players can make ATM withdrawals using it and use credit cards or bank accounts to fund it. This method is limited to a maximum deposit amount of $2,000 per day or $10,000 a month. The minimum deposit amount is $10.
As with deposits, the same methods apply for withdrawals, too. However, players can also withdraw using the cash cage option. This is an in-person transaction done at the retail casino partner for Bally Bets Sportsbook. All withdrawal methods require a minimum amount of $10.
Bally Bet Sportsbook currently offers new players a 100% risk-free bet first bet welcome offer. The amount in which players can bet risk-free bet is $550, which is a lot higher than some of its most important competitors. If your first bet loses, you will receive a free bet credit that can be used on any straight wager, parlay, progressive parlay, or teaser with odds of up to +300. Free bets are not withdrawable, but the winnings from it are.
Bally Bet Sportsbook also offers other promotions such as parlay insurance, bet matching, some improved odds promotions and more. The risk-free bet option will attract more and more users.
Available for both iOS users and Android, players can experience the Bally Bet's app on the road! For iOS users, you can download the Bally Bet Sportsbook app through the App Store. For Android users, you will need to visit the Bally Bet Sportsbook website, where you will be prompted with being able to download.
Being so new to the sports betting scene, the Bally Bet's app has just a handful of reviews on the App Store, but it's rated at over 4 Stars. While to some the app may not be all that impressive, we must say that it is more appealing than the online sports betting website. While it is similar, the app is formatted in a way that makes it easier to explore. Our only gripe is that the font sizes and the color scheme could be a bit tricky on the eye.
When it comes to how the app operates, though, there is no lag or buffering that would cause the app to crash and everything runs smoothly. To find the betslip on the Bally Bet Sportsbook app, go to the button at the bottom of the app that says Bet Ticket. This will populate with a red digit once a selection a chosen.
The Bally Bet Loyalty Program is, in a nutshell, points for free play dollars. Here is a full breakdown of the points you receive and how to receive them.
Every 2000 points equate to $1 in free play. For example, if you make a $100 parlay bet with 4 teams, you will get 400 points! Players can also save points to use on gaming, dining, merchandise and at brick-and-mortar locations. Players will not need to enroll in this program. It automatically takes effect after creating an account, so you can start earning points immediately.
Bally Bet Sportsbook offers a healthy number of sports to bet on. This list includes the "Big-Four" with NBA, MLB, NHL and the NFL. There is more of course, too, with MMA, Boxing, Golf, NCAA Football and Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Auto Racing, International Baseball and Basketball, WNBA, Bowling and College Baseball also being included. Bally Bet is lacking the cycling, darts and other somewhat niche betting options, but for most bettors, this will just about cover it.
With so many online sportsbooks these days, it's hard to be like the sports betting of old: Rack up the odds due to lack of competition. Today, with more and more access happening, the odds across the board are standard. However, some online sportsbooks do get a bit more action in certain departments which could impact some odds, allowing for players to look elsewhere. This is what you can call "odds shopping" in different betting markets. Let's compare Bally Bet Sportsbook to an unnamed big-name competitor during the NBA Finals.
All in all, there are some places where Bally Bet was slightly better and slightly worse, but some great value can be found with this operator.
Fresh out of the gate, Bally Bet offers all the normal sports betting types such as moneylines, spreads, parlay, alternate lines, totals, prop bets, combos and more. There are some niche additional sports betting options that aren't yet offered, however, including betting on quarters and the halftime score. It is safe to assume that these will be added later. Same with the depth of prop bets available.
It is important to remember how new Bally Bet is. There are other sports betting platforms that may offer more and unique features, but Bally Bet is still in the beginning stages. Thus, the features currently offered are common in the sports betting landscape but are still important.
Live Betting allows players to wager on games that are actively in progress. The odds may be slightly different than before the game began as they reflect what is currently happening in the game. This allows bettors to jump on a favorite that might have started slow or even hedge a bet if a pregame wager isn't looking too good.
This is an incredible feature that was unthinkable years ago. At Bally Bet, you can cash out your tickets before the game is over on selected bets (your betslip will indicate if your wager is eligible). That's right, no more waiting until the game is over to take a bad beat or holding your breath as you hang on to hopefully secure a win. You can end your ticket early and take home a portion of the potential winnings if you're currently winning the bet. Or, if you're losing, salvage a much smaller portion than originally wagered and move on to the next contest. Cash-out amounts change as the game changes.
Given the expected growing pains for a new sportsbook site, we don't have many complaints about the user experience and design at Bally Bet. While simple, it still gets the job done. For desktops, it's arranged like most other sportsbooks. This includes a menu at the top with various links including Sports, My Account, Deposits, Promotions, Trophies, Loyalty, VIP, App, FAQ, Contact Us.
Below is essentially the rest of the site. On the left is a list of the sports offered; in the center, a carousel of ads promoting various promotions Bally Bet offers with an initial batch of games sorted by into Live Betting, Top Bets and Upcoming; to the right is the bet slip.
The sports betting app is more modern-looking. There is a collapsible drop-down menu in the upper-left corner that displays all the sports offered as well as a search bar to find specific sports and contests.
Below these are links with icons to popular sports such as NCAA Football, NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA Basketball. Under this are the different games offered with the odds for moneyline, spread and totals. This area of the app is a little congested and contains smaller text, which can make it a bit harder for the user.
Perhaps the biggest difference from desktop to the app is the menu across the bottom of the app. Here, you can go back to the homepage, view the live betting options, your bet slip, the sports and more (promotions, house rules, about page).
Bally Bet is currently legal in two states with plans to expand even further. In fact, Bally Bet already has partners in eight other states: Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Arizona.
Colorado was the first state in which Bally Bet launched, on May 24, 2021. Players can access the Bally Bet sportsbook at four different retail locations across the state. Bally Bet received its Colorado sports betting license from the Colorado Gaming Commission.
The online sportsbook launched in Iowa on June 29, 2021. The land-based partner, Elite Casino Resorts, owns three casinos in the state. Bally Bet received its Iowa sports betting license from the Iowa Gaming Commission.
Credit where credit is due: Bally Bet has an immense amount of customer service options for being a brand new online sportsbook.
FAQ: Found at the top of the page and answers most questions players will have.
Live Chat: By clicking on the Contact Us button at the top of the page, you will be brought to a section where all possible customer service options will be offered. In the bottom-right corner of the page, players can begin a live chat with a Bally Bet representative.
Phone: Players can call 844.844.3BET or 844.844.3238
Email: Players can email Bally Bet directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Found at the footer of the Bally Bet website, the Responsible Gaming page is dedicated to knowledge and resources involving gambling addiction. Throughout this section, players have access to information on how to contact local and national help that can assist with a gambling problem. The page also goes over gambling addiction and displays different signs and symptoms in which you can use for self-reflection.
Bally Bet does offer in-house methods of assistance as well in the form of offering limits on various aspects of the site. These include:
In addition, players can also take a time-out period or self-exclude themselves from the site.
Players can also close their accounts if needed by emailing Bally Bet. You will need to provide additional information to confirm your identity.
For some online sportsbooks, breaking into the industry can be tough. For Bally Bet, however, it appears it is ready to take the sports betting world by storm. Bally Bet didn't take the traditional route of New Jersey or Pennsylvania, instead opting to launch first in Colorado and Iowa. Now, with plans to expand even further, Bally Bet is poised to be an online sportsbook that can compete with the big boys in the legal online gambling space.
Yes, there are some rocky parts of the platform, but Bally Bet's issues can be easily corrected and is nothing we are worried about. Overall, the platforms operate well, the risk0-free bet welcome offer is appealing, and the main sports and markets all are offered at competitive odds.
We have no doubt that this newcomer has a solid grasp on how to approach the market and will continue to improve and refine as more players across the country embrace the brand. This is an operator to check out.
Yes, you can win real money on Bally Bet sportsbook, but you must be 21 or older and be in a state where Bally Bet is licensed to operate.
Bally Bet is currently legal in Colorado and Iowa, but it has plans for future expansion.
If you wish to cancel a bet, you must contact customer support. There is no guarantee it can or will be canceled, however.
You must be 21 years of age or older to legally place a bet on Bally Bet.
Yes, you can access the app from anywhere, but you will not be able to place any real money wagers unless you are in a state in which Bally Bet can legally operate.
No, at present Bally Bet does not have a casino.
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