Signing up for a new player account at Betway gives you a Welcome Bonus consisting of three deposit matches and which is potentially worth up to $1000:
To claim the full $1000 bonus amount, you have seven days in which to make your first three deposits, totalling $2,250. This grows your balance to $3,250 and is an overall deposit match rate of 44%. It’s important to note that you need to tick the box ‘I wish to receive the Welcome Bonus and accept the Terms and Conditions’ when you sign up to qualify for the introductory offer. You only need to do this with your first deposit; your bonus will be automatically applied to deposits two and three.
The signup bonus comes with a 50x wagering requirement, which is higher than the majority of sites that we list here. Games contribute to the playthrough at different rates:
Getting an overall deposit match rate of 44% over three deposits in a week gives new players some very good value, and is one of the best introductory offers that we recommend. Nevertheless, it is heavily weighted towards pokies players, so if you also play a lot of table games as well, there are sites where you may be able to clear the bonus faster; however, most regular pokies players should be able to claim all three levels of the bonus, despite the higher than average playthrough.
There are a number of ways that regular players at Betway can continue to pick up rewards and bonuses after they have signed up.
As soon as you register and start playing, you begin to earn Tier Tokens – the more you earn, the higher the level you attain, which in turn means you can earn greater rewards. Playing pokies can earn you up to five Tier Tokens for every $10 you wager. Check your progress through the tiers by clicking on the Tier icon on your desktop. Your Tier Token level is re-set each month, and whether you retain that level, or move up or down, depends on how much you play each month.
Plus Points are loyalty or comp points that can ultimately be redeemed for free spins. There are five levels of membership – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Black – and the higher your level, the faster you earn Plus Points. 5,000 Plus Points can be redeemed for $10 worth of free spins, and are valid for three months.
There are other special promotions, such as ‘Pile on the Plus Points’, where you get 4x Plus Points when you play selected games, or ‘Rising Star’, where you’re invited to take part in a series of wagering competitions.
In order to keep up to date with the latest promotions and special offers, visit the Plus tab in the menu bar.
There are three sites at Betway where you can play casino games – Casino, Vegas and Live Casino (there are also sports, in-play, poker and bingo sites as well).
The Casino site features the biggest collection of pokies and other games, and there are more than 400 Microgaming pokies and progressive jackpot slots to choose from. There are pokies games in all categories (including a Retro Slots page), and games are played in Instant Play, with no download required. Most games can also be played for free in practice mode and, unusually, the RTP for each individual game is available:
The table games on offer include blackjack (classic, Atlantic City and European), craps, roulette (American and multi-wheel), and baccarat. You can also play a range of table poker games like Pai Gow, Caribbean Stud and 3-Card Poker.
The Vegas site also offers a good selection of online pokies – games here are not only by Microgaming, but also by NetEnt and other developers as well. The NetEnt pokies include Starburst, Guns N Roses, Gonzo’s Quest, Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack Hammer.
There are also plenty of table games to enjoy at the Vegas site (including live dealer games), such as blackjack and roulette, and new players can enjoy the same three-tier Welcome Bonus worth up to $1000.
Immersive Roulette (by Evolution Gaming) is one of many live dealer games available in the Live Casino site. You can also play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, casino hold’em, 3 card poker and Texas Hold’em, and enjoy the same signup offer as at the other sites.
Android and iOS users can download free Betway apps from the Android Market and iTunes stores respectively, and games can be played on any smartphone or tablet using these operating systems. Alternatively, games can be played directly in the browser of any hand-held device. All of Betway’s sites, including Casino, Vegas, Poker, Bingo and Live Casino can all be accessed on mobiles and tablets.
Accounts are automatically synced, meaning that you can use the same username and password to play on any device, and the same payment options are also available.
Although the selection of games is more limited than at the desktop site, there are still more than 50 games to choose from. These include well-known Microgaming pokies and new releases, as well as the biggest progressive jackpot slots – the current world record win on Mega Moolah of NZD$28.1 million is held by a UK former soldier playing in the Betway mobile casino.
There’s a good selection of payment methods available to New Zealand players at Betway – of these, PayPal is perhaps the most convenient and well-known. EcoPayz, Skrill and Neteller e-wallets are also accepted, as are EntroPay virtual cards and PaySafe Card pre-paid cards. You can also use Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards (as long as they’re issued in the same name as your casino account), along with direct bank transfer. With the exception of MasterCard debit cards and PaySafe Card, all of these methods can be used for both deposits and withdrawals.
If you make a withdrawal request for a sum that is greater than five times the total deposits you have made, this can only be done in $4000 instalments – the exception to this is progressive jackpot wins, which are paid out in a lump sum. When you make your first withdrawal request, you will be asked to provide proof of identity and address, and this may also be requested on subsequent withdrawals.
When you make a withdrawal request, there will be processing time of between 24-72 hours, after which time your payment will be made; however, with some payment methods there will be additional processing time by your financial institution.
With three different casino game sites to choose from, Betway offers players great variety. The Welcome Bonus is good value and enables players to give their initial bankroll a significant boost, and although the playthrough is higher than average, most regular pokies players should be able to clear the bonus. The mobile casino also offers players great variety, and as your account is automatically synced, playing anywhere on the go is very straightforward.