BonkersBet is a modern online gambling site with platforms covering sportsbook, casino, and live betting. If we put the slightly odd brand name aside for a moment, we would like to take you through our in-depth review of the site. An official Curacao license has been acquired by the operator, Velorum Corporation N.V. On first impressions, there is a lot of gaming to be enjoyed, plenty of sports to bet on, and one or two bonuses to claim along the way. So, read on as we take a closer look and uncover the full online gaming and betting services provided by the BonkersBet brand.
New players signing up to the BonkersBet casino can claim not one but two welcome bonus packages, one for the casino and one for the sportsbook. First up, the sportsbook bonus. This offer gives you 100% up to €100 and up to 100 free spins without the need for any BonkersBet bonus code. The bonus money is straightforward and the site will double your deposit from as little as €10.
The number of spins that you can claim will depend on your initial deposit amount, though. For example, a deposit amount between €50 and €99 will bring you 20 spins, deposits between €100 and €149 will bring you 40 spins, and the increase in the number of spins continues in €50 increments until you hit the top deposit amount of €250 with its maximum 100 spin bundle.
The casino BonkersBet bonus is very similar except for the fact that you only receive up to €250 in bonus money, but you still get anywhere from 20 to 100 BonkersBet free spins if you deposit €50 or more. The terms and conditions of the bonus will depend on which offer you claim and we will explain those standout rules next.
Bonus Terms and Wagering Requirement
The bonus terms and conditions are friendly enough to justify claiming the offers, and the €10 minimum deposit limit and 22x deposit and bonus wagering requirements are proof of that, although we would prefer to see a slightly lower wagering value here. You also get 30 days to use the bonus and the maximum bet of €5 per spin will suit a lot of players out there, too. The only downside for the casino bonus that we can find is that you can only wager the bonus on video slots, and so while this is fine for the slot players out there, it may not be the right offer for table game fans.
The sports bonus is set up a little differently with a 5x wagering requirement on your deposit and bonus with minimum odds of 2.00 or more. If you claim the sportsbook offer but then decide to use the money in the casino then a 35x deposit and bonus wagering requirement rule on the video slot games will apply. All other rules stay the same in terms of bonus expiry and maximum bet limits.
Promotions and Bonuses
All the existing members at BonkersBet do not have much cause to stick around. There is no loyalty or VIP program to talk of and there are no ongoing deals for the casino players on the BonkersBet promotions page. The only standout offer is the 50% Football Accumulator Bonus where you receive extra bonus winnings on top of what you win. The amount of extra bonus you receive will depend on the number of selections in your accumulator, and this could be anywhere from 7.5% for a five-fold up to 50% for a 14-fold accumulator. We can only hope that they decide to stock up their promotions page with more bonus offers in the near future, because it is a lonely place as it stands right now.
The sportsbook makes the most of a simple design and layout and focuses on the long list of sports available to bet on. You can then easily click into each one to find the various events and fixtures to bet on. The casino follows suit with neatly sectioned categories where you can find Top BonkersBet Games, New Games, Jackpot Games, and Video Slots all on the main page. The top providers can be filtered as well and with big studios like Playtech, Playson, and Microgaming all on the list, variety is always going to be a strong point for BonkersBet.
Slots and Table Games
The slots collection is an impressive lineup with an excellent mix of classic and modern video slots with plenty of jackpot action as well. With well over 1,000 games in the casino lobby, the BonkersBet members are spoiled for choice and the quality is also sky high with those providers already mentioned. Playtech is home to some of the top branded slot games and so there are many familiar faces as you scroll through what seems to be a never-ending list of titles.
Just a quick scroll through will show some of the top titles available to play right now with games like Buffalo Blitz, Rocky, Bonanza, Epic Ape, Lara Croft, Thunderstruck 2, and Ace Ventura. If you are new to online gaming then we suggest that you filter the Playtech provider and you will soon see the variety on show when it comes to slot themes and game design.
The table game collection at BonkersBet offers an entertaining mix of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and craps with stake limits in place for all types of budgets. A wide range of video poker games can also be found in the lobby menu with Jokers Wild, Deuces Wild, and Aces and Eights all in the list.
Jackpots at BonkersBet
A total of 78 jackpot slots can be found in the lobby at the time of writing and even if they do not decide to add to this collection, which they no doubt will in the future, then you would still have more than enough to enjoy with many millions of euros to play for. The range of jackpot themes will keep players entertained, but when it comes to online jackpots then it all comes down to getting the right providers on board. BonkersBet has made sure that they have got this part right.
Microgaming is home to the world-famous Mega Moolah series which now has five titles to its name including new Fortinium and Absolootly Mad. These games all have their top jackpots upwards of one million and so you know you can get a life-changing win if you do get lucky here. The Age of the Gods series from Playtech also comes with many titles and these jackpots, although smaller in size, do still get a lot of attention due to their popular mythical themes.
Live Casino Games
The live casino platform at BonkersBet gets its own space in the main menu, but upon further inspection, we are not quite sure why that is. The eight-game collection is somewhat of a letdown and coming from the lobby full of hundreds of slot games, table games, and jackpots, we were definitely expecting more here. Ezugi and MediaLive Casinos are the two providers and so you don’t even get the privilege of Evolution and their industry-leading collection.
The positives include the fact that you can play blackjack, casino hold’em, roulette, baccarat, the lottery, and one or two variants including Macao versions of blackjack, roulette, and baccarat as well. So, at least there is a bit of variety in this small collection of games, but there is no sight of the popular games like Deal or No Deal or Monopoly Live that come with the benefit of partnering with Evolution.
Sportsbook and Betting
The BonkersBet sportsbook is not the most professional-looking platform that you will ever come across. The design does allow for quick access to the top sports but the initial impression is that it comes across as basic. One or two of the featured events are listed across the top of the betting area and then these are followed by the latest in-play markets. A menu just above gives you access to the different live sporting events being played out at that moment, and the main menu down the left is where you can browse all the sports and leagues. If you want to find more betting markets in each event then click on the fixture to reveal the full betting options.
TV shows and movies is a niche betting market for those looking for a little more fun from their betting. At the bottom, you have virtual sports which basically means that you will never run out of opportunities to put on a bet. It may be a basic betting platform, but it does include all the top leagues and competitions and there is a lot of focus on esports as well, which should excite those of you who follow this fast-growing area of betting.
The live betting section also gets its own tab on the main menu but again it comes across as basic and lacking that true sportsbook feel. There are no statistics being offered or any sense of streaming for that matter, so the betting tools that come with the bigger sportsbooks will be missed by anyone venturing onto the BonkersBet platform. At least you can easily find the in-play events via the side menu though, with all the sports being clearly labeled.
One thing that we can pick out from the platform that is a positive is the big and bold odds being displayed. You cannot miss them with all the popular bets available straight from the front page such as 1x2, Over/Under, and Double Chance. You can’t help but think that this sportsbook from BonkersBet has been designed for the casino player that is looking for some side fun, and rather not for the seasoned sports betting fan that likes to analyze and make use of various betting tools.
The site has gone through a recent upgrade and at the time of writing there were two options to choose from, the old platform or the new platform. The feedback form shows us that they are still yet to decide on their new design, and so what we have reviewed so far starts to make a bit more sense. The new version is better, without a doubt, but there is still a lot to do. The decision to use a white background makes the navigation and general readability of the site much easier, but there are still some general layout concerns across both the casino and the sportsbook.
The new main menu is an improvement and being able to quickly choose the sports from the left-hand side menu is useful, but it seems as though the betting market layout design is only half-finished. This is the general thought for the whole site actually, and even though the casino lobby does hold some fantastic games and the promotions are very much on the side of being player-friendly, it still has that unfinished feeling. The feedback form again points to the fact that this is likely to be the case and so we can only hope that the finished product is still to be fully decided upon.
The BonkersBet mobile sportsbook follows on from the usability section above, in as much as there is an ongoing design phase in place. Saying that, the feel of the new design comes across better on mobile than on the desktop platform and this could be the direction in which they are going. It would also make sense that there are no dedicated apps at this current time, at least until the design has been approved. The only option is via the browser of your mobile device, which is no issue because the access side of things here is absolutely fine. The lack of sports betting tools is still an ongoing issue, but at least choosing your betting markets and putting your bets on is still easy enough.
The BonkersBet mobile casino design itself is a little bit clunky and the overall use of space has not been fully optimized as of yet. The large game graphics is just one point proving that issue as it results in a lot more time being taken to scroll through your gaming options. The gaming experience is as you would expect though and this is down to the quality of the titles being supplied from the likes of Playtech, Microgaming, and Playson. Touchscreen controls have been intelligently used to ensure that no matter what device you use, you will always enjoy the mobile casino gaming experience.
The two options available to you when contacting the BonkersBet customer service team is via either the live chat in the bottom right-hand corner or the email address that is supplied on the contact page. This support team is available 24 hours a day, as stated on the site, but do not expect your emails to be answered within that period every time. A small FAQ section is also available but this does not hold a lot of information and so you will likely have to resort to contacting the customer support team anyway.
These are the main categories in the BonkersBet FAQ:
- My Account
Your banking options at BonkersBet are quite limited at the moment but the site does state that they are adding options on a regular basis. Visa and Skrill are just some of the methods currently open to members and there is the prepaid option of PaysafeCard, too. So, most of your banking types are covered but the limited number of actual options could mean that your personal preferences are not yet available.
The minimum deposit is set to €10 and the upper limits may be set by customers at their own discretion, and you can talk to the support team about this in more depth if you wish to learn more. The minimum withdrawal limit has been set to €10 for all available methods. Customers are also given three free withdrawals per week from Monday to Sunday, and anything over that number will include fees of €5 plus 3% of the overall withdrawal amount.
The maximum that you can withdraw from your BonkersBet account is set to €10,000 per calendar month which should not affect casual casino players, but high rollers may feel a bit restricted with this limit in place. Lastly, you shouldn't be waiting too long for your money as all withdrawals are processed in one to three working days but ultimately, this will come down to which payment method that you end up using.
Verifying Your BonkersBet Account
BonkerBet runs strict KYC checks on all their customers and no withdrawals will be approved until the customer and their account have been fully verified. Your identity and proof of address will be required first and you can expect the usual passport or an ID card, together with an utility type of documents to be requested. You can easily upload your documents via the website or choose to use the email address provided, so this is never an issue.
Additional checks to prove the source of funds that you are playing with is actually yours may also be requested. This may include additional details such as your salary and your occupation supported by official documents like payslips, for example. The team will direct you in the process, but just be warned that this is a necessity nowadays and you will not receive any winnings without full verification of your account.
BonkersBet has acquired an Antillephone N.V. gambling license and operates under the jurisdiction of Curacao. This license is officially held by the operator, Velorum Corporation N.V. Though a Curacao license is not amongst the top-level gaming and betting licenses out there, and the fact that the site does not clearly state the operators’ name and licensing information is a slight concern. We found the operator’s name after some digging around in the terms and conditions and the Curacao license badge is displayed on the homepage.
Additionally, our review showed that the site has acquired a high-level SSL certificate from Cloudflare, including the right levels of encryption technology to ensure the safety of online transactions between players and the site. At least there is a sense of security in terms of the website structure, but what seems to look like hidden operator information is an ongoing issue that will stick around until they decide to be more transparent with their business details.
BonkersBet brings the full online gaming and betting experience to its members, but on the whole, they are not quite pulling it off, yet. We say ‘yet’ because everything points towards a sportsbook and casino that is still in transition. Many features and functions seem to be missing from the site and this directly affects the overall usability. The casino lacks a clever filtering system and the sportsbook comes across as basic with little thought on layout and betting tools, as we said, it looks to be a sportsbook built for beginners and nothing more.
If we ignore the small live dealer platform then the casino game collection is actually one of the better ones out there right now. There are some excellent online slots, table games, and jackpot games waiting to be played. The number of top titles available in the lobby is really impressive and this is something that they need to build upon if they want to make the BonkersBet brand a success. A lack of promotions for existing members with no loyalty program in place again points to an unfinished product.
We feel as though this is a website that simply needs more time. The sportsbook is a good start but it needs a lot more, and the game collection in the casino lobby is definitely a positive. In summary, it would be bonkers if the team behind this sportsbook and casino decided not to build on this and push their BonkersBet brand to its true potential.