For a pure online casino betting experience without any unnecessary distractions, bookmaker BetBright has turned to Microgaming to underpin its "no nonsense" casino site. Launched in 2013, BetBright is one of the new generation of instant-play only online casinos that do away with ancient download platforms, and provide an on-the-go experience that more closely matches the full-fat desktop version. This is a casino that seems to get a lot right, but will its flaws prevent it from realising its full potential?
Safety and Trustworthiness
Under its parent company, Dedsert (Ireland) Limited, BetBright is fully licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, which is a requirement for any online gambling site that serves British players.
In real terms, this licence provides two key benefits. Firstly, it means every game on offer will be 100% fair. Under the terms of the UKGC licensing agreement, all operators must have their software tested, verified and certified by a third-party. To this end, BetBright has sought out and obtained the approval of the leading testing agency, eCogra.
Secondly, a UKGC licence ensures your bankroll is kept secure at all times. To comply with the regulator's rules, BetBright must process and store your funds in segregated accounts. The upshot of this is that, even in the event BetBright suffered a financial loss, you wouldn't be affected.
If there's one issue that could affect your trust in BetBright, it's the fact it hasn't published its audited RTP (Return to Player) results. This isn’t completely unheard of, even among the top tier of casino sites. But since that figure basically tells you what percentage of money wagered is returned to you, on average, it’s unfortunate not to have the data to hand. Sites like 777 and 32Red provide full documentation for their range of games, and more sites should follow suit.
At this stage, BetBright hasn't told us what level it's working to. However, this isn't all bad. Because it has partnerships with software developers such as NextGen, NetEnt and Microgaming, we can ascertain some of the data. For example, we know Gonzo's Quest has a 96% RTP while Starburst is 96.1%. So, even without an overall RTP, the casino is still operating at a level comparative to the industry's more established brands.
Overall, while there’s no reason at all to be concerned, BetBright still has a little work to do to match the very best in this category.
Deposits & Withdrawals
BetBright Casino’s banking options are among the most limited we’ve come across, with no e-wallet options offered whatsoever.
For newbies, BetBright offers a £600 welcome bonus that's broken down into three stages:
- First Deposit = 100% match up £200
- Second Deposit = 50% match up to £150
- Third Deposit = 75% match up to £250
Once you've completed the above steps within the first seven (7) days of creating your account, the bonus cash will be credited to a special wallet. At this stage, you'll have to wager 50x the bonus amount for the first deposit bonus and 60x for the subsequent bonuses. After this, your bonus cash will be moved to your main wallet and become eligible for withdrawal.
On top of the above wagering conditions, BetBright applies the following contribution weightings to its games (i.e. how much one bet counts towards the wagering requirements):
- All slots and keno = 100%
- All Table games, roulette, blackjack and video poker (except All Aces and Jacks or Better) = 8%
- Anything else = 0%
Finally, you won't be able to wager more than 20% of the bonus amount (or a maximum of £15) when you're trying to clear a bonus.
Overall, while the three-tier structure is good because it gives small stakes players a better chance of clearing at least a small part of the overall bonus, the very steep x50 and x60 wagering requirements and low contribution of anything but slots makes this a hard casino bonus to recommend.
As we mentioned at the top of this review, BetBright is a winner when it comes to ease of use and navigation. Instead of clunky menus and tabs that only serve to make the search process more cumbersome, the in-house design team has broken things down into two parts. To the left of the main page you'll find a simple menu filled with bold headers to quickly navigate to the main game categories and sub-categories. The main part of the page is where the relevant games are displayed.
Each time you click on a game box you'll find three options: play for real, play for fun and game info. For new players, the "game info" option is extremely handy as it explains the overall premise and way to play each game so you're able to ante up in full confidence.
Beyond its own in-house designs, BetBright has partnered with all the major software developers to ensure the lobby is stocked with more than 350 games. However, what's nice about the instant-play platform is that you'll also find some lesser-known developers in the lobby. For example, in among the latest offerings from Microgaming, NetEnt and NextGen, you'll find 1X2 and Elk Studios slots such as Sam on the Beach.
Unsurprisingly, BetBright's shining light is its slots lobby. In total you'll find 328 spinners, including classic three-reel slots like Flying Ace and Fantastic 7, and jackpot slots including Mega Moolah Isis and Major Millions, which, at the time of writing, offered combined prizes worth more than £7 million.
Beyond its slots, BetBright has dozens of variations of casino classics blackjack, roulette, and video poker, as well as versions of casino Hold'em and baccarat covered in both virtual and live versions. Interestingly, the site also offers Vegas Craps which is a game you don't often see available online.
If you're a fan of gaming on the go then BetBright has you covered, but not in quite the way you might expect.
Being a sports betting operator first means the company has invested time and money in iOS and Android sports betting apps. Now, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy some casino games via the app. However, it does mean the selection is limited to a handful of casino games (blackjack, video and roulette) and the most popular slots.
In terms of dynamics, the lack of filters or menus does mean you have to scroll down the page to find what you're looking for. However, because you're only able to access the site's gaming highlights, this doesn't take too much effort.
Of course, you can get a more complete BetBright experience by visiting the mobile casino site using the browser on your phone. This is a different animal to the app, and offers a broad selection of the desktop catalogue, as well as a user interface optimised for whichever device you happen to be using. At the time of review we found 180 slots available to play on mobile, which makes BetBright a site that slots fans should definitely have on their shortlist.
Being a bookmaker first and foremost means that the bulk of BetBright's promotions are aimed at sports betting fans. However, there are two deals you can pick up as a casino player. While this may not be as many options as you're used to, there is £20 in free bets available each week.
To access either £10 in free spin credits, £10 in free casino credits, or both, you need to play the "Game of the Week". Each week the operator will select one slot and one casino game to attach the bonuses to. Your job is to wager at least £100 on either game in order to receive a £10 bonus the following week. Any bonus you receive is then subject to a reasonable 40x wagering requirement before you can withdraw it.
BetBright is still a relatively young site, so hopefully we’ll see its selection of promotions expand over time, as at the moment it’s a little on the slim side.
BetBright's support team can be contacted via phone, email or live chat 7-days-a-week, but unlike many of its competitors, not between 12am and 8am.
The Final Word
In BetBright's favor there’s a really sizeable collection of instant-play games from top software providers, many of them available to play on mobile. The site is clean and easy to navigate, and the fact you can search through 350+ games in a few seconds and learn important details before you play is great.
On the other hand, the site looks like an uninspired afterthought, with its unconvincing marriage of BetBright’s familiar bright blue with a murky purple colour scheme. Worse, while the welcome bonus amount is decent, terms are not. The range of ongoing promotions is too limited, and the fact that there are no e-wallet payment options is woeful.
Overall, BetBright provides a convenient online casino experience that should hold real appeal to slots fans, as well as people looking for casino + sports or casino + poker. But if it’s to break into the top group of casinos the lack of payment options and offers has to be addressed.