About 138 Sportsbook
A unique Asian experience is on offer for customers who choose to bet with 138.com. A market leader in online gaming in the East, the company has recently turned its attention to European gamers with impressive results.
138.com is a well-known brand in Asia although isn't so much of a household name outside of this territory. The company, founded in 2010, used to be known as 138SunGame before rebranding to 138.com in 2013 on entry into the European market. 138.com is now licensed by one of the most stringent regulators in the world in the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, although the bookmakers main base is situated in the Philippines.
The company has achieved a high visual presence in the UK by sponsoring English football sides Newcastle United and Watford. 138.com can now be considered a truly global brand offering sports betting and live online casino games.
Bookie Offers & Promotions
First Deposit Welcome Offer - This offer is only open to new customers who deposit £10 into their account and place a qualifying bet. After the result, players must then contact customer support to request a free bet of £10 which will be placed in their account within 24 hours.
Triple 138 Treat - This is again only open to new players who can claim the following:
Acca Insurance - This bonus is available to all 138.com players. Acca insurance gives players their money back if one team in their football selection loses. This offer only applies to accumulators of six or more teams. Customers will be required to send their losing bet ID to customer services to claim the money back as a free bet.
One thing 138.com must be congratulated on is that it has stuck to its roots even though it's branched out into a global market. There is very much a cross-cultural feel to the website layout and an Asian identity still remains which makes this website unique amongst its competitors.
On the sportsbook side, the site offers gamers the chance to bet on competitive Asian Handicap odds using the gaming platform TGP. 138.com also provides regular casino games through Microgaming technology and live casino games powered through the use of the HoGaming software. At their online casino, you will find traditional Asian favourites such as baccarat, SicBo and roulette. Their live games also come with real life Asian dealers to intensify the Eastern betting experience.
Deposit & Withdrawal Options
Like most bookmakers, 138.com requires customers to register their personal and financial details before opening an account with them. Once your account has been verified you will be able to deposit money through a range of different payment methods. They are:
Neteller - Neteller is an e-wallet that allows fast and secure payments online. Deposits into your 138.com account can be made easily through your e-wallet.
Skrill - Skrill is another e-wallet system that allows players to deposit money into their 138.com account quickly and securely.
Credit Card/Debit Card - 138.com accepts all major credit and debit cards including Mastercard and Visa. Customers are required to enter their CCV number (the three security numbers on the back of your card) each time they make a deposit.
The minimum you can deposit is £10, while the maximum you can deposit in one go is £5,000.
138.com has a slightly more complicated process for withdrawing money than other traditional UK online bookmakers. 138.com requires players to send identification such as valid photograph ID, the first 6 and last 4 digits of your credit or debit card and proof of address before withdrawing money. The company require the documents to be digitally captured or scanned and e-mailed directly to email@example.com.
Withdrawal limits on credit and debit cards are restricted to a minimum of £10 and day and a maximum of £5,000. Neteller and Skrill users can withdraw a minimum of £10 and a maximum of £10,000 a day. High VIP members are entitled to a withdraw limit of £99,999 per calendar month.
Customer support is available in English 24/7 through telephone (UK): 0808 120 1969), live chat and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) 138.com also has a twitter page: @138help
Pros: The gaming experience on 138.com is like no other online bookmaker. The Asian inspired theme of the website gives a unique feel while navigating around the different pages. The company is hugely respected and experienced in the Eastern market and it's authorised by some of the strictest gambling commission around, ensuring a safe environment to place bets. There is a range of global markets to bet on and the online casino offers live gaming with real life Asian dealers which further enhances 138.com's appeal. The customer service is of the highest standard and the ability to reach someone 24 hours a day is a real bonus.
Cons: Some processes with 138.com can seem overly complicated. Withdrawing money, for example, is much more complicated than 138.com's UK rivals. There are also restrictions to how much a player can deposit and withdraw which may deter some of the more serious gamers. While some of the welcome bonuses for new 138.com players are enticing, they may not be as lucrative as other bookmakers who are offering bigger incentives to become customers with them.