With a statement like “The Best Online Betting Company in Asia” greeting us, Dafabet has made it clear that they want to be known in the industry. While we applaud the company’s confidence, it is up to experts like our team of reviewers to objectively decide if what Dafabet is offering to players lives up to their lofty claims. This review will give you a quick overview of the company and our determination as to the worthiness of the site to receive your business.
History of DafaBet.com
Dafabet was launched in 2004 and is based in the Phillippines. The company’s design has Asian elements to it, but it seems as though it has plans to become popular outside the region as well. Many of you may have actually seen the company’s name before -they are prominently displayed on the jerseys of several English soccer clubs. This shows the company’s commitment to growing the brand – those sponsorships aren’t cheap!
The company has a license from the Phillippines, which isn’t nearly as powerful a statement as having one form the UK or Malta, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the company from attracting new players. What is surprising is seeing the UK on the list of restricted countries – obviously, the company is using the international popularity of the Premiership for its sponsorship purposes. Here are the countries that cannot currently play at Dafabet:
- Hong Kong S.A.R.
- Macau S.A.R.
- The United States of America
- United Kingdom
- Republic of the Philippines
Software and Site Design
We love the layout of the Dafabet website. From the homepage, you can very clearly see all the betting options available to you. There are two sports products, which are only open to certain regions. We assume that is to protect its license, but it could also be that the different options provide betting styles that match where they are available.
When we opened the sportsbook section of the site, it did take a few seconds for the odds screens to come up – we may attribute this to the connection we were working on, but trying it from different locations, there still seemed to be a very slight lag. That’s fine with us, as it didn’t seem to affect the overall betting experience. As with most sportsbooks, the available sports are on the left-hand side of the screen. At Dafabet, the site lets you know how many betting options are available for each sport, as well as letting you know which sports are currently live and have in-game betting options. With live betting becoming so popular, we like the way that Dafabet manages all the moving lines.
Betting odds come in multiple options here, and you can toggle between them using the drop-down menu right on the betting screen. Making bets is as easy as a couple of clicks, and you betting slip fills up on the right side of the screen as you select your games. Overall, we are very pleased with the way that Dafabet’s sports betting platform is designed.
To live up to its claim of being the best online betting company in Asia, Dafabet needs to offer a full range of products. They certainly don’t disappoint, as you will see when you look at the navigation bar across the top of the screen.
Casino and poker are provided by Playtech, which is another sign of the level of quality that Dafabet wants to provide its players. This works both ways, as Playtech is not only one of the best casino providers in the world today, but they also have a very strict policy about who they do business with. This ensures us that Dafabet’s business is on solid footing. Otherwise, Playtech wouldn’t have issued them a license of their games. The Dafabet Poker offering is on the iPoker network, which still offers players the chance to play in many guaranteed tournaments and cash games of decent stakes. Both casino and poker are offered in download and browser-based formats.
Many skill-based arcade games in the Dafabet lobby offer players the chance to put their skills to the test to win money. Also, Keno has its own section in the navigation bar, which is definitely a change as it is considered a fringe game in many other markets.
Dafabet has multiple options for those of you who want to access its games via a mobile device. The most common way to do so is to play the no-download version of the games, which can be used right from the browser of most phones and tablets. These games give you instant accessibility without having to download anything, and the quality of the games is just as good as the desktop versions.
In markets where it has been approved, there is also a native app for Dafabet available for Android and iOS devices. The platform providers have chosen to approve gambling apps by jurisdiction, so if you live in a country where online gambling isn’t regulated, you may not find Dafabet in your search in the app store. Having the app on your device means you always have your account handy, which is definitely a bonus for those of us who like the in-game betting for sports.
When we review the Marketing departments of online gambling sites, it is very easy from first glance to see how much effort a company is putting into its promotions. Many sites have a series of evergreen offers that never seem to change – this is not the issue at Dafabet. In fact, it is very much the opposite at this site. As a result, while we are going to review a couple of offers in more detail here, you may want to check the website to ensure they haven’t changed – we will be updating this page as they do alter the offers.
One minor gripe about this site is that the promotions are only offered in Malaysian currency. This is tricky for players who are from North America and Europe, as you will have to have an exchange calculator handy when reading through the offers. It isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is something the site could address with relative ease.
There are two Welcome Bonuses for sports bettors at Dafabet. First, all you have to do is register an account, and you will receive 48RM in free bonus money. This money comes with a 5x rollover, and to receive the bonus, you need to send a note to the site via Live Chat. This is a bit cumbersome, but hey it’s free money so we won’t ever turn our noses up to that!
Next up is the Initial Deposit Bonus, which is a choice of a 150% match to a maximum of 450 RM or a 50% bonus to a max of 2,888RM. These bonuses also come with a wagering requirement (10x and 12x respectively). Now, before you get too excited here, remember that the exchange rate comes into play here, and at the time of this review 1RM = 0.18 GPB. With that in mind, we think you would get more value out of the second bonus here.
If you look at the Dafabet website, you can really tell that the company is focused on the Asian gambling market. We were shocked at the number of payment options available, but when we took a closer look, we noticed that many of them were localized for the Asian players. We decided for this review to not add all those but to focus on the methods that were available globally.
- Wire Transfer
Customer Support at Dafabet is led by the Live Chat functionality, and when we tested it, we were very pleased with the response time. We sent the Live Chat agent a note about our new account, and within only a moment or two, our account was confirmed, and the bonus was placed in our account. The site also offers telephone support with many local numbers for the different Asian countries. IF you want to send a longer message, then you have the option of using the email address provided on the website.
Well, after spending a significant amount of time at Dafabet, we can’t definitively say that it is the “Best Online Betting Company in Asia.” What we can tell you is this: the company has done an excellent job putting together a multitude of products in a way that they are all easy to access from either a desktop or mobile device. Whether you are a fan of casino games or a traditional sports bettor, you will find something of value at this site, and it shows no signs of resting on its laurels. We definitely recommend Dafabet to our community.