Partybets is a relatively new bookie on the market, being launched in 2007 by the same company which operates Bwin and Gamebookers but also PartyPoker which was the world’s largest online poker brand.
We shall see in the future if Partybets will live up to the notoriety of it’s older poker sister-site, but for now I will focus on their touchscreen web app and see what they have to offer in this department.
The Home Screen
I must say I am somewhat disappointed after entering their mobile website. Although I am a big fan of user friendly interfaces and less clogginess, the word to describe this home screen is dull. There are no widgets with popular bets, upcoming events or popular sports. Only things you will encounter is two categories displaying Live bets and all available sports. Even after logging in everything stays the same and I suppose it can go both ways, since some users might prefer simplicity over interactiveness.
On the top bar you have a very useful menu accompanying you wherever you go with common options like Back, Refresh, Bet Slip and Log In button which turns into account button if you’re already logged in. The sporting events and odds are well-displayed, easy to read and browsing through them is quite smooth with fast loading times.
In the account section you get a few settings which you might find useful, like My Bets where you can see you’re bet history, Bet Slip which you can actually disable and switch to 1-Click mode and Account Movements which shows you the recent account activity. On top of that there’s the User Settings page which lets you change your language, odds display and standard stake, in case you like to have one.
Creating an account with Partybets is very easy and shouldn’t take you more than 2-3 minutes. The amount of information requested of you is quite small and divided into two steps : Personal data and Account data. After dealing with the first step, I advise you, as always, to choose a hard-to-guess password containing upper and lower case letters and numbers. If you desire to read the Terms and Conditions before ticking the box, you will have to switch to the desktop version of the website as such information is not available in the app.
This is the main disappointment of this otherwise good looking and user friendly web app. There is no option which lets you deposit or withdraw money. In order to complete this step you must enter the desktop version of the website and fill in all the necessary details there. While tablet users will have no problem in doing so, I am sure smartphone users will be quite annoyed. You can see some of the depositing options offered by Partybets in the photo above.
Nothing new here, as with most mobile apps, the Bet Slip is at your service. It does have, however, a feature some other apps don’t provide and I am referring of course to the Multi live tab which obviously lets you place a multiple bet on live events. Also when choosing to place a multiple bet whether its live or not, you have the option to choose between more complex types of bets like Trixie, Patent, Yankee and many others. Moreover, another nice feature I like is that you have to Accept new odds if they’ve changed from the time you added the bets in your Bet Slip to the time you actually want to place the bet, so that you are not taken by surprise.
Altogether, Partybets‘s mobile app is a friendly and decent app if you can get over the fact that you will have to browse the desktop version of the website for depositing money. It’s strongest point is undoubtedly the Bet Slip which is quite advanced and offers more useful features than any other app I’ve seen.