TonyBet is a Lithuanian online gambling firm established in 2009, named after a famous poker player from Lithuania, Antanas Guoga – known professionally as Tony G. The sportsbook business was then sold to Swedish company Betsson in 2016. The operation is licensed and regulated in Estonia and by the UK Gambling Commission, and TonyBet’s main market is the UK and the rest of Europe. The casino and live casino can be played both on desktop computers and mobile devices. The core service is sports betting but customers can also place bets on casino table games, slots and poker. The site has welcome offers and ongoing promotions for existing customers across the product range.
TonyBet is very active when it comes to welcome bonuses for casino players. In fact, in June 2019 there were three new customer bonuses related to the casino and live casino. Players who register with TonyBet and make a deposit receive 10 free spins. There is an additional offer for casino and live casino customers. The Terms & Conditions are similar but the following apply to the casino welcome bonus:
- New customers only
- 50 extra free spins
- Real money deposit of £10 or more using the special bonus code
- 100% matched deposit bonus up to £300
- Original deposit must be staked 10 times to activate the bonus
- Must be completed within 7 days
- Wagering requirement of 25 times the bonus to release the funds
- The bonus will expire after 30 days
- General TonyBet Terms & Conditions apply
This offer is a genuine 100% matched deposit bonus because the value of the qualifying deposit is the same as the bonus. However, the staking requirements seem excessive and could be beyond the pocket of the average casino player. In total the bonus must be bet 35 times to get the full value. If the original deposit is £300, the total qualifying stake is £10,500 in seven days.
Even though the offer is transparent and complies with the rules set by the UK Gambling Commission it has restrictive conditions – offers with a smaller value are more feasible and realistic. The alternative live casino offer which is activated by a unique bonus code involves the same rules but the betting must be in the live casino. Both these offers appear generous but are difficult to achieve.
In addition to the welcome offers for casino and live casino players, customers with TonyBet can benefit from the following dynamic, ongoing promotions:
- Sportsbook £50 welcome bonus
- 300 extra spins each week for casino players
- Poker 100% start up bonus for up to £2,000
- Poker cash game of the weekend
Other operators have more offers for existing players but TonyBet has invested in the welcome offers across the board at the expense of ongoing promotions. Even so, the welcome offers allied to the ongoing promotions provide a good motivation to register an account and claim the welcome bonus. The full package of offers can be activated on desktop computers and using mobile devices for iOS and Android.
When this review was completed there were 455 active games on the site of which 391 were related to slots. It’s the most popular form of gambling in the casino because stakes can be as low £0.10, and there is always the potential for a jackpot win. The games on the TonyBet site have been supplied by global industry leaders.
Customers with TonyBet can engage in the following types of slot games: promo, VIP, bonus and classic. Each slot has a different theme and the variety is limitless. Slot games have the same structure but providers are always trying to create something that seems unique. The most common themes are ancient history, mythology, TV and Films and sport. Slots either carry a fixed maximum prize or an unlimited jackpot. The jackpot slots are popular because they present the possibility of a huge life-changing win for a small stake. Prizes of over £2 million are not uncommon and many progressive slots offer seven-figure prizes.
The range of table games with TonyBet includes blackjack, pontoon, baccarat and hold ‘em. However, by far the most played table game in a bricks and mortar casino and online is roulette. TonyBet offers players the following roulette formats for a range of stakes:
- Double Zero
These formats can be played by regular players and VIP members. The basics are the same for each format but there are slight variations including the number of zeros, one on a European wheel and two in American roulette. Customers can also play roulette, blackjack and baccarat in the live casino for a range of minimum and maximum stakes. Live croupiers and dealers replicate the real-life casino experience.
Live games are similar to live casino games but there are more options. At the time of writing players could place live bets on War of Bets, poker, baccarat, lucky numbers and dice. TonyBet also features a downloadable poker app with tournaments to suit all budgets. The app can be read on Android and iOS devices and accessed by scanning the QR code. The poker welcome offer and cash-backs are good incentives to download the app, make a qualifying deposit and bet on games.
TonyBet offers customers several payment options including Bank Transfer which does not require a cheque and funds are available immediately. Other banking options include e-Wallets, safe prepaid cards and debit and credit cards.
The customer service department is open from 07:00 until 03:00 the following day. The contact options are by telephone and email, and through TonyBet’s social media accounts with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
TonyBet cannot be faulted for the selection of games in quality and quantity, especially slots. There are a number of versions of the most popular table games. The product is more appealing than the welcome offers because the staking requirements negate some of the benefits.