Meet the identical twin of Betclic, both being part of the Betclic Everest (Gibraltar) Ltd. group after the 2011 merger of Betclic with EverestPoker. The combined group has now about half a dozen brands in its name. The flagship sites are clearly Betclic and Expect with both offering casino, live casino, sports, live betting and of course poker.
Other sister sites of Expekt are Bet-at-home, Everest Poker, Everest Casino, Imperial Casino and Monte-Carlo Casino. Operated by the group’s subsidiary Mangas Gaming Malta Limited, the casino is licensed by the Gibraltar Gaming Commissioner, the MGA Malta and the UK Gambling Commission. These are some of the most stringent licenses a casino operator can acquire today. As of January 2019, Expekt also received the approval for the licence from the Swedish Spelinspektionen.
After reviewing Betclic earlier, it looks like a walk in the park writing about Expekt. But there is a little more history to this brand as it was one of the pioneers in online gaming and sports betting. Founded in 1999 by Swedish entrepreneurs Christian Haupt and Conny Gesar, it was one of the first if not the first-ever online sports betting operator in northern Europe, gaining rapidly in popularity as the internet age went into full swing. They added poker to their site in 2003, elevating the site to one of the big operators in Scandinavia.
In 2009, Mangas Gaming, the French parent company of Betclic, acquired Expekt and a few years later the two entities were merged into BetclicEverest Ltd. From its very early years, the Expekt HQ was based on the island of Malta where it still is today. According to Wikipedia records, the site has currently over 1,8 million registered users, making Expekt one of the major bookmaker and casino sites worldwide.
Well, time to take a tour to find out what’s on offer. The soon you load the site, you are greeted by the bright orange corporate colour and a well-organized front page that is easy to navigate via tabs for each of the sections – Sports, Live Betting, Casino, Live Casino and Poker. Registration is done in a few easy steps and confirmed via an authentication message sent to your mobile phone. KYC documents can be uploaded within your account settings and we recommend to get through the procedure at your earliest convenience. Our UK readers must complete the process before they are allowed to deposit and play.
And play you can. Well over 1,000 slots and games are waiting to be explored and I am sure, everyone will find his or her favourites while having ample choice to try some new games as well. Over 20 providers are listed in the casino section, while the live casino tables are powered by Evolution Gaming.
Ready for your first deposit? Head to the banking lobby to use one of the many payment methods on offer that include debit/credit cards, e-wallets, prepaid cards, instant banking options and more. Please note that some methods are country or region-specific and might not be available for everyone. Withdrawals are just as easy and quick as Expekt is processing payouts daily and that 7/365. Usually, you will receive your winnings within 24 hours but generally should not take more than 8 hours.
What we didn’t like is the fact that Expekt does not offer live chat, instead, you have to rely on email support with a promise that all will be answered within 24 hours. The positive is that you can load the site in several languages including English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Polish and German.
There is little negative to report after my tour of Expekt Casino and Sportsbook. They are a well-established site with a good reputation and a comprehensive portfolio that covers virtually all types of online gaming and betting. We found the promotions page to be lacking some good deals but maybe that changes once you are a regular player.