- Designed and operated for Germans by experts in that location
- Keeping it simple and easy
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Wir-Wetten, which when translated is the German for ‘betting’ or ‘punting’, was founded in 2016 and launched in early 2017 by a former Betsson executives, Daniel Bradtke and Gabriel Vollmann. Bradtke had been Betsson’s country manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and through his experiences, had identified a gap in the market.
Vollmann had been Betsson’s head of marketing and the pair joined forces to create a quality sports betting brand that would be “tailored to the needs of German sports fans. One that is local, visually simple, modern and intuitive.”
Bradtke became Wir-Wetten.com’s chief executive, while Vollmann took the role of chief operating officer. Wir-Wetten is licensed in Malta where it also has its operational headquarters.
A paucity of online betting routes in the German market gives Wir-Wetten their niche. The website predictably operates mainly in the German language, but is also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech and Hungarian. Players are accepted from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
One of Bradtke’s first moves was to appoint Jeff Tabone from Betsson as Sportsbook Director with responsibility for the company’s overall sports betting product strategy. The operation may well be a relatively new arrival, but it is run by people with considerable experience in the industry.
There is significant evidence that the site has learned from those that have gone before and certainly benefits from being underpinned by Gaming Innovation Group’s iGamingCloud platform. Wir-Wetten is powered by Net Entertainment, Play’n GO and Yggdrasil, and the casino’s games are supplied using a web-based instant play platform. The site is developed for use on both desktop and mobile devices.
When initially launched, Wir-Wetten chose to concentrate purely on a quality sportsbook offering, stating that it would remain focused on sports betting and that a casino would not follow. However, the casino-style area found on most rival websites was recently added to add an extra string to their bow.
Wir-Wetten is a member of the German Association for Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) and German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), ensuring compliance with all consumer and youth protection standards set by the DVTM, as well as its data protection regulations.
The business’ original aim to offer customers an “enjoyable” betting experience that they can “bank on” has largely been delivered. It’s been an impressive start and with more expansion and perhaps a bigger focus on the mobile side of things, Wir-Wetten looks to be on to a winner.
Pros and Cons of Wir-Wetten
- Aimed at the German market and experts in that area
- Generous new customer bonus
- Large array of markets
- Clean website and excellent layout
- Only available to a few countries
- No added value in terms of streaming or broadcast / punditry content
- No mobile app
The founders and operators of Wetten know Germany well from years of experience with Betsson. That knowledge is clearly shown and deployed with a desire to keep things simple. They have identified a gap in the market and filled it.
The website design has taken lessons from everyone that has gone before. The lack of intrusive graphics and add-on content may be viewed as a miss by some, but Wetten has deliberately chosen to do the key basics of providing sports betting markets in an effective way, and they have succeeded.
There may be more to come from this young operation. The bells and whistles may follow as Wetten become more established. Until then they provide their customers with a clear path from entering their website to making a bet. Sometimes simple can be very good indeed.
Wir-Wetten User Interface
The initial www.wir-wetten.com homepage is rather primitive in style and has the feel of a site built a decade ago, not last year. It serves a purpose, however, in directing visitors to the right place further into the site. The landing page does feel a little bit basic but corresponds to the company’s ethos of simplicity.
Into the meat of the site and the website looks simple – that’s not a complaint. The dark and lighter blue colour scheme looks good and everything is immediately visible to the customer.
The sportsbook area of the site shows the top horizontal menu and gives a customer the option of entering the Bets, Live Betting, Top Events, Results and Live Score sections. Displayed beneath is a time-orientated calendar which allows punters to dip into the betting opportunities available Last Minute, Today, 6h, 24h, 48h, 72h or All upcoming events.
It’s a well thought out layout that doesn’t appear at all cluttered.
Underneath all of the sports are displayed as separate tabs with the bet-slip viewable as a right-hand panel.
The live in-play matches are displayed on their own page, which separates them out nicely, however, some cross promotion from page-to-page could prove advantageous.
On the Top Events page, the most popular and lucrative markets are shown for quick access.
The lack of carousels and graphic adverts espousing offers and gimmicks is quite refreshing. Wir-Wetten keep it simple and concentrate on displaying the markets. It’s an obvious set-up with all sports, the large number of markets, dates, times, tournaments and, most importantly, the odds clearly visible and extremely easy to locate.
Betting Markets with Wir-Wetten
The excellent site design allows customers to appreciate the large numbers of markets that are available on the Wir-Wetten sportsbook. It’s exceptionally well put together.
A regular sports backer will take seconds to understand the mechanics of the website and will be able to stay on top of their current and future bets easily.
The full range of sports on offer at the time of review was reasonably extensive – Soccer, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Motorsport, Badminton, Baseball, Cricket, Rugby, Snooker and Waterpolo.
As you’d expect, the site is aimed at German bettors with the Bundesliga and Bundesliga II and lower soccer divisions given priority. Although sports not synonymous with German participation like cricket, snooker and rugby are also on offer. The site also promotes current tournaments well in advance and during those events.
Wir-Wetten Bonuses and Offers
A bonus system is in operation for accumulator bets where 5% more winnings can be gleaned from 6-7 multiples through to an additional 100% for 20-plus accas.
A new customer offer provides a 100% matched deposit bonus up to a maximum of €100 and the new money has to be placed on Sportsbook bets of EVS or higher and repeated four times within the first month of the account being opened. When that initial month has expired the customer also receives another €10 free bet that has to be played three times and another month later another €10 free bet is offered up.
Wir-Wetten Content (Live Streaming, Audio Commentary, Radio, Blogs, and Previews)
No live streaming was available and there is no added journalistic or broadcast content currently available on the Wir-Wetten website. This seems to be consistent with the company’s policy of not doing such bells and whistles.
The live events are displayed down the Live Betting page, which is clearly available from the top menu across all pages of the website. The sports available are shown above and the number of events in each sport also displayed. Underneath the current live markets, a scheduled list of upcoming matches is then displayed, allowing punters to plan and bet ahead.
When entering the In-Play area of the site the new screen shows all current in-play offerings with the most popular sport available shown first – usually soccer. Tabs also show the other sports available and the number of live markets is displayed for each.
As you’d expect from Wir-Wetten there are no pitch graphics or anything too fancy within a live match screen. Very basic statistics are on offer to guide a prospective customer.
Other websites may present in-play markets with more visual zest, but Wir-Wetten customers can have no complaints about that, as regarding gambling, it is all there.
Wir-Wetten Stats & Form
The only statistics provided by Wir-Wetten are inside each match betting market where there is a statistics tab which leads to Betradar statistics for that event.
Wir-Wetten Banking and Withdrawal
Deposits can be made free of charge from Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, PaySafe and Skrill with a minimum deposit of €10 and are only accepted from residents of Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Withdrawals are automated and made to the card used to deposit funds, usually within 24 hours.
Wir-Wetten Customer Satisfaction
Wir-Wetten rightly make a big thing of responsible gambling but their customer support is only available between 10am and 10pm local time. During that period customers can make contact via email, live chat or phone.
Despite criticism in some quarters that the service is not available 24/7, Wir-Wetten is a localized betting site that is not dealing with worldwide traffic across different time zones.
Wir-Wetten Mobile App
The site is both mobile and tablet friendly, but no mobile application is currently available. The mobile platform is as impressive in its simplicity as the desktop site but in an age where punters like to bet on the go, the addition of a specialist app would not go amiss.
Check back soon!
Written by Greg Murray
Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.
Our Opinions of Wir-Wetten
A local bookie in terms of national identity, Wir-Wetten has harnessed the experience of its executives and effectively met the betting demands of Germany.
It is very evident that the company’s founders understand the market they have entered and learned from good practice elsewhere. They have delivered an online betting opportunity that may not be as sleek as some, it may not have the fancy graphics of others, but it knows how to sell a bet.
From entry into the website, the route to a customer’s chosen market is clearly mapped out. Wir-Wetten make the betting experience incredibly easy.
The lack of added extras may come in time, but until then the Wir-Wetten website operation provides its customers with a very high-quality way to bet on sport.
The score of 3/5 could have been more had the sight felt sleeker and the added value been there. But Wir-Wetten is young with every opportunity to add polish to what is already a very impressive setup.
- Excellent website with easy and clear navigation
- Well stocked site
- Tailored for a geographical market it knows and understands