The world’s leading exchange site Betfair has decided to restrict Indian customers. All of you would have received the below mail in your mailbox from Betfair support.

 

Communication from Betfair regarding the restriction of Indian customers

For many this has come as a rude shock. But this is not the first time it has happened. Over the years the big 3 banned Indian customers one after the other. Coral took the step first and then William Hill followed suit couple of years back. Most recently Ladbrokes too restricted Indian customers. If you think only the big online betting companies restrict Indian players, then you’re wrong. In the past 10 years I have seen numerous betting companies (Many you may have never heard of) like bet-at-home, bwin etc banned players originating from India.

There are some questions being raised whether is it because of Indian government asking these companies to restrict players which I don’t think of as a possibility. (Indian Government loves putting a ban on websites. Especially Movies sites and Porn. Not a single betting site is banned yet. The well known fraudulent exchanges like LC Exchange, Diamond Exchange or AB exchange are operating with no issues)

Since gambling industry is a self regulating industry, I believe these bans appear due to few recent controversies.

Any one remember what 1996 Cricket World Cup was called! The Wills World Cup. If you are unaware, Wills is a tobacco brand. It was said that, children and teens watch sports more than adults and they will get attracted to tobacco when their sporting idols are associated with it. So the alcohol and tobacco companies decided to stop advertising (directly). Now you’ll see these companies selling Bacardi Music CDs or Budweiser Club Glasses. A similar issue has come up recently. Most major Football teams are sponsored by betting companies. Even the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League was sponsored by Betway. For the first time I saw cricketers wearing jerseys advertising a betting company’s name. Also for the past few years Bet365 ads were visible in matches at Australia. So the same logic was applied in this case by the UK government. And the Gambling companies have decided to stop advertising during live events. You can read more about it in the link below.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/46453954

The second reason would be Google Play’s (The android store) change in their policies (Nothing much has changed if you ask me; They are strictly implementing their policies now). You cannot target audience from a particular geographic location if you don’t have gambling operations license for that region. It all started when Cheetah Mobile’s android apps had fraudulent practices. Then Google entered into crackdown mode. You can read about it here and here. Now, I believe Betfair doesn’t want to take a gamble at Google. Honestly who would!

Most of you would be reading this article to find out about the alternate gambling sites you can use. I have listed down the bookmakers and exchanges available. Choose the one you like.


Bet365

Type: Bookmaker

Pros:

  • Super fast user interface and bet placement
  • Bigger limits to bet

Cons:

  • Very difficult verification process

Click To Join With Bet365


1xBet

Type: Bookmaker / Exchange

Pros:

  • Bank Transfer (IMPS, NEFT) and UPI (Google Pay, Phone Pe, Paytm) deposits
  • More markets than any other bookmaker.
  • Hindi site and support
  • Fastest in terms of Neteller withdrawals

Cons:

  • Site is heavy
  • Bank withdrawals take a week to get processed.

Click To Join With 1xBet


12Bet

Type: Bookmaker / Exchange

Pros:

  • Bank Transfer (IMPS, NEFT) and UPI (Google Pay, Phone Pe, Paytm) deposits
  • Fastest in terms of all deposit / withdrawal methods overall
  • Lots of bonus offers (Every time you deposit you get a bonus)
  • Hindi site and support

Cons:

  • Markets are limited.

Click To Join With 12Bet


BetRally

Type: Bookmaker

Pros:

  • Bank Transfer (IMPS, NEFT) and UPI (Google Pay, Phone Pe, Paytm) deposits
  • Easy verification process

Cons:

  • No markets except match winner for Cricket.

Click To Join With BetRally


Betway

Type: Bookmaker

Pros:

  • Good loyalty bonus and lots of frequent free bets
  • In-depth Cricket betting markets

Cons:

  • No chat support

Click To Join With Betway


 

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