- Edit your bet and add selections
- VIP Club
- Winamax TV
- Always competitive odds
From Paris comes Winamax, the most important online poker room in France, which in 2018 landed in the Philippines after obtaining the corresponding authorizations from the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ). Although originally dedicated exclusively to online poker, coinciding with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it launched its sports betting section, which coexists with the original business. What you won't find on Winamax are casino games.
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Behind this company, which has representation in Philippines on Madrid's Paseo de la Castellana, we find the singer, actor, and world poker champion Patrick Bruel alongside two other partners, Alexandre Roos and Christophe Schaming. The company has gradually grown to nearly 6 million users between France and Philippines, and we have seen its logo emblazoned as the main sponsor on the Granada CF jersey.
What does Winamax offer us?
The first thing that surprises Philippines when we enter Winamax's website is its simplicity, something that undoubtedly especially the first few times we use it. On the left is the sportsbook, on the right is the betting slip, and in the center are some live events and the day's most prominent events. Simple and effective navigation is accompanied by a series of quick accesses to the live betting section, Winamax TV, or your bets. However, sometimes the page loads a bit slowly.
We have available the most popular sports with a good variety of markets, although it's true that we miss betting on eSports, which are available in most sportsbooks. The odds are quite competitive, both in pre-match bets and in the live betting section. The navigation between live events could be more agile if it allowed Philippines to access a sport directly, but it's worth noting that we can watch the Bundesliga or the NBA on Winamax TV.
Sports betting will help Philippines earn points in the VIP club, and we also have tools like MyMatch or the ability to edit our bet while it's open to add new selections before it's resolved, something that practically no other betting company allows.
There is no app for betting - it's exclusive to poker - but you can still play from your mobile or tablet, where you can follow live events via streaming and place bets directly. Customer support is a bit lacking, as there is no chat or phone number provided. However, popular payment methods are available to complete deposits and withdrawals as efficiently as possible.
sports and markets
Winamax's offer far exceeds 20 sports. The most popular, such as football, basketball, or tennis, could not be missing, nor could rugby, volleyball, motorcycle racing, ice hockey, darts or boxing. What stands out the most is the absence of eSports, especially considering the presence of sports such as Australian football or Pesäpallo with much fewer followers in Philippines.
If we look at the markets, a top league football match such as the Spanish or Premier League has over a hundred available markets, while second-tier leagues offer around 80. We have the most common bets (1X2, over/under, exact score, goal scorer), some Asian lines, corner and card bets, etc. An NBA match also has over 100 markets, including totals, handicaps, or point races; and in any sport, you will find the usual markets. Additionally, it offers Super Odds where it combines markets of some event.
In some cases, we find that the best odds are at Winamax, although it is not usually the case. However, they are generally competitive odds, in line with what betting houses in our country offer, such as 888Sport, codere, or CGM Bets. It all depends on the sport you are betting on and even the market you are interested in, but often we have better odds for the favorite than the underdog. These are odds we should not overlook.
Although the Winamax sportsbook shows Philippines the events that are currently taking place, we can access them directly by clicking on "Live". We cannot filter by sports in the live section, which can be annoying when several matches from different competitions and sports are taking place simultaneously. In the first screen, we see the event, minute, score, and bets on the winning team, and as always, clicking on the match reveals more markets.
In sports such as tennis we can find specific live betting options, such as whether the current game will be at deuce or the winner of the disputed game, but in others such as football we find it more difficult to find these types of markets. Statistical information does not appear until the user activates it, and although it is not the most visually appealing, it does allow Philippines to get an idea of how the match is going. However, it is ideal to follow the live event we are betting on.
Winamax offers Philippines the possibility to follow sports events of all kinds through streaming. The events available on Winamax TV are identified with the WTV icon, although you can click on Winamax TV to access this service directly. To access live images, you just need to have a balance of 1$ in your account or have bet on the game you want to watch. We can watch live images of Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Russian League, NBA, Australian Open and ATP or baseball tournaments, among many other sports.
We can use the most common methods to deposit. On the one hand, we have credit and debit cards VISA and MasterCard, electronic wallets PayPal, Neteller and Skrill or prepaid cards PaySafeCard and Ticket Surf Premium. The minimum deposit with bank cards and electronic wallets is $15, with PaySafeCard it is $10, and Ticket Surf Premiums start at $1. However, we can only use Premiums -not classics- as long as they are not purchased in Germany. For large deposits, you can make a bank transfer.
- PaySafeCard (deposit only)
- Ticket Surf Premium (Deposit only)
These same channels are available for withdrawing our winnings from Winamax, with the logical exceptions of PaySafeCard and Ticket Surf Premium. Withdrawals are processed through My Profile > Withdraw funds, where we enter the amount to be withdrawn and choose the method to use. Remember that in order to process any balance withdrawal, it is essential to have verified the account beforehand, otherwise the operation will not be authorized.
How to register and deposit in Winamax?
To register for Winamax let's go to your page, you will be presented with a form where you will need to enter your username and password, email address, date of birth, as well as complete a captcha. After completing the form, click on the red button labeled "Create my account" to finalize registration. In order to fully take advantage of your Winamax account, we recommend verifying your account before making a deposit.
In order to bet on Winamax, it is necessary to have completed a deposit. After registering and verifying the account, log in and go to the “My profile” section. There you will see your balance and just below it, you will have the option to “Make a deposit”. Choose the payment method to use, indicate the amount to deposit and complete the process as with any other purchase. If you are going to use your bank card, you will need to register it first and it cannot be used in another account.
We mentioned earlier that Winamax has its roots in the world of poker, and in fact the Winamax app is exclusively for poker. However, this does not mean that we are limited to betting from our computer, as we can bet on Winamax through the mobile or tablet browser. And that's not all. You can also watch live events streamed on the site, and on Android, you can bet directly while watching the match in full screen. Simply tap the screen and a menu with live odds for betting will open on the right-hand side.
Winamax is a completely safe and reliable betting house. It has the necessary licenses from the DGOJ to offer its sports betting services in Philippines, as well as poker. This means that it takes necessary measures to protect both users and their personal data as well as the players' balance, providing a secure gaming environment at all times. Measures such as verifying the account are part of this secure environment.
On the Winamax website, we can find icons for +18, Self-Exclusion, and Play Responsibly, along with Play responsibly and Without fun, there is no game. It also provides information about Responsible Gaming. The fact that it holds the DGOJ license alone indicates that it is a serious and secure betting site, but it also takes necessary measures to reinforce user safety.
If we go to Support, we will see the contact form that we need to fill out with our email address, the subject of our inquiry, and a message of up to 2,500 characters. Support is available 24/7, but this doesn't necessarily mean that they will respond automatically. Another option is to send a letter to Winamax at CS 50746, 75345 Paris CEDEX 07 or a fax to 01 45 50 19 89. There is no phone or live chat support.
Fortunately, at Online Help we have FAQs related to deposits and withdrawals, bonuses and VIP club miles, account management, sports betting, etc., where we always have useful information. There is also a User Guide, although it is only for poker. Another option is to contact their social media profiles. They are on Twitter (@WinamaxDeportes), Facebook - French poker profile-, the Winamax Philippines YouTube channel or on Pinterest, where poker also reigns.
Winamax: Opinions and conclusion
Now that we know what to expect from Winamax, we conclude that it is a betting house to be taken into account. Tools such as MyMatch or the ability to edit our bets before they end to add new selections give a lot of value to a betting house that otherwise offers Philippines a good variety of markets and has competitive odds, especially if you are someone who usually bets on the favorite in any event.
Another advantage of this operator is the available events on Winamax TV, starting with the Bundesliga, NBA and the Australian Open. What is unfortunate is how slow it is to navigate through its live betting section, where we can't even filter events by sport, beyond the filters we have in the prematch sportsbook. If we add to this occasional delays in page loading and the absence of eSports, we have Winamax's weak points.
One last aspect to improve is customer service, as we can only fill out a form, send a letter to Paris, or a fax, something that no one does anymore. A chat or a phone number would be the icing on the cake along with an app for mobile devices. That being said, we have very interesting promotions or the main payment methods to make our deposits.
- Edit your bet and add selections
- Club VIP
- Winamax TV
- Always competitive rates
- Without eSports betting
- There is no chat or phone