Since launching in 2015 BK8 have quickly established themselves as one of the most popular Malaysian sportsbooks. And some high-profile partnerships, including a deal with two of world football’s biggest names, shows they really mean business. We’ve had a thorough look at the BK8 Sport offering and our BK8 review will tell you if the quality of the betting experience matches their ambition!
As our name suggests, our number one priority is ensuring that every sportsbook we feature on safebettingsites.com is safe and secure, and this is certainly the case with BK8, who are fully licensed and regulated by Curacao Gaming, a licensing body with over 450 online gambling operators operating within the jurisdiction, supported by the Government of Curacao.
BK8 are also keen to point out on their website that their servers are placed in highly secure facilities and only employees with the correct security clearance can gain access to them, while the servers themselves are protected by a firewall.
In addition, the BK8 domain is verified and secured by GoDaddy.com, one of the world’s most well-known domain providers They ensure that the website is SSL-protected, so that when users enter the website, the SSL certificate automatically creates a secure, encrypted connection with their browser.
There is a responsible gambling section at BK8, with tips about how to manage your betting, how to ensure children aren’t exposed to gambling sites, as well as a couple of links if you feel that betting is becoming an issue. There’s also an option to self exclude but no deposit limit or session time limit options.
However, the only problem is that all of this information is hidden deep within the rules and regulations which are only accessible by clicking on “Info Centre” at the bottom of the page. And with no sub-category named “Responsible Gambling” and no search function, it’s very difficult to find the information that you need.
Even the best sportsbooks in the world realise that it’s hugely important to have at least one welcome offer that is enticing enough to tempt bettors to try them out. And we have to give BK8 a lot of credit here as they have one of the largest selections of new customer deals we have ever seen on a Malaysian sportsbook.
The headline BK8 welcome offer is a special one to celebrate their partnership with five La Liga teams, where new customers opening an MYR account can benefit from a 150% deposit match, up to 300 MYR. You just need to deposit a minimum of 50 MYR and transfer it from the Main Wallet into your Sports Wallet and then you will be credited with double that amount as a BK8 free credit.
However the main point to note from this BK8 sign up bonus is that before you can withdraw any of the winnings from your deposit and bonus funds you need to “turn it over” 35 times. That doesn’t mean you have to make 35 different bets, just that you need to bet 35 times the amount of your deposit and bonus funds.
So for example if you deposited 50 MYR, you would receive an extra BK8 free credit of 100 MYR for a total of 150 MYR. Multiplied by 35 that equals 5,250 MYR, that you would need to wager before you could withdraw your winnings.
This is certainly a generous BK8 sign up bonus on the surface, but a 35x rollover requirement to turn your BK8 free credit into real cash is a really tough target to hit, and in our experience your initial deposit isn’t usually counted in the turnover requirement, so that adds another obstacle! However, the rewards can be lucrative from this BK8 welcome bonus if you do manage to hit a hot streak.
Another BK8 welcome bonus on offer is a ‘Risk-Free Bet’ when you place your first soccer wager at Saba-Sport, which means your stake will be refunded as a BK8 free credit if the bet is a loser. The wager needs to be a minimum of 100 MYR and the maximum you can receive back is MYR 200. To qualify you also need to make sure that the bet is placed on the handicap or goals over/under market.
Registered members are also required to provide a mobile phone number for verification before applying for this promotion and even more importantly you need to contact BK8 within 72 hours of your bet being settled to opt-in to this deal.
What we like about risk-free bet offers is that if you choose to, you can place that first wager at a big price to try and secure a big win, safe in the knowledge that you will get your money back if your BK8 free bet loses. However, a 5x rollover requirement on your refund is definitely a negative.
Those are the marquee new customer promotions but there are also a few other BK8 free bet and deposit bonus offers which we have outlined below, and of course we would always recommend checking out the Terms and Conditions beforehand for each and every offer you are interested in.
|BK8 offer||Offer description||Wager requirement||Min qualify odds||Offer expiry||Min deposit|
|150% Welcome Bonus||Deposit Match, up to 30o MYR||12x Rollover Requirement||N/A||Bonus valid for 30 days||50 MYR|
|First Bet Risk-Free||Risk-Free Bet, up to 200 MYRwhen you place you first soccer bet at Saba-Sports||5x Rollover Requirement||N/A||Bonus valid for 7 days||100 MYR Minimum Bet|
|Lucky Draw||Win an iPhone 1s Pro Max||N/A||N/A||Bonus valid for 30 days||50 MYR|
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|Crypto Deposit Bonus||1% crypto deposit bonus up to 888 MYR||3x Rollover Requirement||N/A||Bonus valid for 30 days||1000 MYR within one week|
A fantastic list of BK8 new customer offers is complemented by an even stronger selection of existing bettor deals, particularly when it comes to BK8 football. We’ve given you the headlines down below about what was available at the time of writing but once again you need to make sure that you check out the full terms and conditions so that you are completely sure what is required to take full advantage of these offers.
Now that we’ve taken you through BK8’s amazing range of new and existing customer offers it’s time to get to the main part of this review, where we see if the betting experience can match up to our very strong first impressions of the site.
The BK8 Sport offering is split across four separate sites – Saba-Sports, c-Sports, BK8-Sports, and s-Sports, and we would encourage you to visit each one to see which interface and range of markets works best for you, but between all of them you will find most of the major sports covered.
With BK8 working so hard to increase their profile among soccer fans worldwide and the sport being the most popular to bet on in Asia, it’s no surprise to see that soccer betting is featured prominently, with league and cup competitions available to bet on from over 50 different countries.
And when it comes to the more high profile games, there are a huge number of markets within the individual matches such as first goalscorer, total goals and bookings totals, often totalling over 80.
The site also has excellent coverage of all the major US leagues, including the NFL, NBA and MLB, and there are also dedicated sections for horse racing and eSports betting.
You can view odds in four different ways at BK8 – Hong Kong, Indonesian and of course the Malaysian format that will be most familiar to bettors in this part of the world. As for the odds themselves, we compared them with those found at BK8’s major rivals in Malaysia and found them to be very competitive, not just when it came to soccer, but also basketball, American football, tennis, boxing and cricket betting.
However, a lack of odds boosts and “best odds guaranteed” features is certainly a negative as they are usually featured on most modern sportsbooks.
The minimum bet at BK8 is a very user-friendly 2 MYR, but things are a bit more complicated when it comes to the maximum amount you can wager on any given sport.
It’s very common for online sportsbooks to limit the amount a bettor can win and it’s also common for that amount to vary between sports, with the more popular markets such as football usually allowing you to win far larger amounts than any other sport.
And BK8 is no different as they do have a maximum payout that varies from market to market, but in our opinion, the average Malaysian bettor will be more than happy with the maximum amounts that can be won, including over 300,000 MYR for a soccer parlay and over 200,000 MYR for basketball wagers.
However, as the maximum payouts vary from sport to sport we would recommend checking them out for yourselves to see if you are happy with what you can potentially win.
Like all modern sportsbooks, BK8 Malaysia has a really impressive in play offering. We looked at all hours of the day and night and generally found between seven and 12 different sports in the live betting section, including basketball, tennis, E-Sports, Baseball and Table Tennis.
And when it came to soccer, the advantage of featuring such a huge number of worldwide leagues was that there were always 30+ live matches to pick from and sometimes more than a hundred! And while it’s normal for there to be far less in play betting markets compared to pre-match, all the popular betting selections were all present and correct, including Match Result, Over/Unders, and Handicaps.
A key element of a sportsbook’s in play offering also needs to be the responsiveness of the site, as prices are constantly changing and you can’t afford to wait too long for BK8 to download and for your bet to be confirmed once you have clicked the “Place Bet” button. And thankfully we found the BK8 site to have excellent response times on both the sportsbook and the BK8 live TV offering, which made the in play betting experience hugely rewarding.
BK8 live streaming is available for both of the dominant markets in online sports betting – football and horse racing, along with numerous other sports including basketball and tennis. Football streaming can be accessed directly via the main sportsbook, while you’ll need to use the separate section for racing.
The majority of punters accessing BK8 live streaming will be primarily interested in football streaming, and we’re pleased to say that the selection of matches on offer within the BK8 live TV offering is excellent. While bookies in Europe are highly limited in the games they can show, for licensing reasons, most of the biggest leagues and cups can be streamed on BK8 live TV. However, you will need to have a positive account balance to join the fun.
Cashout is available on most bets that you place at BK8. The option to partially cash out is also available, so you can withdraw sone of your winnings in play while leaving some in play.
An ever-present button on the right-hand side of the screen is your gateway to 24-hour customer service and you can choose to contact BK8 via live chat or even by What’s App.
You can also get on-demand guidance by clicking on “Info Centre” at the bottom of the page, but it would have been nice to have this featured more prominently on the site as it can be quite difficult to find. And once you’re there it isn’t the easiest process in the world to locate the information you need as there is no search function.
Signing up is an easy process at BK8, and as part of our BK8 review we have broken it down stage by stage.
The first step is to open the SBK Malaysia home page on your computer or mobile device, or open the app. For this guide, we’ll assume you’re using the main desktop version of BK8. If you’d prefer to use the betting mobile app instead, you’ll still be following similar steps, it’s just that the buttons may be in slightly different areas!
Hit the ‘Register’ button towards the top-right of the homepage. You will now see the first of two phases, in which you must create your username and set a password. Next, provide a few personal details, including a contact number, your home address, and your date of birth. Once that’s done, click ‘Register’ to create your account.
After creating your account, just log in and hit the ‘Deposit’ button in the top-right. You will now see a list of all the payment options available to you, depending on where you’re located. Pick one, provide the required payment details, and enter the amount you want to deposit. Once that’s done, click ‘Submit’ to confirm the payment.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the multitude of BK8 free bet offers that are available!
Head back to the homepage of the website, then click ‘Sports’ followed by either “Saba-Sports”, “BK8 Sports” or “c-Sports”. For the purposes of this review we are using “BK8-Sports” but would certainly recommend that you check out all options to see which one you prefer.
Within BK8-Sports you can change the view from a European style to one more familiar with Malaysian bettors but whichever you choose you will be presented with a full list of sports on the left-hand side, then you just need to find the specific matchup you’re interested in and open up its individual betting markets. Click on the odds you’re interested in to add a selection to your betslip, set your stake, then place the bet.
You will need to verify your account before you can successfully make any withdrawals. To do this on BK8, hover over your account name in the top-right, then click ‘My Profile’. Towards the top of the account management section, you will see ‘User Verification’ with four symbols below. Each symbol represents information you must verify: your date of birth, email address, phone number, and banking details. Click each in turn, and follow the instructions to complete that part of the verification process.
Once your account has been fully verified, you will be free to start withdrawing funds. Head back to the account management section, then click ‘Withdraw’ on the left-hand side. Now pick one of the available options, provide the required information, enter the amount you want to withdraw, and hit ‘Submit’ to confirm the transaction.
A strong betting app is a key component of any online sportsbook and this is especially true in Malaysia, which has one of the highest rates of mobile device useage in the world. There are BK8 apps available for both Android and iOS users. Both can be downloaded directly through the website, and BK8 even includes handy ‘Installation Guides’ to help you acquire and start using the apps.
The sports section of the BK8 app includes all the most important aspects of the desktop version, including betting markets, account management, and the ability to make deposits and withdrawals. There are a few mobile-specific features too though, including an express login tool, and the option to use either your face or fingerprint to log directly into your account.
Technically, the BK8 app performed well during our testing. We experienced no crashes at all, and the loading speeds were reasonable. Although the ‘multiple sportsbooks’ approach is a little harder to navigate on a mobile device than a desktop computer, all the other main areas of the BK8 app are easy to both find and use.
At the time of writing, a BK8 bonus code is not required to access any of their new or existing customer offers. You just need to read through the Ts and Cs carefully and make sure you meet all requirements, and then you should be able to use the BK8 sign up bonuses without any problems at all.
There aren’t a huge range of payment options at the disposal of Malaysian bettors but a big plus for many will be the fact that you can deposit via Bitcoin and Ethereum, the two most popular Cryptocurrencies. Another piece of good news for bettors will also be the super-speedy withdrawal times.
|Banking Method||Fees||Minimum Deposit||Minimum Withdrawal||Withdrawal Times|
|Bank Transfer||0%||MYR 20||MYR 50||25 minutes (+bank processing time)|
|Ethereum||0%||0.01||MYR 50 (equivalent)||3 minutes|
|Bitcoin||0%||0.05||MYR 50 (equivalent)||3 minutes|
Just like any other online sports betting site, BK8 has its good points and its bad points, the question is always whether the good stuff is good enough that the bad can be tolerated! After a full rundown in our BK8 Malaysia review, we will now go through what we like about this sportsbook and where we feel there is room for improvement.
Malaysian bettors haven’t exactly been spoiled for choice when it comes to online sportsbooks, so it’s nice to have one that specifically targets Malaysian bettors, accepts MYR payments, and even provides Malaysian odds as well as a full Malay version of the site.
And luckily enough it is also a great sportsbook in its own right, with a huge range of betting markets, a fabulous soccer offering and a massive selection of betting offers for new and existing customers. The VIP programme is also a great addition if you are someone who bets large amounts each month.
There are some issues, including the “site within a site” layout, a poorly executed information centre, and some very harsh terms and conditions when it comes to site offers, but overall we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that you check BK8 out and see all the great things that the site has to offer!
The headline BK8 offer is a 200% deposit bonus but there are more new customer offers as well as a huge range of existing bettor deals.
It is, with their football streaming in particular being hugely popular.
BK8 is licensed by Curacao Gaming, a licensing body with over 450 online gambling operators operating within the jurisdiction, supported by the Government of Curacao
BK8 Sportsbook Group Ltd was launched in 2015.
Bank transfers, Help2pay and even cryptocurrencies are accepted as payment methods at this site.
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