Bet365 detects, and blocks, most VPNs. There are only two guaranteed ways to “fix” Bet365 not working with VPN errors.

  1. Get NordVPN ($3.19/month)
    • You can use its regular servers or, if you have the time, set up its Meshnet feature for guaranteed access to Bet365.
    • I have just placed a bet on Sheff United v Arsenal using the New Zealand #102 server (see screenshots below).
    • If you’re struggling to find a server that works for you, you can also use Meshnet on NordVPN. Note that this requires you to have someone manually install it on their Windows PC and turn it on in another country where Bet365 isn’t blocked.
  2. Use a VPN that offers Residential IP
    • Get a VPN that gives you access to a dedicated IP, preferably a Residential IP – like TorGuard.

“Sorry, you have been blocked
You are unable to access bet365.com”

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Where is Bet365 blocked?

Where is Bet365 blocked

Afghanistan, Belgium, Cambodia, France, Greece (temporary suspension at the time of the report), Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, USA (with the exception of New Jersey), and several others.

These restrictions can be due to complete prohibitions on online gambling, specific legal challenges, or Bet365’s own risk management decisions.

Where is Bet365 legal?

Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Caledonia, Cameroon, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA (only in New Jersey) Vanuatu.

Which means you need to try to connect to Bet365 using a VPN that offers server in one of the countries listed above.

How to access Bet365 in a country where it’s banned

Method 1: NordVPN

I am currently able to access Bet365 using the New Zealand #102 server. To access this simplty open NordVPN app and enter for “102” in the search bar, then select the New Zealand 102 server from the restuls. I like using NordVPN for tasks like this over ExpressVPN has NordVPN offers a greater number of servers to its users.

If you want a connection that CANNOT be blocked of detected by NordVPN, it’s worthwhile taking the time to configure NordVPN’s Meshnet feature – as it that lets you route all of your internet traffic via one of your own devices (therefore it’s organic and can’t be detected or blocked by Bet365).

Here’s a quick example of how Meshnet works: if you are travelling, you can connect and route your mobile data through a Windows PC that’s connected to your home internet connection and IP address from an iPhone/Android/laptop device with NordVPN installed on it.

Check out our How to install Meshnet article for more information or check out our quick guide immediately below.

Here’s how to do it

How to use MeshNet

  1. Go to the NordVPN website

  2. Download and install the NordVPN app

  3. Create a NordVPN account or sign in

  4. Select the Meshnet icon on the sidebar

  5. Turn on Meshnet

    NordVPN turn on Meshnet
  6. In the Meshnet tab on NordVPN, click Link devices.

  7. A menu will pop up. Here, select Link external devices.

  8. Enter the email address of the NordVPN user to invite them to access your connected device.

  9. Select permissions. This includes:

    Allow receiving files
    Allow traffic routing
    Allow local network access
    Allow remote access.

  10. Once done, click Send invitation.

    Meshnet linking devices
  11. Accepts the invitation on the external device

    This will appear on a list of connected external devices on your host device.

2. Use a Residential IP

This is essentially the same thing as MeshNet, but you’re paying a company to provide the residential IP for you and keep it turned on 24/7.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good one of these for several years, and the best I can find is TorGuard’s Residential IP.

It’s not the most polished of products, and it’s expensive, costing $9.99/month for the base VPN + $7.99/ for the residential IP (there is a 50% discount on offer if you sign up for a year’s subscription).

But once you get over the clunkiness, it has everything you need. Including apps on all major devices – iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac etc.

The biggest hurdle is signing up for the service. Good luck.

What is Meshnet? 

Meshnet is a type of virtual network that works like a LAN. It allows you to connect to devices directly instead of relying on an internet connection or cables. These devices can communicate with each other without any restrictions, no matter where they are in the world.

With Meshnet, you can create private networks between your personal and work devices and share an Internet Protocol (IP) address. This opens up a lot of use cases, including file sharing, remote device access, gaming over a LAN connection with friends, and even bypassing geo-restricted content online, similar to a VPN (albeit with limitations).

NordVPN Meshnet infographic
Using Meshnet on multiple devices via NordVPN

How does Bet365 block VPNs?

If you’re using a low-end VPN there are three main ways Bet365, or any website, can detect if you’re connecting from a VPN.

1. Online streaming services check for IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks. This is a basic test that good VPNs don’t fail. However, if you’re using a cheap VPN there’s a chance your connection might not be fully watertight. Making it insecure. And detectable.

2. GeoIP databases, such as MaxMind, also verify the IP address you’re connecting from. If your VPN is using an IP address that’s on one of these lists you won’t be able to use Bet365.

3. Bet365 also performs its own IP checks. If Bet365 detects an abnormal number of simultaneous connections, or internet traffic, coming from the same IP it will blacklist that address too.

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Why does Bet365 block VPNs?

There are two main reasons Bet365 blocks VPNs. Firstly, different territories have different laws and licenses regarding gambling. New York, for example, has totally different State laws than Nevada. Similarly, Australia has gambling laws that are different from the UK.

The other reason, and probably the most significant reason, is because Bet365 allows its customers to watch live streams of some sporting events. And just like traditional sports broadcasters, Bet365 has had to pay for the rights to do this.

Live sport, as we all know, is a multi-billion dollar industry. Therefore, Sports broadcasters, including Bet365, have to show they are protecting their streams’ borders. Which means they have to have sufficient VPN blocks in place.

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Is using a VPN with Bet365 legal?

Yes, using a VPN with Bet365 is legal. However, Bet365 may block your account if it finds out you’re using a VPN to access its service. This is stipulated in its terms and conditions.

The only time using a VPN to access Bet365 is illegal is if you’re using a VPN to access the betting website in a country where VPNs are prohibited.

There are only a handful of countries (spot the authoritarianism link) where using a VPN is illegal; these are: China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, North Korea, Iraq, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Egypt, Eritrea, Seychelles, Suriname, Namibia, Slovenia, Nicaragua and Tajikistan.

If you aren’t in one of these countries, the worst thing that could happen is Bet365 could figure out you’re using a VPN and will block you from accessing its platform.

However, given the widespread use of VPNs, plus the many legitimate and legal use cases for VPNs, it’s fair to suggest that banning customers from using a VPN would be a heavy-handed and financially costly policy for Bet365 to enforce.

If you’re trying to use Bet365 in a region where it does not traditionally operate you risk having your account banned. However, as VPNs use military-grade encryption it is impossible for streaming services to trace where you’re physically accessing its content from.

There’s one final thing to note on the subject: Bet365 has never banned anyone for using a VPN to access its service.

David Court
David is a professional journalist. He's been reviewing lifestyle and technology products since 2007. His CV boasts a series of high-profile websites that he's previously edited and managed. These sites include PCAdvisor.co.uk, TechAdvisor.co.uk, PCPro.co.uk, Alphr.com and ExpertReviews.co.uk. Reviewsfire.com is his new project.

2 COMMENTS

    • Hi Carl,

      You’re right. It’s not currently working with ExpressVPN. I’ve updated the article now to reflect that. NordVPN and Meshnet is a great way to unlock Bet365 via a VPN. Alternatively, I recommend using a Residential IP from TorGuard, or taking advantage of NordVPN’s money-back guarantee with one of its Dedicated IPs (note that these aren’t residential IPs, though.)

      Thanks

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