Bet365 is known for being the bookmaker with the hardest stance on using a VPN to access their website. Back in the days they used to demand an explanation if using VPN, but nowadays they straight-up block access if you’re using a VPN.
Bet365 blocks VPNs by banning datacenter IPs. These are IPs that aren’t owned by an ISP and generally always used for VPNs. They are very easy to identify, which makes them easy to block (many other companies do the same – Netflix for example)
This means a VPN isn’t going to work with Bet365 and that the best VPN for Bet365 does not exist (I know, kinda misleading title).
Instead, you’ll have to get a residential IP proxy. This is an IP assigned by an ISP, which means it’s indistinguishable from a “normal IP”. The use case of residential proxies is mostly web scraping, because they do not get blocked as easily. This is also why most residential IPs come in packages containing hundreds or thousands of IPs and making them quite expensive.
Buying a package of residential IPs does not make much sense if you just want to gain access to Bet365. In this case you’ll just need 1 static residential IP and for that purpose I’ll recommend using Rsocks. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
1. Sign up for Rsocks
First of all, you’ll have to sign up for Rsocks and buy the proxy. Go to Rsocks and create a user, then head to the “Personal Proxy” category and find “Buy Residential”. That brings up the section with available proxies in each country and the price for each. Pick the one you need.
When you have picked the proxy you need and paid for it, you’ll need to set your authorization method. Again head to the Personal proxy page and locate your new proxy. Under the authorization method you can choose a username/password or choose to whitelist an IP. I would recommend using user/pw. Next, you have to take note of your access IP (both the IP and the port).
3. Download proxy software
Now you’ll have to download some software that allows you to connect to the proxy. There is a bunch of suitable programs out there, so you’ll have to find the one that fits your needs the best. For Chrome on a desktop computer, I would recommend using the SwitchyOmega extension.
4. Connecting to the proxy
When you have downloaded your proxy software, you can now connect to your Rsocks proxy. If you are using SwitchyOmega, head to Settings and add a New Profile. In the protocol you use HTTP, in the server you enter the access IP from Rsocks and in the port you enter the access port from Rsocks. Then click the little green lock on the right and enter the credentials you setup in Rsocks. Now, click Apply Changes, open a new tab, click the extension logo and pick your new Profile. Voila! You should now have access to Bet365.
Please let me know if you got any questions or recommendations below.