Totesport Bookmaker Review – Read our Sportsbook Rating
Totesport has an enviable pedigree as it is the offspring of the Totalisator, a method of pool betting which was established by the UK government in 1928. When the "Tote", as it was known, was privatised in 2011 its operations were taken over by the Betfred Group, one of the largest and most reputable of UK bookmaking companies.
As well as betting on most of the major sports Totesport also has an online casino where players can indulge their passion for all the usual table and card games. Here is our in-depth Totesport review.
Totesport Experiences: The strengths of this Bookmaker
Our Totesport Review was able to reveal the following positives:
- The chance to have a bet on the Totepool and its many variations
- Excellent bonuses for new customers to the sportsbook and the casino, and a monthly loyalty bonus for regular casino players
- An easy to navigate website offering a good range of sports bets and a casino with more than 100 games
- One of the oldest and most respected bookmakers in the UK
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Our Totesport sportsbook review of the most important features of the website continues below, whereby the 10 most relevant categories were looked into thoroughly.
Bonuses: Everyone's a Winner
Totesport have a warm welcome for everyone opening a new sportsbook account. All you have to do is deposit £5, stake that amount on any event of your choice, and Totesport will immediately deposit a nice crisp £10 note into your account.
The Totesport bonus for first time casino players is even more generous. Simply register a new account, make a deposit, and Totesport will instantly credit your account with an additional matching amount up to a maximum of £100. Not only that, but a 50% match deposit is available for your first deposit for each succeeding month. Our rating 8/10.
Betting Odds to Compare With the Best
The odds on offer at Totesport are generally as good as those on offer at any other major bookmaker. They have a "Best Odds Guaranteed" offer on selected horse races which will pay out at the odds you accepted when placing the bet or the SP (starting price), whichever is highest. Our rating 7/10. The rating could have been higher had there been a greater choice of sports to bet on.
Customer Service With a Smile
The Totesport customer service is available by telephone from 7am to 11pm, every day of the week. Support by email and old-fashioned snail mail is also available. Our rating 8/10.
User Friendliness: Ease of Use and Navigation
There were no problems encountered using the Totesport website. Unlike many bookmakers' sites it is relatively uncluttered and it is easy to find your way around. The various options are very quick to load so that you won't miss an opportunity to grab a favourable price. Talking about prices, the odds offered on any event are displayed in large boxes and are some of the easiest to read. This is an important factor as it is so easy to misread odds when in a hurry to place a bet. Our rating 9/10.
Sports Covered: Not the Best But Improving
As we have mentioned, Totesport grew out of the original Totalisator which catered mainly for horseracing. The company has increased its range of sports bets offered and it now covers most of the major sports such as football, greyhounds and tennis. It lacks the coverage of overseas events that some of its competitors offer and doesn't gain a high rating from us for this category. Our rating 5/10.
In-Play Betting – a Limited Selection
Again, unlike some of its rivals, the opportunities for in-play betting are somewhat limited. The interface for the in-play events is also not quite as easy to follow as that of the rest of the website. Obviously this is a major factor as betting in-play often requires that the bettor makes quick decisions, something that is not so easy with Totesport. Our rating 4/10.
Payment Methods: No Shortage of Methods
All major credit cards are accepted so no one should experience a problem making a deposit. As with most bookmakers, withdrawals can only be made to the same source that was used to deposit funds. Our rating 9/10.
As well as sports betting and the casino, the company also provides its clients with the opportunity to have a good, old-fashioned game of bingo and a number of instant games. The bingo game has been brought bang up-to-date and has its own bonus structure. There are several varieties of the game available including a rollover version where the jackpot has been known to reach over £1 million. Our rating 9/10.
Iron Clad Security
You can feel confident that any transactions that you make on the Totesport website will be secure as the company uses the industry standard encryption software known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to protect sensitive data. Our rating 9/10.
Betting Limits Only For the High Rollers
There are no limits on Totepool bets but, in common with most bookmakers, punters might come up against maximum bets or payout limits on certain types of wagers including horse racing. Usually this information will be provided on the betting slip before you actually confirm the wager. Our rating 9/10.
The fact that Totesport has its origins in the original Totalisator and is such a household name should reassure anyone who is thinking of opening an account. The company is now a part of the well-established and reputable Betfred group, one of the top three bookmaking chains in the UK.
Their website has had a recent revamp and is quick to load and easy to navigate, and tends to be less cluttered with advertisements compared to those of some of its rivals.
Taking into account the excellent bonuses and general user-friendly nature of the Totesport organisation, our overall Totesport rating based on the Totesport review of the main features offered is 77/100.
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