Year established: 1928
Mobile version: yes
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
Overall rating: C+
Recommended: For recreational players
Totesport Sportsbook Review
The tagline of Totesport is ‘Get your heart racing’ with this marketing in a clear bid to focus on the adrenaline pumping nature of betting. It offers sports betting, casino, lottery and of course its Totepool.
Totesport is the online home of The Tote which is now owned by Betfred. Totesport is an old British bookmaker which has been around since 1928. It was first established in 1928 by Winston Churchill Its head offices are in Wigan. It was formerly known as The Horserace Totalislator Board and known in rhyming slang as ‘the nanny’. Until July 2011 it was in the hands of the UK government, its creators, at which point Betfred acquired it for a reported fee of £265m.
The Tote was rebranded in 2004 and was split into its different factions which are now Totesport and Totepool, the latter is accessible on the main site of the former.
There are still a number of betting shops under the Totesport branding throughout the UK and can be seen at racecourses too. It is famous for its Scoop6 pools betting. It’s the sole UK organisation which is allowed to run pools betting on horseracing and has a 7 year exclusive licence to continue this from the time of its purchase by Betfred.
Totesport has over 11,000 followers on Twitter, and is on both Facebook and Youtube too.
Customers have access to a number of fixed odds markets across sports with Totesport. Here they are in full: Horse Racing, Football, Tennis, American Football, Athletics, Aussie Rules, Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Gaelic Football, Golf, Greyhounds, Handball, Hurling, Ice Hockey, Motor Sports, Olympics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker and UFC/MMA.
Totesport also offers Politics betting.
Totesport is a great place for live betting with its comprehensive offering, well presented lay out and live audio commentary.
This commentary really adds to its appeal. The main menu also shows you where you can watch live games, ie. if they’re showing on BT Sport or Sky Sports which is a simple add on but one which’ll be well liked and appreciated by punters. The in-play section is simple and you’re able to choose the sport you wish to view live markets for at the top horizontally, and this also tells you how many events in these at any one time.
Usability of the site
The Tote has long been the people’s choice for horseracing and its site doesn’t let anyone down. It’s simple and easy to navigate and use. The black and lime green colour scheme may not be the sexiest but it is memorable for branding purposes.
The site loads quick, isn’t overloaded with betting offers and has a Promotions section which is a good starting point each time you come on site.
In terms of customer support Totesport has you covered. There is email ([email protected]), live chat and on the phone (in the UK 0800 032 8188 and outside the UK +44(0) 1925 907520). Live chat agents are responsive and helpful. If you prefer to wait then you can write a letter Customer Service Department, The Spectrum, 56-58 Benson Road, Birchwood, WA3 7PQ, UK.
Banking wise Totesport has you eqaully covered it allows Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, paysafecard, Paypal and more. Totesport allows text betting, and has both an optimised mobile site and an app for Android and iOS. This means it’s great for betting on the go especially coupled with its respectable in-play offering.
As a truly British bookmaker which was first established by none other than Winston Churchill Totesport has continued to stand for reliability and betting for the people into the 21st Century.
It is excellent for horseracing wagers, its promotions sections is well designed and comprehensive and customer support is strong too. The only way it could improve is by increasing its branding as younger customers tend to opt for the better promoted bookies and Totesport will not be able to rely on its reputation and past forever.
– Company established back in 1928 – long years of experience;
– A strong name for horse racing odds and coverage;
– Best odds guaranteed on all UK and Irish racing sportsbook markets;
– Brilliant stats and submarkets for football betting;
– Direct information and access to many Totepool bets and markets;
– Full database of stats and free past performances;
– Straight forward, easily operable website to enjoy;
– Friendly and efficient customer service.
– Deposit bonus is not very exciting;
– A modest in-play offering;
– Poor coverage of other sports outside horse racing;
– Website is not intuitive;
– Limited list of payment options.
Visa/Mastercard, Skrill (Moneybookers), Neteller, PayPal, Paysafecard
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