Ryan's Thoughts"There is no doubt that Totesport is one of the most trusted and reliable betting brands around, which counts for an awful lot. A strong focus on horse racing will draw plenty of punters to the sportsbook, but there is enough depth here for fans of other sports apart from racing as well. "
Things We Like
Totepool - top alternative to fixed-odds betting on horse racing or greyhounds
Racing - strong focus on horse racing trumps most other bookmakers in this area
Sign-up bonus - new Totesport customers can get a great £25 free bet to join
Pay outs - Totesport account holders can win up to £1 million on football or horse racing
Things We Do Not Like
There is simply no getting away from the fact that the Totesport website still has the kind of design that was popular in the online gambling industry about a decade ago. It can feel a little like going back in time to use the Totesport site if you are used to being on sites that boast all mod cons.
At A Glance - Important Facts
- Name - Totesport
- Stock Symbol - Privately owned company
- Head Office - Wigan, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
- Year Incorporated - 1928
- CEO - John Haddock is CEO at parent firm Betfred
- Major Awards and accolades - n/a
- Contact Info - Email: [email protected], Call: 0800 032 8188, Live chat available
Totesport Bookmaker Review
Totesport certainly has a much more interesting history when compared to the vast majority of bookmakers. The company was set up by Winston Churchill - yes, that Winston Churchill - all the way back in 1928. You can be assured when you join Totesport you are signing up to a company that has one of the oldest and proudest histories in the online gambling sector.
The idea behind Totesport - which back then was known as the Racehorse Betting Control Board and then later merely as the Tote - was to provide a state-controlled alternative to off-course bookmakers that were illegal. The Tote moved into opening high street betting shops in 1972.
Privatisation of the Tote took around 20 years from the time the idea was first floated by the government to the deal eventually being done, with Betfred coming out on top in the bidding. A reported figure of £265 million was paid by the betting company to snap up the Tote.
Markets Covered and Odds
Totesport has come a long way from the days in which the company only covered horse racing and the sportsbook on the site is now almost as deep and wide as the vast majority of modern bookies. Football is a particular strength of Totesport in the modern era and the firm's odds for this sport tend to be up there with the best in the business, and the same is certainly true for racing.
Coverage of more minority sports is slightly more patchy but you can still find plenty of bets on sports such as rugby, cricket, golf, tennis and even US sports once you join Totesport.
Live In-Play Betting
Live in-play betting used to be a real weakness of Totesport, but the company has come on leaps and bounds in this area over the course of the last few years. It is fair to say the Totesport offering of live in-play betting is not quite up there with the market-leading betting brands, but the firm is not too far behind. Users will find they can place bets on ongoing sports events quickly and easily.
For fairly obscure football matches, for example in the Brazilian league, there is not a lot of choice over what to bet on live in-play at Totesport. The bookmaker does offer quite a lot of data and stats to help account holders decide what to do with their money, however, which is a plus point.
Other Gambling Products
There are a few slots and table games to play online at Totesport, but the company does not really make much of an effort in regards to other gambling options. There is an assumption that punters come to Totesport to bet on horse racing and football, which is true for the most part. The company does offer a few lotteries to bet on, which some users may find an appealing option.
Sponsorships and Associations
With Totesport focusing so strongly on horse racing, it will not come as a shock to learn that the bookmaker is one of the leading sponsors of horse racing in the UK. Totesport is also a previous shirt sponsor of Hull City, with the club having been in the Premier League at the time.
While a lot of Premier League clubs are sponsored by gambling companies these days, this was not the case at all just a few years back. In fact, when the deal between Hull City and Totesport was announced in 2009, the company became the first UK bookmaker with a major high street presence to have its name on the front of a Premier League shirt.
Totesport Sign Up Bonus Offers
Totesport offers a strong £25 free bet to those who sign up for a new account. Get it here:
Sign Up Bonus
£25 in Free Bets
Deposit £25 to qualify
- Join Totesport - you do not need a promo code to get this offer either!
- Place your first bet of up to £25 - at any odds
- If the bet is a loser, Totesport will refund your stake as a free bet, up to £25
- Free bet will be credited within 48 hours and must be spent within a week
- First bet must be placed on sportsbook markets - not Totepool, Games, Numbers, Lotto
VIP Loyalty Program
Totesport does not seem to be running any VIP Loyalty Program on the sportsbook at present.
Mobile Betting App Features on Tablets and Smartphones
Totesport does not have an app you can download on to your smartphone or tablet, which is a shame as most bookies that would consider themselves rivals of the firm have this by now. The Totesport mobile site is almost good enough to make up for the lack of an app, however. A new Quickbet feature means wagers can be placed rapidly, so you never have to miss out. Placepot, Scoop6, Quadpot, Win, Place, Exacta and Trifecta are all available on Totesport's mobile site.
Totesport gets ahead of many of its competitors in the world of online sports betting when it comes to maximum payouts, with a cool £1 million up for grabs for those who join the bookmaker. The seven-figure fee is up for grabs for bets in the horse racing in the UK or Ireland that are covered by a full service. For Ante-Post racing, the maximum payout limit at Totesport is set at £250,000, the same amount that can be won by betting on greyhound racing on this sportsbook.
Football fans are catered for well by Totesport as well, with £1 million on offer for all of the main European leagues, as well as international competitions. Golf bets have a maximum payout of £500,000, but only £100,000 can be won on the majority of other sports covered by Totesport.
No football accumulator promotion is currently running on Totesport, but the company is offering its Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven offer. Users betting on the first goalscorer market will get double their winnings if their chosen player hits the first goal of the game and goes on to score another goal. If they score three in total, then the wager will be repaid with trebled winnings.
Banking - Deposits and Withdrawals
Banking options at Totesport are comparable to most major bookmakers. Full details below:
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|Debit Card||£5||No limit||Instant||Free||£5||£10k||2-5 days||Free|
|Credit Card||£5||No limit||Instant||Free||£5||£10k||2-5 days||Free|
|Skrill||£5||No limit||Instant||Free||£5||£6.5k||<24 hours||Free|
|PayPal||£5||No limit||Instant||Free||£5||£5k||<24 hours||Free|
|Neteller||£5.50||No limit||Instant||Free||£5||£4k||<24 hours||Free|
|Bank Transfer||£85||No limit||2-5 days||Free||£25||No limit||2-5 days||Free|
Customer service is much easier to find on Totesport's website compared to some bookies. There is a detailed FAQ section if you do not mind looking for answers yourself, but contact details can be found in just a click or two. Account holders can email [email protected] or call 0800 032 8188 to speak to a Totesport customer service agent. For those outside the UK, the number to call is +44(0) 1925 907520.
Totesport customer service is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which beats some bookmakers that still fail to provide this. Live chat is on offer as well, but this is the one aspect of the Totesport customer service that appears to be quite well hidden, which is a shame.
In Conclusion / Our Verdict
Whether or not Totesport is the bookie for you depends very much on your requirements. Those who only really want to bet on horse racing and football will find a Totesport account to be very useful, with access to the Totepool the main selling point of the bookmaker. Maximum payouts of £1 million for racing and football - and £500,000 for golf - are also very high, which is a good thing.
But the Totesport website is probably one of the worst around and the lack of an app to bet while on the move will be frustrating for those who place the majority of their bets on mobile devices. There is not a lot of depth in Totesport betting markets away from racing and football either. Check out the Totesport sportsbook for yourself, sign up for an account, and see if it suits your needs.