Totesport is the only brand in the United Kingdom where punters will be able to place a bet on the Tote and because of this they have always been a popular alternative for fans of horse racing in the United Kingdom. Offering a great selection of markets which result in some of the highest prize money ever won from gambling such as the Scoop6. These huge jackpots and huge winnings have seen Totepools popularity sore amongst the online betting community in recent years.
Having always offered pool betting, Totesport recently turned its attention on fixed odds betting expanding from covering Horse Racing and into sports such as Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Darts, Golf and Snooker.
The site has gone under a recent revision as they try to improve the look and feel of it in order to make it more attractive to customers, however there are a few drawbacks such as the limited payment methods and the lack of a dedicated mobile application for customers wanting to bet on their mobile phone.
If you didn’t already know, Totesport is actually owned by Betfred who are one of the biggest betting establishments in the United Kingdom who purchased the company back in 2011 as an acquisition move which saw their shop numbers swell to well over 1300 across the UK.
Site Layout & User Interface
This is where Totesport has grown in leaps and bounds, previously the site wasn’t all that pleasant to look at with quite a clunky interface however after recent revisions the site is now pretty good in comparison to the old days. As you can see from the moment you hit the site the main focus is of course horse racing, they’ve even dedicated a tab to this sport.
Across the top of the page you will find the menu which will contain the tabs sports, in play, Totepool, games and mobile products. Down the left hand side is the racing highlights which features a selection of quick links taking you to different racing related pages, below this is a betting highlights window which contains a selection of quick links and then below this are all the sports that they currently offer markets on. Down the centre of the page there is a selection of the up-coming matches and the right hand side of the site contains your betting slip.
Its worth noting that punters can change the odds format to something that suits them better whether you like to use Fractional, Decimal or American odds. Another nice little feature on their racing markets, they will have stats pulled in from At The Races so you can see how well a horse has been performing.
While they don’t offer the best odds around they are up there on a constant basis with the other big name bookies, we’ve found them to be similar odds to Betfred as its only right that they would be using the same people to price up their own. However where they do come out on top is with their pools and horse racing odds which is certainly something to look out for.
Customers who sign up to Totesport today are able to claim themselves a £25 risk free bet, meaning once you place a bet if it loses then you’ll get up to £25 cash back of the amount that you staked. While risk free bets aren’t the best type of bonus that you can claim they’re pretty average. They are known to push out enhanced odds from time to time so make sure you take a look on site and see what markets they’ve priced up.
While they’re owned by Betfred there doesn’t seem to be any particular drive to get their online offerings going, we’ve found there to be a lack of promotions being sent out on a daily basis. However the ones that do go out tend to be centred around horse racing such as best odds guaranteed and some price boosts for the special meets.
Despite mobile betting becoming ever so popular over the past few years Totesport have yet to develop their own mobile application while this is certainly a negative in our eyes they have made up a usable mobile optimised website which can pretty much do everything an app can do from your web browser.
There is also the option to use their text betting service which will allow you to text in your selections, username and how much you’d like to wager and they will put the bet on for you. While this is clearly not the easiest way to place a bet it is a nice alternative for mobile customers especially when you can’t get any 3G signal.
Totesport have recently started offering a 24/7 customer support service this is partly due to Betfred acquiring the brand as they now get to benefit from Betfred’s own stellar customer support team. You can reach out to a member of staff via the live chat on site which can be found hovering on the left hand side, through the phone or via email. All of these details can be found on site in the support section.
Totesport accepts the same payment methods as all the other bookmakers such as Credit and Debit cards, E-wallets and Top up cards. Withdrawals take between 3 – 5 working days for card payments and 24 – 48 hours for e-wallets.