Bet365 has emerged to the top of the industry over the last few years and looks to be one of the most popular bookies worldwide. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire – Bet365 is owned by the Coates family who also own Stoke City Football Club.
Their ascendency to the top of the industry has occurred over the last ten years of online betting and with no physical shops in the UK; every penny made is done so online. With one of the largest variety of sports markets, Bet365 has primed itself on in-play usage to compete with the very best and would be our go to choice for in-play betting. It’s superb online casino and games selection also bodes well for the everyday customer and overall sits high on everyone’s shortlist of online bookies.
As most betting is done via app now, Bet365 have created a particularly simple app on Android and IOS which runs smoothly and is easy to navigate. However positive this may be, Bet 365 does have a couple of down sides with rare free bet offers available and repetitive in-play offers throughout the year. Overall – a solid bookmaker which suits every punter.
Paddy Power is often known for its hilarious and controversial adverts in the UK as well as their very entertaining Twitter pages. But it’s not all fun and games for the Dublin-based bookmaker, their recent mergers and acquisitions over the last few years, have seen them form one of the largest betting company´s in the world.
With over 600 shops open in the UK, ‘Paddys’ has become one of the country’s top-leading high-street bookies and with its bright green outlook, it’s hard to miss!
Their newly-updated website isn’t doing a bad job either with superb offers almost on a daily basis and the number of Free Bet drops is always something to get invlolved with. Even if you haven’t bet in a number of months, the ‘Paddys’ are always up to something and are always dropping a £5 Free Bet for big races and football matches.
Digitially, the Paddy Power website is ahead of many other bookmakers with a number of ways to get involved further including mini-games such as ‘Beat the Drop’, ‘Hoops Galore’ and ‘Sports Quiz’ to win further prizes. The amazing thing that we found with Paddy Power too is that once you withdraw your payments, we often see them enter our account immediately which is great to see when using your debit card.
Based in Warrington, Betfred have been known as one of the classic high-street brands for bookmakers over the last 50 years. Owned by Fred Done, Betfred have bought themselves a superb reputation with some of the older generation and currently claim to be the ‘Price Boost Kings.’
Their reputation has come from Fred’s price boosts on a daily basis where he pushes some of the top horses out to favourable prices which can certainly seem attractive to the common punter. The typical welcome offer of Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets also looks to be one of the best in the business with only a few others matching up to £40 in Free bets.
Betfred have also been known for pushing the boat out on extra places and football price boosts on their sportsbook pages. They aren’t shy either of leaving several bet drops on a regular basis to play on games with some excellent casino bonuses as well as bingo, virtual and lotto.
Another common offer would also be their Free Bet if 2nd promo where selected races throughout the day are chosen to feature. If the punter’s horse finished 2nd, they basically get their stake back as a free bet! This is only usually offered by the typical bookmaker on bigger racedays such as Cheltenham Festival or the Grand National.
Despite leading the market in so many areas, they do have their downfall however with a slow app which can become frustrating as well as a lagging streaming service for some sports. Nevertheless, always a recommended due to the amount of boosts you will surely receive.
Our last review brings us to London where Ladbrokes was formed as Hilton Group Inc in 1999. Since then, Ladbrokes has also become one of the most synonymous bookmakers on the highstreet and even more so when they purchased Coral in 216 to become Ladbrokes Coral Group.
Ladbrokes’ red theme and logo is easily recognisable for the UK punter and gives away excellent boosts for a limited time on horse racing and greyhounds. In particular with the horse racing markets, Ladbrokes also input their own data on the race from the Racing Post so you have all the information right infront of you when picking a winner.
Most races are offered with Best Odds Guaranteed which is great to see. Ladbrokes have also been known to drop the occasional £1 Free Bet on a weekly basis to let you put on that extraordinary football accumulator for the weekend.
Although their app can be a little sluggish, it is very recommended to get involved in one of their many welcome offers to see what all the fuss is about.