Stan James: innovation & great value
Stan James are one of the most popular names in UK betting, thanks to the presence they have had on the High Street. Over the last decade, they have really charged to the forefront of sports betting and they are one of the most instantly recognizable names in the betting industry. With Stan James comes a lot of know how and experience to provide one of the leading online betting services, something which is evident in their In-Play Betting, something which the name of Stan James goes hand in hand with. Used to handling millions of transactions every year, Stan James are synonymous with innovation and great value.
Betting Odds: 8/10
Good odds can be found at Stan James, and that comes from the experience which they have in online betting, knowing how to keep prices competitive. Their main markets are Horse Racing and Football, and you can clearly see that they take precedence when you start looking around at odds. The management of the odds is pretty well done to. When you chose a selection, your bet slip appears from nowhere, or so it seems, and you simply enter your stake in the clear form. The betting slip actually sits on the right hand side of the screen, in a hidden kind of way, collapsing to a red tab when you are not using it, so it is not in the way. You can click it anytime to open it, but the nice touch, is that when you scroll down the page to explore betting odds, it actually follows you around like a loyal puppy, so you don’t have to go scrolling back up to the top of a page just to get back to it. However, there is not an option on the betting slip to enter different stakes for your individual bets if you want them as singles, so you’ll have to do them separately. Normally people build single choices into multiples, and that’s easily managed from the drop down menu. Good prices a decent betting slip, which could honestly use a wee bit more bet management applied to it. That doesn’t mean there’s anything unworkable with it, it works well and quickly, just a couple of extra features would have made something good, better.
Betting Markets: 9/10
No questions that Stan James know how to roll out deep betting markets. From the prime markets of football and horse racing, all the way to hurling and volleyball, chances are you will find what you are looking for at Stan James. Click on a main sport in the sports book, controlled by the left hand menu, and you will see that the markets load pretty quickly in the centre of the screen. Above the prices though, there are drop down menus which will help you filter the bets more efficiently, sorting the markets by competition and by markets. It is a nice little touch if you want to get to a specific market quicker than having to wade through a lot of markets, and if there is any special offer on a particular market, it will be shown above the event prices so you won’t miss out. When it comes to selecting from your markets, you simply check boxes that you want and they will be sent to your betting slip, which fortunately, does not appear every time you click a bet, or else that would have been very annoying. Really good selection of markets, and when you look at football betting for example, next to the markets, you will see the number of extra submarket bets which are available to go and explore. Everything is neat and well managed.
Live In Play Betting: 7/10
Unusually, live in play betting is not promoted as heavily on the main sports book page at Stan James as it is at other online bookmakers. There is a list of upcoming events there to click though, and the main centre area of the sports book covers a What’s On in the world of sports for the day. There is a nice in play diary if you like planning ahead, but the quickest way to get to a market is to go from the sports book menu and select Football - Live for example. This will bring up a list of current action showing the main outright odds, and you can then click to see more submarket bets. While there is plenty of information showing you where to go to watch events, when it comes to live in-play betting compared to other versions you will see on other online bookmaker sites, the Stan James version is very simplified. There is just not a big enough feel about the live in-play betting compared to others. What it does, it does well, but what there is, is straight forward and basic.
The website immediately has the look and feel of something very professional, and that is the way it comes across when you are browsing around for your betting. It really is an all round excellent service. You have great coverage in the Sportsbook and all of its many markets, and all of the sub-betting is enough to get lost in. This of course all comes with great prices. But there is so much more to Unibet than that, and it is all presented in a very professional manner, but without being stuffy. It feels relaxed on the Unibet website, maybe it is the soothing green theme which does it. But you can go off to explore the casino, live casino, poker, bingo and more, and these section can easily be gotten to by clicking the tabs at the top of the screen. There are some prominent features on Unibet, and those are namely the Supertoto and the Superscore. The Supertoto is a really interesting feature, as it presents a coupon of a certain amount of matches. You pick the outcome, but if you can’t decide on a particular outcome for a match, then you can select more than one outcome (say a home win and a draw in the same match). This will increase your stake on the coupon though. You then throw you coupon in the hat and see how lucky you are. Take a look over it, and the prizes that are on offer. The Superscore feature is a pool betting game, so the more entrants, the bigger the pool will be. In this one you select scores on a coupon for a match, and again, you can make more than one score prediction for a team, but the more you select the more your entry will be. With French horse racing satiating the needs of those who like a day at the races, the overall coverage of horse racing is not extensive really, and probably the only area in which they fall a little bit short. But when you can bet on sports and watch them at the same time, it kind of makes up for things. UnibetTV shows a great deal of live streams, from football to tennis, and it makes for a fantastic full picture at Unibet.
Customer Service: 8/10
The Stan James Customer Service departments are open 24/7, and so if there was ever a problem with their online betting service, you can rest assured that at any time of the day you can call and make your bets. So, anytime you have a problem, you can call Stan James, or fire them off an email.
Promotions and Free Bets: 8/10
Again, like most things on the Stan James site, there is an understated feel about their promotions. The online bookmaker offers a £20 free bet for new customers who join, and there if you hit the Promotions link in the sports book, you will see some cool offers, like getting Best Odds Guaranteed on UK mainland horse racing, there is a Happy Hour, Cricket Promotions and event specific promotions crop up now and again like Champions League Giveaway and Ryder Cup Giveaway. This season Stan James are offering stake refunds on certain lost bets if a football match finishes at 0-0. Terms and conditions apply, please see full details directly at Stan James.
Unpretentious and a very no-nonsense, businesslike website and service. This is Stan James, one of the biggest names in UK betting and they appear to know just what punters want. Good prices and no fuss in getting money down on your bets. While everything is unassuming about Stan James, when things are put together there is a very good working package for your online betting. This highlights a very important part of online betting, finding the website which has the right feel for you. If you like things concise and straight forward without all the glitz and glam of pretty graphics, then Stan James is probably the right place for you.