Totesports offers a lot of unique horse racing bets
Totesport are one of the biggest names associated with UK horse racing. That is what translates so very well onto their site, as they run a brilliant horse racing service. They run a great Totepool on the horse racing, offering a lot of unique bets as well. But of course, other sports are covered very well, and there is a great live in play service to dip into as well. A familiar name with British punters and their name has not been let down by the excellent services which can be found on their website.
Betting Odds: 8/10
Totesport are quietly and confidently one of the best value bookmakers around. They offer very competitive prices across their Sportsbook, and punters are not going to go far wrong by having them on their side. All odds are displayed in fractional odds as default, and a simple click on the odds brings up the betting slip, which otherwise will remain hidden. The betting slip at Totesport is very good. It is clear, you can see everything you need too immediately and you get your potentials returns amount updated as you go along. There are also great little info buttons which you hover over, telling you the nature of each individual bet, and when you hover over them on the multiples (which come up automatically) you get the value of the accumulated odds, which is nice to see. World perhaps have been nice to be able to configure which bets went into the multiples from your singles, but the slip is very good and that just feels like splitting hairs. Odds are good, clearly displayed and all managed together very well in a great looking and working betting slip.
Betting Markets: 8/10
The Totesport markets are dominated by Horse Racing and Football, but the main menu bar does change when big events are going on. This is nice, because when there is a big Tennis event, the Tennis link will appear near the top, and so forth. This is a simple, yet nice touch which makes navigation all that much easier, and is quite indicative of the service that you will be able to find at Totesport. If you want to look at the rest of the sports book, then just expanded the All Sports A-Z link and you will see more markets. It looks as if the Totesport Sportsbook is a lot more concise than that of other bookmakers, but in a sense it works, because it gets down to business with the major sports from around the world, and for example, if the Formula One isn't in season, then it's not on the menu, but when it is, it will be there. This makes it simple in a way for getting to where you want to go, because you're not getting lost amongst a bunch of other things, on the other hand if you like your long term Antepost bets, say on that Formula One season forthcoming, then you would just have to wait. It will be there in good time. What is really excellent about the Totesport Sportsbook, is the clarity of odds presentation. Expand the football markets for example and you see the list of matches with time, excellent stats and the three main odds for the outright selections. If you want to explore more bets on any given football match, a green button by the side of the listing will bring up a floating menu so that you can go into any submarket that you want. When you do go into a submarket, the main match odds still sit on top. The betting markets, are extremely well presented at Totesport, and for coverage on each sport, there is great depth to them all.
Live In Play Betting: 7/10
Just as everything is on Totesport, the Live in play betting is also very well presented. You can either get to the main section by clicking on the Bet In Play link at the top of the screen where all of the tabs reside, or just follow the live links from the home page. For each event, there is a graphic at the top of the screen, followed by very clearly organised betting markets. Just like in the main Sportsbook, there is also good depth to the live in play markets at Totesport. Down the left hand side there is a list forthcoming events which are coming up to bet on live, and above that, there is the list of current events happening at the moment, and you can easily switch between the events, with the portal for each live stream coming in quickly. There is also a nice touch with the Totesport live betting, in that you can turn on the Quickbet function, which sets the default amount of your live bets. You can set this at £5, £10, £20 for example, or whatever you fancy, and it means that every time you hit a live odds selection, that is the stake you will play with (until turned off or changed). It is a nice feature, because it saves having to mess around in the betting slip, and it can speed up your live betting if time is of the essence.
Totesport have one of the best designed online bookmaking websites available. There is absolutely nothing flashy about the side, but it is extremely well planned out, extremely well navigable that it stands out so well. You can get around the site very quickly, because everything is so straight forward and presented so clearly. There's no excessive clicking to get anywhere. There is a great horse racing section, as would be expected, including a tool to custom build your own race card for the day. Along with Today's Quick picks and Future racing, plus virtual racing, punters who like a flutter on the horses will not be disappointed with a great service. Each race is well laid out, including a quick link to the course information and other races at that day's meeting. The stats that back up the horse racing service are great, and come highly recommended. There is also the Tote pool (horse racing pool betting), which you can bring up the live information for. Other areas of the Totesport website include casino and games, and for your betting, there are great football statistics, along with Radio and a good news section. Again, with Totesport, everything seems very simple and straight forward, and is a fantastic place to do your betting. It will suit novice bettors very well, just as well as more experience punters who just like to do straight forward betting without all the bells and whistles. There is a great blog which is worth checking out, full of information about promotions, and guides to sports.
Customer Service: 8/10
Very good. There is good online help in the form of questions being answered, if you need help on a certain aspect of the site. If you can't find the answer to your query, then there is a phone number and an email through which to contact Totesport, who are contactable 24/7.
Promotions and Free Bets: 7/10
Most of the promotions on the Totesport website are horse racing related. For example, Totesport offer increased bonuses on Starting Prices, and racing specials. You need to head to their blog to keep up with their promotions, as there are generally new ones popping up everyday. Not a flush with promotions as some other sites, but they really do push their value and great horse racing services. There is a free £10 welcome bet awaiting new customers. Terms and conditions apply, please see full details directly at Totesport. This is in the form of a first matched bet on an account with Totesport.
Summary/Overall Recommendation: 8/10
Brilliant website and it comes highly recommended. It is all just so welcoming and pleasing to the eye, and is very practical and straight forward. This for some, is what online betting should all be about. There are no distractions, just very good prices and good markets. Simple, straightforward, yes, but it does its job excellently. If you are looking to get start in online betting, then you will find Totesport a very enjoyable experience.