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Betfair is the leading online betting exchange where users can back or lay outcomes, in effect enabling the user to act as punter or bookmaker. They are based in Malta and licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority. Once registered, opt in (my account/my details) to special offers and promotions. Customer services are contactable via phone, twitter, email and post. Response via email was quick and efficient. Payouts generally take 2-3 days or by Moneybookers it is usually under 24 hours. There are fees for depositing via mastercard, visa and paypal. (Dec 2013). Bonus - £25/£50 free bet, first bet matched (amount varies), odds at least 1.2 (1/5). *Exclusive* TGT Premium Members can take advantage of the BetfairX scheme, for details see here: http://www.thegamblingtimes.com/board/content/betfairx-rebate-scheme-204/
Paddypower is one of the best sportsbooks you will find online. They have excellent customer support with a dedicated help centre, free phone number and 24hr E-mail support. Plus if you need to call them you get to speak to a nice Irish person. They have very frequent cash back promotions which are well worth taking part in as well as Horse Racing Best Odds Guaranteed. They are better than other sites due to the Novelty/Special bets they offer such as the winner of Big Brother, who will be X-mas No1, etc, etc. Withdrawals are unlimited, free of charge and received the same day, if not within minutes to Neteller or Moneybookers.
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10Bet.co.uk founded in 2003, is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and IBAS. They have good payout times which are now usually within 48hrs (although fees are sometimes reported). They have a massive "in play" betting platform covering over 200 bet types on 12,000 events a month. Customer services are available 24/7 via live chat, email, phone, fax and web form. The email customer services answer very quickly. They have both a new user "SUB" and have been known to send out tempting reload offers to selected clients via email as well as offers open to all on the site. (Sept 2014)
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Bet365 is a UK focused betting and gaming group and their sports and financials betting is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. It is generally not a problem to bet large amounts without being limited. They have particularly good odds available on UK Horse racing with a very lucrative 4-1 offer and Best Odds Guarantee promise. Bet365 offers a wide range of support including e-mail, telephone, live chat and post. Email response is quick and very thorough. Withdrawals are free and usually received to Moneybookers within 24 hours. (Dec 2013). Bonus £200 max, 100% initial deposit bonus - offer code sent via email when opening account, rollover x 3, only UK and ROI, odds >1.50
Victor Chandler (VCBet) is established in and is fully licensed by the Government of Gibraltar. The 'Gentleman Bookmaker' provides an easy to use site, an array of markets to bet on and regular horse racing and football offers. Customer service can be contacted via freephone, web-form or live chat. Withdrawals are free and may take two to three days but this can be quicker when using e-wallets.
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BetFred is one of the UK's biggest high street bookmakers. They are based in Gibralter and are regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. They have a good range of markets and odds and some quite generous ongoing offers for major events. Payouts are generally swift, usually within 48 hours, and always free of charge. They can be quite quick to limit the bet sizes available to winning players. The site offers e-mail, post and free telephone support, with prompt although not particularly helpful replies to e-mail queries (Dec 2013).
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Smarkets is the UKs only pure betting exchange, aiming to appeal to "sophisticated, tech savvy traders, arbers and hedge funds". The standard commission rate is set at 2% which is the lowest base rate in the sector. The Customer service is very good and the range of features on the site is continually increasing, recently adding Golf and MotorSports to bring the range of markets on a par with the other leading exchanges. Due to the incredibly low commission rate there are sometimes fees to deposit and withdraw by certain methods. (Aug 2013)
SportingIndex is the major UK Sports Spreadbetting firm. This is not tradiational gambling, seek professional investment advice before registering. You can lose more than your deposit amount. They will almost certainly request ID from you but after that payments are quick and always free. They have frequent refund and enhanced winnings promotions which appeal to existing account holders to try the new games and the "New User" bonus offers exceptional value to try out the service.
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188bet are Based on the Isle of man and have been in business since 2006. They have a heavy UK presence sponsoring Bolton Wanders. They offer email, (with a fast response) phone, fax, postal and skype customer support but the best way to contact them is via live support. They have many deposit options but Skrill is definitely best as credit cards require large amounts of ID to be sent in before you can wager with the deposited funds. 188bet specialise in in-play markets. They have very competitive in play odds and take large bets without limiting players. There is a large range of lucrative ongoing offers and promotions for existing players. (June 2013)
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32Redbet are owned (not suprisingly) by the 32Red Plc Group who have long been the number one Casino operator on the Internet. They are a Britsh company but incorporated and based in Gibralter. There is an instant chat, phone, skype, post and email customer support who are swift in response but a tad bureaucratic. Odds are taken and seem to mirror those of Betdaq so are never quite as good as those on the exchange. Deposits and Withdrawals are swift and free but using the "Cashier" as the main wallet between accounts can be confusing. They have occasional enhanced odds offers and promotions and very very occasionally "freebet" offers too. (June 2013)