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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/
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
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).
Bonus - £25 (max) matched bet, cumulative odds of the selections on your first bet must be Evens (2.0) or greater and be real money stake.
Bet-at-home is currently based in Malta, Austria, Germany and Gibralter and they are licensed by the Lottieries & Gaming Authorities in Malta. Bet-at-home offer an online form, live chat, e-mail and an international phone for their support options. Email response is quick and efficient. Placing large bets is not a problem and withdrawals back into Moneybookers take up to 48 hours. The website was relaunched in August 2013. The site is easy to use and there is a large range of Soccer match lines to bet on. There is a good range of deposit options, with 2% charges when depositing via visa, MasterCard and diners club. (Oct 2013). Bonus - £15 50% of your deposit matched, credit to your account, enter bonus code. Rollover deposit and bonus x 4 odds > 1.70.
BetClic are based in Gibraltar and are regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. Customer support is via online form, live chat and email. Payments are recieved typically within 48hrs. There is a minimum deposit amount of £30 and there is a 2% admin charge for deposits under £100.
Apollobet is part of Boylesports Ltd and regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision
Commission. They specialise in having a large range of markets - they aim to give a price on any eventuality. Customer services can be contacted via phone, email and online support. They are quick to respond via email. Payout times seem to vary. Moneybookers, Neteller and Paysafe cannot be used to qualify for the bonus. (July 2013)
Bonus £50 risk free first bet to £25 then another £25 freebet after wagering 5x £25.
Boylesports are (apparently) Ireland's fastest growing bookmaker. They have high steet branches as well as the website. Their head office is in Ireland and they are regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. They have fairly decent promotional offers running on most major events. They have very good Early Price Horse racing odds but unfortunately accounts are quickly limited. Payouts seem fast and are always free. Customer services can be contacted via online form, email, live chat and freephone. Email response is quick and efficient (September 2013).
Bonus £/E50 - £/E25 freebet if first £/E5 bet loses, then place 5 more bets and get a freebet for average stake (max £/E25), odds > 2.0. Only valid when depositing via card or cash.
Betdaq was the number two betting exchange and a useful alternative to Betfair, however it is nothing like as good in terms of markets offered or liquidity and with a relatively high commission more people are turning to Smarkets. It occasionally has better odds available but by and large is just a good back up for when you preferred exchange is unavailable. Withdrawals are always free (although your credit card company/bank may charge a processing fee). There is a layered commission structure so the more you bet, the lower your rate but the standard commission rate is 5%.
One of the very first online bookmakers, but they have struggled to maintain a big presence. They are based in the Isle of Man and regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Customer services can be contacted via live chat, email and phone. Live chat was very helpful and efficient. Upon registration you can select how you would like your odds to be displayed and the currency you would like your account in. Payouts are usually fast. If you are bored of the usual Sportsbets an intersting feature is that you can also wager on the bonus ball outcomes of several World lotteries. (Dec 2013).
Bonus £25 free bet - 50% Cash Match Offer, odds of 1.8
Eurobet and Coral are sister sites but you can have accounts at both as long as you have different usernames and passwords. Coral.co.uk is operated by Gala Interactive Limited and Coral Interactive Limited, both are regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner and are based in Gibraltar. Payouts sometimes take a few days but coral are a UK household name so you can be sure that your money is safe. They have decent odds on Soccer matches and take very large wagers on the Major leagues. Horse racing can also be very lucrative but they are likely to limit accounts if believed to be "arbing" this. Customer Support is available over the phone, via email or via a very efficient internal messaging system, with answers received within a few hours. Email support is quick and efficient. (Dec 2013).
Bonus £50 matched bet - odds of 1/5 fractional/1.2 decimal or greater. For other sign up bonuses the only accepted payment methods have been credit/debit card so always check.