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10 = The best of the best, 100% safety and unrivaled service and quality.

9/8 = Very good sites with negligable risk to funds, top class service.

7/6 = Good to Average sites with occasional slips in service and slight risks to funds.

5/4 = Average to poor sites, often poor customer service and some risk to players funds.

3/2 = Poor sites with frequently bad customer service and extreme risk to players funds.

1 = Scam sites, do not play there at any costs.

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7.6Rated 7.6 by The Gambling Times

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)

Bonuses
5
Payouts
7.5
Limits/Odds
8.8
Service
8.8
Website
6.3
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7.6Rated 7.6 by The Gambling Times

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.
Bonus - £100 freebet

Bonuses
7
Payouts
7
Limits/Odds
7
Service
7
Website
8
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7.5Rated 7.5 by The Gambling Times

Skrill (Formerly Moneybookers) is not a bookmaker but is an e-wallet accepted by the majority of online gambling sites. It is an invaluable tool for serious bettors wanting to deposit and withdraw sums quickly and easily whilst at the same time separating the betting float from day to day expenses.                             TheGamblingTimes can get you VIP status and an exclusive bonus on sign up as well. Bonus £10 20% cash bonus

Bonuses
5.3
Payouts
6.3
Limits/Odds
6.3
Service
6
Website
6.3
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7.3Rated 7.3 by The Gambling Times

StanJames offer an excellent Sportsbook for both casual and experienced UK customers. They have 24/7 freephone and E-mail support, with the addition of live chat support once you have logged in.  They have a huge range of markets and offer very competitive odds.  They run regular promotions on the website for active players, with cash prizes for correct "Spot the Ball" answers, etc etc.
Bonus £10 freebet

Bonuses
3.7
Payouts
7.3
Limits/Odds
7.7
Service
7.3
Website
7.3
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SBO

7.2Rated 7.2 by The Gambling Times

SBObet are licensed in the Isle of Man. In 2009 and 2010 they won the EGR's Asian Operator of the Year and claim to be 'the world's leading online gaming company specialising in Asian Handicap Sports Betting and In-Play betting'. There is a good variety of markets, in-play live betting and video streams of games.  Customer services can be contacted via live chat, email, phone and skype. Email response was comprehensive and friendly. The online 'information center' is also very useful. A wide range of currencies and deposit options are available.  There are no fees for deposits or withdrawals although checking with payment provider to see if they have any is advised.  Payouts to money bookers are usually very fast. (Feb 2014). Bonus: max £150, 15% of your 1st deposit  - credited to your account after completing x 10 rollover, odds >1.50

Bonuses
7
Payouts
8
Limits/Odds
8
Service
7
Website
7
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7.1Rated 7.1 by The Gambling Times

Teambet is an OddsMatrix powered site and so has the same odds and payment systems as the rest of the group.  Funds are slightly safer than usual due to the habit of the larger players in the group buying the smaller ones should they get into financial trouble.  There is rarely "arbs" to be found here with the odds being slightly less than average but the stake amounts are decent and they are slow to limit.  Payments on average take less than a day once ID has been verified.
Bonus E100 50% cash bonus, 10x wagering >2 in 30 days

Bonuses
7
Payouts
8
Limits/Odds
7
Service
7
Website
7
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7.1Rated 7.1 by The Gambling Times

Tote Sport offer a good service with the Sportsbook specialising in competitive horse racing odds.  They accept all major deposit methods and accounts are opened and operational imediately.  Often ID must be sent in within 72hrs or the account will be suspended though. They have a Playtech powered casino which regularly gives out free chips and a Poker room too.  They have both E-mail and 24hr telephone support on a free number from UK landlines. Withdrawals are quick and free often received within 24hrs.
Bonus £10 freebet

Bonuses
4.8
Payouts
5.8
Limits/Odds
6.5
Service
7
Website
6.8
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7.1Rated 7.1 by The Gambling Times

Sky Bet are a very good UK bookmaker with top support and a very regular series of promotional free bet offers for loyal customers.  They also have a wagerworks non download casino attached to the same account. The Sportsbook E-mail you special promotions and freebet codes fairly regularly so it is well worth having an account. Customer service levels are good with livechat recently added. Payouts are very fast and always free.  They can limit accounts quite quickly if you are betting on their weaker lines regardless of the bet size and it is virtually impossible to then get limits raised.
Bonus £10 no deposit freebet

Bonuses
7.3
Payouts
8
Limits/Odds
6.3
Service
6.7
Website
7.3
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7.0Rated 7.0 by The Gambling Times

Sportsbet Pty Ltd was the first licensed sports bookmaker in Australia in the early nineties. Sportsbet has operated in Australia for more than 14 years and is licensed in the Northern Territory by the Northern Territory Racing Commission.  They have a lot of Australian Horse racing markets but for the rest of the World odds are often at SP only.  They do cover other Sports though and take relatively large bets on most markets.  Recently they have been purchased by the Irish firm PaddyPower and the two are now linked although it is possible to have accounts and claim promotions at both.
Bonus $150

Bonuses
7
Payouts
7
Limits/Odds
6
Service
7
Website
8
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7.0Rated 7.0 by The Gambling Times

Tripbet are an odds matrix site with limits and odds shared through the group.  If you have limited stakes on an account at one it will be applied over them all.  Customer Services are competent on Live chat but there is only so much they can actually "do" without having to request it be done by someone else who will get back to you.  There is a sign up bonus at present and despite not saying so only wagers of £25 a time will count to the rollover (Correct July 2014).  Once the rollover is complete funds are unlocked and payments are made within 24hrs of the request.

Bonuses
7
Payouts
8
Limits/Odds
6
Service
7
Website
7
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