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24hPoker run a large number of gambling sites where you can sportsbet, play poker or go to the casino. There are literally dozens of these "clone" sites, you can have accounts at each but will need different usernames each time. 24hrPoker occasionally have sign up and reload bonuses when you make a deposit and transfer the money directly to your sportsbetting account. To be able to make a withdrawal from the sportsbetting account if you took a bonus there is a 30 day lock in period. Once that is up payouts are usually made the same day. (At all 24hrpoker sites the bonus codes come and go frequently so you should double check with the individual sites and on the forum what the current offer is). 24hPoker are registered in Malta and regulated by the Malta´s Lotteries and Gaming Authority. There is a web form, live chat and email customer support. The email service is very quick. (June 2013)
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).
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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%.
IASbet is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sportsbet group of companies and is licensed in the Northern Terrotory Government and the NTRC in Australia. Due to legislation there, '100 points' (as set out on their site) of identification must be provided to IASbet within 90 days of opening an account and prior to any withdrawal. They have excellent horse and soccer AH odds and accept large bets. Promotions and Bonuses are often ONLY available to Australian residents. Customer service is available via phone, email and live chat. Withdrawals are usually processed very quickly so long as the account has been ID verified. (Review 05/05/10)
This is a small UK focused site who specialise in the traditional Football Pools type coupon. It is basically a very large accumulator where you pick the results of as many matches as on the slip. There are no set odds you just pick what you think will happen and payouts are based on the number of correct entrants. They also have a "Spot the ball" competition and a number of instant win type games inluding Top Trumps. They are backed by a UK listed company so your funds are very safe.
Ladbrokes is one of the largest and one of the best bookmakers in the UK. As well as a Sportsbook they have a Microgaming Casino and Poker site too, all operated from the one account. They often have a new user matched bet token available but it comes and goes frequently so it is a good idea to look in the Racing Post on Saturdays or check in our forum for the best current offer. They have a huge range of markets available on every possible Sport. They take large bets, and have very generous odds on most Horseraces. Payments back to Neteller are Instant and all other methods are fast and free with no maximum limits. They have a freephone number which have good operators but the E-mail support can be patchy and not answer the question asked!
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Unibet are based in the UK and it is easy to find excellent odds on the site and they have a huge range of different markets. First time deposits can be blocked and ID and proof of address is required before the account is fully active. They offer 24/7 freephone telephone support aswell as email and live chat There is a wide range of deposit methods and withdrawing is fairly standard and takes 3-5 days to get the money back to your account although there have been several cases where it takes longer. These delays have been due to incompetance and/or technical issues rather than the sites ability to pay.
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Samvo is an "Asian" bookmaker based in the UK and HongKong offering just Soccer odds at present. They have very responsive live chat and generally sound customer support. Payouts to moneybookers take on average less than 24hrs, there is no limit and they are always free.
Vivarobet is essentially an Armenian bookmaker who are spreading all over Europe and have recently added £s as a currency option for accounts. Customer services are responsive but possibly due to language barriers, or the fact that they are not too bright, the responses you get are not always answers to the questions you asked. They do have a large range of markets and odds are OK but not good, it is incredibly rare to see an "arb". Payments are fast though, within the hour when we last tried.
The 377 sportsbook is licensed in the jurisdiction of Malta but customer service and day to day business is run from Denmark. The sportsbook is a an Oddsmatrix site with the same standard odds and limits as the rest of the group. Payouts are just as quick too, recieved within hours as standard. Larger payments tend to require ID to be sent the first time you withdraw but smaller amounts do not. There is a massive range of ways to deposit money. They specialise in live matches (they have more than 3000 per month). There is online help, live chat and email based customer support. (June 2013).