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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).
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.
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.
Bonus - £100 freebet
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)
Bonus - £50 cash AFTER wagering 5x >1.5 bets
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)
Wilson Bet is a small independent bookmaker who focus on Horse racing but cover most sports and markets. The customer service and payment systems are shared with the Jenningsbet group but it is fine to have accounts at them all. They have a range of promotions and bonuses running for both new and existing users.
Bonus - £50 freebet (after wagering 20x!)
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
Dafabet is an "Asian" bookmaker who are focused on Soccer markets although they cover the majority of sporting events. In Europe they are regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and based in the Isle of Man. They have recently signed a two year deal as Official Main Club Sponsor with Aston Villa. Customer services can be contacted via email, web form, live chat and freephone. Via email support is quick but not particularly helpful. Payouts are usually very quick (July 2013). Bonus 50% up to £60 x 35 > 1.80
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.