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From the popular talk and sports radio station brand, talkSPORT Bet is available in the UK market. Based on the quality of their programming and being a trusted broadcaster with whom I’m familiar, I expected some big things from the platform. Read on to see if this rings true.
Operated in partnership with the BetVictor Group, talkSPORT Bet was launched in 2022 as the radio giant entered the competitive sports betting market.
Having a well-known and well-established brand behind it naturally helped the platform get off the ground.
For me, it immediately adds a layer of trustworthiness. It’s a brand that knows sports well, and it’s easy to imagine them being keen to lend their name only to a top-quality product.
Sign Up Process
I didn’t run into any issues getting signed up with the platform - here are the simple steps I took to open my talkSPORT Bet account.
Press on the Claim Offer button to go to the talkSPORT BET website.
Press on the Join / Sign-up button on the top-right corner.
Fill in your personal details, verify your account and enjoy betting with talkSPORT BET.
How to Claim the talkSPORT Bet Welcome Bonus
I think it is always worth investing to snap up a welcome bonus, and the talkSPORT Bet sign-up bonus allows you to get up to £40 in free football bets.
As with all of these types of sign-up deals, terms and conditions need to be followed to bag the maximum possible value of free bets, and this particular offer is claimable through their mobile site.
I’ll explain what I experienced about the ins and outs of the offer, but first, here’s a quick three-step overview on how to claim the bonus.
Press on the above Claim Offer button to go to the talkSPORT BET website.
Opt in, deposit and bet a min. of £20 via mobile on any football market at odds of 2.00+.
Get up to £40 in Football Free Bets
So let’s get into the meat and potatoes of the talkSPORT Bet welcome bonus and what you can expect.
First and foremost, there is an opt-in step needed for the promo. I’m not a massive fan of opt-ins, as they are easy to miss, but go to the ‘Offers’ page first and click on the sign-up bonus to opt-in.
Then comes the deposit part. Only deposits made via a debit card or through Apple Pay will qualify. I used a Visa Debit with no hassle, and the payment was instantly on the account.
A minimum qualifying bet of £20 is required to qualify for the bonus and must be settled within seven days of opening the account. That minimum amount is a little steep compared to other welcome bonus offers I’ve come across, but the fact that it sees you rewarded with £40 in free bets redeems it somewhat.
You can get a maximum of £40 in free bets - here’s how those are paid out:
- £10 Free Bet - Bet Builder
- £10 Free Bet - Correct Score
- £10 Free Bet - To Win and Both Teams to Score - 90 mins
- £10 Free Bet - Acca (4+ selections)
As you can see from the type of free bets credited through the talkSPORT Bet sign-up offer, there are some bet-type restrictions. It’s not just a cluster of free bet bonuses you can apply to anything, so some planning will involve using them.
Those stipulations take the shine off a bit, mainly because the markets they can only apply to are limited, and Correct Scores and Accas are tricky bets to win - for me, that shaved off a bit of value.
But there are upsides to the bonus to enjoy. There are seven days to use up the free bets, which is plenty of time. The minimum odds required to use a free bet is Evens (2.0), and I had the freedom to pick selections from any league when using the free bets.
Ultimately, it’s a bonus that isn’t as straightforward as I would have liked, but it did at least make me look at some alternative bet options.
talkSPORT Bet: My Opinion
There’s a double-edged sword to visiting a betting site that comes from a big brand that’s not initially a bookmaker - it’s hard not to expect it to be good.
That’s because of the train of thought that if a famous brand puts its name against something, there is a reputation to live up to. On the flip side, things can sometimes fall flat, which diminishes the overall view of the brand.
So, which side of the fence am I sitting on when it comes to talkSPORT Bet? I’m glad to say I enjoyed the platform once I got past the slightly long-winded welcome bonus.
The branding and theme design of the site are on point - the famous yellow and black of talkSPORT gives the platform a sense of familiarity, and it’s a sleek-looking modern site.
The first big plus I found was a dedicated talkSPORT Bet app - even better, they have app-exclusive promotions, like Broadcast Boosts on the biggest games.
The platform and app benefit from being well-designed and are simple to navigate with quick menu links to the main sports. I can’t say that talkSPORT Bet rocks out a ton of promotions overall, which was a little disappointing, but there is more about that below in this review.
talkSPORT Bet like their icons, so it’s worth taking a moment to understand what some of them are when browsing through listings of fixtures, just so you always have a quick reference, such as the cash-out icon and the boost icon on markets.
There are a few ways to contact talkSPORT Bet customer support - live chat, text message, or social media platforms. There is also a decent Help Section, which I used to check out some payment details.
The payment options are not extensive at talkSPORT Bet - debit card, Apple Pay and bank transfers only. But with Apple Pay deposits included in the qualification for the welcome bonus, it’s a small number of options, but not prohibitive to enjoying the platform.
To summarise my overview of talkSPORT Bet, I liked it because the sportsbook is excellent with good bet variety and a very user-friendly sportsbook to operate.
Bet options for football are fantastic, and the app is a definite highlight. There’s also the chance of picking up those free bets through the welcome promotion, which is another plus.
Betting Markets & Odds
The talkSPORT Bet sportsbook is broken into 30 sections, with niche events like entertainment, virtuals and politics betting markets alongside traditional fares like football, horse racing, rugby and F1.
Here’s the full list of sports I found available.
|Australian Rules Football
The market variety for football, in particular, is excellent. All the options allow for great strategies to come together. For example, you can expect to find around a hundred bet options for a pre-match Premier League coverage. You can also throw Cash-out and Bet Builder coverage into the mix, which adds some nice layers.
You can create one or snap up pre-existing ones for the Bet Builder options. The other big thing I noticed was the number of boosts that talkSPORT Bet makes available on football markets, which is excellent for potentially increasing betting value.
Stats are integrated into match pages nicely, and markets from areas like Pre-Built Picks, Bet Builder, Handicaps, Cards & Corners, and Player Stats build up the extensive coverage of the platform. I would highly recommend talkSPORT Bet for this area.
Overall, both the pre-match and in-play football coverage are superb at talkSPORT Bet. I expected something good, and I got just that. They tick many boxes in this regard, and football betting is an obvious strength of the entire sportsbook.
The odds are not too bad at all, and I was impressed by some low margins across different types of matches. I checked out a variety of matches, from ones with very strong home favourites to evenly matched contests and away-day favourites.
From the results, I found an average of 107% overground from a few midweek Premier League matches that I checked out.
After checking on some overrounds, I also directly compared talkSPORT Bet and a bunch of leading sites on match outright odds.
Picking out one of the headline matches of the round of EPL fixtures, talkSPORT Bet was competitive with its odds, which gave me peace of mind in finding consistently good value across the site.
|talkSPORT BET Odds
|Liverpool - 11/20
|Liverpool - 11/20
|Draw - 7/2
|Draw - 18/5
|Chelsea - 9/2
|Chelsea - 5/1
Does talkSPORT Bet blow the competition out of the water with some big industry beating odds? Not really, but that’s not the point. Small gains, a point here and there better than others over the long term, is where the reality of betting value is.
talkSPORT Bet seems to have that and mix in all their price boosts for football, and they make for a decent sportsbook.
I’ve already broken down the talkSPORT Bet welcome promotion, but what else did I find on the platform? Sadly, not as much as I would have hoped.
Promotions aren’t something to make or break an online betting site, as that will be the odds value at the end of the day.
But I like to see bonus options to grab extra value if it fits my betting. While there weren’t many promos to pick from, one of them stood out for me - their Football Rewards Club.
Football Rewards Club
I like sportsbook rewards clubs, especially when they are at low limits to qualify and offer a decent return. The talkSPORT Bet Football Rewards Club runs Monday through Sunday and credits real cash prizes and free bets to be used on football Accas or Bet Builders.
In a qualifying week, you must make at least 4 x £10 bets on any football market with odds of Evens (2.0) or greater. In terms of value that I’ve seen from other rewards clubs, this isn’t too bad of a threshold.
Much like the welcome bonus, however, the restrictions on what can be done with the free bets, in this case, an Acca or Bet Builder, are a bit of a downside.
Footie 4 Play
This is a free-to-play prediction game that rewards free bets and cash as well. Predict the correct score of four selected matches to get in on the prize hunt. Log in and click on the Footie 4 Play banner to get your entries in.
A minimum of two correct predictions is required to claim a prize. They are paid out as follows:
- 2 Correct Scores - £1 Free Bet
- 3 Correct Scores - £10 Free Bet
- 4 Correct Scores - £500 Cash
The free bets from this particular bonus don’t have market restrictions and can be used on any sport, not just football. You can even split them up as smaller separate stakes if required.
No Horsing Around
TalkSPORT Bet has a ‘No Horsing Around’ promotion for all UK and Irish racing. This is where they will refund a lost stake if a selected horse loses all hope of winning right at the start of the race.
So I would get a refund if I placed a bet that didn’t give me a fair run for my money because of events such as:
- Refusing to race
- Whipping around
- Failing to come out
- Losing all chance at the stalls
The return of stake from this racing promotion is in cash up to a maximum of £100, but note that the offer doesn’t cover bets placed with bonus funds.
Best Odds Guaranteed
This is further horse racing betting coverage for those who, like me, also enjoy a flutter on the horses. Best Odds Guaranteed is offered by many of the top bookmakers, and it’s nice to see it included at talkSPORT Bet for UK & Irish Racing.
With it, if I take an Early Price or a Board Price and the SP is bigger, I’ll get paid out at the higher starting price. This applies to horse racing and greyhounds from 9:00am on the race day.
Boosts & Enhanced Accas
Personally, this is one of my favourite types of promotions. Enhanced odds and Price Boosts are simple to play, and I don’t have to worry about wagering requirements or any terms and conditions over free bets.
I can dip into a top football match, for example, snap up a boosted Acca or a Bet Builder Boost, place the bet as usual, sit back and see what happens.
This is arguably the biggest and best feature of the talkSPORT Bet bonuses, as these offers are abundant through the sportsbook.
I downloaded the talkSPORT Bet app for iOS, but it’s also available for Android. I like the quicker accessibility that apps bring over using a mobile browser.
Once downloaded, I moved the app icon to my device’s home screen, linked my account and used the phone’s security to store the credentials. So, with that and biometric log-in on my device, I felt safe, and the talkSPORT Bet platform can also be secured with two-factor authentication, which I advise doing.
It’s worth mentioning again that if the talkSPORT Bet welcome bonus offer mentioned on this page is of interest, the app can be downloaded and claimed there.
In terms of usability, the talkSPORT Bet app is excellent. In my experience, it was responsive when scrolling and quick for following live in-play betting. Even on a long list of Championship match day fixtures, the app scrolled smoothly.
It is in the in-play area where things shine on mobile - the in-game graphics look fantastic and are constantly updated with statistics, making it a valuable game-tracking tool.
Another positive of live betting on the app is that it is easy to spot price boosts. A tap on a selection sent the pick quickly to the bet slip, which sat out of sight until I needed it.
Some apps can feel a little laggy when switching between different matches or visiting a whole new section of the sportsbook. I didn’t experience any of that with the talkSPORT Bet app.
It is quick to operate, even scrolling through the complete A-Z listing of sports. Account management for a deposit/withdrawal can readily be accessed, and I didn’t encounter anything glitchy to prevent me from having a good experience.
There are many football matches listed on the main in-play page on the mobile app. That speeds up navigation, and by and large, it means that only one or two clicks/taps are required to get a bet sent over to the slip. Naturally, digging deeper into submarkets takes a little more.
The talkSPORT Bet app is fast, has convenient access to the sportsbook, and all that good in-play variety. Switching between the app and the main website back on a desktop is no bother.
That’s important as I don’t want to feel like I have entirely separate experiences at the same operator on different platforms.
Customer support is an essential feature of any online betting platform. Before even getting into the support details, I like to check for a Help Centre. A searchable knowledge base can be handy, as it can be quicker than reaching out.
There are good help pages at talkSPORT Bet. Perhaps not the most extensive details, but there’s plenty in there for everything from how to play a bonus to withdrawal times and general rules. The search tool was great as well.
The Live Chat service runs 24/7 every day of the year. That’s always a comfort to see, as it means that even if I am looking at the markets at 1:00am for the day’s football, I can reach out and get help.
The one niggle I would raise is that there is no phone support. That’s often better than live chat support when you can get it, but talkSPORT Bet can be messaged through an on-site form.
They can also be contacted via Facebook or X (Twitter). That’s arguably likely to take longer and is an extra step, whereas live chat and messaging can happen right from the site or the app.
I did have a dabble on the live chat. I jumped on at 6:00pm, which I presumed would be a fairly busy time, especially as it was midweek when some Premier League matches were being played.
But I was still connected in less than a minute after putting in my name and email, so they scored great with me in this area.
As I have mentioned, there is not a vast variety of payment options. That may be an issue for people who like using e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller.
But the ubiquitous debit card option alone covers the bases. I would offset the lack of variety by noting that at least all the payment options available are eligible for withdrawals.
There is a minimum £5 deposit amount when using a debit card or Apple Pay, which is an excellent low payment point. The transfers are instant, and at the other end of the scale, there is a £30,000 maximum deposit limit on debit cards and £1000 through Apple Pay.
Debit cards, bank transfers, and Apple Pay are the withdrawal options. There is a minimum £5 withdrawal value across the board.
The Apple Pay maximum withdrawal is £50,000, and for debit cards, it is £30,000.
As for timing, standard security checks have to take place first. So, it’s a 24-hour compliance and security period while a withdrawal request is processed.
My withdrawal request for a debit card was processed within three days, which is standard and perfectly adequate. Banking is handled easily on the platform, and they only take GBP or EUR.
I can conclude with an excellent overall positive view of talkSPORT Bet. This is a good brand, and for me, it carries extra weight because it is operated by BV Gaming, which is part of the BetVictor Group, BetVictor being easily one of the top bookmakers out there.
So, it’s a comprehensive, solid, and value-packed platform offered by talkSPORT Bet, but some bells and whistles are missing, like streaming and a more extensive range of promotions.
But what is there, in my opinion, is done very well, particularly football betting variety and competitive odds. The site and app are user-friendly and secure and should suit newcomers and more experienced players perfectly.