Totesport offers a complete betting service on a wide variety of sports markets and is the home of the Tote pool betting service for UK horse racing.
Totesport is owned by Betfred, the biggest independent bookmaker in the UK and merges a company with a long and unique history in Britain’s betting industry with one of the most progessive gambling companies in Europe.
The tote was founded following an Act of Parliament in 1928 and it provided on-course pool betting with the aim sharing profits to help improve the sport and breeding of racehorses.
On 2 July 1929, Newmarket and Carlisle became the first major race meetings to provide tote pool betting as an alternative to SP betting and the traditional on-course bookmaker.
Following the legalisation of betting shops in 1961, the tote opened two shops to handle tote pool transactions. In 1972 tote were given permission to accept bets on all sports enabling it to compete with the mainstream off-course bookmakers, so tote began to expand and currently operates a retail division of over 500 betting shops nationwide.
In 1992 Tote Direct was launched with Coral and accepted bets from high street betting shops directly into on-course betting pools. The system has been adopted by most major bookmaking companies with terminals in over 4,500 shops.
Tote launched their internet betting site in 2002 – known as totebetXpress. The name was changed to totesport in 2005 when the totesport Casino was launched.
In the summer of 2011, Betfred bought totesport to become a force to rival the long established ‘Big Three’ bookmakers in the UK. The deal brought together over 800 Betfred betting shops and more than 500 totesport shops along with telephone betting and online betting sites.
OFFERS AND PROMOTIONS
Totesport offers a welcome bonus to new customers which changes in value from time to time and will promote at least one current special offer.
At the time of writing, Totesport is welcoming new customers with £25 Free Bet. Simply sign up and place a bet which they will match pound four pound up to a maximum of £25 free bet.
Offers and bonuses in Totesport sportsbook reflect the new ownership, with Double Delight/Hattrick Heaven, Top Industry Prices and Cashback offers available every day.
Best Odds Guarantee is available on selected races and Totesport promotes tote pool betting with a weekly offer, focusing on one of the pools and usually adding a bonus to winning returns.
Totesport offers a range of betting opportunities for 15 sports with special novelty markets including TV Shows and Politics.
There are more comprehensive selections of betting markets available elsewhere, but Totesport is continuing to add to new betting opportunities to the website and has all the most popular markets covered.
Totesport offer in-play betting on all UK terrestrial and satellite sports broadcasts and many events broadcast by Setanta. In addition to the Sportsbook and tote betting, Totesport also offers Casino, Bingo and Games.
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
The Totesport website has its own distinctive style with a few neat features to enhance the customer’s experience. The bet slip can be expanded and collapsed as the customer browses the Totesport site, and it provides access for registration and to the customer account from the bet slip.
Totesport’s radio widget appears whenever you are browsing sports where commentaries are available. As expected, access to registration and log in at Totesport is clear and simple and the homepage prominently displays the upcoming horse races and sports events.
Totesport highlight fewer betting opportunities on the home page than can be seen on rival website home pages, but with the use of larger images allowing more space to the featured events, they are easy to identify and access feels more immediate.
The Totesport home page greets the visitor with fairly large promotional banners in the main body of the page, but because of the layout, they do not interfere with the experience.
Navigating around the Totesport website, you are struck by the customer friendly layout which makes identifying betting markets, selections and betting odds very easy.
Access to the various areas the Totesport site is accomplished in the expected way, by use of tabs at the top of the page and the navigation sidebar on the left.
The least requested sports are hidden by Totesport and can be found by expanding the menu which is clearly indicated. Beneath this, totesport provides an information side bar with links to promotions, totepool information, text betting and media services.
The Totesport registration form is quick and simple to complete and totesport customer care contact details are at hand at the registration stage should you require assistance. Totesport accept Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, Laser and Moneybookers as payment and deposit methods. This is not the most exhaustive list, but will meet the needs of the vast majority on online gamblers.
Since the aquisition by Betfred, Totesport now offers an excellent mobile betting facility allows customers to place bets into a number of different pools.
This is an area where Totesport falls behind its major rivals as there is no facility to watch live horse racing or sport at the moment.
As previously mentioned, audio commentary is available on Totesport radio, which provides commentary on horse racing, greyhound racing and football.
FORM AND STATS
Totesport provides a vast amount of horse racing information available which is powered by the Racing Post and offers access to form, trends, tips, trainer and jockey information.
With this feature, Totesport provides just about everything the horse racing enthusiast needs to make a betting decision. Totesport also provides comprehensive football statistics, with tables, fixtures and more from football competitions around the world.
Totesport offer 24 hour customer support with contact available via freephone or email.
There is also a good FAQ section that will provide many answers about the Totesport website and the management of your Totesport account.