ManBetX’s name suddenly appeared on the front of the Crystal Palace kit last year. Having since taken a closer look at the company and at their betting offering, it’s still a little hard to believe that they have secured such a high profile sponsorship deal.
The ManBetX website is far less attractive and more difficult to use than any of the sites belonging to better established bookmakers.
In fact, it looks quite amateurish and suggests that the company may not be a serious player.
That feeling is only enhanced by the research done on the company’s background and the fact that ManBetX run no promotions.
Bottom line here straight away… take your business elsewhere (see our betting reviews for other options).
Licensing & Safety
- UK Gambling Commission license
- Unknown brand
- Parent company owns many unspectacular bookies
- No track record
ManBetX is an online sports betting brand which first came to the attention of most punter’s when it became the main shirt sponsor of Crystal Palace.
The brand is owned and operated by Vivaro Limited, which is a company registered and headquartered in Malta.
In order to offer the ManBetX online bookmaking service legally to punters within the UK, Vivaro Limited is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. A cursory glance at the ManBetX website, too, reveals that the brand is also affiliated with both gambleaware.co.uk and IBAS.
- ManBetX is owned by Vivaro Limited.
- As well as ManBetX, Vivaro Limited have registered a large number of brand names with the UKGC – non of which are well known.
- Before becoming the principle short sponsor of Crystal Palace FC in 2017, ManBetX had very little if any presence in the online gambling industry in the UK.
- Given the uncertain and unproven background of ManBetX and Vivaro, it’s impossible to give the bookmaker a better than poor to average overall safety rating.
Deposits & Withdrawals
- Limited options
- Not PayPal friendly
- Withdrawals take 2-3 days
- £5 min deposit
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Markets & Odds
- Over 25 sports offered
- In-play betting
- Good market depth
- Horrible website to navigate
Having got the thorny issue of ManBetX’s lack of reputation and uncertain background out of the way, let’s get to the meat and drink of this review. The sensible place to start with that is with the range of markets and events which the bookie present to their customers.
ManBetX provide a wide range of different markets from many events across all of the following sports:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules
- Formula One
- Ice Hockey
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
- Water Polo
Looking purely at the range of sports covered, ManBetX are almost on a par with most of the major online bookmakers.
That almost is important, however, as ManBetX do not currently offer any markets for betting on horse racing.
This is somewhat puzzling, given the popularity of horse racing betting in the UK, and will obvious make ManBetX an immediate no-no for any punters who do like a bet on the gee-gees.
Popular events, such as Premier League football, benefit from over 150 different markets for ManBetX punters to choose from. Those markets don’t dry up, either, once an event gets under way, as lots of in-play betting markets are also offered (more on that below).
Whilst ManBetX do provide plenty of different betting markets, it can be awkward for punters to find the one they want. The main ManBetX website, after all, is extremely cluttered and confusing and could never be described as being user-friendly.
Columns… so many horrible columns.
- Live betting area
- 30,000 events per month
- 100+ live markets for some events
- No live streaming
You don’t have to be on the main ManBetX website long to realise that it is primarily focussed on in-play betting.
Events currently in-play are featured prominently on the home page and the site also has a dedicated live betting section.
Within the live betting area of the ManBetX website, events which are in-play and are about to go in-play are listed on a kind of sidebar down the left hand side. That sidebar is useful but is hard to get your head around and is just one of a number of things which make the live betting area feel cluttered and difficult to use.
Once you’ve got past the initial difficulty of navigating the site, however, ManBetX do offer a great many live betting markets for a large number of different events from an array of sports. Higher profile events often benefit from well over 100 separate markets, whilst even lesser known matches from less popular sports can still generally boast ten or more.
The ManBetX interface, image above, for each in-play event is largely in line with that offered by many of the big bookmakers.
A live scoreboard with helpful statistics features at the top and is supplemented by a pitch (or court, or field etc.) view style graphic which displays live updates from the event.
Man do they need to fix they site layout though… it’s so confusing it’s almost unusable.
- No bonus offered
- No other promotions
- No reason to join
- Many better options
At time of writing, ManBetX appears to be bucking the trend in the online betting industry by not offering any kind of welcome promotion.
In fact, the bookmaker do not as it stands run any promotions at all for either new or existing customers.
This lack of promotions makes it hard to imagine any new punter wanting to abandon an existing bookmaker for these new kids on the block.
What’s more, it seems extremely unusual for an online bookie to completely ignore the idea of promotions, when almost every other company in the field run plenty of them. It may of course be the case that some ManBetX offers are in the pipeline but together with the company’s lack of established reputation, it just adds to one’s doubts over the company’s legitimacy.
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Appearing as if from nowhere into the UK gambling field, ManBetX is a bookmaker which offers a very average service to punters. It’s difficult to imagine anyone would want to open an account.
The ManBetX website is broadly unattractive and is really quite difficult to use in practice. There’s also no horse racing betting offered and perhaps even more strangely, no bonus or offers being run.
When you add those weaknesses of the ManBetX service to the company’s uncertain and unestablished background, it’s impossible to recommend abandoning a bigger bookie for these new boys.
Compare them to someone like Bet365 and you wonder why they even opened their doors in the first place.