This review of MarathonBet is designed to let you know more about a bookie that’s been around for a while (since 1997) but which is yet to really challenge the big boys.
We’re going to take a look at MarathonBet as a company, the payment methods they support, their available betting markets, how they cover in-play betting and the quality of their welcome promotion.
Before we get to the main review, however, here’s my personal take on MarathonBet…
Their overall service doesn’t have many big weaknesses but also doesn’t really excel in many areas. Given that there are plenty of bigger, higher reputation bookies around, therefore, it’s hard to imagine many punters wanting to abandon them in favour of MarathonBet.
Licensing & Safety
- Remote license from UKGC
- Alderney Gambling Commission license
- Affiliated with both IBAS and GamCare
- Good overall safety rating
MarathonBet is an independent sportsbook operator which has been serving punters across the UK and Europe since its foundation in 1997.
They are headquartered in Alderney and licensed and regulated for non-British customers by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. Whilst based in Alderney, MarathonBet are legally allowed to serve punters in mainland Britain thanks to their remote gambling licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).
MarathonBet have shown a further commitment to safety and fairness standards, too, by becoming affiliated with IBAS and with GamCare, amongst other third party organisations.
Bottom line here… your money and personal details. should be safe with Marathonbet.
- Part of the wider Marathon Group which inclides Marathon Alderney Ltd, Marathonbet Italy S.r.i, Marathonbet Spain and Panbet Curacao N.V.
- It is Marathon Alderney Limited which is responsible for marathonbet.co.uk.
- All of the Marathon Group’s different companies and domain names are properly licensed and regulated for their target territories.
- First established in 1997, meaning that it has more than 20 years’ worth of history within the industry.
- The firm is partnered with major football clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Hibernian, Dynamo Moscow and Malaga.
Deposits & Withdrawals
- Instant, no fee deposits
- No support for PayPal
- Quick withdrawals
- £5 min deposit & withdrawal
Note: Want to use PayPal to deposit? These PayPal friendly bookmakers will be better suited to you.
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Markets & Odds
- Close to 30 different sports
- No virtual sports
- Some live streaming
- Very competitive odds
Talking about a company’s background and reputation, and the different payment methods they accept is all very while, but if you want to know whether to bet with them you need to know what they let you bet on.
MarathonBet’s different betting markets cover all of the following different sports:
- American Football
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Table Tennis
Whichever sport you like to bet on, the above list should let you know that MarathonBet cover it. Their selection of available sports is close to the top online bookmakers. They also cover an excellent range of different competitions and tournaments within each sport.
Premier League football matches can boast more than 500 different markets with MarathonBet, whilst most other events from high profile sports feature around 50.
Marathonbet also compare very favourably to other bookmakers when it comes to the level of odds offered using these generous odds to gain new customers.
One MAJOR problem these guys have though is their quite simply AWFUL design. It’s like they haven’t updated it since 1997 when they launched. It’s boxy, confusing and crowded… until they fix this they can’t and won’t score higher in this category.
- Awful design
- Football & tennis focused
- Live stats or scores
- No live streaming
MarathonBet operate a dedicated in-play betting area on their site. Within that area, a range of in-play events are available. It is fair to say, however, that the vast majority of events are either football or tennis matches.
Whatever the in-play event, MarathonBet tend to provide a very good selection of in-play markets which can all be perused and selected via each event’s in-play interface.
That interface itself, however, is NOT one of the better examples within the online betting field, and that’s putting it politely.
It has a general cluttered, confused feel and in many cases it is surprisingly difficult to locate the current score of the given match or event. You can mitigate that issue, however, by locating a live update graphic for your chosen event via the ‘Animation’ tab to the right of the interface.
That tab is semi-independent of the interface, meaning that you can choose to have it display updates from a different event to the one you are looking at the markets for if you wish. Kinda useful but not sure why you’d need to.
Want a better example of how live betting should be done? Check out Bet365 – they’ve got it down!
- No bonus
- Poor promotions
- No reason to join
- Get more value elsewhere
Given that MarathonBet are not one of the more established names within the UK online betting industry, you might expect them to pull out all of the stops when it comes to trying to attract new customers.
Unfortunately, that is NOT the case, as the bookie are not currently running any kind of welcome promotion.
In fact, offers and bonuses seem pretty low on the company’s list of priorities as they hardly run any at all.
Obviously we’re tanking them in this category because of their approach and strongly suggest you head over to our betting offers page and join a bookmaker who gives you a reason to open an account.
Having been around since 1997, it’s not really fair to describe MarathonBet as being new to the betting industry. What is fair to say, however, is that they have still yet to really capture the attention of many punters.
That’s understandable in many ways, given that their online sportsbook is perfectly serviceable but doesn’t really measure up to the best on the market.
MarathonBet do cover a good variety of different sports, and price up events from many different competitions and tournaments within each sport. Both pre-event and in-play markets are on offer and we’d consider their odds to be more on the generous side.
The bookie’s in-play interface is very poor and the fact that they do not offer any kind of welcome promotion is pathetic.
There isn’t a compelling reason why you should move your custom to the bookie from any of their better-established rivals.
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