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Totesport Review

Review of Totesport

Editors Note:
We have reviewed Totesport with a 3.5 star rating. This basically means that we are happy to recommend them to punters who are looking to place bets online but better value is likely available elsewhere.

Our review will cover what on offer and compare them to other bookmakers so you can judge if you want to join or not.

I’ve had a Totesport account both before and after Betfred bought them out and there’s no denying that things have improved since the takeover but there’s still work to be done.

If you do choose to open an account with Totesport your money will be 100% safe and secure. Not only that but they will always pay out on winning wagers and anyone who doesn’t currently have an account with them will be entitled to their £35 welcome offer.

New UK & NI customers. 18+ stakes £5 to £25 on any Sportsbook market for the first time, at odds of evens (2.0) or greater & get a matched Free Bet within 24 hours of settlement, 7-day expiry. Stake £10 on any Totepool bet for the first time & receive £10 back in cash within 24 hours of settlement. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&C's apply.

Review Ratings

Use the links to navigate our review.

Licensing & Safety

Lowest risk classification
How safe is Totesport?
  • UKGC license
  • Now owned by Betfred
  • Long standing reputation
  • Lowest risk rating
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Totesport is both regulated and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, which ensures that the entire site is both fair and well controlled.

This means that all players can feel 100% safe when using this site. Your money is safe at Totesport and they’ll always payout any winning bets. The licensing and regulation of the UK Gambling Commission ensures that:

  • All actions on the site are fair and are in no ways biased towards the house winning a bet.
  • Minors under the age of 18 are unable to participate in any of the services that the website provides.
  • Anyone suffering from ill health or from other problems due to gambling will be directed to the appropriate place for help.

Totesport have been in operation since 2004 and in 2011 were bought out by sports betting giant Betfred. Not only do they have their own long standing reputation for fairness and paying out their now backed by one of the biggest bookmakers out there.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Slow & limited options
Will I get paid?
  • Quick deposits
  • All debit & credit cards
  • PayPal accepted
  • Quick withdrawals
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Visa/Visa Debit £0 Instant £5 – £20,000
Mastercard £0 Instant £5 – £20,000
Maestro £0 Instant £5 – £20,000
PayPal £0 Instant £10 – £15,000
Neteller £0 Instant £10 – £15,000
Skrill £0 Instant £10 – £8,000
Paysafecard £0 Instant £10 – ?
Bank Transfer £0 Instant £10 – unlimited

Markets & Odds

Horse racing specialists
What sports are offered?
  • 25+ sports
  • Specialise in Horse Racing
  • Competitive odds
  • Improving depth of market
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

This section of our Totesport review will cover the markets that they offer and review their live betting suite as well.

Totesport have an incredibly long history within gambling in the UK, so as you would expect they cover all of the major sports that the British people hold close to their hearts – as well as a few recent imports as well.

They do cover a wide range of sports but their depths of markets per event is somehwat limited when compared to those covered by other online bookmakers (such as Bet365 or Betvictor). This definitely holds them back as far as our rating is concerned.

The sports offered by Totesport are:

  • Athletics
  • Aussie Rules
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • eSports
  • Football
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Hurling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lottery
  • Motor Sports
  • NFL
  • Politics
  • Pool
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Specials
  • Tennis
  • UFC / MMA

As illustrated, this is obviously a pretty decent selection, but when you consider that the number of bets you can make per event is low across the board on their site they have to be marked down.

So low, at times, that when at Bet365 you might find 100 bets per event at Totesport you’ll be luck to see 30. Again this contributes to use downgrading them and moves them firmly out of the highest rated brackets where they’ll stay until they diversify.

All markets offered are mirrored on the Totesport mobile app so it’s the same betting options as the online website.

In-Play Betting

Improved since takeover
Is live betting offered?
  • Modern in-play suite
  • Good range of sports
  • Strong on live scores & stats
  • No live streaming
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

The bet in play system offered by Totesport is probably now above average and it can be accessed by clicking on a tab at the top of the screen, just to the right of the logo. Once you’ve clicked the ‘bet in play’ button you’ll be presented will all the live markets which are available and a list of upcoming live markets as well.

Since the takeover by Betfred the range of markets on offer in-play has vastly improved, as has the number of live markets per event.

One let down here is you don’t have the ability to sort in-play markets so navigation can be a pain, especially if you’ve got multiple bets running at the same time.

Totesport In-Play

A real plus to the live section at Totesport is the amount of actual information that punters are given about what’s going on in the game or event they have bet on. They’ve got a graphic which shows action areas, multiple in-play stats are available and a text commentary of match events shown.

The marked improvement in live betting at Totesport is a real bright spot for their future and if they can continue to improve their entire product as much as their live betting they’ll be on the right track.

Welcome Bonus

£35 new customer offer
New Customer Offer
  • £35 welcome offer
  • Bet £25 get £25 (sports)
  • Bet £10 get £10 (totepool)
  • Minimum odds 2.0 / evens
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

If you do open a new account with Totesport then you’ll be eligible for their £35 new customer bonus offer.

You can release the free bets after just placing two bets with Totesport and you’ll have the free bet in your account within a 24 hour period. It’s not the most generous free bet around but here’s how to claim it:

  1. Click here to visit Totesport.com – link opens in a new browser window.
  2. Once on the homepage click the orange ‘Register Now’ button located in the top left of your screen. Fill out your details and choose a username and password.
  3. Note: you don’t need to enter anything into the Totesport bonus code field – you’ll automatically get the offer without using it.
  4. Deposit £35 or more into your new Totesport account.
  5. Place a £25 bet on any Totesport market that has odds of 2.0 (evens) or higher. This will release your £25 free bet regardless of the bet result.
  6. Place a £10 Totepool bet on any Totepool market and trigger £10 cashback.
  7. The bonuses hit your account within 24 hours and you’re now free to place them on whatever you want.

Click here to claim £35 bonus with Totesport!

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Totesport
Decent & safe option
Our Rating for:

At the top of our review you will have noticed that we’ve given Totesport 3.5 stars out of 5. This isn’t anywhere near the best possible rating we give out but it’s also by no means the worse.

It means that when it comes to safety and security Totesport is right up there with the best BUT when it comes to features, promotions and bonuses they are lacking.

There are many reasons we don’t give Totesport a higher rating; lack of promotions running, size of opening offer and bets needed to release it, poor depth to their betting markets, lack of live streaming product and generally quite uncompetitive odds (although these are by no means the worst around).

If you do bet just the more popular sports then Totesport will do just fine. If you need a much wider range of betting options then check out either our bookmaker reviews section and try either Bet365 or Betvictor who we put right at the top of the tree.

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • Trev1977
    August 24, 2018

    Got a lot better since they were taken over by Betfred but still lagging behind when compared to the big boys. I sometimes still use them for Totepool bets but you can even get them with some other bookies now.

    Struggling to see how they can compete if they don’t up their game soon.

  • Terrance
    September 4, 2018

    OK betting site. I joined up recently to do the welcome offer. Deposited instantly, placed a few bets, ended up winning about £70 and then withdrew it back to my card. Was in the bank within a couple of hours.

    They’ll pay out but I doubt you’ll stick around as other bookies are simply way better.

  • the Cheeky Punter
    January 31, 2019

    Note: ranking update from 51 to 53 thanks to increase in bonus offer from £20 to £35 as of Jan 30th.

  • NOYB
    March 28, 2019

    An awful and pathetic company. Signed up, deposited £50, went to place my first bet an hour later. Was stake restricted to £1 betting. Do not deserve a UK license imo.

    • David Lenton
      April 5, 2019

      Hey man – sorry to hear that… I’m guessing you’re known as an arbitrage bettor or smart punter by Betfred who share data with Totesport. I know it sucks but anyone who knows how to exploit the bookies are always on their radars. Hit me up if you want some suggestions on a site which won’t shut your account.

  • James Smith
    August 24, 2019

    Please avoid totesport. There are so many better online bookmakers out there. Totesport customer service is appalling. I have had account with them less than a week and asked to have my account closed.

  • Disappointed
    October 5, 2019

    Terrible company.
    They encouraged me to place ‘risk free’ bets, promising cash back and free bets, and once the bets settled – closed my account. They didn’t even bother giving me a reason, other than ‘business decision’.


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Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter