UPDATE: Winner have now closed their doors to UK punters as they couldn’t meet UK regulator requirements for safe and fair gambling – a sure fire sign they should be avoided at all costs.
Winner are one of the newer online sports betting companies and are yet to establish a positive reputation in the industry.
They recently merged with TitanBet, a bookmaker riddled with complaints, which has done nothing to boost their standing among punters.
Winner are renowned for slow payouts, leaving withdrawals pending for days at a time, with some players even reporting cancelled payouts.
Their bonus offer is a scam, with insane wagering requirements, and there’s multiple reports of poor customer service.
I can see no reason at this juncture, to recommend that any punter should shun their current bookie in favour of Winner; a company not particularly well named.
See this a list of reputable and highly rated bookmakers for alternative options.
Licensing & Safety
- Fully licensed & regulated
- Parent company are an unknown quantity
- Poor reputation with punters
- Dodgy merger with TitanBet
Winner are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). That makes it legal for them to provide online gambling services to UK based customers.
That’s about where the good news ends though…
Aside from that UKGC licence, however, there aren’t many other things to assure punters of the safety and reliability of Winner as a bookie.
Their site indicates an affiliation with IBAS but the link to their registration page is broken (maybe this affiliation had ended?) and as you will find out if you read on, the background of the bookie’s parent company is very tough to pin down.
- Winner.co.uk is owned and operated by a company called PT Entertainment Services Ltd. Little info is available online about the company.
- All financial transactions conducted through the Winner website are processed by a firm called Rapidlane Services Ltd; a subsidiary of PT Entertainment Services.
- It is very difficult to find any concrete information regarding the makeup or history of either PT Entertainment Services Ltd or Rapidlane Services Ltd. They certainly do not appear to have much of a track record in the online sports betting field, or if they do, they have taken pains to make it tough to discover it.
- Given the lack of prior reputation for punters to draw upon, choosing to give Winner a chance, not to mention your custom, certainly represents a leap of faith. Given that there are plenty of other bookmaking options around, such a risk doesn’t seem worth taking.
Deposits & Withdrawals
- Instant deposits
- Players report stalling on payouts
- Players report payouts cancelled
Note: given the reports of Winner being reluctant to pay out and sometimes even cancelling withdraws we strongly recommend you DON’T sign up – to find the best bookmaker for your payment method check out bookmaker deposit options page.
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Markets & Odds
- 20+ sports offered
- All major events covered
- Horse racing streams only
- Tight odds
If you do decide that Winner’s lack of established reputation within the gambling industry isn’t a problem for you, you’ll want to know exactly what they offer to punters.
The rest of this review will focus on exactly that, beginning with the range of markets which the bookie prices up. Winner offer a range of different markets for competitions and events within all of the following sports:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules Football
- Gaelic Games
- Greyhound Racing
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
Winner, then, provide markets for a decent number of different sports but not quite as many as are covered by some of the biggest, most popular bookmakers. All of the major sports are obviously catered for, but the likes of futsal, water polo and others that are priced up elsewhere are missing from Winner’s selection.
For the sports which the bookmaker do cover, there are a fairly impressive number of competitions, tournaments and nations from which events are priced up. Higher profile examples of those events also often benefit from a huge number of different markets from Winner, with Premier League football matches sometimes having close to 200.
The number of markets on offer does fall away considerably, however, in the case of smaller, lower profile events.
A further significant weakness of Winner, too, is that their cluttered, unattractive website can make it really quite difficult to find and navigate to a particular event or market.
- Dedicated in-play area
- Many sports covered
- Poor layout
- Confused menu system
Winner’s in-play provision comes in the form of a dedicated section of their website, which provides access to all of the currently live sports betting events and lists those which are upcoming.
The bookmaker take events from a fair range of different sports in-play, from high profile ones like football and tennis all the way down to the likes of ice hockey and cycling. Each event tends to benefit from a fair handful of different in-play markets but certainly not as many as are offered by the biggest, most popular bookies.
The interface, as seen in the screenshot above, will feature a live score at the top, which is often also complemented by handy stats and live updates.
It can be tough to find a given event, though, as – much like the rest of the Winner website – the in-play area has a confused and amateurish layout.
- Pretty scammer offer
- Horrendous wagering requirements
- Must bet £3400 to get full £200 bonus
- Don’t bother
A final factor for any prospective new Winner customer to consider is the welcome promotion which the bookmaker offers.
New Winner customers can receive a new customer bonus of 100% up to £200, but will have to jump through the following hoops in order to get it…
Here’s why we hate the offer:
- Skrill, Neteller and Paysafecard deposits void for bonus.
- Bet plus bonus amount wagered 8x to release bonus.
- Min odds for bonus requirements 2.0 (evens).
- Ante-post, each way, handicap & virtual bets don’t qualify.
- £3400 in wagers to release £200 bonus.
- Bonus can never be withdrawn.
You’d have to be a complete NUTTER to sign up with this bonus offer, it’s virtually impossible to get any benefit – it feels very scammy.
Head to our free bets & bonuses page to find some offers which are legitimate deals without scam terms and conditions.
As you might have guessed from reading our review of Winner Sports… we don’t like them very much at all.
Very little is known about their parent company / ownership situation, which is concerning, and their merger with TitanBet sets more alarm bells rining (TitanBet had a shocking rep also).
There’s multiple reports of Winner slow paying players and cancelling withdrawals altogether. They operate long pending periods for withdrawals and quite frankly don’t seem to like paying players full stop.
To top their problems off the bonus they offer has the worst, most scammy, wagering requirements we’ve seen of any online bookmaker.
You’d be MAD to open an account with these guys and if you’ve got one already we strongly suggest you find a new home.