Last Updated on October 1, 2019 by Tipster
Totesport Bookmaker History And License
Totesport was founded in 1928 by the UK government as a horse racing betting provider in an attempt to combat the prevalence of illegal gambling.
Over time, Totesport, which was originally called Tote, added more services to its portfolio to include fixed bets along with their signature tote. In 2011, the British Government decided to sell The Tote to Betfred who now operates it from Gibraltar.
Totesport uses SSL encryption software and is protected by Trustwave’s Trusted Commerce Programme. This security encryption gives every user the comfort of knowing that their details are safe. Every online bookmaker operating in the UK is required to have the appropriate licences from the UK Gambling Commission as well as in the locations where the corporate owners of the providers are registered. In the case of Totesport, since it is operated by Gibraltar-based Petfre Limited, it has the proper licences in both Gibraltar and in the UK. The corporate registration number in Gibraltar for Petfre Limited is 93314. Totesport is also a member of the IBAS, ensuring that play is fair and secure for all.
Besides the ubiquitous link to GamCare that is at the footer to just about every online bookmaker and gambling site operating in the United Kingdom, there are lots of tools made available to Totesport users to make sure that they’re playing safely and responsibly. These include: setting your own betting limits (daily, weekly or monthly); a gambling self-assessment that you can use to gauge whether your gaming behaviour is responsible; time out periods; reality checks; and of course, self-exclusion periods
The Totesport sports betting Bonus is a free bet on a losing bet of up to £25. That’s right. If your first bet after registering on Totesport loses, they will give you the stake back in the form of a free bet. This might give you an impetus to make a riskier bet where you could make a great profit, knowing that a loss is effectively consequence-free. While Totepool is the biggest added-value component for Totesport, those bets do not qualify for the bonus.
Since there’s no video live stream available, the bookmaker provides information on where a specific fixture is being shown, like the Real Betis-Osasuna match on Sky Sports 5. While there is no video live stream, they do make live commentary available for certain sports. These are horse racing, greyhounds and football. Within some of the sports, you can find a nice variety of in-play betting. For example, in basketball, there was the NCAA tournament from US universities, the Lithuanian Basketball League, the Israel Super League, and the Turkey BSL. Overall, the in-play product is impressive considering the limited range of sports on the site itself, however, it isn’t up there with the best of the best UK betting sites.
Totesport Sports Betting
In terms of profit margin, the Totesport profit margin is comparable to many of the top sportsbooks in the UK. The overall profit margin for Totesport is 4.7%, compared to 4.6% for William Hill and 4.3% for Bet365. As for the major sports, Totesport’s profit margin for football is only 3% compared to 6.4% at Bet365. This means that Totesport is doing a good job of providing odds that are fair to the customer.
Since horseracing is the bread and butter of Totesport’s history, it’s no surprise that racing takes a very prominent place at the table. That’s why, on horseracing, Totesport has a Best Odds Guaranteed Offer. That means that if you place a bet on a horse and its starting price is higher than what you bet on, any winnings will be paid at that higher price. Check where Totesport stands in our betting odds comparison.
In terms of the limits at the bookie, these can be easily found by navigating to the terms and conditions via the footer of the website. There is a high upper limit of £1,000,000 on bets for horse racing and football, which should be enough to keep the high rollers happy. The limits vary from sport to sport but generally, we think they are generous. Golf has a maximum of £500,000 while other sports such as rugby and boxing max out at £100,000. Make sure you consult the limits before placing your bets, as you wouldn’t want to place a stake you can’t collect on. As is standard in the industry, all multiple bets will be subject to the lowest maximum of the individual bets.
The ‘Games’ tab at the top of the page will lead you to what’s on offer. There’s a small selection of instant casino games, and they will tell you which games are also available on mobile. Unfortunately there’s currently no live casino on offer, however, that isn’t exactly a surprise, so we can’t take off too many points for that! In addition, there’s also a section for Lotto which gives you the power to bet on the lottery instead of migrating to a site like The Lotter or Lottoland. The Lottery selection available is Irish Lotto, 49s, Daily Million, Spanish, New York, Greek, German, and Canadian. If you’re inclined to play the lotto, there is a £25 matched bet on the Lotto section, which is a good bonus for that sector.
Totesport Payment Options
Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa Electron, Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard.
Totesport Site | App
The look is not as modern as many other providers, leaving us with the impression that this a rather bare-bones version of what could be. Despite that, it’s easy to get to all the areas you need to bet successfully with the main categories on the top of the page, nice graphics to highlight the promotions, and the help panels being quickly accessible. The focus is clearly on racing, with that being the top menu on the left-hand side. In the centre of the page, you’ll find a selection of bets that are available in the next 3 hours or even within 15 minutes. The live betting selection is found on a separate tab and can be sorted by sport.
Totesport Customer Service
The live chat section is available on the right side of every landing page on Totesport with a blue and green pair of chat bubbles highlighting it. Besides live chat, you can also phone Customer Service, on 0800 032 8188 in the UK and +44 (0) 1925 907520 if you’re on holiday, or send an email to email@example.com. There is a separate line for the Casino & Instant Games area of the provider, as well as the option to send enquires by post.