Signing Up/User Interface
A clean and simple landing page greets the first-time visitor, showcasing the current promotional offer for new customers. These offers are based on sports bets and casino bonus funds – all of which are standard fare and compare well with most other major betting sites.
Entering the site via the login process is easy and straightforward, taking you to the home page, which then offers an array of sports betting options from the main menu sectors running clearly across the page. A sub-menu also offers a wide-range of sports betting opportunities, giving the site a comprehensive and professional feel.
The main sports betting options are listed across the top sports bar (from left to right).
‘In-play’ is the first listed and a prominent feature of the site (see below).
‘Football’ come next, as befits a bookmaker with such a strong heritage in football betting. There are, as you would expect, a good selection of markets with an emphasis on UK football and future World Cup markets.
Want to see what everyone else is betting on? One of BetVictor’s most interesting options highlights ‘trending’ bets. What’s more, each upcoming match has a full array of choices, from goal scorers, handicap betting, corners, and a good selection of speciality bets for the more niche bettors. Also on offer is coupon betting and match betting, as well as outright competition winning options.
The football home page also highlights the day’s ‘Bet Boost’ – a selection of enhanced prices to try something a bit different.
Their ‘Tennis’ section is always extremely popular – with the ability to see the status of any in-play matches underway quickly, along with live odds clearly displayed, plus the unusual upcoming matches, tournaments and specials.
The ‘Horses’ section gives you a proper horse racing section, in every sense of the word. In addition to full lists of the day’s racing in Britain and Ireland, plus plentiful cards from the USA, South Africa, UAE and Europe – there is also a comprehensive list of ante-post betting, and even novelty sections for occasional bettors. Forecast and Tricast options are all clearly marked and easily accessible.
A neat feature is the Timeform-provided BetFinder, which allows players to filter horses by criteria, such as trainers in form or strong course record. Timeform also supplies the usual summary comments and overviews,
Other betting sections include: ‘Greyhounds’ (both BAGS and evening cards) and ‘Virtual’ which offers virtual horse racing, dogs, speedway, motor racing and cycling.
Bonus markets are clearly defined on the various sports betting pages. Regularly updated, they can be a valuable addition to the day’s options and worth checking when using the site. At the time of writing, new customers can take advantage of a £60 bonus on their first £10 stake. This comes in the form of five £10 free sports bets and one £10 play on the BetVictor online casino section of the website. Cash out and bet boost options also available.
In-Play streaming and content
In play betting is clearly important to BetVictor, and there always seem to be plenty of live events happening from around the world at any time. Football dominates, but for many games, match betting is supplemented by a smattering of other live markets.
The accompanying match console opens with the match for each market, but this is starting to look a little dated with the usual ‘Dangerous Attack’ style prompts as the game goes on.
Streaming and radio services are badly missed as you attempt to understand what is happening in a game. The absence of commentary drops the perception of BetVictor down a tier.
Stats and Form
As previously mentioned, standard Timeform race predictions are available for British and Irish racing with helpful pointers, but it is slightly disappointing that the horse-by-horse analysis offered by some competitor websites is not available.
BetVictor, as one of the leading players in online betting, has traditionally been up with the pace in terms of efficiency and offering a safe and enjoyable online betting experience. The site is professionally laid out and is very easy to navigate. The various bonuses offered on individual sports are an interesting addition and add to the site’s overall appeal. The results service and bet calculator are also cool additions for cross referencing betting returns and potential winnings.
However, it is not as complete an offering as most bookmakers who operate at the next level up – with some key features missing.