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Scotbet is Scotland’s biggest independent bookmaker and is an instantly-recognisable betting brand north of the border.

The roots of the company date way back to 1961 when its first betting shop was opened in Niddrie and by 1981 it had opened 10 other outlets and was seemingly thriving.

For most of its existence, the company traded under the name of Morrisons Bookmakers Ltd.

In 2008, Morrisons acquired Sean Graham’s Scottish portfolio for £2m which included 13 betting shops of which three were in Edinburgh.

Then in 2011 Scotbet was bought out by its existing management team after its Edinburgh-based owner, Festival Group, suffered serious losses during the economic downturn. The buyout was for an undisclosed sum and included its 65 betting shops and online website and operation.

Today the company boasts a major share in the betting market in Scotland, both on the high street and online. Its website is powered by corbettsports.com.

It has not always been plain sailing, however, as Scotbet attracted national newspaper headlines of the wrong kind when, in 2010, a customer landed a £19,000 Tote Placepot bet for a mere £1 stake.

When he went to collect his winnings he was told he would only receive £5,000, that being the company’s clearly-stated maximum pay-out for Tote bets. Small maximum pay-outs on a variety of sports remain today.

For horse racing, where all selections are covered by a full SIS service which includes shows, offs and results, the limits are £100,000 for the UK and Ireland and £25,000 for other countries. Where no SIS coverage is in place, the respective limits are £25,000 and £10,000 which is of course a much lower figure than most online bookmakers who operate a UK license.

Pros & Cons of ScotBet

Pros

  • Clear and easily-navigated website.
  • Decent choice of sportsbook/casino and lotto opportunities.
  • Jockey colours and fluctuating odds are featured on racecards.

Cons

  • No opening offers for customers and no bonuses for successful accumulators.
  • Restricted assistance for customers given the company's limited opening hours and absence of an online chat facility.
  • Nothing in the way of background material, such as commentary, blogs, previews and form guides.
  • Small maximum payouts

Reasons to Join Scotbet

  • Long-established company with a solid reputation
  • In-play facility on a wide range of betting markets
  • Comprehensive casino/lotto opportunities

Scotbet Overall

This is a site that represents a smaller bookmaker with a focus on Scotland and it offers little for the everyday punter who is looking to enjoy a full and exciting gambling experience.

If you have no particular affinity to the brand there is no real reason, beyond it being long-established and trusted, to join up at the expense of any other bookmaker.

Considering the size of the Scotbet and its lengthy existence, it seems to be lagging a long way behind many of its rivals in the betting community and perhaps the company is still focussing on the high street.

The website is acceptable as far as it goes, but one cannot escape the feeling that so much more could be achieved in order to produce greater consumer satisfaction and participation.

Scotbet User Interface

The Scotbet user interface is a fairly simple set-up and may attract punters not familiar with online betting. You instantly get the impression that most key sports are covered but that the site lacks the market depth of many of its rivals and that is indeed the case.

However, navigation couldn’t be much simpler. A sidebar guides customers to different sports, while across the top there are options for ‘In-Play’ betting, ‘Casino’ games and ‘Lottos’  which provides punters with the opportunity to take part in draws from Ireland, Canada, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Betting Markets at Scotbet

These are based around a sportsbook, casino and lotto facilities.

The sportsbook is not the most comprehensive, but with specials, horse racing, greyhounds, football, golf, tennis, cricket, darts, basketball, snooker, pool, rugby league, rugby union, boxing/MMA, motor sports, novelty/TV, winter sports and NFL catered for, the majority of punters should find the market of their choice.

For a company born out of horse racing betting, you would expect the website to offer extensive horse racing coverage but whilst the domestic cards are offered along with some leading international fixtures, the racecards are very basic. It is though useful to be able to see the options for ‘Early Prices’ and ‘Board Prices’.

‘Future Horseracing’ is a disappointing section with just a handful of ante-post races on offer and lacks prices on some of the biggest contests of the year.

The other key sport of Football is similarly lacking in its breadth compared to the less parochial websites although there is a nice Football Price Book selection which offers good value.

Scotbet Bonuses and Promos

In contrast with the vast majority of their competitors, Scotbet seem to fall short when it comes to attracting fresh custom.

The site does not offer any free bets or bonuses to new customers and this seems puzzling when you consider that at one stage they did offer a bet £10, and get a £10 opening offer.

While other companies have viewed offers such as this as an accepted strategy when aiming to engage new customers, Scotbet have gone against the trend and it could lead to stagnation as they aim to compete with those around them.

On a more positive note, there is a first past the post concession on single bets placed on the day of any horse race in the UK and Ireland.

Scotbet In-Play Betting

In line with the majority of major companies, Scotbet operates an in-play facility which is displayed prominently and is easily accessed.

The live football opportunities are quite extensive although there are fewer markets per game than you get with the bigger operators.

Key matches are supported by a match visual and some key stats but this is a static display and does not show team possession, movement on the pitch and key action alerts provided by other operators including bet365, Betfair and many more.

At the time of review, there were in-play opportunities on basketball, tennis and baseball in addition to football.

Streaming and Content Options with Scotbet

This is another area in which Scotbet could take a lead from other companies. There is no streaming or sports radio and there really is very little to keep you engaged with the site during live sport.

Many sites, including ones that are not the biggest such as Come On, offer a branded horse racing commentary service which helps to keep punters involved as one race ends and another race starts.

Another disappointing aspect of the website is the absence of any form or analysis. Individual horse races can be brought on screen quickly and easily and the colours for each horse are displayed along with fluctuating odds on the day of the race.

However, the absence of a form guide/selection is at variance with many of the major bookmakers.

There is nothing of this nature on the website and although this may be of little concern to clued-up punters, it leaves the less enlightened looking elsewhere for information.

Other sports, such as football, also suffer because of a lack of background material although, to be fair, there are no shortage of betting opportunities per game.

Banking with Scotbet

Deposits can be made using a UK-registered Visa Debit, Mastercard Debit or Maestro card online or by calling Scotbet’s customer service department.

For telephone betting, there is a minimum stake per call of £5, but there is no minimum for Internet bets. In line with the majority of Scotbet’s rivals, there is a minimum requirement deposit of £5.

Scotbet’s Customer Service

Queries can be made via a freephone telephone number, an email address or by writing directly to the company.

Opening times are advertised as 9am-5pm from Monday to Saturday inclusive and from 10am to 5pm on a Sunday.

This throws up the question as to how an issue is resolved outside opening hours. As many sporting events – an obvious example being a live TV match in the evening – are outside these hours, then no help is at hand.

Furthermore, there is no online chat facility which can be regarded as another negative.

Signing up for Scotbet is a quick and easy process. Click on the prominent “Open Account” icon and follow a three-step procedure. This should take a matter of a few minutes. More coming soon!

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!

Our Opinions of ScotBet

This Scotland focused sportsbook isn’t a good fit for punters and is mostly geared toward punters familiar with their high street shops.

  1. No welcome offers and bonuses to entice new punters
  2. Limited customer service options can lead to long times to get issues resolved
  3. Restricted maximum payouts

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