If you prefer a locally established traditional bookmaker to the ever multiplying number of multi-national Online Sportsbook providers then Corbett Sports is the brand of choice. Operating as an Independent Bookmaker in North Wales since 1947, the family run firm now has over 50 shops; predominately located in Wales and the North West of England. Corbett Sports has evolved to offers a website, mobile app and a telephone betting service to it’s customers.
Operating for 47 years as a PLC (since January 1971), the previous company name for Corbett Sports up until June 2000 was W.T. Corbett (RHYL) Limited. The current company HQ is listed as Garden City Sealand, Flintshire, Deeside, Wales; with a number of those recorded as company directors carrying the family surname of Corbett.
Pros & Cons of Corbett Sports
- Well established brand, which helps to build a notion of trust and respect.
- A family run firm, which will appeal to many customers as the purest form of bookmaking.
- Crystal clear and easy to navigate ‘User Interface’ (Mobile and Web).
- Telephone and Email Customer Support offered.
- New Customer Sign Up promotions either aren’t available or immediately obvious.
- Beware of Maximum Pay-out Limits.
- No streaming or commentary services.
Unlike for many other Online Sportsbook providers, new customer ‘sign up’ promotions either aren’t available at present or not immediately obvious with Corbett Sports which is obviously a negative. However, a quick historical internet search illustrates the firm have offered various sign up promotions in the past, so in the absence of anything else, it might well be worth trying these older promotion codes in the ‘Promotional Code’ field when registering for a new account. The registration process itself is simplistic, and a new account (via a username/password combination) can be opened by providing the following information; Name, Date of Birth, Full Address, Country, Email and Mobile Number.
In terms of on-going regular offers for new and existing customers, Corbett Sports offers the industry standard ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BOG) on all UK and Irish Horse Racing action. Furthermore, the popular ‘First Past The Post’ (FPTP) rules apply to all UK and Irish racing, so customers needn’t worry should the Stewards Enquiry klaxon be heard.
The interface itself is the finest advert for simplicity that you’ll ever see. It is well-structured, straightforward, crystal clear and without any cheap or tacky gimmicks. The design and usability of the web/mobile platforms is all rather slick despite it’s crude level of simplicity, and a shining light for other small bookmaking firms to follow.
The colour scheme used isn’t too dissimilar to that adopted by William Hill, with the blue, white and yellow branding working extremely well, and offering no particular problems for those with visual impairments. Customers will have very few problems navigating their way around this site.
The ‘Register’ and ‘Login’ options are located exactly where a user would intuitively expect them to be, with both helpfully displayed in a bold yellow font. The interface is adaptable depending upon the preferences of the user, with customers having the option to display odds in various formats inclunding; Fractions, Decimals or American.
The Corbett Sports website has various sub-menus which allow the user to explore the site to suit their own individual needs. ‘All Sports’, ‘In-Play’ and ‘Casino’ tabs feature prominently, with the latter stacked full of the usual array of eye-catchingly colourful online games, and also featuring scratch-cards, Live Roulette and Live Black Jack.
Sports which are listed prominently in the sub-menu structure include Horse Racing (Current and Future), Greyhounds, Football (Matches, Specials and Outright), Tennis, Cricket and Darts. Other sports listed under ‘All Sports’ include Basketball, Snooker and Pool, Golf, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Motor Sports, Boxing, Novelty, Winter and NFL. Furthermore, a ‘Specials’ tab provides enhanced odds for bet bundles on Football, Tennis and Snooker as well as a Greyhound Trap Challenge and various Horse Racing offers (all favourites to be placed etc).
The Customer Support options offered are fairly strong for a smaller family run firm with direct contact possible with operators of a UK based telephone service or alternatively via Email. Furthermore, Corbett Sports has a presence on social media, with it’s Twitter handle (@CorbettSports) having over 25,800 followers (in February 2018).
Signing up with Corbett Sports is user-friendly, and whilst fully respectful of complying with basic security demands, the company are keen to readily accept funds. The firm offers both an online and telephone account business, with payments made by VISA/Mastercard/Maestro. For telephone clients, the minimum stake per call is £5, whilst for online customers, there is no actual lower limit, but a £5 minimum deposit scheme operates when populating an account with funds.
Customer complaints with regards the debit and withdrawal process would appear to be relatively thin on the ground, so this suggests that Corbett Sports are generally meeting the demands of their customers effectively and efficiently. One minor issue to identify is that the maximum pay-out limits with Corbett Sports are generally smaller than for other Online Sportsbook providers (£100,000 for UK and Irish Horse Racing, £25,000 for other Racing, and £50,000 for Football), but this is perhaps to be expected given the size of the firm.
The firm is fully licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission (license number: 001950), and is keen to promote responsible gambling via its web platforms. Clickable links are provided for the Responsible Gambling Trust, the Gambling Commission and the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS).
CorbettSports Sports Betting
Horse Racing features strongly within the Corbett Sports portfolio, and has a couple of distinct and easy to access sections. ‘Horse Racing’ covers all of the upcoming action, and is very helpfully listed by country, which allows you to happily ignore for example the South African action if your sole interest is in the UK & Ireland. Within ‘UK & Ireland’ the meetings for that particular day are listed, with race distances seemingly as relevant to Corbett Sports as race times.
The actual racecards are unfortunately basic (no silks or analysis), but are at least clear and do include jockey bookings, and the all important each-way terms are visible. Furthermore, the ‘Future Horse Racing’ section includes as wide a range of markets as could be expected for Ante-Post betting. At the time of writing, Cheltenham (Festival) and Newmarket (Guineas) hold prominence, but the forthcoming Saturday highlights are also available; in this case Newcastle’s marathon 4m1f Eider Chase.
Available Football markets are also very handily split into ‘Matches’, ‘Specials’ and ‘Outrights’ sections. The ‘Matches’ section is then also split into various coupons (English, Scottish, European and Rest Of The World), which makes finding the English odds far more simplistic than on other sites (i.e. Paddy Power), where you so often have to negotiate past a plethora of odds for Peru, Brazil, Poland or wherever.
For those who enjoy what is often viewed as the sadly ‘dying’ sport of Greyhound Racing, Corbett Sports offer SP betting on the majority of meetings, including all of those shown on SIS. As an example, on the 19th of February 2018, no fewer than 12 meetings were listed including; Henow, Perry Barr, Swindon, Sheffield, Yarmouth, Nottingham, Central Park, Monmore, Romford, Doncaster, Harlow and Youghal.
Corbett Sports wouldn’t necessarily be the most obvious choice of bookmaker should you seek ‘Live Streaming’, and given the size of the family run business in comparison to some of the ‘giants’ of the industry, i.e. Bet 365, Paddy Power, we shouldn’t view Corbett Sports negatively purely because it is lacking in this area.
However, for a site that gives prominance to horse racing and geryhound markets, you might expect to find commentary radio services covering the sports. Punters want to follow events they are betting on and enjoy the excitement associtaed with their wager.
Customers electing to conduct their business with Corbett Sports are likely to be doing so for loyalty factors and because they want to support a more locally based, family run business.
In an increasingly fierce online marketplace, the family run Corbett Sports business provides somewhat of a refreshing break from the norm of multi-national operators. Corbett Sports customers are likely to remain loyal to the brand, particularly in North Wales and the Merseyside area, and whilst this will perhaps limit growth more widely, a business shouldn’t be criticised for catering for it’s core audience. The online and telephone based offering allows Corbett Sports to seek a wider audience, and in truth, they could help themselves more here with stronger and more visible sign up offers.
It is all too easy to identify what is lacking in terms of the rather simplistic website, and mobile app, but crucially both platforms are crystal clear and function effectively. If you’re seeking an array of events which are availlable through live streaming, you’ll be disappointed.
However, Corbett Sports have been in business since 1947 and are continuing to perform strongly locally as demonstrated through their willingness to sponsor both Welsh Football and also at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses. Customer compliants appear to be few and far between, and the personal touch is offered to resolve any potential problems via telephone or email. If you seek betting in it’s purest and most traditional form, Corbett Sports delivers a strong overall package.