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 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.