Totesport Review

For many, Totesport – also known as Totepool, amongst other guises – is synonymous with horse racing betting. Indeed it began life way back in 1928 – set up by Winston Churchill, no less – as the Horserace Betting Control Board, with the aim of providing a state-owned (and hence safe) alternative to illegal bookmakers who were becoming rife at the time. It developed further in 1961 into the Horserace Totalisator Board (the Tote), opening its first high street betting shop in 1972.

It remained a state-owned company, branching out into online betting and adding other gaming products, until it was privatised in 2011 and sold off to Betfred. It has maintained a very strong emphasis on horse racing betting, with the popular Totepool betting options including its Sccop6, Jackpot and Placepot bets. But it has also spread its wings to embrace other sports and markets, with football, greyhounds, tennis and golf some of those it covers best.

The sale to Betfred has given Totesport a new lease of life and they are set to increase their market share as well as increasing the quantity and generosity of sports betting offers, especially those for sports other than horse racing. They have also put a lot of resources into developing a very good in-play betting interface that is better than those of many of their rivals.

Totesport Welcome Offer

Totesport have dabbled with a few different welcome offers in recent years but recently they have settled on a bet £5, get £10 offer which is perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank but still want a great value freebie.

To qualify simply register an account with Totesport and place a sports bet of £5 or more at odds of at least evens (2.00) and you will then be credited with a £10 free bet. You will have seven days in which to use the free bet, though note that the free bet stake is not returned with any winnings and you can’t use it (or qualify for it) when using Totepool bet such as Scoop6.

Other Promotions

As mentioned, since Betfred bought Totesport they have begun to offer more regular promotions in sports other than racing, such as enhanced odds accumulators on football matches. They have also begun offering some of Betfred’s own offers including the popular Double Delight / Hat-trick Heaven promo, which pays out double / triple the odds on successful first goalscorer bets if your player goes on to score a brace / hat-trick.

As might be expected, though, it is horse racing where Totesport come into their own in terms of the provision of decent betting offers. They – like many of the top bookies these days – offer Best Odds Guaranteed (whereby they pay out at the SP if it is higher than the price at which you previously backed a winner) and daily racing specials and enhancements (such as big odds boosts). Their Lucky 15/31/63 Enhancements are also most welcome, whereby they pay treble the odds for one winner in a Lucky15, four times the odds for one in a Lucky31 and five times for a Lucky 63.

Totesport Features

Anyone who is serious about betting on horses will already be familiar with all Totesport have to offer. Anyone who wants to even have a flutter on the nags from time to time should check them out. They have exceptional racecards that include free Racing Post form, spotlights and signposts giving you all the detail you need to suss out a runner’s chances of success. And as the home of Totepool betting, they are the place to be for info on the rollovers and guaranteed jackpots for a wide variety of pool bets, along with an excellent guide explaining how all the Totepool bets work.

Their in-play betting provision is something on which Totepool have worked hard, and it shows, covering sports from ice hockey to tennis, golf to football. Their mobile app is also very good and they even have a text betting service if you want to place a bet when you can’t get on the internet.

All in all we feel Totesport is slowly growing from its position as the best bookie for horse racing to become a strong all-round bookmaker, and with Betfred’s help they are likely to go from strength to strength in the coming years. But check them out now for great horse racing bets and offers and much, much more.