Formerly known as Victor Chandler, BetVictor is one of the UK's longest established bookmakers and have gone on to be a brand most bookmakers could only dream of. From relatively humble beginnings, the company - still owned by the Chandler family - has seen many changes over the years, none more so than their switch to online and mobile devices.
Whilst the site has probably outgrown even the wildest of dreams for the Chandler family, BetVictor has continued to offer one of the most unrivalled betting experiences in the world. Their affiliation with sporting events globally has made them a huge brand these days and it's this power and recognition with the gambling industry that has allowed them to become one of the biggest bookmakers in the world.
BetVictor have always offered one of the most competitive sign up bonuses going. Whilst the €/£25 that is on offer certainly isn’t the largest, it's often thought of as one of the easiest to claim. The free bet is a 100% match on your first deposit of up to €/£25. This doesn't mean that your first deposit has to be limited to €/£25 however, but the first €/£25 of whatever you deposit will be matched.
You must place your bet within 30 days of opening your account and once your free cash is credited to your account you will then get another 30 days to use your free bet. A qualifying bet must be made at odds of 2.00 (evens) or greater and should contain at least one selection. Combined odds do not count, but fourfolds or greater can be placed without a restriction on odds. Users depositing with Neteller and Moneybookers, for the most part, will not be eligible to receive the promo money. To be able to withdraw any winnings from your free bet you must wager through the value of your initial bonus amount 4 times.
BetVictor have been one of the pioneers of offering their current clientele a really strong range of promotions. It's all too common to see bookmakers neglect punters beyond signing up an account, but BetVictor have really tried to buck the trend here.
The range of promotions will vary and for football bettors you can expect a number of money back specials and price enhancements pretty much every week. Some of the more popular tournaments that they target are the World Cup, Champions League and Barclays Premier League. An example might be that BetVictor will refund money on certain markets if a penalty is scored at any time during a match.
Horse racing fans can be assured that BetVictor will provide them with best odds guaranteed. Basically, if you take an early price and the horse goes off at a greater price and goes on to win, BetVictor will pay at the higher starting price than you initially took. They also run a similar deal for football accumulators where if one leg of your fivefold accumulator lets you down, they will refund your bet up to €/£25.
A site the size of BetVictor is always going to have a strong range of features going for it. The site doesn’t just become this big by offering a few markets and promotions for their punters, so let's take a look and see what's on offer.
Betting Odds and Markets
One of the reasons why we are so fond of BetVictor is the fact that they consistently offer some of the best odds in the industry. In fact, we have rarely seen them outside the top three for pretty much any sport. They really excel in the field of football though and even sites like Odsschecker.com have recommended them with the 2012/13 season seeing BetVictor be best priced on 93% of markets. This is a simply staggering feat and if ever there was going to be a bookmaker that you used and wanted to be confident that you were getting the best price possible, BetVictor would have to be that site.
What's equally impressive is the number of sports that they actually cover. There is little doubt that football and horse racing will make up a large part of the bookmaker, but there are over 30 other sports to bet on and each includes as comprehensive a range of markets to bet on as you are ever going to find.
They also cover one-off events like very few in the industry as well. For example, the World Cup just so happens to be taking place at the minute and they have dedicated a whole section to the tournament that includes betting markets, promotions, group information, fixtures, results, stats and so much more.
As you're probably going to work out by now, BetVictor have a really solid mobile betting app. Like many in the industry, it's had some teething problems over the last few years, but they seem to be well and truly behind them now and the app is as polished as you are going to find.
A huge section of their site is based around live betting and it's arguably one of the best sections in the business. You are taken to a completely different page for this section and each match includes a dedicated 'match centre' where you can find out a load of information about what's going on. What we really found useful is that the information that you can find on there can be used to make actual betting decisions, without having to watch the match live, unlike many of its rivals.
BetVictor offer a live streaming service for horse races from the UK, Ireland, South Africa and the UAE. They ask you to place a bet of at least €/£1 on the race that you want to watch to stream it. Whilst it’s a pretty comprehensive range of races they have on offer, if horse racing isn’t your thing then the streaming service will be pretty much useless.
At BetVictor you’re going to be able to claim a 200% match on your opening deposit worth up to £200. The promotion will start from deposits as little as £10 and to claim the full amount you will need to deposit at least £100, before the £200 bonus will hit your account.
You will need to play through your deposit bonus 35 times before being able to withdraw and you get 7 days to trigger the bonus from the time you register your account and then opt-in. You will have 14 days from the start of your bonus to clear the full amount before it gets removed from your account along with any winnings from the bonus.
Most games will work towards clearing the bonus, but not all have equal values. For example, slots will count 100% towards clearing the bonus, but roulette/table/video games will only count 20%, whilst blackjack and craps will only count 10%.
At BetVictor is possible to claim quite a substantial amount of cashback from the casino floor every week. In fact, it’s possible to claim a maximum of £10,000, just as a reward for playing the BetVictor casino. The bracket starts at just £20-49 wagered in one week, of which you will receive 5% cashback as a gratitude to playing at BetVictor. If you wager between £50-£99 then this number increases to 6% cashback. This continues right up until you start to hit over £5,000 and at this point you will get 10% cashback on your bets.
On top of the amount that you wager, BetVictor will also reward consistent play at the casino. So, if you play 4 days throughout a promotional week then they will add another 1% on top of your existing amount and if you play all 7 days then you will get an additional 2% of cashback. The consistent play terms simply need you to wager at least £20 on each day to become eligible for the cashback reward.
Bonuses will be credited to your account the following Monday after the bonus week. The bonus can then be used on any casino game and will require you to play through the full amount 20 times being released or withdrawn. Game wagering weights remain the same as the welcome bonus above.
Game of the Week
The game of the week is something that you need to keep an eye on at BetVictor, especially if you are into your slots. If you play it throughout it’s ‘Game of the week’ status then you will be rewarded with a £10 instant bonus for doing so. All you need to do is wager a minimum of £25 on the game of the week before your bonus gets applied to your account. You will need to wager through the bonus amount 35 times before being able to withdraw, which does take the gloss off the promo slightly, but nevertheless, it’s still money for nothing.
Software and Games
The BetVictor casino is powered by a number of casino software operators including Microgaming, NetEnt, IGT and Novoline, to name a few. The flexibility of having more than one provider means that they can hand pick the games they want to promote from each provider. It also works well for an accumulation of jackpot games, of which we will mention below.
The software is strictly a browser based version of the casino, with no download options if you’re on a PC or a Mac. Alternatively you can play direct on your mobile by simply downloading the BetVictor casino app via the App Store. For those who are not on an iOS device then simply visit the casino via your smartphones browser and you will automatically be redirected to the mobile version, which you can then add to your home screen if you wish. Alternatively, there is a QR code on the BetVictor website, should you rather go own that route.
The table game variants at BetVictor casino are some of the best we have seen. There are over 50 titles to choose from with games ranging from Caribbean Stud Poker, Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Casino Stud Poker, with dozens of variations of each.
Backing up the table games are over 375 slots that you can choose from. Again, it’s another staggering amount and obviously the combination of the 4 networks has allowed BetVictor to offer up such a massive catalogue to choose form. What we will say is that there aren’t as many of the branded slots as some, but in terms of depth, BetVictor cannot be beaten.
The progressive folder is also very strong, with around 40 or so to choose from. Again, the mix of networks means that games and jackpot numbers will vary, but with that comes some huge jackpots hitting well in excess of 7 figures.
At Betvictor’s poker room you will be able to claim a 200% match on your first deposit worth up to $1,000. The bonus will be credited to your account immediately, and you don’t need to enter any bonus code when you make your first deposit. If the bonus hasn’t hit your account or you want to opt out of the bonus, then you need to contact customer support straight away before playing any poker game.
Your bonus will be released to you in 10% increments at $1 for every 8 action points you earn at the table. For example, lets say your deposit $200 and get a $400 bonus. Your bonus will be released into your account in increments of $40 and will be awarded $40 for every 320 action points that you earn. You get 30 days to claim your bonus from registering your account, then you get another 30 to clear your bonus before it gets removed.
Additionally to that you will also have the opportunity to play up to $1,000 worth of new player tournaments. In fact, there are two tournaments that you can enter with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,500 in total, with a combined winnings of $1,000 up for grabs should you win both. The tournaments are free to enter, but must be registered for within 7 days of creating your account. Each tournament takes place on a Wednesday evening at 8pm and 10pm CET.
Bad Beat Jackpot
BetVictor have re-introduced one of the most popular promotions on the poker circuit, the bad beat jackpot. The jackpot is there to help soften the blow when you get your chips in ahead and lady luck decides not to smile on you. The bad beat tables are highlighted in the lobby and it works by taking a small amount of rake from each pot and adding to the jackpot over multiple cash tables.
To scoop the jackpot you simply need to get your chips in ahead with any four of a kind or better hand, and fail to take the pot down. You will need to opt-in to each bad beat jackpot table, but this is easily down by clicking the button in the bottom right hand corner.
Every player will be entered into the BetVictor VIP program on their poker room. There are 5 levels to work through including Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Each level requires you to earn 250 action points to progress to the next. The higher the level you get, the better rate you will get from your monthly cash back allowance. So Bronze players will get 25% of points earned up to $12.50/ month which Diamond players will get 75% points earned with an unlimited amount in return each month.
Software and Games
BetVictor are powered by Microgaming, one of the biggest online poker software developers in the industry. With this comes a number of different games including cash, multi table tournaments and sit and go’s. You’re going to see variants that include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven and Five card Stud, Razz and Five Card Draw to name but a few.
The software will need to be downloaded if you are suing a PC or a Mac and unfortunately there is no mobile poker option at the time of writing.
It wasn’t too long ago that BetVictor was actually called Victor Chandler, named after it’s former Chairman. The rebrand came about in 2014 when business man Michael Tabor purchased the company and wanted to give it a fresh start. Since the takeover the company now has a turn over in excess of £1billlion, with over 500,000 customers in 160 countries worldwide. This is accumulates to make BetVictor one of the biggest bookmakers in the world.
They are based and licensed out of Gibraltar and have been wine 1998. In fact, it is widely thought that it was the upheaval of BetVictor that forced Gordon Brown to abolish tax on gambling to ensure that more companies, like BetVictor, didn’t follow the same suit, with the UK then missing out on millions in terms of tax and revenue.
Like a lot of bookmakers, BetVictor work hard in providing sponsorship for some of the UK’s biggest sports events. One of their biggest triumphs is getting their brand on the World Match play Darts tournament and also the Welsh Open in snooker. On top of that they sponsor multiple top quality horse races and dozens of celebrity and sports stars, none bigger than former Liverpool and England striker, Michael Owen in 2014.
Banking & Payment Methods
As you might have expected, BetVictor offer a huge range of banking options which include Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill and many more. All are transaction free for withdrawals and deposits, but processing time will vary on each from 1-7 working days.