BetVictor Review

BetVictor ScreenshotPreviously known as VCBet after the company’s founder and long-time owner Victor Chandler, BetVictor are still bearing his name and are a bookmaker with deep roots in British gambling, although they are currently based in Gibraltar. Their primary customer base remains in the UK and their main business is sports betting, but they also run very successful casino and poker sites.

With a new website and excellent in-play betting function, BetVictor offers some of the best odds around and although their range of games covered is not quite as extensive as some of their competitors they do cover a diverse range of markets. The betting platform is very user-friendly and not at all cluttered even on a small screen but the absence of live-streaming is a weakness some will find significant. We'll also take a look at the casino games offered by BetVictor, including a standalone slots suite, assessing the range of games and the quality.

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Welcome Bonuses

Sports: £25 Matched Bet

BetVictor will match first bets up to £25 with a free bet token of the same value for new customers. You have to place your first bet within 30 days of opening an account and when you do your account will be credited with a free bet token for the original value within two days. The first bet must be on a selection with minimum odds of evens and deposits made through Skrill and Neteller are excluded from receiving the bonus. Also be sure to use the bet within 30 days of it being credited as it will expire after that period.

Casino: Up to £175 in Bonuses

BetVictor advertise a £175 real cash welcome bonus which is basically true although as with any casino bonus there is wagering to be completed before you can walk away with the cash. The money is actually granted to you in three instalments, all of which are released subject to you wagering a certain amount of money on the site. The first instalment is £25 which is credited after your first £500, then after £1,500 you get an additional £50 and then the final £100 is credited to you if you managed to wager £3,000 within the welcome bonus time period. All of the wagering must be completed within 30 days of signing up but once the bonuses are added they are yours to withdraw.

There is a list of games published that will not contribute towards your meeting of the wagering requirements. It includes most of the table games, so blackjack, roulette, baccarat or any of the video pokers, but the majority of the slots are eligible. Naturally the offer is only available once per customer and this is managed by standard identification checks, as at all online casinos.

Other Promotions

Sports: Fantastic Odds, Happy Hours & Money Back Specials

Despite the fact that BetVictor could simply rely on their outstanding odds they also offer a great range of ongoing promotions, including a happy hour from 10-11am every Saturday, designed to promote the casino section of their website where bets on football are rewarded with free spins in the casino.

BetVictor also offer perennial money back guarantees on big accumulators that let you down by a single result as well as occasional free bets on big sporting events like Cheltenham or any of the major sport’s world cups and biggest events.

Casino: Daily Promotions & Cash Giveaways

In addition to the welcome bonus BetVictor offer a mixture of long running and one-off promotions. The Member’s Bonus boasts that it is “undoubtedly the best loyalty bonus on the web” and we’d have to agree that it’s certainly a contender. Every week BetVictor calculates how much bonus its most loyal members deserve by taking into account a range of factors which include deposits, frequency of play, wagering, types of games played and your win to lose ratio. You need to have been active for at least a month to qualify and you can then potentially earn up to £3,000 per week.

BetVictor also have a regular promotion for every day of the week. You have Magic Monday, Terror Tuesday, Warring Wednesday, Thumping Thursday, Fruitful Friday, Sci-Fi Saturday and finally Serene Sunday. Each of which promotes a different slot game by giving you a £10 bonus when you wager £25 on it and this is a great offer for slots fans.

As well as these long standing promotions BetVictor also participates in massive cash giveaways periodically. Normally you have to play a certain game during a specified period in order to qualify and you will then be entered into a draw to win a large amount of money, sometimes up to a quarter of a million pounds, making for a superb range of promotions.

Odds & Markets

BetVictor covers all of the most popular match-ups in all of the most popular sports. They may not cover quite as many games as some of the other big bookmakers but they certainly offer some of the best odds in the markets they do cover. Football for example is a massive strength of theirs.

The bookmaker has recently been named by an independent body as the best bookmaker (when it comes to odds) for betting on the top European football competitions, as well as all Premier League and FA cup action over the past four seasons when compared to 17 other leading bookmakers. So while you may not always get the largest range of markets with BetVictor you often get the best odds around if you know what you’re looking for.

Another thing to mention is that the often have an excellent selection of novelty and specials markets aside from the standard offerings to be found elsewhere. They love to put on specials on manager sack races for example as well as season-long team and player specials which are not always covered as extensively by their competitors.

Features

BetVictor Features Screenshot

In-Play Betting

The in-play betting feature on BetVictor is popular with punters because it is so easy to use. You can easily monitor all of your bets whilst browsing other markets and keeping up on live scores. Another useful feature is that changing odds are highlighted in the market you’re viewing so you don’t have to pay close attention to see what’s changing.

They may not have a live stream function but the next best thing is the ability to watch live media coverage of sports,as well as a graphical representation of some games in real time. For example, football markets will display who’s in possession and an approximate location of the ball on the pitch as well as notifying you of significant events like goals and cards.

Mobile Betting

There’s a general sports betting and casino app which is essentially the website in mobile form, as well as more stripped down versions called BetVictor Instabet and Spincast Football Betting, which allow users to take advantage of faster betting, time-limited odds enhancements and much more.

Golden Goal

Golden Goal is one of the latest features to BetVictor. The concept is simple: just choose the first goalscorer, the time of the first goal and the correct score for your chance to win a share of £25,000. The promotion is free to enter for all accounts and is quickly growing into becoming one of the largest football competitions in the industry.

It’s worth noting that the £25,000 will be shared between however many winners there are and also, if no winners occur, then the money will be rolled over to the next week, capping at £50,0000.

Other Gaming

BetVictor also runs a live poker site which has its own multi-platform client, as well as live casino and slots sections. You can also choose from three different mobile apps which are compatible with phones and tablets, although simply accessing the site via your mobile browser is also a great option.

Casino Games

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All of the games at BetVictor Casino are instant play, meaning you don’t have to download any additional software to get access to 100% of their games. Their games come from a variety of different software providers including IGT, Microgaming, NetEnt, Novomatic, OpenBet and others, giving you a huge number of games to choose from.

The games are divided into slots, blackjack, roulette, other table games and video poker. The video poker is separate from the site’s poker section which has its own standalone client accessible through the top menu, whilst the table games are separate from the live dealer casino which is also available through the top menu. This can be slightly confusing as the slots you can access through the top menu are the same as those available through the casino tab but otherwise it’s fairly easy to navigate.

The slot range is truly phenomenal, with well over 500 different games available. Popular themes include Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight and Cleopatra. Many of the games also operate progressive jackpots which regularly payout over a million pounds. To check out which games have the highest progressive jackpots accumulated you can check a list in the sidebar which is updated in real time. Mega Moolah and The Dark Knight in particular have paid out jackpots of over £5 million and regularly boast huge progressives.

For those more interested in table games there are around 25 unique versions of both blackjack and roulette such as Vegas Blackjack and Pinball Roulette. The table games menu then offers you some single player poker variants and less common casino games such as casino war and red dog, as well as old favourites like baccarat.

As mentioned earlier, poker players have the option of downloading the BetVictor poker client from the other part of their website but they can also get some practice and have a bit of fun in the single player video poker section of the casino. Around twenty different versions are available including Deuces Wild and Joker Poker.

All of the games are available on the free BetVictor app which is the same app used for sports betting and operates on all devices operating on iOS or Android. If you use both services it’s nice to have them in the same place and the app is cleanly designed and simple to use, whilst in-browser access, simply by navigating to the site on your phone, is probably the easiest way to play mobile casino games.

Banking

BetVictor offer a good range of payment methods for UK customers, including most debit and credit cards and a selection of ewallets:

  • Debit Card - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Credit Card - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Bank Transfer - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Entropay - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • PayPal - £10 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Paysafecard - £5 Min Deposit
  • Skrill - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Neteller - £5 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal
  • Webmoney - £10 Min Deposit / £10 Min Withdrawal

Who are BetVictor?

William Chandler started the BetVictor story in 1925 when he started Walthamstow’s greyhound racing stadium. His son, Victor, began taking bets in the 1940s and the company established a reputation as “The Gentleman Bookmaker” as they targeted the top end of the market in their early years and they have retained that image somewhat to this day. Led by Victor’s son, also called Victor, the company moved its operations to Gibraltar in 1998 where it still has headquarters, although the company is regulated and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, one of the most respected bodies in the industry.

The business stayed in the family for a long time, despite a number of changes in name, including Victor Chandler, VCBet and then finally the current name of BetVictor. Victor recently (2014) sold the business, although he is still employed in a consultancy role by new owner, racing enthusiast Michael Tabor. The casino side of operations was launched in 1996 with the Spin Room which was a fairly low-tech but easy to use website plugin that provided access to a few casino games. The new BetVictor Casino is an evolution of that, although revolution may be more accurate given how far it has come from those early days.

Now based in Gibraltar the company has a client base of over half a million customers in 160 different countries and an annual turnover estimated in the region of £1 billion. The company was the first UK bookmaker to move entirely offshore and whilst this no longer has the same tax benefits due to a change in UK law, the innovative spirit that was behind the move back in 1999 is still very much evident in the company today.

Contact & License Info

  • Live Chat: Via Website (Available 24 hours)
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Monitored 24 hours a day)
  • Telephone: 0800 0612 809 / (24 hours + call back service)
  • Address: Suite 23 Portland House, Glacis Road, Gibraltar (registered address) / 50 Town Range, Leanse Place, Gibraltar (trading address)
  • License: UK Gambling Commission (39576)