As one of the oldest and most venerable names in UK sports betting, Totesport offers up both solid tradition and elegance. Back in 1927, Winston Churchill launched a horse racing pool known as the Tote as a way for punters to legally engage in the sport of kings, with profits being reinvested in the sport, without having to go to illegal bookmakers.
Over time, success led the Tote to expand into store front shops, telephone, online and eventually mobile betting. By 2011 the government decided to sell the Tote and Betfred bought the organization, rebranding it as the Totesport we know today.
Site design and user interface
In keeping with its longstanding tradition as a purveyor of the sport of kings, the Totesport website is done up in an elegant deep grey with easy to read text in white. The homepage itself presents the sites welcome offer, a £20 giveaway that consists of £10 free bet on sports and a £10 cash back on pools as well as a £10 cashback club offer with a wager of £20 or more each week, both not too shabby.
To dive into the heart of the site, however, you need to click on sports on the menu bar, which takes you to a page in grey, white and a vibrant green that is both bright and sophisticated in design. Racing and betting highlights fill the left sidebar, followed by the sports betting categories.
Totesport offers a total of 30 betting options, including the offbeat betting options like wagering on politics or TV shows, together with a pretty traditional round up of sports bets including Snooker, Rugby, Football, Greyhounds, Ice Hockey, Darts, Boxing, Cycling and the list goes on.
To access the Totesport app you’ll first have to register with the site, which is quick and easy. The app runs well on both iOS and Android devices, with the iPhone and iPad versions needing to be downloaded from the App store, while the Android version requires no download.
The app itself has a clean, direct design and is made to impress, with the main menu offering an A-Z list of sports to choose from. Buttons on the app also make it wonderfully easy to access key features, including in-play betting. Moreover, as an added feature the app even has a Tote Radio feature, providing live audio commentary of a wide range of the day’s sports events.
Given its penchant for tradition, Totesport doesn’t overdo it when it comes to betting options and largely sticks to standard final score and acca bets as well as win, place and show for horse racing.
Thanks to its roots in horse racing, punters will find a wide range of possible pool bets at Totesport, in fact the number of available pools far surpasses most of their competitors’ sites, compensating for the conservative range of betting options.
Totesport’s profit margin is largely comparable to most other major branded sportsbooks, coming in at 4.7%, meaning that the site’s odds are well within the acceptable range in comparison to most of their competitors.
Despite its fairly traditional and conservative approach, we found Totesport a solid top-notch sportsbook. Its horse racing offer is hands down one of the best to be found anywhere. Both the browser-based site and mobile app function well and are completely straightforward, making Totesport a dependable bookmaker for punters looking to get in on the action.