Ladbrokes Betting Review
Ladbrokes is a name that has become synonymous with online betting and gambling. The company was founded almost 130 years ago, and although it has a relatively potted history, it continues to grow and, as its slogan says, cement itself as 'The world's leading sports betting and gaming company'. Alongside its website and mobile app, Ladbrokes also has thousands of betting shops up and down UK high streets, and so sports betting has never been so easy to access!
Overview of Markets and Bet Types
Ladbrokes exercise mainly through its betting shops, which means that while on the high street its margins and odds are good, online they are often worse than that of competitors. Their odds on major football leagues are great, however when it comes to leagues lower down the numbers seem to slump, and this is the same for other sports too. In terms of coverage though, Ladbrokes is definitely on top of the game, with a huge range of sports and leagues to choose from. On-page you will find a guide through all of the betting markets for particular games including the most popular, and also, depending on which sport, a lot of the betting types for any particular game or event. Clearly, Ladbrokes is a traditional sports betting company, wielding a better experience and better odds from its shops, rather than online.
Bonus Offers and Promotions
On registration, Ladbrokes will match your first bet as free up to £50. Simply open an account using the F50 promo code, then place a bet of £5 or more and, whether you win or lose, Ladbrokes will send you the free bet for you to use within seven days. Using Skrill, Ukash, or Neteller though, will not work with the promotion, and also the bet has to be made on the website, rather than on the telephone or in a shop. The free bet is a nice addition and welcome offer, though not as generous as some other sportsbooks. Alongside the welcome offer are a number of other daily or ongoing promotions including money back, double odds, price boosts, daily bundles, and also cash out, which allows you to take a return on your bet before the match finishes. All the promotions can easily be found on the website.
Live Betting and Mobile App
The live streaming feature on their website was launched in 2008, along with Ladbrokes TV, and every year they have rolled it out further to include more sports and to enhance the experience. Football and horse racing take precedence, with a huge range of leagues on offer and total coverage of events such as Cheltenham. All you need to use this service is a positive account, or a bet on the event you are watching. Their mobile app, which can be downloaded on Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phones, also offers live streaming and is very sufficient for betting on the go.
Payment Methods and Info on Support
Ladbrokes supports all major credit and debit cards, and a large number of other payment methods such as PayPal, cheque, and cash when visiting their shops. If you want to change payment methods you do have to contact customer services, though if you only want to change from one card to another you do not. All deposits and withdrawals are free of charge. Also, if you are using a card, withdrawals may take up to five days. Like other major betting companies Ladbrokes has a great customer support desk, with options to telephone and chat live online.
Despite its traditional roots, Ladbrokes is gaining serious momentum in the modern world of sports betting. Their online odds are not so good and their offers are nothing to get excited about, but their live streaming service and mobile app more than make up for it!