Totesport Review

Totesport, one of the oldest bookmakers in the industry, have a really solid welcome offer, which is in the form of a £25 free bet. On top of that they will distribute your free bet as soon as you have placed your opening bet, so there is no waiting about for processing or bets to be settled.

The free bet amount will range depending on your first bet of between £5 and £25, which we think is a really nice amount for the majority of sports bettors out there. You need to make sure you place your first bet at odds of 2.0 or greater, which are pretty much all the betting requirements you need to be aware of at this stage.

Totesport are also pretty good when it comes to added promotions such as their best odds guaranteed on horse racing, double delight/hat trick heaven for football games, double the odds on the first try scorer markets and lucky 15/31/63 enhancements, again with horse racing.

Totesport Screenshot

Totesport Screenshot

How to claim

The first thin you will need to do is open a Totesport account, which is a very simple procedure and takes just a couple of minutes. The next step is to then make your first deposit into your account and place your first bet at odds of 2.0. Remember, the free bet is based on the amount of your first bet, not your deposit, unlike many bookmakers.

Your opening bet will need to be placed at odds of 2.0 or more and once this is done, Totesport will put the matching free bet, up to £25, into your account immediately. One thing you will need to be aware of is that you must wager your free bet on the same day it is issued and it cannot be placed on the same market as your original bet.


As we mentioned, this promotions comes with very restrictions, but there are one or two of which we have mentioned below.

  • The free bet will be matched on opening bets of between £5 and £25
  • The minimum odds for this bet has to be 2.0 or greater
  • The free bet will be placed into your account immediately after your first bet has been placed
  • You must wager the free bet on the same day as the opening bet, although it does not need to be a market that settles on this day
  • Free bets must be placed at odds of 2.0 or greater
  • This offer is only available to users in the UK and Ireland

Our verdict

This is a cracking offer from ToteSport and one of the best in the industry, in our opinion at least. The £5 to £25 ticks a whole host of bettors sweet spots in terms of average bet amount, so this will work to most player’s advantage.

One thing that you must remember is to place the bet on the same day as your opening bet, apart from that though, the requirements to clear this free bet are as few as you will likely find.

About Totesport

Totesport is probably one the most interesting betting companies of it’s generation. It was originally called The Tote and when it was formed in 1928 and was run by the UK government. The concept of the Tote was to provide pool betting on masses to punters, primarily race goers. But, in 2011 the brand was starting to die off a little and popularity with Tote betting on the whole was diminishing.

It was then that bookmaker Betfred decided to buy the company and turn it into something much more mainstream. It’s now a fully-fledged online bookmaker and with this it means they can compete with other brands in its sector. But, they also include their original style Tote betting as well, making it an extremely versatile betting tool for punters.

Best features

The standout feature for us has to be the ability to still place a wide variety of Tote bets. When trying to continue and expand the brand, over the years the variations of Tote bets has risen and now includes placepot, jackpot, quadpot, exacta, trifecta, win/place and Scoop 6. There are very few – if any – bookmakers that offer this complete package allowing Totesport to be very unique in how they go about their day-to-day betting offerings.

The sportsbook as a standalone entity shouldn’t be overlooked though, and they include both a good range of sports and markets to bet on. Admittedly, outside of football and horse racing, the range is pretty slim when it comes to market depth, but this is mainly because of the Tote’s extensive background in horse racing, of which there are few bookmakers better for this sport.


We would say that the pricing structure at Totesport isn’t the most lucrative in the industry. They were often about middle of road at best with the markets that we tested, and whilst this isn’t always a bad thing, it’s certainly not making them standout from what is a very competitive marketplace.

Ease of use

The design of the bookmaker, for us at least, is absolutely stunning. Black doesn’t always work as background as it can often be quite drab, but with their traditional lime green colouring on site, it looks really, really sweet. In fact, it might well be one of the best in the industry!