Ladbrokes have quickly recognised that the betting world is rapidly increasing online, and in an attempt to gain their share of the market have produced one of the best online betting portals currently available. Through this review we will give you a detailed look at the features of the site and more importantly, how well it operates.
Ladbrokes Sports Betting Offers
Diving straight into the sports betting offers we are greeted with an extremely tidy £50 free bet upon registering a new account and making our first deposit. Simply place a qualifying first bet of the amount you have deposited and if that bet loses Ladbrokes will refund your account with the same amount in a free bet.
On top of their sportsbook promotion, Ladbrokes offer a £35 poker bonus, £500 casino bonus and £100 games bonus. Each have their own terms and conditions so make sure you take the time before depositing to find what you need to do to activate each bonus.
Interface and features
In 2011 Ladbrokes has seen a major re-design of their betting portal. The need to keep one step ahead of the competition was apparent as their previous site was beginning to look a little dated compared to that of their competitors. Their new design looks extremely detailed with plenty of options greeting you when you first enter their site.
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The central navigation column provides you with a host of up-coming sporting events and future in-play betting markets. The option to quickly select which games you want to bet on, and even better taking the odds there and then makes betting a doddle and is a really handy feature of the site.
Below the initial betting section comes a news reel which offers punters a brief description of the game or market that they may want to wager on. There are few – if any- other bookmakers whom we have come across that offer this and we feel it’s a really nice touch, especially for those who maybe know little about the event, meaning a betting preview is available for them. Unfortunately after clicking on the short preview there is no detailed follow up and it takes you straight to the market. Maybe they could have looked at extending their preview whilst also incorporating the market?
The actual design of the site looks sharp, clean and detailed, without every really feeling cluttered. The markets stand out really well and the site seems to flow between each respected market flawlessly. One thing they could have changed was the font colour in the sidebar as with a low-res screen or dim settings, the light grey on white background struggles to really catch your eye.
A great feature from the site comes in the form of Ladbrokes TV. This free to use service for active members allows you to watch a host of horse racing from throughout the UK and Ireland. It’s worth noting that for some races you will be required to either have money in your account, placed a wager within last 24 hours or placed a wager on that specific race to view them. Still, if you’re a big horse racing bettor, then there will be few places as good as Ladbrokes for your betting needs.
Markets & Sports Ladbrokes Follows
There’s little doubt that Ladbrokes’ biggest betting markets come in the form of football and horse racing. Both these markets are heavily pushed throughout the site and each offer extremely comprehensive levels of both pre and in-play betting.
Just quickly looking at football markets there are leagues covered from over 15 nations around the world which include Egypt, India, Turkey and Greece to go with the majority of the major footballing leagues. Along with that they also cover a host of major international and domestic competitions such as the World Cup, European Championships and European Champions League.
Away from the ‘big two’ there are over 25 other sports all covered on the Ladbrokes betting portal. There really is no stone left unturned on the site with it accommodating both casual and serious bettors alike. Some of the more obscure sports include Bandy, GAA, Handball and even politics – which we are aware of, isn’t actually a sport!
Deposit / Withdrawal Options At Ladbrokes
Your safety when dealing with any betting site is one that should never be taken for granted and you here all too often of smaller sites closing and leaving their clients high and dry, often thousands of pounds poorer. As one of the world’s largest betting companies you can be sure that Ladbrokes will offer a completely safe betting environment.
On top of this their customer support is second to none with a 24 hour UK phone number, email address and even office address all available for you to contact them. One of the best features of their support is the fact that the majority of their staff are knowledgeable in not just in being able to troubleshoot your problems, but also know the score when it comes to sports betting which is a refreshing change compared to most.
BETGBP’s Ladbrokes Verdict
Ladbrokes have gone all out to create the complete sports betting package and we are delighted to inform you that they have succeeded. The site really does tick all the boxes and we are struggling to come up with many negatives from it.
Being hyper critical of Ladbrokes there are a few things they could address such as font colouring and a very dated inactive accounts admin charge – basically if you leave your account dormant for over a year they charge you a very small fee.
The Ladbrokes betting portal really does continue to shine and their brand as being one of the oldest, largest and best high street bookmakers has well and truly been converted into the online betting world.