Also known as BetVictor, the Victor Chandler Sportsbook & Racebook has served since 1999 as the online sports betting site for one of the U.K.’s oldest and most trusted independent bookmakers. The founder Victor Chandler set up his bet taking operations in England in 1945 and soon became known far and wide as “The Gentleman Bookmaker.”
Today, the company Victor Chandler handles some two million sports bets a year. In doing so, it carries on a tradition for fairness, while exhibiting the qualities that made the brand famous: a pioneering spirit, a commitment to technology and a willingness to satisfy customers.
The web site is powered by IGG, Betfair and Zukido software licensed in Gibraltar under the name Newcote Services Ltd. English is the primary language, and no download is necessary to place a wager.
Because Chandler got his start with greyhound and horse racing, those activities remain the centrepiece of online wagering here. Betting options extend from ante post and early prices to forecasts, tricasts, placepots, accumulators, singles, doubles, Yankees and more. For wagers placed on races in Ireland and Great Britain, the maximum payout is £1 million. For South African races, the limit is £250,000, and elsewhere it is £50,000.
Two different formats are provided for race cards—Standard and Detailed—and it is easy to switch between them with just a click. Recording a wager only takes a tick in the checkbox next to the selection and click on “Add to Bet Slip.” Of course, multiple selections are possible, too.
Beyond the track, Victor Chandler provides opportunities to wager on sporting events from all over the world. Markets are offered for Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Tennis, Snooker, Olympic Games, Motorcycling, Motor Racing, Ice Hockey, Handball, Golf, Gaelic Games, Darts, Cycling, Cricket, Boxing/UFC, Basketball, Baseball, Aussie Rules and American Football. A special “Live” section makes it possible to participate in in-running betting, too.
Apart from sports wagering, Victor Chandler offers markets for Financial, Politics and Entertainment. There are also opportunities for betting on virtual sports, including virtual horses, dogs, speedway, motor racing, and football. Quite recently, the web site added mobile betting, too. It all translates into the ability to wager every minute of the day or night.
Regarding odds, BetVictor lakes considerable pride in offering the “best of the best” tables found in sporting newspapers as well as in Irish and UK racing forms. Fractional odds are the default setting, which can be easily switched to decimals or U.S. lines.
To help potential new customers decide to sign up, BetVictor offers a £25 Free Bet. Registrants may qualify for it by opening a new account, making a deposit and making a wager of £25 at evens or better. The value of the initial stake will be automatically matched by a Free Bet up to the maximum £25, as long as the qualifying wager is made with 30 days of opening the account.
Both deposits and withdrawals may be made by using any of these methods: BACS, Bank Wire Transfer, Laser, Maestro, Moneybookers, Neteller, PayPal, Solo, Telegraphic (Wire) Transfer, Visa, Visa Debit and Visa Electron. Additional, deposits can be accepted via Diners, EcoCard, MasterCard, PaySafeCard, U-kash and Western Union. One other withdrawal option available is by Check/Cheque.
All of the various “Help” options are easily found in the web site, including links to the FAQ, Banking Help, contact information and chat. The latter is the quickest and easiest way to contact customer service from anywhere on the web site. Live telephone representatives are standing by to take calls 24/7, too, including native speakers of a variety of languages to meet the needs of a diverse clientele located in over 160 countries.