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Tote Sports ​Review Summary

A stalwart of the British horse racing betting industry once run by the Racecourse Betting Control Board and then Betfred, Tote Sports is now owned by the UK Tote Group. An impressive welcome offer for new customers along with the return of the much heralded Ten to Follow game has seen Tote regain its position as one of the most popular racing and football pool betting sites in the UK. 

Pros and Cons

Pros
Extensive range of racing and football pools betting markets
Solid welcome offer 
Great promotions for existing customers
Live streaming of races
Cons
Betting options could be explained better 
Football unavailable on mobile

Tote Sports ​Review Summary

Tote Sports is a first class racing and football betting site that delivers excellent value for relatively small stakes. Its superb streaming options make it a solid option for horse racing fans while the excellent customer support helps new football and racing fans navigate their way through pools betting with ease.  

Tote Sports Online Sportsbook

The Tote was originally founded in 1928 and was the government-owned pool betting operator for the UK and from its inception, it has been a mainstay of the UK horse racing and football betting industries. Sold to Betfred in 2011, the company has since been taken over by a consortium of racehorse owners and breeders called the UK Tote Group and has gone back to its roots as the leading Tote pools betting site for horse racing and football in Great Britain. 

 

Tote Sports Sportsbook Promo Code

Tote Sports offers an incredibly straightforward promo code for its new users in the UK and ROI. Every new customer that places a first bet of £5 or more will receive £20 Tote credit. 

This credit comes in the form of two installments of £10. The first can be used to bet on any racing event while the second can be used for UK and Irish placepot bets. The credit is available for seven days and while you cannot withdraw it as cash, any winnings from bets made using the credit is yours to keep. 

Registering at Tote Sports 

Registering for a new Tote Sports account is quite simple and will take less than a few minutes. The steps are as follows:

  • Step 1: Visit the Tote Sports UK site or tote app
  • Step 2: Hit the ‘Join’ button at the top right of the home page
  • Step 3: Enter your personal details
  • Step 4: Choose a username, password, and security question
  • Step 5: Confirm your marketing options
  • Step 6: Hit ‘Join Now’
  • Step 7: Upload valid ID (driver’s licence/passport)
  • Step 8: Make your first deposit
  • Step 9: Place your first bet

The ID verification process takes about a minute while you will also need to verify your email address. And that’s all there is to it. 

Just to note that once you open your Tote Sports account, you can use the same account to play Tote's available casino games.  Do not attempt to create another games account as this may cause issues with your current account.

Tote Sports Sports Betting 

Tote Sports is the premier racing and football betting provider in the UK and ROI. While Tote betting is slightly different and based on betting from a cumulative pool of money instead of fixed odds returns, there is a lot of value to be found in many of the larger events. This is due to Tote’s unrivalled popularity with racing and football fans which results in impressive pool funds. 

Site Experience

Tote Sports has a new website that is incredibly easy to navigate. It features two clear tabs on the homepage so you can choose between racing and football while the ‘Ten to Follow’ tab is right at the top of the screen. 

Making your picks is quite straightforward and the speed from area to area is fast with no glitches whatsoever. One of the best features of the site is the live streams of races which appear in the same area where you’ll find your bet slip on the home page. Overall, we’d give Tote’s desktop interface top marks. 

  • Betting Interface
  • Mobile Betting
  • Betting App
  • Live Sports Betting
  • Live Sports Streaming

Mobile App Experience

Tote Sports mobile app experience is easy to navigate with all menus and options clearly visible on the home screen. One great addition to the mobile experience is Tote’s bot Betty. This gives you instant access to information such as your race picks and bet types as well as guidelines for app use. 

The app is fast and much like the desktop site, it’s easy to navigate through all the betting markets. You can even opt to use TouchID to login by turning on the feature in your app settings. 

One slight drawback with the mobile app is that it only allows you to bet on racing. This means that if you want to place a Tote bet on football, you’ll need to use the desktop site. However, there’s a link to the site in the app and the desktop site can be easily accessed through any mobile browser so it’s still convenient enough to get to the football and place your bet. 

The mobile Tote app is available on iOS at the App Store and on Android at the Google Play Store. You can also register a new account through either app. 

Quality of the Odds

Tote Sports is a pool betting website. This means that there are no fixed betting odds or starting price available for either horse racing or football. The odds vary depending on how many people back the same horse or team and how many people have entered the pool. For example, if 500 people enter the pool, the prize fund will be much larger than a race with only 50 bettors. This makes for an intriguing betting experience as depending on the popularity of the race or match, you can potentially turn a small stake into a large win. 

There is also the Tote guarantee for certain racing bets. Races with a Tote Guarantee will see the starting price matched or bettered for every Tote win.

Terms and conditions do apply to the Tote guarantee. They always pay at least SP on win bets and if the Tote dividend is greater, they'll pay out at that price. This only applies to Tote.co.uk, Tote.ie, Tote App and selected UK and Irish racecourse customers. Promotion applies to Tote win bets and the win part of each way bets on all UK & Irish races. Check out the full terms and conditions here.

Notable Features

No two sports betting websites are the same. With this in mind, we’ve listed a number of the standout features that we came across during our research.

Live Streams

This is without a doubt one of the standout features of Tote Sports is the live streaming of race events. This service is available on both desktop site and mobile devices with a constant stream of live races from all over the world. This is a great way to keep tabs on your picks without leaving the website.  

Ten to Follow Contest

The incredibly popular ‘Ten to Follow’ is a contest where players pick 10 horses to follow from a field of 500 horses. For every horse that is a winner or places in races throughout the season, the player earns points. There are several winners at the end of the season but the person with the most points overall will be crowned champion and pick up a significant cash prize which varies depending on the size of the player pool. There's even a free-to-play version where you've got nothing to lose.

Excellent Live Customer Support

Tote Sports offers a live chat service which is a great help particularly for new users. During testing, we contacted support on several occasions at unusual times and we always got a prompt response with the exact information we requested. 

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New customers online only. Place your first bet on racing pools for a minimum of £/€5 and win or lose you will receive £/€20 Tote Credit. £/€20 Tote Credit rewarded as £/€10 redeemable against racing bets only and £/€10 redeemable against UK and Irish placepot bets only. Tote Credit cannot be withdrawn, exchanged, or substituted and expires after 7 days. Qualifying bet is the first racing pool bet added to the bet-slip. Ten to Follow, virtual and football bets do not qualify. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. UK & ROI customers only. 18+. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleaware.org

Understanding Betting Options

There are a variety of betting options available, the majority of which involve choosing winning horses/teams over multiple legs. 

Betting Types

  • Win
  • Place
  • Exacta
  • Trifecta
  • Swinger
  • Quinella
  • Jackpot
  • Multileg bets

 

Minimum Bet

Tote Sports will accept minimum stakes as follows:

£0.50/€0.50 for racing

£0.20/€0.20 for football

Maximum Bet 

Pool betting has no maximum stake for racing. However, the most you can bet on a single line in football is £2/€2. 

Deposit & Withdrawal Methods at Tote Sports 

The Tote Sports payout options and deposit methods are simple and extremely effective.  

Depositing Money 

There are three option available 

All methods are instant and easily accessible by clicking the large + in the top right corner. Tote will not accept deposits by credit card. The minimum deposit is £1/€1.

Withdrawing Money

Tote Sports payouts are similarly straightforward but there are only two options 

Visa Debit

Mastercard Debit

Both methods will take between 3-5 days to pay into your account. The minimum withdrawal amount is £5/€5.

How Does Tote Sports Payout?

Your Tote win, also known as a Tote dividend, is instantly available in your Tote Sports account. This can then be cashed out using one of the two withdrawal methods mentioned above. 

Tote Sports Sportsbook Restrictions 

Tote Sports only allows users over the age of 18 from the United Kingdom and ROI to open accounts and place wagers. The site and mobile app use geolocation technology to determine your location. If you are outside the permitted regions, you will be allowed limited access to the site.  

Loyalty Program

Tote Sports runs a loyalty program for horse racing. The Stayers Club offers all users that place 6 bets or more over the weekend free Tote Credit on the Monday of the following week. This can be used to place bets on any event.

Credit is offered depending on your activity:

+ 6 bets of £/€2+ →  £/€2 in Tote Credit

+ 6 bets of £/€5+ → £/€5 in Tote Credit

+ 6 bets of £/€10+ → £/€10 in Tote Credit

To access The Stayers Club, an opt-in is required. As described above, you must place six ‘Tote exotics*’ racing pool bets of £/€2, £/€5 or £/€10 from Mon 00:00 - Sun 23:59 to receive bonus the Tote Credit the following Monday, redeemable on Tote exotics only (“Stayers Credit”). 

Stayers Credit cannot be withdrawn, exchanged or substituted and expires after seven (7) days. Bonus credit will be £/€2, £/€5 or £/€10 based on the highest six settled bets. The maximum bonus is £/€10 per customer per week. Participants eligible for entry into Stayers Club prize draws by qualifying for a minimum two out of four previous weeks. Tote exotics exclude Tote Win/Place/TTF/Fantasy. Full T&C’s apply. This is only available for UK & ROI online customers.

Tote Sports Customer Support

Tote customer support is among the best in the industry offering contact via email, phone number, and live chat. The live chat feature is our preferred option and during our tests performed perfectly with negligible wait times and polite and professional staff happy to answer all your queries. 

Safety and Security 

The UK Tote Group and Tote Sport are licenced by the UK Gambling Commission and so must meet the required safety and security requirements as laid out in its licensing conditions. This includes the use of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to ensure that all user data is protected at all times. 

Responsible Gambling

Tote Sport has an in-depth responsible gambling area that lists contact links and details for a wide variety of problem gambling resources. The company also works with GamCare and GamStop to help problem gamblers and those who are self-excluding to limit their exposure to the site. 

Another notable feature is the reminder clock that asks if you are okay to continue gambling once you have spent a certain amount of time on the site or app.  You can also easily set limits on your account through account settings.

Our Verdict of Tote Sports Sportsbook

Overall, Tote Sports is a great option for racing and football pool betting. With an incredibly easy to use interface and a great live streaming streaming service, this sport betting site should appeal to both an inexperienced person and seasoned bettors. The impressive welcome bonus comes with no playthrough requirement meaning that anything you win using your site credit is yours to cash out.

The unique nature of the betting options such as trifecta and exacta alongside the value available for such small stakes makes this a fantastic site that every racing and football fan should spend some time on at some point in the near future.