LAST UPDATED : 24/6/2016
The Betvictor free bet of £25 is allowing them to become one of the biggest sportsbooks in the UK, and their current £25 bonus offer is one of the quickest and easiest to snap up. We’ve put together some background information on Betvictor, along with a detailed guide on how to claim their welcome bonus – and the exact steps that you need to bet and withdraw any winnings.
Having undergone a slight rebrand in Spring 2016, Betvictor have been advertising heavily on television and across the web lately. Given that it’s a sportsbook that we’ve used for years here at CompareTheBets – we’re proud to promote them as we believe they’re one of the best bookies on the web. Often considered a medium sized bookie in terms of sports markets available, their bonus reminds me a little of the Betfred free bet and Coral new customer offer. Betvictor also have Asian markets available which is something that will appeal to the more advanced gamblers out there.
They regularly have offers for their existing customers – we usually get offered free £5 and £10 bets at the weekend and recently we received an email offering us a free £25 bonus on the Champions League Quarter Final. It’s offers like this that lead us to giving BetVictor a 5-star rating, along with many other reasons like their enhanced odds, competitive welcome offer and great customer service.
Throughout the page we’ll go through in detail how to use Betvictor and the steps that you need to take to grab your free bets to top up your balance.
How To Claim Your Free Bet In 2016
How To Withdraw The Bonus
Betvictor, formerly known as Victor Chandler is a British sports betting company founded in 1946 by William Chandler. Later, he was succeeded by his son Victor Chandler (this is where the name of the company comes from) and his grandson, also named Victor Chandler, in 1974. He was the owner until 2014 when the major shareholder Michael Tabor acquired sole ownership.
The name of the company changed a couple of times as it was called VC Bet between 2004-2008 for brand reasons, but it was then renamed back to Victor Chandler. The current Betvictor was introduced in 2012.
The operator earned a reputation of an innovative company that is not afraid of experimenting and taking advantage of new opportunities aggressively. This is one of the reasons it moved its entire business off-shore in Gibraltar in 1998 with the sole purpose of lowering the taxes paid to the UK government. According to the rumors, that move was the direct reason why the British Chancellor, Gordon Brown, abolished gambling taxes in 2001.
Betvictor was one of the bookmakers that entered the online market early – in 1999, and this helped the company establish itself as one of the biggest UK online gambling operators. Initially, it was limited to sports betting only, but later other products such as poker and casino were introduced as well. Betvictor continued to embrace technology and it was among the first in the industry to develop a mobile version, as well as features such as Cash Out and In-Play console with various betting options and stats.
Nowadays, Betvictor holds a dual gambling license from the commissions in Gibraltar and the United Kingdom which allow the company to operate in more than 100 countries around the globe. This is the reason Betvictor is considered to be a more progressive operator compared to other traditional British sportsbooks.
The company currently employees more than 350 people, mainly in Gibraltar and London. Its yearly turnover is more than £1 billion which makes it one of the biggest bookmakers in the world.
Betvictor also has a number of different sponsorship deals spread across various sports and events. The latest of them include the Cheltenham Open Meeting in November (horse racing), the snooker Welsh Open and more. Football is another sport in which Betvictor invests a lot with former English footballer Michael Owen signed as a brand ambassador in 2014 and a deal with Chelsea FC taking place in 2015.
From what we’ve noticed in the past few months since we registered, Betvictor are quite frequent at giving out free bets to their existing customers.
The like’s of Betfred and Coral don’t do this quite as easily – they usually make you jump through a few more hoops or offer refunds on certain losing bets. Betvictor seem a lot more upfront about it. We’re not sure if ALL their customers get this treatment, as we get the free bets emailed to us.
Last weekend I had an email saying if I placed a £10 bet on the FA Cup quater final game then I’d get a £10 free bet inplay. Didn’t seem too bad – I ended up losing, but the offer was decent to say the least. Just a month later I’d been using bet365 a lot as we were writing the guide to claiming their bonus code, and I got another email from Betvictor. This time it was £5 worth of free spins on some arcade slot. I went £1.75 up at one point but didn’t see the point in running away with it, ended up losing the lot. The intent was there though, and it’s these regular offers that attract their sports bettors into getting involved with the casino and other parts of the site.
I’ve not had anything from them lately, but I think it’s a bit of a loyalty based thing. Like some other bookmakers, they obviously use these promotional offers as a way of tempting their regular members into betting again – perhaps after they’ve withdrawn their winnings or wiped out their balance. The argument is that it attracts problem gamblers into going beyond their limits, but at the end of the day it’s just marketing – that can be opted out of. They’ve got plenty of safety nets in place to exclude or limit yourself.
Betvictor have had several adverts that showcase their £25 or £50 free bet in the last couple of years. Featuring actors Paul Kaye and Mark Lawrenson in one, their aim was often to brand Betvictor as being ‘Simple’ to bet with – given that certain bookies can be quite complex to a new user.
The adverts focus around a couple of guys struggling to make conversation – which portrays the simple, no nonsense approach that BV are after.
They’ve ran into plenty criticism along the way, with the latest advert in winter 2015 jumping from the stale conversation of two men, sat abroad in affluent surroundings to a slightly grungy looking pub with a group of lads dressed in their jeans, chanting ‘Oi oi lad lad, banter acca lad’ and various other modern day slang terms.
The advert does clearly push their £25 welcome bonus, their cash out features and the fact they’ve had the best odds on the Premier League winner for five years in a row – which is handy for you ante-post punters out there.