Known for their popular pool bets such as the Tote Scoop6, ToteSport / Totepool have a long history and are a well respected British bookmaking firm. Formed by the government in 1928 as the Racehorse Betting Control Board, with the intention of providing a safe alternative to illegal off course bookmakers, the organisation was later reformed as the Horserace Totalisator Board, or “The Tote”.
The only company in Britain that is licensed to operate pool betting, the Tote later began to branch out into high street betting shops and eventually online gambling, where their product includes online bingo and casino games. This led to the creation of the ToteSport brand that is used today.
The Tote‘s product range has been expanded significantly since the organisation was privatised and under the banners of ToteSport, ToteGames, ToteCasino and ToteBingo, the Tote offers a wide range of online gambling options to rival any other company. The only thing their brand lacks is an online poker room.
In terms of the ToteSport sportsbook, the products are heavily focused on Horse Racing, as one might expect given the company’s origins. That said, they do offer plenty of football bets and cover most other sports, including more obscure sports such as Bowls.
The TotePool arm is responsible for popular pool bets such as the Scoop6, which offers players the chance to win hundreds of thousands – and sometimes millions – of pounds in exchange for a £2 stake, ever Saturday. Other popular pool bets include the Tote Jackpot, which runs every day of the week apart from Saturday, and the ever popular Tote Placepot, which can be enjoyed at any British or Irish horse racing meeting.
Product Range Rating: 4 / 5
The Tote‘s customer support is excellent and although not open 24 hours a day, they can be telephoned (for free) seven days a week between 7:00 and 23:00. They can also be contacted by email and the only thing that really lets them down is their lack of a “Live Chat” facility.
Support Rating: 4 / 5
The initial ToteSport sign up bonus is not one of the best in the online gambling industry in absolute numbers, but the site makes up for this with plenty of regular promotions and bonuses. New customers currently get a £10 free bet when they spend their first £5, which unlike their competitors is a generous 200% bonus, and all customers are eligible for the regular Money Back Specials, enhanced odds and Best Odds Guaranteed. On the ToteSport Mobile platform, customers are eligible for monthly cashback promotions.
Bonuses Rating: 3 / 5
The ToteSport website is not the most slick, but don’t be put off as there is a lot going on. With a wide range of In Play markets, a mobile betting platform, real time TotePool statistics and live scores, plus all of the deposit and withdrawal methods expected of a major online bookmaker, ToteSport are not at all far behind the leading industry players when it comes to technology and innovation.
Technology Rating: 4 / 5
In general, ToteSport are an excellent addition to any serious punter’s portfolio of bookmakers. With great customer support, competitive prices across a wide range of markets and the advantage of being the only company allowed to run pool betting in Britain, there are many reasons why you should have a ToteSport account!