BetVictor are one of the best known bookmakers in the industry these days, but you may or may not be aware that they started life under the name, Victor Chandler. The company have been about since 1946 when a chap called William Chandler started it. In 1974 the company got passed down to Victor and from there they haven’t looked back.
The business is now run by Michael Tabor, who was the driving force behind the name change from Victor Chandler to BetVictor in May, 2014. The business side of things are now firmly run from their headquarters in Gibraltar. Interestingly enough, it was in fact BetVictor who were one of the first companies to up sticks and move abroad. The initial idea was that it was a way in which they could legally allow wealthy business from around the world to wager on sports, but it then soon turned out to be profitable to make this the case for all their sports betting sector and so, in 1998, the company moved to Gibraltar and haven’t looked back.
Over the years, BetVictor have put their name to countless sporting events and venues. Some of the higher profile ones include Victor Chandler Chase at Royal Ascot, The Welsh open (snooker), World Matchplay Darts, Queen Mother Champions Chase (Cheltenham Festival) and many more. They have also been keen to get brand ambassadors on-board such as Michael Owen and became an official betting partner of Liverpool FC in 2016.
High Street Betting Shops
BetVictor are probably one of the most influential brands in the betting industry. They have a very familiar history in that they were formed in 1946 by William Chandler who opened his first store in London. Growth in the company was steady, without ever being huge, before his grandson, Victor Chandler (of whom the company was later named after before rebranding in 2014 to call it BetVictor) decided to shake things up a little.
Victor was starting to take bets from oversees businessmen who were unable to wager in their own countries. He then saw an opportunity to upheave his ever increasing bookmaker and relocate in Gibraltar to avoid having pay UK taxes on the wagers that they were placing. This in turn started a mass exodus of bookmakers from the UK over to the likes of Gibraltar and has been widely recognised as the start of the online boom.
The company were a fairly large brand on the high street for many years, but these almost all of their betting shops have now been sold and they are predominantly online. But, they do offer up ‘Betting Lounges’ which are doted around a number of well-established areas in the UK. These lounges were a place where the rich and famous were able to come and wager in a more appealing place than your usual high street bookmaker. Its doors are opened to anyone who is willing to wager substantial sums of money and are your high class betting shops, if you will.
The high street game looks pretty much done and dusted for BetVictor as they continue their dominance in the online sector. Whilst some other bookmakers that we have mentioned on this site are still working hard to be a high street brand, BetVictor are very much seen as the example of how the high street industry is heading and where bookmakers will start spending the majority of their time and resources.
BetVictor – formerly known as Victor Chandler – are one of the best bookies around and underrated in our opinion, but more of that later. They were established in 1946 by the father of the current boss, also called Victor Chandler, although the origins of the company go back further to when his father, William, opened Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium in 1925.
In 1975 Victor Junior took charge and almost straight away showed a passion for invention and innovation. A pioneer of offshore betting, Victor moved his entire operation to Gibraltar in 1996 and this was instrumental in the UK changing its regulations on gambling taxation.
Today the business has a turnover of £1bn, operates in a number of languages with over half a million customers in about 160 countries and they offer poker, casino, games, bingo and, of course, sports betting products. “The Gentleman Bookmaker” has come a long way from the Walthamstow dogs!
Odds & Markets
It could be argued that BetVictor have set up a brand on the back of offering the best prices in the industry. Their structure is second to none and they have even won awards from major odds comparison sites paying tribute to their consistency in being best price. Football is the companies bread and butter and if you are looking to bet on football, there is very little competition for BetVictor at the minute. Time and time again they come out on top of what’s an incredibly competitive marketplace. It’s especially good if you are looking to place accumulator bets as the slight increase in single prices, really do add up when betting on multiples.
The market coverage is probably the weaker part of the two variables for BetVictor. Like so many, football is brilliantly covered, and we don’t feel as though you will ever need anything more than what they offer. There does feel like there has been a trade off with other sports though and in a not too dissimilar fashion to Betfred, whilst the majority of sports are on offer and coverage will be fine for most, if you are specifically targeting niche markets from a sport, then you may need to look elsewhere.
As one would expect of a bookmaker who prides themselves on innovation, BetVictor offers a whole host of little extras. However, they also do the basics right and it is for that which they should be commended.
Their customer services provision is excellent, their website is really clean and easy to use and their odds are pretty much the best around across a wide range of markets, especially for football. They don’t always get the credit they deserve for that latter point but serious punters should take note.
Throw in a good online help centre, a simple but effective mobile site, an excellent dedicated live betting suite and plenty of horse racing on live steaming and you really do have a top notch bookmaker.
IN PLAY BETTING
The in play betting section at BetVictor is one of the best in the industry. What really sticks out for us is the design of it and the ease in which you flick between matches or even sports for that matter. The range of sports is good, but they don’t vary too much from your bread and butter football, tennis, golf and American sports. We aren’t saying that they don’t offer up other sports, but the coverage for each is noticeable.
At BetVictor, one of their latest features is that of the cash out option that has become so popular with sports bettors. It’s great to see that they have embraced the partial cash out option, which allows punters to simply cash out a portion of their bet, letting the rest of it run. The feature can be used on a number of markets, although at the minute it is limited to football and tennis. They do highlight which markets can be used for cash out though, so you will know before placing your bet.
The stats section at BetVictor is run by Goals Feed and it’s one of the best in the business. What we liked was that the fact that it included line-ups of both teams, results from last 6 matches, head to head result, and recent league form, breaking down if games had seen over/under 2.5 goals, clean sheets, failed to score, scores first half and loads more. This is the best way to come up with the best bets possible, and an invaluable feature from BetVictor.
BetVictor is one of the most iconic brands in the gambling industry. They’re another who are better known for their foray into sports betting rather than online casino, but like all of these top, multi-billion pound company’s the transition to online casino has not only been an obvious progression, but also very seamless and successful.
The casino side of the company have been about since 2000, making them about as old as an online casino as you’re going to find. Age doesn’t always mean that the product is good, but in this case, it’s safe to say that anyone playing at BetVictor, wont be disappointed.
Software And Platform
The casino uses a very slick looking browser-based version for all gameplay. The site looks exceedingly good and is without doubt one of the better ones in the industry. A few really nice features that stuck out to us are the inclusion of demo play games, meaning that you can simply trial a game for free before playing for real money and also the sites inclusion of a search function, to quickly find your game of choice amongst the plethora of games on offer.
BetVictor, like so many online casinos nowadays have a good range of software providers to choose from including Amaya, Ash Gaming, CryptoLogic, IGT / Wagerworks, Microgaming, NetEnt, Novomatic, OpenBet and Realistic Games. The two notable ones are NetEnt and Microgaming, and this is where the majority of their games come from.
You get around 480 games in total to choose from within the BetVictor casino, which makes them one of the biggest in the industry. The site actually allows you to choose between categories for each game, but along with that you can also list them by newest first, allowing you to see which game are the freshest on site. From the time we tested the site we saw a good few new games be added, which would lead us to think that they are adding (and possibly removing older games) games on a regular basis.
With over 400 slots to choose from, it’s safe to say that this is the most populated section of the casino. The site includes a number of classics such as Starburst, Batman, Gonzo’s Quest and Thunderstruck II. But, they also include some new, exciting games to compliment the older guard, such as Queen of riches, Buster Hammer and Hugo, to name but a few.
You’ve got 13 blackjack games to choose from in total, which is an excellent range to be honest. Included in the mix are 3 hand, low/mid/high stakes, double exposure, Euro, Hi Lo, realistic and side bet blackjack.
Roulette is equally as well covered with 14 different games to choose form. They have a mix of 3 wheel, pinball, European, French, Premier, VIP, standard and a variation of stakes to play for each game.
Around 15 video poker games can be enjoyed, underlining the casinos willingness to offer up a huge range of games for each variant. Here you can select from 3 card poker, Caribbean stud, oasis poker, joker poker, draw, jackpot, challenge, and loads more.
It probably comes as little surprise to hear that their jackpot section is equally as good as the rest of the casino. Here we have around 20 games to choose from, with pretty much all of them being networked based, meaning that the rate in which the jackpots increase will be much higher due to the large number of players that are on each game. Our highlights included Mega Moolah, Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune, which are widely regarded as the ‘Big 3’ within the jackpots section of online casinos.
The BetVictor brand has gone under a few changes over the years. Set up by William Chandler in 1946, the company started life with a fleet of high street bookmakers. It wasn’t until the business got passed down to Victor Chandler – William’s grandchild – that the company really kicked on and in 1998 they started to not only tackle the online betting industry, but also were one of the first bookmakers to take their business offshore in search of lesser tax laws.
In 2012, the company then changed its name from Victor Chandler to BetVictor, which is what it is to this day. The online casino sector has seen massive success for the brand and in 2014 the company claim to turnover more than £1billion, making it one of the largest brands in the online gaming industry. The brand now reach out to over 160 different countries and, whilst the sports betting side has been the main figurehead for BetVictor, their online casino presence can’t be ignored and are now widely regarded as one of the best in the business.