Victor Chandler is the famous character that fronts the firm bearing his name. Unlike the late Mr William Hill, Victor is very much alive and well, and indeed likes to puff on large cigars!
As of January 2012 Victor Chandler went through a re-branding of the UK business to coincide with the European brand, they now go by BetVictor.
The BetVictor sportsbook has been one of the revelations of the internet age. The “Gentleman’s Bookmaker” was a well known on-course rails bookmaker throughout the on-course market 1980’s heyday. Chandler had a reputation for building relationships with high rolling punters (is that you?) and laying chunky bets.
The historical route to the current Sportsbook is that Victor became the first bookmaker to set up an operation in the tax haven of Gibraltar, and used the tax benefits to offer a superb value offering to UK based customers.
Sports Opt. 8.1/10
In Play Opt. 7.4/10
Ease of Use. 7.8/10
Payment Opt 8.0/10
Live-chat, telephone support
Pros & Cons
Best Prices on Racing
Tight Football Margins
Live Stream Video
More Payment Options
More Supporting Football Markets
- Asian Hcap Offering.
- Mobile Racing Streaming.
- Integrated portal.
- Software: Proprietary
- Minimum Deposit: £10
- Maximum Stake: Varies
- Minimum Stake: 10p
Licensed in the UK
Live Chat Support
Enough of the history lesson let me review the site! Starting off with the sign up bonus, at the time of review Sportsbook Guardian users can get a free £25 bet when making a deposit of the same amount – juicy!
The site is straightforward in appearance, lacking the distractions that some other sports betting sites have. The various sports are presented in a simple blue and grey colour scheme, with the front page offering a helpful coupon with the upcoming main events. At the time of the review this was soccer, tennis and horse racing.
Like most major players in online betting the sports site is dovetailed in with casino, poker, games, slots and other betting sites under the company umbrella. The range of payments supported is better than average, and a diverse amount of ePayment solutions complemented the standard credit/debit options. Customer service was efficient, multilingual, and contactable by telephone, email and live chat.
What really impresses me about BetVictor is the firm’s clear commitment to racing fans. For a bet of £1 you are entitled to watch the horse race on a smart live streaming web video. Racing fans get superb value, the premium offer being best priced guaranteed. At the time of this review being written BetVictor will guarantee to pay out at starting price if it is larger than the price you took. Essentially punters have never had it so good!
Asides from racing, the site offers a comprehensive range of other sports, spearheaded by football, within which the firm are a leading player in the niche and lucrative Asian-Hcap market.
Football punters receive great value, with major leagues priced as generously as 105% for traditional match odds. Around 50 supporting markets complement the main “1X2” headliner odds selection.
At the time of review Sportsbook Guardian have got you a sign up bonus with a free bet of £25 (matched), so check out Victor Chandler and bet with the gentleman’s bookmaker!
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- May 3, 2012Chris Denny
TweetIt is only in very recent years that bookmakers have been allowed to advertise on television, and even then they are under strict guidelines that the ASA rigorously apply (just ask PaddyPower who are always getting ads banned!).
In today’s market telly adverts are big business, with companies like Bet365 (Ray Winstone), William Hill, Ladbrokes (Tiziano) and PaddyPower spending millions.
Competition to be the advertising agency that creates the adverts is fierce, and some betting companies have gone right to the top. I believe the Ladbrokes advert featuring Chris Kamara and Ian Wright was commissioned with Satchi and Satchi.
Victor Chandler Brand Ambassador Paddy McGuinness
Victor Chandler‘s rebrand and telly push has featured prominently Phoenix Nights and presenting star Paddy McGuinness, following some of the earlier betting companies in utilising a brand ambassador.
This advert was created by the agency Home, but the Gibraltar based bookmaker are allowing other agencies to pitch for the business, with the process being managed by intermediary Oystercatchers.
Victor Chandler Cameo!
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- May 1, 2012Chris Doerr
TweetThis week is what you would the call the week off from the clay court season. It is an opportunity for the top players to work out their last few kinks before the final two clay court Masters 1000 events and the grand finale, the French Open.
There is still a fairly big tournament going on though. Surprisingly, it is only Bet Victor who have currently printed prices for an outright winner of the BMW Open in Munich. Only Bet Victor: BetVictor have currently printed prices on the outright winner despite the other bookmakers providing odds for individual matches. Thanks BV!
Mental Strength seems Key to Success in Munich
The BMW Open in Germany is headlined by World No. #5, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, priced at 3/1. The Frenchman is not very comfortable on his “home” surface despite a nice victory in Monte Carlo over Fernando Verdasco. The Muhammad Ali look-alike is full of talent and his huge serve and big forehand are just as big on the slow surfaces. He has the ability to go all the way in Munich and the draw seems relatively weak in terms of dangerous opponents; it seems Tsonga’s worst enemy will be himself this week.
The second seed and second favourite, Feliciano Lopez, is an interesting comodity. The man from Spain was so unlucky last week not to beat David Ferrer after leading by a set and a break. The World No. #16 served big and was very aggressive but he reeked of confidence which was good to see. Lopez will be looking to continue his good form into Munich and there is no better chance to win a title than this week. His 4/1 price suggests a similar opinion to Tsonga; he has the ability but it is whether he can remain focused throughout the whole week which will decide his success. Be careful though, Lopez had the trainer on against Ferrer for a sore left upper back, a key muscle to his big serve.
Phillip Kohlscreiber is next on the bookies list. A German playing in Germany seems to always equal success (probably why I would back Bayern over Chelsea). However, Kohlscreiber’s lack of success in his career is due to his inability to let things go. The German gets easily mad at himself and this leads to sulking and a poor performance. The German is priced at 11/2 although I do not think he currently has the confidence to win it all in Munich.
Other players such as Mikhail Youzhny (7/1), Marin Cilic (11/1), Bernard Tomic and Nikolay Davydenko (both are 14/1) are not worth the effort unless they start showing some serious form. All four players have a serious flaw when it comes to winning on clay and sadly do represent a serious chance at winning it all. Youzhny is another mental case, Cilic and Daydenko lack confidence while Tomic is not quite experienced enough to win an event on clay. However, I would back Tomic as an outside bet due to the kid’s incredible self-belief and very intelligent game style.
My View- Back Tsonga at 3/1
All the top candidates show some serious flaws in their ability to win it all. I would agree with the bookies that Tsonga represents the best player to back due to what we saw in Monte Carlo, however if Lopez can carry on his form shown against Ferrer then he should be the Favourite. I do not think that is likely so my I would back Tsonga this week. Betting Tomic each way would also not be a bad shout.
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- March 8, 2012Chris Denny
TweetNRNB, FYI, ATM, MDMA… Acronym-tastic, yeah!
Bet365, BetVictor and PaddyPower lead the way with NRNB Cheltenham Festival Offer
Ante Post betting means that if your horse doesn’t line up in the race you backed it for you forfeit the money. So if you are backing Ante Post make sure you are getting a significantly bigger price than you envisage the SP will be. With horses liable to go lame, connections choosing to aim at a different target or the going changing Ante Post betting is not for the faint hearted. Don’t worry about the going changing at Cheltenham by the way, it’s always “Good-Soft”!
Anyhow, sure everyone knows what Ante Post punting is anyway. So now we are less than a week from the biggest festival of racing in the jumps world: Cheltenham! The bookmakers are falling over themselves to offer us some really tempting offers and foremost amongst them is that several of the leading firms are going “Non Runner No Bet“. NRNB does what it says on the tin, if your horse doesn’t go, you get your money back!
The following layers are offering this for all races at the Festival. If you don’t have an account with them I have also provided a link to their latest sign up bonus.
Paddy Power NRNB Cheltenham Festival
Paddy Power are offering £50 free bet to new accounts, as well as NRNB
Ladbrokes NRNB Cheltenham Festival
Ladbrokes’ Cheltenham offer is a stonking £50 free bet, all races at the Festival already NRNB.
Bet365 the first to go NRNB all Cheltenham Festival Races
The stoke firm lead the way with going all races NRNB, their new account sign up bonus is a trail blazing £200 of free bets.
BetVictor Cheltenham Offer
BetVictor are the forth major firm to go non runner no worry! Their sign up bonus is a pony (£25!)
Good luck to you all. I have got tickets to go to day one and can’t wait to hear the roar before the Supreme. Got a few punts lined up and will be blogging over the weekend. On the Tuesday I will be whacking loads of tweets up throughout the day, so feel free to have a tweet chat, my handle is @GamblingG_Chris.
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- March 1, 2012Chris Denny
TweetBetVictor offering SP Guarantee the same as Bet365 but hiding it!
Some people consider it immodest to talk about themselves. This may be a prudent maxim if you are a moustachioed gentleman living in the reign of Queen Victoria, but perhaps not the best rule for a firm promoting themselves in the ultra competitive online sports betting arena.
BetVictor’s covert offer
I have long been a massive fan of the SP guarantee offered by Bet365 and William Hill, with both firms actively advertising their promotions on bright and in your face telly adverts displayed during channel four racing. If I look back over the course of my punting year the SP guarantee offer has definitely made a big difference to my punting ROI, in particular the winning drifters Captain Conan (SP 9/1, 9/2 in morning) and Cotton Mill (11/2 SP, 7/2 in morning) both did me massive favours.
BetVictor offer SP guarantees also, but in my mind they should push it more on their website. I am surprised that unlike Bet365 they don’t even list it on their market. Check out the screen shots!
Yesterday I quite fancied Dark Shadow, Nicky Henderson‘s yard are in top form and I suspected Sir Robert Ogden‘s announced exile from jumps racing would be preceded by a few winners. As you can see in the screen shot (from price Oddschecker comparison site) the Gibraltar firm were half a point bigger than their Stoke counterparts and in this instance were clearly better value. As it happens the SP was 5/4 and anyone who took BetVictor’s price would have been better off. Hopefully BetVictor will start to promote their offer as well as Bet365 do!
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- January 20, 2012Chris Denny
TweetVictor Chandler Ducking Somersby
So Saturday features one of the highlights of Ascots calendar, and indeed one of the jewels in the pre-Cheltenham Festival agenda: The Victor Chandler Chase.
As has been blogged about elsewhere, probably next year this will be rebranded to the BetVictor Chase as the Gibraltar based bookmaker have emulated Mars choclate changing Marathon to Snickers! Well, I’m sure the rationale is slightly different, I struggle to turn down my sarcasm default!
The market mover of the week has been Henrietta Knight’s Somersby and punters seem to be of the opinion that the 2m trip is better than the easy 3m at Kempton (19 lengths 4th behind Kauto Star in the King George). The sponsors are also choosing to duck the eight year old and earlier in the week were going 5/1 when 6/1 was freely available (now Betvictor are 11/2). If you want to get on the steamer the 6/1 best price is with Irish firm Paddy Power.
I love the Racing Post papers “Google a runner” feature. Thankfully the rather naff Richard Gere film is spelt differently, and instead it’s the name of a Cider firm that have been making the apple based fighting juice since 1749. Not a cider fan myself, but the picture on the website looks rather refreshing!
BetVictor trying to get Gauvain and ForPadydeplasterer
In terms of who Betvictor are trying to “get” in a bid to recoup their generous sponsorship they are intent to lay bets about Nick Williams’ Gauvain whom they offer at a stand out 9/1, and Irish hope ForPadydeplasterer for which they are best priced at 12/1.
Rolling Up Swincombe Flame Winnings?
Fellow blogger Bryan Orr had it right off in the Lanzarote Hurdle last week, taking the 10/1 available about Swincombe Flame, before watching it get up on the line to return the 9/2 winner. His big race preview earlier in the week highlighted Gauvain’s each way credibilities and I am going to have a little interest in what should be a wide open 25th renewal of Victor Chandler sponsoring the Clarence House Chase.
If I manage to go tomorrow I won’t be blogging, though either way I will be tweeting throughout the day.
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free betis a con
Apr 06, 2013 by neil henderson
you cant withdraw the money until you have made 3 additional bets after - avoid as this is a con
Betted online with Victor Chandlers site for a year, service gets better and better and weekend football coupon is always good to back, theyre normally good priced for the favs.
Chandlers are the best out there - why? cos I work for em!