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Review: Ladbrokes

Overview

The review and verdict below represent the subjective views of the reviewer at the date of the review. Most likely this opinion will change over time, as bookmakers change their services from time to time. The verdicts should not be regarded as a common views of this bookmaker. Everybody must make up their own opinion about who they are dealing with. Bettingadvice.com can not guarantee the correctness of the informaton mentioned in the review.

Opening account

The signup at Ladbrokes is very simple, you are asked how you want odds to be displayed, you choose your own username and password, and decide how much contact you want them to make with you in terms of future marketing. Ladbrokes occasionally offer a free bet to new accounts, so check out their offers when signing up.



Transactions

Along with the traditional debit/credit card transfers, Ladbrokes accept bank transfers, and payments from Western Union and NETeller. There are a wide range of currencies available for deposits.



Navigation

The navigation around the site is very good, with a list of sports at the top of the page, as well as drop down banners that take you straight to your bet. There are also a number of nice features, such as live scores, web cast, results, and audio on horse racing, which are very useful tools for punters should you wish to use them. There are also direct links to upcoming events, which allows users to place a bet on the event they want and minimises the number of clicks. This is a very speedy process.



Design

The Ladbrokes site is very well designed, with nice simple colours that look pleasant, and images are kept to an absolute minimum to increase the speed of loading pages. All the content featured on the homepage is arranged carefully as not to clutter the site, and allow you to easily find the bet or market you are looking for.



Graphics Speed

The Ladbrokes site is very well designed, with nice simple colours that look pleasant, and images are kept to an absolute minimum to increase the speed of loading pages. All the content featured on the homepage is arranged carefully as not to clutter the site, and allow you to easily find the bet or market you are looking for.



Bet Procedure

Placing a bet is quick and easy, even if you make multiple selections. When placing bets on football, each team is listed in a long coupon, and if you want an alternative market you just select it from the drop down column next to each match. This allows for a lot of detail and a wide range of markets to be accessed easily. The range of markets offered a very good at Ladbrokes. For other sports, such as racing, it is easy to combine different horses from different meetings into one bet, with the multiple bet slip being a strong feature of the site. You are given a choice of bets once you have made your selections, such as single, accumulator or a variety of permutations. Unfortunately, Ladbrokes don't tell you your potential winnings when placing a bet, which can sometimes be a nice feature when placing a bet with a number of combinations.



Service

Ladbrokes are probably the leading name in European sports betting, which means they are very reliable when it comes to payouts and bet disputes. Their customer service is also extremely helpful should you have a problem, they guarantee to respond to all emails within 24 hours of receipt, to minimize waiting time for users. The only improvement here could be a live help service that a few of the casino's and sports books are now offering. With Ladbrokes you always have the peace of mind of knowing that you will get paid should you win.



Reliability

Ladbrokes are probably the leading name in European sports betting, which means they are very reliable when it comes to payouts and bet disputes. Their customer service is also extremely helpful should you have a problem, they guarantee to respond to all emails within 24 hours of receipt, to minimize waiting time for users. The only improvement here could be a live help service that a few of the casino's and sports books are now offering. With Ladbrokes you always have the peace of mind of knowing that you will get paid should you win.



Odds

The weakest part of Ladbrokes are the odds they offer. Because they have such a good reputation, they can get away with offering slightly worse odds than many of their competitors. However, it must be said that Ladbrokes will allow you to have big bets at a certain price, unlike a number of smaller bookmakers, and in particular Bet365 who are well known for reducing stakes. This is a major attraction of big punters to Ladbrokes.



Event on offer

Ladbrokes offer markets on every major sport, and many specials markets. There are a range of markets offered on each sport, and their football offering is very comprehensive with betting on all major football leagues, with win/draw/win, but other markets for football matches are numerous, especially the English premiership and major European leagues. As well as over/unders, correct scores, first/last goal scorer, first goal scorer combined with correct score (Scorecast). Live games offer in-running possibilities, as well as the H/D/A other markets are offered, such as next goal scorer.



Verdict

Overall Ladbrokes are one of the best online bookies in terms of markets and design of site, range of markets on offer, and willingness to take punters on. It's just a shame they can't offer better odds to make themselves more competitive with smaller bookies out there. They also don't offer promotions and bonuses to match other bookies, which many punters like. However, with Ladbrokes you know what you get, and don't have to fear for your money in any way. Written 04.04.2004 by Josh Darby




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