Matchbook Review 2017 - Sports Betting ReviewMatchbook are a popular betting exchange. They were founded back in 2004 and they had heavy backing in 2011 when they were taken over by new investors. They are fully committed to their ethos offering low margin, high volume betting and they regulate by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission And the UK Gambling Commission. They run just a 1% commission on bets which is a huge commitment and something that punters will be able to benefit from.
Betting markets and odds quality 7/10We noticed when testing and browsing through the Matchbook sportsbook that it was nowhere near as extensive as you would find at say a traditional, more established boomers there is a big focus on the major sports, horse racing, football, tennis and cricket for example and there isn’t a lot else up for grabs. Their non-sports betting markets are a little limited as well, with only Politics showing up of any note when we looked. The racing section is only limited to UK and Irish racing card as well. There’s plenty of races coverage therefore, but you don’t get access to anything like form or stats.
But you weigh all that up with the fact that you are on a betting exchange and therefore you can find some good prices. You can define your own price on a Back or Lay market and hope to get it matched so that it becomes active. If you just wanted to stay right in he middle of the pack and go with the most popular matched price, then betting is quick and easy. The bet slip is good, showing your unmatched and matched bets.
As for odds value there is just 1% commision on each bet that you place with them. If the bet wins the 1% applies to the profit, while for losing bets it will be applied to the lesser of the stake or potential profit/liability. If you stake £10 at 3.76 on LIverpool to win, you will pay £0.276 commission (equal to 1% of your £27.60 profit). If the bet losing you will pay £0.10 in commission which is equal to 1% of your losing stake and that’s smaller than the potential profit of £27.60 you would have got if the bet won.
Sign up bonus, free bets & current promotions 6/10If you are looking to getting into betting with Matchbook then you can claim a nice free bet bonus to get yourself started with. Naturally you have to open the account and get some funds in there and then head over to the exchange and place bets on any market.
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In-play betting 6/10Click the LIVE link on the menu and you will be presented with a list of action that is going on at the moment from numerous sports. It may be a little niggle for some punters that there isn’t any way to actually filter through the different sports, you just get what you get is listed there. There is no indication of how many active markets there are for a given event in the overview screen, you just click through to the View Full Marktes links and find out what is in store there. More often than not we didn’t find the live in play markets to be overly extensive.
The presentation of the odds is pretty clear in the section through and it’s easy to track the price changes. One nice thing is that you get the Moneyline and Handicap options in one place and of course, you can customise your own odds on a selection of course and hope to get it matched. It’s very basic, but it operates quickly.
Extras & features 7/10The really big feature that you will find at Matchbook isn’t through any of the usual fare like live streams or cash out features, instead you have an entire Colossus section. This is where you can make picks on select markets for a share of a huge prize fund. For example when we tested the site, the Colossus jackpot was sitting at ten million. The win fund will go to anyone picking a winner in every leg of the pool. Multiple winners would obviously share the prize. For winning you get a bonuses pick on the following week’s pool. There is also a consolation fund for those who only narrowly miss out on picking out every winner.
The accessibility of the Colossus section is huge. There are various pools running at any one time and you will be doing things like picking three correct scores or picking three 1x2 win selections, whatever they have up selected for any given pool. There are varying prize funds out for the different pools which run and this is a great, fun feature. The other big asset of betting with Marathonbet is that they run Asian Handicap selections. You don’t get this everywhere at online betting sites so it is a really nice touch to come across in the betting exchange. It adds tremendous value to your football betting.
Payment options - deposit and withdrawal methods 7/10There are plenty of ways to get some funds into your Matchbook account. As with any operator you have to watch for the different limits, charges and processing times involved with the different methods. The most recommended ways are credit/debit cards and ewallets. You will, in most cases, be getting the cash back to where you go it from.
Deposit Methods Include: Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, InstaDebit, Neteller, Skrill
Withdrawal Methods Include: Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller
User-friendliness of website & mobile app / mobile version 7/10Matchbook is available on a variety of platforms through apps. They have an app for the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Android. You can get whichever one you need from their About Us page on their site as they have direct download links there. Overall the website is very clean and easy to use, so there is good user friendliness across all the platforms for customers to enjoy with them. You get the same Matchbook feel whichever device you are using it on.
Customer Service & Support, Security & Reliability 7/10You can contact Matchbook by phone at +44 2-3 642 6867 which is a direct line to their Account Team. Alternatively you have the option to go and contact then via email at email@example.com or they do run a Live Chat between 9 am and 3 am GMT Monday through Sunday. So there is plenty of good access their customer support and you can actually find a good knowledge base on the site as well, which when we tested, we found it very useful.
Overall / Conclusion 7/10
There’s a lot to like about Matchbook, their Colossus section is great to go and play around with. Overall the sportsbook may be a little bit limited for some and they are missing big features like in-depth in play stats, live streaming and a cash out option on there. But if you like straightforward betting exchange betting, then they are a good place to go to, especially with that low 1% commission that you would be paying.
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