LeoVegas is known within the online gambling community as one of the best and most reliable online casinos around; and their stellar game range consisting of over 1,000 different titles sets them apart from the vast majority of their competitors.
While LeoVegas have historically appeared unwilling to move into new markets, a recent update to their site saw the welcome addition of a sports book; yet despite the company’s reputation elsewhere, the sports betting side of their operation has remained fairly unknown.
In today’s post we’re going to take a look at the sportsbook and consider some of its’ core aspects, including the website itself, any special features, and the banking options available.
LEOVEGAS FOOTBALL CLUB
A rewards scheme solely targeted towards football fans is always going to be a risky affair for an online sports book, as there is a chance of alienating other players and pushing them out of the door.
Nonetheless, LeoVegas’ loyalty scheme – aptly titled the LeoVegas Football Club – offers a decent bonus to those who bet regularly on the footie. For every in-play football bet of £20 or more, LeoVegas will credit your account with either a free bet or a profit boost, which is a pretty generous offer.
Even better, if you place 50 qualifying bets in a single month you’ll be entered into the LeoVegas Football Premium Club, where a monthly draw sees two lucky players win tickets to the next World Cup which is taking place in 2018.
The free bets have some terms and conditions attached, and you can view the full details of these from the main promotions page.
THE LEOVEGAS WEBSITE
LeoVegas is often praised for its intuitive proprietary website, and indeed, their online casino owes much of its success to the flawless design and features on the website.
In the section below, we’ll cover some of the sports book’s key aspects which we feel make the bookie a choice destination for punters.
If you’ve never heard the term ‘in-play betting’ before you may be asking yourself what it all means, and if you already know what it’s all about then you may be wondering how well LeoVegas handle it.
To begin with, let’s address the first point – what is in-play betting?
In-play betting (also known as in-running, live, or live-action betting) is betting that takes place after the match has already begun. Obvious examples include events that last a significant amount of time – like Tennis, Football, and Cricket – but you can also find in-play betting markets on some shorter games as well.
In-play betting offers a unique opportunity to wager on bets that you wouldn’t normally have access to – ‘the next player to score’ or ‘the next player to receive a yellow card’ (in the case of football) are a couple of good examples.
As with most bookmakers, LeoVegas weren’t cautious about implementing in-play betting into their sports book, and there’s a lot to choose from. Simply click the ‘In-Play’ tab from the main navigation menu and you’ll be taken to what’s called an ‘Event Overview’ where you can view live scores, a few of the highlighted bets, and more.
To place an in-play bet you need to add a selection to your bet slip as normal, although bookmakers do implement a 3-5 second delay on your bet being accepted to help combat unfair betting – for example people who are at the betting rounds who would be able to get a few seconds of insight before the bookmaker’s website was updated.
LeoVegas don’t yet offer a downloadable app for their sportsbook, although it’s very likely we’ll see this emerge within a year or two due to the rate at which the bookie’s website is growing.
For now though, you can take advantage of their mobile optimised website which can be accessed through almost all mobile devices and browsers. To get started, just head to the LeoVegas website directly and you’ll be automatically re-directed.
HINT: To save time, bookmark the website on your phone’s home screen. This essentially turns it into an app – one tap and you are directed straight to the website. To find out how to do this for your device, just Google ‘Create home screen bookmaker on *insert your phone name here*’
FANTASTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE
LeoVegas have been widely praised for their customer support, even winning awards, which goes to show just how committed to their players they really are.
While it was their online casino product that made them famous, it looks as though the same level of world class customer service is also on offer at the sports book. You’ll always be able to reach out to the support team with any questions, queries, or problems you have, and get an immediate and helpful response.
If they are particularly busy you will be told how many people are in front of you in the queue as well, so you can decide whether you want to hang on or come back and try again later. This is much appreciated, as there is nothing more annoying than needing help and having no idea how long you will be waiting.
HOME SCREEN QUICK LINKS
As soon as you enter the Sports section of the website you’ll see two main features: ‘Live Now’ and ‘Top Events’.
This is like a mini-introduction to LeoVegas’ in-play betting markets, and here you’ll be able to view between 10 and 20 of the current matches, along with the current scores and the odds of each team winning. Below each live score is a link titled’ ‘View all Markets’, and this allows you to view the markets in full.
While it’s hardly a ground-breaking feature, it acts as a useful bird’s eye view of what’s going on in the sporting world, and gives you an opportunity to see potential betting opportunities that you might otherwise not have checked.
On the right of the ‘Live Now’ section you’ll see what’s known as the ‘Next Up’ area, and this is where LeoVegas display the upcoming and about to start matches and events, along with the current odds for each.
You can add selections directly onto your bet slip from here, and again, while it isn’t particularly earth shattering, it’s a nice addition that makes your online betting experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
LeoVegas offer a small yet well considered range of deposit and withdrawal options, and whether you’re looking to use a credit card, debit card, or EWallet, you’ll find a payment method that suits you. Options include: Visa and Mastercard Debit/Credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, Entropay, Paysafecard, and – if the circumstances allow – bank transfers and occasionally cheques.
LeoVegas have also recently added PayPal to the roster, and this is hugely beneficial for players in the UK as it allows you to deposit and withdraw instantly and without any fees whatsoever. In fact, as soon as LeoVegas process your withdrawal (which generally takes 5-7 hours), you will see the funds available in your PayPal account in just a few minutes – and thanks to PayPal’s instant bank transfer function, it takes only a couple of seconds to then withdraw it to your bank account.
If you’re not planning on using PayPal, then when it comes to withdrawals you’re pretty much limited to debit cards and EWallets. Most EWallets will credit the funds to your account within 4 hours, and debit cards will generally be processed the next working day (if after 3PM) – although in some cases it can take a little longer.
You can get more information on the available payment methods and any withdrawal time frames from the main ‘Banking FAQ’ page on LeoVegas’ website.