About Winner Sports
Winner have been around since 2011 and online since 2013. With more than a hint of the bwin site about it. they belong in that group of contemporary looking sites that are just a little slicker than the more old school sites, though they can’t match the core sportsbook offer. However, Winner have been making a decent name for themselves by offering very competitive odds and some cool bonuses. They are currently the Official Betting Partner for Durham County Cricket Club.
Based in Antigua and Barbuda, Winner is operated by PT Entertainment Services Limited, which is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission to ensure fair play. One drawback of being offshore is that Winner don’t have the European and international reach of some other bookmakers.
Bookie Offers & Promotions
With one of the most generous welcoming bonuses currently available - a cool £200 - Winner looks like a winner. But beyond the sign up bonus, they’re known for offering a rich range of promotions, including:
- Weekly £5 Free Acca: Get a free acca every Monday if you place five £5 accumulators a week.
- Free bet if one lets you down: If one leg of your 6x (or greater) acca lets you down you'll get your stake back as a free bet, up to a maximum of £25.
- Cash bonus on winnings: Get up to 50% extra cash on your successful 6x (or greater) accas.
- Get up to a 50% bonus on your tennis accumulators.
- Horse racing lucky streak: Winner offers a cash boost on your winning lucky 15s, 31s and 63s, plus they’ll double your odds if only one horse wins.
- US Sports acca bonus: If you regularly bet 2x or more accas on NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, look out for a 50% bonus.
- VIP cashback: From a minimum £5 to a maximum £2,000, you’ll need to deposit £500 a month to be eligible for cashback on your weekly net losses.
- Beaten by a length and beaten by a head money back specials on horse racing.
Winner’s website design is extremely clean, and they’ve made the interesting choice to have Playtech provide the software across both the casino, gaming and sportsbook sections of the site, lending consistency in terms of layout and graphic across the entire site. The decision to go with Playtech has definitely impacted on the crisp design.
You’ll need to create an account to claim that £200 bonus, but it’s a breeze to do with a single click and because the site is browser based, it’s accessible whatever your laptop operating system. As we’ve said, it reminds us of the bwin site and is just as easy on the eye. There’s a wide range of sports on offer here along with some specialised markets for politics, awards and reality TV.
The layout is a snap to use. We like the relevant information to be right in our eyeline and Winner doesn’t disappoint. Click left for favourites and quick links to the latest racing and football in-play betting, plus a list of everything in the sportsbook. Tabs at the top take you to in-play, promos and all the casino and gaming options. To the top right of the screen is the bet slip with a quick bet tab that makes a last minute bet a breeze.
The layout makes it quick and straightforward to get to the market of your choice and the betting highlights section allows you to see the day’s top action at a glance. Well laid out, Winner have clearly thought about the user experience in the design and navigation of the site.
Winner’s in-play betting is a stand out feature here, with the majority of Winner’s live markets available right up to the final whistle. Odds update in real time throughout the match and there’s a list of upcoming matches to whet your appetite. If football doesn’t float your boat, then there are some more specialist in-play markets like ice hockey and handball too. Winner should definitely be on your shortlist for their live betting experience alone.
You’ll also get some live streaming, though not to the extent of the really big online bookies, focused mainly around horse racing. Use the Bet and Win service to place your bets, then watch the race for free!
Winner’s mobile offer has a range of mobile specific betting offers that make the app well worth a download. You can scan a QR code, opt for an SMS message with a link or download from the App Store or Google Play.
Navigation is exceptionally easy via a series of graphic buttons representing different sports across the top of the screen. You’ll also claim a substantial welcome bonus as a mobile user and have access to mobile only promotions such as free bets on horse racing, golf mobile money back and free bets on in-play football and tennis. There’s also Winner's complete in-play betting capability and access to the online gaming and casino platforms.
For all the classy look and feel of their website and apps and their generous offers, Winner fall down somewhat when it comes to customer service. Their help options are comprehensive but, like the link to their mobile app, not immediately apparent. There are the usual support options - a live chat, email and telephone number - and you'll find them (eventually) by scrolling down the left hand menu.
The live chat option is very good, however, offering friendly, knowledgeable and informative advice on support for your problems. There is one drawback - if you want help and advice about the site before you register, then you're out of luck. The live chat is only available once you register onsite. That’s a quick and easy process but it seems excessive to deny the user a good experience and strong support every step of the way.