BetVictor has had various names over the years, including Victor Chandler and VCBet, as well as the current incarnation. The history of the company dates right back to 1925 when William Chandler, the grandfather of the current owner (Victor Chandler), opened a greyhound racing stadium in north east London. In 1946 the father of the current owner and William’s son, Victor Snr, began acting as a bookmaker and in 1963 with the legalisation of betting shops in the UK the empire truly began to take shape.Victor Jnr took charge in 1975 and the empire began to expand rapidly as his innovative and forward thinking ways gave the company an edge over many rivals. In the early 1990s the company spotted the potential in the Asian market and opened an office in Antigua so as to offer lucrative clients betting that was exempt from UK betting taxes. In 1999, taking this approach even further, the entire company relocated to Gibraltar to offer tax-free phone and internet betting, a move which ultimately helped end the UK betting tax altogether.
BetVictor is now a true global giant, simultaneously maintaining his image as “The Gentleman Bookmaker” whilst continuing to innovate and evolve. This combination of old-fashioned values and modern technology has enabled BetVictor to serve almost one million customers in over 160 countries and boast a turnover in excess of £1bn.
Whilst BetVictor doesn’t have a dedicated Australian site they allow accounts to be operated in Australian Dollars (as well as a number of other currencies) and the size of the company means that us Aussies are well catered for, with an excellent range of sports and 24/7 customer support. At present they don’t offer much in the way of Aussie racing (horses or dogs) but this could well change.
They are licensed and regulated in Gibraltar and their huge size, great reputation and long history offer plenty of reassurance as to the safety and security of their operation.
The BetVictor free bet is a %500 bonus up to €50 for new customers choosing to operate their accounts in AUD but be quick as this may not last long. In the past BetVictor have not offered a sign up bonus to Australians, so this free bet is well worth grabbing now before it disappears into thin air.
The BetVictor free bet is really nice and simple. Just open an account and place a bet of €10 within 30 days and BetVictor will credit your account with a further free bet of up to €50 of the same amount. The first bet must contain at least one selection with odds of evens (2.00) or higher, although four-folds and upwards are exempt from this requirement. The free bet may take up to 48 hours to be added, although is normally done much quicker. The free bet comes in the form of Promo Cash and the Promo Cash itself cannot be withdrawn, only winnings from it.
In order to withdraw the Promo Cash you must stake a total of four times the BetVictor free bet: that is to say a total of $100. Note that the first free bet will not count towards this requirement and you have 30 days from receiving the Promo Cash to complete the free bet wagering.
Whilst this isn’t a hugely generous offer compared to some it’s worth noting that, as said, BetVictor have often not offered any free bet at all to Aussies. Moreover, their range of regular and ongoing offers is superb and whilst these are not often aimed at the Aussie market, fans of soccer are especially well looked after. Many big events – including some Australian ones – such as the finals of major tournaments often get the BetVictor free bet treatment too, so whether you like cricket, golf, rugby or anything else, there is usually an offer to suit.
Although being a Europian brand, BetVictoe gives Australian sports a seat at the table, as multiple sport markets are covered in live betting in-play events. One major plus in BetVictor’s in-play action is the cash-out service the brand offers. If you suddently get worried your bet might lose, just take your money and run.
BetVictor Site overview and conclusion
BetVictor may not be an obvious choice for Aussies but we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them expand into the market in a more decisive manner in the coming years. A wider range of markets on the sports we bet on most would make a huge difference but for the time being you can be sure that for all UK and European sports they are a superb choice, and often quote the best odds of any of the top bookies for English Premier League soccer matches.
What’s more, for in-play betting – even on Aussie sports – they are strong, with a good choice of bets and an easy to use interface. In addition, the all-round package is good, with a nice mobile site, excellent customer service – including a really in-depth online help section – and great online casino, games and pokies too.
The design of the site is excellent, as you would expect from such a giant betting company and all in all BetVictor has to be considered a worthy addition to the Australian betting scene.
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