The Votes Are In: Your 3 Best & Worst Bookmakers Revealed

As promised, I am back today with the results of the final 2 categories as voted for by you in the 2018 SBC Awards, that of Best and Worst Bookmaker.

These awards offer a unique insight into those firms attracting both your praise and ire based on the service (or lack of) that they have offered you over the past year.

As ever these awards are based on your votes (not mine or SBC’s) so represent the general consensus of what the majority of you think on both the good and bad of the bookmaking world.

So, without further ado – here is who you voted for as both best and worst bookie…

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Revealed: Your Favourite Bookmaker

Let’s kick things off firstly by examining who you voted for as your best bookmaker from last year, with the results as follows:

Best Bookmaker SBC Awards 2018

The winner of the Gold award for best bookmaker by a very clear distance was Stoke-based internet behemoth, Bet365. With a very user-friendly website, huge numbers of betting markets and a massive presence both online and on your TV screens, it’s no surprise to see Bet365 scoop this award for the second year running.

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Holding onto the Silver award for this year is Betfair, who despite increasingly focusing on their sportsbook, remain very popular especially for those using their betting exchange.

To give some context as to the popularity of both Bet365 and Betfair – it should be noted that between them they took 66% of all the votes.

Making up the best of the rest and winner of the Bronze award with 7.6% of the votes was Paddy Power (who it should be noted merged with Betfair in 2016).

Mentions here must also go to both Pinnacle & Smarkets who polled around 7% of the votes between them to be the 4th and 5th best rated firms.

Your Worst Bookmaker

Onto one of the most anticipated ‘Awards’ – that of the Worst Bookmaker, where once again you voted in your droves as follows:

Worst Bookmaker SBC Awards 2018

The common element between the winner of this year’s Gold and Silver Awards is the fact that both Ladbrokes and Coral are now part of the same firm, following their merger in late 2016.

Ladbrokes also scooped the worst bookie award last year, so it seems whatever they are doing wrong at the magic sign has rubbed off on new stablemate, Coral, who appeared from nowhere to take the Silver award this time out.

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The Bronze award this year also went to perennial worst bookie candidate, Stan James, who drop down a spot from Silver in 2017.

It must be noted how competitive this field was with very little to choose between the top 3 and those who finished 4th and 5th respectively – Betfred and Boylesports.

To illustrate this clearer, here is the percentage breakdown of votes from the top 5:

  • Ladbrokes: 20.08%
  • Coral: 16.73%
  • Stan James: 16.6%
  • Betfred: 14.67%
  • Boylesports: 13%

What the closeness of this vote helps indicate is just how widespread punters issues remain in general with how they are treated by bookmakers. This is not just about one rogue firm, but a malaise affecting the whole industry, where practices need to improve across the board.

Last Year’s Results:
Gold – Ladbrokes
Silver – Stan James
Bronze – Boylesports


“My Net Profit Was In Excess Of £58,000”

“I have just conducted a review of the tipster performance for 2017 and my net profit was in excess of £58,000, the majority of it coming from horse racing.”
Michael – An SBC Member For 5 Years

Read more from Michael on his profits last year

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For of you interested reading more, you can gain full access to the complete 2018 SBC Awards Report with a Secret Betting Club Membership.

Here is what else you can read about:

  • The Best Horse Racing, Sports & Overall Tipster (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Best Free Tipster (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Best Tipster Newcomer (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Outstanding Contribution to Tipping & Editors Choice Awards (recognising some of the best tipsters and betting experts)
  • The lowdown on why 79.8% of SBC members made a profit last year from their betting.

You can currently save £45 on the cost of subscription so don’t delay, sign-up here right now and gain full access to our Awards Report!

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See you on the inside.

Peter Ling
SBC Editor

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Your favourite betting website, podcast & more. SBC awards revealed

Today has seen the release of the very latest SBC Report – our 2018 Betting & Tipster Awards.

These awards highlight the best tipsters across a variety of markets, sports and costs (yes, we have a best free tipster category) as well as categories such as best (and worst) bookmaker, website, podcast and much more.

Canvassing the opinions of both SBC members and you, the general betting public, an SBC Award is a much sought after recognition of quality.

Whilst the full SBC Awards Report and the various best tipster category winners are available only to you as a member of the Secret Betting Club, in today’s email, I am going to reveal who won the Best Betting Website and Podcast categories.

(And next Friday I will be revealing who won the Best & Worst Bookmaker Categories too….)

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Revealed: Your Favourite Betting Websites

Back in December 2017, I sent out an email inviting you to vote across 4 different categories open to the general betting public as follows:

  • Best Bookmaker
  • Worst Bookmaker
  • Best Betting Website
  • Best Betting Podcast

Starting with the Best Betting Website award – an extremely popular category, where you voted in huge numbers with the Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards as follows:

Best Betting Website 2018 SBC Awards

The unanimous winner of the Gold award for the best betting website went to Geegeez.co.uk who repeated last year’s success against some very stiff opposition with much larger budgets. Run by Matt Bisogno, the Geegeez site has gone from strength to strength in 2017 and remains an excellent source of information and advice for racing punters.

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The Silver award went to the Odds Comparison website, Oddschecker, who have quickly become the go-to website for finding the best odds on any bet, especially when it comes to horse racing.

The Bronze award awarded to the Racing Post website, which continues to be a very useful website for everything from racing form, betting advice, news, live commentary and much more besides.

Your Best Betting Podcasts

In a new category this year, I also asked you to vote for your favourite betting podcast in recognition of the growing number of racing and betting shows now available to punters.

Here is how you voted:

Best Betting Podcast 2018 SBC Awards

Taking the inaugural Gold award was the Racing Post’s very own ‘Postcast’ which regularly discuss all the big races and football fixtures from a betting perspective.

Featuring several big-name guests and tipsters, listeners can enjoy a mix of news, views and insight.

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The Silver award was scooped by the very enjoyable Final Furlong podcast – a weekly horse racing show that discusses the big issues in racing in association with At The Races. Fronted by Emmet Kennedy and Kevin Blake (of ‘It Can Be Done’ book fame) alongside regular high-profile guests, it’s an essential listen for any racing fans.

Bronze this year went to the odds comparison website, Oddschecker who despite only launching a podcast in September 2017 have become a favourite amongst betting fans. Tackling a wide range of topics from the Champions League to the Ashes, plus a recent special with football tactics expert, Michael Cox, its recommended listening material.

“My Net Profit Was In Excess Of £58,000”

“I have just conducted a review of the tipster performance for 2017 and my net profit was in excess of £58,000, the majority of it coming from horse racing.”
Michael – An SBC Member For 5 Years

Read more from Michael on his profits last year

 

Check Back Next Friday For The Best & Worst Bookmaker Awards

I will be back on Friday to share details on just who you voted for as both Best and Worst Bookmaker.

Let me tell you – the Worst Bookmaker Award is well worth checking out as it was a hugely competitive category with numerous firms battling it out for the golden toilet award!!

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For of you interested reading more right away, you can gain full access to the complete 2018 SBC Awards Report with a Secret Betting Club Membership.

Here is what else you can read about in the 2018 SBC Awards Report:

  • The Best Horse Racing, Sports & Overall Tipster (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Best Free Tipster (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Best Tipster Newcomer (Gold, Silver & Bronze winners)
  • The Outstanding Contribution to Tipping & Editors Choice Awards (recognising some of the best tipsters and betting experts)
  • The lowdown on why 79.8% of SBC members made a profit last year from their betting.

You can currently save £45 on the cost of subscription so don’t delay, sign-up here right now and gain full access to our Awards Report!

See you on the inside.

Peter Ling
SBC Editor

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SBC Awards: Vote for your best & worst bookmakers, websites & podcasts

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Public voting has now opened for SBC’s Tipster & Betting Awards, and we want your help in deciding the best (and worst) of the betting world from 2017.

Alongside your chance to name and shame the bookmakers you like or loathe the most, you can also vote for your favourite betting website and podcast.

Here are the categories you can now vote for:

  • Your Favourite Bookmaker
  • Your Worst Bookmaker
  • Your Favourite Betting Website
  • Your Favourite Betting Podcast 


Cast your vote via this link
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Voting itself should take you no more than 30 seconds of your time and best of all once cast, you can also enter a prize draw to win a Platinum ‘Pro Punter’ Secret Betting Club (worth £105.99)

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Why Your Vote Matters

There are several reasons why your vote is important as the SBC awards are your chance to help us highlight those companies doing the right (and wrong!) thing by you.

Perhaps its the bookmaker/betting exchange offering the best odds and service or even the betting website offering a superb resource for punters.

As we know not all bookies are created equally, so you can also nominate your worst bookmaker to help us expose and shame the firm(s) that got your goat last year.

Perhaps they restricted your stakes, closed your account or simply offer the worst odds and worst service going. If so we want to know who they are!

Finally, this year we have a new category – favourite podcast to highlight the growing number of quality betting podcasts out there these days.

Read About The Results Next Year

We will be publishing the results of your votes early next year in the 2018 SBC Awards, with a special focus given to the winners of each category.

The ‘winner’ of the worst bookmaker award will also get a special prize alongside the public shame of being rated bottom of the pile for all to see. Given the poor way some bookies treat many punters these days, its fair to say this is always a competitive category!

So don’t delay, cast your vote now (It will only take 30 seconds of your time!)

Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Secret Betting Club Founder

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