The UK online gambling industry is among the most robust in the world. Under the protection of the UK Gambling Commission, the nation’s online gambling enthusiast are able to access hundreds of online casinos and dozens of online sports books. That includes websites from some of the most powerful gambling conglomerates in the world.
Sports bettors are fickle people. They have their preferences based on personal likes and dislikes. With that in mind, the following information describes a few of the UK’s most notable online bookmakers. Since everyone has a different method of measure, the bookmakers are listed in alphabetical order with no preference other than being among the best and most popular ones.
5Dimes – Founded in 1996 in Costa, one of the world’s original online sports book operations. Popular among UK bettor and US bettors. Aggressive limits though limited for professional sports gamblers. Wide selection of betting markets and betting options. Unlike some of the larger websites owned by large gambling conglomerates, 5Dimes offers some pretty decent bonuses and betting promotions. The site accepts USD and Bitcoin as well as other popular deposit options. Good record with withdrawals. Includes casino and race book.
888Sport – Founded in the UK in 2008. Stands as the sports betting flagship for the 888 Holding Company, one of the largest gambling conglomerates in the world. Decent betting limits over a vast list of betting markets and betting options. The bonus and betting promo menus are somewhat limited, though personal email offers can be substantial for loyal bettors. Deals with USD and European currencies, no Bitcoin. Website and mobile app provide access to the casino, poker and horse racing. Supported by most popular banking options.
Bet365 – Finding its roots in the bet shop business in 1974, the Bet365 website was introduced in 2000 and has long stood as one of the most popular all-purpose betting sites in the world. The sports book features a comprehensive list of betting options with a big focus on soccer and US sports. Very few bonuses can be found in the offering. Bettors will get access to a casino, poker rooms, live betting and horse racing. Good mobile and plenty of deposit options, excluding Bitcoin.
BWin – Originally founded in 1996 under the name Bet and Win. Currently operates in Gibraltar under licensing from the UK Gambling Commission. The sports book offers one of the widest ranges of betting markets as well as all of the standard wagering options. As should be expected, much focus is placed on soccer. The website features sports betting, a casino, poker and live betting. No horse racing. Website offers standard banking option with no Bitcoin. Mild issues with customer services and withdrawals.
Ladbrokes – The granddaddy of the sports betting world. Ladbrokes has been providing gambling services since the end of the 19th century. This large UK gambling conglomerate offers bet shops, land-based casino gambling and online gambling services since the late 1990s. The sports betting platform provides access to dozens of betting markets from all over the globe. Ladbrokes is not particularly prominent with bonuses or betting promotions for the sports book, but a little more in the offering for other modules. The other modules include an online casino, bingo, poker, live betting platform and horse racing. Standard banking options.
Unibet – Owned by the large Kindred Group conglomerate, Unibet now offers sports betting services to 11+ million customers in over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1997 and changed its name to the Kindred Group in 2106. The company is headquartered in Gibraltar, operating under licensing provided by the UK Gambling Commission. The website offers 30+ betting markets from around the globe, giving bettors access to most of the standard betting options. Again, not much in the way of bonuses for sports bettors, but there are nice bonus promotions for casino players. Other gambling modules include poker, bingo but no horse racing. Customer service and the banking area have solid reputations. Players have access to many popular banking options, excluding Bitcoin.
William Hill – Easily the most recognizable gambling operator in Europe. The company has been providing gambling services for 80+ years. The online sports betting platform has been operational since the late 1990s. The available betting markets and betting options are substantial, and the betting limits are among the highest in the industry. There’s a really nice mobile app. William Hill stands by its name and reputation, making it unnecessary to provide a lot of bonus opportunities. The website includes bingo, poker, an online casino and live dealer casino gambling. Popular banking options but no Bitcoin.