Winner is one of the biggest online casinos and sportsbooks in the game, and while they may not enjoy the same levels of visibility as some of the global leaders in the industry, they’ve managed to build themselves a player base of over 1 million people regardless. It is no surprise that Winner have such a secure foothold in the market – indeed it is well deserved – as their entire operation is slick, streamlined, and player focused; and as you’ll see in the following review, every part of their online betting operation is designed with the punter in mind.
In this post, we’re going to look in detail at the various functions on the site, and will present and impartial view of the bet markets, the mobile betting experience, and a brief overview and history of the company itself.
Sports Betting at Winner
As one of the busiest bookies on the planet, you would probably think that Winner would offer a broad range of sporting events for players to take advantage of, but the sad reality is that Winner let themselves down when it comes to the number of markets on offer.
This doesn’t affect the number of events within each market, of which there are plenty, but the markets themselves don’t amount to much.
You can still find all of the common markets like Football, Golf, Tennis etc, the usual; but when it comes to specialised markets the choice just isn’t there. Quite why Winner have decided not to add more and capitalize on these niche markets is a mystery, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on them to see if the situation changes, and if it does, we will of course update this page accordingly.
Surprisingly, Winner do offer a number of unusual non-sporting markets, that can sometimes be known as novelty or special bets. While you won’t find a range anywhere near as extensive as some of the bigger name bookies, you will find a number of TV specials, typically British TV shows that have significant media attention.
Political bets are also available. Brexit was a popular market at the bookmaker, and they offered a number of betting options rather than just the obvious ‘in or out’ that most bookies stuck with.
As the site is still relatively new, there is a good chance they still haven’t got round to dealing with novelty bets yet (after all they can hardly be called a priority), but it would be nice to see a bit more from Winner here.
Although having said that, more sports markets may be a better place to start.
How Good are the Odds?
Winner provide confusing odds; some could be considered very good and others very poor, there doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground. For this reason, you’ll likely find yourself either grinning with glee at the great odds in front of you, or asking yourself why the heck you joined in the first place with such lousy prices available.
So Winner tend to swing from one extreme to the other, and while their odds on Football and Horse Racing markets are typically in-line with most other bookmakers, it can come as a shock to some players when they see the length of some of the odds on offer.
Of course, this see-saw approach to pricing can be beneficial to you if you’re able to find the decent odds, so while many markets feature less than desirable pricing structures, we do recommend punters create an account with Winner to take advantage of the occasional long odds which can appear.
In Play Betting
In-play betting is one of the most revolutionary advances we’ve seen in the online sports betting industry and – much like online casinos and their live dealer casinos – live betting has transformed the industry irrevocably.
Thousands of players choose Winner’s in-play betting centre each day, and while Winner don’t offer a comprehensive ‘A-Z’ in-play market portfolio, you’ll find a great range of markets to enjoy, with the bookie actively working to add new markets and events to their range.
To access the in-play betting area you’ll need to use a specific part of the site. Find ‘In-Play’ on the main navigation menu at the top of the page, and you’ll then be taken to a screen showcasing the current in-play events, alongside any upcoming events.
The bet slip works just like it does on the regular sports book and you’ll be able to place singles and multiples, although as with all live betting markets you need to be quick in order to get your bets on in time – the odds can change fast.
Winner are known for their orange branding, it’s what makes the casino side of the business so distinctive. They have used it in multiple TV and internet adverts to increase the public’s awareness of the brand.
That’s why we were surprised to see that they have chosen to take a different approach with their sportsbook, opting instead for lighter shades with blue being the primary colour around the site. It’s fine, it just seems like an odd choice given all of the previous work done advertising the casino brand.
The website itself is simple, uncluttered, and easy to use, and while it lacks some of the features seen on other bookies websites, it still offers a decent betting experience. Unfortunately, though, we found the bet slip to be a bit laggy, especially when moving from one market to another.
The functionality of Winner’s sportsbook is bang average, and you won’t find anything ground breaking or exciting to play with. It’s basically the perfect site for those wanting to deposit their money, place their bets, and leave it at that. For those who enjoy all of the fancy extras, this site may feel a little basic.
Like most of its competitors, Winner uses a menu down the left-hand side of the page to showcase the sports markets on offer, although due to size constraints you’ll need to click ‘A-Z of Sports’ if you want to see a full list of the markets.
Similarly, the bet slip is found on the right-hand side of each page, and follows you as you move around the site. As we said, though, it needs a bit of work to bring it up to scratch with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Still, despite a few negatives Winner is a pretty decent site, and aside from the bet slip issues it’s fast and reliable.
As one of the world’s leading online bookmakers, Winner needed to make sure their mobile bet options were as diverse and reliable as possible to keep up with the competition. While they initially only offered mobile betting through their mobile optimised website, today, they also offer a downloadable app to both iOS and Android players.
This app is completely free to download from the Play Store for iOS players; and as a direct download from the Winner website for Android punters.
If you don’t have access to either of these options, you can still enjoy mobile betting by heading to the main Winner website through your internet browser, at which point you’ll be automatically re-directed to the mobile site. The mobile site is optimised for all types of device, and smart tablets, mobile phones, and phablets are fully supported.
You’ll find all of the account functions – cashier, open bets, and in-play betting – are available in full on both the mobile site and the app, and everything runs smoothly and quickly thanks to the good work done by the Winner development team.
Impressive New Player Bonus
It’s very common for online sportsbooks to offer bonuses to new players, and these are usually in the form of either free bets or matched deposit bonuses. Winner offer the latter, and it’s generally regarded as one of the biggest in the industry, as it allows you to claim a 100% bonus up to a maximum of £200.
If you’re not familiar with the matched deposit bonus it works like this: say you deposit £50 into your account, Winner will match that by 100%, giving you a total of £100 to bet with.
Of course, there are terms and conditions attached (for instance, you must roll over the free money a certain number of times), but it’s a great offer that allows you to essentially get up to £200 absolutely free, so it’s well worth checking out.
Multiple Products Available
Winner don’t just offer a sportsbook, they also offer an online casino (including games like Roulette, Blackjack, video slots, and live dealer games), a Poker room (with thousands of players hitting the tables every day), as well as Bingo that offers round the clock gaming.
One account serves all areas of the site meaning you don’t need to sign up for multiple accounts, and as is the norm these days your account balance can be easily transferred between the different sections of the site, making for easy and hassle-free betting/gambling.
Multi Lingual Support
Many bookies only offer support, and even their website’s text, in English. While this won’t be a problem for most of our readers, it can become problematic for those players for whom English is a second language. Thankfully, Winner offer their live support chat in a number of languages including: German, Swedish, French, Russian, Polish, Greek, Spanish and Norwegian.
Note: English is the only language guaranteed to have 24/7 live chat available. The availability of a live chat agent speaking any of the other languages is dependant on the staff working at any given time.
Payments & Limits
Winner don’t operate any form of maximum bet to their punters, and although this means you can bet a virtually unlimited amount of money across their markets, it’s worth pointing out that placing bets with higher returns than the maximum win/payouts is pointless, as you simply won’t be paid out.
The maximum payouts/wins are fairly generous though, with most of their markets maximums standing at £500,000. This is at the top end when compared to other bookies, and generally applies to all major Football and Horse Racing markets, although some of the lesser-known markets are capped at £100,000.
For a full list and specific details, you can check out the terms and conditions page on the Winner website, where a comprehensive breakdown is available.
Payment methods at Winner are plentiful, both for depositing and withdrawing from your account. Some of the popular methods include: Bank Wire Transfer, Maestro, Neteller, Skrill, Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Delta, and MasterCard.
A number of pre-paid cards can also be used, but while vouchers were widely accepted at one time, Winner appear to have cut back on the number of voucher schemes they accept these days, particularly inside the UK, so bear this in mind.
Payment times tend to be around 24 hours, although of course this is the time it will take them to process your payment rather than the time it will take to show up in your account.
History & About
Winner and their associated brands are one of the biggest gambling companies on the planet, operating a huge range of online betting services; from the sports book we’ve just looked at, to an Online Casino, a ‘Vegas’ section, Poker, Bingo – the list is endless.
From its conception, the sportsbook was designed to cover a massive number of markets and events from all over the globe. Thanks to multiple gaming licenses, players from over 80 countries can join the site, ensuring Winner’s visibility and reach is as strong as possible.
There are a number of features at Winner that make the bookie significantly more attractive than some of the alternatives, and while other sites may offer some of the following features individually, it’s rare to see them offered all together at one site.
In-play betting, live-streaming, money back specials, enhanced odd promotions, and direct integration with all their other betting products gives customers free rein to access a huge range of markets and games. It’s no surprise then that Winner are one of the top 10 online gambling sites in terms of player numbers and revenue.
While the company has come under occasional criticism for its tardiness when processing withdrawals, things seem to have improved a lot over the past year, and the reputation of Winner is back to its best, with thousands of new players signing up each day.
By investing in state of the art technology, Winner ensure all of their players can enjoy a fast, safe, and reliable betting experience, and you only have to spend a few minutes on the website to appreciate the speeds.
Plus, Winner fully embrace mobile gaming, with a mobile ready website and various apps available for players to download free of charge.