As the name suggests, RaceBets is a betting site focused exclusively on horse and greyhound races. The company was founded in 2005 as a domestic operator in Germany. Within two years, Racebets.com had established itself as the largest bookmaker in Germany. They invited the German Thoroughbred Racing Association to become shareholders in 2010 and began pumping serious money back into the domestic racing scene.
Racebets.com was established in 2005 and now serves as the largest racing betting site on the internet. They serve customers from more than 40 countries, cover more than 250,000 races every year and offer frequent promotions for customers.
- Quality reputation dating back to 2005
- Huge range of betting markets
- Covers 250,000+ races each year
- Frequent and unique racing betting promos
- Front page is a bit overwhelming
In 2016, international gambling operator Betsson.com acquired Racebets.com but kept the agreement with the German Thoroughbred Racing Association intact. With the purchase, Betsson shifted strategies a bit to give Racebets.com a more international flavor, with a particular focus on European and UK markets while still maintaining a dominant presence in Germany.
Today, Racebets.com accepts customers from around the world. They hold licenses in the UK, Malta, Ireland and Germany. All of those are reputable licensing jurisdictions that have high demands of license-holders. In further evidence of its security, Racebets.com is partnered with eCogra, the German Bookmaker Association and the EU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) platform in order to efficiently and fairly resolve customer disputes.
Racebets Design and User Interface
The Racebets platform has a simple design that is easy on the eyes and makes for efficient betting. There are no flashy colors as the bookie sticks to a yellow, black and white color scheme. The website loads quickly and buttons are responsive to clicks. It’s also nice that whenever you make a selection, a betting slip automatically appears on the side of the screen showing your risk amount and potential winnings before you confirm the wager.
The user interface looks a bit intimidating at the beginning due to the sheer number of options. It seems as though the designers wanted to give users as many quick links to different betting markets as possible. It all looks overwhelming at first.
Upon first visit to the website, you will see multiple sections on the home page each dedicated to a different format of betting such as imminent races, today’s highlights, ante-post markets and so on. There’s just a lot to take in all at once. However, once you familiarize yourself with the logic of the layout, you will find the setup useful for quickly finding the markets you want whether those be upcoming races, ante-post betting opportunities and more.
The only real issue is the lack of a search field to find specific races. It would be nice if the Racebets website had a search option that you could use to find specific tracks or even specific horses.
RaceBets specializes in exactly two broad categories of racing: horses and greyhounds. Track coverage is extensive with events from around 40 countries around the world such as the United Kingdom, USA, Ireland, Australia, and many more. According to Racebets.com’s own figures, they take bets on more than 250,000 races each year. They cover all the major types of races including gallop, jumps, and trot.
Once you open the racecard for the event, you will see a list of the starters. The available markets include Win, Place, Each Way, Forecast, Tricast, Superfecta, and several other options. Not all markets are available for all races, but generally you can expect to find the same selection of wagers online as you would find at the track in person.
If you select an individual races and then click on the name of any horse or greyhound, the website will return a plethora of information related to that runner such as age, gender, trainer, ratings on various surfaces, race history and more.
When it comes to the betting odds at RaceBets, they are short of exceptional but solid nonetheless. Overall, you can expect to find prices that are clearly better than the industry average. One area in particular in which Racebets.com really shines is in its coverage of races that are not as popular at other betting sites.
Useful Betting Features
All customers of Racebets.com are granted access to a number of features that make it easier to accomplish certain tasks, bet on the go, find useful betting tips and analyze races on your own. These features are above average compared to other major betting sites – as they should be for the world’s largest racing-first bookmaker.
A major strong point in favor of Racebets.com is extensive live-streaming availability for races held around the world. If you click on the “streams” selection at the top of the website, a live streaming interface will drop down from the top and allow you to choose from any races that are being streamed live or will soon be shown live.
Live racing video is offered for races in the United Kingdom, Australia, the USA, France and many other countries. This is by far the most comprehensive selection of live racing video among all betting sites. Additionally, if you’re placing bets through any racecard, you can launch the stream from right there if one is available for that race.
Statistics and Editorials
Statistics are the bread and butter of horse and greyhound racing. It’s almost impossible to win without including relevant data to your analysis. The people behind Racebets.com know this and accommodate serious horseplayers as well as casual gamblers with all sorts of stats and editorial advice.
To find racing stats, select “statistics” from the top navigation bar. You can pick between Form Guide, Trainers, and Jockeys. It will help you get a better idea of forthcoming races. Alternatively, you can check the data available for each start by clicking on its name in the racecard.
You should consider spending some time playing around with the form guides here. When you visit statistics and search for a horse’s name, it brings up a thorough form guide including basic information, detailed career stats and more. You can even compare the horse using a “duels” feature in case your horse is about to run against a past opponent. This feature will show how your horse fared against that opponent in prior races.
The “editorials” option form the top menu will also prove useful from time to time. If you select gallop or trot tips from the editorials menu, you’ll get a quick list of horses that are favored by the Racebets.com experts. These quick tips offer no analysis, but they are useful for giving you a place to begin if you’re looking at a race full of unfamiliar horses. The Racebets.com blog offers more in-depth previews of upcoming races that analyze races, make predictions and provide other useful information.
Racebets.com Mobile Viewing
The Racebets.com website is fully mobile compatible for those of you wanting to bet on the go. They do not have a dedicated app that you can actually download from the app store, but the mobile website works fine on all makes and models. Just visit Racebets.com or m.racebets.com from your iPhone, Android or tablet and the website will automatically configure itself for mobile viewing.
Overall, the Racebets mobile website is simple and straightforward. The homepage may look a little bar when you first visit, but you’ll find a menu off to the side that allows you to navigate between various racing options (next races, highlights, live streams and so on). Kudos are due to Racebets for offering live horse racing streams for all mobile users.
Banking and Customer Support
Racebets.com offers multiple deposit options for customers in each country. They offer multiple country-specific deposit options so your exact list of deposit methods may look different than mine, but here’s what was available to me from my location: credit and debit cards, Skrill, PayPal, Neteller, and Paysafecard.
With the exception of Paysafecard, all of these deposit options can be used to both deposit and withdraw money.
If you have any issues at RaceBets and need to contact the support, here’s how to do it:
- Phone: there are phone lines in German and English from 09:00 to 18:00 CET seven days a week. Call 0808 238 0022 from the UK (toll-free) or +44 203 747 6778;
- Email: drop an email to [email protected];
- Web form: just fill in the web form at the RaceBets site and the staff will get in touch.
The support team is friendly and will try to help you in a timely manner. So far, no complaints here. I’ve only contacted them once and the experience was positive. It was a simple question, but support helped me quickly and efficiently.
Racebets.com is a viable option for anyone with even a passing interest in betting on horses or greyhounds online. Their biggest selling point for me is the massive array of races covered from all around the world. No other online bookmaker covers greyhound or horse racing to the extent that Racebets does.
Great-to-decent odds for most races, extensive live streaming options and useful statistics all combine to make Racebets a well-rounded betting site for horse racing betting. The user interface could be organized in a more intuitive manner, but overall it’s easy to use once you become accustomed to how they organize things over there.