This Tote review looks at one of the most well-known names in the UK horse race betting. Having operated under the name Totesport for the past several years, it has now rebranded back to ‘The Tote’. So, this Tote review will look at all of its main features, including the welcome bonus.

  1. £10 Welcome Offer

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    £10 Welcome Offer

    UK & ROI customers only. 18+. Place your first bet on sports pools and if it loses we’ll refund your stake in cash. Max refund is £10. Qualifying bet is the first sports pool bet added to the betslip. Ten to Follow bets do not qualify. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. Full T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs
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Tote Review Category Our Rating
Welcome Offer 5/5
Betting Markets 4/5
Odds 5/5
Streaming/Live options 3/5
Mobile App 4/5
Payment options 2/5
Customer service 4/5
Overall Rating 4/5

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Welcome Bonus – 5

There are plenty of promotions and offers at Tote – and it all starts with the welcome offer for new customers.

Up to £10 Welcome Offer

Punters can get straight in on the action with awelcome offer up to £10. All you need to do to claim this offer is deposit a minimum of £1 and then place your first bet. However, there is no minimum betting amount required for this qualifying wager. (T&Cs apply, 18+)

If the bet you placed loses, your stake up to the value of £10 is returned to your account as cash.  Some other bookmakers will return your funds in the form of bonus bets. These are not equal, as when you use a bonus bet, your stake is not returned with your winnings – at the Tote it is!

Significant T&Cs: UK & ROI customers only. 18+. Place your first bet on sports pools and if it loses we’ll refund your stake in cash. Max refund is £10. Qualifying bet is the first sports pool bet added to the betslip. Ten to Follow bets do not qualify. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. Full T&Cs apply.

Betting Markets – 4

The Tote is dedicated to UK horse racing, so this isn’t the site for you if you want to bet on football, tennis or even greyhounds. This Tote review noted two main bet types. You have the option to place single-leg bets which are Totewin, Toteplace, Exacta, Trifecta, and Swinger wagers. Alternatively, and preferred by most punters, are the multi-leg bets, such as:

Tote Scoop 6

Put your knowledge of the day’s racing to the test with the timeless Tote Scoop 6 bet. The concept is simple. The Tote selects six races from various cards, and all you have to do is pick the winners. Entry costs £2.00, which goes into the prize pool, and the winners are paid the dividend based on how many punters joined in. (T&Cs apply, 18+)

Even if you don’t manage to get the golden six, there is a place pool as well that you can claim a share of if all your horses placed. Furthermore, pool winners qualify for the Bonus Fund, which follows the week after.

Another popular bet is the Tote Jackpot. This also involves picking six winners; however, the races all come from the same race card. The minimum bet is £1.00, but you can stake more if you want, and the dividend is paid out based on the size of your bet. Like Scoop 6, this prize pot is also known to roll over frequently.

Tote Placepot

No Tote review would be complete without mentioning the punter-favourite Tote Placepot. This is essentially the ‘easier’ version of the Tote Jackpot. Once more, you have to select six horses from the races chosen by the Tote, but the horses only need to place. (T&Cs apply, 18+) Understandably, the prize pots don’t grow as large as the two mentioned above, but you have more chances of winning the Tote Placepot, which is why this is such a popular Tote bet.

Tote Odds – 5

The revamped Tote promises to give punters excellent betting value all year round. The bookmaker specialises in horse racing, and it shows. For starting price (SP) wagers, you’ll be hard pushed to find a betting site that pays out more than these guys.

Tote Guarantee

This is an extremely popular feature with all UK horse racing bettors. The betting odds on all races have a Tote dividend price and an official starting price (as announced by the Starting Price Regulatory Commission). The Tote Guarantee ensures punters get the highest price of the two on Totewin bets (or the win part of Toteplace bets). (T&Cs apply, 18+)

Significant T&Cs: customers only. Promotion applies to Totewin bets only and covers all UK races. £500 max stake. 18+. T&Cs apply. (Full T&C’s apply).

Streaming and Live Betting at Tote UK – 3

As Tote works on a pools method of betting, there are no live betting markets on this site. This is different from the usual ante-post betting offered by most sites and is a real selling point as far as this Tote review goes.

The good news is that customer account holders are able to watch the races live. There is a wide selection of UK, Irish and international races offered on the Tote live streaming feature. You don’t even need to have placed a bet on a race to watch. As long as you have made a recent deposit, you are good to go!

Tote Review: Mobile App – 4

For an even greater sense of freedom with your pools betting, you can download the new Tote Placepot mobile app. It is specifically designed to help customers with their multi-leg bets and provides all the features of the desktop version of Tote in the palm of your hand.

The Tote app is available for iOS and Android devices and even has an in-built helper to assist with single bets and provide information on markets and meetings.

Tote Review: Payment Options – 2

Things are a little sparse in this department, however. At present, the only payment options are Visa and Mastercard debit card deposits. No e-wallets are available right now. Please note, before you can make your first deposit, you need to verify your identity. You can do this by sending a scanned copy of your driver’s licence or some other form of photographic ID and a document with proof of address.

Customer care

Our Tote review was impressed with the level of customer support on offer. For instance, customers can reach out via the following methods between 8am and 10pm every day (apart from Christmas Day).

  • Live chat
  • Email
  • Phone

Tote also provides an FAQs page which covers many of the basic queries you might have. It’s worth checking out if customer support is not online.

Our Verdict

The new Tote is still a work in progress, but that is to be expected. With that said, there are many encouraging signs that this horse racing-specific bookmaker will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. The promotions will attract a lot of punters, and its live streaming is a real plus.

This Tote review concludes if you’re a fan of racing, this bookmaker deserves to be on your radar.

What we like What we don’t like
Live streaming No other sports are available for betting
Tote Guarantee means you get the best possible price on your bets Limited payment method options
Innovative way of betting