Virgin Bet Offers & Review - October 2021
Virgin is already a very well-know and reputable brand and has become a household name in many different walks of life. Virgin have now attempted to move into the gambling industry with what is a very impressive sportsbook known as Virgin Bet. Created back in 2019, six years after Virgin Games was created in 2013, Virgin Bet have quickly established themselves as one of the major players on the betting scene.
When you decide to sign up with Virgin Bet you will be given the opportunity to opt into their welcome offer which is currently a bet £10 get £20 in free bets offer.
This offer requires you to opt-in before placing a single bet of £10 or more on any sport at odds of 1/2 or more while the bet must settle within 14 days of registration of your account. Once you have done this you will be credited with two £10 free bets regardless of whether your initial bet wins or losses. Ensure that you claim your free bet when the pop-up window appears. The free bet tokens must be accepted within seven days of the date the notification is made available to you and you will then have seven days to use the bet tokens before they expire.
Be aware that if your qualifying bet is cancelled, voided or cashed out then you will not be eligible for the free bet token, but you will be able to place another qualifying bet.
The free bet tokens must be used at odds of 1/100 or higher, while they can only be used to place a single selection bet or an acca bet with two or more selections which means they will not be valid with multiple bets such as Lucky 15's. The bet tokens also cannot be used on each-way bets or to claim any bonus, they cannot be withdrawn as cash and they will not be returned as a stake on a winning bet.
This type of bet is a standard for the industry and provides some decent value without requiring an in-depth knowledge of how more complicated free bets work. For more experienced bettors this is a quick and easy way to get some real value on a £10 initial deposit.
Sports & Markets
Virgin Bet really have hit the ground running when it comes to what sports and markets they offer. With over 30 sports available for you to bet on, there really is something for everyone when it comes to betting with Virgin Bet.
Virgin Bet offers you the ability to bet on popular sports like football, tennis and golf, while they also provide markets for Esports, snooker and floorball, with American sports like Ice Hockey and American Football also catered to.
However, as with any bookmaker in the UK, football is their biggest sport. The Premier League and La Liga enjoy a lot of exposure on the site while markets for smaller leagues from Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Brazil all feature among many, many more.
Honing in on the Premier League specifically, bettors can expect to see a lot of markets available for the world's most popular league. There are usually anywhere from 150 or more markets for a Premier League game meaning bettors have a very extensive choice.
Virgin Bet also offer a number of niche betting markets meaning that Asian Handicap, over/under shots on target and many more are all available options to bettors. Of course, this does not mean that the more standard markets are not supported, with match winner, BTTS and many more also available.
The statistical offering from Virgin Bet is, frankly, quite disappointing. Whereas other bookmakers will offer a big statistical pack for you to sink your teeth into prior to the match, Virgin bet will offer you the last five matches the two have played along with the head-to-head record. While this information can aid you when placing a bet on the outcome of the match, it will not help you to make your decision on the goalscorers in the game and other more technical markets.
Esports also has it's place on the site in an impressive way. Virgin Bet offers popular games like League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2 and Starcraft and while the likes of Call of Duty and Fortnite are not available to bet on, it seems as though Virgin Bet will likely continue to explore the Esports scene and possibly add more games to their roster.
More novelty events are also available on-site with the 'UK Specials' containing markets for Britain's Got Talent among others, while the Politics section contains markets for the UK, USA, France and the EU. Clearly, Virgin Bet offer a very impressive range of sports alongside more novelty events.
The In-Play section of the site is very easy to find with it taking the third-spot in the menu on the left-hand side of the page, while it also has a number surrounded by red next to it just to emphasis where it is and how many matches are available to bet on In-Play.
Clicking on this link opens a page with all of the options for In-Play events at that time. The options at the top of the page include Highlights, Streaming, and then a range of sports. Clicking on the Streaming section will reveal which sports are currently In-Play and are available for you to watch, while there are usually prompts at the top of the page detailing when the next horse race will start.
Virgin Bet have immediately elevated themselves above a number of the newer bookmakers by incorporating a live streaming element on their site. Live streaming is available on the Virgin Bet main website along with their mobile app and it is available for a number of big sports including football, tennis, horse racing and more.
With the exception of horse racing, existing customers simply need to have a positive balance in their account to view the stream. For horse racing, customers must have a bet of at least £1 on the race you want to watch. Live horse racing streams are available for all UK and Irish races.
Best Odds Guarantee
Virgin Bet currently offer a best odds guarantee on UK and Irish horse racing after 09:00am UK time on the day of the race. The best odds guarantee simply means that if you back a horse after 09:00am on race day at a certain price and the SP (Starting Price) is higher, if your horse wins then you will be paid out at the higher price.
For example, if you backed a horse at 3/1 but the SP was 6/1, then you will be paid at out 6/1 if your horse wins. The maximum increase in returns your can receive as an enhancement under this promotion stands at £50,000 per member per day.
Customers can utilise Virgin Bet's Acca insurance after signing up. This means that if you have a multiple bet placed and one selection loses you will be refunded. Other bookmakers place a specific condition on the number of selections you must have placed but, impressively, Virgin Bet are yet to adopt this condition but there is no saying that they won't eventually do so.
Virgin Bet also offer customers multiple price boosts that they can take advantage of. These will often span across leagues like the Premier League or the Champions League along with a number of other sports like tennis, cricket, boxing and more. These price boosts will be subject to a maximum stake and are only available for betting as single selections.
The website design of Virgin Bet's site is a sleek and easy to use. The red and white colour scheme of the site ensures that all of the information is not made too overbearing while pages are quick to load too making being on the site a breeze.
Perhaps surprising is the fact that the bookie only provide two different styles of odds in the form of fractional and decimal. Alongside this, in the settings area of the site there are a number of different aspects you can tweak. You are able to change the autostart visualisations and videos, the default timeframe for In-Play events, the default stake amount and the default betslip tab.
Honestly, Virgin Bet is one of the most impressive newer sportsbooks in the game today. Their range of sports and markets coupled with their live streaming feature means they hold weight against the biggest and best bookies in the game today. Negatively, they do miss out on the fact they do not offer a request a bet feature or an Acca boost.
However, if you are not overly concerned by the fact that Virgin Bet do lack a few features then they could be a very viable option for new customers and bettors looking for a new bookie. A strong opening welcome offer and a very good overall site along with some brilliant features makes Virgin Bet one of the best bookmakers in the game today.