McBookie are a gambling company that were first launched in 2009. The company were founded in Scotland, and everything they have on the site is with the aim of putting Scottish sport and Scottish punters first.
There is loads to do on the site, with the sportsbook a key aspect. It provides betting on plenty of sports, and if this is not your thing there is something for everyone. There is also a section for Casino.
The McBookie sign up process is only available to Scottish residents and can be completed on a desktop or mobile device.
How to claim a free bet on sign up with McBookie
As a new customer with this bookie, I was able to claim the sign up McBookie offer, which is given to customers that have not registered for an account with them before. By opening the online account, I deposited £25 and placed my first bet, to then be given a £25 free bet.
The terms of the offer stated that my first bet had to be at odds of 2.0 or greater, but there was plenty of selections to choose from at this price. My first deposit and bet also had to be made within 30 days of the account being opened, which gave me plenty of time.
I knew that the maximum free bet I could claim was £25, and it was matched with my deposit amount. Therefore I had to deposit £25 and place my first bet. After completing this step, the McBookie new customer free bet was credited to me within 48 hours.
I was given 30 days to use my free bet, and if not it would have expired and been removed from my account.
I decided to use my free bet on a high profile football match, as there was loads of value to be found.
What McBookie offers sports bettors?
It is extremely quick and easy to gets bets on with the McBookie website and I was able to place a number of bets in just a couple of minutes. McBookie’s site has the blue and white branding to go along with the Scottish theme and the site is designed pretty well.
The sportsbook is where I spent most of my time on the site and there is loads to be found. There were betting opportunities available on around 25 different sports, including American football, Aussie Rules, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Entertainment, Football, Formula 1, Gaelic Football, Golf, Greyhounds, Horse Racing, Hurling, Ice Hockey, Politics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Speedway, Tennis and Volleyball.
The number of markets available for each sport depended on how popular the sport is. For example, Premier League Football matches usually have the most markets listed. For example, Watford v Bournemouth in the Premier League had 102 markets listed.
Horse racing betting has plenty of things available too, with markets for all UK and Irish horse racing, as well as plenty of meetings from countries around the world such as USA and South Africa. Ante post markets are listed for big races in the future, such as the Grand National.
There are quite a few tennis markets too, both for smaller tournaments and for the bigger grand slam events too, which are Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open and French Open.
The cash out feature is great and allowed me to end selected bets early. I was able to take an early profit when my selection was in a winning position, and if it looked like my selection would lose, I could minimise any potential losses.
How McBookie odds compare
The odds available on the McBookie website can be considered to be competitive. Their football odds are some of the best on the site, as they usually provide excellent value. It is often the case that McBookie will decide to bring their odds in line with the market leaders for big matches that are broadcast live on TV.
By finding the best value, it meant that I was able to increase the profit made from the McBookie promotions such as the welcome offer.
McBookie In-play betting
In-play betting is also available on the site, and it even has its own tab at the top of the page, so it was really easy for me to find all of the in-play events.
There are quite a few sports available for live betting too, including Football, Tennis, Cricket, Basketball, Golf, Volleyball, Rugby, Darts and Ice Hockey. Football usually has the most markets listed, while some events are limited to just one or two markets.
Key football markets that are offered for in-play betting include Match Odds, Both Teams To Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Correct Score and more.
There are also some interesting graphics with accompanying stats for many sports, which helped me make more informed bets. In-play stats were updated in real time and for football included the likes of corners and cards.
McBookie live streaming sports
McBookie live streams are available for selected Horse Racing and Greyhounds. In order to view these, I just needed to have registered for an account and be logged in with a funded account.
I was able to access these streams on both a desktop and a mobile device, which meant I was able to keep up with the action while on the move. I was able to see which events were available for streaming by clicking the streaming button next to the event.
How to sign up and deposit for McBookie promotions
Before I was able to fully claim the McBookie sign up offer, first I had to deposit some funds into my betting account. It is important to note at this point that I am betting from the UK, and the payment methods I will be discussing could only be relevant for others in the UK too.
When I logged in and clicked on the Deposit button, I was taken to the deposit page. The available payment methods were then listed, which included Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill and PayPal.
I chose to use a debit card to deposit, as I found that it was the quickest and easiest way. My card details were saved to make it even easier for next time too, which was really useful for when I needed to deposit funds quickly.
Most of the available payment methods were processed immediately, meaning that the funds would be available to bet with straight away. This is with the exception of Bank Transfer which takes a few working days. There are no fees involved with any of the current payment methods either. The minimum deposit via card is £5.
Another big reason why I chose to deposit with a debit card is due to the fact that the terms and conditions of some offers often state that only deposits made with a debit/credit card or PayPal will count towards a promotion.
Withdrawing any funds is a similar process to depositing. I was required to withdraw with the same payment method as I deposited with for legal reasons.
How to get help on McBookie
I had a look at the customer service options available on the site and there was plenty of support there to get any questions answered. The help section is easy to find too, as there is a Help Centre button plus a Chat button.
Once clicked into the Help Centre, I was showed a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions, with a search feature. By clicking Contact Us, I could see all of the options for contacting a customer service representative via the live chat feature or via email.
If you need to escalate a complaint, you can contact the Independent Betting Arbitration Service (IBAS).