Victor Chandler Betting Review
The Victor Chandler group has a history that extends well beyond online betting, and have been handling sportsbooks for quite some time. Established in 1946, the Victor Chandler group has handled betting odds primarily for UK residents, although their move from London to Gibralter has allowed the group to offer tax-free betting for its clients. The site itself offers a huge variety of sporting events, and includes some much more obscure options such as Politics and Futsal, so if you decide to bet with VCbet, you can pretty well guarantee that you’ll be getting one of the most in-depth betting sites available as far as a seemingly limitless number of options and ways to bet.
Victor Chandler is a name that is synonomous with prestige and excellent treatment of players everywhere.
- Site Established in 1997
- Free £25 for New Customers
- US Players are Not Currently Allowed
- Specializes in Sports
- Offers a Huge Variety of Sporting Events
- Minimum Deposits in Low Increments
- Great Customer Service
A quick review of the site shows that its fairly easy to navigate, although the depth of betting probably means that this site is for the intermediate to professional gambler. The site navigation is fairly smooth, but customer service/help was a little difficult to find and use, so some experience with sports books and betting is a must before diving into the world of VCbet.uk.
Making a Deposit
The first thing to jump out at me with Victor Chandler is that they have a PayPal option. Although I’m a little biased in this regard due to my PayPal loyalty, I thought that this was an excellent offer that not many sportsbooks offer. This alone set Victor Chandler apart for me from sites such as Bodog, as they offer an excellent variety of deposit options for gamblers. The site also offers much higher limits for deposits, and thanks to Western Union’s involvement there are options for novice betters who don’t want to commit to the usual $20-$50 bottom limit of most sites. For the pprofessional or high stakes gambler, there is no deposit limit when using services such as Netteller, Western Union Moneybookers or Credit Cards.
VC Bet offers secure deposit services, and with their Western Union option for deposits may find themselves well ahead of the game for professional gamblers.
Payouts and Bonuses
The upper end payout for VCbet.uk is £ 1,000,000 when using a telegraphic transfer. One would assume that a payout this large takes some time, but one would also assume that anyone taking this type of a payout isn’t necessarily concerned about money anyways. My major issue with the sites payout options are that the payout maximum is limited for Credit Cards, Neteller and Moneybookers, while the deposit amount isn’t. Understandably, the site and its managing partners probably don’t want to be making massive payouts regularly, but it seems like it’s only fair to put a cap on deposits if you’re going to cap payouts. Especially with the lean towards high stakes betting, I’m sure the VCbet client base would appreciate a bump up in the payout limit for options other than telegraphic transfer. The site certainly opens itself up to high stakes, high payout betting, so it would only benefit them to find a way to remove limits- if not for actual payouts, than just for the image of the site as being an elite/high priced operation.
The bonuses on VCBet again don’t necessarily lend themselves to novice betters. New customers are offered a free £25 bet to begin, which may entice novice gamblers to open up an account, but Victor Chandler seems to be fairly against offering too much in the way of bonuses for members. Rewards for higher stakes betting in the Casino and Poker rooms are available, but as far as the sportsbook protion of the site is concerned clients are responsible for their own bets and winnings.
Certainly doesn’t really go much above and beyond the basics. There is no toll-free option for phone service, and the live chat feature froze up several times before I was able to establish a contact, after a fair waiting time. The image I’ve gotten of this site is that it is for experienced gamblers, and that any customer service regarding basic questions are generally unappreciated. The site does offer a comprehensive FAQ section, which their customer service operators are all too happy to remind you of. Still, given that the main client base will be individuals who have sportsbook and betting experience, VCBet doesn’t really need to rely too much on strong customer service.
Betting, Trends and Lines
Wow. VCBet offers pretty much everything in the world of sports, and certainly offers some unique potential as far as entertainment and even financials. Victor Chandler shows a bit of its elitism as a site in offering clients the opportunity to bet on financial markets...predict the rise or fall in major world markets to win money. To me, that seems a little bit like investment, but certainly only those with a gambling addiction or an avid interest in stocks and finance would be interested in this type of a novelty. With other in depth options like Greyhounds, Handball, and even Politics VCBet certainly has options for placing your bets.
A unique feature to VCBet is the Virtual Sports option, which allows client to bet in real time on virtual horse races, greyhound races, etc. Similar to the idea of video poker and casino’s, this option will be extremely popular for clients who want the excitement of live betting without having to wait for a day at the track.
Overall my impression of VCBet was that I was out of my league when it comes to registering and becoming a client. The site itself is easy to navigate, but the high limits for deposits and payouts in addition to their Politics and Financials options certainly create an air of a “gentleman’s” sportsbook, and for Canadian and American users the lack of dollar signs on the site may be a bit of a turn off.
For amateur, recreational, and novice gamblers there are certainly better options out there, but if professional high stakes gambling is your thing, Victor Chandler may be right up your alley.