If you are wondering what the best betting app is for your device in the UK, then you have arrived at the right place.
We have years of experience in reviewing apps across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker. We have seen some mature into excellence, some fade away by the wayside and some new names crop up that show real potential.
UK Sports Betting Apps List
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There are a vast amount of UK sports betting apps available for smartphone users. Unfortunately, not all of them fit the criteria that we look for when we compile all the information needed to bring you our list of the top mobile sports betting apps for UK users. Having said that, you’ll find that there are a lot that do.
Having tested all of the apps out thoroughly ourselves we feel that the ones we have selected to review, all have lots to offer whatever sports you are interested in. The reviews will walk you through the whole process from start to finish. Starting from registering all the way through to download the app onto your device.
Betting Apps: Ultimate Guide
We have our own unique review scoring system and those that have scored the highest get the privilege of appearing on this page. Our system provides a score out of five across the following areas:
- App navigation
- In-play betting
- Live streaming
- Speed of bets
- Multiple bet features
- Choice of markets/sports
- Odds offered
- Deposit/withdrawal method
- Cash-out options
We then take the average score to create an overall score for each app. Below you will find the apps as well as some detailed analysis on what each app excels at.
Popular sports to bet on
It is no surprise that football is the most popular sport to bet on in the UK as it is the nations favourite sport.
Here are some of the most popular sports for betting
- Horse racing
All license apps offer a range of depositing options for you to choose from, such as –
- Debit card – Usually fee-free
- PayPal – Fees apply with some
- E-wallets (Neteller, Skrill etc) – Fees vary
- Bank transfer – Usually fee-free
- Cheque – Yes really! You can still send a cheque to some to deposit into your account!
Responsible gambling in the UK
The UK has one of the most established gambling markets in the world and all bookmakers are fully committed to responsible gambling in the UK. There are a number of measures in place that can help you keep in control of your gambling such as
- Self exclude – Restrict access to your account for a set period of time
- Deposit limits – Set a limit for daily and weekly deposits that you are comfortable with
- Bet Blocker – An app that will block all gambling sites and apps from your phone
All licensed operators have to abide by the rules laid out by the gambling commission.
The gambling commission also offers support to people who feel they may have a gambling problem, or know someone who has, through begambleaware.org.
iPhone & iPad betting apps
There is a full range of iPhone betting apps that are available on the App Store. These can all be downloaded for free and you will need to register before you can bet. Apps are regularly updated, so to make sure you get the best experience keep them up to date!
Top 5 apps – on purely i0s rating
- Bet Victor
- William Hill
- Customisable notifications
- Pin, Touch ID & Face ID for secure login
- Live streaming of various sports – Varies by location
- Deposit via Apple Pay – Varies by app
- iWatch integration
Android betting apps
The Google play store is packed with gambling apps. These cover sports betting, casino and others. They can be real money apps or “play” apps where you bet with coins and never see any returns. We only consider licensed sports betting apps for our Android betting list.
Top 5 based on Android ratings
- William Hill
How to install Android betting apps
Android users have two options for installing. You can download the version from the Play Store or you can install the mobile site as a short cut. The only difference is the mobile version takes up less space on your phone or tablet.
- Live streaming – Varies by app
- Secure logins
- Other gambling apps that you can use from the same account
- Inbuilt casino games and slots
To ensure you can download these apps it is best to have the latest Android software installed. If you have an older version you may not be able to get the app, you would then need to install the mobile site short cut instead.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best UK betting app?
From our independent ratings, we have selected the Betfred app as the best overall betting app. This is due to the stability of the platform along with how easy it is to register, deposit and bet. It also offers excellent responsible gambling features.
Are the odds different on betting apps?
No, the odds for the desktop site, betting app and mobile site are all the same.
Is sport betting legal in the UK?
Yes, sports betting is legal via betting shops or online. All operators in the UK must be approved by the UK Gambling Commission to operate and follow their rules and regulations.
How does tax on gambling work?
In the UK, the tax is applied to the bookmaker rather than the customer. This came about as a change of law in 2001. The bookmakers pay a levy on their income which is incorporated into their costs. Any winning bets are not taxable as an income in the UK.
What is the Tote and how does it work?
The Tote is a racing betting system that pools the stakes together and splits the pool between the winners using a weighting system. The more money that is on a particular horse the less the returns will be, the less fancied a horse the more you will win if you select that horse. This is a very popular way of betting partially when on track.
This differs from fixed odds betting where the returns are at a set price regardless of how many people bet on it.
Why do the odds change in live betting?
If you’re betting on an app with live betting you many notices the odds change before you get the bet placed and you have to reconfirm. This is due to the changing conditions affecting the odds. This can be a thing such as goals scored, runs scored, wickets are taken and time changes. It’s perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
What are bet builders?
Bet builders are becoming very popular across betting apps. They allow you to place multiple bets on the same game. Football is by far the most popular sport for this type of bet followed by cricket and tennis.
Can I cash out on betting apps?
Yes, all the betting apps we feature have different cash out options. On most apps, you need to go to either the cash out tab at the bottom or into my account and then my bets to see your offers. Some also have partial cash out options available including Bet Victor and bet365.
How do I verify my ID?
To register, or withdraw, some accounts will require you to verify your ID. This is usually a passport or driving license along with a recent utility bill. This can usually be a photo that is uploaded through the app to be verified.
Can I use a UK betting app abroad?
If you have downloaded an app from iTunes or Google play then you will be blocked from using it outside the UK for licensing reasons. However, you can use a mobile browser to place your bets in some instances.
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