Which Bookmakers Offer Telephone & Text Betting?August 13, 2018 9:00 am
Did you know that many bookies offer telephone and text betting? That may seem a daft question, but a lot of punters still head down to their high-street bookies or use a betting app when, if they prefer, they could phone or text their bets in.
For me, almost all of my bets are placed with my App (more on that later), and sometime in a betting shop for non-standard bets that need their own market, and also for a bit of nostalgia!
However, it is also possible to utilize your mobile for betting by calling up the betting companies, and also sending them text messages – don’t message them and ask for nudes though, trust me – they don’t like it.
Telephone Betting Sites
Number: 08000 322 365
Number: 0800 242 232
Number: 0800 223 311
Bookmakers With Text Betting
Number: 60609 (UK)
Number: 51465 (UK)
Number: 60021 (UK)
How Does Telephone Betting Work?
For people under a certain age, it may actually be necessary to remind you that you can use that shiny rectangle you carry in your pocket to make phone calls. I know a lot of Millennials – a group I squeak into with a liberal all over application of butter – don’t like making calls, and if you have teenaged kids I’m sure that’s obvious to you too.
So, how do you go about placing a telephone bet?
Well the first thing to do is set up an account and deposit some cash into it. Just like signing up for an online account or an App, most of the betting companies are going to offer some dealings about extra money or free bets, so it pays to shop around.
Once you have your account, you call up the telephone number they supply, and wait to be connected.
It is well worth finding a company that offers human operators. They are much faster and will get bets set up quick. Most of them actually do offer real humans to talk to, but some will try to get away with an automated service that may eventually transfer you to a human after 5 minutes of fruitless, blood pressure raising yelling.
When you talk to them, you first give your account details so they can bring up your details. Then, it’s rather like placing a bet in a shop – except that they can’t see your betting slip. Instead, you simply talk through what you want, confirm the stake and they place the bet. Simple!
The only thing to bear in mind is that because it costs the betting companies money to operate these services – equipping a call centre, hiring staff, buying teabags for them – they will usually have a minimum stake per call policy. At William Hill for example, it’s a minimum of £10 per bet, so just bear that in mind.
It’s best to think of the telephone bet as a mobile bookies shop, in that you talk to someone who takes your bet, making it a fast and relatively accurate experience. It’s not suited for all locations however, in play betting when you are actually at the event for example could be hard – imagine trying to lay £10 on the next goal scorer as 30,000 people around you remind the ref that he is a …….
How Does Text Betting Work?
At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Milleanials I ragged on above, now it’s time to let rip at the oldies, because it’s time to talk texts. If you’ve ever watched someone over 60 try to send a text message it’s a bit like watching a walrus eat an ice cream – they have the general idea, but it’s so bloody slow and messy!
So when it comes to texting the bookies, be prepared to offer assistance to anyone born before human flight was a thing.
Text betting is probably even simpler.
You text the company you want to use on the number they supply. You can either ask for odds on an event or a horse or you can go straight into the bet.
So if you want to check the odds on a horse called Special Steve, you would simply text something like “Odds Special Steve.” You would shortly receive an automated reply with the race info (date, time, etc) and the odds for that horse winning.
To place a bet, you write a text in the same way as a betting slip.
So, if you want to do a £5 each way on Special Steve (and frankly why wouldn’t you) – then you text 5 EW Special Steve. In other words, the Stake, followed by the Bet Type, followed by the thing you want to bet on.
So if you are looking to put down a quick bet on one event, a text will be faster than a phone call, and there are no minimum stake amounts beyond the normal ones that apply.
On the negative side, the bet options are usually pretty basic – limited to horses and football, and within them on winners, Both Teams to Score, etc. Anything more complicated or longer accumulators on multiple lines are not really suited for texts.
Betting Apps vs Telephone or Text Betting
Or of course, you can get all technological and download yourself a betting app. The benefit of these bad boys is that they are way faster than a phone call, and much easier to use, especially for multiple line bets, than crafting and sending a text message.
They are also much easier to use than you may think, with intuitive design that pretty much does what you want it to do most of the time.