Virgin Bet is one of the newest sportsbooks on the block having officially launched in June of 2019. Virgin Bet, with its signature and renowned red Virgin branding, have teamed up with Live Score and Gamesys Group to create their sportsbook.
It was Gamesys Group which purchased Virgin gaming back in 2013, 10 years after its creation. Initially Virgin gaming was mobile only. Whilst the sportsbook also launched as mobile only, gaming and sports betting is now available via the website.
The website combines casino, live-casino, pre-match and in-play sports betting. You’ll find all of your favourites games and sports, from poker to football, roulette to horse racing, blackjack to tennis and much, much more.
Sports, Markets & Odds
Virgin Bet offers around 30 sports for users to bet on plus the addition of political betting and virtual sports. Virtual sports may be an ill advised toss up, but political betting is growing in popularity. As you’d expect, Virgin Bet offers all of the world’s most popular sports.
Football, horse racing, tennis and greyhounds are usually the featured sports on Virgin and prove very popular amongst its user base, which is made up entirely of bettors residing in Great Britain.
You’ll also be able to bet on NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, plus basketball, hockey and baseball from around Europe. There’s no shortage of physical thrills with rugby league, rugby union, boxing and MMA all well covered, including the UFC. Sports that are more popular in other territories such as handball, volleyball and futsal are also covered.
Virgin Bet covers all UK and Irish horse racing plus races from France, North America and South Africa, but it doesn’t seem as if they cover races from Asia, Australia, New Zealand or South America. Each race gives you the option to bet on the race winner, place only, forecast betting and betting without the favourite.
Top level tennis typically offers around 20 markets including match result, correct score and game and set totals. Football provides users with nearly 200 markets including full time and half time betting, goals based markets, goal scorers, cards, corners and crucially, asian handicap betting.
In-play & Streaming
Virgin Bet allows users to bet in-play on a wide variety of markets for football, tennis, cricket, rugby, golf, hockey, US sports and more. Football matches offer hundreds of in-play markets to choose from, whilst a number of popular sports give bettors the option to cash out their in-play bets.
As well as the world’s most popular sports, volleyball, handball, boxing, MMA, table tennis and e-sports are amongst those available to bet on in-play.
Virgin allows users to watch live horse racing from not only the UK and Ireland, but from around the world. They have also recently started to expand their live stream offering by adding football, tennis and more.
Gaming on Virgin Bet
The first thing to mention is that you should not confuse Virgin Gaming with the gaming section on Virgin Bet. You’d think it would make sense to combine the two, but they are completely separate websites.
A lot of what you’ll find on Virgin Gaming is present on Virgin Bet though, because the same group is behind the design of both websites. Virgin Bet offers users the choice of either casino or live casino.
The Virgin Bet casino offers more than 300 computerised games to choose from including a great selection of slots, a number of instant win games such as scratchcards and keno, a healthy choice of takes on the table classic blackjack and also multiple variations of roulette.
Moving into the live casino, here you’ll have the chance to play alongside fellow users and take on the live dealer. The interactive element of this makes for a much funner experience, and it could also be argued you have a fairer shot at making some profit.
There is a variety of roulette tables to choose from. As well as standard roulette you’ll find lightning roulette, a popular version of the game which applies boosts of up to x500 to specific numbers before the wheel is spun. If the ball lands on your number and it’s been boosted, then you could win big.
Elsewhere you’ll find classic blackjack, live game shows such as deal or no deal and monopoly, baccarat, sic bo and a number of dice games.
Virgin Bet Mobile & App
Virgin Bet offers a mobile version of the website which is the same as the app. Through this app you’ll be able to offer Virgin Bet casino and live casino. The Virgin Gaming app has been available since 2013 and in late 2019, Virgin launched their sports betting app.
You’ll be able to game on the go, place pre-match and in-play bets, deposit and withdraw and manage your account all from the comfort of your mobile device.
The app is compatible with live streaming which means you’ll be able to place your horse racing bets and watch the action unfold on your mobile device. From the hundreds of reviews the app has received so far, users have been quite complimentary.
The sports betting app receives regular praise for how clean and clear it is, with plenty of praise for ease of use and speed of withdrawal too.
Deposits & Withdrawals
If you have any further questions about deposits and withdrawals, you’ll find answers in the Virgin help centre which houses more than 20 articles on the matter.
Virgin Bet allows users to deposit with visa debit and mastercard, maestro and e-wallets such as paypal, although you won’t be able to use paypal for your very first deposit. The minimum deposit is £10.
You’ll find the same methods are available for withdrawal and a minimum amount of £10 is required. To comply with anti-money laundering regulations, users will need to withdraw back to their most recent deposit method. Unusually, funds withdrawn to cards always seem to be available within a day.
Virgin Bet provides users with an incredibly in-depth help centre. The centre features a long list of articles on creating your account, managing your account, withdrawals and deposits, promotions, technical help and more.
The help centre should be able to help with the majority of your queries, but if not, there is a live chat feature available around the clock. The live chat feature prompts you to enter your query and then suggests a number of relevant articles you may have missed.
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can proceed to talk to a customer service agent. If your issue isn’t time sensitive, you’ll be able to use the feedback form or drop Virgin an email. If you’re after the speediest method of support then you can use the UK free phone number.
Virgin Bet are new but they offer a competitive number of sports, markets and reasonable odds. You’ll be able to bet pre-match, in-play, watch live horse racing, manage your account on the go and also access gaming.
Historically, Virgin has offered its users a lack of promotions, but that may change as the brand continues to grow. There are two mobile apps, one of which has received extremely positive reviews since launch, and the most extensive help centre of any other sportsbook we’ve reviewed.