Matchbook review 2019
Commercial content | New Customers Only | Wagering and T&Cs apply | 18+
This Matchbook review will analyse some of the key aspects of the Matchbook sports exchange. Online since 2005, Matchbook is renowned for being one of the first sports betting exchanges in existence. Their low commissions, some of the best available in the industry, have also shot the company to prominence.
|Matchbook review||Our rating|
|Welcome offer||Enter bonus code MBMAX
|Live betting & streaming||3.5/5|
Welcome offer: 4/5
Knowing that there is always a variety of Matchbook bonus codes available sure helps, so keep on reading this Matchbook review to find out more about them. In addition to offering welcome bonuses for both sportsbook and casino, there are also other promotions available in their exchange. Make sure to read the operator’s Terms and Conditions in full as they contain all the info you might need when it comes to the eligibility to Matchbook bonus codes.
Matchbook is offering new customers a current exchange offer of £10 risk-free bet in 2019. That's certainly a competitive deal among UK betting exchanges, so if you fancy taking on peer-to-peer betting, this is a good opportunity to do so.
During this Matchbook review, we saw that what you need to do to become eligible for this sign-up offer is to create an account either on the website or via the app. Then you have to make a deposit and place your first bet on any given market using only the Matchbook exchange. In case your bet loses, you will receive your stake in cash back to your account (up to £10).
New Customers Only. If your bet loses we will refund your stake up to max of £10 in cash. Bet must be placed within 7 days of sign-up. Visa and Mastercard deposits only. Refunds paid within 72 hours 18+. T&C's apply.
Meanwhile, if you are a casino player, why not get involved in slots, table games or live dealer fun? The current casino welcome offer is: 100% up to £100 + 100 Wager Free Spins. For both of these offers you can enter the Matchbook bonus code MBMAX when signing up and you'll definitely be eligible. Remember of course that T&Cs apply and you must be aged 18 or over to get involved.
18+. New players only. Wagering requirement 35x. This bonus has a Max bet rule of £2. This means you can not bet/risk more than £2 in any one hand/spin. The free spins will expire after 7 days. T&Cs apply.
Betting markets: 3.5/5
We came across a broad range of sports markets during this Matchbook review. Football bettors can wager on anything from the English Premier League and La Liga to the Bundesliga and Serie A. If you want to give betting on UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League a chance, you can find them, as well. However, all those who prefer betting on lesser-known leagues across Asia and South America may be left a little disappointed.
Similarly, the tennis markets are generally reserved for the WTA and ATP tours, lacking the Challenger tour betting options that are offered elsewhere. In horse racing, too, place markets are also notably absent, although the spread of racing covered across the UK and Ireland is as impressive as anywhere else. The offering is improved somewhat through a strong mix of US sports markets with MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA, as well as college sports.
While doing this Matchbook review, we saw that betting on horse racing and greyhound racing is also a prominent feature when it comes to Matchbook betting, and they cover races taking place both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
On top of offering varied US sports markets, this brand trumps chief rival Betfair on the value offered across these sports. Given it is baseball season, we have honed our focus on MLB markets during this Matchbook review and found this operator to be a clear winner in the money line, run line and totals options across several days of MLB action.
They were equally impressive on markets offered during the NHL and NBA playoffs and also trumped Betfair on numerous football markets, including the UEFA Champions League final, as well as the winner markets for the French Open tennis grand slam.
Unlike Betfair, however, the brand lacked a special markets category that offers bettors additional value and betting opportunities during major sporting events, so we have to point this out in our Matchbook review.
When it comes to odds, the majority of players likes to have the option of choosing their preferred odds type on an operator’s website, and Matchbook does not come short in this regard. You can find this feature in the Settings section and choose one of the following types of odds here: American, decimal, Hong Kong, and Malaysian. While doing this Matchbook review we found this feature to be very practical.
Live betting & streaming: 3.5/5
Unfortunately, we didn't find the live betting markets to be overly extensive during this Matchbook review. Most of them were centered on French Open tennis, while there was also a notable absence of in-play football betting options from lesser-known leagues.
They also offer live betting on ATP challengers, snooker and horse racing. Another area of improvement Matchbook could focus on in the future is the categorisation of in-play markets to allow bettors to easily locate their preferred events. Presently, their live betting options are simply listed without any filters. On the plus side, the live odds are presented clearly and their fluctuations are easy to track.
Unfortunately, while doing this Matchbook review we found out that this operator doesn’t currently offer streaming of any sports, so we hope they decide to change that in the future. This will certainly help them be on par with the leaders on the market which have this feature incorporated on their platforms.
Matchbook games: 5/5
Matchbook casino offers a variety of games, including jackpots, slots, table games, and video poker. In their Live Casino section, you can enjoy playing roulette, blackjack, baccarat, poker, and many other games.
Even though this brand’s casino games list might seem underwhelming when compared to other sites specializing in casino games, there are still plenty of different games to choose from. Their most popular games include Blackjack and European Roulette when it comes to table games, Starburst, Fortunes of Arabia, and Thor’s Lightning when it comes to Slots, Mega Fortune and Divine Fortune among jackpots, and Jack or Better, Deuces Wild, All American and Joker Wild among video poker games.
While doing this Matchbook review, we saw that their live casino section is a whole different story. This section of their site brings you the feeling of being on an actual casino floor as close as you can imagine. You can choose between several variations on live dealer games, and in addition to classics – roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and poker, you can also play Dragon Tiger, Live Football Studio, and Dream Catcher in their Other Games section. There are stakes available for any budget, both very small and extremely high, so everyone can choose those which suit them best. This is something that was very important for us while we were doing this Matchbook review.
Mobile app: 4.5/5
Whether inclined to bet with an exchange or bookmaker, Matchbook offers one of the best apps available to sports bettors. Available on both iOS and Android, the Matchbook app can also be downloaded on the Apple Watch, an innovative option that allows wagers to be placed with a few taps on the wrist. The smooth and simple functionality of the app makes for quick access to the full range of markets, as well as additional features such as match previews, statistics and bet history. The app is built on a stable platform, which made for efficient and glitch-free betting during our Matchbook review.
Even though Matchbook offers one of the best mobile sites available when it comes to the betting industry, we have to recommend giving their app a try as well because this was one of the highlights during our Matchbook review. The reason is simple – it is undeniably one of the best betting apps we have ever tried! Whether you want to place your bets before the match or in-play, you can do it quite easily using this app. There are dozens of betting markets and sports leagues available, and what’s even more important, the app is extremely stable and trustworthy, making the betting experience extremely reliable.
While doing this Matchbook review, we saw that the app had a number of exquisite features that made placing bets very easy. It allows you to both lay and back markets very quickly. Additionally, you can place bets both pre-match and in-game, and a reliable platform is of utmost importance when it comes to the latter.
You can also play casino games on the app which are divided into four categories: Slots, Video Poker, Real Dealer, and Table games, and there is the Live Casino section, as well. We found this to be very entertaining while doing our Matchbook review.
Payment options: 4/5
|Payment method||Minimum deposit||Transaction fee||Processing time|
There were a fairly limited amount of ways to fund our account during this Matchbook review, with Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards, PaySafeCard, Neteller and Skrill the only options available, all of which came with high minimum deposits. All withdrawals can be processed to the same method that was used to deposit, except for Mastercard due to banking restrictions. While all deposit methods fund accounts instantly, withdrawals can take minutes to process on an e-wallet, and between 2-5 days for credit/debit cards. For the most part, withdrawals are free, but Matchbook does enforce varied rollover fees or charge customers if the commission on betting activity fails to cover the deposit and withdrawal transaction costs.
How to fund your account?
As soon as you login into your Matchbook account you can click the “Deposit” button to be directed to the Cashier where you will be offered deposit options to choose from. Keep on reading this Matchbook review for more info:
- You can only redeem your sign-up offer if you are a new customer who has made their first deposit and meet all the required criteria stated in the Terms and Conditions.
- Only you can fund your account, meaning that the same name listed as the account holder can send and receive deposits.
- Payments are permitted from Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, and Paysafecard,
- Withdrawals are allowed for Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, and Skrill.
- Using Mastercard entails certain restrictions so make sure to read the details related to this bank card on the operator’s website.
However, we have to point out in this Matchbook review that you should have in mind that these terms are prone to change, so make sure to regularly visit the operator’s FAQs and Help section to always be up-to-date and our article about payment options on Matchbook.
Customer service: 4/5
|Contact method||Live chat||Telephone|
|Access details||Head to the Contact Us section of the website/app and click Live Chat||+44 203 642 email@example.com|
|Availability times||8:00am to 1:00am GMT+0.00
Monday to Sunday
|8:00am to 1:00am GMT+0.00
Monday to Sunday
|8:00am to 1:00am GMT+0.00
Monday to Sunday
A detailed FAQ section, available via the Matchbook website or app, is a great starting point for customers looking to get their queries answered. You can find lots of useful info there, from how to open an account, to account security, funding, payment ratings and processing costs, cash out, technical help, and there are also separate FAQ sections dedicated to horse racing, commission and general inquiries.
From there, the full array of contact methods – live chat, phone, email and post – were available to us during our Matchbook review, with phone and live chat particularly efficient. However, the customer support service is not available 24/7, which is a slight letdown. They work from 8.00am to 1.00am GMT +0.00 from Monday to Sunday.
Overall rating: 4/5
While there was notable room for improvement during this Matchbook review, namely across live betting and payment options, there are still plenty of upsides to betting with this particular operator. The commission rates are as low as you will find on any sports exchange, while the mobile betting experience also left a positive impression. Although the casino games selection is pretty limited, it still offers a variety of games anyone can enjoy.
Their app is one of the best that the betting market has to offer, available both for iOS and Android platforms. The fact that it is compatible with Apple watch is only an added bonus, and something that iOS users find extremely useful, so we have to point this out in our Matchbook review.
We hope this operator adds more markets in the future, extends their in-play betting options, and add more promotions to their regular offer.
|What we like||What we don't like|
|A low commission that compares favourably with rival exchanges||Excessive betting requirements to earn welcome offer|
|Excellent value in odds on US sports||Shortage of sports markets|
|World-class mobile app that is compatible with Apple Watch||Small range of in-play betting options|