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McBookie went live in 2009, and since then they’ve been carving out a name for themselves in their native Scotland and other parts of the UK. Their attempt to broaden their appeal was given a major boost when they were bought by the big time, established betting company BetVictor International, owners of the hugely popular BetVictor site. McBookie is licensed out of Gibraltar, like a lot of similar sites, and focus on football primarily, but not at the expense of other sports as we’ll see below. They do tend to give priority to the local Scottish clubs, but again, their bias is understandable and doesn’t affect the overall quality of the product.

While McBookie have made inroads into the larger UK market, they’re still not very well known once you cross the Channel. That seems likely to change in the not too distant future. That is if the influence and capital brought to the table by BetVictor begin to make themselves felt in the marketing department. For now, for anyone who’s interested in such things, McBookie offer a wealth of wagering options on a plethora of sporting events with competitive odds and quick payouts. 

 

 

 

Website

The McBookie website is clean without being plain. Clear without being boring; there are only a few hints of nationalist fervour to be found besides the slightly Celtic looking font they’ve used for their name, and the occasional photo of popular Scottish footballers. We found this website to be one of the easiest on the eye of all the big gambling sites, and we appreciate that attention has been paid to providing information so that you can make informed bets rather than providing distractions so that you make mistakes. Navigation is really simple, and of course, because they’re a serious gambling site they utilise the 3-column layout everyone else does. This allows for logical presentation of information and negates the need for a steep learning curve before you can use the site.      

While there’s a lot been written about McBookie and their alleged preference for (local) football they actually serve up dozens of other sports both in their pre-event betting section and in the live betting section. Sports currently available include:

 

  • American Football

  • Australian Rules

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Boxing

  • Cricket

  • Darts

  • Entertainment

  • Football

  • Formula 1

  • Gaelic Football

  • Golf

  • Greyhounds

  • Handball

  • MMA/UFC

  • Motor Racing

  • Motorcycling

  • Politics

  • Rugby League

  • Rugby Un1pxion

  • Snooker

  • Speedway

  • Tennis

  • Volleyball

  • Winter Sport

  • Horse Racing

  • Hurling

  • Ice Hockey

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In-Play Betting

McBookie offer a lively and generous live betting area. While it’s not as comprehensive as some others, it’s nothing to sneeze at either, and there are a lot of markets available for each event. Football matches are particularly well-served with lots of Scottish games other betting sites won’t touch for whatever reason along with the usual suspects like Premier League matches, American Football and lots of basketball. Where they miss the net is where a lot of other sportsbook sites also miss the net: no live streaming. 

 

McBookie Free Bet, McBookie Bonus and Other McBookie Offers

If there’s an area where McBookie genuinely disappoint it’s in the offering of bonuses and promotions. The only McBookie free bet or for that matter the only McBookie bonus of any kind we were able to find on the site is the McBookie Bonus for new customers. We’d heard there was a McBookie promo code that needed to be entered to receive this McBookie bonus, but that wasn’t our experience. We weren’t asked for a McBookie promo code and didn’t see one on display anywhere.  

While the lack of a McBookie promo code may make it seem like the site is doing its users a favour actually they’re not. That’s because the one and only McBookie bonus is not a McBookie free bet and it is only available to residents of Scotland. Ouch. 

That said, what is the McBookie welcome bonus? Well, when new Scottish customers sign up McBookie will match their initial deposit up to £25 provided their first bet has odds of 2.0 or greater. You also have to turn the bonus cash over 4 times before you can withdraw it. 

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Deposits and Payments

Let’s try and get the bad taste of the McBookie (lack of) promotions out of our mouth by talking about something else they do right. That would be the large number of ways you’re able to transact business with them. Currently, acceptable methods for making deposits and payments include: 

 

  • VISA debit or credit

  • MasterCard debit or credit

  • Maestro

  • Paypal

  • Neteller

  • Skrill Moneybookers

  • Entropay

  • Skrill 1-tap

  • Diners Club

  • Paysafe card

  • Ukash

  • Bacs

  • Bank transfer

  • Webmoney

Things We Like About McBookie

We like their solid reputation for square dealing. We like that they train a spotlight on the oft-neglected Scottish football scene. We like that they have fairly comprehensive horse racing coverage. We like their competitive odds and variety of markets. We really like the look and feel of their website. We really like how easy it is to navigate and use. We like the large number of ways we can transact business with them, and we like the large number of non-football sports they offer.  

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What We’re Not Crazy About

The lack of a decent McBookie free bet is troublesome. The lack of a decent McBookie bonus for new customers outside Scotland is not good. We don’t like that they join the ranks of other betting sites that ignore the value of live streaming and we’re not crazy about numerous country restrictions. 

 

Conclusion

It’s hard to tell whether or not BetVictor have big time plans for McBookie. Right now they seem to be straddling a kind of uncomfortable knife-edge between trying to keep the Scottish customers happy and engaged and trying to appeal to a wider audience. There are a few things that don’t augur well for broadening their horizons. The first is the large number of country restrictions. The second is the lack of live streaming, and the third is their apparent belief that punters don’t like bonuses. They do. Get with it. Beyond that McBookie are an interesting, dependable sportsbook site. 

 

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