Reviewed By James Molloy
If you’re interested in sports betting, you will have heard of the Tote and will have seen their name at racecourses or on other top betting sites. You’ll be happy to know that now you can place bets in Tote pools directly on their website. New Ireland customers who sign up from the “Bet Now” button on this page can also avail of a €20 free welcome offer.
The Tote was originally founded back in the 1920’s. It’s a different form of betting. Unlike fixed odds, where the punter takes a price, bets are placed into a pool. The money in the pool is then divided between all winning bets. The less money in the pool that’s on the winner, the bigger the payout (known as the dividend).
Betting sites across the UK and Ireland offer Tote betting, giving their customers the option of placing bets in the pools. The UK has long had access to a dedicated Tote website, but since 2020, Ireland now does too, thanks to tote.co.uk.
Have been around for so long, the brand is very well established, having previously sponsored Hull City Football Club and worked closely with Channel 4 on their TV racing coverage.
New customers who sign up to Tote are eligible for a Bet €5 Get €20 Welcome Offer. The offer is exclusive to UK and Irish customers only. To claim your free bet, simply place a €€5 bet on racing pools and you will receive €20 in credits from Tote, win or lose.
Here are some of the important terms and conditions:
Free bets offers are single-use tokens, where the free bet stake is not returned with the winnings. Tote’s version of this is called a Tote Credit. The Tote Stayers Club, which we cover in more detail later in our review, offers qualifying customers a Tote Credit once six or more qualifying bets are placed in a week.
Beyond the welcome offer, Tote offers some excellent sports offers, which are primarily aimed, as you would imagine, at horse racing.
The Tote Plus offer gives punters a 10% bonus on top of their payout. It is available on selected events and markets, where the “tote+” symbol is displayed.
Tote Guarantee is Tote’s version of best odds guaranteed. Place a racing pools bet and if the horse’s Starting Price is greater than the Tote dividend, you will be paid out at the SP. Whichever is bigger of the Tote dividend and SP is what you will be paid out at.
Be sure to opt-in to receive marketing emails and text messages when you register to receive the latest Tote sports offers straight to your inbox.
Tote offers pools betting on horse racing and football only. That won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the brand, as they have never covered all sports.
All tote bets available on racing can be placed at Tote.co.uk. These include individual race bets, like win/place, exacta, trifecta and swinger bets.
Bets on part or all of the cards are available too, with the super popular placepot being the standout. This bet is one where you choose a horse (or horses) to finish in the places in the first six races at a particular meeting.
Other multiple race options include Quadpots, Jackpots and the Scoop6, the last of which is available on each Saturday’s terrestrial TV races. At any time during the course of the meeting, the number of bets still alive can be displayed, which is broken down race by race.
The football betting options available are 1X2, Over / Under goals and Both Teams to Score pools. These usually involve picking 5, 8 or 10 winners from domestic or European fixture lists to win a share of the pool, which is usually several thousand Euros.
Odds with the Tote are completely different to what you will find at traditional online betting sites. Rather than taking a fixed price and knowing that’s what your bet will be settled at, Tote bets are paid out based on the volume of stakes on a winning selection, with a dividend then paid out to winners.
Thanks to the Tote Guarantee, win bets on horse racing will wither be settled at the SP or the Tote dividend, whichever is bigger. This is available on all UK and Irish races, ensuring customers get the best possible value.
Because the Tote operates a pool betting system, there is "no cash" out or facility to edit a bet when it’s half settled. Most Tote betting features are additions to the site which make it more usable.
The racing pages come complete with Racing Post data, which shows Spotlight verdicts and recent form for every UK and Irish runner. This information is listed alongside the riders, trainers and forms figures.
Placing a bet is just like any other betting site. Once you’re in the race card, you will see the current, projected dividend for your bet. Click on it to add it to your betslip, enter your stake and place your bet.
The famous Tote Ten To Follow and Fantasy horse racing are available too, which add something very different which isn’t found on any other site. Build a virtual stable and score points based on their performance. The top-scoring players can win huge cash prizes.
Football syndicates add a great layer of fun too. Either set up your own or join an existing one. Having more players in the syndicate increases your chances of winning, and with thousands up for grabs in the prize pools, this is a very popular betting feature.
You won’t find any in-play betting with Tote. Pools close once the race or event has begun, with no further bets possible.
The racing streaming service with Tote is fantastic though. Once you have made at least one deposit to your account, ever, you will have access to stream all UK and Irish horse racing via your Tote account.
While most horse racing betting sites require a balance or for you to have placed a bet on the race in order to watch it, with Tote, you just need to have made at least one successful deposit any time after opening your account.
Tote doesn’t offer a wide range of betting options. It’s the place to be for pool betting on racing and football, which is exactly what they specialise in, and they do it expertly.
The site layout is very easy to follow, as it’s not home to thousands of in play betting markets. Choose horse racing or football, choose the event you want, the bet type you want and place your bet. It’s as minimalist as it can be, and that is exactly what people betting on pools want.
Because there’s not much clutter on the site, it is lightning fast. It’s also surprisingly modern. For a type of betting which started in the 1920’s, it would be easy for Tote to rest on their laurels. They have maintained a cutting edge betting site, which compares very favourably to the performance of any top betting site, no matter what kind of device you are using.
On top of all of that, the site has certified encrypted web pages. This means Tote customers can enjoy placing their bets, knowing their personal data and payment information is entirely secure.
Irish customers with the Tote have just one way of depositing and withdrawing to and from their account. Visa / Mastercard debit cards are the only accepted payment method.
This may seem quite limiting, but this is by far the most widely used payment method at betting sites, so it shouldn’t prove too restrictive.
Before a deposit can be made, new customers must complete the account verification process, known as KYC (Know Your Customer). Your date of birth and proof of address must be sent. A driving licence will verify both, or an alternative ID and utility bill will do.
These documents can be uploaded directly to the account section and will be verified as quickly as possible.
Deposits can be made for as little as €3, which is the lowest we’ve seen on any betting site. The minimum withdrawal amount is €5 and you should receive the funds in your account within 3-5 working days, though it’s usually on the short end of that timeframe.
Irish customers do not have access at present to a Tote mobile app. However, the mobile site is fully optimised for all devices. To access the site and place your bet on the pools, visit tote.co.uk on your mobile browser. You’ll get the desktop site scaled down to fit a smaller screen. When we say scaled down, we mean purely in terms of layout.
Every feature on the desktop site is available on mobile and mobile sports punters will be able to place bets into the same pools as desktop customers and those betting at other betting sites. If you really want to bet on the move with a native app on your smartphone, check out our recommended betting apps for Ireland.
For an experience similar to an app, save a shortcut to Tote’s website to your device’s homescreen. That way, you can access the site with the click of an icon.
The sign up process with Tote is very streamlined and easy to follow. Each step along the way requires just one piece of information to be provided, so new customers won’t feel overloaded with information.
All the usual information is required – your name, date of birth, email address, mobile number and home address. Finally, you’ll choose a username and password for your account, confirm you’re over 18 and agree to the site’s terms and conditions, choose if and how you would like to receive marketing contact, and your account will be ready to go. From start to finish, it takes just a couple of minutes and it’s clearly laid out.
Before new customers can deposit with Tote, they will need to verify their account as we outlined above. Simply scan or take a picture of your documents and upload them directly on site. As a licensed operator, this is a process Tote are obliged to carry out and they aim to make it as quick and easy for their customers as possible.
With no advertised VIP program, there are no clearly defined tiers for customers to move up in order to earn VIP perks or rewards. Like all betting sites though, Tote monitor player activity, and will contact customers by email or text with betting offers and free bets when they are available.
Tote’s Stayers Club gives customers who are eligible access to exclusive draws for prizes such as tickets to the races or free bet offers. To get involved, opt in on site and place six or more qualifying bets in a week. You’ll then be in the Stayers Club for the following week.
The customer support team at Tote is available from 8 am to midnight every day of the year, except on Christmas Day. The quickest and most popular way to get in touch is by Live Chat, via the icon in the bottom right of the homepage. Alternative contact methods can be found in the ‘Contact Us’ button in the Tote betting site’s footer.
Irish customers can call a freephone number – 1800 238 669 – and speak to a member of the team. Alternatively, queries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tote offer a very specialised betting site and their customer support team has very specialised knowledge to go along with that. If you’re unsure of anything on site or relating to Tote pools, they’re available to assist. You might even find the answer to your question in the FAQ’s, which are also in the footer on site.
Tote’s commitment is to encourage a socially responsible attitude when it comes to betting, and that is very clear to see on site. Not only is there a huge responsible gambling section on site with information on Irish third-party organisations, like Problem Gambling Ireland and Aiséirí, but they give full control of responsible gambling tools to their customers.
The responsible gambling tools with Tote can be managed within your account section. The tools available are – Deposit limits, loss limits, reality checks, temporary suspension, self-exclusion and full, permanent account closure.
Giving this level of responsible gambling management to the customer is very refreshing to see. For those who require further assistance, the Tote customer support team is on hand to help.
Tote pools have been popular with horse racing punters for a very long time. Lots like to do a placepot on a big meeting or if they’re going to the races. With features like Tote+ and the Tote Guarantee, there’s no better place to do your Tote bets than directly with the Tote.
A generous welcome bonus and plenty of free bets for loyal customers are the icing on the cake, and make a Tote account well worth having. They offer a very niche, specialised betting product, but it’s one which certainly has its place.
Irish Tote customers can deposit and withdraw to and from their account with Visa / Mastercard debit cards.
Placepots, Quadpots, Jackpots and more can be placed on the Tote betting site on UK and Irish racing.
Tote’s customer support from 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can get in touch by live chat, phone or email.
The minimum withdrawal from your Tote account is €5. Withdrawals will be processed within 5 working days.
Depositing into your Tote account can be done for as little as €3 using a Visa or Mastercard debit card.
Betting with Tote is safe. They have a licence issued by the National Excise Licence Office for Irish customers.
New Tote customers can verify their account by uploading their Photo ID and proof of address in the account section.
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