Reviewed By James Molloy
The LeoVegas casino and live casino was launched in 2011 and the company used that gaming experience to add a sportsbook in 2016. LeoVegas Gaming PLC is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and also operates under separate licences in the Republic of Ireland and Malta. The sports betting service is available on desktop and mobile platforms. The brand has been recognised at the Global Gaming Awards in 2019 and 2020. LeoVegas are sponsors of Leicester Tigers rugby union club who play in the English Premiership.
|35 sports betting categories||Limited live streaming|
|In-play betting with cash out facility|
|Fully functional downloadable mobile app|
The operator is rare in that there is no LeoVegas welcome offer and LeoVegas promo code for new desktop customers. However, mobile users can claim up to €100 in the form of a 100% profit boost. The minimum deposit is €10 and the qualifying bet is €10 at odds of Evens (1/1) or bigger. In effect, any winnings from the initial bet are doubled but the maximum additional profit is €100. The qualifying bet must be placed in the first seven days of making the initial deposit. The free bet from the profit boost expires after 30 days and any winnings do not include the stake. There are no additional wagering requirements. Only in-play bets placed using mobile devices count which means pre-match bets placed using a PC to place bets on the website are not valid.
Casino players can claim a welcome bonus and get 10 free spins on the Book of Dead slot. However, at the time of writing LeoVegas did not offer any free bets for betting on sports. The brand is trying to become established in the crowded UK and Ireland market do could introduce free bets as part of a loyalty programme.
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‘Sports’ is the third option on the main menu on the LeoVegas desktop site Homepage, after Casino and Live Casino. This menu structure highlights that the LeoVegas casino was the core product and sports betting was added at a later date. The main sports page shows the welcome offer as a banner. There are links to the following areas: Live, Upcoming, Specials and My Favourites. Players can browse through an A-Z list of sports to bet on. Navigation could be improved but it becomes much easier after using it to locate a sport a number of times.
The 35 categories feature betting in pre-match, in-play and ante-post betting across over 70 countries and about 200 leagues. The range of sports is suited to the Irish market and there are leagues and fixtures for Gaelic sports. Within each sports category, you select a league and Apply. The upcoming events in that league are displayed, showing the main betting market and links to additional options. The quantity depends on the league and fixture. This type of navigation is not typical but it does make for less cluttered screens. It is easier to focus on the specific league or fixture so in some ways it is a better form of navigation.
Football is the first sport on the sports menu and generates more than half the sports bets placed at the LeoVegas betting site. There is an alphabetical list of the football betting countries of which there are about 70. LeoVegas covers at least one competition from each country, mainly with prematch betting and to a lesser extent outright betting. The most popular global football league is the Premier League in England. LeoVegas displays the ‘match result after 90 minutes’ market with a link to over 100 additional options. These appear under the headings of All, Match, Goals, Handicap, Bookings, Corners and many other aspects of the game. More speculative markets like the correct score or first scorer are popular because they have the possibility of a decent return from a small stake.
The LeoVegas horse racing service features meetings in the UK and Ireland, South Africa, Australia and the United States. When backing a horse bettors can take the board price or the Starting Price. However, unlike other Ireland-facing operators, Leo Vegas betting does not offer Best Odds Guaranteed but this could change. However, the site does feature ante-post betting on the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National and other long term specials.
Here are the main features that make give LeoVegas some added value and specific reasons to visit the site, register, make a deposit and place bets:
LeoVegas online betting offers an in-play service featuring events in football, tennis and several other sports. The range of markets is limited but customers have access to match facts and updated scores and odds.
Customers with LeoVegas have access to live streams of sporting events once they have made a deposit and placed a qualifying bet on the appropriate event. The live streaming service can also be activated on mobile devices.
Potential new customers click OPEN ACCOUNT. There is a prompt to select the welcome bonus and enter account information. There are required fields for a Username and Password and optional Leo Vegas promo code. A verification process as expected confirms the identity of new players. Customers confirm acceptance of the Terms & Conditions and open an account in a quick and seamless process. New players deposit funds and start to bet.
The site features support articles in a Help Centre, email support and Live Chat. There is also a facility to request a Callback to discuss queries. The department is open every day for 24 hours.
LeoVegas accommodates a limit number of payment methods including debit cards and e-wallets such as Paypal. There are controls which means deposits and withdrawals are made using the same methods. Deposits are free an instant. Some providers charge a fee for withdrawals which are subject to standard delays of 1 to 7 business days depending on the provider.
At the time of writing the most popular betting sports are football, horse racing and table tennis. GAA hurling and GAA football are huge for betting in Ireland with LeoVegas. The second rank of sports includes the four major college and pro sports in North America. Favourite sports for betting on mainland Europe appear, including handball, volleyball and pesapallo. Popular global betting sports in the UK and Ireland such as golf, tennis and boxing are in this band. In addition to the regular sports, bettors can place wagers on Chess, Esports and Politics.
LeoVegas has a native app that can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices. The website can be installed on mobile devices if the browser is correctly optimised. The LeoVegas welcome offer can only be claimed by mobile users. The mobile version offers all the account management and betting options found on the website. The app is intuitive and easy to navigate.
This table shows the margins for the main markets with the three most popular betting sports. Sport Market Margin Football Match result three way 104.46% Horse Racing Race winner 3.005 per horse Tennis Match winner two way 105.67% The margins with LeoVegas offer some value and partly compensate for the limited package of bonuses and free bets.
There is no formal VIP programme and not much in the way of a loyalty package but the value in the odds go some way to making up for these missing benefits.
The LeoVegas responsible gambling measure appears under the title of LeoSafePlay. Some controls can be put in place, such as self-assessment, various limits and reality checks. There are links with bodies that offer support for problem gambling.
LeoVegas has the potential to stand alongside the established brands in providing a comprehensive sports betting service. The basics are correct and once some of the missing features have been addressed the site should prosper but the sports betting service is still adequate with no major flaws. The value in the odds is a major positive.
The minimum withdrawal is €10.
Customers can deposit betting funds in Euro.
LeoVegas offers a decent range of leagues and games.
There is a downloadable app for iOS Android devices.
LeoVegas provides a safe and secure betting platform.
Withdrawals are subject to delays of 1 to 7 days.
LeoVegas is licensed in the UK, Ireland and Malta.
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