Tote Ireland is one of Ireland's premium betting companies, owned and operated by Horse Racing Ireland. The company has some serious pedigree with their inception dating all the way back to the 1930s, they've been round the track more than once. Tote bets are operated on a pool basis, unlike many other betting websites, and all profits generated by them are used for the improvement of Irish horse racing.
While headquartered in Ireland, Tote offers pooled gambling services from numerous countries around the world, including the UK, France, USA, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Tote Ireland is available for use on both desktop browser and mobile device and while they don't have their own app, the website is optimised for viewing on mobile devices, so you won't have to wait to get home to be part of the action.
The layout is clean without any frills, using a simple menu on the left side of the page for desktop browser, and a drop-down menu for mobile browsing. They aren't cluttering up their site with any needless information or intrusive advertisements, and we thought the interface was a refreshing change from many other sites we've tried out.
Betting on Tote is different from what a lot of other sites have to offer, as all the bets are pooled. You pay to enter a pool against other betters instead of betting against a bookmaker. This means that the odds change based on the patterns of betting and the amount staked, rather than at the decision of the bookmaker themselves. While it seems quite different from what many betters may be used to, it's pretty simple to get the hang of once you've placed a bet or two yourself.
There is plenty to bet on at Tote Ireland, from win/place/each way to exacta, trifecta and placepot bets, all available for Irish greyhound races and pretty much every significant horse race in the world.
Tote offers betting on a number of varied sports, these include:
The horse races available to bet on aren't limited to just Irish races, you'll find that your favourite races from countries all over the world are available to bet on. You might not be able to find every race (due to reasons beyond Tote's control), but they do have some of the biggest horse races, such as Ascot and Kempton Park. Greyhound racing appears limited to just the Ireland based races, which is definitely something you're going to want to bear in mind if you want the races from across Europe.
The football bets are a little different to what you'll see at other bookies. At Tote Ireland you can join syndicates based on certain bets, such as Asian Handicaps, 1x2 bets and correct score bets. If you get all your selections correct, you will win the jackpot amount tied to that ticket or share it among other winners in your pool.
Introductory offers to new customers are commonplace these days, and Tote is no exception, they offer a bonus up to €100 (£80) when you open your account with them and start making some bets. When you bet your first €10 you'll get €10 back, and when you place your 10th bet you'll get the average value of the 1st 10 bets back, up to €40.
What's more, if you bet €60 in any of the 1st 4 weeks, they'll give you €12.50 back on the following Monday. We think these are great offers to newcomers and they'll certainly help you make bets with more confidence if you're new to pooled betting and trying to navigate your way round.
Tote have a dedicated in-house support team to help you with any enquiries or problem you experience using their services. They have contact information for Irish, British and international customers with the details available on their website. They don't have a live chat feature like a lot of companies are offering, but they do have an email service available for those who can't make phone calls. Support is available from 9.30am (GMT) all the way to the start of the last Irish race.
They also pride themselves on having a secure website, using the latest 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption, to ensure that their clients can access and use their website safely with all personal and financial information being encrypted as it's sent over the web. Players can fund their account with MasterCard, Visa, Laser, cheque or cash.
Tote is a reputable company that has been around for decades and established themselves as one of the best in the business. They pride themselves on racing and making life better for Irish horse racing, which is great to see in a betting company. We liked what they have to offer on their site and while we might have hoped for a few additional markets to bet on, we can't say that we were disappointed with what they do have.
Pooled betting has been around and established itself in the betting sphere as a great alternative to betting against a bookmaker and we think it's worth a try, even if you don't plan to bet that way long term.
|offers pooled betting||no international greyhound betting|
|simple, efficient website layout||no 24/7 support|
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