Matt Houghton over at betting rant has added Stan James to his selection of Four of the best bookmakers. A controversial selection considering members of Secret Betting club voted Stan James worst bookmaker of the year. Let’s take a look at the top 4 bookies according to the author of betting rant.


In Matt’s opinion Bet365 is the best all-rounder. Competitive odds (particularly on horseracing) added to all the perks on offer make them great value for money. Boy are there a lot of perks.

They include:

• Live streaming on horseracing for a minimum stake of just 50p (web and mobile).

• Live streaming on all other sports (including Australian Open tennis at the moment) as long as you have a funded account – even 1p is fine!

• Best Odds Guaranteed horseracing.

• A large number of bookie offers including regular favourites such as ‘bet £50 get £50’ on the football and ‘bet 4/1+ get a no lose bet’ on the horseracing.

If you’re not already a Bet365 account holder you can also take advantage of their HUGE £200 welcome offer…

You can sign up for it here.


At the moment it seems to be quite fashionable to moan about Betfair and some of those moans are justified (not least the commission rate for big winners) but at the end of the day, if you want to lay a bet there’s nowhere better.

For the uninitiated, laying a bet is backing something to NOT win and is perfect for hedging your back bets which you’ve placed elsewhere, as well as guaranteeing profits from free bets, Bonus Bagging style.

To get your hands on a Betfair account and take advantage of their welcome offer click here.  Also, with Betfair exchange games players can ‘cash out’ a blackjack hand when the goings good or bet against an unlucky roulette number.

William Hill

William Hill has developed a bit of a reputation lately as being one of the few bookmakers who put up with winning accounts…

Of course there will always be exceptions but, generally speaking, you’ve got a good chance of making money with Hills AND keeping your account intact, which is always a good thing.

Aside from that they also offer decent odds, live streaming, Best Odds Guaranteed and some good offers, including acca insurance for the football and money back as a free bet if second (Channel4 races) on the horseracing.

Last but by no means least they offer new customers a £25 free bet which you can claim here.

Stan James

Matt’s final selection is a little controversial. A lot of bettors can’t stand them but as a professional Gambler Matt likes Stan James.

The primary reason is for their games/casino bonuses which are the most generous in the market.

Currently they offer…

• Bet £20 on selected games on a Tuesday and get £5 CASH (no rollover).

• Get a 50% CASH refund up to £25 on a selected game on a Wednesday (no rollover).

• Bet £50 on selected games on a Thursday and get £10 CASH (no rollover).

As with all games/casino offers the key here is that the bonuses have no rollover requirements and these offers alone have provided me with a very nice little earner – certainly they move the margins in your favour. Visit Stan James by clicking here.

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