Voted for by members of Smart Betting Club and the betting public over the last 12 months.  Apparently this proved to be a very competitive category.  Bookmaker bashing has proven to be quite a popular pastime.

Not all bookmakers where created equal and the worst have been listed here.  The worst bookmaker of year awards have been judged on those offering poor value odds, shoddy customer service, or simply not allowing punters to get all their money on.

Worst bookie of the year table

Sure, not all bookmaker where created equal but we can not confirm if the worst was due more to poor odds or shoddy customer service.  The list is still quite revealing non the less.  For the full details you will need to visit Smart Betting Club.

Top of the spot this time out, just as they were last year was Stan James with 17.3% of the popular vote, which suggests this under pressure company has a lot to do to win back favour with many punters. After all – it takes a certain type of bookmaker to claim the wooden spoon prize two years on the bounce!

Creditable mentions must also go to Bet Victor and Betfred who each notched over 10% of all votes. The trio of Skybet, Betway & SportingBet also attracted the ire of several punters with a further 22.5% between them to round things off.

So there we have it – Stan James is this year’s recipient of our Worst Bookmaker Award. We somehow doubt they will be using our magnificent Wooden Spoon Gold banner on their homepage anytime soon though!

Why rating bookmakers is important?

As well as allowing  to poke fun at some of the worst culprits, this award does have a serious side to it.

First of all – the simple knowledge of which bookmakers are rated the worst can help you work out just who to avoid betting with.

Secondly there are also very few (if any) resources or websites you can visit these days where you can find an independent take on the best and worst bookmakers. The Secret Betting Clude report aims to help fill that gap.

This honesty void when it comes to bookies is often because many in the betting media rely upon bookmaker advertising to keep them going – and let’s face it – they are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.

Smart Betting Club’s model is funded by the members (and not bookmakers), this does allow them (Smart Betting Club) to speak openly and honestly about what’s really going on.

Visit Smart Betting Club to find out what else they do.

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