Geographically-speaking, sports betting holds an extremely broad appeal. Sports are popular all around the world, of course, and placing a well-considered wager (or even a more spontaneous one!) can make things that little bit more exciting. While the bookies formed in Britain might get a lot of publicity, mostly thanks to their longevity and prestige, the internet has helped new bookmakers to spring up in less-heralded places, and still make their mark internationally.
This TonyBet review shows us a perfect example. Launched in Lithuania back in 2009, TonyBet has struck out of the Baltic and into the wider gambling world. It offers a rounded betting experience which – in theory – should hold mass appeal to international bettors.
These are lofty aims indeed, but does TonyBet have the substance to match them? It’s high time to find out.
Use Code: TONY200. New customers only. Deposit of up to £200. Deposit must be wagered 10 times at odds of 1.65 or bigger. Staking requirements must be met within 30 days. T&C’s apply.
Eye-Catching Welcome Offer
Excellent Customer Support
Wide Range of Banking Options
Table of Contents
TonyBet Sign Up Offer
It’s fair to say that - to bettors outside the Baltic, at least - TonyBet isn’t exactly the most well-known brand. A quality welcome offer, then, which might persuade newcomers to register, becomes even more crucial than usual.
The TonyBet new customer offer is certainly eye-catching, with its advertisement of a ‘£200 Welcome Bonus’. As you’ll soon see, though, there are certainly some terms and conditions to be aware of. These are the most important:
- Initial deposit will be matched as a free bet, up to a maximum of £200
- To activate the bonus, you must bet through your deposit amount 10 times
- Qualifying bets must be made at odds of 1.65 (13/20) or greater
- Qualifying bets must be on in-play or pre-match sports markets (i.e. not futures)
- Bonus amount must be wagered once at odds of at least 1.65, within 5 days of being awarded
This is a cut-and-dry case of a bookie catching the eye with some big numbers… then making their T’s & C’s prohibitively demanding.
Quite frankly, asking new users to bet through their initial deposit ten times, just to get their initial deposit awarded to them again, is problematic. If you deposit £20, for example, you’d then have to bet £200 just to get another £20. The upside is the big limit of £200 - if you want TonyBet to be your main or secondary bookie, this bonus becomes much more lucrative.
TonyBet Ongoing Promotions
It would take some pretty special ongoing TonyBet promotions to make up for their mess of a signup offer. The bookie fails to achieve this… or even try to. That’s right, there are no ongoing promotions whatsoever for this sportsbook at the time of writing; not even a basic acca insurance deal, or a ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’. Even the ones for the casino section - of which there are only two - are poor.
This complete absence is both inexcusable and baffling. When you’re trying to break into the wider market like TonyBet is, you have to realise that your promotions are one of the first things potential customers will look at. If they see absolutely nothing there - not a single sports-related TonyBet offer - it doesn’t exactly create a great impression, to put it lightly.
Unlike quite a few modern bookmakers, TonyBet do at least have a ‘Security & Privacy’ section on their website. It’s not exactly detailed, but we’ll take what we can get in this regard! Specifically, TonyBet say that they have 256-bit SSL encryption, and an ‘excellent fraud team and advanced systems’ in place, to help detect suspicious behaviour which may indicate your account has been compromised.
Elsewhere, TonyBet is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and the relevant authorities in Estonia, both of which should assure you that - if you wondered ‘Is TonyBet legit?’ - the answer is a definite ‘yes’.
TonyBet Football Features
Football is far and away the world’s most popular sport. Accordingly, if you want to appeal to the widest possible international audience as TonyBet does, you’d better have a darn good set of football features.
The first thing you notice about TonyBet’s football features is the sheer range of markets. There are 387 available at the time of writing, which truly encompass competitions across the world, from the Premier League and Bundesliga through to the Finnish Veikkausliiga. Pre-match bets - covering simple 1/X/2 markets and more complex wagers like Asian Handicaps - are available for essentially every match you could hope for, and there’s a fine selection of outright markets for domestic and international football too.
Live betting - a staple of modern gambling - isn’t merely included, but has its own section accessible via the top bar. While there’s no live streaming, the ‘Score Centre’ keeps you fully up to date with what’s going on in your chosen match, providing a top-down visualisation of the game and plenty of stats. As with longer term wagers, the in-play betting and TonyBet cash out features are available on a huge number of games.
Our only criticism of these otherwise excellent football features regards the layout. While most modern bookies have a dedicated section for the beautiful game, TonyBet has simply used the same layout as for every other sport. If that layout was good, it wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately it isn’t!
In a baffling design decision, you have to work your way through a series of drop-down menus to the far left of the screen, just to find the competition you want. Every time you want to navigate to a new competition, you must go through those small menus again. This might not sound like a big deal, but it’s finicky, and lags behind most bookies’ interfaces.
Other Betting Markets
Our aforementioned gripes about the interface aside (which is the same for every sport), TonyBet do a decent job of providing alternative betting markets for their customers.
While football has far and away the most individual markets, there are still over 200 available for golf, tennis and basketball (worldwide, not just NBA)… which isn’t too shabby at all!! Elsewhere, there’s also plenty here for fans of F1, rugby and cricket.
Even though TonyBet doesn’t provide the widest range of other betting markets we’ve seen, most of the major bases are covered. The only truly noteworthy exception is horse racing, which - considering its massive popularity - is a surprising absence.
Mobile Betting Options & App
If you’ve been following betting for at least a little while - which we’re guessing you have, seeing as you’re reading this review - you’ll know how massive on-the-go gambling has become. Nowadays, a bookie can live and die by the quality of their app.
It’s strange, therefore, that TonyBet have made such a mess of explaining their mobile features. There is hardly any mention at all of any TonyBet app on their website, except for a tiny button at the bottom inviting you to download the Android version. The iOS version isn’t featured at all… even though it does exist!
The TonyBet Android app must be downloaded as an APK directly from the website, whereas the iOS version is available to download from the App Store. Both of them have the same features as the desktop version (notably in-play and cash out) and resemble it visually, although the layout here is a little different. Pre-match and in-play markets are rolled into the same section, for example, and there’s a handy bar along the bottom through which you can access your betting history, wallet and account settings. The interface is slightly clunkier on the TonyBet mobile website, mostly because that bottom bar is removed, but it still scales well and everything runs smoothly.
Opening an Account
This TonyBet review has certainly been a mixed bag so far, but we’re pleased to say that it does manage to get the signup process right!
That process is split into three main phases. At the first, you enter your email address, username, password, country, and preferred currency (EUR, GBP, USD or CAD). Next, you add your name and date of birth, then finally you enter your address and mobile number, and set a security question.
After all this is done, there’s one more hurdle to overcome. Because it’s registered in Lithuania, TonyBet is legally required to get a valid photo ID off you before you can start betting. While this isn’t their fault, it’s still a minor annoyance. That aside, this is a nicely streamlined process which is quick and easy to complete.
Considering it’s not the biggest bookie around, TonyBet actually manages to offer a lovely wide range of banking options. In addition to the usual credit/debit card, you can also use PayPal, Neteller, Paysafecard, Skrill, and - unlike the vast majority of bookmakers - even bitcoin.
There’s an industry standard £10 minimum deposit for all payment methods, and deposits are generally processed within 1-2 minutes. Your first deposit must be manually authorised, though, which can take up to 24 hours.
When making a TonyBet withdrawal, the money must be sent back to the payment method you used for the deposit (although withdrawals can’t be made using PayPal, strangely), and the minimum withdrawal amount is £10. If you make more than one withdrawal within 14 days using credit/debit card you’ll be charged a £1.50 fee; the same applies across 28 days with e-wallet withdrawals.
Like their banking options, this is another area in which TonyBet certainly outperforms their size and reputation. The methods by which users can get in touch rival those you’ll find at much bigger bookies.
There are three ways to contact the TonyBet customer service team - email, live chat and phone. While this certainly covers the major bases, there’s no mention of when the phone support nor the live chat are available (the latter was simply offline when we first tried to use it, for example, but came online a couple of hours later), or how quickly emails will be responded to.
If you don’t want to use the direct TonyBet contact options, the amount of help available to you isn’t particularly impressive. The FAQ is far from the deepest we’ve seen, with only 17 entries at the time of writing, and many of those answers are on the short side. It’s a good job TonyBet offer such robust direct support, because - if you were relying solely on this section - you’d be in trouble!
TonyBet Company Details
Given the number of new bookies who seem to be springing up all the time, we’d have to call TonyBet ‘middle-aged’ for beginning life all the way back in 2009! The company is actually even older than that, having been launched as Omnibet in 2003. The rebranding came courtesy of infamous pro poker player Antanas Guoga - also known as ‘Tony G’ - after whom the bookie is now named.
TonyBet’s headquarters are located in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, and its wider baltic influence is clear courtesy of its Estonian betting license. The Lithuanian side of their operation was bought by the sports betting and gaming group in 2016, while elsewhere TonyBet - as a broader company - continue to operate multiple online bookmakers, including 22bet.
TonyBet Bottom Line
We’re big fans of not simply settling for using the same old bookmakers, but of exploring new avenues. By doing this, you can often find outstanding value - particularly in their promotions - and some even execute the basics better than the bigger brands.
Unfortunately, as it currently stands, TonyBet does not represent a worthwhile option. Though its football features are okay, and its customer service is pretty good, there’s no single area in which it excels.
There are, however, a few important areas in which it’s found wanting. The welcome offer - usually crucial for lesser-known brands - is hard to fully claim and the complete and utter lack of ongoing promotions is bizarre. The layout isn’t particularly intuitive, the way TonyBet largely ignore their own apps is very strange, and the FAQ section should be much more detailed.
When all’s said and done, TonyBet is just… fine. It’s certainly not great, but it’s not terrible either. If you simply want to try out a new bookie, there’s no harm in sticking a few quid in an account and giving it a shot yourself. To make any kind of wider breakthrough, though, and become a truly appealing option, TonyBet must make some sizable improvements.
New customers only. Initial deposit of at least £50. 100% matched deposit bonus. The maximum bonus is £50. Deposit must be staked 10 times at offs of 1.65 or bigger. Qualifying bets must be placed within 30 days. The total qualifying bets are for £500. The bonus must be staked once at odds of 1.65 before the funds are available. Bonus bets must be placed within 5 days. The free bet stake is not included in any returns. Terms & Conditions apply.