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MansionBet Bookmaker Review

mansionbet homepage screenshotMansion is a betting company that have slowly but surely begun to make a name for themselves in the UK market, having been established in Gibraltar back in 2003. In terms of name recognition, they sponsored Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, which was the point at which English football fans will have noticed them for the first time. They’ve since gone on to have similar deals with the likes of Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, even going so far as to become the Principal Betting Partner of the Cherries ahead of their 2017-2018 Premier League campaign.

All of which should make clear that Mansion is not just a flash-in-the-pan newcomer to the online betting market. They’ve established themselves successfully over a few years, taking a more conservative approach rather than just throwing money at advertising and hoping that people would stick around after placing a bet or two. Because of this they’ve actually managed to earn themselves quite a loyal customer base, filled with people who like the way that the company operates. I’ll tell you all about that here, as well as about the pros and cons of using them as one of your main betting sites. Spoiler alert: it’s definitely worth it.

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Desktop Site

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I like the SB-Tech powered Mansion site a lot. If you’ve read any of my other bookmaker reviews then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of companies that don’t make their homepage too busy and on that front Mansion have got it nailed. That’s largely down to the choice of keeping the colour scheme bold but simple, thanks to their use of black as the background and green, red and white on the foreground. Admittedly, a quick look around the homepage and you’ll see that it’s actually got a lot more going on than you’d have thought at first, thanks to an ever-changing advertising banner at the top and a host of different Live Events further down, but the initial impression is one of the whole things being less in your face than some of Mansion’s competitors.

The site is also quick to respond to commands, meaning that you’re not waiting forever for your click to have an effect on proceedings. That’s enormously helpful when you’re trying to place some In-Play bets, for example. You can use the bar at the top of the page to move from the Sportsbook to the In-Play section, or the Casino or Games if that’s what tickles your fancy. Within the Sportsbook, football and horse racing sit at the top of the agenda, whilst the rest of the sports offered are a little bit further down the page. The good news is that clicking on a sport doesn’t open a heap of dropdown boxes as you might find on some sites, instead simply taking you to the main page of that sport. It’s a site that keeps things simple, but it benefits massively because of that.

MansionBet Mobile App

mansionbet mobile view exampleSomewhat surprisingly for a company that has been operating in the UK for some time, Mansion don’t have an app for iPhones. There’s an app for Mansion Casino, but you can’t access Sportsbook bets from there so it’s pretty useless in that regard. You can, however, put the Mansion Bet website into your mobile’s browser and in return you’ll be presented with a version of the site that has been specifically optimised for playing on the go.You’ll find the main sports in a scrollable bar across the top, with the ability to search for an event or league if you know exactly what it is that you’d like to bet on and will find that easier.

I’d say the search bar is the easiest thing to use if you know exactly what you want to bet on. Once you’ve clicked on a sport using the banner at the top you’ll get a list of pretty much every league or competition that you can bet on within that sport. That’s ok if you want to bet on the Premier League in football as it’s right near the top of the list, but if the Argentinian Superliga is more your thing then you’ll be scrolling for a while before you get to it. You won’t be disappointed with the response time of the optimised site, though, with everything happening almost as soon as you’ve clicked on it. Even so, the lack of a proper dedicated mobile app is a bit of a letdown.

Live Betting

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The In-Play section of the Mansion website is a pleasure to use, keeping things nice and simple but making it clear exactly what you’re doing at all times. Across the top of the page on the main site you’ll find a list of all sports with an event that is In-Play at that moment, complete with a figure underneath it letting you know how many games or matches are available to bet on.

Click on a sport and you’ll get a list of the league that the event in question is a part of down the lefthand side, along with how far into the match it is at that moment. Shift over to the right and you’ll see the score or, if it hasn’t quite started, the countdown to when it’s going to get underway. After that you’ll get the odds on each participating team, with even more information available to you when you click on a specific event.

Live Streaming

Within the individual page of a match or event that you’re looking at you’ll also find a visualisation screen, giving you information such as who is in possession and who is on top at any given moment.

The main reason they’ve put quite so much effort into that, however, is that they don’t currently offer Live Streaming. I’d love to say that that’s something that may add in the future, but we’ve got this far without them doing so so I’m not convinced.

Markets, Odds and Features

In terms of market depth, I’d say that Mansion are decent without being exceptional. Purely in terms of the sports on offer, you’ll find all of the usual options such as football, tennis horse racing and rugby. You’ll also see that there are a number of other less common sports on the list, including mixed martial arts, trotting and Aussie rules. Yet there’s nothing on the list that sets Mansion apart from a dozen other bookies with an online presence, so if you like to bet on a truly random sport then you’re unlikely to be rushing to open a Mansion account in order to do so. That’s not to say it’s disappointing as it’s definitely not, it’s just that they don’t go one step further than you’d expect from most bookmakers nowadays.

When it comes to odds, they’re always competitive. They might not necessarily have consistently the best odds, but unless you’re betting with hundreds of thousands of pounds you’re unlikely to see the difference between the odds from Mansion and the odds from even the most competitive bookie. Pick something slightly more unusual, such as the Indian Premier League cricket, and you’ll probably find that you’ll actually get marginal gains from betting with Mansion. As always with these things, pick an event that you’re particularly keen to bet on and see what they offer in comparison to your normal bookmaker. I’m willing to bet that the difference is not enough to make you refuse to bet with Mansion. If you’re a Bournemouth supporter then you’ll be pleased to see that you can place bets on the Cherries with more markets offered by Mansion thanks to their sponsorship of the club.

Banking

Interestingly, Mansion have a limited number of deposit methods available to customers. At the time of writing, only credit and debit card are available as a way of making a payment, with the former of those two likely to be restricted in the coming months.

The minimum deposit is £10, whilst the maximum amount you can put in your account in one go is £25,000. When it comes to getting your winnings out, there’s no minimum amount but the maximum you can withdraw in day is £100,000 for the Sportsbook. It normally takes around forty-eight hours for them to process your request.

Other Products

Mansion have an excellent Casino that you can use, as well as a Live Casino that features most of your favourite table games. There’s also a ‘Games’ section, which lumps together all of your favourite slots with versions of other online offerings you’ll have played elsewhere.

About MansionBet

mansionbetMansion (Gibraltar) Limited was founded back in 2003 in Gibraltar, as the name suggests. It was the brainchild of private investors who were looking to launch a new online gaming company. MansionCasino.com went live in 2004, quickly catching the eye of producers at Fox who teamed up with the Mansion crew to produce Poker Dome Challenge for US TV. It was so successful that it actually won an Emmy. The following year they sponsored Tottenham Hotspur, whilst casino.com was acquired the year after that.

They’ve gone from strength-to-strength since then, branching out their sponsorships to other football clubs, as I mentioned before. It’s probably fair to say that football is a sport that the company likes to focus on, chartering a plane ahead of the 2006 World Cup to fly staff members and competition winners out to Frankfurt in order to watch England’s first group match. That was noteworthy because of the fact that they completely re-branded the Flybe jet with their own colours and branding, gaining a fair amount of media attention. As well as football the company does a lot for poker, regularly holding competitions and tournaments both online and in Las Vegas.

Pros

The website works really well, responding immediately to requests made of it and loading up the various pages pretty much straight away. It’s also great that they operate in a responsible manner, gaining accreditation from the responsible gaming organisation GamCare. The extra bets and so on for Bournemouth games are also a winner.

Cons

No mobile app will always be disappointing to UK audiences, with betting on the go becoming more and more popular with every passing week. The lack of Live Streaming is also less than impressive, though it’s never the sort of thing that should be a deal-breaker. The lack of a genuinely impressive sense of market-depth will also leave some people wanting more.

Licence & Contact Details

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If Mansion have a Live Chat console then they’ve hidden it well on their website. Clicking on the ‘Contact Us’ tab at the bottom of the page will just take you to a page that has their phone number and email address on. That said, they’re available from nine in the morning until one the following morning, so you can’t be too fussy about these things I suppose. I always prefer to chat to people electronically rather than on the phone, but they respond to emails quickly enough.

They do have a Twitter account that responds to people sporadically, though I wouldn’t head there if you need a reasonably quick response. They use it more for competitions and advertising, not communicating with customers. It’s a similar story over on Facebook, with competitions thrown up on a regular basis but questions from punters largely going unanswered. In other words, if you want to know something then call them and ask.

As mentioned before, Mansion are based in Gibraltar. The move out there allows them to sell their wares to a British market under a Remote Operating Licence from the Gambling Commission, the number of which is 39448. Their physical address, in case you need it is as follows:

MansionBet Address: Mansion Europe Holdings Ltd, Suite 732, Europort, Gibraltar