Grosvenor are one of the biggest names in UK gambling. They have been around since 1970, establishing a range of real-world casinos across Great Britain. They form part of the Rank Group of companies, along with Mecca Bingo and Rank Interactive.
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Already possessed of a flourishing online casino, Grosvenor decided to enter the world of online sports betting in June 2016, adding a 'sports' section to its main gambling site.
Not only does Grosvenor Sports now have a specific sports-betting bonus, it also offers two general bonuses, one of which is only available to players who have played at their real-world casino.
All new sports bettors can take advantage of a 'double the odds' promo. Here, if you stake at least £10 as your first sports bet, the sports book will double the odds, so you get double the winnings if you're victorious! This money is paid as REAL cash too, so now wagering! You must make your bet within sixty days of registering, and you should not make your initial deposit using Neteller or Skrill.
The first casino bonus is a matched deposit bonus that is up to a maximum of £20. You can deposit any amount you like as your first deposit, but as long as it is over £20, you will receive a further £20 in bonus cash. The wagering requirement associated with this bonus is among the best you're likely to find anywhere – just five times the bonus amount!
If you do happen to be a member of a real-world Grosvenor Casino, then you can double your bonus dosh. When you sign up for Grosvenor Sports, if you enter your Grosvenor Casino membership number on the registration page, then Grosvenor Sports will add £20 to your account. You do not need to make a deposit to receive this cash – just sign up and the money's yours. To turn this free cash into money you can withdraw, you only need to turn it over once.
For both bonuses you have a total of thirty days in which to meet your wagering requirements.
Note that you cannot use the sports book in order to meet your wagering expectations – you have to use casino games such as slots, blackjack and roulette.
Other than this bonus, it has to be said that Grosvenor Sports is not very hot on promotions. The site does run a VIP/loyalty scheme that stretches to the real world casino as well as the online sports book and other gambling sections. This is the 'Play Points' scheme where you collect points by playing games and placing bets at the site. The more points you collect, the bigger the benefits for you.
Both 'in play' betting and cash-out are available.
If there's one thing that Grosvenor Sports is not about, it's not about pretty pictures. Grosvenor Sports has decided to take a minimalist approach to their site design, which is mostly textual-based.
All the current, most popular markets are available via the central panel, but only a minimal amount of information is given about each – the latest score and the odds of each competitor winning. For more detailed information and markets you have to click through from the specific event.
If there are specific markets, events and participants you are interest in, then Grosvenor Sports provides a handy search function at the top of the main sports book page.
Grosvenor Sports accepts Visa or MasterCard credit and debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal and Paysafecard. The minimum allowable deposit is £5 per transaction, and all deposits are processed immediately.
The minimum allowable withdrawal is £10 per transaction. The site says that all withdrawals made from your account should be received within three to seven working days.
Now that all the main gambling operations in the UK and beyond offer sports book as part of their wagering options, it was only a matter of time before a company as large as Grosvenor followed the trend. The only surprise is that it has taken them this long.
We're not sure about the decision to include Grosvenor Sports within the main body of their online casino. We think sports books work better if they are a separate entity, so we will be keeping a close eye on how Grosvenor Sports fares.
If you're a member of a Grosvenor real-world casino then it's a bit of a no-brainer to take up that free £20 offer and see if you can back a winner here – it's not often you get something for nothing! That deposit bonus is worth claiming too with a minimal wagering requirement of 5x.
Time will tell whether this enterprise can match the success of Grosvenor's other gambling ventures.