Mobile Betting UK 2017 

If you don't own a smart phone (or at least a tablet) then there's a danger you might become regarded as a bit of a dinosaur – and when it comes to mobile betting, there's an extreme danger that your sports betting career might soon become extinct!

Sports betting apps for iPhone, iPad and Android users are all the rage at the moment, as well might might be expected. We're becoming ever more mobile in the way that we interact with the internet – accessing news, online shopping and of course, mobile betting. You are no longer required to be hunched over your laptop or peering at your PC to bet on all the latest and greatest and sporting events.

We discuss the array of advantages that come with betting on your mobile, plus give you great information on the best mobile betting promotions and exclusive offers. 

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Mobile betting apps - sports betting on your mobile or tablet

Virtually every single sports betting site now offers a mobile betting service. This means you can bet on any event of your choosing, as long as the sports betting site in question is offering prices on the event. It's the ultimate in sports betting convenience!

The use of mobile betting means that you are free to take advantage of markets offered by sports betting sites that offer cash-out or in-play betting wherever you may be, as long as you have your mobile device with you and can connect to the internet via wifi, 4G, 3G or even a cellular signal. All you need to do is whip out your mobile when the occasion arises and slap a few buttons – it really is that simple!

What are the other advantages of mobile betting?

Naturally, the main advantage of mobile betting is being able to place a bet at your online sports book of choice no matter where you might be! All you need is your smart phone or tablet, plus an internet connection.

Here are some other advantages of mobile betting on sporting events:


iI you have an account with a mobile betting-friendly sports book, then you'll have the added advantage (with some sites) of being able to bet by text if you cannot get a dedicated internet signal. To be able to bet by text, you will need to link up your sports betting account to your mobile phone number. This is easily done at the desktop-based or mobile-based version of your chosen sports book.

Once you have done this, you can send a text to the site's dedicated text-betting phone number. To bet by text you simply need to send a text to the number in line with the site's policy. For example, the text “£20 CHELSEA” will see you place £20 on Chelsea to win their next game. “NG £10 KANE” is a £10 bet on Harry Kane to score the next goal in his current match, and “£30 EW BISHOP'S FINGER” will place a £30 each way bet on a horse called 'Bishop's Finger' in its next race.


There's no better place to be when you're betting on a sports betting event than at the event in question! Say you're at the UK Open and notice that leader Rory McIlroy is suddenly having a torrid time atop the leaderboard, finding bunker after bunker and suddenly hooking his shots into the rough. Simply whip out your mobile and place a bet on McIlroy finishing the day in second place or even worse.


Cash out is a way of salvaging your bet when things seem about to go very wrong! Say you've £5 on Barcelona to beat Real Madrid and Messi has just made it 2-1 with quarter of an hour to go. However, you're listening to the game and Barcelona have just suffered a double whammy - Madrid have brought on Gareth Bale from the subs bench and Barca have had influential midfielder Andres Iniesta red-carded.

Your bet doesn't look so good now, so you decide to cash-out - take the money albeit at a reduced rate compared to what you could win if you stay the distance. The only issue is that you're currently on a bus! No fear, thanks to your chosen mobile site's betting app, you can cash-out your bet and reduce the risk of losing it all.

Cash out betting is hugely popular amongst football fans, and you can find more information on the best football betting websites here

Where can I get mobile betting apps?

Back in the day, actually getting a mobile betting app on your smart phone was quite a tricky affair. Your only option was to download and install a dedicated sports betting mobile app to your device, and doing so gave birth to a whole heap of issues.

First up, iOS users found that Apple had full control of what was available to be installed on iOS-based devices. This was because iOS apps could only be downloaded from approved Apple stores, and Apple did not take very favourably to the idea of hosting real-money sports betting apps there. Apple is a US-based company, and sports betting and the USA are not the best of friends.

Android owners fared slightly better. Users were able to download apps from Google Play, but again Google seemed reluctant to allow real-money sports mobile betting sites to be held at their stores for download. Happily, Android users were able to download 'apk' files, where 'apk' stands for Android Package. These files could be downloaded independently from Google Play stores, and installed on user devices.

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The 2014 incrementation of HTML (the programming language used to create web sites), HTML5, was a real game-changer in the way web sites could interact with the people using them. Mobile web sites in particular were suddenly capable of much more than they had previously been capable of, including the playing of video, audio, and complex interaction.

Mobile site operators began to code their sites in HTML5, meaning that mobile users could simply use the site on their devices, instead of having to download a separate app. To use the mobile services offered by any online sports betting site, you simply need to head to the site in question, using any popular mobile-friendly browser, such as Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.

Once you have used the site all the data is cleared off of your device when you close your browser, meaning that you save valuable disk space.

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Which are the best sports books for mobile users?

Not all sports book sites are the same – especially when it comes to mobile betting. Some offer only a rudimentary sports betting service, while others have mobile sports betting apps that are just as good – if not better – than their desktop/laptop sports betting equivalents. Some even offer special deals designed to appeal especially to mobile sports betting fans, including free bets and enhanced odds on specific events.

Here we take a look at some of the best mobile betting sites available:

Leo Vegas

Leo Vegas burst onto the online gambling scene in 2012 and caused quite a stir with their new and inventive ways of providing the best online gambling games around. It was surely only a matter of time before Leo Vegas launched their own sports betting brand, which they did in the early part of 2016.

Leo Vegas offers new customers a unique 'profit-boosting' deal. As long as you make a deposit of at least £10, and follow that up with a bet of £5 or more, then you will receive two one hundred percent profit boost bonuses. These bonuses can be used on any bet, and if your bet is a winner than your betting profits are doubled!

Note that you cannot use Skrill or Neteller to make your first deposit here if you want to take advantage of this profit boost offer.

This great deal is of course available across all platforms, including Leo Vegas' supreme mobile betting site that's available for both smart phone and tablet users, including all iOS and Android handsets. Thus multi-featured site is simple-looking but that also means it is fiendishly simple to use, and it's extremely easy to place wagers on any major (and most minor) sporting events of your choice. A few more additions beyond what's currently on offer at this site would not go amiss, but we're sure Leo Vegas are likely to rectify this soon.

Looking for more great new betting sites? We review this year's best newcomers


Plenty of sports books offer great deals to new customers in order to gain their custom, but once your registration is complete and your first deposit made, on-going promotions for mobile betting customers or otherwise tend to vanish.

That's not the case at 21bet Sports, though, as once you've completed the sign-up process and made your initial deposit at the site you are guaranteed a £10 free bet FOREVER … as long as you meet certain conditions.

For your first week at this site you need to make a minimum of five bets of at least £10 during your first seven days of membership. If you achieve this then for every seven day rolling period you need to make a minimum of ten bets of at least £10 at odds of Evens or greater in order to receive your free £10 bet for that week. Note that your free stake money is not returned when the bet is settled, so if your bet is a winner you will only receive your winnings back.

21bet is a great site for mobile sports betting fans with its clean-cut interface and tidy wagering options. All major markets are covered of course, and with a bit of hunting you'll soon seek out more obscure sporting markets such as Aussie Rules, handball, MMA and even eSports if any of those niches take your fancy. The 21bet mobile betting app is one you're likely to use time and time again, even if you haven't qualified for your free bet offer on a particular week.


While some online sports books rely upon flashy graphics and colourful images, others take a much more serious approach. Among those is Bet365, which is – and always has been – a sports book for those whom take their sports betting very seriously.

You do not, though, have to be a bona fide sports betting boffin to use the Bet365 sports mobile betting app. If you prefer a sports book without countless images, then Bet365 is undoubtedly the site for you. The 'nuts and bolts only' approach of Bet365 also means its structure is ideally suited to mobile devices.

Newbs at Bet365 will also appreciate the bonus that is on offer here. It's a one hundred percent deposit bonus up to a maximum of £200. You need to make a deposit of at least £10 in order for your deposit to be matched, and you must avoid Skrill and Neteller when making your deposit else you will not receive a bonus.

To withdraw your bonus cash and any winnings you need to wager the total value of both your deposit and bonus three times over.

Real Deal Bet

Although Real Deal Bet has an online casino and live casino attached, it's the sports book available here that really shines. Just to prove it's the 'real deal' this site is endorsed by boxing legend Evander Holyfield, so we're unlikely to disagree with any of their claims!

If you're a traditionalist when it comes to your online mobile betting, then you're going to like what you see here. Real Deal Bet looks like every online sports book did about five years ago. If you miss those days, then head to Real Deal Bet on your device, pronto!

Just to make sports betting here even more interesting you can claim a one hundred percent accumulator bonus up to a maximum of £50 by using the bonus code RDB50. Your deposit needs to be rolled over once on accas (three or more selections) with odds of at least 2/5 (1.40). You will then be awarded your bonus, which must be rolled over five times (as well as your deposit amount) before you are able to withdraw. Again, you need to avoid Skrill and Neteller when making your initial deposit.