The betting company that would become Ladbrokes was founded in 1886 in London, England by Messrs Schwind and Pennington, which five years later was officially named Ladbrokes. Although it survived two World Wars, Ladbrokes’ light began to fade in the mid-1950s, so much so that it was acquired in 1956 by managing director Mark Stein and his nephew Cyril Stein for the relatively paltry sum of £100,000.
However, with the able guidance of the Steins coupled with the legalisation of betting shops in Great Britain in 1961 under the Betting and Gaming Act, Ladbrokes began to once again flourish. Cyril Stein made the brilliant and until then unprecedented move of opening a string of high street betting shops. He also spearheaded the introduction of fixed odds on football bets, which was a huge success.
In 1966 Ladbrokes was taken public on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and since then has gone from strength to strength. After moving into the online and mobile betting space, Ladbrokes services are now accessible by more betting fans in the UK and beyond than ever before. Based in Stratford, London, Ladbrokes offers sports and financial betting, as well as online casino, bingo, poker and other games.
The company employs over 16,500 people and generates more than £1.5 billion in revenues each year.
Ladbrokes has a long list of excluded countries, i.e. nations that it doesn’t allow players to sign up to its online services from. However, three countries not on that list are Nigeria Mauritius and Ghana. This means players in these countries are free to sign up with Ladbrokes online, make a deposit and bet on any and all local and international betting lines like soccer, golf, tennis, cricket, rugby and many more.
Soccer Betting - Available Leagues
As you would expect from a UK-based bookmaker, soccer (or football as it is known in the UK) is one of Ladbrokes biggest markets, if not the biggest. It offers many betting lines from the UK, Europe and beyond to meet the betting needs of soccer fans everywhere. Below are a few of the soccer leagues you can bet on at Ladbrokes by country, over and above international soccer tournaments and competitions:
Other Sports / Categories You Can Bet On at Ladbrokes
There are many sports and other betting lines you can bet on at Ladbrokes such as:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules Football
- Formula 1
- Gaelic Football
- Greyhound Racing
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Cycling
- Motor Sports
- Rugby Union
- Virtual Sports
- TV Specials
Ladbrokes Main Features
If you’re seeking a reputable, fair and 100% trusted sportsbook, look no further than Ladbrokes, which had been a household name in the UK for over 100 years. Today, thanks to its hugely popular online and mobile betting operation, Ladbrokes is accessible by more punters than ever before, even in the African nations of Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius. It has sports and other betting lines with competitive odds.
Whether you’re after the latest soccer fixed odds wagers, the excitement of in-play betting or feel confident enough to lay a few parlay bets, Ladbrokes has them all and more. All you have to do to place your bets is take a minute or two to sign up for a Ladbrokes account online. As long as you live in an unrestricted country i.e. a country that Ladbrokes supports and you’re 18 or older, you can sign up.
Once your Ladbrokes account has been verified and activated, you can pay its banking page a visit where you’ll find a selection of secure and safe deposit methods. Just choose one that best suits your needs along with an amount to deposit, and your account will be funded in no time. Then you can pick and choose from the wide array of sports and other markets and lines on offer that are regularly updated.
Because Ladbrokes is such a large and established land and online bookmaker, you can enjoy peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that it’s anything but a ‘fly by night operation’ which means all of your winning bets will be paid out on time every time – no fuss, no hassle. If for whatever reason you need to contact Ladbrokes, you may 24/7 since its efficient customer service department never closes.
Key Ladbrokes Features Summary
Here is a list of features that makes joining Ladbrokes such a good betting choice:
- Is a long-established and highly reputable betting company
- Accepts players from the UK and beyond (including Africa)
- Boasts one of the biggest ranges of betting lines you’ll find
- Has betting markets for the biggest sports, games and events
- Offers competitive odds across its many betting markets
- Has user-friendly online and mobile facilities for ease of use
- Offers bold in-play betting lines to ramp up the excitement
- Also has casino, slots, games, live casino, bingo, poker, lotto, virtual games, betting exchange and many more facilities
- Has 24/7 customer service via Live Chat, phone and email
Ladbrokes on Mobile Devices
Ladbrokes has tens of thousands of punters who use its mobile-friendly facilities. In fact, you can even register for a new Ladbrokes account on your smart phone or device and then use the same set of account details (username and password) to access your Ladbrokes account on your notebook, PC or laptop, or even for telephone betting, if you like to place your wagers with actual bookmakers.
You can also use your mobile device to deposit, bet and make withdrawals just like you have your own ‘high street betting outlet.’ Virtually all late model smart devices and operating systems are compatible with Ladbrokes mobile. This includes Windows phones, Apple iOS iPads and iPhones and Android tablets and phones. All you need is a fast and stable 4G, LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi internet connection to get betting.
Sports Betting Bonuses at Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes has a wide range of generous bonus offers in the form of new customer offers, free bets, matching bets and seasonal specials, each designed to give you ‘more bang for your betting buck.’ Take for instance its generous Bet £5 and Get £20 in Free Bets (using bonus code: B5G20) new player offer.
With this generous offer, as a first time depositor you’ll automatically receive a 400% return on your first bet of £5 or more on a Win Single bet. Simply opt in to receive this bonus and on the same registration page enter the bonus code (B5G20). Your first bet of £5 or more will then unlock your £20 in Free Bets.
And Ladbrokes’ generosity doesn’t end there because it has a slew of worthwhile bonus offers you can take advantage of including a £50 Free Bet Matching Bonus plus a variety of new on-site customer bets on the most current sports and events including soccer, horse racing, golf, tennis and dog racing.
How to Process Payments at Ladbrokes
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Once you’ve registered for a new account at Ladbrokes, you need to make a deposit so you can start betting right away. To do this, just go to the website’s banking page and choose a deposit method from the selection on offer which should include:
- Bank transfer
- Western Union
Note: You may not be able to use all of the above methods based on your country of residence. That said, you should certainly be able to use credit cards, bank transfers and e-wallets like Neteller, Ukash and Paypal if you live in Mauritius, Nigeria or Ghana.
To clear your funds as quickly as possible, though, credit cards and e-wallets are your best bet as they clear instantly. Be aware, however, that making withdrawals to any of these methods may take anything between 1 and 5 working days, so be prepared for that.
Ladbrokes Contact Details
You can contact Ladbrokes sportsbook using any of the following ways:
- Online email form
- UK Tel: 0800 731 6191
- Outside UK Tel: +44 208 515 2565
- Twitter (@Ladbrokes)