Blacktype Review & Free Bet

Blacktype 4.2 / 5.0 Editor Rating



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Blacktype Sports Review

Black Type is a British sportsbook best known for its huge horse racing and greyhound markets. The bookie was established in 2016 by Craig Nicholson, David Gowers, and Mylo Sangster. The three proprietors had a strong background in horse racing, and their primary focus was to create a competitive sportsbook that was deep-rooted in racing. Blacktype is a trademark of Cheltenham-based company Black Type Services Limited, but the technical job of running the platform is done by FSB Technology (UK) Ltd. The bookie is fully licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, and they are also registered with IBAS.

Quality of platform

Blacktype is a straightforward site with a pretty simple design. The platform is powered by FSB Technology (UK), and the tech company has done a good job at creating a highly functional site with high load times. The site has an excellent user-interface, and finding any sport or event on the sportsbook is quite hassle-free because they provide you with links to sports and other services.

Their main menu is at the top of the page, and you can see the links to their main products upon login. Besides the sports listed at the top of the page, you can view more markets by clicking on the dropdown menu on the All Sports icon.

At the centre of the page is where you find the links to current live betting markets and if you scroll down further you will see the highlights and odds for horse racing events. The right-most section of the page is occupied by the bet slip and quick links to the popular events of the day. Blacktype is optimized for all types of devices, and the experience is seamless whether you are betting on mobile or PC. However, punters still hope that the bookie will consider having a dedicated sports betting app in the future.

Sports Variety and Odds Quality

As earlier mentioned, the key markets on Black Type are horse racing and greyhounds, and you can access these markets using the tabs provided on the home page menu. Their racebook is about the best you can get online, and they feature all racing events in the UK, Ireland, and the USA. Besides racing, they also have 22 other markets to choose from. However, their focus is mainly on major sports like football, basketball, boxing, tennis, handball, rugby, and cricket and this means that you have to look elsewhere if you are looking for less popular markets. The only non-sports market on the site is Specials.

Seeing that their largest offering is racing, Black Type provides punters with very competitive prices in horse racing and greyhound, and they always pay out at the bigger price whenever you make a selection. This simply means that they offer the best odds guaranteed on all racing events. They also offer favourable odds across other sports like football, tennis, and basketball.

In-play betting and live stream

You don’t have to worry if you are late to place a pre-match bet with Blacktype. The bookie has an extensive in-play betting market that features a wide range of select events across several sports. The link to the live betting section is found on the main menu, and clicking on the tab will open you up to all a long list of available events in football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and ice hockey. They also have an upcoming events section where you can view scheduled competitions.

When it comes to betting options on live events, the sportsbook offers all the main odds markets including handicaps, and they also have cash out services. They also equip you with the necessary resources to assist you in bet placement, and these include comprehensive head to head statistics and field animations. Black Type also provides live commentary on racing. The only cons of their in-play platform are that they don’t have fast markets and live streaming services.

Bonuses and promotions

Black Type Sports has some exclusive bonus packages and promotions for their new customers as well as existing members.

Sign-up offer

This offer is available for new customers only and each member is eligible to receive the bonus once.

To receive the sign-up bonus, you have to register an account Blacktype and place a single or multiple bets of at least £10 at odds of 2.0 (evens) or greater. If your bet loses, the sportsbook will award you £10 in free bets and an additional £5 for the casino.  The wagering requirement for the bonus is 20x the amount, and it must be cleared within 30 days.

Best odds guaranteed on Horse Racing

If you back a horse at a lower price than the starting price, Black Type Sports will pay you at the bigger price. The promotion is available for all UK and Irish horse racing events.

Cashback on virtual sport of the day

The bookmaker refunds 10% of your initial stake if your bet on the selected virtual sports of the day losses. You can check their promotions page for more information on this offer.

Other promotions on sports at Black Type include free bets at the Free Bets Club, Best Odds Guaranteed on Greyhound racing, and cash outs.

Deposits and Withdrawals

Black Type only accepts deposits made from Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The bookie supports all the major credit and debit cards like Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit, Maestro, and MasterCard. They also accept payments via Trustly, Skrill, and Neteller. The minimum deposit amount is £10 but the maximum limit depends on your bank.

Their withdrawal policy requires that you request to receive your profits through the same banking option as your last deposit. The minimum withdrawal amount and Black Type Sports is £10.

Customer support

Registered members can contact the support team by logging in to their accounts and sending an email to the reps via the contact us page. If you are logged out of your account and you have trouble logging in, or you are having issues with registration, you can send a message to the support agents via [email protected] and they will get back to you within 24 hours.

Blacktype does not offer live or telephone support.

Final opinion

Black Type is a highly regulated British bookmaker with the interests of UK punters at heart. Their offerings are similar to those of traditional bookmakers given that they provide deep coverage of horse racing, greyhound, and football, and they also offer virtual betting opportunities on these sports. The odds prices at Blacktype are pretty decent, and they also have a mass of promotions to ensure that punters get the best value for their money. The only negative things that can be said about this bookie are their limited selection of payment options and sports markets.

However, considering that they have just been around for three years or so, the site is still a work in progress and one can only hope that they will keep improving as they acquire more experience.