Matchbook.com is an online betting exchange which provides a unique service to the exchange bettor by offering a generous commission structure. Matchbook has been in operation since 2004 but recently their profile and transparency in the online betting community has dramatically increased in their bid to shake up the norms of exchange betting.
Matchbook aims to set itself apart from the competition by offering customers a lower charge on commission than any other exchange. They charge a standard rate of just 1% commission across all sports. For the exchange bettor looking to maximise their value, Matchbook proves invaluable. Their 1% commission rate compares with Betfair’s standard 5% rate.
All the major sports are offered and the biggest events on any given day are usually available for live betting. However, Matchbook’s live betting options are limited. Football is generally what’s found in the live betting tab with tennis also offered for live betting in the latter stages of tournaments. US Sports are rarely, if ever, offered with in-play markets. Matchbook does attempt to rectify this though by offering a significantly better amount of liquidity on US Sports than other exchanges. However, US customers should note they are not permitted with Matchbook.com.
Matchbook are currently offering a £25/€25 Risk Free Bet for new customer sign-ups.
A 0% commission charge on live football betting is also on offer to tie in with the start of the Premier League and live tennis is also available with 0% commission. All exchange bettors should keep an eye on Matchbook’s promotions as the value offered on these options can’t be ignored.
The website has a nice look and is easy to manage. The opening page design focuses on displaying as much detail in the current popular markets. It’s minimal but at least it’s better than offers saturating the page. Recently they have released an iOS and an Android app for betting on the move.
Matchbook’s blogs which are accessible via the Media Centre tab are always good to check as they provide previews and recommended trades for of all the big Premier League football matches, Champions League football and other big events. They are written by an independent professional trader who tackles the games on a purely statistical basis.
A mobile app is available on iOS and Android. It is a stripped-down offering but is very easy to use. One flaw is that there is no live betting tab offered in the main sports section. The games will be available for in-play betting but are just not grouped together like they are on the main website.
Customer supports and help is available on their Live Chat which is accessible on-site, through email or via their Twitter account which also live tweets betting content around all the big events such as the Premier League weekends.
Matchbook offers payment options through Skrill, Neteller, Wire Transfer, Credit Card, Debit Card and InstaDebit.