Independently owned by a well-known Irish family, QuinnBet is not one these old names that has been around for decades – even though it feels like it should be.
It was actually only founded in 2017, but thanks to the wealth and power of the man behind the wheel, the company was able to establish itself incredibly quickly and start jostling for business at the top of the market amongst some much more well-known brands.
This was made possible by launching with a very impressive product from the get go; a robust and well respected betting platform, plenty of markets with good depth and fair odds, and more offers and promotions than you could shake a stick at – if you were the sort of person who shakes sticks at things.
In their own words, Quinnbet was founded to ruffle up the Irish and British betting industries, and while they might not have left the likes of Betfred and PaddyPower trembling in their boots, they have certainly given punters something else to think about.
Their product is the full package, with a casino and live casino alongside the sports book, and a strong virtual betting area too, which is becoming more and more popular with bettors.
- Offers and Promotions – Must offer more promotions than almost any other bookie.
- Solid Platform – QuinnBets website is superb, user friendly, easy to navigate, and intuitive.
- Value – Ingenious promotions matched with strong odds gives more back to the customer, creating excellent value.
Platform and Interface
The site runs on the popular FSB sports betting platform, so it may well look and feel familiar to bettors who have been around the block once or twice.
There is a reason so many bookies use FSB though, it’s because their product is solid, and when coupled with an independent bookmaking brand like QuinnBet who have full autonomy over the way they run the site, it makes for an interesting pairing.
You get the attractive layout, user friendly design, intuitive navigation system, and the power in the engine to keep everything running quickly and smoothly, layered with QuinnBet’s odds, offers and promotions, favourable terms etc, all of which will be covered later.
What I love about this website is that it has all been thoroughly thought through. There is very little fat on the bone here, so every icon and button is there for a good reason, and always to improve the user journey.
Horse racing odds and form can be difficult to browse, for example, but here there is plenty of space and all of the information is delivered in a way that makes it much easier on the eye. Symbols that represent weather, distance, going and direction make absorbing that information so easy, for veterans punters or those newer to the game.
In the same area, it’s possible to see detailed form and horse information for all runners in a single click, or to keep that info minimised and only open it up on the horses you are interested in. It’s neat, it’s time saving, and it’s genuinely useful.
Other sports have their own equivalent.
The site splits into three like most other do, with an A-Z and other menu options on the left, bet slip on the right, and all the real content in the middle. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it seems to be the thinking here.
Thinking about flow, and it is possible to get around the site in a number of different ways without coming to a dead end, so it feels fluid to use and I can honestly say there were no instances that annoyed me while I was using it.
App and Mobile Site
Whether you choose to download the app or simply use the mobile version of the site, the experience is much the same, so I will write about both as one here.
It’s difficult to make a bad sports betting app these days, and thankfully QuinnBet are not one of those companies that have still not figured it out.
There is room for improvement in my opinion, but it’s certainly a good app, that feels extremely responsive to the touch and performs tasks very quickly indeed, so it must have some power behind it too.
There have been one or two strange choices made, such as the really skinny quick links menu at the top which seems to have been designed for people with stick fingers, and the fact that you have to open the main menu to get access to the full sports list instead of just having it on a horizontal scrolling menu, but these alone are not enough to make you give up on the app.
These little quirks aside it really is a pleasure to use, striking a nice balance between keeping the layout clean and clear and reducing the amount of scrolling that is needed.
The betslip appears when odds are selected, taking up a very small profile at the bottom of the screen so that you know it’s there but not getting in the way at all, and it can be expanded from there to enter stakes and create the bet you want to make.
Similarly, if you are using live chat it will follow you around the site as you continue to browse, so you don’t need to put everything on hold while you get an answer or resolve an issue, but can keep analysing the odds or making bets etc.
It’s pretty good for in-play betting as there are lots of filtering options and betting lines you are not interested in can be minimised, although you will need to scroll away from the match information eventually which could be annoying if you are following closely, but this is such a nitpick.
So yes, they could tighten it up slightly in places, but these would be very minor improvements; QuinnBet have done a great job with their app in general.
What Sports Can You Bet On?
These days, most sports books have more range and depth in their betting markets than the majority of punters will ever need.
QuinnBet are no exception here, offering all of the top sports you could think of if someone asked you, as well as a few that might slip your mind such as Aussie Rules, Biathlon, Gaelic Football and Hurling.
You can find leagues and competitions from around the globe in most sports, and for the most popular such as football the market depth is fantastic – the San Marino Campionato is a good example of what I’m talking about. You’ve never bet on that before, have you?
It’s quite a good place for betting on youth leagues in the UK too, which not all bookies offer even when they go down to National League level, which QuinnBet also have odds on.
Obviously, with some of the more niche markets the betting lines are much slimmer, sometimes just with outrights available, but this speaks to the popularity of the market in the first place, and is an industry wide trend.
They take bets on around 30 different sports all in all, which is a respectable number that will serve 95% of punters perfectly well.
I would have to say that horse racing is particularly good at QuinnBet, thanks not only to the global availability, but also because of the alternative bet types available (betting without, top 3 finish, etc.) the colossal number of offers associated with the sport.
Odds and Promotions
As I used the site the odds always looked alright to me, but I tested a few betting lines to be able to compare QuinnBet with other bookies, and found nothing out of place.
The odds are fair, they offer similar levels of value to the rest of the market, and more importantly, they seem to be consistent. Some bookies suddenly whack their margin up and hope you aren’t going to notice, but that isn’t QuinnBet’s style.
The odds won’t leave you feeling short changed then, but that is not all there is to consider at QuinnBet, because they are one of those bookies that love promotions.
If you head to the Sportsbook Promotions section of the site you will be shocked at the depth and number of offers available.
There are so many they have to be separated into categories by sport, with the likes of golf, tennis, US sports and greyhounds all getting a look in, and for the big ones like football and horse racing the offers usually go into double figures.
Honestly, it’s astounding, and there are even daily/weekly offers alongside these, plus long running ones like best odds guaranteed.
So think about it; already decent odds boosted by a multitude of offers – that’s a pretty good proposition from QuinnBet.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but since QuinnBet give Virtual sports their own category in the main menu, it seems right to cover this area.
Their suite of virtual sports are supplied by Inspired, who do a good job visually with their line of virtual betting options, offering cycling, greyhounds, three different types of horse racing, motor racing, and football.
That’s a nice mix, and they all run every few minutes so anyone logging on for a very quick wager while they are in the loo or whatever won’t end up waiting for ages for their markets.
The number of betting lines is surprisingly good for virtual sports, especially in football where you would be forgiven for thinking it was their actual book.
The commentary is a little bit dodgy on a few of the sports, but I understand it’s difficult with the likes of racing when they are dealing with numbers rather than names. It wasn’t an issue with the football though, I was really impressed by how engaging the commentator was while watching the football.
The bottom line is that if you enjoy virtual betting, QuinnBet is a good place to do it, because the sports options are varied, the action frequent, and the visuals pleasing to watch.
Payment Methods and Banking
Alright, so QuinnBet isn’t the place to go for anyone who likes to use Paypal, or Skrill, or Paysafecard, or Applepay, or anything else that isn’t a debit card basically.
This is one of those things that will either not bother you or cross QuinnBet off your list, but for me, I use debit cards most of the time anyway so I don’t need all of those other options.
More important in my mind, are the terms associated with deposits and withdrawals, and I would say that QuinnBet get it right in this department.
Low minimum deposits help everyone control their spending, sensible maximum deposit levels make dangerous behaviour easier to spot and flag, and withdrawal times won’t anno anyone.
QuinnBet have improved their payout limits since they launched too, climbing to £250k for football and horse racing which gives big accas much more room to breath.
The esports maximum win is quite low, even for a niche category, but then there are other specialist sites for esports, and comparatively, it feels to me like QuinnBet are punching above their weight in terms of their maximum win limits.
They have a medium level of deposit protection too, which is higher than they legally have to provide and higher than the vast majority of other bookies, so it’s a good sign that the company want to do the right thing by their customers.
The History of QuinnBet
Founded in 1917, QuinnBet could be described as the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes scenario.
The ‘Quinn’ name really means something in Ireland, where QuinnBet is based in reality (like almost every other bookmaker, they are legally based off shore but have a huge office closer to home).
Sean Quinn, founder, was once the richest man in Ireland, operating in every industry you can imagine. He started out making cement, but soon progressed to glass, radiators, and all sots of other construction related businesses, before moving into property, hospitality, insurance, financial services – you name it.
He was a bit like the Donald Trump of Ireland, launching businesses in every sector and getting his children and extended family to run them all, but less orange and obnoxious. Sean Quinn was a serious businessman who built his empire from nothing, but it didn’t end well.
The 2008 global financial crisis hit several of his businesses very hard indeed, forcing him into bankruptcy. While trying to save his crumbling empire, Sean made some unwise choices and ended up in prison briefly, alongside his son.
Once he was allowed to run a company again, QuinnBet was his family’s re-entrance into the world of business. The phoenix from the ashes.
Marking their arrival with lots of small sponsorship deals that got their name known without costing them a fortune, QuinnBet quickly proved popular amongst football and horse racing bettors in particular.
Their customer base grew quickly, and their retention levels were impressive too.
This made them profitable in their first year, and those profits have been growing since, allowing QuinnBet to improve their offering and expand.
The brand was initially operated by Belbridge Consulting Ltd, before the operating name was changed to QuinnBet (Gibraltar) Limited, and although Sean and his son (also called Sean) were directors to begin with, they no longer have any legal ties with QuinnBet.
That said, many members of the Quinn family are involved in the business at various different levels, so it is still very much owned by the Quinns in general. I’d be surprised if Sean wasn’t offering guidance and advice from the sidelines.
Although QuinnBet are not my favourite bookie for a live bet, using their in-play service is certainly an enjoyable experience.
I don’t think it would be unfair to say that the interface is functional more than it is stylish, but that doesn’t really hinder the experience at all, and if you are someone who likes to flit between events to see what is going on it is incredibly effective.
You can jump between live events in the same sport category from within event view, and if you want to head back to the in-play overview and choose a different sport category that’s only a single click away.
That said, the user journey could be made clearer here, as the layout of the back arrow and the option to go back to the homepage of the sport in question could cause confusion, but again, that really is a nitpick.
They don’t really do much live streaming, although what there is (horse racing and greyhound racing) is available to watch even if you have an unfunded account, and that’s quite a rarity, so props to QuinnBet for that.
Where a live stream is not available, the in-play game graphic is the next best thing, and theirs is one of the more dynamic that I have used, with all sorts of stats and details about the game in question available.
This changes from one sport to the other of course, but FSB have done QuinnBet proud here.
Who is QuinnBet Recommended For?
This Irish bookie could be a good first choice for many people as it is an excellent all rounder, but it does stand out in a few specific areas.
Anyone who bets on horse racing more than other sports will find a lot to like here, both in terms of racing availability and betting lines, but also thanks to strong prices and a multitude of offers and promotions that build on them.
That goes for football too really, as the promotions and market depth are excellent. It probably wouldn’t be my top pick for the footy, but as part of a portfolio it would definitely rank.
People who like utilising promotions in general should check QuinnBet out, they really are in the top few for the availability and strength of their offers.
I suppose the lack of diverse payment issues will keep a handful of people away, and perhaps those who prefer a phone number as a contact option, but are these things really enough to stop you jumping at the chance to go through all of those promotions?
Customer Service and Help
If you need to contact support while betting with QuinnBet, you will have to do so online as they don’t supply a phone number.
That leaves you with email or live chat as an option assuming you have already checked the FAQ, and to be honest, the FAQ is fairly basic so you may still have questions.
The good news is that QuinnBet’s live chat customer support is very very quick. They answer almost immediately and give you an option to connect directly with a human right away, rather than having to do battle with a chat bot.
Help is available from 8.30am until 11pm, which seem like sensible opening hours to me, as very few people would actually need to talk to them outside of those hours, but of course you can always email if you are betting on some obscure table tennis match in the middle of the night.
Customer service is an area where QuinnBet place a lot of importance, and while that isn’t necessarily displayed by 24/7 availability and every contact method under the sun, it’s evident when you talk to the knowledgeable, polite, and most importantly, literate members of the support team.
I particularly like the fact that previous live chats are available to view within the live chat console, as if you were ever in a complicated situation you could go back through previous conversations and see what was said, and by who, since all agents names are on show.