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MarathonBet bookmaker review

Updated: 13.07.2020
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Pros

  • Solid odds across the board
  • Often best priced Horse racing odds
  • 0% Margin on most major football leagues
  • Around since 1997

Cons

  • No Welcome bonus at present
  • No live sports streaming
  • Quick to limit winning accounts

Sports selection — good

Marathon Bet has a "Good" rating which does them a disservice because, in reality, the odds are better than good, they are fantastic. On normal football games, they are nearly always a market leader on at least one selection and they regularly run promotions where the top five European Leagues are 0% margin meaning they can be best priced on EVERY selection at times.

The odds available on other sports and lower leagues are not quite so good, but they are still very competitive and there is nowhere that Marathon Bet let themselves down.

Football

We looked at the most popular European leagues and chose the most high profile upcoming games of the week. We study a mixture of the match odds and also the over/under 2.5 goals markets. As of 17th June, we found the average margin on Premier League and Championship games to be 2.41%

In the Spanish La Lige and La Lige 2, it was slightly better at 2.2%

Across the rest of Europe, when looking at the German Bundesliga, the Italian Serie A and the Portuguese Primeira Liga it was 2.99%.


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Betting options — normal

MarathonBet has a surprisingly large range of sports to bet on, over 30 at time of writing, including “Beach Soccer” which we have not seen elsewhere before. As well as all the main sports you would expect it also includes other less well-covered sports such as “Bandy”, “Biathlon”, “Futsal” and “E-Sports”. 

Football

As football betting is one of the MarathonBet main areas we were pleasantly surprised to see that you can bet on matches in over 60 countries. This is amongst the widest range we have seen and is also complemented by depth, allowing bets on not just the top divisions but also the lower leagues and Under 21s games too. The number of wagers available on each match can vary dramatically from game to game even in the same competition. At present in the English FA cup 2nd round the majority of games have just 9 betting options, the main win markets, half time results, and total goals. However, the FA Cup game that is shown live on UK TV, has a truly colossal 201 betting options.

Live — normal

The live betting area at MarathonBet claims to cover all sports but it appeared football and tennis matches were the most commonly available options.  For all the in-play events there was a large number of options to bet on which is good. On the other hand, the layout and usability are the best, it can be hard to navigate and it can be hard to locate the current statistics of the game you are following.

The betting limits can be quite heavily restricted if you have an account which is seen to be taking only value bets.

Bonuses

Marathon Bet = No Welcome Bonus

Even though they have no Welcome Bonus for new users they do have a number of ongoing for existing customers.  


  • These include a “Bet club” where each qualifying bet that you place receives loyalty points and these can be redeemed for free bet credits each month.
  • They also return stakes on selected markets if a football game ends 0-0, and money back on 5 leg accumulators if one leg lets you down.

Marathon Bet = No Welcome Bonus

Even though they have no Welcome Bonus for new users they do have a number of ongoing for existing customers.  


  • These include a “Bet club” where each qualifying bet that you place receives loyalty points and these can be redeemed for free bet credits each month.
  • They also return stakes on selected markets if a football game ends 0-0, and money back on 5 leg accumulators if one leg lets you down.

About the bookmaker

Marathonbet is an online betting company that started in the UK in 1997, launching online in 2002.

They appear to use large amounts of their marketing budget not on promotions and bonuses but on some remarkably high profile sponsorships and tie-ups with top footballing brands.

They are the Official Betting Partner of 2018/19 Premier League champions Manchester City and have previously partnered with clubs across the UK and Europe including Manchester Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Middlesbrough, West Ham, Derby County (all England), Hibernian (Scotland), Lazio (Italy) and Malaga (Spain).

The Marathonbet brand currently has a presence in the UK, Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, and also interestingly Nigeria! They are however based in the UK, with headquarters in Brighton.

Support service

+44 1273 964706
Available during working hours

Licenses

  • Gambling Commission of Great Britain №: 38762

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