The Pools Review


Why Choose The Pools?

  • £20 Welcome Offer Free Bet
  • Great in play betting service
  • Download the mobile app for betting on the go

Many people will remember the pools football bet that was hugely popular back in the 1990s, and now that name is back with The Pools betting service. Here you will find a sportsbook and pools games you can join in with, so let’s take a look at what they have on offer.


Of course, the odds you receive play a big part in your betting. The Pools offers decent odds, and we especially found that to be the case when it comes to outsiders and bigger priced selections.

When we looked at favourites across football and tennis, The Pools came in a little lower than others. However, for outsiders, they were either very close to the best, or joint best with these, good if you are looking to place a wager on some bigger priced outcomes.

New Player Offer

New players can get a welcome offer from The Pools when they sign up with them. This is a bet £10 get £20 offer, so you are receiving 200% more back than what you spend, which is always good.

As for the terms, your £10 bet must be a double or accumulator on any sport, as long as the odds of the bet are 2/1 or greater.

The £20 free bet is credited as soon as your qualifying bet is settled.

Regular Offers

The Pools have put together a range of further offers that new and existing players can take advantage of to make their time here even better. Look for the free bet club, which will keep giving free bets on a weekly basis, and if you are an accumulator punter then watch out for the acca boost offer, giving you up to 50% more winnings.

Horse racing fans can enjoy extra places and best odds guaranteed here, while there are further free bets and prizes up for grabs in many ways, including by answering the question of the day on the site.

Markets & Features

The number of sports and betting opportunities here is strong, though perhaps a little smaller than what we see from the very biggest bookmakers on the market. At the time of looking, they offered 28 sports, and games from the Premier League had just under 200 betting markets for you to use.

There is something for everyone, a wide variety for you to use, but perhaps a little less than the very biggest companies.

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The Pools have put together a strong service to begin with, even if they do fall just short of the very best on the market. Their welcome offer is strong, offering three free bets to players, and we found their odds on some bigger priced selections to be very good and stack up well.

Perhaps the best feature is their range of customer offers, which offer you a chance to increase your winnings or gain further free bets to use. If this is something you love, and want to use, The Pools is certainly a place where you will find them.

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Top 10 Betting Offers

Bet £10 and get £40 in Bonuses Claim Offer

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