Betclic (used to be Betclick but has changed to match its continental brand name) is a London-based company with offices in Malta for regulatory purposes. It offers the usual array of sports, poker, games and casino offerings. Fronted by Marcel Desailly, new members get a £20 refund on their first bet. With over a million members around the world, the company is a sizeable outfit and offers a well-presented and friendly website.
The most noticeable feature for beginners is the level of help available. With annotated visual guides to creating accounts, betting and gaming, it will be hard to go wrong and there is the usual “?” help icon on most pages if trouble does strike. Support is current via a web form, but phone support is promised soon.
On the Sports page, all the major sports from around the world are available down the left, broken up into leagues, divisions and so on. Odds are clearly displayed for football, and other sports it simply highlights what you’ll win for a fixed specific bet. You can also look at a calendar for upcoming events across all sports and the Live Betting button opens up a list of every active and immediate event.
Odds go right down the middle of the limited variation you’ll see on any site, you might find the odd pound here or there, but Betclic sticks pretty tightly to the party line, even for more random bets like half-time scores. Similarly, there isn’t much commentary or insight into an event, just a tabloid paragraph or two to set the scene.
The Poker side of Betclic is hosted by Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier, she plays in tournaments on the site from time to time and there is a cash bonus for members of the Betclic Poker Club that beat her. Betclic uses Boss Media software for its Poker download and provides a smart front end and decent table layout for playing on.
There is a full version for Windows and a Flash download for Windows or Mac users. With options to find players, locate a suitable game quickly without browsing through the tables, it’s a pretty slick application which can run in full-screen or windowed mode. It even has a choice of two or four colour deck cards for those who have trouble distinguishing the usual red/black scheme and an option to turn off the sound effects.
There’s a €200 euro welcome bonus (if you deposit €100) for poker players and plenty of tutorials and help for newcomers to the games. On the Casino and Games tabs, players can find a range of table, slots, video poker and other games to have some fun with. Some of the jackpots are fairly staggering, the MegaFortune slots is nearing €2,500,000 at the time of writing and you can try them out for fun without needing an account. Each game has a clear menu option for the rules and playing in fullscreen mode, no hunting about for tiny icons, which is a welcome change.
Betclic’s web pages look professional and attractive and the site has lots of help for all levels of gamblers, it has a middle of the road approach to odds and good software for poker players. With the usual levels of security, money handling and improving support, it’s a good to place to go for your betting needs.
24/7 Support: No
Download Required: Yes (for Poker)
Live Betting: Yes
Mobile Betting: No