TLCBet Reviews & Ratings US 2020
Is TLCBet Reliable & Secure?
Fans of British soccer will recognize TLCBet as the official partners of Southampton Football Club, and horse racing fans should know about this operator, too. TLCBet is also world-famous among horse racing enthusiasts, for their excellent odds on a variety of UK and Irish tracks.
No TLCBet reviews would be complete without noting that the site is an industry-leading online gambling operator, with a wide choice of other sports and casino games. TLCBet ratings show a respectable company with years of upstanding service to countless clients.
The site is also partnered with TGP Europe Limited, which is a reputable company with extensive experience in the online gambling sector. Lastly, TLCBet is licensed by the prestigious Gambling Commission of Great Britain.
TLCBet: Pros & Cons
- Huge choice of wagering options across a wide range of sports including horse racing
- An emphasis on trusted and secure payment systems for both withdrawals and deposits
- Excellent choice of promotions across multiple sports
- Various casino games with high RTP values
- Horse racing is very difficult to locate on the site
All Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) sites offer tantalizing promotions and welcome bonuses to attract and keep customers. TLCBet is no different, although offers made by TLCBet are divided into Sportsbook and Casino. Let’s take a look at what they are.
The TLCBet Sportsbook sign up offer is up to a £30 bonus (with a minimum £10 stake). There’s also a Price Boost bonus, which offers enhanced odds on specific events, and is paid out instantly in cash. TLCBet US is also one of the best bookies for accumulator (acca) insurance, and for soccer fans, there’s a 10% bonus token for matches that end in a draw.
TLCBet US Casino also offers a sign up bonus bet of up to £500 as well as 100 free spins. They also have a Matched Deposit Offer running every Monday and Wednesday and, again for soccer fans, free spins for Premier League-related bets.
The offers, although good, are not original – being of a similar scope to offers by Toals, Tommy French, and others in the betting industry. Still, they’re solid promotions, and positively impacted our TLCBet ratings.
The good news for most sports fans is that, as soon as the TLCBet site loads, we find ourselves with a really great range of sports to switch between at a glance. The bad news, if you’re a horse racing punter like us, is that our favorite sport is not one of them. This definitely cost the operator a few points in our TLCBet ratings.
Soccer, basketball, tennis, handball, ice hockey table tennis, and volleyball are all accounted for on a chart in the middle of the main page. Other sports, including Six Nations Rugby and eSports, are listed down the left-hand side, but there’s no mention of horse racing.
Appearance-wise, TLCBet seems to be following the general sports betting web design that is also presented by competitors like Totesport and Unibet: Simple, yet vibrant.
TLCBet reviews also have to take into account site design and the overall user experience. For the former, TLCBet US has a classic red/black/white color scheme accentuated by gray and yellow. The site loads quickly and immediately displays prominent information on a decent selection of sports.
The central chart does display match/game In-Play, Upcoming and Highlights, and clicking Live Betting also brings up even more choices (Overview, Event View, Live Schedule, Results, Features, and Sportsbook Promotions).
However, again, none of these choices lead to horse racing. In fact, we had to resort to Googling’ TLCBet horse racing’ to find the relevant page. Obviously, this is less than ideal.
Otherwise, the site looks great and the information that’s there is clearly presented, with a Bet Slip on the right-hand side showing any wagers placed.
One detail that we didn’t find hard to locate in our TLCBet reviews was payment options. A link at the bottom of every page goes directly to information on deposits and withdrawals. The payment choices are severely limited when compared to other online bookies, but they are reliable options.
Skrill and Neteller are the two online choices, and both are known for their reliability and security. Both allow a player to move funds between a bank account and TLCBet US account instantaneously. TLCBet doesn’t charge a fee to use these services, but the respective companies might.
Debit/credit cards are also a popular option, and TLCBet offers this choice. Mastercard and Visa are accepted. However, the website notes that any non-UK registered card may not be able to be used for both deposits and withdrawals. This drags down TLCBet ratings somewhat. As with Skrill and Neteller, TLCBet doesn’t charge a fee to use your cards.
All payment options have a minimum deposit and withdrawal rate, set at £20. Deposits clear instantly, although there is the chance an operator may incur their own delay. We recommend checking with your preferred payment company.
If you’re like us and need help with something related to TLCBet US, there’s a handy Help Centre link atop each page, alongside a Live Chat option. The Help Center is laid out according to these topics:
- MY ACCOUNT
- ACCOUNT VERIFICATION
- PROMOTIONS & BONUSES
- SPORTSBOOK & FEATURES
- CASINO & LIVE CASINO
- ONLINE GAMBLING
- TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Each section succinctly details all common issues encountered concerning that topic. Should a query not have an answer, then TLCBet US can be contacted via a separate Customer Support page.
As well as email and telephone numbers, the Live Chat function can be accessed at any time, but a player will only receive a response during their hours of operation (7 am and 11 pm GMT).
Clicking the Live Chat brings up a box asking with which subject you need help (the choices are similar to the ones above, but allow for more specificity, e.g. Account Verification). Overall, TLCBet ratings for customer service are fairly decent.
Any punters still asking themselves, “Is TLCBet reliable?” or “Is TLCBet secure?” can rest easy. As we confirmed in our TLCBet reviews, the operator is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.
As for personal account information protection, TLCBet US uses Secure Sockets layer technology to protect online transactions as well as 128-bit SSL encryption. All data collected from players is also processed, transferred, and stored at dedicated secure data centers.
Plus, as per the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), players can request access to stored information about them at any point.
With regards to age, according to UK law, gamblers must be 18 or over, and players must be able to prove this by submitting relevant documentation. However, anyone accessing the site from outside the UK should keep in mind the regulations where they reside. TLCBet US also requires identification for withdrawals of €2,000 or more.
Unusually for an ADW bookie, our TLCBet reviews found no loyalty or VIP rewards. Neither do they provide sports-related deposit bonuses (all their sports promotions rely on placing particular stakes).
However, before we reduce the TLCBet ratings any lower than we have to, it’s worth noting the casino section does have a couple of deposit-orientated promotions. The first is a welcome bonus, wherein new punters can get up to $500 and 100 free spins, depending on the size of their first deposit:
- 100% up to £50 on the first deposit (plus 25 Free Spins)
- 50% up to £150 on the second deposit (plus 25 Free Spins)
- 25% up to £300 on your third deposit (plus 50 Free Spins)
Then, once you have an account, log in every Wednesday and Friday, and TLCBet will tell you if you qualify for a Match Deposit Bonus. This convenience improved our TLCBet ratings.
TLCBET Sports Betting
As mentioned earlier in our TLCBet reviews, the operator makes it very difficult to find their horse racing information. However, once we did, we were presented with a choice between the UK and Ireland, and International Markets.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there were literally no markets available for horse racing anywhere. This gravely affected our TLCBet ratings. For the sake of these TLCBet reviews, we can only speculate as to why this is. Instead, we’ll take a look at the other sports TLCBet US offers and their available markets.
As expected for a site primarily linked with Southampton FC, the focus of TLCBet US is soccer. It’s the first sport listed on the central table of events and has the most match options available.
TLCBet offers betting on the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, Wilder v Fury 2, Championship, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga; all the major European soccer leagues.
Returning to the main page and sports table, we took a look at tennis, since this had a choice of 24 games from which to choose. Unlike soccer, we could bet on tennis matches spread across the globe: games in France, Dubai, and Mexico were just three of the possible places available.
As with soccer, clicking on a game brings up additional information, including odds. Clicking a player/odds adds this wager to the Bet Slip, again with the possible return according to the initial wager. Other markets can be easily accessed by clicking a link at the top of the table, and there are also Main, Sets, Fast Markets, and Specials available.
Even though we were disappointed at the lack of horse racing markets, we were impressed by the sheer wealth of other sports available. We can honestly say this is the first ADW site we’ve seen that offers markets and odds on Gaelic Hurling, for instance.
Interestingly, we did notice that the TLCBet US Virtual Sports section contains horse racing, but it’s a game rather than based on any real track. Races run every few minutes and have basic commentary, as well as named horses (but not based on existing horses) and odds.
There’s also virtual greyhounds and soccer, too. These are popular with players due to being simulations, unaffected by weather or injury, so odds presented remain unchanged.
Odds at TLCBet are fairly competitive. They tend to follow the betting lines of the major sportsbooks in the industry pretty closely. However, with many specialty markets and exotic sports, TLCBet can offer very attractive odds.
There’s also a Price Boost option, which brings up any special offers. For example, when we looked at it, we were given a chance to wager on the Champions League Double, Liverpool and PSG both to win, with odds of 5.25. Clicking on this adds it to the Bet Slip on the right of the screen, which lets you change the wager amount and view the expected return.
Live Betting & Streaming
As for Live Betting, a link at the top of the page brings up all available matches across all relevant sports. These are then split into Overview, Event View, Live Schedule, Results, Features, and Sportsbook Promotions sections.
Taking a look at a Russian Ice Hockey match brought up a detailed list of the players who had scored so far, respective odds, and a Match Tracker. All the Live sports have one of these: it’s a basic 3D representation of the playing field, overlaid with relevant statistics such as which player has kept control of the ball/puck/etc., the most, and so on.
It’s a welcome addition that allows players to track relevant information. However, there are no live streams available of any sport, nor commentary, which is a bit disappointing. Even though there is a lot of information to help punters make educated wagers, the lack of live-streaming takes its toll on our TLCBet ratings.
There’s a generous limit of 20 selections and no limit to a wager amount (which let us bet a frankly ridiculous $1 billion, although we’re sure TLCBet would soon nix this wager once the match went live).
As well as the generous 20 wager limit, bets are placed instantaneously whatever the chosen sport, or if it’s live or upcoming.
Overall, the TLCBet Sportsbook is good, but not exceptional. It has a decent amount of sports available, including some pretty unusual ones for an ADW site (including futsal and handball) and eSports (Counter-Strike, League of Legends, DOTA).
This one, in particular, is an exciting option as it’s started to gain more popularity with wagering services. However, we would argue it’s very much a spectator sport, so not having a live stream option for this is a glaring mistake. This made us dock a few points from TLCBet ratings.
Odds can be displayed as either decimal or fractional, and the betting function itself is very user-friendly. The ease of wagering and a variety of sports are both definitely strengths of TLCBet US, but the most significant weaknesses include a lack of horse racing markets and live-streaming. Ultimately we suppose it’s down to the individual punter how vital these things are, but for us, they’re almost unforgivable omissions given how they’re expected from online bookies these days.
TLCBet offering eSports and virtual sports is a decent indication of the direction they perhaps might head in the future, as their Casino section ably demonstrates a keen grasp on what most people want.
In terms of software providers, TLCBet US uses Microgaming for their instant play casino games as well as a selection of Amaya, NextGen Gaming, Multislot, Play ‘n Go, QuickSpin and Evolution Gaming offerings. Many of these names will be familiar to regular online casino punters, with familiar games such as Rise of Dead, Game of Gladiators, Mermaid’s Diamond, and Inferno Star included on the site.
TLCBet Casino’s game selection exceeds 300 slots, jackpot, and live options. These include Speed Cash, Fruit Bonanza, and Jackpot Poker, Super Wheel, Deuces Wild, and Casino Hold’Em. Live Casino games include popular choices such as Grand VIP Blackjack, Baccarat Live, Lightning Roulette, and Monopoly Live.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any horse racing-related games, which will no doubt be a big turn-off for many punters. Still, perhaps the most significant barrier to entry is that you have to be a member to view all the available games.
We cannot understand the logic of this at all. There’s a decent choice of many live casino mainstays, too, so the decision to hide them all behind a membership that isn’t open to most parts of the world is baffling.
Anyone looking for table games has a limited but high-quality choice: there are sixteen available overall, including four baccarat tables, five blackjack games, six roulette variations, and Mahjong Exchange. There are also six video poker games and a variety of branded slots, such as Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica.
TLCBet makes it clear how these work by dedicating a page showing how they’re implemented on the site. Slots have a relatively reliable or otherwise consistent RTP, with many operating around 90%, if not a little higher. Table games, such as blackjack and poker, are usually closer to 95%.
However, we should note that RTP odds can vary depending on the amount of strategy associated with that game (like poker). On a related note, RTPs do not differ between online casinos for the exact same game. RTPs, along with game rules, can be found beside each game by clicking the question mark icon.
The live games that we could view had live dealers and were available around the clock. Player limits varied between games, but the choice was such that we didn’t struggle to find an active one. Live messaging also adds a nice touch of sportsmanship to live casino games, as the table banter often completes the experience, in our opinion.
All the games are furnished by Evolution Gaming, one of the most renowned developers of live gaming software. This boosts TLCBet ratings somewhat.
Our TLCBet reviews found deposit and withdrawal options for the TLCBet Casino identical to the Sportsbook section. However, there is one crucial difference: there’s a $10,000 daily win limit.
On the surface, payout limits are fine and standard practice for online bookmakers, but imposing a win limit in an online casino (even for a large sum of money) is not particularly welcome, and may turn some punters off.
TLCBet reviews have to touch on many aspects, including user-friendliness, choice, and if the site is reliable and secure. Concerning the TLCBet Casino, the immediate barrier to entry is a big black mark against user-friendliness.
If the site wanted to keep VIP or site-specific games hidden behind membership, we’d understand, but keeping over 300 games locked behind the log-in button doesn’t make sense to us.
This is especially strange given that the biggest strength of their casino section is the choice of games, as well as ease of placing a bet and seeing the possible outcome.
Any casual punters coming across the site and deciding if they want to wager on any casino games will then have to go through the rigmarole of signing up. Simply put, what’s the point when many sites offer their games to the public with no effort required?
Poker is one of the most sought-after forms of gambling on the web. For decades now, poker has become an increasingly popular game at casinos the world over. Ever since the introduction of online poker, the game has gained an entire generation of new adepts.
Poker pros today are celebrated, and the game is closely followed by sports networks. Most online gambling operators with a license that allows for poker room services already offer them. However, not every betting site incorporates a poker section. Many, in fact, merely have a limited selection of online video poker machines.
Sadly, TLCBet belongs to the latter group. Our TLCBet reviews were unable to locate any semblance of a poker room. This takes its toll on our TLCBet ratings. Users won’t find any tournaments, cash games or sit-and-gos at TLCBet. Video poker options are also rather limited. All in all, poker players will be disappointed with TLCBet.
Current selection of video poker machines includes Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em, and Caribbean Stud Poker. All of these games are listed under the Live Casino section of the website. They’re developed by Evolution Gaming, a top provider of slots and video poker.
While our TLCBet reviews consider this operator a solid sportsbook and an adequate casino, no Poker is available here. TLCBet offers only a few video poker machines. They’re all mere simulations of the real thing, pitting you against the house, not real players.
Besides this limited selection, poker fans have little to entertain themselves with at TLCBet. If you’re all about poker, TLCBet is probably not the best operator for you. If the operator decides to open up a poker room in the future, we’ll update our TLCBet ratings to reflect this.
The inclusion of virtual sports and eSports is unexpected, but a welcome nod towards the future of online gambling, although the range of games on which to wager is limited at present.
Placing a bet is probably the easiest we’ve found of all similar bookies, and the simple but effective Match Tracker data presentation alongside most sports is a nice touch. However, a complete lack of live streams or even live replays really hurts TLCBet ratings. The biggest downside, though, is how difficult it is to find the horse racing section and that once we did, there was nothing available to bet on. Quite why this is the case is anyone’s guess.
Lastly, for soccer fans (especially of European teams), TLCBet US has a lot to offer; these are clearly the sports fans the site is aimed at. Anyone also looking to take a punt on more unusual sports may even find a lot to like about TLCBet US, but ultimately we would suggest trying elsewhere for your horse racing and casino needs.