In a Nutshell
- Top highlights: Sports betting that is firmly integrated with an established casino site; over 50,000 sports betting markets in total
- VIP or loyalty programme: No
- Other offerings: Casino, slots, games, table, card, poker
Grosvenor Casinos is already a formidable presence in the casino market, running 53 bricks-and-mortar casinos in various parts of the UK. The company was formed in 1970 and is today run by The Rank Group, operations of which are also in bingo and a variety of online gaming.
Nonetheless, the sports betting arm of the Grosvenor Casinos website was actually introduced relatively recently - only in August 2016. Grosvenor has therefore started on the back foot with sports bettors; however, what we have seen suggests that they could be quietly impressed.
Grosvenor's promotions aimed specifically at sports betting fans are rather scarce at the moment. We did see an attractive introductory offer, as well as a separate promotion aimed at ensuring you can get better value from your betting - and not just if you are new to the site.
The relative scarcity of sports-specific offers means you might find Grosvenor Casinos an especially powerful draw if you are also a fan of casino games. In that case, you could enjoy playing casino games on the site and putting winnings from those games towards sports betting.
Sports Betting Types and Betting Markets
Grosvenor has partnered with the Malta-based Kambi Group to bring sports bettors thousands of daily markets from which to select. This partnership likely helps to explain why, for a sports betting portal that only opened in 2016, the list of represented sports is already stunningly long.
We noticed when writing this review that there were 47,238 betting markets available just for football - easily making it the sport with the highest number of markets on the site. Other generously served categories include ice hockey with 4,850 markets and basketball with 2,079 markets.
There are many other sports where the choice of markets is unlikely to disappoint - such as...
- American football
If we return to the subject of football, fans of the Beautiful Game can bet on an array of matches from top leagues and tournaments, plus countries as distant as Brazil, India and Jamaica.
It's a pleasure to see that Grosvenor Casinos offers opportunities for live betting. It's easy to see what those opportunities are at any given moment by clicking ‘Live Right Now’, near the top of the left-hand side navigation panel on the overall interface for sports betting.
There's also a ‘Starting Soon’ link if you would prefer to plan ahead with your live betting. Unfortunately, Grosvenor hasn't yet enacted live streaming as part of its live offerings; still, we wouldn't be surprised to see it soon added, as it would fill a clear gap in the betting coverage.
Grosvenor is also yet to introduce a sports betting app to go with the mobile apps it already offers for its casino and live casino players. Still, you may not deem such an app particularly necessary for now, as the site's interface readily adapts to the smaller displays of handsets when accessed through a conventional mobile web browser.
Software and Graphics
The sports betting section is a fully integrated part of the Grosvenor Casinos website; visiting it doesn't simply lead to an external site that fails to visually match up with the online casino's web pages. You need only click ‘SPORT’ on the site's most prominent navigation bar to get started.
Once you have clicked that text, you will see that there’s no let-up in the black and dark green colour scheme that Grosvenor uses for the rest of its site. It's a pleasingly minimalist look, too; the betting slip doesn't even appear until you have selected a bet.
Despite the huge amount of sports data openly at the disposal of Grosvenor Casinos and - indeed - its users, this data is still presented in an easily comprehensible way. For this, you can be grateful for Grosvenor's use of a data management system provided by Bede, a well-regarded purveyor of gambling software.
The Grosvenor Casinos website is probably most alluring for people who enjoy both casino games and sports betting. After all, the sports betting element of this site is currently complementary to, rather than a confident match for, the casino games aspect.
This is a subject that we have already touched upon, but if you win some money playing games on the Grosvenor Casino site, this money could help you to go further in the sports betting aspect, as you could have an appreciably large amount of money to play with.
Loyalty or VIP Programme
Grosvenor Casinos offers two very enticing schemes for its casino players: Play Points and the Black Card. Unfortunately, however, it currently doesn't seem possible for either of these schemes to be used in combination with sports betting on the Grosvenor site.
As its name implies, most of Grosvenor Casinos' historical focus has been on casinos, not sports betting. It's unsurprising, then, that the company offers a good supply of casino games to play online - not just in its 53 offline casinos.
Given the existence of those casinos, it’s befitting that Grosvenor runs live casino games, where you can watch a video feed of a dealer for the feeling of being in an offline casino. The site also has dedicated games sections called ‘SLOTS & GAMES’, ‘TABLE & CARD’ and ‘POKER’.
Deposit and Withdrawal Methods
The choice of deposit options is slightly limited, but should still generally satisfy most players:
|Payment Method||Fee||Minimum Deposit|
*Current as of February 2018; please check Grosvenor Casinos’ website for updates
The withdrawal options are very similar to the available methods for making deposits:
|Withdrawal Method||Fee||Processing Time||Minimum Withdrawal|
|Debit Cards||None||3-7 working days||Usually £10|
|Credit Cards||None||3-7 working days||Usually £10|
|Skrill||None||3-7 working days||Usually £10|
|Neteller||None||3-7 working days||Usually £10|
|Bank Transfer||None||3-7 working days||Usually £10|
*Current as of February 2018; please check Grosvenor Casinos' website for updates
Grosvenor Casinos has a generous repository of support articles. Admittedly, this help section does currently seem mainly focused on catering for the site's casino and games players, but still covers issues relevant to all users, such as the process of making deposits or withdrawals.
Of course, there may remain situations in which you would like to directly contact Grosvenor Casinos with questions. However, the site does not display contact details particularly openly, except in the case of a telephone number close to the top of the primary interface.
You can still find more contact details by clicking ‘Help’ to the left of that number and then, on the right-hand side of the next page that appears, the ‘Contact Us’ link. This will bring you to a page listing email and postal addresses, plus a link to ‘Live Chat’ of 24/7 availability.
Who Can Play?
The three jurisdictions from which GrosvenorCasinos.com accounts can be registered and operated are:
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
If you will be a Great Britain-based sports bettor on the Grosvenor Casinos website, it should be a source of comfort that the UK's Gambling Commission regulates and licenses the site.
Are you already a fan of both casinos and sports betting? In that case, Grosvenor Casinos could be just the web-based sports bookie for you. The sports betting section still has clear room for growth and improvement, but Grosvenor Casinos has made a promising start in this market.