Stan James started as a single betting shop in Oxfordshire, but now is one of the most well known and well trusted brands in British gambling. Scandinavian superpower the Unibet group took over the site and its rights in September 2015 with the hope to reinvigorate the brand and take it forward in an ever-changing betting market. With great odds and offers, particularly on horse racing, Stan James now offers a must have bookmaker account that gives far more than just a simple betting platform for sports fans.
Stan James has a really interesting variety of offers available for customers old and new. They don’t offer a bonus for your first deposit, but do offer new users a £20 free bet when placing a bet of £10 or more, providing that bet is at odds of 1.8 (8/10) or more, which means it is definitely worth opening an account. As well as that, Stan James offers existing customers who bet regularly with the site other offers such as free bets and bonuses. Not only do Stan James have these free bets and bonuses, they also have a number of really interesting promotions, especially if a fan of horse racing. Their ‘Top Price’ offer means that every day they guarantee to offer the best price on a horse or all horses in a specific race that day. They also, like many, offer ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BOG) meaning that if the starting price is higher on a horse than the price you have taken, then they will pay you at the starting price. Their Happy Hour offer means that for one hour each Saturday, Stan James offers the best price on a well fancied horse for one of the big races that day in the UK or Ireland. With all of this, Stan James is a crucial bookie account to have for horse racing fans, but there is more. Golf fans are given acca insurance when betting on 2/3 ball accumulator of 4 or more selections. Rugby fans are given first tryscorer insurance - if the selection scores the second try, you get your money back. With all of these great offers, Stan James stands out for those that like a freebie or an intereting promotion.
£20 free bet for new members, when placing qualifying £10 opening bet
Happy Hour - best odds on top horse between 11am and 12pm each Saturday
Top Price Offers on selected horses and races each day
Best Odds Guaranteed
Golf 2/3 balls acca insurance
Rugby First Tryscorer insurance
Stan James features betting for all of the most popular sports and more, with Irish sports particularly well covered in comparison to some of the other top bookmakers which is a bonus for fans from Eire. Horse Racing is the main focus of the site, and there are several offers in place as well as good prices in the vast majority of UK and Irish and even worldwide races. As well as the racing, there is, as expected, plenty of coverage for the best football bets, with all of the main markets present and plenty more. Tennis and cricket are also well covered and with so many different sports available there is always likely to be a bit of sport on, which you can bet on with Stan James.
Stan James offers all of the main deposit and withdrawal options meaning you are unlikely to be disappointed if there is a specific method with which you like to deposit your money, however there aren’t any weird and wonderful methods accepted so if, for example, you want to deposit using your mobile phone, you might be left wanting. Debit or Credit cards are accepted, though only one can be registered at a time for security. Skrill, PayPal and Neteller are also readily accepted. The minimum deposit for each of these methods if £5 and the minimum withdrawal is £10. Paysafecard and bank transfers are also accepted, but a minimum withdrawal of £100 to your bank account is required if depositing using paysafecard. (CC, PayPal, Skrill, and Ukash)
Credit Card - Visa and Mastercard
Debit Card - Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Solo
Payout depends on the method, but is free in all cases. Sometimes there might be the need for Stan James to confirm identity with some documents sent in, but this should be a fairly simple procedure. Payout to a credit or debit card takes between 3 and 5 working days, while payout to a eWallet such as PayPal is a quicker process, which should never take longer than 24 hours and is usually a much quicker process.
The mobile site matches up perfectly to the expectations set by that used on a desktop computer. The adaptations make it easy to move between sports and to find the main markets on the big events for that day and make a bet quickly and without hassle. Any feature available on the desktop site is just as easy to access for those who prefer to bet on the go. At the time of writing there isn’t an app currently available, but the mobile site is plenty good enough to provide all of your modern, on-the-go betting needs.
Since being taken over by the Unibet group, the Stan James software has changed direction somewhat and its current version is streamlined, easy to follow, and gives easy access to most of the relevant sports and markets with just a few clicks. All the different sports are located on the sidebar meaning users can switch between sports at ease, while the top bar allows the user to switch between individual matches and outrights, while a dropdown menu means that we can easily change between matches in a certain event such as a tennis tournament or the weekend’s Premier League matches. Bets can be placed on a variety of matches and sports with just a few clicks and certainly Stan James has one of the most easily accessible sites in terms of its software. The look of the website is perhaps slightly childish if anything but it works with large fonts and everything clear and easy to see. The twitter sidebar adds a nice element and overall the Stan James site is a nice place to spend some time browsing.
Stan James has a wide range of support options to suit most. Their main feature is the Live Chat option with an advisor available in under a minute and ready to answer most questions quickly and efficiently and with decent knowledge. For those in less of a rush or needing more detailed information there is an email service, plus a freephone call centre is also available if you prefer to hear the voice of a friendly human. There isn’t an FAQ section as such, but there are pages with information dedicated to certain topics such as deposits/withdrawals and privacy, for example.
One aspect of Stan James that sets it apart from a number of the most reputable out there is the number of articles and features offered which makes the user experience on the site about more than just betting. There is a live twitter feed on the site featuring tweets from Stan James and those tweeting to the site. There is a dedicated tipping section, with selection on the big horse racing from the best sources such as the Racing Post and all of the most reputable papers with selections in each race, which can be a big help when placing your bets on a Saturday morning. There’s also a free to enter tipping games, where users can tip their selections with the chance to win Stan James free bets if successful, while this also give users access to a huge range of opinions from fellow bettors.
As well as this there is a blog dedicated to match previews and selections on a range of sports and top trainer Nicky Henderson regularly contributes with his opinion on his horses and others on the big day’s racing.
Stan James offers users the chance to watch the races they bet on with their live streaming service as well, with only a £1 bet required to watch your bet in action.
Stan James has always been at the top of the bookmaking game, but now, with the variety of sports, the excellent offers and prices and the extra features on offer, Stan James is a real contender at the very top table of bookmakers and is now an essential bookmaker for every sport betting fan.