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Marathonbet Sportsbook

With 18 years as an independent sportsbook operator, Marathonbet can certainly be considered established in what is a very competitive industry. Unlike many online firms, they concentrate solely on sports betting, with pre match and live odds available. Marathonbet are licenced in three separate jurisdictions – Curacao, Alderney and the UK, and as such they are able to offer their online services pretty much worldwide. We take a look at whether Marathonbet have been able to keep up with the ever evolving world of online bookmaking – assessing the competitiveness of their odds, range of markets, promotions and more.


Marathonbet have a no frills website which engulfs the whole screen. They don’t use any flashy graphics, or sliding banners – everything is presented in an old school fashion in a blue white and red themed site. At the top of the page, customers can flick between languages, odds format, presentation of the markets, can access customer services and can find out more about the services on offer.

The list of sports are found down the left hand side of the page, with odds for forthcoming matches displayed in the centre of the page. The right hand side hosts some simple graphics advertising forthcoming football matches and the bet slip can also be found there. Customers can flick between the sportsbook and live betting at the top of the page.

Not only do Marathonbet have a web app which loads automatically when visiting the site from a mobile device, but they also have native apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. These apps are all very well designed and intuitive so the customers are able to navigate around and find their bets easily.


Making a website as accessible to as many people as possible is a shrewd move, and Marathonbet maximise their exposure by translating their service into 26 different languages – English, Turkish, Vietnamese, Azerbaijani, German, Czech, Spanish, Greek, French, Uzbekistani, Croatian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Russian, Italian, Iranian, Lithuanian, Thai, Hungarian, Georgian, Polish, Taiwanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Serbian and Korean.


Excluding the specials bets and ante-post, there are a total of 27 sports available with Marathonbet. Odds are available for all of the usual suspects, but in addition Marathonbet have priced up more niche sports such as hurling, Gaelic football, bandy and the increasingly popular e-sports. There is also betting on UK, Irish and French horse racing – a seeming prerequisite to compete with the industry elite.

Football coverage is decent, with most major, and some minor leagues listed on the site. The English football extends down to the Isthmian league, with betting also available for u-21 Premier League football. There are several ante post markets for the Premier League and title odds for the vast majority of competitions around the world – Marathonbet have most bases covered. The number of additional markets for each match are very solid – with 100-200 extra bet types per game. This competes with all of the major bookmakers.

There are 20 basketball competitions covered from around the globe and again plenty of ante-post odds are on display. Matches from the world’s premier league, the NBA, have a very impressive 140 additional bet types for each game, which comfortably eclipses the depth of the markets offered by most rivals. To put this into context, BetVictor only price up an extra 20 markets, Coral 13, and SkyBet 39, so Marathonbet’s variety and depth can certainly be considered market leading.

On each UK horse race, there are win odds, but customers can also bet on horses not to win races, and there are match bets.

An interesting and original feature offered by Marathonbet, is the ‘alternative matches’ markets. These are effectively fantasy matches where odds are provided for two teams who are actually playing other sides. So for instance, Manchester United may be playing Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur may be playing Southampton. The alternative match would be Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, and if Manchester United won 3-0 and Tottenham won 2-0, then Manchester United would win the 1X2 bet. There are all sorts of extra bets such as first half handicaps, total goals etc. and alternative matches are available for football, basketball and ice hockey.


If there are any bookmakers who offer better odds than Marathonbet, then they have yet to be found. A 100% betting book would indicate that there is no inbuilt profit margin, and it is therefore desirable to get as close to that figure as possible. Typically, most firms offer around 105-106% books, with the perceived industry leaders such as BetVictor and Bet365 compiling their matches to 102.5-103.5%. Marathonbet’s English Premier League markets compile to 101-101.5%, which is fantastic. In the league below, The Championship, the odds equate to around 102%. Such low margins represent huge value.

The modus operandi of providing punters with great value is replicated in other sports. Basketball matches typically work to 102-102.5%, tennis 102-103.5% and boxing 104-104.5%. These odds are extremely enticing.


Although Marathonbet don’t have the typical sign up bonus for new customers, they do offer several concessions across their services.

From time to time, free bets are provided to customers. These bets must be placed on selections which are available at -200 or bigger for singles, and multiples must also have total odds of -200 . Only the profit from the bet is returned.

There are also Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG) for certain horse and greyhound races. When customers take an early price on a horse or dog and the SP is greater, the pay-out is calculated to SP. The BOG does not apply to board prices – i.e. the markets 10 minutes before a race.

A solitary winner on ‘Lucky’ bet – i.e. the multiple Lucky 15,31 and 63’s, is paid out at double the odds. This is not bad, but many firms now offer treble or even four times the odds for one winner, so there is room for improvement.

Perhaps the most unique concession that Marathonbet offer, is the Advancebet concept. This enables customers to place bets with funds advanced by Marathonbet and is available to customers with unsettled bets on their accounts, which effectively act as collateral. This is useful as it saves users depositing over and over, and the best thing is that if all of the bets lose (including the advanced bet), then there is no requirement to pay anything back. Customers can see their available Advancebet balance on the bet slip or in their account.

Customer Services

The customer services are comprehensive. There is a live chat feature that can be accessed by clicking on the chat icon on the menu bar. Additionally, there are two telephone numbers, a UK Freephone number – 0800 9757882 and +44 1273 964705 for international calls. Customers can email care@marathonbet.co.uk or can write in to:

141 Davigdor Road,
BN3 1RE,
United Kingdom

Payment Methods

Users can fund their Marathonbet accounts through a whole host of different payment methods, listed in our payments table at the side.


It is surprising that Marathonbet do not have a bigger market share in Western Europe, with most of their clientele residing in Russia and the surrounding countries. They offer the best odds around, cover a wide range of markets and have excellent depth, particularly for football and basketball matches. Some of their concessions are unique, and customer services are very accessible. Where could Marathonbet improve? Perhaps by providing a sign up bonus to entice customers, start streaming live sports and offer best odds on all horse racing, not just a selection of races. However, these are just minor gripes and Marathonbet are highly recommended.

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One thought on “Marathonbet”

  1. Birkan Ulusoy

    When i checked the alexa ranks, marathonbet is 14.000th most popular website in the world. 14.000 is a very big number but when you think this is a global ranking and its just a betting website it is just an amazing success. As a reporter who writes about betting, I think understanding marathonbet’s success is the primary key to success for betting companies.



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Site founded 1997
License Curacao
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Last Updated 26/08/2015
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  • Very competitive odds
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  • Available in several languages
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