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BetVictor Bookmaker Review
BetVictor, formerly called Victor Chandler Bookmaker, is licensed in both Gibraltar and the UK. Established in 1946, it is a large and well-known independent bookie. Chandler's turnover exceeds £100m per month. It serves clients in over 155 countries. They are a major sponsor of sporting events. It rebranded itself as VCbet for several years before doing a u-turn and returning to the name that served it so well for over half a century but then at the end of 2011 it rebranded again as BetVictor. It is a reputable online sports betting, casino & poker site.
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OPINION: BetVictor Bookmaker's chairman Victor Chandler is famed for taking bigger bets than most and this online site lives up to that reputation. Established in its current form over 60 years ago, but with roots going back to 1925, it remains one of the most famous brands in UK bookmaking. We bet quite regularly at their website and can personally recommend it.
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In-Depth Guide to BetVictor Bookmaker
BetVictor Bookmaker is run by the eponymous Victor Chandler, recent star of his own TV ads. However today's VC has his Grandad to thank for the birth of the business.
The firm was rebranded, not for the first time, for the start of 2012 as BetVictor. There is a pattern here as for a shortlived period it was known as VCbet before wisely returning to the original brand name. Our view is that there is no need to change a name with the best part of a century's goodwill attached. Even when the current Victor hangs up his satchel, the name can live on.
The current day Chandler is the grandson of the man who set up Walthamstow dog track soon after the First World War. It was to be the start of a bookmaking journey that is still evolving.
However it was not until the sixties that the law changed and VC's dad, after whom the current chairman was named, started the betting shop chain
The present day Victor took over the mantle in the mid seventies. For a privately-educated man who inherited the company, he has proved most entrepreneurial and forward-thinking, navigating the changing business terrain with admirable dexterity.
He switched the focus of the company from retail to online much sooner than any other large firm. While the big high street chains stagnated and stayed out of the internet game, Victor Chandler made what was a very brave move at the time and took the whole operation offshore to Gibraltar in 1999.
The firm is also represented in the Far East, with the management recognising the untapped potential of that huge market. Never afraid to negotiate the regulatory challenges of these emerging markets, BetVictor has reaped the benefit. The company now takes wagers at the volume of billions of pounds a year.
A shrewd man, he has always used the media to his advantage and, because of his undoubted charm and charisma, he is talked of with terms such as gentleman and amusing. It is interesting to reflect that the brand of such a goliath of the world betting industry is wrapped up so deeply in the persona of its chairman.
An independent bookie, it has always gone its own way and adapted to change better than most. It also realises the importance of personal service and keeping clients happy so they return to bet again. The reputation for taking huge wagers does not hold as firm on the internet as it did when they dominated on-course betting, but BetVictor Bookmaker, still widely known as Victor Chandler, is a company all frequent punters must have an account with.