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I have been with www.flutter.com since November 2000 and I have found this site is excellent for a little bit of fun for the novice gambler, but beware though as it can be addictive and you can be led into the bigger bets or the bigger gambling sites.
For all those new starters, they give you a free £10 to start betting with. So it’s actually worth signing up just for that really, and if you want a few more points, then join through ipoints! At present, you will get 60 ipoints when you join, although this has been reduced from 100 ipoints in November last year.
You might be able to with the initial £10 (if you have any amount of luck in you at all. That stuff that I seem to be lacking), turn that 10 in to possibly hundreds, without ever using a penny of your own money. It really is as easy as it sound (getting the £10 anyway. Winning the hundreds is proving to be a little more difficult!!!). Flutter.com is pretty much the only site which gives you a free bet without having to deposit money first
Flutter.com is a gambling site but with a big difference. You gamble against people, not against a bookmaker. This means people can set their own odds (although obviously favourable odds will be accepted by others more readily) and that you keep a larger % of winnings.
What is more, you can use the sites current offer, a FREE £10 bet! This is good because you dont have to put any money into the site in order to obtain this cash. There is no ongoing fee whatsoever (monthly or otherwise). Indeed, the only catch is that if you win more than £10 from this initial bet (and you can split the £10 bet into two £5 bets or a £3 and a £7 bet or ... you get the idea) then the site takes the £10 back and leaves you with just the winnings to play on with. Fair enough, its still free money.
Signing up is very easy. You fill in a form asking you for your name, address and credit card details (they give you a choice of the card you want to use (I’m using Delta as then I don’t run up big bills on credit card)). They are all secure details, so I personally feel safe giving the details away.
If you want to continue on past the first £10, they need them to deposit money from your bank account, straight in to your flutter account. It’s all done quite differently to what I was expecting. When placing bets, you can only bet up to the maximum amount that you have in your flutter account. I thought that money would be taken straight form your bank account via your card, as you bet the money, but I was wrong. When you actually win some money, the procedure is simply reversed, and money is put into your flutter account, and from there it can easily be transferred back to the bank.
You do need to put in your credit/debit card details for every bet, which I was dubious about. Although I dont have a full time job (as I am still a student) so my account is fairly empty. I have been a member for eight months and they haven't done anything for me. I do not take gambling seriously when on this site. This is because you play against other people and set your own odds.
So far, I have not won a penny through them unlike my winning comparison with William hill and Ladbrokes. If you do win a bet through flutter.com, then all they get is 10% of the final winnings - which still leaves you with a sizeable lot to play about with.
I have not placed many bets due to this, but the placing of the bets is very simple. Basically all you have to do is select the type of bets you wish to bet on. This could be sport, politics, stock exchange, amount of members joined, etc, and then all you have to do is choose an opponent or choose your own bet and hope that someone wishes to take up your offer.
Betting is also different to other betting services. There are so many that if you don’t want to start your own and wait for someone to ‘take’ it, there will always be something there to bet on.
As I briefly mentioned above, you can start your own bets. This is done by offering your own odds and your own price. This is how flutter.com works. The bets that you see on the site will all have been entered by other members, in the hope that some poor individual (like me) will take them on. It tries to kind of create a bit of friendliness between its users. After using the site for a while, you get used to a few names, as you do on ciao, but on Flitter they still remain a lot more anonymous really.
Flutter.com do take a little commission from each bet if you happen to win, but it is so small, and they need something to keep on running the site on. With the amount of members that have now joined, something like 1.6 million members since launch, the site will be here to stay unless something dramatically went wrong.
*Navigation and speed of site*
The only quibble I have about the site is its severe lack of speed. It is often necessary to flick between pages, but with it being so slow, it does get frustrating. I have found on many occasions that the site has not registered my user name or password, but this could be an error on my part as I hardly use the site.
As far as the navigation goes, this is probably the easiest site I have come across. I don’t think even a non user of the internet could go wrong!
This is a great site for novice gamblers, yet if you are short of time, then this site is a waste of time.
*What made me join flutter*
I basically joined flutter.com for two things, which were for the ipoints and the £10 free bets, however due to the types of service that it offers to me, I do not use the site much. If I am going to bet, then I will do it properly through William hill or Ladbrokes website as there is no tax, vat or commission deducted. This therefore means any winning are mine (not that that sounds greedy)
*Evaluation of site*
Excellent fun - just dont go getting addicted, its still money even if it is only on-screen! Be more careful if you are playing with your own money, as you don’t see how much you are actually spending. Overall, it’s a nice site to look at, packed with information. This is the same for many of the other subjects too. I call them subjects because the range of things you can bet on, on the site, is very varied. Going form the normal sports like football and horse racing, right through to the ‘how many nipples will be shown in ‘The Sun’ cartoon tomorrow’. Things like that. Worth a visit even if it’s only for the free £10.
This is a great site, but you can't have accumulators like a proper gambling site like Ladbrokes etc, which is a bit of a shame, which is why I class this site as for novices who don’t take gambling serious or as an actual hobby. Gambling needs to be taken very seriously as you can loose money as well as make money!
I won with flutter back in the days where you keptthe free £10 stake as well as the winnigs and I also benefitted from another promotion they were running so I actually got 20 to bet with free won on both and so walked away with just short of 40 after they took their comission - I never went back though - too great a temptation.
sjstokes 01.07.2001 00:32
An excellent opinion. However, could I just correct you on one thing? Flutter's commission is 5% of the profit for winning bets on the one-on-one bets or 2.5% of your net profit on a race on their new racing exchange.