The first aspect worth mentioning is the domain name – with Marshall’s world of sport a comparative mouthful especially when most sites use simple SEO-friendly names like sunbet or bet365. It is not unheard of for a long domain name to be limiting – just look at the wild success of hollywoodbets.net, but it is slightly off-kilter.
That being said the site is comprehensive and while not yet a household name in South Africa there is scope for new players to make a dent in the market.
Marshalls world of sport offers a more than decent package taking into consideration all the factors that make up a successful bookmaker model in the country.
They offer a substantial bet-market, a host of sporting codes, a range of promotions, horse racing, line in-play betting and lottery play.
The site also offers a varied banking capability with OTT vouchers available at many leading retailers, as well as access to four leading banking institutions in Nedbank, Absa, FNB and Standard Bank.
The operators also offer a comprehensive ‘how to play’ section with all deposit, withdrawal and registration processes explained in detail.
The web and mobi sites are compact, neat and uncluttered offering a convenient, easy-to-use platform.
The team at Marshall’s world of sport offer one of the strongest horse racing books in the online sports site sector with most of their landing page filled with the latest markets, races, odds and bets of the daily meets across the world.
Horse race betting has long been a staple on the SA betting scene at the operators are looking to keep up this tradition with their main focus seemingly targeting the pony market.
Most of the competitor sites have football fixtures flooding their home page, no matter the day of the week, but Marshalls focuses primarily on the nags.
The main menu directory on the landing page backs up this notion with the first three links covering horse racing. The links in order of placing are the Durban July, Turfontein action and followed by a tab called ‘horse-racing today’.
The site also has a large section dedicated to dog-racing, and this sport is also featured on the main menu directory running down the upper right hand flank of the landing page.
There are a few key sports covered in this main menu with cricket appearing above football and further down the page a punter will see that almost all sporting codes, whether obscure or popular, appear to be well-covered.
This is good news for both the operators and the punters as many people are placing wagers on sports like Mixed Martial Arts, badminton and volleyball to name a few examples.
Importantly the site offers a large range of lottery action, both in the way of global draws and virtual lotto gameplay, under the link name ‘bet games live’.
The Lucky Lotto Numbers link gives the punter access to almost 50 international lotteries currently underway (daily and weekly) and this feature is standard amongst the leading industry competitors.
The site boasts four promotions, another indicator of an ambitious platform.
The promotional page link shows why the site is getting a name as a horse racing destination with the first promo being a chance for players to win a Ford Mustang (play on the word mustang horse). The promo states that a punter could win the dream car by placing a bet on any race. This will qualify a player to be randomly drawn as a weekly, monthly and grand prize winner. The promotion is time specific and in this case runs to mid-2019.
The first time deposit welcome bonus is hardly anything to write home about, with the operator offering to match any deposit and reward the newcomer a maximum of R200 (this is well below industry norm).
The third promotional giveaway is also time specific (July 2019) and is a rugby competition, whereby the punter must be an account holder, place any rugby stake and stand a chance to win a signed jersey.
The final promotion is interesting in that it allows losing tickets to still be substantial winners.
The ‘score a share of R1 million’ competition stipulates that any losing ticket must be handed in at a physical Marshall’s Bet Store located around South Africa, and the losing ticket will be put in a random draw, with R100 000 being given out every month.
This completion runs for almost an entire year and culminates in mid-August 2019.