Stan James Review
*Stan James and Unibet
When Unibet originally acquired the Stan James brand in 2016, it seemed as though the two parties would continue as separate entities. Both carried on trading for some time and we became used to seeing advertisements and other marketing that promoted each of the two companies.
Unibet clearly invested a lot of time and effort into their new acquisition so it was something of a surprise when Stan James ceased to trade in February of 2018. From that point onwards, the Stan James sportsbook would no longer take on new account holders while for existing customers, the following changes were made.
For those Stan James customers that hadn’t signed up with Unibet, their username and password would be used as logins under the Unibet set up. Any funds that were in those accounts would simply be transferred over and kept safely in the new organisation.
Meanwhile, anyone who already held a Unibet account would use those logins and passwords and any existing Stan James funds would be carried across. Nobody would lose out in the new set up but the Stan James name would disappear and business would continue from that point under the new Unibet name.
As one of the few surviving bookmakers to actually pre-date the internet, Stan James have a long history and one that leads them to be respected all over the world as a top operator. The company was actually founded in 1973 and has therefore built from a bricks and mortar presence to move with the changing times and into the digital world.
Longevity leads to trust and that’s a positive thing but what else is there for Canadian customers looking for a new place to bet?
Stan James’ new customer offer is, unfortunately, only available to players in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Canadian players are used to this and it was a relatively small set of free bet tokens worth up to £20 GBP so we’re not really losing out on much.
We have to look for ongoing promos and odds value so we’ll quickly move on.
Deposit and Withdrawal Methods
One benefit that you can often get from a long established bookmaker with a UK focus is the fact that they will accept Paypal. That’s certainly the case at Stan James and there is a good selection of supporting eWallets too with Skrill, Neteller and PaySafeCard joining the list.
This operator can also accept and send your funds with all the major debit and credit cards along with bank transfers so while it is a relatively small list, it covers all of the biggest providers in the industry.
Promotions do come along from time to time and Canadian players can access these but they change very quickly so you will need to log onto your new account on a regular basis to find out all the relevant information.
One static offer sees a best odds guarantee on all English and Irish horse racing while other deals may tie in with a big sporting event such as the US Masters golf (Stan James were paying 7 places in the Each Way markets for 2017) or the Grand National. You can also check our updates for latest news on this.
Everyone has their own preferences but it’s actually really nice for most of us to have our sports listed in a strict A to Z order on the left hand side of the home page. It makes our chosen bet so much easier to find and for us, this is a real plus point.
Overall, it’s a very logical site with every aspect such as customer service and in play options being easy to find. It’s attractive and distinctive too in branded company green and white colours so this is a very positive section.
If you need assistance there are two help buttons at the top and bottom of the home page respectively and these bring up all the contact information with the minimum of fuss. First calling place for most of us is the Live Chat Operator which is on line 24 / 7 and can answer us in the shortest possible time.
A UK number is also listed but elsewhere in the world, you can also make use of the customer support email address – [email protected] . FAQs are kept to a minimum and as these are not widely used, this is another very positive part of Stan James’ business.
The list of markets is one that favours UK customers but that can be good news for those in North America who like horse racing among their traditional events. Overall, there should be plenty to enjoy here in the following list:
American Football, Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Soccer, Bowls, Boxing, MMA, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Field Hockey, Football, Gaelic Football, Golf, Greyhound Racing, Handball, Hurling, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Netball, Pool, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Tennis, Volleyball.
That’s simply one of the best lists we’ve seen and when you add in politics and entertainment from the novelty markets, there should be something for all customers, no matter where they are based.
As a long established name in the industry, Stan James have been appearing on the major odds comparison sites for some time and their existing customers already know that they are extremely competitive for all sporting markets.
Stan James particularly excel in football side markets while tennis, golf and cricket are also strong. They tend to have more of those side markets for all sporting events too so if you want excellent odds time and again and you like betting away from the result on occasions, this could be the first bookmaker to add to your list.
In Play Options
If you love in play betting then you’ll certainly find a home here and many say that the choice of live markets offered by Stan James can only be matched by Bet365. Few will come close however and the prices are excellent here, just as they are for ante post options.
To access this section, click on the button marked In Play at the top right of the home page and all the current events will come up. As with most bookmakers, football and tennis tend to dominate this side of the operation but unlike others, Stan James have a lot of side betting options to sit alongside those excellent prices.
Mobile Betting and App
Despite being an old established brand, Stan James have always moved with the times and they were one of the first bookmakers to set up a mobile site and have an app available. If you’re serious about your live betting (and this is a great bookie in this respect) then you should have at least one of these.
Functionality is good – both options are quick to load and like the main static website, they are easy to navigate around so this is another section where Stan James scores highly.
Casino, Poker and Bingo
All of these additional options are now covered with the new bingo site being welcomed along in recent months. It joins a dedicated poker section along with the standard casino which has been around for some time now.
As you would expect, some of the better known providers have been harnessed along to give one of the best choices of slots around while you can also play at a big selection of table games and there is a live casino too.