Depending on how old you are, you may or may not remember Vernons as a huge name in sports betting.
From 1925 until the introduction of more tech-savvy and online gaming over the past couple of decades, they were one of three big players in the football pools market, providing weekly results-based betting to an enormous.
The huge weekly prize became legendary and even today, when someone is flashing the cash, you’ll always hear someone asking if they’ve won the pools!
Vernons was was bought by Sportech in 2007, having already purchased the other two big pools names Littlewoods and Zetters. And the latest incarnation of the brand is Vernons.com which has three distinct gaming experiences: Vernon Bingo, Vernons Casino and Vernons Sports, and it’s the sports arm, we’re going to take a closer look at here.
When I first logged on, I have to say that despite its simplicity I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance. In a marketplace that’s over-crowded with over-complicated graphics and advertising, social media feeds and in-play trickery, Vernons Sports is a breath of fresh air – like a traditional, good-old fashioned bookies!
The look is perfect if you want a simple, no-nonsense betting site, without the kind of whistles and bells and garish animation that makes your eyes hurt.
Sure, if you click through to the Bingo or Casino sites, there’s a bit more to keep your eyeballs entertained, but on Vernons Sports it’s business all the way.
By way of a gentle nudge into the Vernons world, there’s a tasty ‘no-risk’ welcome offer which heads off that horrendous scenario when all but one of your accumulator bets comes off. If you place a bet of up to fifty quid on an accumulator and one (rather annoying) selection doesn’t come in, then Vernons will hand you a free bet of the same amount – up to a maximum of £50.
Be warned though – it only applies to straight stand-alone accumulator bets of six, seven, eight nine or ten-fold. You definitely can’t use it on combination bets so no Lucky 31s and Canadians please! As you’d expect, there are a few T’s and C’s, like the combined odds of your accumulator must be at least 5/1, plus in-play bets do not count and your free bet can only be used on an accumulator of five bets or more.
More Freebies To Come…
Aside from the welcome offer, there’s bonus bets aplenty on Vernons Sports.
If, like me, you’re a fan of betting across a few different sports, then keep your beady eyes peeled for some handy extras across a range of games.
Anyone for tennis?
Fancy a little dabble on Andy Murray and Co? Vernons’ Tennis In Play bonus means that if you spice up your on-court viewing with a series of five consecutive tennis bets (each has to be on a different event) worth £5 or more, then you’ll instantly get a free £5 bet. Good eh?
Plus, if you back (pre-match) anyone in a Men’s Grand Slam Tennis Match winner market and your man loses in the fifth set, you’ll get your money back in a free bet. (up to a max of £50.) If you think about how often those gruelling five setters come along, this is a cracker.
Score For Your Money
If you’re a footie bettor through and through, there’s a little something for you too – the Score Draw Money Back Offer. Vernons promise to refund all losing First Goal Scorer or Correct Score bets (on applicable football matches) if the result is a score draw. It applies to a maximum bet of £50 but go and Google last week’s Premier League results and tell me this isn’t a tremendous deal!
Pub Games Ahoy…
I like a dabble on the darts from time to time – especially if Phil the Power and his pals aren’t delivering on the excitement front. With Vernons, any Premier League Darts game I place a pre-match Correct Score bet on, I have the added protection of getting a free matched bet of up to £50 if I lose and the game was a score draw.
Similarly, you can spice up the snooker with a Snooker Money Back bonus – that’s a free bet to the same value of your stake (maximum £50) if your man (backed pre-match of course) throws it all away in the final frame of the match.
Join The Swingers Club
Vernon’s generous Golf Majors Money Back bonus means you can bag a free bet to the value of the your original stake (max of £50) should one of England’s finest finish top of the pile in any of the four golf majors. In case you don’t know, that’s The Masters, US Open, Open Championship and USPGA Championship. Even if you’re not English, it’ll give you a reason to cheer on Justin Rose and Lee Westwood!
All of these bonuses have their own standard T&Cs but there’s nothing out of the ordinary in there and it does mean that whatever sport you like to have a flutter on, there’s a bit of insurance if your selections don’t come in.
I like Vernons Sports. It’s simple to register and place a bet, plus the interface isn’t cluttered with flashing lights and pop-ups. And although the site concentrates on being functional, it’s the content and the bonus bets which make the experience that little bit more palatable.