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Bonuses at Marathonbet

Marathonbet is known for its generosity which is expressed in the form of bonuses and promotions. At any point in time, you can rest assured that this sportsbook has a plethora of on-going bonuses and promotions.

The bonuses available are pretty vast, which is why the section is further divided into six sub categories – 0% Margin, Marathonbet Club, Casino, Live Casino, Virtual Sports and Other.

At the time of writing, there are as many as 17 bonuses on offer at Marathonbet. In this review, we will cover a few of the major bonuses. Please note that the below detailed bonuses are current at the time of writing and are subject to change with time.

Welcome Bonus: The lack of a welcome bonus to attract new players and get them to sign up does seem a little strange. Having said that, Marathonbet certainly makes up for the absence of a welcome bonus with a plethora of other offers.

Other Promotions

Below are some of the currently active sports betting promotions that you can claim and enjoy.

Advancebet: This is a unique offering by Marathonbet which is fantastic when you get down to its workings. Firstly, let’s make it clear what Advancebet is not – it is not a credit facility. So, what is it? Well, Advancebet essentially allows players who are low on balance, but have unsettled bets in their account to further place bets that surpass the amount of funds they have left based on an evaluation made on the outcome of their unsettled bets.

Best Odds Guaranteed: Best odds guaranteed is a promotion that is applicable for the horse racing and grey hound racing markets only. This promotion works for both win bets and place bets, regardless of whether it is a single bet or multiple bets. The way it works is that Marathonbet sometimes offers the best odds for certain horse races and greyhound races. So, if you were to take an early price on such highlighted races in your bet and the SP is greater, then your bets are paid out at the SP.

Free Bet: On multiple occasions, Marathonbet offers free bets to their players as part of various promotions and offers. If you happen to qualify for a free bet and receive one in your account, you can place a bet without actually putting any of your own money on the line. Such free bets may only be used as a win bet on a single sporting event of your choice.

Marathonbet Loyalty Program: The Marathonbet Loyalty program is a comp point based program where you collect points for qualifying sports bets and these points can later be used to redeem benefits available from the bonus catalogue. Loyalty points are only issued for sports bets which are at a minimum stake of at least €10 or currency equivalent and are at odds of at least 1.30. You will receive the comp points only after the bet has been settled.

How to Sign Up at Marathonbet

Marathonbet is a member only sportsbook where you need to register for an account to be able to place real money sporting bets. The registration process is pretty typical, self explanatory, and takes a couple of minutes. For unrestricted use of your account and especially to be able to make withdrawals from your Marathonbet account, you will also need to get your account verified.

The verification process may involve the uploading of certain documents such as government issued ID, address proof and even censored copies of the front and back of your bank card (if you are going to use one).

To get the ball rolling, you first need to sign up for a Marathonbet account. The sign – up process is easy and quick. Follow the below steps for a hassle – free registration.

  • Go to the Marathonbet website on your PC or mobile

  • Once the Marathonbet landing page appears, click or tap the red ‘Join Now’ tab located towards the top right corner of the web page.

  • You will now be redirected to a registration form which requires filling, the form has a header or title of “Join” in bold red font.

  • Your country is automatically detected by your IP address. However, if the auto generated value is not your country then you have the option to manually change it.

  • Enter the following details as prompted by the registration form in its appropriate input fields – town/city, title, first name, surname, date of birth, email address, configure a password and retype the password to confirm, phone number with country code, set a username for future use, select a secret question and type your answer (this can be used for account recovery), select your time zone and your preferred currency, and click on join now.

  • Please note that by signing up for a Marathonbet account, you accept their terms and conditions and privacy policy. You also confirm that you are over the legal gambling age of 18 years.

Placing Your First Bet

Placing a bet is relatively easy and has been designed to work along the same lines of how you would place a bet in a traditional land-based sports betting parlour. The betting process works around a ‘Betslip’. We can summarize the how to bet in three words – register, deposit and bet.

Please note that these steps are for the traditional betting process. There is also a one-click bet option which you can enable. However, we advise beginners to use the standard betting protocol before moving on to the quicker one-click bet option.

  • Go to the Marathonbet website home page and login to your account

  • On the top right-hand corner of the screen you will see your Betslip. If you have not made any selections, the Betslip is going to be empty. The objective is to add a single bet or multiple bets to the bet slip and then proceed to check in the Betslip

  • To make a bet selection, there are various ways. You can simply click on a bet displayed in the in–play section or popular section and it will be added to the Betslip. However, if you are looking to make a specific bet, then you can start by selecting the sporting market (Football for example) and then select the tournament or competition (English Premier League for example) and then select the bet from the upcoming events listed.

  • This way, you can add more bets to the Betslip or you can proceed with a single bet.

  • If you wish to make an each-way bet, you can simply check the EW box in the Betslip before proceeding.

  • Once the bet is added to the Betslip, you need to specify how much you want to wager. There is a small input field where you can enter numerical digits.

  • The moment you add your stake amount to the Betslip, the potential pay-out is automatically calculated and displayed.

  • If you have multiple bets in a single Betslip, you need to specify the stake amount for each one of them

  • Once you are done, review the Betslip and make any changes if necessary

  • Finally click on place bet to confirm the bet

  • You will see that the total Betslip stake amount will be deducted from your balance

  • Good luck on your bet

Marathonbet also offers a quick-bet option. The quick-bet option allows you to place a bet with just a single click. For such bets, the stake amount is usually already set by default.

Popular Sports you can bet on at Marathonbet

There are over a thousand events that you can bet on every single day at Marathonbet. Marathonbet covers a wide spectrum of sporting markets and even offers some other betting products such as casino and live casino sections.

When you access the Marathonbet website, you will notice a side menu on the left-hand side of the home page which lists all the various sports markets you can bet on.

For easy access, the most popular sporting markets are listed at the top of this menu. The popular sports include Football, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Volleyball and e – Sports. You can bet on all of these popular sports. A wide range of leagues, competitions and events of these popular sports from countries and associations all around the world are available for betting.

Apart from the popular sports, there is another section called A-Z which lists all the other sports that you can also bet on. The A – Z section lists the following sports at the time of writing – Alpine Skiing, American Football, Aussie Rules, Autosport, Bandy, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball 3×3, Biathlon, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country Skiing, Cycling, Darts, e – Sports, Floorball, Football, Golf, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Lottery, MMA, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Ski Jumping, Snooker, Specials, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball.

Other Games Available at Marathonbet

LiveIn-play betting

Live betting is a major part of Marathonbet sportsbook. As the name suggests, live in–play betting refers to sporting events which are currently underway in real time, but you are still allowed to place bets on the outcome of these sporting events. Obviously, since the game or match is already underway, not all of the bet types are available.

Casino and Live Casino

Marathonbet members will also be able to play real money casino games with their Marathonbet account. Therefore, if you are looking for an online gambling service where you can place bets on sports as well as play casino games, then Marathonbet is a great option. The casino section at Marathonbet offers thousands of games like slots, progressive jackpots, table games, etc. from some of the world’s best casino game makers like Microgaming, Booming Games, Endorphina, Booongo, BetSoft, Habanero, iSoftBet and several others.

Marathonbet also offers a live casino section where you can interact with a live dealer in high-definition video streaming in real time and play table games like blackjack, roulette and baccarat. You can also interact with other live casino participants at your table through the chat option.

How does Marathonbet compare to other Sportsbooks in terms of Betting Markets & Odds?

Marathonbet sportsbook is one of the top sportsbooks on the web. For it to stay in business and attract members, it should provide sports bets at attractive and competitive odds. When compared to the giants in the industry like Bet365, we can safely say that Marathonbet offers odds are on par with the best in the industry, and in some cases, they offer even better odds.

Players who like betting on secondary betting markets like the second tier of English football (the Championship) for example, will find some of the best odds at Marathonbet sportsbook.

Also, if you are interested in horse racing and grey hound racing, then you should know that Marathonbet sportsbook offers a promotion called ‘best odds guaranteed’ which promises the best odds-on certain races that you are bound to find anywhere.

When it comes to niche sporting markets like floorball, cross country skiing and other less – popular betting markets, the odds are not great, but passable.

Marathonbet App and Mobile Website Version

The Marathonbet website is a responsive, mobile friendly website that you can access from a variety of smartphones and tablets. At the moment, Marathonbet website supports the following browsers – Safari, Chrome, Default Android, Skyfire, Opera, Opera Beta, Dolphin, Yandex.Browser and UC Browser. Therefore, whether you are using an Android, iOS or a Windows smartphone or tablet, you will be able to play at Marathonbet through your mobile browser.

To access and play, simply launch your mobile browser, go to the Marathonbet website and use the same username and password you use on PC to login and play. If you don’t already have an account, click on the join now button and register for an account right from your mobile device.

If you prefer using your mobile for to place bets, then we recommend that you download the Marathonbet app. Unfortunately there is no app for Windows mobile operating system at this time, but Android and iOS players can download the app and launch it whenever they want to place a bet.

Mobile vs. App Features and Benefits

Some of the pros of playing on the mobile website are:

  • No download required & no installation required

  • All major mobile browsers supported

  • Play from any mobile device even if the app is not installed

  • Will not eat up disk space

  • Data costs for download is avoided since download not required

Some of the pros of playing on the mobile app are:

  • Faster accessibility and performance

  • Place bets quickly and more easily on mobile

  • Save on data costs in the longer run

  • The download and installation process is lightweight and takes just a minute

Mobile Bonuses and Payment Methods

Currently, there are no special bonuses or mobile specific promotions for mobile players. Having said that, all the promotions which are available for the PC version of the sportsbook is also available to mobile players whether they are using the instant play mobile website or the mobile app. Therefore, even mobile players get access to tons of promotions throughout the course of the year.

In terms of payment methods, players using the mobile website or the mobile apps will find that all the deposit and withdrawal methods which is available for their Marathonbet account on PC is also available on the mobile versions. Payments and withdrawals made through mobile are also encrypted and secure.

How to download the app on Apple IOS

  • To use the Marathonbet app on an iPhone or iPad, you need to be running at least iOS 5.0 or higher

  • Visit the Marathonbet website on your Safari browser

  • Select ‘apps’ in the second header menu

  • Select ‘download on the AppStore’

  • Download and install the app like any other app

  • Launch the app and login using your regular Marathonbet username and password

How to download the app on Android

  • To use the Marathonbet app on an Android mobile device, you need to be running at least Android 4.1.2 Jellybean version or higher

  • Visit the Marathonbet website on the Google Chrome or Default Android browser

  • Select ‘apps’ in the second header menu

  • Select ‘download for Android

  • The .apk file is automatically downloaded, launch and run the .apk file once downloaded

  • The app is now installed and available in your app pane

  • Launch the app and login using your regular Marathonbet username and password

Depositing and Withdrawing at Marathonbet

The available deposit and withdrawal methods for Marathonbet users may vary depending on the country they are based in. The below lists are accurate for players in South Africa and at the time of writing. Furthermore, some payment method does not support certain currencies. The below mentioned payment methods are those that support South African Rands plus Bitcoins. If you switch to US Dollars (for example) you will notice that more payment method become available for use.

List of Accepted Depositing Methods:

Deposit MethodMin. DepositMax. Deposit
MastercardR19.00Not specifiedInstant
MaestroR19.00Not specifiedInstant
VisaR19.00Not specifiedInstant
SkrillR93.00Not specifiedInstant
NetellerR93.00Not specifiedInstant
Bank TransferR185.00Not specified5-10 banking days
ecoPayzR93.00Not specifiedInstant
AstroPay Card R19.00Not specifiedInstant

How to Make a Deposit: 

  • Click ‘Deposit’
  • Select preferred payment method
  • Enter payment method details and follow the on – screen instructions
  • Enter your amount you wish to deposit
  • Click ‘Deposit’ to confirm
  • Your deposit status is shown in a message

List of Accepted Withdrawal Methods:

Withdrawal MethodMin. WithdrawalMax. WithdrawalProcessing Time
MastercardR93.00Not specified3 – 5 business days
MaestroR93.00Not specified3 – 5 business days
VisaR93.00Not specified3 – 5 business days
SkrillR93.00Not specified24 – 48 hours
NetellerR93.00Not specified24 – 48 hours
Bank TransferR3,684.00Not specified3-10 banking days
ecoPayzR93.00Not specified24 – 48 hours
AstroPay Card R19.00Not specified24 – 48 hours

How to Make a Withdrawal:

  • Click on ‘Withdraw’
  • Select the payment method
  • Enter the payment method details and follow the on – screen instructions
  • Enter the amount you wish to withdraw
  • Enter your Marathonbet password
  • Click ‘Withdraw’ to confirm
  • A message showing the status of your withdrawal is displayed


Unique Selling Points

  • Sportsbook + full fledged online casino and live casino in one account
  • Mobile friendly with apps available for Android and iOS
  • Tons of sporting markets covered
  • One – click bet for quick bet placing
  • 24/7 support with live chat
  • Supports cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin)
  • A huge range of fiat currencies supported
  • Cashout feature available
  • Advancebet feature
  • Website customizable for view and odds representation
  • Live in – play betting available for various sporting markets
  • A super low minimum bet of €0.10 allowed
  • Several secure deposit and withdrawal methods
  • User friendly website
  • Live streaming available for logged in players with positive balance
  • Plenty of bonuses for sportsbook and casino sections

Common Complaints

  • Website UI needs a facelift
  • No welcome bonus currently

About Marathonbet

Marathonbet is an online sportsbook that offers various betting products on over one thousand sporting events every day. The sportsbook welcomes player from South African, supports South African Rands and also offers several South African friendly banking methods which include bank cards, eWallets, bank transfers, and Bitcoins. All banking methods are safe and secured by using state of the art SSL encryption technology.

Marathonbet was launched in 1997 and accepts players from all over the globe with the exception of some restricted countries. Marathonbet, apart from being an online sportsbook, also doubles as an online casino service. Therefore, members of Marathonbet sportsbook will be able to access and play real money casino games and live casino games, too.

Marathonbet Casino offers a safe and secure online gambling environment and possesses four licenses and one internet gaming concession. It has been operational for decades and has maintained a clean, trustworthy track record since.

Marathonbet products have been subject to independent audits and testing to confirm their fairness and integrity.

Marathonbet offers sports betting on 50+ sporting markets, live sports betting, live video streaming, plenty of bonus offers, casino games, live casino games, e – Sports, virtual sports, toto, financials and a constructor. Marathonbet website is mobile friendly on various mobile browsers, it is also available as mobile apps for Android and iOS mobile users.

Some of the unique features offered at Marathonbet include the one click–bet option, Advancebet feature, the ability for players to choose how the odds are represented and also how the sportsbook layout is presented – you can choose between multimarket view, classic view and Asian view depending on your personal preferences.

Customer Support & Contact Details


Is Marathonbet legal in South Africa?

Marathonbet is not hosted on servers located in South Africa. Marathonbet is hosted off shores and thus not subject to South African online gambling legislation and restrictions. Therefore, Marathonbet casino is not technically violating any laws in allowing South African players to sign up and play at Marathonbet.

Is Marathonbet safe?

Yes, Marathonbethas been in the market for over two decades and they are highly trust worthy. Their data is protected through SSL encryption. Furthermore, they hold licenses from four different gambling commissions. All their products are fair and have been confirmed as being so by the means of independent audits and tests.

How does Marathonbet work?

Marathonbet is a real money online sportsbook and casino service. In order to use these services, you need to be at least 18 years old. To start betting, you need to register for an account and fund your account with some money.

Do I need an Internet connection to play on the app?

Yes, the app needs internet for uninterrupted and seamless functioning

How do I sign up at Marathonbet?

Registering at Marathonbet is easy. Just click on the join now button and fill out the registration form with accurate details as reflected on your ID and address proof documentation. By signing up, you accept the privacy policy and the terms and conditions. You also confirm you are over the age of 18.

Will I be asked for any documents when registering at Marathonbet?

Not during the time of registration.

Does Marathonbet have a cash-out option?

Yes, Marathonbet have recently launched a cash – out option which they are marketing as a promotion.

Can I change the email address I used to register my account?

Contact Marathonbet customer support

Can I terminate my Marathonbet account?

Contact Marathonbet customer support

I can’t log in on the mobile app. What should I do?

If the mobile app is not functioning as designed, then the internet connection is the usual culprit in majority of the cases. Check your internet connection and try again.

How can I get in touch with customer support?

Live chat for members
Phone support: +44 1273 964706
Customer support is operational 24/7

Are the casino games on mobile the same as on the desktop version? If not, do they still have the same odds and pay-out ratio?

Yes, the casino games are same for both PC and mobile. However, a few may not be available for mobile.

Are deposits and withdrawals safe?

Marathonbet only supports completely safe and proven banking methods. South African players can bank using Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller, Bank Transfer, ecoPayz and AstroPay Card. All of these are safe and the data of these transactions are secured with 128 – bit SSL encryption.

Can I use the same account I registered with on the mobile app for the desktop version?

You can register one account and use it on PC, mobile website and mobile app. In fact, as per the Marathonbet terms and conditions, players who are using multiple accounts are in violation of their policies and can be banned. Therefore, we encourage that you only create one Marathonbet account per player/household.

Is in-play betting available with the mobile version?

In-play betting is available for certain sporting markets the bet types for in – play betting is not as many as for upcoming sports betting. However, whether you are playing on PC, mobile website or mobile app, live betting is available on all platforms. The mobile app also offers the quick bet feature for live betting as well.

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