About the Tote

Set up by Winston Churchill in 1928 with the intention of providing a safe, controlled alternative to illegal off-course bookmakers. The first major race meetings being Newmarket and Carlisle in 1929.

The first high street Tote shop was opened in 1972 to satisfy the demand and Tote Direct was introduced in 1992 which allowed the majority of betting offices the opportunity to bet into the pools with more recently online firms.

After several aborted attempts by the government between 1995 and 2011, the Tote was finally sold to Betfred, for a reported figure of £265m on 13th July. In 2012 Bangor-on-Dee chose to take the betting at the racecourse in house and for 8 years successfully operated a fixed odds system, based around the SP.

In October 2019 Betfred sold the Tote to UK Tote Group. Formerly known as Alizeti, the new consortium is set to take the brand into a “new era”. Currently Britbet, on behalf and in agreement with the UK Tote, operate on 55 racecourses and BOD becomes an exciting addition. It will be managed by CRC and Bangor Tote will continue to be regulated by the Gambling Commission and will strive to ensure there is responsible gambling.

For terms and conditions that relate to Bangor Tote and the Bangor Sport Betting Shop please refer to our “Rules” section at the bottom of our website. Here you will find information on such things as payout limits, R4 deductions and how to make a complaint if you are unhappy with any aspect of our service.  

Chester Race Company Limited is licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission under account number 31656.