Betfair is famous for its betting exchange, the largest such online exchange. Another strength drawing in a multitude of betters is its Sportsbook, again a leader in online betting. It comes with fixed odds, and football betting is among the prime activities betters engage in on Betfair. On Betfair, too, you will find casino games of the most favoured types, although the variety is not so great. Betfair has become increasingly popular for their betting exchange, the heftiest on the online market. The quality offers, plus the cashout feature, provide you with the option of cashing out your bet if you feel the outcome may be negative. Add to these the in-play and live streaming opportunities, and you have a palette of features to reward you for choosing the bookmaker. The sign up offers, plus frequent promotions, will complement the perks because of which Betfair enjoys such a wide popularity.
The licensing for the Betfair divisions is provided and regulayed by the Malta Gaming Authority. For the gaming division and the entertainment division, there is also licensing by the UK Gambling Commission.
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The softwares powering Betfair casino games are several, so you will find games powered by Playtech, NetEnt, Williams Interactive, and Red Tiger Gaming. You can both play games online and download the software to play offline. The games can be opened and played via a browser or via mobile apps. The bonuses extended on Betfair casino are additional incentives which can provide a boost for your finds. A feature unique for this casino is the exchange games feature, with which you can lay bets and have something like your smaller scale casino.
You can see the new games, the jackpots, the highest winnings accomplished, and the number of spins on the casino games page. Don't forget to check the Promotions and the VIP Club sections which can be accessed from the menu on the top.
You are also offered the Live Casino option on Betfair. This is a new feature which extends games like Live Roulette, Live Blackjack, Live Sic Bo, Live Casino Hold'em, Live Punto Blanco.
In the range of casino games on Betfair, you will find Slots, Vegas Slots, jackpot Slots, table games, card games, arcades, Video Poker. The Slots will welcome you with Furious 4, Firemen, Juicy Booty, Football Carnival, and other titles. In the table games, you will find Roulette, French Roulette, Live Sic Bo, Hi Lo, and other titles. In the cards, there are Blackjack, Casino Hold'em, UK Blackjack, etc. Arcades will offer Pinball Roulette, Bonus Bowling, Darts, etc. In Video Poker, you have at your disposal 2 Ways Royal, All American, Deuces Wild, Aces and Faces, etc.
The jackpot Slots merit special attention, because the hefty jackpots will boost your wins in a speedy way, with the huge bonus rounds and the possible jackpot wins.
There is a wide range of sports markets on Betfair, 24 for the Sportsbook and even more in the exchange. You can always find betters laying odds on events, at any time. The list of sports on which you can lay your odds is comprehensive. The array of football events is covered extensively, from the most prominent ones to less popular sports. You can lay your bets on football, American football, plus sports like baseball, boxing, cricket, tennis, chess, horse racing, motor racing with Formula 1 and other prime events covered, plus a plethora of other sports.
You will find the quick links on the left, the live events in the middle, and the special offers on the right. Also on the right, after the special offers, come the mobile option, the price rush, and the tips you can use.
You also have the opportunities to bet on financials, via the exchange. You will find the financial markets in the dedicated section entitled Tradefair, and if you are knowledgeable in that field, take the plunge and do your betting. You can bet on non-sports fields in the exchange and in the Sportsbook alike. You will find areas like politics and entertainment, weather and some unusual markets, so there is something for each fan of non-sports betting. You can even ask for odds on a betting line that is not yet offered by Betfair.
Despite the wealth of betting lines you will not find the page overcrowded. The lines are conveniently separated into sections, so you can easily find and make your choice. With exchange betting, you will have multiple odds offered on single selections. You will always see the odds most favourable for you on the main screen. It is great to engage in exchange betting, where Betfair will serve as the intermediary between you and another punter. You can back your team, or opt to lay, which you should do if you do not think a selection will win. You can use the guide on the Betfair site if you are a novice to exchange betting. Just imagine what odds are offered when at any moment thousands of punters are competing by offering their odds. You will not find such great odds with traditional bookies.
The welcome offers will catch your attention, as you open the casino, the Poker, and the Bingo. For the casino, the sign up bonus is a 100% first deposit one, reaching up to £100. For the Poker section, you are offered a 200% deposit bonus of up to €1500. For Bingo, you must deposit £10, to get £30 as a bonus. You must also follow the current promotions offers, to take full advantage of them. We should note that the range of in-play promotions is not very large on Betfair, though there are also rewarding ones now and again.
Being a regular customer will reward you with VIP Club membership. The VIP program is replete with bonuses and promotions, specially for VIP members. Not just bonuses, but also new gadgets, plus opportunities to attend special events will pamper you with your VIP membership. You can learn more about them on the casino promotions page. Get rewarded for being a regular customer, and you will attend exclusive sporting and entertainment events, plus exclusive trips offered to VIP members. There is one more perk that will be extended to you, because you will get your dedicated VIP Account Manager, to be at your disposal and ansewer your queries at any moment. As a VIP member, you will get all the VIP news and updates, too.
This feature is a must to experience the thrills of games while they are going on, and bet instantly, taking opportunities as they are in the bud. In fact, Betfair is known as the first bookmaker which offered punters live in-play betting opportunities. The live streaming has been available since 2001. With such background, you will be pampered with the full range of in-play options, so you can make your bets on the sportsbook and on the exchange alike. This is a free service, but you must have deposited funds in your account. The minimum requirements for watching horse races live is £2. You can enjoy live streaming on mobile as well.
You will see the events divided by sports, and also by time, so that is convenient for finding the event needed. The displaying of live scores is another convenience. If you need more information, you will have form guides and the latest news at your fingertips on Betfair. The odds will be refreshed frequently, in a matter of seconds.
You will find the in-play section on the exchange more convenient than its counterpart on the sportsbook. The reason is you can have your own section you have created there, so you can also plan your events to bet on there. Both this in-play section and the one on the sporsbook can be used smoothly on mobile, via the app.
Use the live streaming, and to get the events you are interested in, use the filtering option. You will be shown the events to be streamed live several days beforehand.
For mobile betting, you will find more than one app extended by Betfair. You will have it for iOS and for android devices. Placing your bets mobile is prompt, which is the most indispensable convenience. Having an app for a section is welcome, because it means simplicity and ease of use. So with the bunch of apps you will have the whole main site available for mobile use. You may find the text size small, but you can search and switch from highlights to in-play, or to home, smoothly. Don't forget to follow promotions there, as well. As we mentioned, you can access the in-play sections on mobile too.
You will have individual apps for the sportsbook and for the exchange. But you will not be able to compare the fixed price market and the exchange market so easily. Let us mention that the sportsbook app is better compared to that for the exchange, so you may opt for the mobile site or for the main site instead.
Let us mention the gaming and casino app too. They also offer smooth experiences when used for mobile gaming.
In all, the mobile apps, which can be downloaded from the Betfair site, have great advantages:
- exclusive sign up offers
- price rush opportunities with boosted odds
- cashing out at any time
- daily promos
The support on Betfair starts with the Contact Us page, where you can see common queries and resolutions to them. If you have a query you want to be specially answered, use the Live Chat as the promptest feature, with answers given within 30 seconds. Anther option of contacting support staff is via phone, during a specified period, 7.30 to 12.30 am, every day, with answers given again within 30 seconds. Contact the support team also by email, by Twitter, or by ordinary mail. Your email will be answered within a couple of hours.
The languages in which you can contact support, besides English, comprise: Danish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Romanian, Russian.
On Betfair, you will find 7 currencies you can use to deposit or withdraw. But please note the customers will bear the cost of the transactions, so check about the details related to each method of payment.
The currencies you can use on Betfair comprise GBP, EUR, USD, AUD, DKK, HKD, SEK.
For depositing, there are different minimum and maximum amounts. For example, for paying by card, the minimum is £10, and no maximum is indicated. Here there is a fee on transactions, so check about it to be informed beforehand. You can also use Skrill, Neteller, Western Union, Ukash, Paysafecard, cheque, and some other methods.
Withdrawing is free, except when using express bank transfer. The method used to withdraw will be the one used to deposit, except when you use a voucher or a prepaid card. The period for withdrawing is of the order of 2 to 5 working days for cards, but for e-wallets it is much shorter, in hours. There will be no minimum limit for withdrawing to cards, and for the other methods the limit is £10 minimum. You will not find maximum limits stated.
There are countries restricted on Betfair, so if you think your country may be on the list, check in the Terms and Conditions on the Betfair site.
Pros and Cons
Betfair have their definite perks, with innovative features, some of the best odds you can find on the market. With this bookmaker, you will find:
- the complete ficed odds sportsbook
- the live streaming and in-play betting
- the largest exchange for sports betting on the market
- casino games to play, of your favourite types
- mobile apps facilitating mobile betting
- welcome bonuses
- VIP club perks
The downsides can be summed up as follows:
- for certain methods of payment used when depositing, you may have to bear the fee for the transactions
- when you use the mobile apps for the sportsbook and the exchange, the comparison of the fixed price market and of the exchange market is not easy to implement