The Best Betfair Review You’ll Find in 2020
Renowned for its exchange and sportsbook sites, Betfair is one of the most prominent online betting companies out there. This Betfair review runs through the most important things you need to know about the website.
The table below shows a summary of how Betfair fared in our rankings. For the full lowdown, keep on reading.
|Betfair review category||Our rating|
Bet £5 Get £20 Exchange BetNew customers only, max £20 cash refund. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs
Welcome Bonus – 4/5
Ready to sign up at Betfair? These welcome bonuses are within sight and the best way to claim them is using the Betfair promo code when signing up.
Betfair was originally an exchange-only site and its exchange section is still thriving to this day. Your first bet on the exchange will be refunded if lost, up to £20.
Over at Betfair Casino, new players can benefit from a welcome bonus. If you’re a slots lover and holding out for a big jackpot, then this bonus will be best for you. Otherwise, if table games like roulette and blackjack are more your cup of tea, you can then look for other options on their website.
Remember that wagering requirements apply for all casino bonuses. These must be met in order to release any winnings that you accrue.
Welcome Bingo Bonus:
This offer is available only for new customers who want to play Bingo for the first time. You need to reside in the UK or Ireland and be over 18 years old.
Betting Markets – 5/5
During our Betfair review, we saw that both the sportsbook and exchange have an extensive range of events to bet on, from popular and niche sports to novelty areas like entertainment and politics. It’s easy to navigate and find the sport or event you’re looking for, with quick links to in-play betting and other events that are starting soon or taking place later on the same day.
We realised that you are practically spoilt for choice when it came to the variety of sports this operator had to offer while we were doing our Betfair review, and here’s why. You can find all the popular sports for betting here, such as American football, basketball, football, horse racing, and tennis. There are also esports, Gaelic games, Australian rules, greyhound racing, mixed martial arts, and even bets in politics, financial bets, and special bets, which are updated regularly depending on the current events taking place.
At the time of doing this Betfair review, 27 different sports were listed, each with their own betting homepage. We’ve noticed that these change throughout the year in the case of smaller disciplines like pool or chess. So in reality, the total number of sports covered is more than that, probably getting closer to 40 as an estimate.
Odds – 4/5
We have reached the following conclusion while doing this Betfair review – while Betfair’s sportsbook doesn’t provide the absolute best odds around, they are very competitive against the other big sportsbooks around.A lot of the time they will have the best prices available on racing and football matches, so you can feel safe knowing you’re not getting shortchanged for your stake.
While doing this Betfair review, we found out that like a lot of online sportsbooks, this brand gives you Best Odds Guaranteed on all UK & Ireland horse racing, so if the SP on your selection is greater than the price you took, you’ve got a better potential payout.
The exchange odds may look more enticing at first sight, but don’t forget that a commission of 5% is charged on net profits made on any single betting market (e.g. match result or over/under 2.5 goals). That reduces the effective odds so be sure to keep that in mind and compare with the sportsbook odds before jumping in feet first.
One thing we noticed while doing this Betfair review was that you do not have the option of choosing your preferred type of odds with this operator. Betfair odds are decimal, and that can be troublesome for those players who prefer fractional odds and want to give Betfair betting a try. However, there is a page dedicated to explaining the decimal odds on the website, as well as another page with an explanatory video on how to convert odds featuring decimal to fractional odds converter.
Games – 5/5
When it comes to Betfair Casino, there is a variety of available games so keep on reading this Betfair review to find out more. You can find as many as nine game sections on this operator’s website.
While we were doing this Betfair review, we could not believe the number of casino games this operator has to offer. There are more than 50 Jackpots, over 100 Slots, 25 Roulettes, and 14 Blackjack games. The operator constantly adds new games so both new customers and existing ones can enjoy this incredible game variety.
The Live Casino section offers a lot of games that all those who want to experience the thrills and excitement of a live casino can try their hand at. You can play live Roulette, French roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat, Hi-Lo, Sic-Bo, 3 Card Brag, and Casino Hold’em.
The fact that you have buy-ins and table limits that can suit any player was something that we found particularly useful while doing this Betfair review. Every day you can see a list of tournaments on offer and scheduled time and choose which ones you want to participate in.
This section offers a variety of games as well, including Hi-Lo, Bullseye Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Omaha-Hi, Hold’em and New Hold’em.
The most popular Vegas Slots this operator has to offer are Fruit Stack Deluxe, Irish Riches Megaways, Fruit Stack, Cleopatra, Napoleon – Rise of an Empire, and Vikings of Fortune.
There are 24 Macau games, including Fortune Cat and Dragon’s Luck, which are played the most.
This operator boasts of being the top bingo site in the UK, and our Betfair review can confirm this. There are hundreds of online bingo games to choose from, and new ones are constantly being added.
This syndicate section is separate from both the sportsbook and the exchange app. There is a list of markets you can create a syndicate for each day and participate in the competition.
Promo – 5/5
While we were doing this Betfair review we were pleasantly surprised by the number of promotions this brand had on offer (more than 30). Here are a few of the most interesting ones:
Refer your friends and get up to £50 in free bets
T&Cs: UK & ROI customers only. Max 5 referrals. Refereed customers must stake £50 on the Sportsbook within 30 days (min odds 1.5). T&Cs apply.
Mobile App – 5/5
While doing our Betfair review we tested Betfair’s mobile apps and found that they are simple and user friendly. The applications are available for iOS, Android, mobile and tablet devices. Most operators have one or two apps, but this brand has six. All are free to download. The chart below displays customer ratings of the apps. Although the reviews are not all 5/5, this is because the quantity of apps does affect the quality. However, if you’re new to betting it’s a great tool.
|App Type||Customer Rating||Bets|
|Exchange Betting||3/5||Horse racing, golf, football, cricket|
|Casino||3.5/5||Slot machine, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, live poker, games|
|Sports||4/5||Football, golf, live horse racing, odds&tips|
|Poker||3.5/5||Texas hold ’em|
|Live Casino||2/5||Roulette, blackjack, baccarat, punto banco|
We found that Betfair Exchange was the most interesting app while doing this Betfair review, even though the customer review isn’t great. The app covers almost all betting options available on the website. The landing page is similar to the app, making it easy to navigate. With it you can:
- Cash out at any time
- Bet in-play
- Place multiple bets
- View live scores
While we were doing this Betfair review, we found that using Betfair promo codes on the app was extremely easy and straightforward, both when it came to Betfair betting and Betfair casino.
Payment Options – 4/5
To deposit you can do so with debit card, UK bank transfer next day, UK standard bank transfer, Australian Bank transfer, non-UK bank transfer, moneybookers/skrill, PayPal, NETeller, or Web Money.
If you want to make a deposit, keep on reading this Betfair review to learn how. First, you need to log into your account, find the “Deposit” button at the top right of the homepage, and click on it. You will see all the available deposit methods so you can choose the one you prefer. After that, you are required to enter the amount you wish to deposit and your password once again.
To process a withdrawal you need to go to My Account, and click My Betfair Account. Form thereon you go to the Payments tab and select Withdraw, from where you choose the method to withdraw. You can do so using the same methods as you can to pay. You can only withdraw from your main wallet. Weekends and bank holidays are not deemed working days, which you will need to take into consideration.
During our Betfair review we found it extremely helpful that you can also change specific parts of your card details if you want, but beware because some information cannot be changed. You can change the start date, the expiry date, and the card billing address, but you cannot change the type of the card, the card number, the cardholder’s name, and the card nickname.
If your bank issues you a new card and it has the same long card number as your previous card, you can only change the start date and the expiry date. If the long card number is not the same as the one on your previous card, you need to register a new card.
Customer Service – 3/5
This operator provides its users with an FAQ help centre providing you with potential questions. You can filter the questions through help topics. You can message them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Moreover, the betting giant has a contact us section where you have the option of chatting with a professional, the typical time it takes for them to answer is 30 seconds, not bad. If you’re more of a talker, you can call them with a similar answer period. You also have the possibility of emailing them, the typical response time is between 2 to 4 hours. You can also write to them using this address:
Betfair Customer Service,
Icon One, Lytton Way, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire, SG1 1AG,
While doing this Betfair review, we found their Contact Us section on the website to be extremely useful, as it covers a variety of topics where you can find the answers to your questions 90% of the time. There are details on how to verify your account, help with registration/login, sports and games help, sports promotions, player protection, and making deposits/withdrawals in countries where Betfair is legal.
There is even a lot of useful info when it comes to Telephone Betting which is available 24/7. The support is provided by Betfair brokers who are English speakers, and the minimum required unit stake is either €50 or £50.
Streaming/Live Options – 3/5
We have to point out in this Betfair review that this brand has a really strong live streaming service, which can be accessed when logged in on either the sportsbook or the exchange. It’s not that easy to find, but if you look closely enough, you’ll see a ‘play’ symbol alongside some betting events, which allows you to open up the live video service.
There’s a range of around 10 sports to watch, and fans of world soccer will be intrigued to find club and international games from Asia and South America, which you can’t find elsewhere on TV.
The only requirement is that you have a positive balance in your Betfair account in order to watch a game; for horse racing you’ll need to meet the minimum bet amount.
Keep on reading this Betfair review to find out how to access live streaming on this operator’s website:
- Register an account.
- Make a deposit (if you are already a Betfair account holder and have a positive balance you can skip this step).
- Click the live video tab, which enables you to access their live video page.
- Choose the game you want to watch from a list of current or upcoming events.
As you can see in this Betfair review, when it comes to live streaming it couldn’t be any simpler with this operator.
Overall Review – 4.5/5
You won’t be surprised to hear in this Betfair review that we have a good overall view of this brand. This online betting giant has made its name as a trustworthy and reliable place to bet since the turn of the century so you know you’re in good hands when signing up.
What’s more, the range of betting markets available is more or less second to none, the mobile apps are fantastic and the exchange service is also there as an alternative to regular sportsbook betting. Don’t hesitate signing up if you’re convinced like we are!
Here are a few more reasons for this that we simply have to highlight in our Betfair review. The casino section is almost unrivalled, with countless games anyone can enjoy. All fans of live casino will be happy to know that this brand has an incredible variety of games available day or night, and there are also many Betfair promo codes available for all those who want to make playing them even more exciting.
Additionally, there are as many as six mobile apps available (for sports, poker, live casino, casino, and exchange betting), which is more than the majority of operators has to offer so we have to give this brand kudos in our Betfair review.
|What we like||What we don’t like|
|Generous welcome offers for new players||Odds not as good as some other sportsbooks|
|Great range of betting markets on sportsbook and exchange||Low casino bonus value|
|Good liquidity on exchange markets||Customer support can be slow|