Betfred Review 2020
Check out our Betfred review by looking at a renowned UK-based bookmaker that has developed one of the best sportsbooks in the industry. Read on to see how Betfred’s service offering stacks up against that of its rivals.
|Betfred review||Our rating|
|Live betting & streaming||3.5/5|
Welcome Offer: 4/5
A great welcome offer awaits new customers who sign up to the betting and gaming service. Just make sure to go through one of our links in order to claim this offer. Bear in mind the full terms and conditions that may apply.
If you decide to venture into the Betfred casino, you will also be welcomed with a bonus. You will, however, need to register using the provided Betfred promo code, to earn 50 free spins on selected games when you stake £10. The free spins have to be used within 7 days after registration. There is a limit regarding the selection of games the free spins can be used on, so make sure to check the website for any details we didn’t mention in our Betfred review.
New Casino customers only. £10 min transfer & stake on slots within 7 days. Min 5 game rounds. Max 50 Free Spins on selected games, credited within 48 hours of qualifying. Free Spins expire after 7 days. E-Wallet & Pre-Paid card restrictions apply. SMS validation may apply. Full T&Cs apply.
Betting Markets: 4/5
Bettors will no doubt be impressed by a number of sports this operator covers, most of which centre on those popular in the UK and Ireland such as rugby league, rugby union, Gaelic football, horse racing, greyhound racing, rugby and snooker. Mainstream options such as football, tennis, golf and Formula 1 are also available. While the list of US sports is growing, it still lags behind major competitors. As is common nowadays, non-sports markets such as lottery specials, TV shows and politics are also offered.
While the number of options is impressive, this Betfred review found the range of available markets per each category too often restricted to standard options such as match result, points spread and line betting, particularly across US sports such as NBA and NHL. To match other major bookmakers, Betfred needs to complement its extensive list of sports with deeper markets for each.
One market where this operator does keep up with the top bookmakers is eSports. Currently, it offers five of the most competitive games Starcraft II, League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, but we hope the list of games as well as tournaments will keep growing as the eSports market continues to bloom.
Compared to other bookmakers, the odds were generally relative during our Betfred review, although there was a lag in French Open tennis, as well as NBA and NHL playoffs markets. The discrepancies were marginal, but the fact remains that there was nothing outstanding to note about the odds.
On the plus side, the margins available will generally trump those offered by rivals such as Bet 365 and William Hill, particularly on Asian handicap markets in football and other sports. There is also an enticing Acca insurance scheme, which at the time of writing offered up to a £25 free bet on losing football accumulator bets in which one leg in a five or more accumulator loses.
Some readers of our Betfred review might find it relevant to know that, by default, the odds are presented as fractions. You can change the way they are displayed in the Settings option in the Useful Links section on the left. The other formats you can choose are Decimal and American.
Live Betting & Streaming: 4/5
In-play betting is a prominent feature of the website and mobile app. The live betting offering is strong, encompassing mainstream sports as well as nichè options such as eSports, snooker and volleyball. As with all major bookmakers, an auto refresh feature on the in-play betting page covers all the fluctuations in odds as the action unfolds, giving bettors quick access to the best value as it becomes available. Again, however, the lack of depth in markets reduces the appeal of the in-play betting service as a whole.
More positively, the Watch Live Free streaming service allows customers to tune into a host of live sports streams from around the world, ranging from football (Bundesliga, La Liga) and tennis (Wimbledon) to snooker and greyhound racing. Audio streams are also available across an array of sports. All the streams are available through a helpful calendar that can be easily navigated and used to create a tailored live streaming schedule up to seven days in advance.
While testing the quality of live streaming for the purposes of this Betfred review, we did not run into any issues. The audio and video quality is excellent and there was no desync. Being that the only condition for accessing the live streams is to actually have a positive account balance, the offer seems a bargain.
Betfred Games 4.5/5
The collection of games Betfred casino has to offer goes hand in hand with other major operators. Here’s a look at each of the games sections we have tried out for the purposes of this Betfred review.
The number of slots is as impressive as it gets and spans hundreds of different games. The operator went with a less traditional approach of avoiding flashy animated icons, which is why some users might be attracted to the slots behind the names of popular films and TV shows. Some of the more popular titles featured at the time of our Betfred review include Jackpot Giant, Treasures of the Lamps, Call of the Valkyries and Gladiator Jackpot.
Card Games and Table Games
During our Betfred review, we found the offer satisfying. You can find the most popular games, some of which come in quite a few different iterations. There are high and low stakes options when it comes to Roulette and Blackjack, as well as a new Realistic Roulette with 3D animations and multiple camera angles. Other games include Baccarat, 3 Card Brag and Jacks or Better.
The live casino section is where this operator earns top marks in this Betfred review. The selection of games is higher compared to the competition and includes Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Spin A Win, as well as Casino classics, such as Hold’em and Hi-Lo. The dealers are welcoming and interactive and create an overall pleasant atmosphere, and the stream has high production quality. You can access the Live casino on mobile, tablet and desktop and the experience is equally good across the board.
The sheer variety of lotto games you can find on the website makes it the place to be for any avid lottery fan. Lotto draws are organized periodically, every several hours and the stakes and potential earnings differ significantly. The kinds of lotto games offered are Irish, Spanish, Hong Kong, German, 49s to name a few
Launched in June 2020, Nifty Fifty is an exclusive 50-ball numbers game. It’s live-streamed by Betfred three times a day (11:30, 14:30, 18:30), featuring jackpot prizes of £10,000.
We would be remiss not to include into our Betfred review some of the other promotional offers you can find. Betfred sportsbook is prompt to update its bonuses and constantly introduces limited promotional offers related to current events and tournaments. The casino also offers a number of different limited offers, so you would be best to keep an eye on the website if you want to make sure not to miss any of them. We will use our Betfred review to get an overview of their recurring offers.
Games Welcome Offer
When you register and start playing in the Games section and stake your first £5, you will get 25 free spins you can use in a limited number of games. You can either choose to play a single spin worth £5 or a total of 25 spins each worth 20p. Your free spins will expire after 7 days if you don’t use them. You need to use the Betfred promo code to activate the bonus.
New Games customers only. Min £5 deposit and stake. Free Spins on selected games and expire after 7 days. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Live Casino Welcome Offer
While playing in the Live Casino for the purposes of this Betfred review, we were welcomed by more than just professional dealers. We also got an interesting offer. When you stake £20 for the first time, you will get 5 golden chips worth £1 each. There are no wagering requirements which additionally sweetens the deal. You will need to use the Betfred bonus code they provide you with in order to qualify.
New Live Casino customers only. £20 Minimum stakes within 7 days. Minimum 5 game rounds. Maximum 5 Golden chips. Golden chips value not returned with winnings. Golden chips expire after 7 days. Ame and staking restrictions apply.
Lotto Welcome Offer
Not only can you find a variety of Lotto games, but there is also a new user bonus. When you first sign-up for Lotto and place your first £5 bet, you will get an additional £15 in bets. In order to qualify, you will have to place your first bet within the first two weeks of registration.
New Customers Only. Deposit and stake £5 on Lotto within 14 days for £10 in free bets. First bet must be placed on Lotto. Free Bets credited within 24 hours and is not included in any returns. Free bets will expire after 7 days. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Mobile App: 4.5/5
Windows Phone users are often left out by bookmakers, but not with Betfred, which has a mobile app compatible with Windows, Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as Apple Watch. The app impressed on numerous levels during our Betfred review, particularly through an intuitive interface that makes for quick navigation across the extensive sports markets and various features. This ties in well with the impressive quick bet feature, allowing users to make their selections from hundreds of markets in a matter of seconds through a few simple taps. Technically, the app is sound, operating without any major glitches or crashes.
What’s important to note is that, although the Sportsbook app is available across platforms, iOS users will have access to additional apps that support the full range of features this operator offers. This means that they are able to access the Casino, Live Casino, Lotto, Bingo, Games, etc. through individual apps available on the App Store. Each of the apps is just as streamlined and feature-rich as the website. And much like with the Sportsbook app, there were no major issues with any of the apps while we were testing them for the purposes of this Betfred review.
Although the additional apps are exclusive to iOS, the users of other platforms aren’t left stranded. They can still access the mobile website and enjoy the full and, arguably, more convenient experience. When we tested it while writing this Betfred review, we found that the website is very well optimised for all mobile devices and can be accessed through any mobile browser.
|Payment method||Minimum deposit||Transaction fee||Processing time|
|Bank transfer||None||None||2-3 business days|
All six payment methods can be used for both deposits and withdrawals, and there are no fees nor major delays to report. Upon making a withdrawal, customers will have access to their funds within 48 hours, except for debit card withdrawals, which can take 3-5 business days. Tallied with some of the most generous minimum deposit amounts in the industry, we found the payments service to be more than fair during our Betfred review.
However, since different rules apply to different payment methods, it would be wise to read about the one you plan on using in addition to the information we have provided here in our Betfred review, in order to find out what the exact procedures and requirements for depositing and withdrawal are. You can find the info in the website’s FAQ section, under Cashier & Account.
|Contact method||Live chat||Telephone|
|Access details||Click ‘Live Help’ on the Contact Us page||0800 028 firstname.lastname@example.org|
A 24/7 live chat and comprehensive FAQ section – which often saves the need for contacting customer support – were the most impressive aspects of this part of our Betfred review. There are series of email addresses for specific queries, which clearly aides response times as Betfred’s are among the best customers will come across. Polite, professional and well-informed service awaits.
All the contact details are available in the Contact Us section of the website. We have not included them in the Betfred review as they might be subject to change. Since the operator has set up separate contact channels for different issues, we would advise you to direct your questions towards the proper channel.
Finally, although the FAQ section is extensive, we feel that some of the issues regarding mobile access are a bit outdated. The operator could do with an update that would better address the issues Android and iOS users could face while using the apps or the mobile website. Although we did not have any problems while testing the apps during our Betfred review, the apps’ mediocre App Store rating, shows that other users haven’t been as lucky.
Overall Rating: 4/5
We were impressed with the mobile app, customer service, live streaming and payment options during this Betfred review. If the operator can simplify the welcome bonus and boost its range of markets – particularly across US sports – it will have one of the best sportsbooks in the industry. The casino section also impressed in our Betfred review with its ample selection of games and a decent number of variations on the classics.
We enjoyed the time we spent in the Live Casino in no small part due to high production values and interactive dealers who were friendly, but very professional. That is why we feel confident to offer the readers of our Betfred review our full recommendation of this operator’s services. Customers are reminded that they can earn a £30 bonus across the Betfred sportsbook and 30 free spins by signing up with the Betfred promo code and staking at least £10 on their first bet.
|What we like||What we don’t like|
|Wide range of sports and non-sports events to bet on||Terms and onditions of welcome offer|
|World-class customer service||Lack of depth in some markets|
|App is Windows Phone friendly||Low odds|