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Betfair Review

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In the world of online sports betting, Betfair and Betfair Exchange is one of the biggest names. Let’s examine this colossal brand in greater detail to find out if it matches up with the other industry heavyweights in a full review.

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Betfair Review

Betfair’s sports betting exchange was founded in 2000 by Andrew Black and Edward Wray. At the time, this was a pioneering product that allowed punters to both back and lay selections and choose their own odds. 

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It enjoyed rapid growth and soon established itself as the world’s largest sports betting exchange. In May 2012, the Betfair sportsbook was launched as a direct competitor to traditional bookmakers. A few years later, Betfair merged with the Irish bookmaking giant Paddy Power. Given as Paddy Power at the time was the slightly bigger company, the deal was structured as a takeover. The new name for this betting and gambling behemoth is Paddy Power Betfair.

Betfair Verdict

Why punters bet at Betfair

Pros

✔ Up to £100 in free bets for new customers
✔ Ability to use both betting platforms
✔ Innovative tools such as the Edge
✔ Two-touch racing bets in the app
✔ Many unique betting markets

Cons

✘ Platform looks aged
✘ No live chat before logging in
✘ multiple qualifying bets required to claim welcome offer
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Betfair Odds & Markets

The sportsbook is home to more than 30 sports, plus a few non-sporting markets have been thrown in for good measure. The full list is:

American FootballAustralian RulesBadmintonBaseballBasketball
BoxingChessCricketCyclingDarts
EsportsFootballFutsalGaelic GamesGolf
GreyhoundsHandballHorse RacingIce HockeyMMA
Motor SportsNetballRugby LeagueRugby UnionSnooker
SurfingTable TennisTennisTriathlonVolleyball
Winter SportsPoliticsCurrent AffairsSpecial Bets


Betfair Football Betting Tips

With more than 190 league and cup tournaments coming from 80+ countries, plus Champions League, Europa League, AFC Cup and a host of internationals, there is an abundance of football betting to be enjoyed. English football alone has 8 leagues and 2 cups, Scottish football has 4 leagues and 2 cups and Germany has 8 different competitions. It’s certainly one of the stronger lineups you’ll find.

The market depth throughout the main divisions is superb. First up you have a massive selection of #OddsOnThat bets. These are random multiple bets such as BTTS, 2+ cards for each team and 3+ corners for each team at 11/1 (12.0 in decimal). It’s definitely worth browsing through as there are some interesting combinations on the table. After that section, you have all of the individual betting markets - and there are a lot of them! All of the common main markets are available, plus several that many other bookmakers don’t offer. Among them are: What will happen in 1 minute? A goal, free kick awarded, corner, penalty, red card, etc. Also, you have shots on target by certain players, handicap corners betting, and stacks of interval markets, too.

Betfair Horse Racing Betting Tips & more

Betfair sportsbook is a delight for racing punters. It offers all UK and Ireland meetings, in addition to cards from other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France and the USA. There are even races from South Korea, India, Chile and Mauritius. That is how comprehensive it is. Live video is available on the vast majority of races but you do need to have a minimum bet on to be able to watch. 

Betting markets are rather standard. You have win and each-way with best odds guaranteed on all UK races plus tote betting pools for the UK, USA and South Africa. The form guides are not as complete as several other bookmakers’ provide. You can view a few stats on the runner by moving your mouse over its name. There is also Time Form with a 1-2-3 prediction and a brief comment as to the reasoning behind the prediction. All-in-all, this is someway shy of what you get from the Racing Post.

Betfair Other Bets

With another 29 sports, the action is non-stop at Betfair sportsbook. Ice hockey comes from all over the world. There are leagues from Russia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and the UK among others. The pinnacle is of course the NHL, which Betfair streams every match live.

Baseball coverage is courtesy of the MLB, Japan and South Korea. 15 different basketball leagues are covered, rugby has multiple cups, leagues and matches. Basically, as a sports bettor, everything you want can be found at Betfair. It also keeps a decent amount of market depth throughout all of these sports. Naturally, some matches deliver more than others, but on average, Betfair sportsbook is one of the pack leaders in this department.

You get good value for money as Betfair’s odds are certainly competitive from the quick comparison we measured. Also, you have the option to check out the prices on the exchange. If you can get a bit more value, then it’s a win-win. However, if you want to build accumulator bets you cannot mix selections from both sides.

Event
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Football: EPL - Palace Vs Wolves. Over 2.5 goals 2,202.182.10
Football: Championship - : West Brom Vs Reading. BTTS - yes. 1.801.721.80
Football: Ligue 1 - Lille Vs St Etienne. Lille win. 1.951.982.00
Darts: PDC World Championship 2019. Rob Cross win. 11.009.009.00
NFL: Super Bowl 2019 winner. New England Patriots. 6.008.007.50


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Betfair Live Betting

Football, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis and esports are just a few of the sports you can bet on in-play at Betfair sportsbook. Just like the pre-match markets, you’ll find above average market depth across the board. A standard football match, for instance Veracruz V Necaxa from the Mexican Liga MX has over 100 betting opportunities, and recently Betfair has introduced Same Game Multi which is available on all football matches - both pre-match and in-play.

The live betting interface is clean and tidy. Its simple layout means it is easy to use on desktops and mobile devices. There is a cool match visualisation viewer complete with an array of stats. Betfair also offers 1,000s of live events you can watch direct on its platform, too.

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Betfair Website & Login

Not much has changed down the years in terms of the website design, so it looks a little aged but it works perfectly well. Despite there being a lot crammed into this platform (sportsbook, exchange, poker, casino, etc), navigation is surprisingly easy. The main header menu lists the different products and then each one of those has its own sub-menu. There are also featured matches and quick links to special events and popular leagues.

The pre-match betting interface uses a drop-down menu so you can pick your favourite and get an overview of the odds for all the listed fixtures. This saves you having to go in and out of pages to compare prices. Placing a bet on any device is quick and easy. You get offered Acca Edge automatically when you add your third selection to an accumulator bet.

Betfair has always been known for innovation with its products, so expect nothing less than a feature-rich, promotion-packed betting site. This is a taste of what it has to offer:

Betfair Exchange

Without question, the biggest and best feature of the Betfair sportsbook is that you also have access to the betting exchange. One account - one wallet - two stunning betting products.

This automatically gives you an edge because you can compare prices on both sides. Quite often you get superior odds on the exchange; however, you do need to pay commission on winning wagers. Nevertheless, the prices are still favourable (most of the time). Several other benefits can be sought from both products working in tandem. These make Betfair an all-round very good proposition to consider.

Betfair Cash Out

Back to where it all began. Betfair invented Cash Out for its sports betting exchange, and its popularity rapidly blossomed. Now, nearly all online bookmakers offer this amazing tool.

For those unfamiliar, Cash Out means you can guarantee a profit or cut a losing bet before the final result. Essentially, it’s up to you when to call it a day. Betfair provides both full and partial Cash Out on a range of sports including football, horse racing and tennis.

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Betfair football multiple builder

If you’re pushed for time, but you still want to get a quick accumulator on, then Betfair’s football multiple builder tool is the answer. At the top there is a slider where you set the maximum odds for each selection. You then hit ‘Spin Selections’ to see what comes up. You are able to add and remove bets if you wish. Once you’re happy, add them to your bet slip, insert your stake and click ‘Place Bets’. It couldn’t be easier.

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Pools Betting

The world’s biggest sports jackpots are found at Betfair courtesy of Colossus Bets. There are a variety of different competitions you can enter ranging from Pick 10 BTTS football matches to Pick 7 NFL Points Margins or Pick 6 Winners from selected horse race meetings. 

You can either play individually, or join a syndicate and play as part of a team. This method reduces your stake but you only get a percentage of the winnings as well. The main jackpot is The Colossus and that pays out a massive £/€5,000,000.

Betfair Acca Edge

This is a new feature available at Betfair. Essentially, it is an insurance tool in case one of your selections lets you down so you get your stake back. When you build an accumulator (known as an ‘acca’), from the third selection and above, you will be offered Acca Edge. This calculates a new set of odds that would be applied if you accept the ‘Edge’. 

For example: three selections on your bet slip total a 10/1 treble. The Acca Edge will appear with a new price such as 8/1 with the ‘Edge’. The choice is yours which you want. Taking the Edge means less winnings but a little security. 

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Betfair Mobile App

If you want to take your mobile sports betting experience to the next level, then the Betfair sportsbook app is right for you. It’s loaded with all of the same amazing features that you get on the desktop. These include: Same Game Multi, Acca Edge, Each-way Edge, Cash Out and over 100,000 live events streamed every year.

However, there are a few other things which make having the Betfair app worthwhile. Customised live match alerts help keep you in the know at all times. Plus there is a simple bet tracker function and the app offers 2-tap betting on racing markets. The sportsbook app is available for iOS and Android devices. It has a 4.6 out of 5 rating in the App store, which is a measure of its quality.

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Betfair Withdrawals & Deposits

The regular collection of leading payment vendors can be used to deposit money into your Betfair account. They include: 

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Paypal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paysafecard
  • Web Money
  • Bank Transfer

Withdrawal processing is done within 24 hours, so you will get your money on the same day if using an e-wallet. How

Betfair Customer Service

If you need to speak with Betfair customer service, these are the options open to you. There’s also a comprehensive FAQ which deals with most queries, too.
  • Live chat: available to registered users
  • Email: contact form in help centre
  • Telephone: UK - 0344-871-0000. Ireland - 1800-944-000. Rest of World - 0044 203-059-8888  (7.30am to 12.30am)
  • Social Media: you can use Twitter - @BetfairCS or message them on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Betfair/

Betfair FAQs

Is Betfair legit?

Yes, it is. It holds multiple licences in the UK, Isle of Man, Malta and Gibraltar.  

Do I need a separate Betfair app for the betting exchange?

Yes, you do. The only drawback of the Betfair sportsbook app is that it doesn’t allow you to access the exchange to compare prices quickly.

Can I claim the Betfair welcome bonus?

The Betfair welcome bonus is open to most new customers. However, there are a few restricted countries. You can find out more information by visiting the website.

Can I play Betfair poker and casino games?

Yes, you can. One account allows you to entertain yourself on all the products/services Betfair has to offer.

Do I need a Betfair bonus code?

Yes, several bonuses require the need for a Betfair bonus code. You can find out more information about that on this page.

Facts & Figures


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