By Austin Miller

Betfair Sportsbook Review

With claims of 4 million users, we are a bit wary of such lofty claims. What did our review process discover?

Editor’s rating

Our Hot Take

Ultimately the claims of the sportsbook do not live up to the reality. When things start to fall through, we begin to distrust. Given that it is so restricted geographically, you can skip this one for now.

Pros & Cons

Basic Information

Betfair Key Facts

  • HQ

    Waterfront, Hammersmith, Embankment, Chancellors Road (access on Winslow Road), London, W6 9HP, United Kingdom.

    LAUNCHED

    2000

    HOW MANY PLAYERS

    Betfair claims to have over 4 million registered users

    WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE

    Betfair is available in most countries and territories, but not to most citizens in the United States and Canada.

    SPORTSBOOK

    Football, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, gaelic games, greyhound racing, soccer, golf, handball, hockey, M…

    CASINO

    Blackjack, Roulette, Video Slots, Video Poker, Specialty games such as Blue Wizard, Stallion Strike and Book of Kings

    VIP PROGRAM

    Betfair has a VIP program called the Betfair Priority Club that includes three different levels of VIPs based on how much users bet. The higher you ra…

Account creation

Two-and-Done

Creating an account with Betfair is ultra-easy. It can be done in one step on your desktop, but they still keep it to just two steps on your mobile device. They don’t ask for any information outside the norm, and it takes no time at all for them to confirm your address and phone number.

One small-but-important feature we love: Betfair bringing you directly to the deposit page after your sign up is complete. It’s a little thing, but it makes setting up your account that much faster.

Welcome Bonuses

An Interesting Twist

The folks over at Betfair put an interesting spin on their welcome bonus, which doubles as a recurring promotion. Once you place a parlay bet for at least €10, you’ll then receive an additional €5 to use on another parlay wager. 

This bonus can convey more than once. The terms aren’t quite clear, but it may be available daily or weekly. Either way, your free money will hit your account once the initial bet has been settled.

Deposits

Laughably Simple

Completing a deposit at Betfair is simply a matter of inputting the necessary payment method information, choosing how much you’re investing and waiting a few seconds for the transaction to be approved. They also make sure to show you all the accepted forms of payment right on the page.

Bitcoin: No Cryptocurrency Allowed

Just like most other sportsbooks these days, Betfair doesn’t accept deposits from Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin holders aren’t completely out of luck. They can still use to fund e-wallets that are accepted by Betfair—like Skriller and NETELLER—and then transfer funds from those accounts to their Betfair purse.

Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard Approved

Visa and Mastercard holders will have no trouble breezing through the deposit process. Other major credit cards aren’t accepted, unfortunately, but that’s par for the industry at this point. For anyone who doesn’t have a Visa or Mastercard to use, we suggest using the bank transfer option.

Withdraw Winnings

Consistently Stress-Free

Betfair brags about having some of the fastest payouts in the industry. They’re not kidding. You can request your money almost instantly after you log in. Head over the withdrawal section, select your preferred payout method and just like that, you’ve finished. 

Different payout methods will process on different timelines. Worry not, though. Betfair lets you know what type of waiting period to expect.

Placing a Bet

Faster Than Quick

Submitting bets at Betfair is a walk in the park. Their events and lines are separated by sport, and wagers are automatically added to your betslip once you select them. When you’re done selecting all the bet types you wish to place, your confirmation slip will show you how much you stand to win depending on how much you wager.

Politics Betting

Options from Around the Globe

Betfair will allow you to bet on UK politics, the United States’ presidential election and a variety of Irish elections. Being based in Dublin, Ireland, it should come as no surprise that their props section is deepest for the Irish elections.

eSports

Among the Best in the Biz

The user interface on Betfair's esports section is more than enviable. They have every tournament line you can fathom, but they also distinguish themselves with a “popular” bets tab that shows which events people have been betting on most.

Just be sure to remember that all the listed start times are for Dublin. Plan around your timezone accordingly.

Virtual Sports Betting

Loads of Options

Virtual sports betting is essentially wagering on video games that get simulated in real time. Betfair’s list of options in this department includes horse racing, greyhound racing, soccer and various motorsports.

NBA

Just the Basics

Where Betfair loads you up with options for MLB and NFL betting, they stick to the fundamentals for the NBA. 

Beyond the  single-game wagers, win-total lines and NBA Finals predictions, you won’t have much else to bet on. Their main source of props is their NBA draft odds, and even those are limited to predicting the No. 1 pick and nothing else.

US Open

Surprisingly Specific

Betfair  has outright winners odds for every tournament, just like everyone else. But their props section once again obliterates that from their rivals. They are so meticulous in building their list of options that you get to bet on things like “Which golfer will reach the green within two swings the most times?”

NFL

Outrights and Props are Calling

Betfair is among the best at putting out single-game lines, but they separate themselves with their long list of futures. Aside from conference championship winners, Super Bowl predictions and win totals, they also offer odds on the NFL’s year-end awards.

MLB

Promising Props

Tip your cap  for Betfair’s MLB markets. Single game lines, win totals, World Series predictions, division winners—they have it all.

On top of that, what they also have is a lively list of big-picture props. From predicting year-end award winners to answering the question of which pitcher will have the shutouts, you won’t run out of options.

More Betting Options

The Works

Betfair’s commitment to optionality doesn’t end with the major markets. They have plenty of lines available for badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, greyhound racing, soccer, handball, hockey, MMA, Formula 1, other motorsports, rugby, snooker, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.

Casino

Promos for Casino Games

Betfair’s casino gaming options include:

Bonus

The casino at Betfair offers a few different bonuses for specific games. Their most popular promotion is the 30 free spins they give to first-time casino customers. They are also matching first-time deposits, up to €30.

Poker

Its Own Welcome Bonus

Betfair’s cash tables, sit-and-go tournaments and winner-take-all competitions include the following games:

Bonus

New customers are eligible to receive up to €50 in bonus money at the poker room when they make a single bet of €20 or more.

Live Betting

No Different from Regular Betting

Live betting at Betfair is an exercise in far-flung availability. They offer real-time odds on just about every competition that comes across their futures betting slip. And though their available odds are extensive, they successfully organize them by sport and how much time is remaining, making it easy for you to navigate.

Parlay Betting

Up the Ante Now!

With Betfair offering a sportsbook bonus specific to parlays, why wouldn’t you build some multi-wager bets? The process is mindless. After you select your wager types, just head over to your betslip and hit the “multiple” tab. Betfair will take care of the rest, like showing you the combined odds on your parlay, in addition to how much you stand to win.

Additional Betting Help

You’ll Never Be Lost

Here are Betfair’s most prominent alternative resources:

Blogs for online sportsbooks tend to focus on news updates. Betfair doesn’t shy away from taking it one step further. They provide betting tips for upcoming events based on news and industry trends. They offer advice in most markets, but they’re more heavily involved in football, soccer, horse racing, dog racing, golf and boxing.

Promotions

A Surplus of Options

Promotions are no sweat for Betfair. They have them everywhere. Where a lot of sportsbooks have taken up the habit of offering bonuses for the casinos and poker rooms, but not the sportsbooks, Betfair runs promos in all three. Some are for first-time customers. Others are recurring. They range from free money and free spins to odd boosts and cash back. We can safely say they’re among the most impressive when it comes to promotional options.

Customer Service

Small-Time, But Effective

You’re not going to be treated to a ton of contact options at Betfair. They offer a phone number to place bets and have 24/7 messaging available. And truthfully, that all gets the job done. Live chats and phone numbers are the two most important forms of contact, because they’re the most immediate. Betfair makes both readily available.

Emails

Betfair Won’t Bother You

Unless you sign up for promotional emails when you register, Betfair won’t contact you all that much. After confirming your account, if you don’t check the box for promos, you’ll only hear from them when you process transactions.

Live Streaming

Watch Your Bets Unfold at Betfair

Live streaming is among the many perks players get at Betfair. They mostly show tennis, horse racing, dog racing and soccer, but they occasionally work in other sports when they’re available. You can check on upcoming events by looking at their live-streaming calendar.

VPN

Problem-Free

We signed up for Betfair using a VPN service while located in unsupported territory. And we’re excited to report we encountered zero issues. The process was quick and easy and didn’t include any error messages.

Conclusion

Unavailable in North America

This sportsbook is not available to bettors in the United States or Canada. While many aspects, such as promotions, seem promising.

Betfair Sportsbook Review

Something tells us they are too good to be true. Confirming this is their exaggerated claims of, for example, having 4 million users.

Editor's rating