By Austin Miller

BetFred Sportsbook Review

Our Betfred review combed through every aspect of this sportsbook. They have all the basic betting options in their sportsbook, but they really separate themselves with bonuses in the casino and poker room, as well as props in other, lesser-used markets like politics and entertainment.

Editor’s rating

Our Hot Take

Betfred gets that the extra stuff matters, and that the small incentives can make a difference. Few other sportsbooks offer such a large matching bonus in their poker room, and Betfred’s extra resources, like their blog and podcast network, far exceed most of the others we’ve seen.

But being unavailable in the US and Canada makes this sportsbook off-limits for many.

Pros & Cons

Basic Information

BetFred Key Facts

  • HQ

    Betfred’s headquarters is on Benson Rd in Birchwood, Warrington. It also has offices in Gibraltar, under the company name Petfree (Gibraltar) Limit…

    LAUNCHED

    The sportsbook was launched in 1967.

    HOW MANY PLAYERS

    Betfred’s customer base isn’t public knowledge, but they are popular enough to have over 1,600 shops worldwide.

    WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE

    Currently, Betfred only lists the United States and Israel among its prohibited locations, but citizens of Canada and Gibraltar have also found it dif…

    SPORTSBOOK

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

    CASINO

    Blackjack, Roulette, Video Slots, Video Poker, Bingo, Hi-LO, Sic-Bo

    VIP PROGRAM

    Yes, and as part of the Betfred VIP program, you’re treated to a wealth of perks. These extras include faster payouts, an account manager, access to…

Account creation

Thorough, But Time-Consuming

Signing up at Betfred ends up being a five-step process, which is too long for our tastes. 

Indeed, it helps that you get all the pertinent information out of the way. When you’re done, you’ll have given them your name, address and phone number; created a username and password; selected how you want to be contacted; chosen a security question; and given your preferred currency. This ensures you won’t have to be bothered to enter anything later.

At the same time, other sportsbooks are able to get all this information down to two or three steps. This process needs to be shortened.

Welcome Bonuses

Free Casino Money

New Betfred customers can get up to €30 in free money to use at the casino. All you have to do is sign up, place a bet for at least €10 in the casino and then you’ll see the bonus cash credited to your account. 

In case you’re wondering: Yes, we asked. But no, you cannot use this free money in the sportsbook.

Deposits

Quick and Simple

There’s no messing around when it comes to making deposits at Betfred. They list all of their accepted methods of payments. After you select your preferred one, you can fund your account within minutes if you have all the appropriate information handy.

Bitcoin: Sorry, But No

Like many other sportsbooks, Betfred does not directly accept Bitcoin for deposits. You’re free to contact customer service and see whether they’ll make an exception, but if that doesn’t work, you can always use Bitcoin to fund a third-party wallet app—such as NETELLER and PayPal—and then transfer that money to your Betfred account.

Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard Only

As tends to be the case with online sportsbooks outside the United States, Visa and Mastercard are the only accepted credit cards at this moment. If you don’t have one of them in your wallet, we recommend a bank transfer, as it’s basically the same as using a debit card.

Withdraw Winnings

Super Quick

Withdrawals are an effortless process at Betfred and can be done in just a few clicks. Simply go to their withdrawal section once you since in, select your preferred method, confirm it and you’re done.

Placing a Bet

A Little Lengthy

Once again, we applaud Betfred for their interface organization. Navigating the site is easy and includes ultra-specific steps—perhaps too many steps.

Finding the sporting event you wish to bet on can take a while. Betfred first makes you select the sport, then the location of the league you’re betting on, then the event itself to see the available lines.

Getting to your betslip is at least pretty straightforward. Betfred has an icon on both the bottom and top of your screen. Clicking one of them will bring you to your betslip, which will have all the important details—odds, potential payout, etc.

Politics Betting

Lots of Options

Political betting markets don’t get much deeper. Betfred has odds on the main elections for the United States, United Kingdom and France. They also have a props section in which you can place bets on candidates for two elections from now.

eSports

A Little Sparse

Though Betfred does a good job sorting esports events by start time, they don’t have a huge selection of lines for upcoming tournaments. They’re mostly listing those that are happening in the moment or starting within a couple of hours.

Virtual Sports Betting

Truly Elite

For those new to the game, virtual sports are essentially video games that get simulated in real time. Of the sportsbooks that have them, most offer some combination of horse racing, greyhound racing, soccer, motosports and tennis. Betfred pushes those boundaries by also including darts and cycling.

NFL

Creative Prop Options

All the usual NFL betting options are available at Betfred: game lines, conference championship outrights, division winner odds, Super Bowl predictions and win-total wagers. Beyond that, their regular-season prop section really stands out. They not only have odds on awards winners, but they also have player season-long props, which are mostly focused on superstars, such as Tom Brady.

MLB

Super Basic

Game lines, division winners, NL/AL champs and World Series outcomes are all bettable options in Betfred’s MLB market. That selection is perfectly fine, but they definitely have room for win-total wagers, if not other props.

NBA

Suboptimal

Betfred has some work to do on their NBA section. Aside from game lines, championship futures and win totals, they don’t offer that many options.

US Open

Outrights All Over

Betfred allows you to bet on outright winners for every tournament you can think of. If you’re looking for an expansive selection of golf props, though, you’ll need to check out another sportsbook.

More Betting Options

Much More Fun to be Had

The sportsbook options don’t stop here. Betfred also allows you to place wagers on badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, gaelic games, greyhound racing, hurling, soccer, gaelic games, hockey, MMA, Formula 1, other motorsports, pool, rugby, snooker, tennis and volleyball.

Casino

Great games

Games 

Betfred’s gaming options in the casino include:

Bonus

Brand new users will receive €30 in free casino money if they place another bet in the casino of at least €10.

Poker

Daily Tournaments

Games 

Betfred has a ton of daily tournaments in their poker room, which you can run seamlessly on mobile. They predominantly roll out Hold ‘Em games, but they do have a few stud options on tap.

Bonus

Say hello to huge bonus potential. Betfred will match the first deposit of new users, up to €1,200. They also give first-time customers an additional €20 in free money to use at the casino.

Live Betting

Quality Setup

If you can get past the excessive navigation steps that we outlined in the regular-betting section, you’ll have no issue placing live wagers. What Betfred’s process lacks in simplicity, it makes up for with next-level organization, easy to read lines and real-time updates.

Parlay Betting

Unnecessarily Complicated

Building a parlay takes a little longer at Betfred than it does at other places. You need to scroll down on your betslip to the “multiples,” where there is a ton of different odds options to assign to your parlay.

To be sure, those options are appreciated. But they need to be more clearly labeled.

Additional Betting Help

All the Help You need

Here are Betfred’s main alternative resources:

The podcasts are an insanely nice touch here. Betfred’s main shows offer advice and insight into rugby and soccer. Believe us when we say not all sportsbooks have as many resources for customers.

Promotions

Top Notch

It would be nice if Betfred had more sportsbook-specific promotions to choose from, but they do a great job of taking care of new customers in their casino and poker room by offering both free money and deposit matches.

Customer Service

Thorough, But Time-Consuming

Signing up at Betfred ends up being a five-step process, which is too long for our tastes. 

Indeed, it helps that you get all the pertinent information out of the way. When you’re done, you’ll have given them your name, address and phone number; created a username and password; selected how you want to be contacted; chosen a security question; and given your preferred currency. This ensures you won’t have to be bothered to enter anything later.

At the same time, other sportsbooks are able to get all this information down to two or three steps. This process needs to be shortened.

Emails

Customize It

Most sportsbooks will allow you to customize how you’re contacted. Betfred goes a step further. They have all their different promotion options broken down into categories, and they will only email you with an introductory confirmation and, thereafter, promotions specific to what you’ve selected.

Live Streaming

Yes Indeed!

Betfred has a larger selection of live-streaming options than most other sportsbooks. Not every category will include the same selection, but they offer users access to live streams in all the major sports, as well as badminton, tennis and horse racing.

VPN

Effective

We accessed and registered with Betfred from an unsupported territory using a VPN service without the slightest issue. Bettors everywhere should be fine.

Conclusion

B-Rated Sportsbook

If given one word to describe Betfred, we’d use “solid.” They have a lot of features and a super-clean look on both the desktop and mobile sites. Their betting selection is on par with those from their competitors, and they give customers great access to support and extra resources such as an informative blog and podcast network. On a more specific note, their poker room bonus is larger than we’ve seen elsewhere.

BetFred Sportsbook Review

Still, Betfred could immensely benefit from a procedural and aesthetic redesign. They have too many steps involved during the sign-up process and when building a betslip. Additionally, the mobile site is clunky-looking, which sort of offsets the sleekness of its overall look. This isn’t a downfall by any stretch, but there’s an A-plus sportsbook in here somewhere. Betfred just needs to let it out.

Editor’s rating