Betfair Bookmaker Review

Anyone who takes their online betting even remotely seriously needs to have a Betfair betting account. It’s vital!

The Betfair betting exchange was born in 2000 and it completely changed the online betting landscape. For the first time ever, regular punters could lay horses and teams to lose. They could play the bookie and take bets or using it do sports betting trading to earn money on price fluctuations.

Betfair Free Bets Promo Code

Betfair no longer advertise their Betfair free bets offers for new clients but Betfinder.co.uk does have this handy Betfair promo code which will give new customers 3 x £10 Betfair free bets when they place a first-time bet of £10 or more.

To avail of this offer simply enter the Betfair free bet code ‘ZSK200′ in the promo-code area when opening your new account and make sure your first bet is on a selection priced 1/5 or greater.

If you prefer enhanced betting odds for your first bet at Betfair simply go to their promotions page where there are always some outstanding prices on offer in high-profile sporting events.

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM £100 OF BETFAIR FREE BETS!

New Customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.


Betfair Review

Despite being poorly funded Betfair burst onto the scene with a bang back in the year 2000.  Naturally the online betting revolution was just dawning but the key to Betfair’s success was it ground-breaking ‘exchange’ model which, just like Futures Markets on the Stock Exchange, allowed people to ‘trade’ betting markets and play ‘layer’ as well as ‘backer’.

There’s been plenty of water under Betfair’s bridge since it surfaced but the company is now bigger than ever.  In 2012 Betfair launched a traditional sportsbook which saw customer numbers soar and, in February 2016, the company merged with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.


High-Street Presence?

There are no shops on the High St. with the Betfair name over the door although the merger with Paddy Power may, in time, see that change.


Other Betfair Offers & Promotions

‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ is standard at Betfair covering UK and Irish horseracing as well as selected dog races.  ‘First Pass the Post’ is bulk standard too meaning any horse that is disqualified (UK & Ireland) by the stewards will still be paid out as a winner.

Betfair’s ‘Acca Edge’ is a unique accumulator insurance which returns cash to punters who have one leg let them down in any accumulative bet featuring three or more selections.

It is available on all sports including ‘in-play’ and it does not require any more than four selections in an accumulator.  However, this is not an enhancement or bonus more so an added function designed to make Betfair more attractive.


Types of Betfair Bets/Markets

No problems here – Betfair typically have 34 sports/specials on offer and there is a huge spread events within each one.  In short Betfair probably boast the most comprehensive betting portfolio, featuring more individual markets, than any other online bookmaker.


Special Features (Bells & Whistles)

With Betfair Exchange introducing the concept of ‘lay bets’ unsurprisingly their relatively new online sportsbook site allows people to cash out.  And that’s not the only advantage Betfair sports customers can enjoy as a result of its sister site.

In addition to ‘Cash Out’ Betfair Sports have also developed ‘Price Rush’ which can give Betfair Sportsbook customers better odds than they have taken on singles bets.  It does so by scanning their adjoining exchange and delivering a greater price if it is available there.


Ways to Bet at Betfair

Betfair’s Exchange does allow customers to place ‘trades’ via telephone but sadly their Sportsbook does not.  Neither does the Sportsbook accept wagers by SMS meaning online is the only way to bet at Betfair.  

On the plus side their mobile offering is easy to use and is every part as wholesome as what PC using customers will be accustomed to.


Betfair Customer Service

Unlike many Betfair make their ‘Live Chat’ easy to find and use.  But telephone, email, tweets and even messaging via Facebook are promoted as ways to fire your questions to Customer Support.


Payments & Withdrawals Options

You can have several payment methods registered with your Betfair account and you do not need to withdraw winnings back to the card you made your latest deposit on.

In addition to all major credit cards and bank transfers, Betfair also accept Paysafe, Neteller, PayPal and Skrill.


Our Verdict – 5/5

The Betfair betting exchange allows you to take bets (or essentially bet something to lose) from other punters so it’s a very useful tool for hedging your bets and trading out your position.

There is a superb number of markets offered at Betfair and plenty of ways to follow the action with live video, radio, blogs, reports and, for horseracing, Timeform previews.

But the depth of bet types is a little disappointing with ‘winning margins’ and ‘jollies vs rags’ speciality bets missing.  The lack of tele-betting, which may be waning in popularity but surely still has its place in modern day bookmaking, is another disappointment.

But this remains a very easy to use and attractive sportsbook with plenty of attractive ‘New Customer Offers’.  Furthermore Betfair can offer more betting value than most, and allied to the ability to ‘trade out’ bets at its sister Betfair Exchange, it represents an invaluable tool in any serious punters armoury.

Register at Betfair today and get up to £100 in free bets >>

New Customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.

Bookmaker offers (1)

Get up to £100 in Betfair free bets

Expires: N/A
New Customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.

Betfinder Free Bet Pick

New Customers Only

To claim some Betfair free bets you first need to open an account using the Betfair promo code ‘ ZBBC01..  

Then, you will need to place a SINGLE Sportsbook (Fixed Odds) bet (minimum stake £/€10) at odds of at least 1.20 (1/5) within 30 days of opening your account.

Betfinder Free Bet Pick

Betfinder Free Bet Pick

New Customers Only

To claim some Betfair free bets you first need to open an account using the Betfair promo code ‘ ZBBC01..  

Then, you will need to place a SINGLE Sportsbook (Fixed Odds) bet (minimum stake £/€10) at odds of at least 1.20 (1/5) within 30 days of opening your account.

Betfinder Free Bet Pick

How to claim your Betfair free bets

Place your bet on ANY Sportsbook market. Exchange bets are excluded from this particular Betfair free bets promotion.

  • Your free bet can only be used once.
  • If you stake less than £/€10 with any of your free bets, the remainder will not be useable.
  • Stakes are not returned with winnings if your free bet wins. Your winnings will be credited to your main wallet.
  • New customers, 18+ only, T&C’s apply

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Who can take part?

  • New customers only.  Available to residents of UK or Republic of Ireland using promo code ZBBC01

What do I need to do?

  • Place 5 x £10 (or more) single bets on the Sportsbook each at min odds 1/2 (1.5).
  • Bets placed on the same selection or market do not qualify for this promotion.

What can I win?

  • After your 5 qualifying bets have been settled, you will receive a £20 free bet.
  • The process can be repeated up to 5 times. The max bonus available is £100 (5 x £20 free bets)

When will I get my prize?

  • Free bets will be awarded within 24 hours of you completing the qualifying requirement.

What else do I need to know?

  • You can stake more than £10 but it will only count as one qualifying bet.
  • Excludes ‘same market’ bets placed on the Exchange.
  • Cashed Out and Voided bets do not qualify.
  • Bets placed using free bets as the stake (in full or in part) will not qualify.
  • Offer excludes customers who deposit using Moneybookers or Neteller.
  • Only one bet per event qualifies.
  • Multiple bets are excluded and any single bets in multiple bets are also excluded (e.g Lucky 15).
  • Free bets are valid for 30 days.

Other essential stuff:

  • Betfair Sportsbook promotional terms apply, see here

 Standard Betfair Terms and Conditions apply.

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