The Best Betfair Review You’ll Find

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Renowned for its exchange and sportsbook sites, Betfair is one of the most prominent online betting companies out there. This Betfair review runs through the most important things you need to know about the website.

The table below shows a summary of how Betfair fared in our rankings. For the full lowdown, keep on reading.

Betfair review categoryOur rating
Welcome Offer4/5
Betting Markets5/5
Mobile App5/5
Payment options4/5
Customer service3/5
Streaming/Live options3/5
Overall Rating

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Welcome Bonus – 4/5


Ready to sign up at Betfair? These welcome bonuses are within sight and the best way to claim them is using the Betfair promo code when signing up.

Sportsbook: 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

Exchange: £20 free bet

New customers only, bet up to €/£20 on the Exchange and if your first bet loses, we’ll refund you €/£20 in Cash. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. T&Cs apply

Betfair was originally an exchange-only site and its exchange section is still thriving to this day. Your first bet on the exchange will be refunded if lost, up to £20.

Casino: 100% up to £100 bonus

*Deposits made with e-wallets (Neteller, Moneybookers etc.) are not valid. Wagering requirements (x45) apply. Some games contribute less to the wagering requirement, some games contribute nothing. Please see the terms and conditions for further details

Over at Betfair Casino, new players can benefit from a welcome bonus. The standard offer is 200% up to £400. If you're a slots lover and holding out for a big jackpot, then this bonus will be best for you. Otherwise, if table games like roulette and blackjack are more your cup of tea, you can then look for other options on their website. 

Remember that wagering requirements apply for all casino bonuses. These must be met in order to release any winnings that you accrue.

*T&Cs apply (read under each bonus description)

Betting Markets – 5/5


Both the sportsbook and exchange have an extensive range of events to bet on, from popular and niche sports to novelty areas like entertainment and politics. It's easy to navigate and find the sport or event you're looking for, with quick links to in-play betting and other events that are starting soon or taking place later on the same day.

At the time of writing, 27 different sports were listed, each with its own betting homepage. We've noticed that these change throughout the year in the case of smaller disciplines like pool or chess. So in reality, the total number of sports covered is more than that, probably getting closer to 40 as an estimate.

Odds – 4/5


While Betfair's sportsbook doesn't provide the absolute best odds around, they are very competitive against the other big sportsbooks around. A lot of the time they will have the best prices available on racing and football matches, so you can feel safe knowing you're not getting shortchanged for your stake.

Like a lot of online sportsbooks, Betfair give you Best Odds Guaranteed on all UK & Ireland horse racing, so if the SP on your selection is greater than the price you took, you've got a better potential payout.

The exchange odds may look more enticing at first sight, but don't forget that a commission of 5% is charged on net profits made on any single betting market (e.g. match result or over/under 2.5 goals). That reduces the effective odds so be sure to keep that in mind and compare with the sportsbook odds before jumping in feet first.

Mobile App – 5/5


We reviewed Betfair's mobile apps and found that they are simple and user friendly. The applications are available for iOS, Android, mobile and tablet devices. Most operators have one or two apps, but Betfair has six. All are free to download. The chart below displays customer ratings of the apps. Although the reviews are not all 5/5, this is because the quantity of apps does affect the quality. However, if you're new to betting it's a great tool.

App TypeCustomer RatingBets
Exchange Betting3/5Horse racing, golf, football, cricket
Casino3.5/5Slot machine, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, live poker, games
Sports4/5Football, golf, live horse racing, odds&tips
Poker3.5/5Texas hold 'em
Arcade Games4/5Rainbow riches, Cleopatra slots, roulette, blackjack games
Live Casino2/5Roulette, blackjack, baccarat, punto banco

Betfair Exchange is the most interesting app, even though the customer review isn't great. The app covers almost all betting options available on the website. The landing page is similar to the app, making it easy to navigate. With it you can:

  • Cash out at any time
  • Bet in-play
  • Place multiple bets
  • View live scores

Payment Options – 4/5

To deposit you can do so with debit or credit card, UK bank transfer next day, UK standard bank transfer, Australian Bank transfer, non-UK bank transfer, moneybookers/skrill, PayPal, NETeller, or Web Money.

To process a withdrawal you need to go to My Account, and click My Betfair Account. Form thereon you go to the Payments tab and select Withdraw, from where you choose the method to withdraw. You can do so using the same methods as you can to pay. You can only withdraw from your main wallet. Weekends and bank holidays are not deemed working days, which you will need to take into consideration.

Customer Service – 3/5

Betfair provides its users with an FAQ help centre providing you with potential questions. You can filter the questions through help topics. You can message them on Facebook or follow them on twitter.

Moreover, the betting giant has a contact us section where you have the option of chatting with a professional, the typical time it takes for them to answer is 30 seconds, not bad. If you’re more of a talker, you can call them with a similar answer period. You also have the possibility of emailing them, the typical response time is between 2 to 4 hours. You can also write to them using this address:

Betfair Customer Service,
Icon One, Lytton Way, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire, SG1 1AG,
United Kingdom.

Streaming/Live Options – 3/5


Betfair have a really strong live streaming service, which can be accessed when logged in on either the sportsbook or the exchange. It's not that easy to find, but if you look closely enough you'll see a ‘play' symbol alongside some betting events, which allows you to open up the live video service.

There's a range of around 10 sports to watch, and fans of world soccer will be intrigued to find club and international games from Asia and South America, which you can't find elsewhere on TV.

The only requirement is that you have a positive balance in your Betfair account in order to watch a game; for horse racing you'll need to meet the minimum bet amount.

Overall Review – 4.5/5 

You won't be surprised to hear that we have a good overall view of Betfair. This online betting giant has made its name as a trustworthy and reliable place to bet since the turn of the century so you know you're in good hands when signing up.

What's more, the range of betting markets available is more or less second to none, the mobile apps are fantastic and the exchange service is also there as an alternative to regular sportsbook betting. Don't hesitate signing up if you're convinced like we are!

What we likeWhat we don’t like
Generous welcome offers for new playersOdds not as good as some other sportsbooks
Great range of betting markets on sportsbook and exchangeLow casino bonus value
Good liquidity on exchange marketsCustomer support can be slow
The Best Betfair Review You’ll Find
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