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Overview
  • Main Software: Playtech
  • Licenced in: Malta
  • Accepts US Players: No
  • Rating: 9 out of 10

  • Offers/Promotions
  • Sign up: £200 match bonus spread over 1st 3 deposits
  • 'Reload': Various offers dependent on which day of the week it is...

  • Playing Options
  • Downloadable Casino: Yes
  • Instant Play: Yes
  • Mobile Casino: Yes
  • Live Dealer: Yes
  • Review by Oggs.com

    Overview

    Best known for their betting exchange in the sports betting field, Betfair have a comprehensive online gaming offering. Check out the details in our review below...

    Licencing & Security

    Main Licence:- Malta

    Independent Certifications:- none

    To start with, Betfair is licenced by Malta’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority, which is one of the better jurisdictions out there. There’s no obvious additional third party certification (e.g. from the likes of eCOGRA), but there is the added bonus of having a big name brand behind the casino (see “Software and Services” below for more on the betting side of operations).

    A further consideration is that the company is listed on the stock exchange – this means that you have some additional protections, albeit indirect ones. Each year the company has to be audited and as well as checking that everything that’s been going on financially is broadly speaking correct, they also have to comment on whether or not they think the company can continue to operate for the next 12 months – not something every casino can boast!

    Betfair also have an option for “Two Step Authentication”. To save on the technobable, two step authentication is where two forms of identification, usually something you know (i.e. your password) and something you have (i.e. your phone) are used to make sure you are who you say you are – the theory being if someone gets your password, unless they have your phone too, they won’t be able to get into your account.

    All that happens is that when you login, you’ll have to enter a code from your phone, from the free Google Authenticator app. You can choose to have it on for every time you log in, or only if you’re using a new device.

    Software & Services

    Main Software:- Playtech

    Other Services:- Download Casino - Instant Play Casino - Live Dealers - Sports Betting - Poker - Bingo - Mobile

    Betfair use Playtech’s software to power their casino operations, but they also have games from other providers and these are available in the “Arcade” and “Vegas Slots” tabs.

    In addition to the normal casino software (in both download and instant play formats), Betfair’s casino also offers players the option of Live Dealers, as well as a mobile casino available from within your phone’s browser or via a dedicated app.

    In addition to the casino, you’ll also find both Poker and Bingo rooms on the site.

    Betting

    However, as we’ve noted earlier in this review, Betfair (as you may have guessed from the name, or probably just known) is actually focused on sports betting. But it’s not just any old sportsbook, so it’s worth some attention on this aspect of their business.

    Unlike other companies, Betfair offers an exchange service. This means that you’re not betting against the house, rather, if there’s another customer that’s willing to agree to the odds, then you can place a bet with them.

    Banking

    Deposit Options:- Credit Card - Debit Card - Bank Transfer - Cheque/Check - NETeller - PayPal - Skrill - ClickAndBuy

    Withdrawal Options:- Credit Card - Debit Card - Bank Transfer - Cheque/Check - NETeller - PayPal - Skrill - ClickAndBuy

    If you hover over the “help and support” link at the bottom of the homepage and click on “payment methods”, you’ll find a detailed list of methods and processing times for each.

    Customer Support

    Customer Support Options:- e-mail - freephone

    Customer Support Team Availability:- 7 days a week, 7:30am to 12:30 midnight UK time

    Customer services are available 7 days a week, 7:30am to 12:30 midnight UK time. They can be reached via Twitter, freephone and email, plus there’s a detailed FAQ section that’s worth trying if you’ve got a quick question.

    VIP scheme

    Betfair’s VIP scheme isn’t prominently displayed on the casino’s homepage, but click through to the promotions page and you’ll find it. You’ll need to collect a minimum of 50,000 comp points before you become eligible to join.

    Summary

    If you’re looking for a casino that offers sports betting, Betfair’s a great choice. The exchange model, means that you can place a bet at any odds that you can get someone to agree too, which means you can in theory get better odds than at a traditional bookies. Whilst their focus is on the betting, it doesn’t detract from their excellent casino, which you should go and try out now :)

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