Betfair Review

Betfair are a great example of how you can launch and go to being a household name in a very short space of time. They are known primarily for their exchange and the way in which the company revolutionised online betting but the sportsbook is active too and it has a loyal following.

The operator was formed in 2000 and that sportsbook currently provides all the reasons why most of us would want to sign up. Here’s what they offer.

Betfair Promotions and Ongoing Offers

New Customers Only. 18+. T&Cs Apply.

New players at the Betfair sportsbook can claim a welcome bonus worth up to £100 in free bets (5 x €20 free bets) and it only requires an initial stake at a modest £10.00. It’s a similar deal to others we’ve seen recently and requires that £10.00 credit followed by a qualifying bet before Betfair credit your account with 5 x £10.00 bets in return.

Be sure to check the promotions page at Betfair and in particular the current promo code to use. Once you are up and running, there are lots of regular promos to enjoy including enhanced odds, and double winnings on certain matches in the correct score markets which can be very lucrative if they land.

Sporting Markets and Odds Value

Betfair’s sportsbook is carried by all the odds comparison sites – both major and minor – so it’s quick and easy to see that you are getting good value for money. Of course, you can always quickly switch to the exchange to see if there are any bigger prices but the sportsbook is great value across the board.

There is a good choice of sports too in the following list:

American Football, Aussie Rules, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Gaelic Sports, Golf, Greyhound Racing, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, MMA, Motor Sport, Pool, Rugby, Snooker, Tennis, Volleyball.

In addition, there are eSports plus markets for entertainment and politics if you like to get involved in that sort of thing.


Skrill, NETeller, PayPal, ClickandBuy and Bpay head the list of e-wallet providers at Betfair and among UK bookmakers that is a wide and useful selection. Having Paypal as an option to deposit or withdraw is a real boost as that’s where most players keep their funds so it’s all good.

Of course, you can also use Bank Transfers plus debit cards. Funding is free and with the exception of Bank Transfers which can take up to three days in some instances, the money should appear in your account instantly.

Customer Service

The help options are located at the bottom of the home page and when clicked, you will get a list of FAQs. These are fairly brief and basic but from there it’s only another quick click to the contact list.

Your choice is to phone, e-mail or speak to a live operator. Betfair helpfully give you expected response times for each and overall this is another area where the company has worked hard to give you a fast and efficient service.


When any organisation becomes established in a relatively short space of time then you know they must have some great qualities and Betfair are no exception. Their reputation is largely built on their innovative exchange but don’t ignore the sportsbook which has great offers and some excellent value for money.

There’s £30 in free bets to get you started and the all-round service package is an excellent one making this one of the first accounts to add to your list.

Pros (+)

  • Welcome offer up to £30.00 in the shape of 3 x £10.00 free bets
  • Ongoing promotions including enhanced odds and double winnings in certain markets
  • Great choice of funding options and help facilities
  • Cons (-)

    • It’s really tough to find any downside to Betfair’s operation. Perhaps the site design is a little basic and the help options aren’t where you expect them to be but these are only minor points