Betfred Review

Betfred are one of the better known names on the Internet but it may surprise many to learn just how far they go back. Like most of the best UK bookmakers, they predate the World Wide Web and the first physical Betfred betting shop was set up way back in 1967.

Today they have over 1350 shops with an online presence that was set up relatively recently in 2004. As we all know, trust is very important but have the company backed up that longevity by offering good incentives to their online customer base?

Betfred Bonus and Ongoing Offers

The opening deal promises to treble the amount of your opening deposit but it has a relatively low ceiling of £60.00. To qualify, just register and fund your account with £10.00 and stake on an event that takes place within 7 days at odds of Even Money or higher.

Your £60 bonus will then appear in your account within 48 hours of the bet being settled but it’s from here that the offers get a little more interesting. Double Delight and Hat Trick Heaven is a popular promo which is heavily advertised in the UK and this can earn some great enhancements on first goalscorer bets.

Goals Galore is another generous deal and there are plenty of others including some Acca Insurance on football and other sports.

Sports Markets and Odds Value

When you’re listed on the main Odds Comparison sites it’s easy to see just how your prices compare and we know that Betfred can compete across the board against all bookies and in all events. There’s some real value to be found and this choice of markets is an impressive one too.

Horse Racing, Football, Cricket, Tennis, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cycling, Darts, Golf, Greyhounds, Ice Hockey, Motor Racing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, UFC & MMA.

You can also find plenty of specials – Politics, Entertainment etc – so you will never be short of a bet.


A big plus for account holders is the presence of Paypal: A number of UK focussed bookmakers offer this as part of their funding portfolio and for many, it’s the most useful of all the e-wallets. Alternatively, there is Skrill, Neteller and PaysafeCard while the traditionalists can always use Bank Transfers.

Methods are fee free but transaction times will vary so check the information page for full details.

Customer Service

This is a really good aspect of the Betfred operation and the help starts with some useful articles such as ‘Cash Out Explained’. These are found at the top of the home page while the Live Chat Operator button is permanently situated at the left hand side.

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Alternatively, scroll down for a very comprehensive list of FAQS or you can also contact customer service via e-mail, telephone or even snail mail!

Pros (+)

  • Welcome offer that can earn a £60.00 Bonus
  • Great ongoing promotions such as Double Delight and Hat Trick Heaven
  • Really comprehensive help facilities – one of the best around

Cons (-)

  • Hard to find a downside but some players might like to see promos extended to cover sports other than football on a more regular basis


Trust is hugely important when it comes to selecting an online bookmaker but unlike some long-established companies, Betfred don’t just rely on their reputation. They back things up with a handy welcome offer but when it comes to promotions, the existing deals for regular players are far more interesting.

They are a fair operator with great odds in a range of markets and there’s plenty to like over at this respected sportsbook.