Founded as early as 1999 by Andrew Black and Edward Wray, Betfair went on to merge with Paddy Power into a world-leading betting and casino platform with over four million clients and over one million daily users. Currently, the company with the distinct yellow corporate colour operates the largest betting exchange worldwide.
Further, online gaming enthusiasts can choose from Sportsbook, Casino, Live Casino, Bingo, Poker and Virtuals. Their slot games are organized in three sections – Arcade with all Playtech slots, Macau with all jackpot slots from Red Tiger Gaming and Vegas Slots with all other game providers they offer.
Our review will focus on the casino offer, including Live Casino. Betfair operates under licenses from the UK Gambling Commission for all players from the United Kingdom and the MGA Malta for the rest of the world. They also acquired a Swedish licence at the start of 2019. These three licenses ensure you will be playing in a secure and fair environment.
The GMBLRS Detective
If you have read some of our casino or game reviews here at GMBLRS, you might have realized that I do not write endless paragraphs of text. Being a fan of crisp and short reviews, I tend to keep all my writing restricted to the necessary details a player needs to make a decision whether he/she wants to join the casino.
Betfair shares the same sign-up form and procedure with its sister site Paddy Power. Your registration is completed on one page where you have to select your country of residence and currency. All UK clients need to sign up in GBP while the rest of the world will have their accounts Euro or in some cases in local currency. Watch out for the SMS coming to your registered mobile number as that will authenticate and activate your account. As usual, we recommend completing the KYC procedure as early as possible to avoid delays with potential withdrawals or accounts being blocked.
Betfair also shares the majority of game providers with Paddy Power. You will find slots and games from powerhouses such as Playtech, Netent, IGT and SG Digital as well as shooting stars in online gaming such as Red Tiger, Blueprint, Red 7 and Realistic Games. Just like its sister site, it is missing some major players such as Big Time Gaming, Play’n GO, Microgaming, Thunderkick and Quickspin. However, the choice they offer is adequate. Live Casino enthusiasts can choose from a large variety of exclusive and common tables provided by Playtech.
Once your registration is complete, you can head to the banking lobby for your first deposit. Pick from credit/debit cards, e-wallets, prepaid cards, bank transfer or PayPal to complete your payment. You will receive a generous welcome bonus which varies based on your country of residence and is subject to wagering requirements according to the Betfair bonus terms. Always read them carefully to avoid disappointment.
A simple loyalty program will let you earn points for wagering on the games in the casino, usually, you will get about 1 point for 10 credits wagered. They can be exchanged for cash at a rate of 100 points : 1 credit. Nothing to shout about but a solid reward for loyal players.
You had your fun and are ready to withdraw your well-earned winnings? You will be pleased to know that Betfair pays reasonably fast. E-wallets should see transfers in 1 – 24 hours while other methods can take a few banking days. Any issues? Then contact their 24/7 customer support via email, phone, social media or live chat.
The GMBLRS’ Detective Verdict
Betfair is just as solid as its sister site Paddy Power and offers entertainment and gaming in a safe and regulated environment. The choice is just humongous when you look at their complete offering ranging from betting exchange and virtuals to casino and poker. It is surely a good destination for all players looking for a comprehensive gaming hangout that has all under one roof.