Betfair has always been best known for the Betfair Betting Exchange, but it also offers a full range of other betting services such as casino, poker and bingo. The casino offering at Betfair presents players with a wide choice of games from many different software providers, and players can choose to download and install software from Playtech, or play the other games in their browser window (or both). Players with existing sports betting or poker accounts with Betfair do not have to bother registering and can log in at Betfair Casino immediately.
Zero Software to Download
The layout is up to Betfairs standards – it is navigable, uncluttered, and fairly easy on the eyes. You can either download the Playtech powered casino software, or play a selection of popular games from other suppliers such as IGT, OpenBet, and WMS Gaming in your browser window. These in-browser games are segregated into different tabbed sections on the website, namely the Arcade and Vegas Slots sections. This organisation of the games can be a tad annoying when you find yourself repeatedly switching sections to find a game.
The Playtech casino has more than 200 games including baccarat, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, 3 and 5 reels slots, and almost all of your other favourite games card games, table games and even video games. In addition there are a full complement of Playtech progressive jackpots on offer here. These jackpots are pooled between most casinos that run Playtech software and several have been won in the past for multi-million pound sums.
An interesting innovation that Betfair offers is The Zero Lounge. The four games inside this section of the casino (roulette with no zero, blackjack, baccarat, and jacks or better video poker) have absolutely zero house edge, meaning that over the long run the casino has no advantage over players that choose to play these games. Aside from a wider choice of games, the regular casino has higher maximum stake sizes than the Zero lounge.
Generous sign-up Bonus
Betfair offers a choice of a couple of different sign-up bonuses which suit players with different tastes in games. See above for the current offer details. Note that you cannot play in the Zero Lounge using bonus money. In addition, you accrue “Betfair points” while playing all games in the Main Lounge, which are Betafir’s name for comp points.
Support and banking
As expected of a company the size of Betfair, the casino provides first class 24/7 customer support via email and phone. Unfortunately a live chat option is not present. There are a multitude of money transfer options available, including many localised services that are specific to the country you live in. In short, you should have no problems getting your money into and out of the Betfair system.
In our experience, withdrawals at Betfair are paid within 24-48 hours, which is good but not outstanding. An initial identity verification process is required after signing up, and it must be completed before you can make a withdrawal.