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Betfred is one of the major betting and gaming companies in the UK, with a history going back to one shop in Salford, Manchester in 1967. Since then the business has grown to over 800 shops, they have bought the Tote and, since 2004, they have grown online from nothing to become one of the biggest internet betting providers. In common with most high street bookmakers websites, Betfred have developed one big site with sub sections covering sports, casino, poker and bingo, allowing customers to open an account at any part and play across all sections using the one account.
The online operations of Betfred are run by a subsidiary company called Petfre Ltd which is based in Gibraltar, where local gambling license laws give customers the peace of mind that the games are fully audited on a regular basis for fairness, and that all personal details and financial transactions are handled securely.
The bingo site was launched in 2005 and underwent a major overhaul in 2010 when it switched to Playtech software, and the Virtue Fusion network. Betfred are exceptionally good at picking the best software for each part of their site and, by being in this network, players get access to a wider range of games with more promotions and bigger prizes.
The site is presented with an attractive blue theme and passed our testing on numerous devices to warrant inclusion in our approved mobile bingo sites list. There are quick links to pages where customers can register new accounts or see details of all promotions, plus details about accepted deposit methods.
New players can get their account balance boosted by claiming a welcome bonus once they have signed up and bought some bingo tickets. The actual amount of the bonus can vary as new offers are introduced, but it will normally be several times the amount spent on tickets, up to a certain limit. A nice touch is the offer of free bingo for new players during their first five days where, even though there is no cost to play the games, real cash prizes can be won, albeit small ones.
Like all bonus offers at all bingo sites, there are some conditions attached to these, which are necessary to stop anyone cashing out before even playing. The main condition is that bonuses are paid as credits that can be used to buy tickets but not actually withdrawn, although any winnings made using them can be cashed out. One point worth noting is that if there is no activity in the account for a week after claiming the bonus, the extra funds will be removed.
One way to boost an account balance is by referring friends as Betfred pay £15 into your account if you have a friend sign up and deposit £5, and this can be done as many times as you like. Players even get a £5 bonus on their birthdays.
Other promotions can change by the week but Betfred always has a good range at any one time, which usually includes:
There is a loyalty points scheme and a VIP Club, which rewards players each time they place a stake on any game. The rate at which loyalty points are earned depends on the players status within the club but at the Bronze entry level, £30 spent on bingo tickets earns 1 Point and 300 points can be exchanged for £1 in cash or bonus funds. At higher levels, the conversion rate improves, so players at the Platinum level only need 50 points to get £1. Although the conversion rate at higher levels is respectable, at the entry levels, it must be said that it's pretty poor.
90 ball and 75 ball bingo can be found as well as several special games like Lucky Numbers bingo, Joker Jackpot and The Bingo Games. There are several bingo rooms, with the Disco, Tinseltown and Super rooms each having combinations of free and paid games at a wide range of prices, while the Lucky Numbers and Bunker rooms are open all day every day. Others like Goals Galore and Classic Seaside are only open for a few hours a day, but players will always find a game to fit most budgets and preferences.
One issue is that - while it would seem more logical to let potential customers preview them all first - you have to sign up before you can see all of the games available. The games are presented in a logical fashion which will be familiar to anyone who has played online before and, as Betfred are part of a network, there are lots of players at each game and lots of entertaining gossip in the Chat games.
Some of the special games have become very popular, including Britain's Got Talent and Lucky Numbers, where the player has to pick 3 numbers and wins a prize if any of them complete 1 line, 2 line and full house wins. The Bingo Games lets players choose a runner who moves down a racetrack whenever selected numbers are called, winning an extra prize if they win the race. As well as bingo, there are a number of side games, with popular slots like Adventures in Wonderland, Reel Gems, Little Britain and Angel or Devil, each with their own combinations of bonus rounds and free spins or jackpot prizes.
Although the number of deposit options is quite limited, most major credit and debit cards are accepted, as well as some widely used money transfer systems and prepaid vouchers. Most people will find a method to suit them and players can pay in using 16 different currencies. Withdrawal requests are handled quickly, with payments being returned to the card or money transfer provider used to deposit or bank transfer.
Betfred Bingo has good bonuses and is backed up by one of the biggest names in online gaming. By using the Virtue Fusion network, the site has access to the biggest pool of players in Europe, with 10,000s online at peak times, making the games more exciting.
|The largest bingo network.|
|Good choice of games.|
|Competitive welcome bonus and on-going promotions.|
|Potential customers cannot preview games.|
|Loyalty points scheme has very high wagering requirements.|
|License Number: 39544|
|Registration Number: 92|
After originally joining Betfred in 1984, John Haddock is now the managing director of Betfred, a company now employing over 8,500 people.
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