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Betfair Casino Review

Betfair is one of Europe's best known online gaming brands, with extensive sports betting interests and the world’s largest betting exchange where customers can offer their own odds or accept odds placed by someone else. The online casino side of the business was launched in 2006, originally using Chartwell software but, more recently, using the popular Playtech software platform to give customers an improved range of titles. With around 200 games, plus many more in the Arcade, Live Dealer and Vegas Slots parts of the site, Betfair offers a comprehensive online casino with good mobile support. Some of the features unique to this site are the Zero games where there is no house edge and the Exchange which lets users view virtual casino tables and bet against each other on the outcome.

Promotions and bonuses include a welcome offer for new players, a VIP club, Comp Points (earned every time a stake is placed), prize draws and cashback deals.

Betfair Casino is licensed in Malta and, to retain this licence, they have to honour commitments to pay customers winnings promptly, ensure all transactions are carried out over secure servers, and keep to the rules of fair play at all times.

Bonuses

Online casinos operate in a very competitive market and tend to offer customers generous bonuses to keep them coming back again and again. Betfair casino is no exception to this and new players can claim a welcome bonus once they have signed up to the casino and made a first deposit. The details of the bonus can change occasionally, but it is normally at least equal in value to the first deposit and frequently more. Offers are also available on portable devices; promotions from other operators can be compared on our mobile casino bonuses page. Depending on how large the first deposit is, players can claim different amounts with varying wager requirements. These requirements are the values needed to be staked on the games before withdrawing any money and range from 25x the combined deposit and bonus amounts for smaller first deposits, to 15x for High Roller deposits. In common with other online casino bonuses, the funds are paid into the customer's account in the form of bonus credits that cannot actually be withdrawn, although winnings made using the credits can be cashed out.

As soon as a customer starts placing bets, win or lose, they earn Comp Points which accumulate in their account and can be exchanged for cash once a certain number have been collected. Points are earned at different rates depending on the games being played but range from 30 points for every £100 staked on slots to 10 points for £100 placed on Roulette, Card and Video Poker. This is quite a generous conversion rate, with 100 points equalling £1 in cash, and members of the Betfair VIP club can get better conversion rates the higher up the club levels they progress. Any player earning 1000 Comp Points over the previous 90 day period is eligible to join the VIP club and claim a monthly redeposit bonus. Levels are named after famous gambling resorts, with each level giving the player more Comp Points and better bonuses.

Other promotions come and go, and will usually include cashback offers on any losses when playing featured software, double Comp Points on the Game of the Month, and entry to prize draws when playing on certain days or particular tables.

Casino Games

Betfair Casino features games using Playtech software. Playtech are an Israeli-based developer who have brought many of the most realistic games to the market since their foundation in 2000, including a range of movie-based slots that no other company has come close to matching. There are approximately 200 games in the full download version of Betfair Casino, with 50+ games in the no download site. Betfair also have Arcade, Live, Exchange, Mobile and Vegas Slots sections of their main site where 100s more games, from a range of different developers can be found. It would perhaps seem more logical to combine all casino games into one big section, but Betfair have a 'one wallet' policy, where funds deposited into a casino account for example, can be transferred to the Arcade or Vegas Slots without the need to open separate accounts.

At the main casino, games include different versions of the most widely played titles, so players can find European, American, 3D, Mini, Diagonal and live Roulette, Blackjack Surrender, Switch, Classic and live, plus 16 video poker titles, Craps, Baccarat and Caribbean poker among others. There are two tables here with no house edge, Zero Blackjack and Zero Baccarat. In the Zero Blackjack game, natural and 5 card 21s pay out at 2:1, while in Zero Baccarat, the commission on banker bets is 2.75% to give an overall payout of 100%. Slots feature some of the biggest progressive jackpots available, with Beach Life and Gladiator having £1 million+ each, and others like Wall Street Fever, Cinerama and Gold Rally feature jackpots of £10,000s.

The movie-themed games are possible due to Playtech having exclusive licensing agreements with Paramount, Universal and Marvel studios, allowing them to release titles like:

  • The Mummy
  • King Kong
  • Rocky
  • Baywatch
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Sopranos

Most of the Marvel superheroes have games based around them, so players can find X Men, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four and Daredevil, while movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne have their own games. All of these slots have combinations of bonus rounds, free spins, jackpots and gamble features to keep them fun and entertaining.

The only downside to Betfairs choice of Playtech games is that many other online casinos also use them, so experienced players may have seen these titles before, although probably not in combination with the games found at the Arcade and Vegas Slots areas.

Banking

Most popular credit and debit cards can be used to fund a Betfair account, plus some of the more commonly used money transfer systems, although unusually, prepaid cards and vouchers cannot be used. Minimum deposit levels are set low and as part of their licence requirements, Betfair are very quick to process withdrawal requests.

Conclusion

Betfair Casino offers customers some unique and innovative products, with particular praise deserved for the Zero Games and Exchange Games. These alone make Betfair a good choice for anyone looking for something different. In combination with the Arcade, Live and Vegas areas, Betfair have an impressive list of games and bonuses that should meet the needs of most casino players.

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