Betfair, a ‘Revolution’ founded way back in 1999 by Andrew Black and Edward Wray, has now become one of the top casinos with around four million members and over one million active users every day. A renowned heavy hitter in the sports betting market, this Betfair casino review will discern whether or not it lives up to this reputation in online gaming. This page will include a review of the best Betfair casino games available, the table limits and the average payout rates across the different game categories. In addition to this, I will include a background of the company behind the operator as well an in-depth look at the Betfair casino software partner, Playtech.
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The aim of this Betfair online casino review is to provide you with a detailed depiction of what you can expect when you sign up to play with this operator. I will highlight areas of strength and weakness as I go through the different aspects that casino players find important. Each category will be marked out of 10 and will combine to make a final casino score.
A Generous Selection of the Best Games
Having access to a top choice of the best games is one of the most important points when it comes to reviewing any online casino. This will include the availability, quantity and variety of games, whether they can be accessed via the main website, downloadable to your local computer or through a mobile app. It should also take into account the various jackpots and betting limits available.
Availability and Quantity of Games
With over 350 hundred Betfair casino games to play, the quantity of games is satisfyingly rich enough to keep you hooked for some time. As with a lot of casinos, there is a wide choice of table games, scratch cards and video poker, but the lion’s share is made up of slots. Under the casino tab, there are around 200 slots from the Playtech group of companies.
You’ll find plenty of these Playtech games based on DC Comics characters, like Batman and Catwoman. These games feature a huge progressive jackpot, which is a combination of four individual jackpots, aptly named “The Mini Jackpot”, “The Minor Jackpot”, “The Major Jackpot” and “The Grand Jackpot”. A certain percentage of every bet goes into one of these progressive jackpots. To have a chance of winning one of these four jackpots, you must access, completely at random, a bonus round where you must match three identical tiles, which are linked to one of the aforementioned jackpots. Now don’t worry, from this point on you’ve already won one of these jackpots, just by getting to this random bonus game. And once you’ve played the bonus game and collected your jackpot, the game is over and you’re returned to the slot you were initially playing.
Also included under the casino tab are a few sport and TV-themed games based on Top Trumps, Deal or No Deal and Britain’s Got Talent. Additionally, within the arcade and vegas slots tabs, there are lots more slots from other major game providers. This amount of choice gives players the option of playing an assortment of top quality slots from a variety of providers.
If variety is the spice of your life, then you’re in luck because in addition to the numerous slots, there are dozens of other games to choose from. Popular table games such as blackjack and roulette are to be found at this casino, with standard versions and interesting variants abound from 3D Roulette, Mini Roulette and NewAR Roulette to 21 Duel Blackjack, Perfect Blackjack and Lucky Blackjack. Amongst the other available games are various versions of poker, baccarat, Craps and Sic Bo to video poker games such as Aces & Faces, Deuces Wild and Zero Jacks or Better. Another benefit to the Betfair casino games is the option to play most of them in demo mode. This means you can experience any of the games before depositing anything. However, there is one thing to remember and that is, live games are only available in real money mode along with a few other games here and there.
Quality Live Games from a Software Giant
With live casino games from the igaming software giant Playtech, you can expect the quality and quantity to be the best of the best and nothing less. They don’t disappoint as there is a wide range of fantastic games and tables from roulette and blackjack to baccarat, Casino Hold’em or Sic Bo. See my Betfair live casino review for all the details regarding all the games, the dealers and the betting limits.
Plenty of Games For Your Mobile Device
For those players who are always on the move and really enjoy their casino games at the same time, Betfair delivers the goods when it comes down to a choice of games for your mobile device. Plenty of them are slots, including a few progressive jackpots with roulette and blackjack amongst others thrown into the mix. There are also a few live dealer games available to be played. Check out my dedicated app review for more details regarding the available mobile games, compatible devices and where you can download the app from.
Accommodating Table Limits
Betting limits vary between the type of game being played as well as between the games themselves. This couldn’t be more evident than with the slots and can be found easily within each game with the maximum clearly mentioned. There are quite a few which allow you to bet from just 1p per payline to those which allow you to bet a minimum of £2.50 per spin. On the flip side, maximum bets vary from £1 to a £5,000 per spin. So as you can clearly see, the limits vary, and players with different-sized pockets are provided for.
With roulette, the same can also be found as there is a variety of betting limits to appeal to a variety of players. Minimum bets vary from 1p to £1 per stake, whereas the maximum varies from £10 to the top-drawer £10,000 per stake. Blackjack betting limits are for the high rollers as they allow bets up to a whopping £7,500 per stake. They also allow bets to suit low stakes players with minimum limits ranging from £1 to £10 per stake.
Betfair Casino Payout Percentages
The RTP, meaning the return to player percentage or theoretical payout percentage, is what a player can expect to receive back over a certain time. It can be found within each game’s Help file contained within Options at the top of the individual game’s window. It is frequently misinterpreted or missed by the majority of players, but it’s a good way of determining how well one casino compares to another. Betfair casinos payout has been tested and approved by Gaming Associates (GA) Ltd., an independent testing facility that has been accredited and approved to test compliance against the technical standards and equipment requirements of the United Kingdom Gaming Commission. All this means, without a shadow of a doubt, is that you choose whether this casino is for you or not as you’ll have all the facts and figures in front of you.
Payout Rates of the Different Casino Games
Classic Slots92.76 - 97.4%
Video Slots91.32 - 97.71%
Roulette94.74 - 97.30%
Blackjack99.53 - 100.00%
Table Games97.15 - 100.00%
Video Poker95.44 - 100.00%
Scratch Cards94.00 - 96.00%
Arcade Games92.09 - 97.50%
As you can see from the table above, the Betfair casino payout percentage for slots ranges from 92% to 97%, which is a good variety for an operator. The theoretical RTP, for all games, will depend upon the rules of the game being played. With some versions of baccarat, blackjack and a video poker game called Zero Jacks or Better, there is, in theory, an RTP of 100%. This means that for these card and table games, there is no house edge, making Betfair the first and only casino that currently offers this to its customers. Other card and table versions range from 94% upwards. Roulette pays out between 94% and 97% due to the various versions of the classic spin-the-wheel game. With American, European and French versions, there is plenty of choice for the roulette connoisseur.
Hassle-Free Website and Impressive Software
My first impressions of the website was that it is bright and informative along with an easy and fast game selection, which I would say is down to the very good software in use. You can, without too much hassle, experience a number of games within a matter of minutes. The Betfair casino software is provided by Playtech, along with the majority of the games. I consider this to be one of the leading benefits for this operator as they’re one of the best casino game and software suppliers in the industry. Playtech has won a number of respected awards recently with the titles of Platform of the Year and RNG Casino Supplier of the Year at the 2015 EGR awards amongst them. There are other game suppliers and these range from IGT, Microgaming and NetEnt to NextGen, Endemol and Barcrest. Across the top of the homepage, you’ll find links to the various casino products and game variations that will be discussed later on in this Betfair online casino review. All these positives allow players to quickly embark on an adventure with their much-loved game.
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Instant Play Requirements
There are two ways to play the games, one is via the casino’s website in instant play mode using Adobe Flash Player and your chosen browser. The other is a software download that can be downloaded within a couple of minutes, it’s free of charge and works with Windows XP and above. There are a few differences between the two layouts, one being, the downloadable version allows its games selection to be modified by allowing you the option of saving your favourite games thus giving you an immediate and pleasing access to them. Another difference is that there are few more games on the website version as oppose to the downloadable software – but no more than a handful of difference. With the software download, I found bit slicker faster than online. One thing that is the same is they’re both displayed in a fresh, easy to navigate way.
There is one other minor, in my opinion, difference between the download and the instant play casinos: only Playtech games are available to be played in the download version. So, the various other game providers that are found in the Arcade, Vegas and Macau tabs can only be played in the casino’s online version. Another difference worth mentioning, is that all the games in the downloaded software have a small summary with details like the acceptable betting limits and other key features, such as free spins, cash or bonus rounds. All these details can be viewed before you attempt to try your luck with your choice of game.
The Betting ‘Revolution’ in More Detail
With a reported annual active customer base over 950,000 in less than 20 years, you can say it has been a busy few years for The Betting ‘Revolution’. With this amount of success comes plenty of players – which means player protection has to be taken seriously. This is certainly the case with Betfair as it makes safety and security a number one priority. The casino utilises the best encryption software around when it comes to keeping players safe. Betfair also encourages responsible gambling, so you know without a shadow of a doubt that the site is committed to you when you’re playing one of the many interesting games.
Some Fascinating Facts about the Company behind Betfair
Betfair Casino Limited and Betfair Entertainment Limited, the divisions responsible for the casino parts of Betfair PLC, are headquartered in Santa Venera, Malta. It also has operations in the UK, Ireland, Australia and America. There are also three other major parts to the Betfair PLC group and they are: Betfair Sportsbook (Fixed Odds Sports Betting), Betfair Exchange (Lay Betting) and Betfair USA (Their North American operation). In addition to these, the company also provides bingo, poker, football pools and virtual sports betting. The company currently has a turnover of over £393 million a year. Betfair PLC sponsors five English Premier League teams by advertising on their stadium perimeter boards. The company, which was started back in 1999, became listed on the London Stock Exchanges FTSE 250 in October 2010.
More Information About Betfair Casino
Name:Betfair Casino Limited
Encryption:128-bit SSL Verisign
Head Office:Triq II Kappillan, Santa Venera, SVR 1851, Malta
Money Laundering Prevention:ID-Check after prior to first withdrawal
Problem Gambling Organisations:Gamcare, Gambling Therapy, Gamblers Anonymous, Gamble Aware
Other: Twitter helpdesk
Accommodating and Informative Customer Support
These days, you can find many ways to communicate with the various casinos’ customer support teams, and with Betfair it is no different. There is the option of live chat, Facebook messenger or Twitter, and you can also speak via telephone or e-mail the customer support team. The typical email response times are published online and are set at 2-4 hours, while live chat and phone should take 30 seconds. I submitted a couple of e-mail queries to test this theory out and received a message back stating that I’d be contacted “as soon as possible”. This wasn’t far off the mark and every other time I sent an email, I had a response back within the hour. Top drawer customer support, I’d say. When calling with a query, I found the customer service agent to be accommodating, courteous and informative. The two downsides to making this call was the cost which is up to 45p per minute depending on whether you’re calling form a landline or mobile. Also, the availability of the phone support team is set at 17 hours a day, from 7.30am to 12.30am. With live chat being the quickest way of communicating, I would suggest this option as it’s free, available 24/7, and fast. All this says to me is that a players’ needs are placed at the forefront at this casino.
Licence, Security and Responsible Gambling
To operate legally within the law, all of my recommended online casinos need to hold a valid and up-to-date gambling licence. For customers of Great Britain, Betfair is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (Licensee number 39435). For customers of other countries: Betfair is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (Licensee number MGA/CL1/294/2006). Both the commission and the authority are trusted associations who approve and govern all commercial gambling within the online gambling and gaming sector. Both licenses demonstrate that the casino operates within a decent manner with strict codes of practice clearly observed in respect of its customers’ protection.
Betfair places player protection and security at the top of its list of priorities. Its commitment and determination to the players’ are exhibited through the dedicated privacy and security measures in addition to a good ethical code of business. The organisation utilises certain specifics to guarantee that the site is malware and virus protected. In addition to these numerous guarantees, all data between customer and casino is kept private, sensitively using a 128-piece SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, which is certified by the Trusted Secure Certificate Authority 5. The impartiality and honesty of its games are sustained through Technical Systems Testing (TST), a sub-division of Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), an independent testing agency who review and screen the random number generator. They’re approved by all casino regulatory bodies.
Betfair recommends customers to gamble responsibly which is why it has implemented various measures devoted to the players’ protection. These measures, which apply to all games, allow a certain degree of customisation to their account by offering the option of session limits. This session limit option allows players to limit themselves on how much they can bet within a certain period of time. There are two other ways to limit yourself from the website. These can be easily set up by accessing your account online and following the instructions displayed to take advantage of one of the restrictions. Likewise, there is also valuable advice available on the website to assist players with identifying and counteracting habitual gambling. Betfair supplies direct links to expert associations such as Gamblers Anonymous, Gambling Therapy and GamCare for any player who needs further assistance and support with problematic gambling. Betfair has also undertaken several measures and guarantees that underage gambling won’t happen on the website, including identity checks to confirm a player’s age.
Bonus Points Achieved
As not all of my favourite aspects could be included in this Betfair online casino review, I have included a bonus points section so I can reward the operator for areas where I felt it excelled. Betfair is obviously a cut above the rest, and it has been rightfully recognised as such, with a coveted Casino Operator 2016 award by EGR. Furthermore, the majority of the games are provided by Playtech, one of the best gambling software development companies out there which has also won a number of respected awards for their games, online betting and casino software. The selection of games provided by Playtech at this casino features many slots based on famous characters such as Batman in the DC Comics series, Marilyn Monroe, and Rocky, the 1976 American boxing film. This is why I’ve awarded it with 2 bonus points, as Playtech have provided them with a truly special set of games.
There are a number of good choice bonuses and promotions on offer, which appear to change frequently. These can be found directly on the website, offering a wide assortment of bonuses, slots, free spins, and cash match-ups to choose from. I have consequently awarded the operator another bonus point for this good selection of promotions. The VIP Club, for those very important people out there, also earned this operator another bonus point as it provides some genuine and exclusive benefits.
My Evaluation – A Good Online Casino
When thinking about what to write for my conlusion to this Betfair casino review, I decided to go with the following: it’s a well-designed website with plenty of games to choose from. There are some huge prizes, which is great for any player with a limited amount of money but big dreams. These dreams can sometimes come true, especially when there are jackpots of over £100,000 available on a regular basis with the odd occasion, prizes being beyond the £1 million mark. The Betfair casino payout rates across most games, tops out at 100% which makes it a great option for those looking for an edge. The 24/7 availability of the customer service is definitely a good thing for me, which I’m sure it will be the same for the majority of customers out there as the support team is more than accommodating whenever you need them. A couple more things to mention are the extensive choice of mobile games for those that love a flutter when on the move, and the live games also make it a worthwhile online casino to visit to play your favourite version of blackjack or roulette.
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So, if you’re looking for a casino with a good selection of games and an above-average RTP, then Betfair could be the one for you. All online, mobile and downloadable game versions are among some of the best games around. It’s also the right choice if you’re looking for rewarding bonuses in addition to some exclusive quality games from one of the top leading software providers in the world.
One downside with such a good selection of games to choose from is that you might find it slightly difficult to find the slot or other casino game you’re looking for – though this issue is avoided here with well-categorised games sections for speedy navigation, in addition to a search bar. A slight drawback is the several fees levied on some of the popular depositing methods – but there are also plenty of alternatives, an overview of which you can find in my separate review of the Betfair bonuses and deposits methods.
Questions and Answers
If you have any questions about anything covered in this Betfair casino review, or indeed any other queries you would like to raise, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from my readers.
What is Betfair Casino VIP and how do I benefit from it?
The Betfair Casino VIP club is a loyalty program with 5-star benefits. There are 3 VIP levels: Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Earn Casino Comp Points to reach a VIP status. For full details, see the Betfair Casino VIP Club page.