Betfred Sportsbook Review
Betfred is one of the UK’s leading bookmakers offering an online presence and app to thousands of customers. Based in the North West of England, Betfred offers the ultimate sports betting experience to punters and has recently moved to sponsor a number of notable sporting events around the country. Their nickname is the ‘bonus king’ due their copious promotions and bonuses including bigger pay-outs on lucky 15s, 31s and 63s.
Usability and Design
Betfred has opted for a striking blue design with their website and mobile app and it certainly catches the eye. Their sportsbook is relatively simple to navigate and they don’t overcomplicate matters with on-screen clutter and flashing images which is always welcome! Users can navigate between the sportsbook, casino, lotto and virtual sports with all of these areas clearly labelled across the top of the page.
Their sportsbook offers an array of ‘quick links’ which direct bettors to a number of popular pages and upcoming events which is always handy for those in a rush! All of their current in-play events are also listed on the home page. Unfortunately, Betfred don’t offer a search bar for those users who may wish to peruse less popular sports increasing browsing time. Many other sportsbooks have already added this feature and it would be a welcome addition here.
Punters looking to place a bet on today’s racing or the big competitions such as the Premier League will find plenty to their liking here and can navigate to the respective page with ease. Betfred have endeavoured to make it simple to locate their markets within two clicks and this has made betting with them quick and easy.
Betfred are one of the best sites in terms of usability with customers finding it simple to navigate and place a wager within seconds of logging into their account.
Mobile Betting at BetFred
Betfred have created a number of different apps for users to download. The Sportsbook is joined by the Casino, Messenger and a specifically designed Goals Galore app which makes it simple to place weekly both teams to score accumulators from a mobile or tablet device. They have even added a ‘lucky dip’ section to their app for those who wish to take a chance on a randomly assembled multiple.
All of their apps are available on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other tablet devices and can be downloaded from the majority of App stores. They even have a specifically designed program for Apple iWatch users.
Welcome Bonus and Offers
Betfred is synonymous with bonuses and promotions and offer new customers the chance to claim £30 in free bets when they place an initial bet of £10 or more. Once you have made your wager (at odds of Evens or greater), you will receive your free bet within 48 hours. This is available to use on any of their sports markets.
There are also a number of promotions which are available to existing customers such as #pickyourpunt which is a replica of the request service offered by numerous other sportsbooks. Unfortunately, Betfred were a little late to this but customers can still use social media to request a price on a specific bet (usually consisting of multiple factions).
Football punters are well-catered for with Betfred doubling their first goalscorer dividends if the players bags a brace!
Many horse racing fans use Betfred on a daily basis with refunds of up to £10 if their selection finishes 2nd in any of the selected contests whilst various races will also qualify for their extra place promotion which pays four places (at 1/5 odds) even if there are fewer than 16 runners.
Finally, Betfred have chosen Stuart Pearce as their latest ambassador (Hoping he can become the next Chris Kamara) and there are weekly specials offered by the former defender which are usually centred around Premier League or International matches.
Watch Live – Betfred do not have a large in-play streaming service but they do offer live pictures of various RPGTV tracks which take place every evening from around 7:30pm.
Cash-Out – A staple of every single online sportsbook with Betfred offering punters the chance to take some of their winnings before the match/contest has concluded. If the bet is in a winning position, Betfred will give bettors a cash-out value.
Totepool – Betfred purchased the tote a number of years ago and many horse racing punters enjoy keeping an interest across various cards using this method of betting.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Betfred offer a number of options to their customers and are generally considered to be quick with their payouts. Card options include VISA and Maestro whilst e-wallets are also extremely popular with Skrill, Paypal and Neteller all accepted here.
Paysafecard is a handy way of ensuring punters don’t spend beyond their means and is available with Betfred.
£5 is the minimum deposit with the majority of these methods but it’s always worth checking their website just in case. £10 is the minimum withdrawal and removing money from your betting account is completely free of charge whatever your preferred method.
Bank Transfers can take a little longer to process and expect 4-6 working days for these to clear. If you’re hoping for a speedy withdrawal, using e-wallets such as Neteller can often result in funds arriving within a 24 hour period.
There is a dedicated FAQ section available on the website which should be the first port of call for customers who have a query relating to their Betfred account. This is split into different sections to make it easier to find solutions.
There is a live chat function which is manned by helpful operators, some of whom speak multiple languages and we’ve always found them extremely friendly and dedicated to finding resolutions.
Betfred can also be contacted via a free phone line, email or by post. The latter two often take long to merit a response. Overall, they offer a varied selection of services and have proved to be extremely helpful when called upon.
Betfred are one of the leading bookmakers in the UK and provide a typically straightforward and functional sportsbook for punters. Horse racing and football bettors are extremely well represented here and with their innovative apps (Goals Galore & Betfred Messenger) they are leading the way for online betting.