Betfred Sportsbook Review
Betfred is a big name in the UK, and those looking for a well-established online sportsbook brand will find it hard to come across one which can boast of an experience equal to Betfred's. The first Betfred betting shop opened its doors back in 1967 thanks to two brothers, Fred and Peter Done, and since then the chain has grown to more than 1,650 easily recognisable betting shops across the United Kingdom.
Betfred is also the exclusive sponsor of the Scottish League Cup and the World Snooker Championship, and inevitably, the brand's online dimension is still very focused on sports betting. In this review, we'll be discussing Betfred's online sportsbook offering specifically to see how it has kept up with modern times and, of course, we'll also explain what kind of bonuses await new and existing UK punters!
Betfred Sport site features
At Betfred you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of sports and betting markets available. On the Sports page you'll find Quick links to the hottest leagues or competitions, as well as the full list of sports, which apart from the most popular ones, includes sports like rowing, boxing, darts, snooker and e-sports. Just like any other sportsbook site, you'll find the most popular odds for each match once you click on the sport, with the option to view additional markets for each game.
Similar to any good online betting site these days, Betfred offers a Cash-Out feature, which is available on single and multiple bets on various sports including horse-racing (both win and each way), football and golf. Cash-Out gives players the possibility of settling their bet early without having to wait for the event to finish. The amount you may Cash-Out is based on your original bet, the status of any selections which are already completed, and the current market price of any unsettled selections.
Betfred Sport Welcome Offer
Of course, new customers at Betfred won't be left empty-handed. The Betfred Sport welcome offer awards players with £30 in free bets on their first bet of £10 or more, which must be placed at a cumulative price of Evens (2.0) or greater. These free bets will be credited within 10 hours after the first bet is placed. What's more, they'll also get 30 free spins to use on selected games at Betfred casino, with no wagering requirements!
Welcome Offer Terms and Conditions
- New UK customers only.
- Any bet type with a total stake of at least £10 will qualify. For example, two £5 single bets of evens or greater will not qualify as they are two separate bet transactions.
- Customers may be required to confirm their participation by responding to an automated SMS validation process via SMS. Validation must be completed within 60 days of the first bet being settled.
- Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement in order to qualify for the promotion.
- The Free Bet amount must be wagered one (1) time on eligible sports markets prior to any winnings being withdrawn.
- All free bets are valid for 7 days.
- Free bet stakes are not included in any returns and are non-withdrawable.
- Your free bet and free spins will be credited within 48 hours of settling your first bet.
- Additional Terms apply.
Betfred tailors its welcome offers to cater to different preferences. If casino, poker, Lotto or Bingo are more your cup of tea, then we suggest you check out our review of Betfred casino here, where we examine its casino product in detail.
Betfred Live betting
If you intend to bet live on a range of sports, then Betfred's in-play section can offer plenty of possibilities. Live betting at Betfred is offered on football, tennis, basketball, darts, cricket, American football, baseball and more! Punters can select from Next Three Hours, Now + Next 15 Mins, or Show All to view the matches and bet types on offer at different times during the present day. During live betting, Betfred also provides a flash-enabled Live Commentary on a number of sports, including Greyhound racing.
It's very easy to navigate through Betfred's extensive in-play offering, although in our opinion the colour scheme on this page is in need of some improvement because of its predominantly white background. But other than that the odds are easy to locate and you can place your bets in a couple of clicks.
Betfred Sport Live Streaming
Betfred has an excellent Live Streaming service available on a range of sports. To watch a live stream you must be logged into your Betfred account and have a real-money balance. Punters will be able to watch a live stream without even placing a bet on basketball, football, handball, tennis, ice hockey, badminton, beach soccer, volleyball and ITF tennis.
With regard to horseracing and greyhounds streams, players need to have placed a bet to get access to Betfred's Live Streaming, whose total stake should be equal to £1 for each race. For a single, the minimum bet to stream a race is £0.50 each way, or £1 win. There's an FAQ section dedicated specifically to Live Streaming on the Betfred website, which we recommend consulting if you intend to make use of this feature.
World Cup 2018 betting at Betfred
If you intend to bet on this World Cup, then Betfred will give you plenty of interesting markets and opportunities. Due to the sheer amount of World Cup betting odds on offer, this sportsbook has divided its World Cup offering into different categories. You can view the different types of bets you may place from the menu on the left-hand side, by selecting 2018 FIFA World Cup. From the sub-menu you can then choose to bet on the Group Stage matches, the Outright winner, on who will make it to the World Cup final, Top Team Goalscorer and more!
Betfred Sport promotions
When we first set our eyes on Betfred's promotions page, we were amazed: we've hardly ever seen such a variety of offers on sportsbook only! There are so many that we'll only mention a few of them here:
At the moment, there's a Pick Your Punt promotion which allows you to combine markets and create your own scenarios, then send them to Betfred via Twitter using the hashtag #PickYourPunt for your request to be priced up! This option is available on a number of pre-selected events (which at the moment include the World Cup 2018), and you'll find the full list on the Betfred Sports Promotions page.
Pick Your Punt Terms and Conditions
- Selected events only.
- If any leg of your request is voided your whole bet will be void.
- PYP bets do not apply to extra time unless stated. i.e. 90 minutes in football.
- There are some requests Betfred will be unable to offer a price on.
- Singles only.
- Max stakes apply.
- Additional Terms apply.
Betfred's Double Delight & Hat-trick Heaven promotion is also one to go for if you like to bet on goals. If the player you back scores the first goal of a match, then scores another one, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price! What's more, if the same player goes on to score a hat-trick within 90 minutes, your first goalscorer price will be trebled!
Double Delight & Hat-trick Heaven Terms and Conditions
- Selected matches only.
- Offer is fulfilled in real cash.
- Applies to bets placed on the specified Double Delight & Hat-Trick Heaven First Goalscorer market.
- Maximum cash returns £6000 per customer, per match.
- Singles only. 90 minutes only.
- Extra time does not count.
- Own goals do not count.
- Offer applies to bets taken prior to kick off only. In-play bets do not qualify.
- Real cash credited within 24 hours of winning bets being settled.
You'll find plenty of other promotions across a range of sports events on the Betfred website, and we'll do our best to regularly update you about them in our offers section. Visit us from time to time to be the first to learn about them and get the best value for your betting with Betfred!
Betfred Sports on mobile
Betfred has separate mobile apps for its casino and sportsbook, and the latter is available for download on both the App Store and Google Play. The Betfred Sportsbook app features options such as Cash-Out, WatchLive and Racing Post Data and is very well-designed to provide customers with a user-friendly experience.
Betfred payment methods
At Betfred, you will find all the major and popular payment methods for deposits and withdrawals. Below is the full list of payment providers you can use here:
- Paysafe card
- Bank Transfer
- Betfred Shops (you can make your deposits to your internet or telephone account via one of the shops).
Betfred Sports Customer Support
What we really like about Betfred Customer Support is not only the fact that its Live Chat is open 24/7, but that you can choose a dedicated chat for Sports, Casino, Poker, Bingo, Lottery, Registration or Cashier enquiries, which simplifies the process and will get you in touch with a support agent with a knowledge of their sportsbook offering. Punters can also contact Betfred by phone or by sending an email to specific email addresses for different types of enquiries. All the emails and phone lines can be found on the Betfred contact page.
Betfred Sportsbook - Our Conclusion
Based on what we've experienced so far with Betfred, we really haven't anything negative to say. Betfred is great if you're looking for variety and a decent selection of sports promotions, and coupled with its live streaming service and live commentaries, you'll get a complete and satisfying betting experience out of this popular sportsbook brand. We would like to see a couple more payment options in future, but apart from this we think that Betfred has done really well when it comes to its online offering. Try it out today and you're not likely to be disappointed!