BetFair Casino Review

BetFair Casino
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Overview

BetfairCasino.com is a joint venture between UK-based gaming operator Betfair and the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. It first launched operations in November 2013, and is currently one of two real-money and regulated online casinos operating under the Golden Nugget license.

Due to its varied selection of game offerings, generous promotional offers and strong casino platform, BetfairCasino.com has emerged as a player in the heavily competitive NJ market, managing to hold its own against more identifiable brands such as Caesars, Tropicana, and bwin.party.

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Details

Broker BetFair Casino
Website URL http://www.betfair.com/
Founded 2006
Headquarters Malta
Support Types Email, live chat, phone
Languages Chinese, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Greek, Turkish
Trading Platform Playtech, Ash Gaming, Cryptologic (WagerLogic), IGT (WagerWorks), OpenBet, Blueprint Gaming, Leander Games
Minimum 1st Deposit $/£/€10
Bonus 200% bonus up to £200 (New Customers Only.18+.T&Cs Apply)
Payout New Customer only. Available on selected games. Matched bonus is claimed on the promo page. x25 Wagering. Bonus valid for 7 days. Full Terms & Conditions apply.
Free Demo Account Open Demo
Deposit Methods BPay, Bank Wire Transfer, Cheque, ClickandBuy, Delta, Laser, Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, Solo, Visa Electron, Visa, Western Union, POLi, Bank Transfer Express, Nab, Skrill
Withdrawal Methods Bank Wire Transfer, Cheque, Delta, Laser, Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, Solo, Visa Electron, Visa, POLi, Bank Transfer Express, Nab, Skrill
Account Currency Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros, Hong Kong dollars, Norwegian kroner, British pounds sterling, Singapore dollars, Swedish kronor, US dollars, Danish kroner
US Traders Allowed No
Overall Score 91/100

Pros

  • Huge selection of Playtech games
  • Support replies to contact form inquiries within 4 hours
  • 128-bit SSL encryption and strict firewall
  • Games tested by GA

Cons

  • The selection of online slots available is not the best

Full Review

Betfair has always been best known for the Betfair Betting Exchange, but it also offers a full range of other betting services such as casino, poker and bingo. The casino offering at Betfair presents players with a wide choice of games from many different software providers, and players can choose to download and install software from Playtech, or play the other games in their browser window (or both). Players with existing sports betting or poker accounts with Betfair do not have to bother registering and can log in at Betfair Casino immediately.

Software and game selection

The layout of Betfair’s casino website is on par with the sportsbook – it is navigable, uncluttered, and fairly easy on the eyes. You can either download the Playtech powered casino software, or play a selection of popular games from other suppliers such as IGT, OpenBet, and WMS Gaming in your browser window. These in-browser games are segregated into different tabbed sections on the website, namely the Arcade and Vegas Slots sections. This organisation of the games can be a tad annoying when you find yourself repeatedly switching sections to find a game. There is no global search function that allows you to find a game irrespective of which section it has been placed in, which can make finding a specific game more difficult than it needs to be.

The Playtech casino has more than 200 games including baccarat, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, 3 and 5 reels slots, and almost all of your other favourite games – card games, table games and even video games. In addition there are a full complement of Playtech progressive jackpots on offer here. These jackpots are pooled between most casinos that run Playtech software and several have been won in the past for multi-million pound sums.

An interesting innovation that Betfair offers is The Zero Lounge. The four games inside this section of the casino (roulette with no zero, blackjack, baccarat, and jacks or better video poker) have absolutely zero house edge, meaning that over the long run the casino has no advantage over players that choose to play these games. Aside from a wider choice of games, the regular casino has higher maximum stake sizes than the Zero Lounge. Also note that the zero house edge games are only available on the downloadable casino software, and you cannot play them if you have claimed a bonus.

Support and banking

As expected of a company the size of Betfair, the casino provides first class 24/7 customer support via email, phone, live text chat, and you can even contact support via Twitter if you prefer. There are a multitude of money transfer options available, including many localised services that are specific to the country you live in. In short, you should have no problems getting your money into and out of the Betfair system.

In my experience, withdrawals at Betfair are paid within 24-48 hours, which is good but not outstanding. An initial identity verification process is required after signing up, and it must be completed before you can make a withdrawal.

Security, fairness and responsible gambling

Betfair’s casino is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, a mid-tier European jurisdiction. Every connection that you make with the website is secured via the use of SSL encrypted connections. This grants your browsing, gameplay, and financial transactions both privacy and security.

The software providers that supply their games to Betfair are independently audited to ensure that the random number generators used in their games are fair. However it does not publish any payout audits, nor does it reveal the theoretical RTP numbers for any of its games, unless said numbers are included in the game’s paytable (the majority are not).

Responsible gambling is handled professionally at this casino. You are able to set daily, weekly, or monthly deposit limits in the account management part of the website. You are also able to do the same to limit losses, along with requesting a cooling off or timeout period and/or a complete self exclusion.

Conclusion

Betfair Casino is a solid offering backed by a financially successful and professionally managed company. There is a wide choice of games from some of the industry’s best game developers on the website, and the Zero Lounge games should appeal to all players who don’t like playing under the terms imposed by casino bonuses. Recommended.

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