Betfair Sportsbook Review
Betfair was founded in England shortly after the turn of the 21st century. Within a few years it was already one of the top online UK bookmakers and, in 2003, was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This award is the most prestigious a business from the United Kingdom can receive. From then on, Betfair only grew in popularity not only in the UK but around the world too. The company now has nearly 5 million members and employs roughly 2000 people.
Betfair is unique in that it is a “player-to-player” betting site and, as such, does not involve any bookmakers. What does this mean? Well, more often than not it means that Betfair offer the best odds and the highest payouts of any bookmaker. Betfair is continuing to grow in size, but can now call itself one of the best bookmakers in the world.
Site Layout at Betfair
The sleek blue layout and small fonts utilized allow Betfair to crowd a lot of information onto one page without it seeming overcrowded or jumbled. The sports betting homepage has an orange theme, but still looks and feels just like every other page on the site.
In the central area of the homepage, Betfair lists its ongoing promotions as well as the day’s and week’s most popular sporting events. The left hand side of the homepage lists all sports betting markets neatly and in alphabetical order. Selecting a market will yield a drop-down menu that can help you further refine your search without having to navigate page after page. As is the case with any superb bookmaker, Betfair’s site layout lends itself to usability and makes the bettor’s life as easy as possible.
To be considered a top bookmaker nowadays, it is imperative that you offer the live-streaming of at least some sporting events. Betfair does exactly that through their “What’s On TV” tab. It must be said, however, that Betfair’s offering of live-streamed sporting events does not even come close to that of a bookmaker like Skybet’s. Still, their offering of live-streamed events is always growing and is, in truth, better than what you will find on most other bookmakers who offer live streaming.
Betfair is one of the few bookmakers out there today that is currently offering both Android and iPhone compatible apps. These applications allow punters who are constantly on the move to place wagers almost anywhere. Most everything you are capable of doing on Betfair’s traditional site can also be accomplished through their mobile app; this includes making deposits and withdrawing funds.
Betfair being a player-to-player sports betting site means that they offer more competitive odds than most any other bookmaker. Of course, as is almost always the case, the odds you will receive will vary from sporting event to sporting event and from day to day. Generally speaking, however, Betfair offers great value on a majority of their wagering options.
The number of sports betting markets available on Betfair makes it even easier to understand why this site is heralded as one of the best in the UK and the world. They offer a comprehensive selection of sports betting markets that has a heavy emphasis on UK sporting events but does not skimp on worldwide sports.
This means that while the Barclays Premier League is covered extensively, so too will leagues from all other regions of the world. To put in perspective just how expansive their soccer betting coverage is, you are even able to place wagers on Bangladeshi soccer leagues and matches.
As is the case with most UK bookmakers, Betfair does not accept deposits from players who live in the United States. For most other countries, however, you are able to deposit to your player account on Betfair via Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards. Betfair also accepts deposits via PayPal, Western Union, Moneybookers, and direct bank transfers.
Betfair is not only one of the most well-respected bookmakers in the world, it is also one of the most unique. This player-to-player sportsbook allows bettors to maximize their winnings all while being able to wager on most any sporting event or league under the sun. They do offer the live-streaming of certain sporting events, but this offering could definitely be improved upon. Their mobile application, however, makes up for the relatively limited offering of live-streamed events.
Don’t let the fact that Betfair is based out of the UK scare you away, this bookie is among the best in the industry today.