Betfair poker room review

4 / 5stars

SCORE★★★★☆

GAME SELECTION 7/10
TRAFFIC 8/10
BONUS 10/10
SOFTWARE 7/10
SOFT COMPETITION 8/10

Betfair Poker website

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Open to players in some states in U.S.

Accepted contries

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Restricted contries

China, Congo, Cuba, France, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Japan, North Korea, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey, Somalia, Sudan

Review overview

In summary   |   Game selection  |   Events & promotions  |   Traffic   |   Deposit bonus & bonus points  |   Rake & tournament fees  |   Desktop & mobile  |   Open account   |    Support  |    Deposit & withdrawal  |    Software features  |    License & jurisdictions   |   RNG Certificate |    Company & reputation  |    Screenshots

In summary

Betfair is one of the most trusted betting sites as a part of Paddy Power Betfair PLC. For poker player, they offer a software with plenty of features and an attractive welcome bonus. The welcome bonus includes a 100% up to €1000 deposit bonus, plus €5 (tournament tickets, plus (€10 casino chips). One thing that makes it extra attractive is the 90 days for clearing condition, that outmatch many others sites with 45 or 60 days.

Game selection

Games Texas Hold'em - Omaha - Omaha Hi/Lo - Six Plus hold'em - Speed Poker
Structure No Limit - Pot Limit - Fixed Limit
Limits .01/.02c (lowest) - €50/€100 (highest)

Six Plus hold'em being explained

Events & promotions

Rake race Monthly rake races with a chance to win a share from €10,000. In addition, Twister races, which exclusively concerns Twister-tables.
Missions Participate in “Up the Ante” and win prizes,up to €1000, by complete missions.
Welcome Bonus See below ...

Traffic

A constant large traffic with active tables open 24/7 is obtained from being a part of a network, that includes other gambling sites such as bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill. By sharing the same player pool, there is always plenty of players in Betfair’s poker room, in numbers around 5,000 (the numbers vary depending on hours and days in the week).

Deposit bonus & bonus points

Betfair offer a welcome bonus for all players with 200% on the first deposit up to €1000. For exampel, deposit €50 and get a €100 extra. In addition, you will receive €5 value in tournament tokens. The last part of the bonus is €10 ready for betting on the casino games that are found in the poker client.
1st part of bonus Up to €1000.
2nd part of bonus €5 in tournament tokens.
3rd part of bonus €10 in casino chips.
T&CsThe minimum deposit that will activate the bonus is €/€/£ 10. The main bonus is claimed by earn Status Points – 125 Status Points per 1 euro bonus. See more about Status Points below. The allowed time to claim the whole bonus is 90 days.
Bonus points (Status Points) You will earn 25 Status Points for every €1 rake generated in cash game and every €1 paid in tournament fees.

Rake & tournament fees

Cash game The rake up to the €0.05/€0.10 limit is 7% and above that the rake is 5%. The cap in a pot is €0,50 up to €4 depending on the limit and the players in the hand.
Tournament & Sit & Go The standard fee for Multi-table tournaments is 10%. The Sit & Go fees are often 10% and for Twister around 8%.

Desktop & mobile

PC Minimum requirements for the Betfair poker clients:

  • 1,6GHz CPU (Pentium 4)
  • At least 512 MB of RAM.
  • 256 MB video card with 32-bit colour (1024x768 or higher).
  • At least 950 MB free space on the hard drive.
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or newer.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer.
  • Adobe Flash player 10.0.22.87.
  • Network Bandwidth of 512Kbit/s.

Mac Not supported
Linux Not supported
Mobile iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android based devices are supported.
Tablet iPad and Android based devices are supported.

Software features

Languages English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Features
General Features:

  • Tournament and cash game history
  • Choose avatar
  • Chat
  • 4 colour deck
  • 7 card deck themes
  • 3 card themes (front)
  • 3 table themes
  • Betting buttons configurations
  • Animations (on/off)
  • Audio (on/off)

Table features:

  • Show hand strength
  • Show all-in odds
  • Auto centre seat
  • Auto muck
  • Auto top-up in cash games
  • Highlight table close to time out
  • Multi tables auto focus functions
  • Mini games (show/hide)

These are not complete listings of features in the Betfair Poker game client, but a selection of the most important ones. Betfair Poker client do not offer any hotkey settings for playing actions.

Open account

1st step Visit Betfair, see link above or below.
2nd step Choose to download and install the poker software from the website.
3rd step Register.
4rd step Deposit money and start playing.

Support

Live chat Can be activated from the client.
Mail Can be send via contact form when logged in.
Telephone 0344 871 0000 (UK); 0044 203 059 8888 (other).

Deposit and withdrawal

Min. deposit $5.
Min. withdrawal $5
Payment methods VISA, MasterCard*, Neteller, Skrill, PayPal, ClickandBuy.
* MasterCard that has been issued in some countries will not work for withdrawals.

Paddy Power don't charge transactions. Withdrawals to credit card or bank normally take 2-5 working days to reach your account. Withdrawals to e-wallets will be processed in 12-24 hours.

License and jurisdictions

Betfair is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority. For the UK market Betfair is regulated by the Gambling Commission in Gibraltar.

RNG Certificate

The Randon Number Generator (including shuffling algorithm) at this poker room have undergone independent third-party audit by iTech Labs.

Company & reputation

Betfair was established in 2000. Betfair Poker was launched in 2004. It were an independent poker room until it joined iPoker.

Betfair is a part of the Paddy Power Betfair PLC (formed after a merger between Paddy Power and Betfair in 2016). The company own other gaming brands such as Paddy Power, FanDuel, Sportsbet.com.au and TVG.

Some voices in other reviews around the web:

"Betfair Poker has a long history of fast and reliable payments. Betfair and their software reach the highest standards set by the iPoker Network." - Vip-grinders.com about Betfair Poker

"Betfair Poker has built a strong reputation online by providing quality gaming and some of the best online poker bonuses in the industry." - Pokerupdate.com about Betfair Poker


Review written by Oscar Sand