Free Bets on Betfair

Betfair is the world’s biggest sports betting provider offering the choice to back at bigger odds or lay selections to lose on the exchange as well as providing a fixed odds sportsbook

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Betfair developed the first successful betting exchange in 2000 allowing gamblers to bet against each other while the company took a percentage of the winnings for facilitating the bet.

The first betting market was the 2000 Oaks and since then Betfair has grown to become the world’s biggest online sports betting provider.

Founded in 1999 by Andrew Black and Ed Wray, Betfair merged with its main rival soon afterwards. Its in-running horse racing markets proved to be a huge success and in 2001 introduced in-play betting on football matches.

An online Poker site was launched in 2004 and 2 years later Betfair added an online Casino to its gaming products.

In 2009, Betfair acquired American TV games network, TVG for $50 million which enabled its expansion into the US market and in October 2010 Betfair Group PLC was floated on the London Stock Exchange with a valuation of $1.4 billion.

Betfair now provide Fixed Odds markets in their Sportsbook adding a more run-of-the-mill betting practice to their variety of products.

Offers and Promotions

Betfair has an introductory offer of a £50 free sportsbook bet when you bet on Fixed Odds for the first time.

After signing up to Betfair, place a minimum £5 Fixed Odds bet on the Sportsbook and you will receive a free bet up to £50 in your Betfair account.

Betfair also run regular promotions and free bet offers a good example of which is their Both Teams To Score promotion which entitles you to money back if one leg of a four-fold or bigger accumulator fails.

One of the major features of the Betfair Sportsbook is the option to 'cash out' during live play enabling you to guarantee a fraction of your potential winnings before the event has concluded.

A big selling point promoted by Betfair is the bigger odds that can often be found on the exchange. With customers able to offer whatever prices they are prepared to lay, Betfair claim that odds are typically 20% better than those available from fixed odds bookmakers.

Odds & Markets

Betfair’s range of betting markets is un-matched and the exchange has been responsible for introducing many new markets to online gamblers, in particular betting in-running.

In the early years it was only possible to back singles on the Betfair exchange but it has since added the facility to bet multiples of singles, doubles, trebles and accumulators on a few selected sports coupons. The options don’t come close to those available with fixed odds bookmakers and the odds can be very similar.

Liquidity is the key to the success of each market and when there are enough people preoared to make money available for a particular market then gamblers can find some excellent value odds and for pretty sizeable sums.

Its important to remember that Betfair will take a typical 5% commission from the winning side of each matched bet on the exchange, but regular players can receive a discounted commission rate by earning Betfair points on winning bets.

The exchange offers the benefit that if you think a selection won’t win, you can lay bets from other gamblers or in the same way, lock in profit on your bet as the odds move.

Betfair now also offer a Fixed Odds Sportsbook offering members the option of taking fixed odds on many of the markets available on the exchange.


Betfair’s exchange website is very different to the typical sportsbook as the processes of backing and laying must be accommodated along with other market details whereas the sportsbook is reminicent of other online bookmakers.

The exchange site contains a huge amount of information with transactions from many thousands of users being processed in real-time and it represents a massive financial investment by Betfair in the technology to keep the website fast, safe and secure.

Registration and log in is simple, you are advised to read through the Betfair terms and conditions as exchange betting is quite different to fixed odds betting.

Navigation is straight forward with markets ordered by sports in the left sidebar and you just select your link to continue to drill down to the betting markets which display in detail in the body of the main page.

The sportsbook prices are found on Betfair markets and where available are labelled Fixed Odds as an option alongside the Exchange Odds tab.

Betfair provides live video streams for horse racing from At The Races and a very good variety of live football, tennis, basketball and more with a diary of scheduled events.

Betradar powers the football form guide on the Betfair website and horse racing punters have access to a database of form for over 10000 horses in UK, Ireland and US. Betfair aquired Timeform in 2006 and provides race previews via Timeform radio, free Timeform summaries and the option to buy a subscription to full Timeform ratings.

There is a java download provided to run Betfair Mobile from compatible handsets and an app for iPhone users. An Android app is in development but the iPhone version of the website can be viewed from the Android’s Chrome browser.

Betfair hosts an active forum with over 100,000 members discussing all manner of betting and trading related topics.


Customer Service

Betfair provides a lot of customer support options with video demonstrations, FAQs and wherever you are on the website, there is advice to keep you on the right track.

Customer support is available 24/7 with toll free numbers for UK, Ireland and Australia, there is a UK telephone number for members from other countries around the world.

Betfair undertakes to respond to emails in four hours and it is our understanding that they deliver on that promise consistently.


Betfair has world wide interests and holds several gambling licenses, ensuring each product is regulated in the interests of fair and responsible gambling. In the UK, it is regulated by the Gambling Commission and affiliated to IBAS.

Betfair uses a world class Information Security Management System to keep your data protected and £ millions are matched on Betfair every day.

The company is twice winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise among a long list of other business, IT and gaming industry awards.


Betting exchanges have turned gambling on its head, for bookmakers and punters alike.

It is all but essential for any serious minded sports bettor to hold an account with a betting exchange these days and Betfair is the biggest and the best. Not only in the pursuit of the best odds but it is a great way to lock in profit from such as ante-post bets and accumulators with the ability to lay selections.

These aren’t the only ways to play to Betfair, as the strategies are numerous and vary in complexity – check out the forums to get an idea of what is possible and remember to factor in the commission rate.

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best free bets rating

7 out of 10

Introductory Offer

£50 Free Sportsbook Bet
Get up to £50 Free Bet to use on Fixed Odds when you bet at least £5 on the Fxed Odds in Betfair's Sportsbook.

The £50 Free Bet does not apply to the Betfair exchange

Quick facts

Betfair is a betting exchange that allows gamblers to bet against each other and takes a 5% commission from winnings, the betting exchange was launched in 2000 and its first market was the Epsom Oaks.

Betfair now also provide a Fixed Odds Sportsbook and now operates Poker, Casino, Bingo and Games sites employing over 2000 people and has registered over 3 million customers worldwide. It is the world’s biggest online sports betting provider and was listed on the London Stock Exchange on October 2010 with a valuation of $1.4 billion.

The good

  • In-Play betting opportunities
  • Better odds for many selections
  • The facility to Lay selections
  • Great amount of betting markets
  • Live sports video streams
  • Early Cash Out

The bad

  • 5% commission rate on exchange
  • Some markets lack cash to match bets

Contact information

08448710000 (UK)

Customer Service

Support Quality
Very Good
Has 24/7 Support?
Very Good
Very Good
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