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Betfair was established in 1999 and is one of the UK's largest and most successful online bookmakers taking over 15 million bets each day. They have won a number of awards including the 'Queens Award for Enterprise' and 'Operator of the Year' at the eGaming Review Industry Awards in 2007. Betfair are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission in both the UK and Australia.
Sports events covered by Betfair
The list of sports covered by Betfair is extensive so much so that it is split into 'popular sports' and 'all sports'. The popular sports include football, horse racing, greyhound racing, cricket, golf and tennis while the 'all sports' list is comprised of 28 sports, some of which are quite specialised. For example, Betfair give the option of betting on combat sports, Gaelic games, volleyball, snooker and even poker tournaments around the world.
Betfair also offers betting on financial markets including the FTSE100, the Wall Street market and the state of interest rates. There is also political betting from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and a number of special bets which include such things as the UK temperature on a specific day, who will be the next presenter of Countdown and which royal prince will get engaged first.
Bets accepted by Betfair
Betfair accept all of the commonly placed bets which range from singles and doubles through to Lucky 31 and Heinz. Their help section explains all of the bet types for new bettors and gives tips as to when they should be placed.
Other areas of the Betfair website
The Betfair website has a casino and poker rooms plus a number of exchange games as well. The casino has over 40 classic games including card games, slot machines, roulette and even darts. Poker has to be downloaded however you can then play in tournaments for cash prizes or just play against other Betfair players for fun. Both the casino and the poker sections have help available should you need it.
Betfair has numerous promotions and bonus opportunities dotted around the site. The sports betting section, the casino and the poker rooms all offer sign up bonuses when you open a Betfair account, plus there are ongoing promotions which can earn you more money to play and bet with. You can even earn free cash in the form of free bets when you introduce your friends to the site. To open an account you need to make a minimum deposit with either Visa, MasterCard or any of the UK debit cards. The site also accepts cards from 40 other countries and a wide range of currencies. One other service that Betfair has is a forum where you can chat with other players or ask them questions about betting and other things that might be confusing.
The Betfair site is one of the most popular UK betting sites to date. They offer extensive sports betting plus other features and their help sections are top quality. The fact that they have won numerous awards helps to show their reliability and trustworthiness and it is reported that the site is continuing to grow by the day.