Betfair Poker is owned and operated by The Sporting Exchange Ltd., the biggest sports exchange in the world, and is a part of the massively popular iPoker Network.
Betfair Poker has always had a solid reputation and a very active player base. With dependable software, massive promotions and access to an enormous sports exchange customer base, Betfair's now a major player in the European online poker market.
The current Betfair Poker software was developed by PlayTech utilizing its famous iPoker platform that houses other major poker sites. Game play is very good overall, with player notes, easy-to-use stats functions and a solid overall feel. More than anything, it's one of the more stable poker clients, which is obviously paramount.
Perhaps the best feature of Betfair is the loose play, which tends to come from sports bettors looking to try a hand of poker with new found cash. The downside is that there are no American players on Betfair and subsequently if it isn’t prime time in Europe there's a serious lack of action on the site.
Traffic volume overall is in the middle segment of the industry. Real-money player statistics as of November 2015 show 1200 ring-game players at peak hours, and 4000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code and Promotions
PokerListings offers an exclusive $2000 sign-up bonus at Betfair Poker.
To activate the sign-up bonus you need to enter the bonus code when entering the Betfair Poker Room for the first time.
For every 700 Player Points earned $70 will be released from your bonus account into your real-money account. Once the bonus is triggered you have 90 days to earn the full bonus.
$2,500 Welcome Freeroll
Once you've played your first real-money raked hand or real-money tournament on Betfair, you're eligible for a ticket to the $2,500 Welcome Freeroll played the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm GMT.
Loyal players on Betfair Poker get access to a unique program called the VIP Club. One of the best VIP programs on the iPoker network, players generate points by playing for cash. Those points can be spent in the reward store on various cash prizes. Simple.
The program also offers 10 tiers of elite status. Players who make it to VIP Elite status are given a variety of perks including access to a monthly $5,000 freeroll. Each level of status offers a unique perk.
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Tournaments and Freerolls
Betfair Poker hosts a wide variety of tournaments with buy-ins ranging from a couple of bucks to hundreds of dollars for larger tournaments. On any given day Betfair Poker runs a number of tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. The biggest is the weekly $200,000 GTD on Sundays, which attracts large fields.
Betfair also runs satellites to almost every big live poker event including the WSOP, WPT and the EPT. Betfair has recently launched Betfair Live! Events touring countries from Estonia to Ibiza.
Betfair Poker also offers over 30 free tournaments every week. Winning a freeroll can earn a seat at one of the biggest tournaments at Betfair, including the large weekly guaranteed tournaments and even live tournaments around the globe.
Software and Graphics
The Betfair Poker software is provided by the iPoker platform, which is renowned for its reliability and ability to handle volume.
The software continues to evolve over time with some great features added, such as a multi-table mini-view, improved graphics, enhanced search functions and the option to play at more than 15 tables simultaneously. It's not the most visually stimulating software but it has improved significantly over the last few years.
Table functions are easy to learn and well oriented and it's easy to customize for preferred limits, table size, currency and game. Cash games, MTTs and sit-and-gos have their own sections in the software, which helps navigation. The site also offers jackpot-style Twister Poker, which can be a nice change of pace.
Unfortunately the Betfair Poker iPoker software currently offers no support for Apple devices running OSX. Mac fans have to use emulators to play on the Windows version.
Betfair Poker is also one of the only rooms to offer multi-media content in its software. For a direct and free Betfair Poker download, click the download link above.
Competition at Betfair Poker ranges from loose at the micro and low limits to relatively loose at higher stakes. In general, the competition is loose and passive, making the site a great place for skilled poker players to clean up.