Betfred is one of the largest independent bookmakers in the world and has established its solid reputation on the basis of its secure betting environment and fair and timely payouts. But these are not the only reasons why punters choose to place their bets with this renowned bookmaker. Its sportsbook contains an impressive number of options, as it covers a myriad of thrilling sport events. In addition, punters who have decided to place their bets there, have the opportunity to pick from a great range of bet types. The fact, Betfred is the official bookmaker for Manchester United and the Wembley Stadium, further solidifies its already immaculate reputation.
It all started in the distant 1967, when brothers Fred and Peter Done, laid the foundations of what was to become one of the largest bookmakers in the world. They started out with a single betting shop, located in Salford, but thanks to their persistence and focus on providing a fair and reliable environment for punters, they quickly managed to expand their chain.
Today, Betfred is one of the biggest sponsors in UK racing but the bookmaker also sponsors prestigious sport events, such as the World Snooker Championship and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Betfred is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.
Betfred offers an impressive variety of sport events to bet on, ranging from team sports like football, basketball, baseball, rugby, ice hockey and volleyball to individual sports, such as boxing and cycling. But surely there is something to suit each punter’s individual preferences, as less conventional types of sports are also covered – these include pool, snooker and darts.
Naturally, when it comes to betting, tennis is an absolute must for both bookmakers and punters. The game is present on Betfred’s list of options, as the bookmaker cover prestigious tournaments, such as the ITF Federation Cup and the Wimbledon Championships.
Football is, without any doubt, Betfred’s strong point. The bookmaker offers some exclusive and rather tempting deals, as well as a great number of bets on European football, with tens of options to pick from. US punters are also taken into consideration – odds at US sports are quite good.
Placing your bets on golf is yet another option. You’ll definitely enjoy the variety of golf tournaments that are covered by Betfred. These include the PGA Tour, the European and the LPGA tours.
You are given the opportunity to tune in on a great number of live games, thanks to Betfred’s free live streaming service. What’s more, you can watch some of the sports in real time, without placing a bet on them. However, logging into your Betfred account and having a sufficient balance is a requirement. And make sure you have the latest version of Flash player, installed on your computer. Some of the games you can watch in real-time without betting, include ITF tennis, basketball, football, ice hockey, badminton and volleyball.
Typically, there’s a thirty-second delay, so make sure you refresh your browser every now and then to avoid greater lag time. It’s important to note that sadly this live streaming service is available only in UK and Ireland, as Betfred is not licensed to distribute it outside these two countries.
Betting while games are in progress, is also allowed – a fact, a great number of punters appreciate, as it helps them to assess the game, prior to placing their bets.
A bookmaker, be it off- or online, will simply be incomplete without exciting races to bet on. That is why Betfred has several options on offer. It goes without saying, the first one is horse racing – the most thrilling equestrian sport since time immemorial. It’s a competitive sport whose main objective is to determine which one of several horses is the fastest one over a set distance. Horse racing has been a popular form of entertainment since ancient times. Many countries have developed their own horse racing traditions – for instance, sometimes only particular breeds of horses are allowed to participate in the race.
Fans of this sport will surely enjoy the vast number of horse races, Betfred covers on daily basis. These are adequately subdivided into several categories, depending on which track the race is being held at. Punters can choose between several thoroughbred horse-racing venues, located in the UK – Carlisle, Southwell and Kempton but International Racing is another option. Every single day, multiple races are being held on each track. You’re given the option to select only one horse to bet on, or place multiple bets on different horses.
Virtual racing is yet another interesting option, but keep in mind the house’s edge in this case is slightly higher. Despite that, it’s just as exciting as watching a live race, as the graphics and sounds are beyond authentic.
In case you’re not particularly interested in wagering on horses, you can opt for betting on a greyhound race – an equally thrilling alternative. You can make your choice between several hound racing venues – Swindon, Sheffield, Monmore, Hall Green and Romford, just to name a few. There are two other categories – the Trap Challenge one and the Antepost Races – the latter allows for bets to be placed at least one day in advance of the hound race. Live commentary on ongoing horse and greyhound races is also provided.
Some punters prefer to wager on motor sports, as these have plenty of high-speed thrills and excitement to offer. In this respect, Betfred is anything but a disappointment, as it allows for bets to be placed on Formula 1 or speedway races.
If you’ve already registered with an account at Betfred and wish to place your wagers while riding the train or waiting at the bus stop, rest assured you won’t be disappointed by their mobile application. Of course, if you haven’t registered yet, you can create an account any day and then download the app.
The app allows punters to access all the markets that are available on Betfred’s website. It’s especially handy, because you can use the same registration between different devices – you can place a bet on your desktop computer, for example, and then keep track of the results on your smartphone or tablet. But this, by no means, is the only benefit you get from using the mobile app – there is no daily limit on your winnings and the search features are improved.
Yet another advantage of downloading the application onto your mobile device, is that by doing so, you’re in for some tempting bonuses and promotions. These are offered exclusively to mobile users. Punters can download the special Goals Galore app, available for Android and iPhones. The app will enable them to instantly reach all football markets and place bets without having to wait for any web pages to load.
Naturally, you don’t have to download the application, if you don’t want to. You can access Betfred directly from your portable device’s browser, be it a Blackberry, an iPhone, iPad or Android. The best part of all, is you can do everything on the mobile version of the website – place your bets, keep track of them, deposit or withdraw money to and from your account and choose between a vast number of sports and markets. The interface is easy to navigate, yet comprehensive.
Additionally, if you register with Betfred, download their app and place your first £10 bet via your mobile device, you receive an appealing welcome bonus of £30 for free.
Bonuses and Promotions
There are some amazing bonuses and promotions, Betfred offers to sport fans. These are designed specially to give them a boost and increase their chances of winning. Let us start with their appealing Welcome bonus – it was already mentioned above, however, it’s important to note, it’s available to both mobile and desktop users. In order to receive the bonus, you’re supposed to create an account at Betfred first, then bet at least £10 on any sport market you like, at odds of even or greater and you’re eligible for £30 to bet with for free. The bonus money will be transferred into your account within the next 48 hours. Unfortunately, this bonus is available only for punters from the UK and Northern Ireland.
However, it doesn’t stop here – there are five virtual sports promotions, available at Betfred. Among the most tempting ones is the so called £25 Matched Bet bonus. You must first open an account and then place a bet on your favorite virtual sport. The value of your bet will automatically be matched with a free bet of up to £25! You can choose between a wide range of virtual sports, including football, horse, greyhounds, motor racing and many more.
At Betfred loyalty is rewarded at all times, thanks to the bookmaker’s special Loyalty Reward Scheme. 10% of your weekly losses will be returned to you in the form of a free bet. To qualify, punters are required to wager a minimum of £10. You can then receive a total of £25 to bet with for free.
It makes sense you’re supposed to have loaded some money into your Betfred account, prior to placing a bet. Fortunately, as far as funding one’s account goes, there are plenty of options at Betfred. And the best part is each one of them is secure, quick and convenient. Some of the alternatives to fund your account or cash out your winnings is via credit/debit cards by Maestro, Visa and Mastercard, but you can also opt for a prepaid PaySafeCard (for deposits only). Yet, if it’s more convenient to you, there’s always the possibility to deposit and withdraw the funds to and from your account, via popular and safe e-wallets, such as Skrill, Neteller and Paypal. Cash-out limits may vary from one method to another.