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When launched in June of 2000, Betfair revolutionised the betting industry and changed the way the world thought about sports betting. Gamblers could now not only back an outcome but could also lay odds for other gamblers to back, in effect, creating a true interactive real-time trading market for sports betting. Now 10 years on, Betfair is the biggest online betting exchange and prides itself as the worlds largest betting community.
Betfair are also current sponsors of our € 155 Most Hits Competition.
Use our Betfair bonus code MAX999 to receive a free £20 bet and the opportunity to earn up to £1,000 in additional bonuses within the first 30 days of creating your Betfair account.
Betfair's signing bonus works a little differently to most bookmakers. It all depends on how many Betfair Points you earn over the first 30 days that you are a customer. The more Betfair Points you earn, the higher your bonus will be. And you can receive a maximum bonus of £1000.
How do you earn Betfair Points? Well, you earn 1 Betfair Point for every 10pence of commission you pay on winning bets. So it's all up to you. To be eligible you need to enter the promotion code MAX999 when you sign up with Betfair.
Betfair's range of sports to bet on is second to none. Upon clicking on the 'Sport' tab along the top of the main interface, the left sidebar will appear where you will not only be able to search for the sport or league that interests you, but you will also find a list of both popular sports as well as the full list of sports available. You will quickly see that you can bet on everything from the most popular leagues in European football and American sport, to more obscure sports and leagues that many of the other bookmakers don't offer odds on. You can even find a range of special bets, where you can put money down on political elections, financial markets and selected entertainment events.
Betfair has your racing interests covered. Whether it's racing in England and Ireland, racing in Australia or even the United States, race meets of every variety are available to bet at every moment of the day. And it is where a great deal of the action in the Betfair betting exchange takes place. The odds move quickly giving you as a trader plenty of opportunity to find arbitrages as you back and lay against the runners.
Betfair offers a whole range of betting options, covering everything you would find a your conventional sportsbook. From head to head, handicaps and over/unders, to the more exotic and the imaginative. If you've got an obscure angle of an upcoming sports event, check with Betfair first. It's likely they'll be offering it.
Banking with Betfair is a breeze and there are many transaction methods available, with great online and phone help and speedy payments. And don't worry about having to wait for your account balance to updated following a win. It'll be there ready to invest again in no time at all.
Click the 'deposit' link on your user status window located in the top right corner and the deposit window will open in a new browser. Here you are presented with your deposit options. You can make a deposit with an online money wallet such as Moneybookers and Neteller or you can add a credit card and deposit from there. You can also deposit by cheque or by bank transfer.
Betfair offers all the withdrawal methods that you would hope for including both Mastercard and Visa credit cards, bank transfer as well as popular money wallets Moneybookers, Neteller and PayPal.
Signing up with Betfair is a simple and straight forward process. You'll be asked to provide basic personal information and if at any time you have difficulty while creating your new account, Betfair's help details are readily available on the sign up form. You can contact Betfair help by email or via a toll-free phone number.
The minimum deposit amount varies in accordance to the payment method used, Paypal is £5 minimum whilst Neteller is £12, all others are £10 minimum deposits..
Betfairs opening layout is full of useful and well presented information. You wont feel overwhelmed by any dazzling promotional graphics. What you will see is everything you need to get started finding your way around the site, presented in a subtle and user friendly manner with the intelligent sports gambler in mind. You can even change your opening page depending upon your betting interests.
Placing a bet
Placing a bet at Betfair is not only simple, but it's where you'll find some of Betfairs great features that are designed with the intelligent sports gambler in mind.
Once you've found the event you want to bet on, you'll see the main betting interface appear for that event. Here you can see not only the odds being offered by other traders in that market, but you'll also see what odds other traders are looking to back. So the choice is yours. Back or lay.
You'll also see how much money is available at the odds offered or asked for. This however, is one of the drawbacks of Betfair and the principal of the betting exchange – the market depends upon the interest of the traders. The good news however, is that this is only really an issue in particularly obscure sports or particularly exotic betting. For major sports and racing, there is always plenty of money being traded. To see where the money is simply click on the 'Where's the money?' tab at the bottom of the left sidebar menu. Here you can see the events where the greatest money has been matched or where the money is unmatched. You'll find some of the figures staggering as events regularly find hundreds of thousands of dollars exchanged between traders.
Looking at the main betting interface you'll also see a number of tools available such as a statistical form guide and live scores. You'll also be able to see if the event will have In-Play trading, a place where the truly sharpest betting minds can make great returns. You'll also find 'coupons' for particular leagues. Click on the coupon for the league and you'll see all the odds currently offered for that league's upcoming events.
Placing a bet is just like at any other bookmaker, except at Betfair you get to set the odds you wish to back or lay. Once you've decided what odds you'd like, you'll be given the opportunity to confirm you selection. Once confirmed, it's just a matter of getting your odds matched. Once matched, the bet is on.
Betfair provides you with a detailed and searchable FAQ, where you can learn almost anything you need to know about how the betting exchange operates. If you can't find what you need, then there are both email and phone help options available. You'll find them easy to talk to and more than helpful with any issue you may while at Betfair.
When placing a bet, you'll find plenty of tools to help you determine who is going to come out on top. From form guides, statistics, racing data and live coverage of sports events, to TV guides, results and live scores. There's plenty of ways that Betfair helps you to pick a winner.
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