- Good variety of promotions
- Betfair Exchange, exclusive cross betting
- Cash Out and Combination
- Streaming service
Betfair is one of the best-known bookmakers in the world. It was born in England in the year 2000 and since then it has not stopped growing, listing on the London stock market since 2010. Its services have expanded, offering casino, poker and slots sections in addition to sports betting. Currently, it is the official betting sponsor of Real Madrid basketball.
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It achieved enormous popularity for its “trading” or betting exchange services, but the regulation of gambling in the Philippines in 2012 meant that it interrupted its exchange markets. However, since 2015 it has again enabled a "trading" section for crossed bets called Betfair Exchange, which will undoubtedly delight bettors.
What does Betfair offer us?
Betfair has the usual setup for a betting website, featuring a header with different tabs to quickly access the most important betting sections. Sports are structured in a tournament menu that expands into the events menu, which in turn displays all available bets. At first, it be challenging for a novice bettor to navigate and find a specific bet, but it is very easy to get used to it quickly. Aesthetically, it has one of the most pleasant designs, with a predominance of white, gray, and yellow tones.
Beyond ease of navigation, Betfair stands out for its wide range of sports and markets, as we will see later. It is true that the offering could always improve, for example with Asian handicaps and totals, but with this exception it meets the expectations we have for one of the world's largest operators.
As expected, we can play on Betfair on our mobile or tablet thanks to the Betfair app, which provides Philippines with complete customer service and a good variety of payment methods. It offers an interesting range of offers that allow Philippines to get the most out of our bets, allows Philippines to make Cash Out, and includes the Combipartido function, which allows Philippines to combine several events in the same match in a single combined bet.
But if there is a differential element between Betfair and the rest of the betting houses, it is the cross or exchange bets. Betfair Exchange is the only operator in Philippines that allows Philippines to play against other users, not against the bank. A type of bets that is also perfectly regulated, for which Betfair has the corresponding license from the AGCO and for which it currently has no competition. One more reason to bet on Betfair.
sports and markets
Betfair's sportsbook is one of the widest-ranging, covering much more than just sports. As expected, there's football - including special bets on transfers or coaches - basketball, tennis, American football, rugby, and not forgetting greyhounds and horses. Perhaps the more exotic offerings are floorball, Gaelic sports, and Australian Rules football; but let's focus on the political bets, especially those on British, Irish and American politics; current affairs, such as the Nobel Prize, the Pope, etc.; or special bets, covering popular culture, from Eurovision to the next James Bond film, or British TV programs and awards.
Regarding the markets it offers, we have a good variety among which the most common bets could not be missing. In sports such as football, we miss the Asian markets, but we have bets on corners and cards; and it is easy to find special bets that do not usually appear in other betting houses. We have already mentioned the Combipartido tool to create our own combinations in a match, but whatever sport you want to bet on, you are sure to have a great variety of markets to choose from.
In the section of odds, Betfair operates within the usual profit margins of bookmakers, so they are generally average or even higher. Therefore, it is possible that in more than one event or market, we find that Betfair offers the best odds for a certain market. A separate case is that of Betfair Exchange, since many times trading odds have no rival in the conventional betting market, being able to find much more attractive odds than in the conventional Sportsbook or than in other bookmakers.
Live section (live betting)
Both in the conventional sportsbook and in Betfair Exchange, this betting house offers Philippines an interesting section to play live. We can bet live on popular sports such as football, basketball, tennis, or ice hockey, to name a few, and we have a wide variety of sports. However, statistical information is not always the best for betting, so we should be following the game live to bet live. And for that, we have the possibility to access Betfair Video.
As it couldn't be otherwise, Betfair provides a streaming service that allows Philippines to follow the most important events live. All we need is to have some balance in our account to access the programming of Betfair Video, where complete NBA game catalogue stands out above all events. We can also find great European or South American football matches, such as the Libertadores or the Sudamericana, the best tennis tournaments, including Roland Garros and the Philippines Open, and so on. Only for greyhounds and horses, we need to make a minimum bet.
Accepted payment methods
When it comes to managing our funds, we can deposit using Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro or MasterCard credit or debit cards, as well as make a bank transfer, use a check, or the digital payment methods Neteller, PayPal, PaySafeCard or Skrill. When requesting a withdrawal, the options are reduced to Visa, Visa Electron, check, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill or bank transfer. It is important to note that withdrawals will preferentially be made through the payment method used to deposit.
How to register and deposit at Betfair?
Registering with Betfair is very easy. On the Betfair website itself, we find the "Register" button highlighted in the upper right corner, and if we click on it, the registration form will appear. We must enter our personal information, as well as choosing a username and password. If you have a registration code, now is the time to enter it.
After completing the registration, we can make the first deposit. In fact, the deposit screen appears on the registration form itself. If you don't do it there, you can access your account and go to the deposits section from there. As usual, you will have to choose the deposit method you want to use and Betfair will redirect you to the corresponding page to complete your deposits through the selected method.
Betfair has an app that can be used on both Android and iOS. On the website, we can find the icon for these two operating systems, so we can download the .apk file to manually install it on Android or have the link to the App Store. We not only have the Betfair betting app, but there is also a special application for Betfair Exchange or Betfair Casino, each independent from the other. With the app, we can do the same things as on the website, from placing bets to closing bets, using Combipartido or watching matches on streaming.
Both Betfair and Betfair Exchange are completely secure. The DGOJ has granted one of the world's leading gambling operators the corresponding licenses to operate in Philippines, both for conventional betting and cross betting, in addition to other licenses for operating different casino games or special bets found in Betfair's Sportsbook.
As expected, the Betfair website includes the icons for Self-Exclusion, +18, Responsible Gambling, and Play Safe, as well as the symbol for Gambling Therapy. These are synonymous with fair play and provide Philippines with reassurance. If it were not a secure website, Betfair would not hold the licenses from the DGOJ to operate in Philippines, nor from other countries in our region to operate in them. Moreover, it takes the necessary measures to protect the integrity of the game and the player.
There is a complete section of frequently asked questions to solve the most common doubts. Additionally, contact with Betfair can be made through various channels. Options include telephone 902 88 60 45, available from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., a live chat during the same hours as the telephone, sending an email through the website, or by regular mail. They are also present on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
Betfair: Opinions and conclusion
Betfair is one of the most recognized betting companies for the wide variety of options it offers its users. All Betfair reviews agree that cross bets are one of its strongest points. The huge variety of options for betting and the promotions that are usually associated make Betfair a very attractive option for beginners who want to try traditional bets, Cash Out, or sports betting exchange, all from a single website.
It is probably the betting house with the most complete global offer on the market, where any type of online player, whether they are poker, slots, casino or sports betting enthusiasts, can find their place. In short, it is one of the must-haves for any bettor. This offer is complemented by cross bets that are not found in any other operator, so if you want to try bet trading, Betfair Exchange should be your betting house.
In addition, Betfair is a bookie that looks after every aspect. We have interesting offers and promotions, an exclusive app for betting, as well as another for playing only in cross-betting or in the Betfair casino. We also have a good customer service, although it is true that we could have a chat that would facilitate even more contact. As if that weren't enough, we have Betfair Video available, an ideal streaming service for following events among which the NBA stands out. In summary, we are facing one of the largest betting houses in the world that meets expectations.
- Good variety of promotions
- Betfair Exchange, exclusive cross-market betting
- Cash Out and Combipartido
- Streaming service
- Does not have Asian markets