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Betfair Casino is an online gaming operator, headquartered in London, delivering gaming to over four million players throughout the world. They are a multi-platform site, but Playtech powers both the download and instant play versions of the casino. Though they have a lot to offer, they have not quite recovered from a major promotional mishap in 2010.
|Jurisdiction||Malta, United Kingdom, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden|
|Min Deposit||€/£/$6 (Credit/Debit Cards)/€/£/$10 (E-wallets)|
|Min Withdrawal||€/£/$10 (Bank Transfer)|
|Cashout Time||E-wallets: 12-24 hours; Credit/Debit Cards/Bank Transfer: 2-5 business days|
|Mobile||Other Mobile, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android|
Playtech software, a leading software provider, powers both their download and instant play casinos, offering a large assortment of user-friendly games.
Both traditional and multi-player versions of the game can be found at the site. For a more detailed Blackjack guide that includes variations, rule breakdowns, odds and strategy tips, visit the Playtech review.
Betfair Blackjack (Playtech)Expand
|Game||BJ Pays||Soft 17||Double After Split||Double||Splits Number||Re split aces||Draw to split aces||Peek||Surr-ender||Return||Total Decks|
|Blackjack Switch||1.0||Hit||Yes||9 to 11||1||No||-||-||No||99.86%||6|
|Blackjack Surrender||1.5||Stand||No||Any 2||1||No||-||-||Yes||99.65%||6|
|Perfect Blackjack||1.5||Stand||Yes||Any 2||1||No||-||-||No||99.57%||6|
|Progressive Blackjack||1.5||Stand||Yes||Any 2||1||No||-||-||No||99.57%||6|
|Blackjack Pro||1.5||Hit||No||10 or 11||1||Yes||-||-||No||99.56%||1|
|Unlimited Blackjack (Live Dealer)||1.5||Stand||Yes||Any 2||1||No||No||No||No||99.50%||8|
2 Ways Royals
10s or Better
Aces & Faces
Deuces Wild -- 4 Line
Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better -- 50 Line
Jacks or Better -- Multi-Hand
Joker Poker -- 50-Line
Pick 'Em Poker
With the Playtech software platform, gamers have access to 8 different Video Poker variants, including Multi-hand options:
Betfair Video Poker (Playtech)
|2 Ways Royal||No||800-800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1||99.80%|
|Two Way Royal||No||800-50-40-6-5-4-3-2-1||99.80%|
|Jacks or Better (1 hand)||No||800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1||99.54%|
|Jacks or Better (10 hands)||Yes||800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1||99.54%|
|Aces and Faces (1-4 hands)||No||800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1||99.26%|
|Aces and Faces (1-4 hands multi-play)||Yes||800-50-80-40-25-8-5-4-3-2-1||99.26%|
|Jacks or Better (50 hands)||Yes||800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1||99.26%|
|Pick 'Em Poker||Yes||1000-200-100-18-15-11-5-3-2||98.95%|
|Deuces Wild (1-4 hands)||No||800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1||98.92%|
|Deuces Wild (1-4 hands multi-play)||Yes||800-200-25-15-9-4-4-3-2-1||98.92%|
|Jokers Poker (kings or better)||No||1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1||98.60%|
|Jokers Poker (kings or better multi-play)||Yes||1000-200-100-50-17-7-5-3-2-1-1||98.60%|
|Tens or Better||No||800-50-20-6-5-4-3-2-1||97.96%|
|Mega Jacks -- Progressive||No||800-50-25-9-6-4-3-2-1||97.56%|
|Jacks or Better -- Multihand||Yes||800-50-25-8-5-4-3-2-1||97.30%|
|Jacks or Better -- Progressive||Yes||800-50-25-7-5-4-3-2-1||95.95%|
|Aces and Faces (25 hands)||Yes||800-50-160-80-50-9-5-4-3-1-1||95.44%|
Betfair is also home to 43 other games listed below:
Responsible Gambling, Customer Support & SecurityResponsible gaming is given a full page on the Betfair site, with player information covering identifying problem and underage gambling. There are also self-exclusion and limits that can be placed on accounts if you need it. Customer service is available through telephone, live chat, and telephone 24 hours a day. Betfair secures player data using 128-bit SSL encryption technology, which takes player information and scrambles it, making it only readable by the casino’s staff.
Terms and Conditions, Banking.Looking through the terms and conditions at Betfair, there is nothing unfair or predatory toward players. The banking system is solid at Betfair, with the casino offering deposits and withdrawals through eWallet, credit card, and wire. Payout times are reasonably fast, giving players a solid and stable platform for depositing and withdrawing money.
Banking options at Betfair
Online Slots include a wide selection of games ranging from 1-25 lines and up, as well as multiplayer games. Popular titles available at the site include Double Diamond, Cleopatra and Star Trek. Those who go for the downloadable version of the site will have access to 144 Slots, while those who opt for instant play will have access to 126.
Fortunately, Playtech also publishes house edge details on their games, which range from 0.68%-9.07% on their Slots.
Comp Point Program
Playtech provides the comp point program at the site. For every $10 wagered, a player will earn 1 comp point. In addition, every 100 comp points can be converted into $1. Slots and other non-Table Games will award 3 comp points for every $10 wagered.
License InformationBetfair is licensed to conduct gaming operations through the jurisdictions of Malta, United Kingdom, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden.
Countries not supported
Betfair does not accept players from the following countries: Afghanistan, Antigua And Barbuda, Angola, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Algeria, Spain, France, Greece, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Iraq, Iran, Islamic Republic Of, Jersey, Japan, Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Myanmar, Northern Mariana Islands, Martinique, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Reunion, Sudan, Singapore, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, United States, Virgin Islands, U.s., Yemen, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Betfair runs TVG, the largest legal wagering website and horse racing network in the US. This casino also pioneered and operates the world's leading betting exchange, in addition to a full suite of sportsbook and casino gaming products.
Happy Hour Promotion
In 2010 Betfair ran a casino promotion called "Happy Hour" that offered players an unlimited number of 50% bonuses up to £100 with only a 10xbonus wagering requirement in a 4 hour period. This bonus was vastly over generous to the point that almost all players accepting bonuses would have had an edge over the house as long as the player did not play substantially more than the wagering requirement.
As would be expected, this promotion resulted in a substantial loss for Betfair (rumoured to be in the eight-figure range), as players really cashed in on this promotion. Betfairs response once they realised how badly wrong the Happy Hour promotion had gone for the casino was to start closing player accounts and refusing to pay players. They became uncommunicative with the players involved and refused to work with dispute mediation services.
This was the single biggest instance of confiscation of player funds without breach of a clearly defined term that we have ever come across.
While Betfair have re-engaged with dispute mediation services they have also made clear that discussion of the Happy Hour issue will not be re-opened.
For references see Betfair Player Issues
Wizard Endorsement Status
Betfair have not earned endorsement from the Wizard of Odds.