1966 wasn’t just the year England last won the World Cup, but it’s believed a bet on that victory helped Fred and Peter Done open the first Betfred betting shop in Salford, England the following year.
Since opening that shop, Betfred has had half a century of expansion with over 1370 betting shops. With success like that it is no surprise that they introduced an online gambling site.in 2004 The company is now one of the world’s largest independent bookmaker with a £1.5bn turnover. 2011 saw them purchase the Tote in a deal worth £256m making them the sole operator of pool betting in the UK.
Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited own and operate the Betfred site (the name is of course a mix of Peter and Fred) and they are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. Their website offers its customers a steady supply of promotions on the sports that it covers. This includes acca insurance, #PickYourPunt’ where customers can tweet and ask for odds on suggested bets and Best Odds Guaranteed on Horse Racing.
Their promotions begin with a welcome offer whereby an initial £10 bet will see you receive £30 in free bets and 30 free spins, more of which later. Please check the website for full terms and conditions. As well as offering a sportsbook, Betfred also offer their customers poker, bingo and a casino. They have plenty of information on their site about responsible gambling.
The company are known for their sponsoring of major sporting events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup in horse racing and currently sponsor the World Snooker Championship, The Betfred Cup in Scottish football, Rugby League Super League and are shirt sponsors of Bolton Wanderers FC.
THE BETFRED SITE
From the moment you see the Betfred sportsbook, it’s clear that there is plenty on offer at this site. The designers have come up with a website that always gives its readers lots of information about everything from the latest sports events to the promotions available at Betfred. There isn’t a requirement to download the site onto your computer to be able to play the site which means you won’t have to use any space on your PC.
In the top right-hand corner of the page, you will find the log-in and register buttons and the messaging section where you can check for any mail re promotions/bonuses. Below that is the bar that can be used to take you to other areas of the site such as their casino or bingo. That’s all in blue which is the favourite colour of this site and underneath in white is another bar that has links to the welcome offer, promotions and helpful sections that include explanations of Cash Out and their various coupons.
The left-hand side of the page is one that site-users will be visiting a great deal. There’s a list of quick links to important pages, such as that day’s horse racing meeting, the top football games and even Strictly Come Dancing and the X-Factor. Below that is the list of all the sports that the site covers. Just click on the one that you are interested in and you are taken straight to that page. Further down there are more important links to their betting news page and the live commentaries that the site offers its customers making visiting the site even more exciting.
Down the centre of the home page you can find the latest in-play matches that you can be placing bets. Again, just click on the event you are interested in and more information and the opportunity to place your bets will come up.
The right-hand side of this packed but never cluttered page gives details of their many promotions including the PickYourPunt feature and details of the next horse races, ideal if you are in a hurry. Then there are also links to their betting guide, social media and right at the top, the all-important bet slip.
Down at the bottom of the page there are links to the FAQs section of the website which is of great help when you have a query about how the site works. There are also links to corporate information, their responsible gambling section, important terms and conditions (wordy but helpful) and details about the payment methods that the site accept.
THE BETFRED APP
There is so much happening at the Betfred site throughout the day that you will be keen not to miss out on any of the action. To be able to do that and be placing bets on all their sporting action you need to get hold of the Betfred App. There is plenty of information on the site about how to acquire the Betfred App and the features that it has, which thankfully include all the main ones on the desktop version. If you have a Blackberry, Windows phone or other device that isn’t run on either iOS or Android, it is still possible to bet while on your travels by going to betfred.com in your mobile web browser.
Betfred app for Android
- If you have an Android device and wish to get hold of the Betfair App, you need to go to the Google Play Store. Again, just search for ‘Betfred Sports’ and once found you will then be able to download the app for your device.
Betfred app for iPhone
- To download the Betfred App onto your iPhone, you need to head over to the App Store and search for ‘Betfred Sports.’ Once that has been found you will then see a link that enables you to download the app.
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The Betfred desktop site has a wealth of markets available and it’s good to see that this is carried over to the mobile version of their site. This means you will be able to keep up with everything that is going on and placing bets on the live action featured on the site as well as placing pre-match and ante-post bets.
Finding the sports that you wish to place bets on is no problem at all. Just use the A to Z list and tap on the sport you want to access. The graphics are impressive and text, including commentaries are easy to read.
Betfred are renowned for the promotions that they offer to their customers. Some of them are exclusive to the mobile app. It’s also possible to enjoy live streaming on the app as long as you have a funded account. Also available are virtual sports and the Betfred Casino.
BETFRED SPORTS BETTING
Betting opportunities at online sites have seen major changes in recent years. At one time customers were restricted to placing bets on the main sporting events that took place but now it’s possible to bet on everything from reserve games in South America to the Champions League. Betfred offer their customers a massive selection of events they can be placing bets on with lots of markets available. As you will see in the list of sports that are covered on the site, Betfred don’t just cover the usual suspects but also offer betting on sports such as Hurling and Gaelic Football.
It’s not just a case of betting on who’s going to win, lose, or draw the events that you are placing bets on. Betfred offer their customers over 100 markets for top events. These include first, last and anytime goalscorers, how many goals or tries will be scored and odds on bookings and whether players will be sent off.
Ante-post betting is a popular feature of the Betfred site. You can be placing bets on the next World Snooker Championship (sponsored of course by Betfred) or important horse-races. The odds on the Betfred site are highly competitive with their rivals and look out for the enhanced odds that they offer. When it comes to horse and greyhound racing, they have the Best Odds Guaranteed offer which means if you take a price before the race and your selection comes in at a higher price, you will receive those better odds.
LIST OF SPORTS TO BET ON
There is a wide range of sports that you can place bets on at the Betfred website. There are events covered throughout the day and night. You can start the day betting on events taking place in Australia and Asia, then Europe for the rest of the day and late-night action from the Americas, so never a dull moment. In addition, you can also place bets on television shows and politics. The list of sports covered by the site are: horse racing, football, tennis, American Football (college games in addition to NFL), athletics, Australian rules, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, Gaelic football, golf, greyhound racing, handball, hurling, ice-hockey, motor sports (including F1, motor cycling and speedway), pool, rugby league, rugby union, snooker, UFC/MMA and volleyball.
FOOTBALL BETS ON BETFRED
The betting opportunities, promotional offers and sheer number of markets isn’t going to disappoint anyone who visits the Betfred website. They cover leagues from all over the world with a mix of the very best matches played and reserve/youth/non-league games.
- All day long you have the chance to be betting on football games as they happen and to also take advantage of ante-post betting on future tournaments. All the top leagues are covered on the Betfred website including the Champions League, La Liga, Serie A, the World Cup and the FA Cup.
- There are often over 100 different markets for the top games. That means in addition to the 1x2 bets, you can be placing bets on under/over certain amounts of goals being scored, handicap betting, half-time/full-time betting and whether a penalty will be awarded in the game.
Betfred offer a lot of football-related promotions, these include acca insurance that gives you your stake back (up to £10) if one team lets you down in an accumulator with at least five legs and also bonuses on players that score more than once in a game.
Betting on a sporting event is always made a lot better if you can follow the action live as it happens. That’s the case at Betfred where you can click on the match and see the latest score and the constantly changing odds on that event. This gives you the chance to place more bets during the game, either increasing your profits or salvaging a bet that isn’t going too well.
This site offers the option to Cash Out your bets before the event reaches its conclusion. There is a special page on the site that explains how this works. It is a great bet that allows you to end your bet if you believe your selection might not keep their lead to the end of the game
Live streaming on the Betfred website sees coverage from around the globe though other sites do offer more live games. If you are a fan of horse or greyhound racing, then you will be able to see races in the UK and Ireland if you have a funded account and place a bet of at least £1 (£1 win or 50p each-way) on the race. The site also offers live audio commentaries to keep you up to date with all the action.
WELCOME OFFER AND PROMOTIONS
When you sign up with the Betfred site, there is a welcome offer awaiting you. New customers are required to make an initial bet of at least £10 on a selection that had odds of a minimum of evens (2.0) within 60 days of signing-up with the site. Once this bet has been settled you will receive £30 in free bets and these will be credited to your account. They expire after seven days so ensure they are used, and free bet stakes are not returned. In addition, you will receive 30 free spins (each with a value of 1p) and winnings from the free spins can be withdrawn without any need to fulfil any wagering requirements. You will not be valid for this welcome offer if using a prepaid Visa card or MasterCard.
The site has lots of other regular promotions on a variety of sports. The #PickYourPunt promotion allows customers to come up with their own bets for selected events and Betfred will price them up for you.
Other promotions include ‘Double Delight and Hat-Trick Heaven.’ If you have a winning first goalscorer bet, the odds will be doubled if they score again and tripled if they score a hat-trick. Betfred also offer extra places on selected horse races and you can receive a free bet of up to £10 if your horse loses by a neck or less. Bonuses are also paid on all-correct systems bets, including Yankees and Canadians.
It’s good to see that the Betfred website includes a great deal of information about responsible gambling. They make a commitment to “promoting gambling as an enjoyable leisure activity, as well as identifying those customers who may pose a risk of developing a gambling problem, or for those that currently believe that they have a gambling problem.”
There is a special section dedicated on the Betfred website that is dedicated to this important subject. Those who join up with the site will need to verify their account and this allows Betfred to ensure that underage gambling does not take place on their site.
Other information on the Betfred site includes a page on how to stay in control of your gambling and how to recognise that you have a problem which is so important. It is possible to set limits on how much you can deposit with the Betfred site and self-exclude yourself.
There is a page that has a list of organisations that can help people who have gambling problems. One link is to GAMSTOP who help people with gambling problems to self-exclude themselves from all online gambling companies licensed in the United Kingdom.
HOW TO REGISTER ON BETFRED
Registering with the Betfred website isn’t something that is going to take up a great deal of your time, which is always good to know. As mentioned previously, you need to go to the top right-hand corner of the Betfred site to find the ‘Register’ box which is green and stands out against the blue background of the site.
Clicking on this will take you to the registration page. Note that you have to be from the UK and Ireland to be able to register with the site. There’s the usual set of questions that have to be answered in able to join sites of this nature. This includes your personal details, the currency you wish to use (a straight choice between pounds sterling and euros), your username, your password and a security question. Once these are filled in (make sure you supply the correct information) and agree to the site’s terms and conditions, then your membership is confirmed subject to verification. You can then supply details of the payment method that you wish to use when making deposits and withdrawals on the site.
The Betfred website offers its customers several different payment methods that can be used on the site. These include Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Skrill, Moneybookers and Neteller. The minimum deposit with debit and credit cards is £5 and £5.50 with Neteller. If using Neteller or Moneybookers, you are allowed one free deposit per day, after that there is a 2.9% charge. The minimum withdrawal is £5 and how long it takes to return to your account depends on the payment method that is employed.