Betfair’s longevity and reputation in the gambling industry helps to explain why it remains such a go-to name when it comes to online poker, which it has been offering since 2001. Today, Betfair’s poker arm is just one part of a site that also incorporates the likes of an exchange, sportsbook, casino and live casino, with various tempting promotions, tournaments and even a VIP Club on offer.
As is the case with any other online poker portal, Betfair varies in terms of the promotions it offers at any given time. Nonetheless, the sheer number and range of such promos pleased us at the time of our visit to write this review, the latter all being showcased:
To play poker at Betfair, you’ll need to not only register an account at the site, but also download the site’s dedicated poker software. However, once you have, you’ll be able to enjoy a strong assortment of games, encompassing the likes of cash, twister, speed, hold’em and sit-and-go titles.
At the time we logged onto the poker platform to write this review – about 1pm on a Friday in the UK – we saw more than 1,900 players online. That should give you a sense of just how popular a place to play poker Betfair is, even at a time when you wouldn’t expect a huge number of people to be flooding onto the site.
With the below just some of the games available at the time of our visit, you shouldn’t struggle for stimulation as a Betfair poker player.
If it’s poker tournaments that you’re seeking, Betfair fares strongly here, too. There’s a wide range of poker categories represented, including the likes of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Hold’em, Fixed Limit Omaha, and many more, as well as micro, low, medium and high buy-ins alike.
The tournaments at Betfair also vary greatly in terms of their levels of competition. At the time of us browsing the site, for example, a €25 Daily Freeroll tournament was five minutes away from starting and had already attracted almost 500 participants.
Certain other tournaments open to registration with just seconds or minutes to spare, such as €500 GTD 6-Max Bounty Hunter, €200 GTD Rebuy and €20 GTD Freezeout, lured tens of entrants rather than hundreds, and had alluring buy-ins of just a few Euros each at most.
You only need to head to the ‘Cashier’ part of Betfair’s online poker interface to be taken to a facility for adding money to your account.
When this happens, you will be able to choose from all of the payment methods that are typically accepted at a site like this – including debit cards, bank transfers, Neteller, Skrill, Paysafecard and SOFORT.
The process of taking money out of your account as a Betfair member is much like that you may have encountered on other online casino or poker sites. One particular thing to note is that any funds you added to your account using a particular payment method will need to be withdrawn back to that same payment method, which is standard practice among gambling sites these days.
The main Betfair site combines elements of black, orange and grey, while the downloadable poker software is largely black and grey, albeit also incorporating other colour elements. In both cases, the interface is an understated and classy one that also offers all of the slickness and functionality you could realistically want.
Betfair’s poker games are powered by Playtech, which is one of the most instantly recognisable and trusted names among today’s online gambling software providers. In short, you won’t need to fret about the calibre of your game play experience compared to rival sites when you dabble in poker at Betfair.
There are multiple ‘Help’ links on the Betfair site, and all that you need to do is click on one of them to open up a database of support resources addressing such key aspects of your use of the site as the registration process, verifying your account, depositing, withdrawing and much more.
If you feel the need to contact the Betfair help team directly, you can do so by messaging them on Facebook, tweeting at them on (of course) Twitter, or using the site’s ‘live chat’ facility.
We touched on the subject of the site’s VIP Club earlier; known in full as the Betfair Poker VIP Club, it uses Status Points to determine which of the scheme’s three monthly levels you achieve out of Bronze, Silver or Gold.
The rake you generate in cash games or the fee you pay in tournaments will decide the specific level that you reach; you’ll need to accumulate 1,250 Status Points to get to Silver status, for example, and 12,500 Status Points to get to the Gold level.
The higher your VIP level, the more easily you will accumulate VIP Poker Points (VPPs), which in turn, can be converted into cash.
Betfair really does tick almost all of the obvious boxes that you would want an online poker site to tick – which, of course, shouldn’t be a surprise given how long this brand has been a leader in the gambling industry. The site looks smart, feels slick and is rewarding in terms of its game play, promos and rewards, making it an excellent all-rounder.
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