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Betfair Poker

General Information
24/7 Support Yes
Support Email
Payout 95.73%
Bonus Match 100%
Deposit Bonus: $1000

Betfair is the world's largest sports exchange; therefore the company offers excellent financial security and a trustworthy gambling platform with a license in the UK.

The poker room used to be part of the Cryptologic network, but since 2006 it's completely independent with privately developed software and an independent player base. After a big re-design in 2007, you can now play as much as 15 simultaneous tables. Graphics are much improved and some often requested search functions have been added to the poker lobby. Most of the players are European, seeing that the site does not accept players from the U.S. since the introduction of stricter online gambling laws. The games at Betfair Poker are generally quite loose and soft - in other words lucrative.

Promotions and Bonus Information

Betfair offers a number of great promotions. Apart from the massive $1,000 sign-up bonus, there are plenty of other interesting offers as well. The multi-table tournaments with guaranteed prize pools frequently present an outstanding value, and with over $2 million in monthly guarantees this is a pond you need to be fishing in. As mentioned above, you can also qualify to several major land-based events, such as the WSOP, or the Betfair-sponsored WSOPE. Another great standing promotion is the leaderboard campaigns. Based on your play in your game of choice, you can win up to $3,000 extra with no strings attached whatsoever. Yours truly has made the leaderboard and a few extra hundreds on several occasions. You clear your bonus dollars in chunks of $10 for each 400 Betfair Poker points that you accumulate in ring games and tournaments alike. At ring games, points are awarded based on the entire table rake as opposed to just your contribution of rake. You should make a mental note of how this makes it profitable to play a tight game and let your opponents spend money in pots that you don’t even take part in. In tournaments, for every U.S. dollar you spend in tournament fees, you are awarded two Betfair Poker points.

Poker Traffic

Betfair Poker is an independent poker room and does not have as many players as the largest sites and networks, but there's still a sufficient amount of traffic to offer games at most stakes and in all available poker variations (both). At peak hours, the number of seated cash-game players can exceed 1000 (March 2010), which is not to be frowned upon. Most of the action takes place at the small to mid-stakes holdem tables, but there are usually a few high-stakes games to be found as well. Sit-and-go's are densely populated at all levels, and the multi-table tournaments attract plenty of traffic - thanks to Betfair’s excellent promotions scheme.

Software & Graphics

Betfair's poker client is developed by an in-house staff and is not part of any large poker network. A daring road to go, which has paid off in some unique features. The initial release of the software was heavily criticized due to an overall lack of functionality and very limited multi-tabling capabilities. It received a major update in early 2007 and is now much better. It’s still not quite on par with the best poker clients, but quite alright. All of the usual functions are present, such as table statistics and note-taking support. You can also re-size the poker tables independently, a strong feature that not all poker rooms offer. Last but not least, thanks to the re-design you can now play at up to 15 tables at once. That’s an absolute top notation, and with the mini view you may even see most of the windows at the same time.

Game Variety

As a weird feature, the Betfair poker client has built-in support for three games: Texas Holdem, Omaha and – Blackjack. Confining ourselves to poker, we can say that both fixed-limit and no-limit games are well populated. Stakes range from true micro limits at 5c/10c to real high-stakes poker at $1000/$2000. In no-limit and pot-limit the highest stakes are $250/500. The tournament offer at Betfair Poker embraces lots of game varieties with buy-ins from $5.50 to high-stakes tourneys at $550 a seat. There are freerolls too, of course. And satellites to big events both online and live, such as the WSOP. And sit-and-gos, of course. With buy-ins from $2 to quasi-insane $10K (!) you should be able to find something in the sit-and-go lobby for your taste and wallet. Although Betfair doesn't offer any unusual games, not even all the usual ones to be honest, the poker room makes up for it with a really good selection within its frames, and there are lots of loose games that you’ll be able to profit nicely from.