Latest review of BetFred Sportsbook. We rate Fred Done's BetFred.com online bookmaker site highly. Good bonuses, reasonable odds, very safe and secure online betting.
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BETFRED BOOKMAKER SECURITY & REPUTATION
BetFred is one of the top 5 UK bookmakers and has over 750 shops, 5000 employees and a turnover of around £1.5 billion. Licensed in the UK and originally established as (Fred) Done Bookmakers, BetFred's Online Sportsbook was launched in 2004 followed by Casino and Poker in 2005. Web site security: Verisign certified SSL encryption. Privacy Statement: Privacy principles clearly on their web site, adherance to the (UK) Data Protection Act 1998 guidelines.
BETFRED PAY IN / CASH OUT
BetFred Sportsbook accepts 16 currencies: Great British Pound (GBP) Japanese Yen (JPY) Euro (EUR) Malaysian Ringgits (MYR) American Dollars (USD) New Zealand Dollars (NZD) Australian Dollars (AUD) Norwegian Kronor (NOK) Canadian Dollars (CAD) Singapore Dollars (SGD) Danish Kronor (DKK) Swedish Kronor (SEK) Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) Thai Baht (THB) Icelandic Kronor (ISK) South African Rand (ZAR).
DEPOSITS - Fund your BetFred account via any of the following options: Most UK Debit Cards (Switch, Solo, Visa Delta or Laser), Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard), Moneybookers (recommended), Instadebit, Neteller, Cashier's Cheque, Bankers Draft, International Money Order or Personal Cheques, Federal Express, Western Union, Citadel, Bank Wire. (Online or at any BetFred shop)
WITHDRAWALS - In general you can withdraw funds via the method you used to deposit at BetFred. The process for UK residents is all pretty simple but punters based offshore need to provide ID & crawl through a few hoops first. Nothing major though. There are minimum withdrawal amounts (depending on method) & some charges are incurred if you try to withdraw amounts under this minimum.
A note for credit card users - Betfred will cash out to a credit card only where the issuer allows it (ie for Mastercards, no withdrawals are permitted to non-UK issued Mastercards. For Visa, no withdrawals are permitted to cards issued in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia or USA).
HELP & CUSTOMER SERVICE AT BETFRED
BetFred passed our tests for 24x7 customer service including tests on responding during non-peak UK time zones. Help is available through multiple channels (Free phone for UK and US residents, not toll free-phone for international punters plus specific email addresses for "account" "technical" "betting" & "support" enquiries. All responses to BookieLabRat.com testers were friendly and informed. Practical advice and quick to investigateand resolve problems.
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BETTING COVERAGE AT BETFRED
BetFred has good betting coverage, especially football - but are breaking into US sports markets so are likely to expand into more US fixtures. Good football coverage, especially English and Scottish but all the main European and International fixtures are there (German Bundesliga through to African Nations Cup). Other sports available today: Horses, Boxing, Cricket, Greyhouds, Golf, Amercian Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Darts, Snooker, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Bowls, Tennis, Basketball and Ice Hockey.
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FIXED ODDS AT BETFRED
BetFred Bookmaker consistently offers fixed price odds well within the top 7% of online sportsbooks based on analysis performed by BookieLabrat.com across 205 bookmakers 2005/2006, 240 in 2006/2007 odds, 255 in 2007/08, 360 in 2008/09 and whopping 570 in 2009/10 (UK season). You'll get consistently good value betting at BetFred Sportsbook.
NOTE: BookieLabRat.com tested 570 online bookmakers & 10 betting exchanges this quarter and failed 92% of them. BetFred passed with 80 out of a possible 100 points.
This review is not the formal analysis, just a high level summary of the key aspects we like and don't like about Betfred Bookmaker.
ASIAN HANDICAP ODDS AT BETFRED
BetFred Sportsbook has recently introduced Asian Handicap odds on most major European and UK football fixtures - they are a little difficult to find on their web site though but improving each month now!
OTHER BETS AT BETFRED
Betfred Sportsbook offers good sports event-related special or promotional betting offers and specialises in multi-bets and super bonuses on horse racing. Excellent mobile (cell phone) bets, reasonably good in-play (live) betting for a bookie and BetFred's Asian Handcaps are improving all the time.
The BetFred web site is functional and reasonably quick to find specific betting information on. Nothing flashy, no innovation evident - in fact fairly dated looking - but clean and simple to use.
With Fred Done (founder) renowned as the "Bonus King", BetFred Sportsbook usually has good joining bonsues and ongoing punter loyalty rewards. Betfred is currently offering all new online, call centre & mobile customers free bets of up to £50. To get your free bet, just open an account, place your first bet of £5 or more & they'll give you a free bet to the same value, up to a maximum of £50. Your free bet will be credited to your account within 48 hours of your first bet being settled.
Last Update: 23 April 2012
NOTE: Due to legislation changes in the USA BetFred no longer accepts US customers.
BetFred - WHAT's HOT
Good fixed odds, Very good In-Play (live) Betting, Mobile (cell phone) Great cash backs and specials ' The Bonus King',
BetFred - WHAT's NOT
A relative newcomer to Asian Handicap odds and they're hard to find on site, web site a bit dated looking (but recent changes at least mean pop up windows are less annoying)
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BETFRED BOOKMAKER - OVERALL RATING
BetFred.com has a strong track record for good value. The BookieLabRat team were impressed by the consistency of odds offered by BetFred & that they have expanded into more US sports coverage since our last assessment and added Asian Handicap odds on European and UK football.
BetFred is a top UK bookie offering safe and secure access to good strong odds with some useful bonuses and fun promotions thrown in.