Betfred started life as a single high street bookmaker shop in 1967 in Salford and are now one of the biggest and best bookmakers and gambling companies in the world. They cover just about every betting angle you could wish for, from poker to bingo, games to casino and, of course, sports betting.
Betfred.com was launched in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength, helping the company turnover more than £8bn and if you haven’t heard of Betfred, or even if you have but don’t have an account with them, you’re missing out.
Betfred Free Bet
Betfred have changed their welcome free bet a few times in recent years but at the moment they are offering a £30 bonus when you place your first bet for £10 or more, and at odds of evens or greater. The bet can be placed on any market, with the exception of any promotional price boosts, but only single bets will qualify (no accumulators etc..). As well as the £30 in free bets, you’ll also receive 30 free spins on slots.
Betfred are another of the major UK players with a huge high street presence and a strong brand. Like their major rivals, they are strong in almost every area, with no real weaknesses, so here we focus on the out and out highlights…
- Betting Offers and Bonuses – Fred Done, owner of Betfred, is the self-styled Bonus King and thankfully he lives up to the name. At Betfred you will find loads of free bets and bonuses on football, horse racing and just about every sport going. Betfred’s inventive and original Double Delight, Hat-Trick Heaven offers double and treble the odds on first scorer bets if your player goes on to score multiple goals, whilst 1-A-Piece offers free bet refunds if your bets lose and a game ends 1-1. There are simply far too many offers to list here so get to Betfred’s Promotions page for all the latest betting offers and bonuses.
- Odds – Betfred offer very good odds, especially on football and especially on Man United, Fred himself being a huge United fan. Aside from gimmicks such as paying out early on United to win the title (which has twice cost Betfred when they were pipped to the Premier League crown by Arsenal in 1998 and by local rivals City in 2012) they offer odds that are well above average, especially on Champions League and Premier League matches. Their margins are low and as such it is rare to see them too far off the best odds in any market, making them a good choice for people who don’t want to shop around.
- Non-Sports Gambling – Betfred offer just about every gambling possibility imaginable, including bingo, poker, Totepool sports betting and even lotto options. If you like to play online casino games or anything else alongside your more regular football betting, Betfred are strong across the board and a great choice.
- Live Betting – Betfred’s live betting console is excellent, with just about as wide a range of events as you will find anywhere and a good choice of markets for all. It doesn’t have all the customisation options that are offered by some – for example Bet365 and Coral – and nor is the statistical support quite as good but, whether online or via mobile, it’s still a slick and pleasing interface to use for in-play fans!
- Mobile Betting – Betfred’s mobile site and apps are as good as you will find anywhere and their commitment to this area was recently shown when they started to introduce regular mobile exclusive offers and given the mobile site is so easy to use and there are various market-specific apps you can add once you’ve joined, it’s clear Betfred are keen to be at the forefront of mobile gambling.
Banking and Customer Support
Betfred are a huge company and offer just about every withdrawal and deposit method there is. Of course, staples such as debit and credit cards are accepted, whilst there is a huge choice of e-wallets, such as Neteller and Skrill and you can even pay into your account in a Betfred shop, by bank transfer or by cheque. Withdrawals are handled very quickly and all in all, banking with Betfred is a doddle.
Betfred’s customer support is more or less faultless, with details of the various email options, a freephone telephone number and even a postal option easily found on the site. Live chat, the best option in our opinion, is also available and, as with all methods is 24/7. Representatives are always professional and whilst they don’t always have the answers immediately there is rarely a long wait, whilst a handy FAQ section often removes the need to make contact at all.
Betfred have around 1,400 betting shops in the UK, employ 10,000 people and, as said, had a turnover in 2013 of about £8bn. They are a huge company and a brand, fronted by their owner Fred, who can be trusted. We have never heard of any issues with Betfred and as the world’s biggest owner-operated bookmaker we feel happy they will handle our money and personal and financial data with the utmost care.
They retain UK headquarters, in Warrington, but much of the operation is now based in Gibraltar, where Betfred is licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Government. In July 2011 Betfred bought Tote, giving them even more reach and experience, as well as access to Totepool betting options, and we would expect to see Betfred continue to grow and prosper on the back of their polished site, great promotions and odds and markets that are well above average.