Betfair Poker

Betfair Poker is part of the Betfair Group plc which is the globe’s largest internet betting exchange. The company was founded in the UK in 2000 by Andrew Black and Edward Wray. In 2005 they purchased the online poker site PokerChamps.com with the intention of rebranding it as their own to replace their existing poker arm, which relied upon the Cryptologic network.

Betfair poker offers a 200% first deposit bonus up to $2,000 for new customers. This provides great value if you are looking to stay loyal to one online poker site. To get started with Betfair Poker and to claim your new customer bonus, click the link below and register for an account.

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The bonus is released in increments depending upon how many “Status Points” a player manages to accumulate. A player is awarded 20 Status Points for every $1 they spend or wager at the site. The bonus is released in $5 chunks for every 335 status points earned. To release the maximum bonus amount of $2,000 a total of 134,000 Status Points must be earned, meaning a player would have to wager $6,700. From first registration a player has 90 days to clear as much of their bonus as they can.

Betfair Poker review

Betfair’s poker site is only accessible via a download, and therefore is only guaranteed to work with Windows. There are no software options for mobile platforms.

The Random Number Generator used by Betfair is ratified by independent auditors on a monthly basis and these reports are available to download. All sensitive information regarding financial transactions is encrypted to ensure customer security.

The site offers Texas Hold ’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Five-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo. There is also Speed Poker where you are moved to a new table as soon as you fold a hand at one. There are Cash Games, Sit & Go Tournaments and Multi Table Tournaments. All games are available from micro stakes to high roller amounts, and all games are played in $s. You can also play at Betfair for play money.

Rake values are generally fair, from $0.01 per $0.25 up to a maximum of $0.04 for micro stakes games, to $1 per $20 in the pot up to a maximum of $5 for higher stake games. Tournament fees are guaranteed never to be higher than 10% of the buy-in.

You are required to fill in your name and address, date of birth, email address and phone to join. You can also set up your nickname, your chosen account currency and security details. Logging in is done via your username and password.

New players are automatically entered into the VIP scheme run by Betfair poker. Players amass Status Points in their account, with 20 points added for each $1 wagered. The maximum level is Level 10, for which 30,000 points are required. Status Points can be used in various promotions or used for cash. Betfair runs various special promotions throughout the year.

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Conclusion

The plus points for Betfair Poker are the low rake values and potentially generous welcome bonus. The negative point is that the whole experience is typical of dozens of others of virtually identical poker rooms and no effort seems to have been made to make Betfair a little different. If you’re looking for a unique poker experience, you’ll need to look elsewhere.