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BetFair Poker Review

Important Note: U.S. players are not allowed at BetFair

This is the poker room "arm" of the world's largest online sportsbetting exchange, BetFair. Their name says it all - BetFair equates to credibility and legitimacy in a way that only a long-established company with a proven track record can.

Now, this site may not be heavy on the promotions, but they've got some of the loosest games around and some of the most non-poker-savvy poker players. If you know even half of what you're doing, you could rack up some real nice wins here.

To boot, their newsletter, "The Deal" is so rife with useful and interesting information, advice, and commentary that I recommend it even if you don't join the site - though unless you're a U.S. resident and are simply not permitted to join, I don't see why you wouldn't.

 

 
Betfair Poker
OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Prop Player Program (paid to play)
Multi-currency (dollars, pounds, euros)
Cross-platform promotions with Bet Fair sportsbetting site
Player forum
Regular, in-depth poker newsletter, "The Deal"
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
0%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$0
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
3/10
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6/10
7/10
4/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
7/10
7/10
6/10
5/10
5/10
Overall Grade 57%
 
   
 


Bonuses
No signup bonus
Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot, starts at 1500 pounds, 100 pounds added each day unclaimed
Royal Flush Jackpot, 300 pounds
3 Aces Sundays, up to 150 pounds every time on a Sunday when pocket aces turns into trips


 
 


Promotions
WSOP satellites
Prop player program - earn $10-$20/hr. for playing at short-handed tables (which are easier to win at anyway)
Loyalty program - commission points redeemable for discounts on commissions at BetFair sportsbetting exchange
Super System 2 Sit and Gos - win Doyle Brunson's acclaimed sequel to his masterful poker tome
Two daily150 pound added and 500 pound added tournaments
Four daily guaranteed prize pool tournaments - $4,000, 12,000 pounds, 4,000 pounds, and 2000 pounds


 
 


Software & Graphics
As functional as it is bland, unfortunately
No pre-select buttons
Hand history accessible from table

Betfair Poker Lobby Betfair PokerTable


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Texas Hold 'Em
Omaha (hi & hi/lo)
7-Card Stud
Heads Up
Single and multi-table tournaments
Regular short-handed tables
Daily Turbo Tournaments, blinds raised every 5 minutes
40 scheduled multi-table tournaments daily
Limits from $.50/$1 - $100/$200


 
 


Traffic
1,500-2000 ring game players, 1500-2200 tournament players at peak times
Shared player based with other Cryptologic sites, including William Hill Poker, Caribbean Sun Poker, and Inter Poker


 
 


Competition
Cryptologic is known for loose games with rich pots, probably stemming from the large tide of sportsbetters frequenting these tables for a "change of pace"
Gamblers, gamblers, gamblers (who don't know when to hold 'em, fold 'em walk away or run)…lucky you


 
 


Rake
No flop/No drop
Fixed 5% on all pots above $5
Though the fixed 5% is not the greatest rake calculation around, it's still capped at $3, and no flop/no drop takes away some of the sting


 
 


Customer Service
Phone ( UK and "other")
Email (they say they'll respond within 2 hours)
No live hosts


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits: You can deposit with VISA, MasterCard, Delta, Switch, Solo, check, direct bank transfer, Western Union, Moneybookers
Cash out options: Check, bank transfer, Moneybookers
No NETeller


 
 


Ease of Use
Time-clock encourages/forces quick thinking
Lacking in any useful advanced play buttons
Hand history accessible from table