Betfair Casino comes courtesy of the people that brought you the industry defining Betfair.com betting exchange.
New players now get a choice of welcome bonus worth up to £1,000 depending on whether you want to play just slots, just live casino games, or all of Betfair Casino’s titles.
The staff at Betfair Casino have made a number of big changes over the years in an effort to push this Playtech-powered casino into the top 5 in the UK and make it one of the most cutting-edge casinos around.
These changes have included swapping software, the addition of the Zero Lounge and the creation of the Betfair Arcade which includes titles such as scratchcards based on Hulk, Iron Man 2 and Thor.
Ex-rugby player Will Greenwood is less than impressed with a chap shouting out about the benefits of playing at Betfair Casino.
Like some, they originally made their name in online sports betting but rather than acting as a bookmaker, they created a betting exchange where punters could bet against each other. This meant that when the time came to branch out into casino gaming with the Betfair Casino we were unsure how the company would cope when betting directly against players.
There have been a few issues along the way with loose bonus terms and conditions, as well as some frosty customer service reps, but the casino now appears to be on the right track.
These past problems certainly shouldn’t put customers off playing at Betfair – the company’s listing on the London Stock Exchange testifies that it is a reliable place to play. Plus, in all of our dealings with Betfair as players, the staff at Jackpot.co.uk are yet to experience any problems first hand.
With regard to the casino itself, a major highlight are the zero house edge games, which we see as one of the best online casino features around. With Betfair’s history of innovation, it’s no surprise they’re once again trying to do things differently. Here you can play casino games with no house edge, providing players with as much of a chance to win as the casinos have. Simply look for games with ‘Zero’ in their name – Zero Baccarat and Zero Blackjack are two examples.
As well as the Zero games, there is the usual complement of high-quality games that we’ve come to expect from Playtech, one of the leading casino software companies.
In addition to the download casino, there’s an instant casino for those of you who prefer the easy access of a browser-based version. We recommend opting for the download casino – if for no other reason than better access to the zero-edge titles.
There are currently several different types of first deposit bonuses available at Betfair but we’ll start with the biggest. This is a 200% deposit match up to a massive £1,000, if you are only going to play slots titles. If you want to play all the site’s games, you can grab yourself a 200% deposit match up to £300, or if you only want to play in the live dealer rooms, there’s a 100% match up to £200 available.
In addition to these bonuses are regular giveaways, daily bonuses and special promotions. For example, at the time of writing, players were being given a free daily spin on the Betfair Super Slot game, with a bonus paid out to anyone who matches three symbols across the reels.
On top of this the VIPs are also looked after with a fine VIP Club for anyone who accumulates enough Comp Points to qualify for that status.
Across both the download and instant casinos, Betfair provides players with a choice of more than 200 casino games. While this selection is more than adequate, it’s probably fair to say that Betfair have chosen to focus on quality big name games rather than obscure variants that few people play.
Aside from the zero house edge games, the themed Marvel slots such as Iron Man, Gladiator and The Incredible Hulk tend to steal the show.
One other nice touch we particularly like are the in-game tutorials. Though not available on all games, they’re really handy if you fancy chancing your arm on an ‘exotic’ game you don’t know.
Other games that won’t necessarily capture the imagination but are still well worth playing include Jackpot Darts and Rock Paper Scissors – a version of the popular playground game that takes you back to your childhood, but with the chance to win a payout at the same time.
…very ‘pleasing to the eye’ dealers…
Using Playtech for their live dealer games means that Betfair have been able to guarantee high-quality streaming, exciting games and very ‘pleasing to the eye’ dealers ;-).
The casino provides players with a selection of roulette, blackjack, punto banco and casino hold’em live dealer games, all accessed via the live casino tab at the top of the site.
Betfair offers over 40 different progressive jackpot games which are available on their own page within the Betfair Casino software.
These vary in size from the fairly low jackpots of arcade games Winners Club and Genie’s HiLo Jackpot, to slots such as Beach Life and Gold Rally that often hand out million pound jackpots.
Progressive jackpot versions of blackjack and Caribbean stud poker can also be found. It always surprises us that these games aren’t more popular. After all, adding a large jackpot to a game that’s already good certainly can’t be a bad thing.
When first launched, Betfair Mobile Casino was quite dreary, featuring a mere four games. However, thanks to ongoing updates, the mobile casino has been padded out with over 40 games. This increase in the selection of games has helped move Betfair much nearer the top in terms of quantity. This is not at the expense of quality either; Betfair makes full use of Playtech technology, providing familiar names such as Iron Man 2 and Pink Panther.
Although Betfair’s general mobile casino site is available on most mobile devices, the mobile casino app is only supported on Android devices, iPhone and iPad. As we’ve observed, Betfair is working diligently to improve its mobile offering, so it’s only fair to expect increased compatibility in the near future.