Betfair Casino comes courtesy of the people that brought you the industry defining Betfair.com betting exchange.
New players now get a recently improved and exclusive 400% bonus worth up to £400 as well as the option to ramp things up a bit by selecting the £1,000 High Roller bonus instead.
The staff at Betfair Casino have made a number of big changes over the past few 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 Cleopatra, Zuma, Elvis and Superman slots.
Ever striving to be ‘different’ Betfair have constantly tried to set themselves apart from other online casinos and to a large extent have succeeded.
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Like some, they originally made their name in online sports betting but rather than acting as a bookmaker, they created a betting exchange where punters could bet against each other.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 is the Betfair Zero Lounge 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. The games, though not plentiful, include traditional casino favourites; Zero Baccarat, Zero Blackjack, Zero Roulette and Zero Jacks or Better.
As well as the Zero Lounge, there is the usual compliment of high-quality games that we’ve come to expect from Playtech, one of the leading casino software companies.
As well as 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, the Zero Lounge is not available in the instant casino.
There are currently several different types of first deposit bonuses available at Betfair but we’ll start with the best. This is a 400% bonus that is exclusive to Jackpot.co.uk users and is worth up to £400. Wagering requirements are 35x and they have to be completed within seven days of accepting the bonus. As all games except Zero Lounge games, Blackjack Surrender and double options on slots contribute to these there should be no problem fulfilling these requirements.
There’s also a small £5 welcome bonus which consists of a 25% match of your deposit plus standard and high roller bonuses. These can provide you with £300 or £1,000 respectively with wagering requirements of 25x and 15x your bonus and deposit to match. The bonus we really recommend is the Mid Roller option which finds a happy middle ground of 20x wagering requirements for a £500 bonus. More good news is that these requirements can be fulfilled on any Betfair Casino game except low risk roulette bets and Zero Lounge games – which is a shame but if they allowed this they’d practically be giving money away.
In addition to these bonuses are regular giveaways, daily bonuses and special promotions. For example, at the time of writing players in the casino on Wednesdays were being rewarded with a share of £1,000 while slots players could take advantage of a £20 bonus on Fridays.
On top of this the VIPs are also looked after with a fine VIP Club and a £500 VIP welcome bonus to get you started.
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 names games rather than obscure variants that few people play.
Aside from the Zero Lounge 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 Wild Viking – a card game where you bet on the cards to be drawn by the dealer that includes a progressive jackpot.
…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 instant casino provides players with a selection of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and Diagonal Roulette live dealer games while download casino players can also get stuck into Live Casino Hold’Em and Unlimited Blackjack as well.
Betfair offers 20 different progressive jackpot games which are available on both variations of the Betfair Casino.
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 baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker and video 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 a recent revamp, the mobile casino has been padded out with an impressive 17 games. This increase in the selection of games ranks Betfair 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 platform is available on most mobile devices, the mobile casino 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.