Founded in 2002, Betfair has become an extremely popular betting destination for punters the world over thanks to its comprehensive and diverse Betfair sports markets. Nigerian players can feel safe staking their money on this website, as it is licensed by two of the biggest regulators in the industry: The Malta Gaming Authority and the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Betfair sports has now set up its operation in Gibraltar, which is where some of the world’s biggest gambling firms are based – Betfair was formerly headquartered in the UK.
We are going to take an intensive look at this amazing sportsbook and tell you all you need to know about its pros and cons, bonuses and promotions, Betfair registration process, live betting and live streaming capabilities and their Betfair mobile app. Despite being launched in 2002, Betfair didn’t become a sportsbook until 2012 – so they’re relatively young in the game, despite being an extremely popular option for punters worldwide. To kick off this review, we’re going to start by talking about the good and bad things we noticed.
The Good and Bad of Betfair Sports
We scoured the website from top to bottom to come up with the review, looking at things like how well they serve their customers, the website’s user-friendliness and the markets they have on offer. While doing that a couple pros and cons came to light, which we have summarised below:
- The selection of markets is quite diverse, with some of the highest odds we’ve ever seen
- Their sports market offerings are plenty
- The Betfair mobile app and website both offer a fast and seamless experience
- Customer service is always fast, friendly and reliable
- The welcome offer is excellent
- The information on the site is overwhelming
- Returning customers don’t have a lot of promotions to look forward to
Bonuses and Promotions at Betfair Nigeria
You can’t review a bookmaker without looking at their bonuses and promotions. These entice new players to register an account and keep their existing customer base coming back for more betting action. However, compared to their competitors, the bonuses and promotions are rather lackluster, with their standout promotional offer being the welcome bonus.
When you sign up for a new account on Betfair sports, you have the opportunity to net yourself free bets amounting to ₦500,000. Here is what you need to do in order to activate this welcome bonus:
After the bonus offer, you might be excited to see what else the bookmaker has in store for you. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to be excited about here – plus, what’s there is mostly football-centric. Here is what we found is worth mentioning in regards to their promotions page:
How to Register and Create an Account on Betfair
To be a bettor on Betfair, you need to register for a free account, which will be activated immediately so you can get through the Betfair login process and join the fun. Follow the steps below to create an account:
- Open your browser and enter: http://www.betfair.com
- This will take you to the home page where you should click or tap on ‘Register’ – this button is located on the page’s top right corner
Now you will be taken to the Betfair registration page. Here, you must fill the form with your personal details. You also need to:
- Enter a username and password to use when logging into your account
- Provide answers to security questions
- Select the currency you want to associate the account with
- Enter any promotional code that you may have
Live Betting & Live Streaming on Betfair Nigeria
Something that we were pleasantly surprised to find on Betfair sports is the huge number of markets for live betting. The odds are updated in real-time to reflect the action that is unfolding. This means you can tweak your betting strategy to reap more rewards. And with the way the section is designed, you will know the moment important stats, such as scoreline, change in all markets you’re interested in. Others have no problem with making their bets and occasionally checking the score, but others want to watch the action play out. If you’re one of the latter, then you’d be glad to know that the sportsbook streams some of the matches in HD for you to enjoy. To watch the match, you need to bet a minimum of ₦500 on the match you’re interested in watching. Other than that, you just need to make sure that the balance in your account is greater than zero to live stream any of the available matches.
Betfair Mobile App for Android or iPhone
Whether you are on Android or iOS, there is a Betfair app that you can download. This means that you can place pre-match and in-play bets whether you’re on a bus ride or at the office. You have access to the live score, account information and you can even make deposits and withdrawals with the app.
If you don’t want to download anything onto your phone, you don’t have to. The bookmaker has a mobile site that is responsive to numerous smartphone and tablet screens. The developers and designers at Betfair Nigeria made sure that both the app and website are functional and good-looking, considering that many Nigerians are using their phones to bet on their platform.