A UK-based sportsbook since the 60s, Betfred is new to the United States but no stranger to sports betting. BetFred was such a well-established service in the UK that it won the bid to purchase the government-run betting service in the 2010s. Now, this well-rounded and feature-heavy sportsbook is expanding its offering in the U.S.
Whether you’re new to the world of sports betting or an experienced bettor, the promos and extras offered by Betfred make it an operator worth checking out. Users new to the site can benefit from a nice welcome offer, while existing users should be checking out the Promotions tab on the regular for extras, bonuses, and more. We’ll cover the whole Betfred product here.
Where can I use Betfred Sportsbook?
Betfred Sportsbook is currently available in two U.S. states, with more on the way. Coloradans and Iowans already have access to this exciting newcomer to the legal sports betting market, and there are a few more states waiting on deck for Betfed.
|State||Bonus||Casino Partner||Launch Date|
|Iowa||TBD||Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort||July 2020|
|Colorado||TBD||Saratoga Casino Black Rock||September 2020|
Both Nevada and Pennsylvania are both in the process of securing licenses with Betfred. It’s sure to be an exciting 2021, as more and more states are opening up their legal sports betting platforms. With competition comes innovation, which always benefits bettors.
What’s Different in Each State?
All U.S. states have to carve out their own sports betting laws, so the industry as a whole can look quite a bit different in each state. Keep in mind the following info when betting with Betfred in its legal areas:
Until January 1, 2021, all online sportsbooks in the state of Iowa require that you visit the sites partner casino and sign up in-person. It’s kind of a chore, but thankfully this aspect of the law will be expiring sooner rather than later. Therefore, to complete the registration process in Iowa you would need to visit the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, IA.
Betfred has paired with the Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk to provide online sports betting in Colorado. As a state, CO has extremely liberal betting laws meaning users will find more markets and available bet types than in other states.
Betfred Sportsbook Welcome Offer
Bettors who sign up with Betfred by using one of our links will be eligible for a $500 risk-free bet. This welcome promotion enables new users to make a deposit and get their first bet refunded if it is a loss, up to $500.
It’s called a “risk-free bet” or sometimes “bet insurance” because you will be refunded your betting cash if you lose. If it’s a loss, that cash returns to your account in the form of betting credits– you won’t be able to withdraw it back into your account immediately.
Don’t forget– there are terms and conditions that come with every promotional offer. in this case, once you’ve created, validated, and funded (min $10) your Betfred Sportsbook account, your very first wager will be the risk-free bet.
Keep in mind that the wager will be returned to you in the form of bet credits, not cash. You will need to wager the credits in order for them to convert into money that can be withdrawn. All bet credits will be credited within 72 hours after the risk-free bet is deemed a loss, and must be used within 7 days of being awarded.
How to Get Started with Betfred Sportsbook
Getting started with sportsbooks in the U.S. is a pretty straightforward process, but you’ll need to prove your identity, location, and age to continue to use the Betfred services. First off, head over to the Betfred website using your computer or mobile device and create an account.
If you’d like all that Betfed has to offer within a single app, go ahead and download one of the stellar mobile applications from the website or the App Store. Android users will have to download the APK, or Android Package File, from the Betfred website directly and follow on-screen instructions to allow the download from that source before continuing. Don’t worry, all of Betfred’s apps are safe, secure, and licensed.
Betfred will ask for your SSN or other verifying details in order for you to continue.
The Iowa Betfred product is licensed and regulated by the Iowa Gaming Association, whereas the Colorado version is licensed and regulated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. You’re in good hands. Your data is safe, but necessary to prove your ID.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to sign up with the Betfred Sportsbook:
- Head to the Betfred website or app of your choice. Be sure to use one of our links.
- Click the green “Register” icon at the top right.
- Enter your personal details to register your account, including email, preferred password, contact info, and security questions.
- Enter a bonus code or referral code if you have one.
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Provide the last 4 digits of your SSN.
- Make your first deposit. Check out the “Banking Options” section of this review for more information on that process.
- When you’re ready, place your first wager. As a new user your first wager will be protected by the welcome offer’s risk-free bet. Keep in mind you will need to meet wagering requirements in order to receive the refunded bet.
A special note on any licensed betting service in the U.S.: you will need to allow location services on your app or install a third-party geotagging plugin to your desktop’s browser in order to ensure you are playing within the boundaries of a state with legal sports betting. Simply download the GeoComply plugin on desktop and enable it on your browser whenever logged on to Betfred. You will be automatically prompted to install the plugin.
You also can’t cross state lines using the app– for example, if you’ve registered for Betfred Iowa, you can only place wagers in Iowa. This is due to federal laws prohibiting gambling revenue from crossing state lines.
Betfred Mobile App
The Betfred mobile app does a pretty good job of replicating the experience of the desktop site in a mobile package. Having a dedicated app is a great way to offer your users a one-stop betting experience, and the Betfred mobile app does just that. It doesn’t offer anything extra in the way of functionality, but is a good way to access your sports bets with a single tap.
Fans of betting on the fly will particularly enjoy the Betfred app, as it offers in-play betting and all the bets you could want out of a platform. When you’re on the go, you can place bets as the play progresses right from your device. Mobile wagering is an essential part of online sports betting, and Betfred knocks it out of the park.
Remember, the Betfred app is available within the App Store for iOS devices. For Android devices, users should navigate to the Betfred website on their smartphone or tablet and tap the “Download for Android” button. Your device will warn you about installing any third-party apps, so don’t worry– enable this download in your settings when prompted. Then, simply register according to the steps above and start playing!
Betfred Desktop Experience
The Betfred desktop app has everything you could want in a browser-based sportsbook. Interface, functionality, and user experience are all important aspects of a good sportsbook, and Betfred’s desktop site performs well in all three categories.
One of the more favorable aspects of the Betfred desktop version is simply how well organized it is. From one screen, users can make bets, assemble parlays and other complex bets, tab over to their bet slip or in-play betting, and access other useful features. Unlike other sports betting apps, Betfred doesn’t shy away from giving you all the information you need on one screen.
To be frank, we enjoyed the betting with Betfred from a full-screened browser more than its mobile app, but that’s just a matter of real estate– you can only fit so much on a smartphone’s screen. The app does do a good job of making use of the limited space, but there could be a bit more innovation when it comes to how that information is displayed.
To the new bettor, the desktop interface might seem a bit busy, but a few moments of playing with the features will lead to a more streamlined betting service for both new and experienced bettors. Especially interesting is the ability to pin categories to the top of your window, keeping all your favorite sports markets and bets in one place.
What Types of Bets Can I Make with Betfred?
Before taking a look at bet types, let’s examine available markets. Betfred offers all the sports a modern American sports fan could want, and more. All the classically “American” sports are here, including gridiron football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and soccer.
Fans of a bit more exotic fare will be excited with the presence of additional markets, like motor racing, rugby, tennis, and MMA. In some areas, you can even bet on ping pong and golf!
When it comes to types of bets, Betfred offers a decent selection that includes totals/moneyline bets, parlays, and more. If you’re a new bettor, simply try a totals bet for that first wager, and get your money back using your first risk-free bet promotion. Don’t worry, experienced bettors will find complex bets that work for their play style as well. Parlays and teasers are always on the table.
For example, it’s easy to assemble your perfect parlay– simply click multiple lines on the matches of your choice and Betfred will do the rest. If you’re looking for more ways to adjust your spread, you also have the option to bet on teasers, or build the bet of your choice. Versatile bets are made easy on Betfred, which has made them a favorite of bettors both in the U.S. and across the pond.
Pricing and Value
Overall, Betfred offers solid pricing and value. Generally speaking most offered wagers fall in the 10 cent range. -110 is pretty standard for your totals and spread options. We did see some games offered at +100/-120. As far as the lines are concerned, while most books may have a football game at -7.5, Betfred might list it at -7. There’s some variability with its moneylines, too. If you’re looking for a great price on a specific bet, its worth taking a peak to see where Betfred has it.
Betfred Sportsbook also has a feature that we love to see on a modern sports betting provider– In-Play betting. This enables users to make on-the-fly bets that resolve as a match progresses. For example, wagering on a 4th down conversion, the success of an onside kick, the next hole for Tiger at the Masters, etc.
In-play props are also a lot of fun– essentially, these are seemingly random bets that are associated with the primary event. You may also be tasked with picking “which player will make the next first down” or “who will be the games MVP”, etc.
At any rate, in-play betting is a great way to add some extra spice and challenge to your sports betting experience. Watch the matches on your favorite livestream or sports broadcast and bet on the next play, then see your winnings tally up in real time.
Banking options at Betfred Sportsbook
Betfred users will need to fund their accounts before they can place wagers, secure bonuses, and more. At the moment, bettors have access to a relatively limited selection of banking options, but as Betfred expands, so too will their cashier section.
The following deposit/withdrawal methods are commonly found with Betfred:
- VIP Preferred E-Check
- Play + Card
Additionally, Iowa users can do their banking in person at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, while Colorado users can bank in person at Saratoga Casino Black Rock. While these choices work, and are convenient, this isn’t the most well-rounded offering of payment options we’ve ever seen. The fledgling Betfred-U.S. service is working to offer more options to its users. We’re hoping to see choices like PayPal and Credit Cards available soon.
It’s not the most expansive customer support set up out there. Betfred offers support via:
Customers should check their local Betfred sportsbook support page for the appropriate phone numbers and email addresses in their area. They will vary from state to state.
While the “text” option is a nice, unique addition, there is a glaring omission. Live Chat support has become a standard option that bettors have come to expect on legal iGaming sites. Being able to instantly load up a chat window and ask an agent your question is an excellent service, and we miss it here. Similarly, support isn’t available 24/7, nor is there a FAQ page. While they offer quality service, there are a few easy areas for improvement that we hope they will capitalize on.