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Betfair Overview

It’s easy to see why Betfair is one of the best books on the market. Fair prices, loads of live betting, and a quality support staff make this the top dog amongst bookmakers with in-game betting. But Betfair goes beyond the typical bookmaker mould — in actuality they’re more of a betting exchange. What’s the difference?

Well a betting exchange is where all bets are placed by users, who either want to bet for a selection (back it) or against it (lay it). That means you get options when betting at Betfair — something you don’t get at other bookmakers. Instead of being forced to pick a team, you get increased options in backing a club, or laying against them. I can assure you options are a good thing!

The Best of Betfair

So what makes Betfair such a good book? Here are five reasons why you should punt with this betting exchange:

1) Best Betting Odds: Take a look at any other book around and compare betting odds for a moment. I’d imagine you’ll see Betfair near or at the top when it comes to having the most competitive lines for every league. So how is that possible? Well it’s due to the fact that the site is a betting exchange, and with betting exchanges bettors get to make the lines.

Now the catch is you need someone to lay for or against your bet, so you’ll need to make the lines somewhat competitive, but if there’s something that should entice bettors, it’s the thought of being able to play the role of the bookmaker. Not only that, but the low odds means you’ll be able to bet and lay less money to win. The exclusion of the vig is something that should have every quality punter in the world betting at Betfair.

2) Easy Layout: If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a big proponent of betting sites with minimal fuss and ease of use. Who wants to put money in an account at a betting and then struggle to figure out how to place a proper wager? I know I don’t.

The left hand toolbar gives you an easy idea of the sports Betfair allows you to wager on, as well as search toolbar that gives you the ability to search for your event via club name, etc. Plus — and this is the biggest one of all — the site is quick to load. No more frustration trying to place a bet minutes before a big match and getting lag from the site because everyone else is betting. I’ve used the site during peak in-game matches and have never had an issue.

3) Currency Options: I mentioned this below, but I think it needs mentioning again: the currency options at Betfair are the best around. Betting from Sweden and need to add money to your account? Betfair takes the Krona. Not only that, but it takes away from having to go a backwards way and place the bet by changing currencies.

They take the mess out of the whole process.

4) No Limit Stakes: Think you’ve got a great idea on who’s gonna win a match? Are you willing to bet your whole load on it? Well unlike other sites, Betfair allows you to go no limit style, meaning you can bet as much as you’re willing to win/lose. While that can be good or bad depending on the outcome, I can assure you some books have a limit on your bet size.

5) Live Betting: Ever wished midway through a match that you could have placed a punt on a particular club? Well now you can in the middle of the match. Betfair is the best in the game at taking bets during the middle of the match. They have odds on everything from the number of red/yellows cards, all the way down to corner kicks. You can also take the conventional route and just bet on a winner…

Either way you can bet in-game and enjoy the match at the same time. I highly recommend in-game betting for more advanced bettors as you can lose money fairly quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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Betfair’s Accepted Currencies:

Don’t be fooled by other book touting multiple currencies! Betfair allows you the option of being able to bet and deposit money with ease. I don’t tout quality books unless they have easy options to deposit funds. I can assure you Betfair is all about ease of use.

The following currencies are accepted: UK Sterling, Euro, US Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Danish Krone, Norwegian Krone, Swedish, Singapore Dollar

Deposit Method
Fees
Withdrawal Method
Fees
Delta, Solo and Maesto Debit Cards
Free
Delta, Solo and Maesto Debit Cards
Free
Visa Electron Debit Card
Free (if UK-issued)
Visa Electron Debit Card
Free
Visa and Mastercard Credit Card
1.5%
Visa and Mastercard Credit Card
Free
Paypal
1.5%
Paypal
Free
Neteller
Free (Promo period)
Neteller
Free
Free
Free
Click and Buy
Free (Promo Period)
Click and Buy
n/a
Bank Transfer
Ask Bank
Bank Transfer
Free (£6 for same-day)
Western Union
Vary
Western Union
n/a
Cheque
Free
Cheque
Issued Free

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