Betfred Review

Everything you need to know about Betfred

Betfred was founded back in 1967 by two brothers, Peter & Fred Done. Beginning with just one betting shop in Salford, UK, the company has grown to be one of the most recognisable names in the betting industry. 

Betfred now has over 1,500 land-based betting shops as well as an extremely popular online sportsbook which offers customers a variety of attractive betting promotions, competitive odds and excellent all-round service.

In this Betfred review, we’ll be looking at what makes them so good and why you should consider joining them. You can read a number of Betfred reviews left by other visitors at the bottom of this page and leave your own if you wish.

New Customer Offer
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New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘BETFRED40’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. Full T&Cs apply.

Welcome Offer

The Betfred welcome offer is available to new customers and is the first of many free bet offers you’ll receive as a Betfred customer. Register an account with Betfred today and you can receive up to £40 in free bets when placing your first bet of £10 or more.

The average free bet offer for new customers is between £10-£20 which makes this offer from Betfred above average. It’s a relatively simple free bet offer to claim so just follow the steps below and you could receive £40 in free bets as a new customer.

1. First, you need to create a new Betfred account. Registration takes only a minute and no Betfred promo code is needed. Simply enter your details and your account will be created. You need to enter the Betfred promo code BETFRED40 when reistering to be eligible for the welcome offer.

2. Next, you need to make a deposit of £10 or more. Deposits made via Neteller, Skrill, Paypal, Ukash and Paysafecard will not qualify for the welcome offer so we advise you to use a debit or credit card to be safe.

3. Once you have made a deposit, you need to place a qualifying bet of £10 or more. This bet can be on any sport you like and any market providing that the odds of your bet are evens (2.0) or greater. Any bets placed below evens will not qualify for the offer.

Once your qualifying bet has settled, Betfred will credit your account with £30 in free bets. They aim to credit free bets within 10 hours but we have found they are usually available a lot sooner than this. When you have received your free bet, simply add a selection to your bet slip and check the ‘Use Free Bet Balance’ box to use your free bet.

As a bonus, should your first bet loses with Betfred, you will receive an additional £10 free bet. That’s up to £40 in free bets you can receive!

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Bet £10 Get £30 + £10
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New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘BETFRED40’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. Full T&Cs apply.

Sports & Betting Markets

There are just under 30 sports available to bet on at Betfred. Some bookmakers have a handful more but it’s unlikely that you’ll not be able to find the sport you’re looking for. Everything from football to tennis, horse racing, basketball, rugby, darts and greyhounds are available as well as cricket, boxing and even cycling. There are also a selection of ‘specials’ which include things like betting on TV shows, awards and politics.

Below is a list of sports available to bet on at Betfred.

  • #PickYourPunt
  • American Football
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • eSports
  • Football
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Hurling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lottery Specials
  • Motor Sports
  • Next Events Off
  • Politics
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Specials
  • Tennis
  • Today’s Price Boosts
  • Virtual Sports

You won’t be short on markets either as Betfred offer a large number of them for the majority of sports. Obviously, football matches have the most number of markets where you can bet on anything from the match winner to the number of goals, which team will score first, the number of cards, handicap betting and much more. There are also a good number of markets for other sports such as tennis, golf, basketball and darts.

In-Play Betting

Betfred offer a good number of in-play markets for the majority of sports. As with pre-match markets, football takes the main focus with a variety of different bets available to place during games. For in-play tennis betting, you can bet on markets such as the set winner, the player to win the next point and if there will be a double fault.

In-play markets are categorised for easy navigation, which makes it a lot simpler to find the market you’re looking for quickly. 

As well as standard betting markets, you can also place #PickYourPunt bets in-play. Many bookies offer these type of bets now which allow punters to bundle various bets into one that may not be possible with an accumulator. For example, you could place a #PickYourPunt bet on ‘Vardy to score next, Leicester to keep a clean sheet, Rashford to be carded and there to be over 3.5 goals’. 

Betfred’s in-play goods are competitive with other top bookmakers and it’s unlikely that the vast majority of customers will have any complaints.

Live Streaming

Customers are able to stream a number of sports directly via the Betfred website, mobile website or app. Some sports available to stream include football, basketball, tennis, handball, ice hockey, volleyball, badminton, beach soccer and of course horse and greyhound racing.

All sports with the exception of horse and greyhound racing are free to stream, although you do need to have a positive account balance. For horse racing and greyhound streams, you are required to have placed a bet on the race you wish to watch. Please see the table below for the minimum stakes based on the bet type.

Bet Type Number of races Minimum Total Stake (£/€)
Single 1 1
Straight Forecast 1 1
Reserved Forecast 1 1
Double 2 2
Treble 3 3
Trixie 3 3
Patent 3 3
Yankee 4 4
Lucky 15 4 4
Accumulator 4 4 4
Canadian 5 5
Lucky 31 5 5
Accumulator 5 5 5
Heinz 6 6
Lucky 63 6 6
Accumulator 6 6 6
Super Heinz 7 7
Accumulator 7 7 7
Goliath 8 8


Customer Service

Customer support is available around the clock at Betfred with both live chat and telephone support both being available 24/7. Email support is also provided and we found that a response is usually received within an hour or two. Chat support agents seem knowledgeable and friendly and connections are usually instant which is a huge positive.

Betfred also provide a comprehensive help section which is full of frequently asked questions along with answers which can come in useful for a lot of queries. There are various categories such as FAQ’s for promotions, account related issues, bets and more. 

Please see the sidebar for Betfred contact information.

Betfred App

You can download the Betfred App for free on your mobile or tablet device. It’s available for iOS and Android devices and provides quick and easy access to your account. Through the Betfred app, you’ll be able to not only place sports bets but also access the Betfred casino, games, lotto and bingo sections. You will need to transfer your balance between the various sections but it’s good that all these areas are available via the one Betfred app.

The app has the same layout as the Betfred mobile website which is excellent. There is easy navigation between sports and pages and games load extremely fast.

The Website

The Betfred website is one of our favourites. It’s extremely user-friendly with large buttons for the odds and excellent layout. Current promotions and offers are displayed on the homepage carousel with odds for various in-play events taking up the majority of the page in the middle. Navigation to various sports can be done via the sidebar and once you have chosen a sport, betfred make it very easy for you to filter the results to find the event you are looking for. For example, when football is selected, you can then filter the results by league or country and from within there, filter again by additional categories such as matches, manager specials or outrights.

Overall, we think the Betfred website is excellent and we have no complaints about it whatsoever.

As you would expect from a top bookmaker, Betfred offer a Cash Out feature. This allows customers to settle their bet early and either lock in a profit or cut their losses on their bets. Cash out is available on selected markets and sports and funds are instantly added to your cash balance once cash out has been confirmed. Currently, Betfred do not offer a partial cash out feature but standard cash out is available both pre-match and in-play.


There isn’t a huge range of methods available for deposits and withdrawals at Betfred but the majority of customers will have no complaints. You’re able to fund and withdraw from your account using debit & credit cards, eWallets such as PayPal, neteller & skrill or opt for a bank transfer. 

We’ve listed the available deposit options for Betfred customers below.

Betfred Deposit Options

Method Fee Time Minimum Maximum 
Credit/Debit Card Free Instant £5 £20000
Neteller Free Instant £5 £15000
Skrill Free Instant £5 £8000
PayPal Free Instant £5 £15000
Bank Transfer Free Subject to bank rules No Limit No Limit
Paysafecard Free Instant £5 £250

There are slightly fewer withdrawal options available at Betfred but the majority of customers will most likely use the available options below.

Betfred Withdrawal Options

Method Fee Minimum Maximum Tme
Credit/Debit Card Free £5 £20000 1 – 3 Days
Neteller Free £5 £15000 Within 24 Hours
Skrill Free £5 £8000 Within 24 Hours
PayPal Free £5 £5000 Within 24 Hours


Account Settings

The Betfred website is currently only available in English but they do offer a number of in-account settings to personalise your account to your needs.

Odds Formats: The odds on Betfair can be viewed in 3 formats which include fractional, decimal and American.

Responsible Gambling: Betfred takes responsible gambling very seriously and even host a video in their responsible gambling section featuring Betfred co-founder Fred Done who discusses the companies principles in this department and what they stand for. There are a number of settings which Betfred customers can adjust to help maintain a healthy betting account.

Deposit Limits: Users can set limits on how much they can deposit each day, week or month.

Reality Checks: Betfred will notify you when you have been logged into your account for a specified amount of time.

Time-Out: If you wish, you can opt to take a break from Betfred for anywhere from 24 hours to 6 weeks.

Self Exclusion: If you wish to exclude yourself from Betfred, you can do so for a period of 6 months or more.



Betfred have over 50 years experience in the booking industry and have become one of the leading betting sites. They offer existing customers a number of betting offers and promotions on almost a daily basis and provide an all-round excellent service.

The Betfred welcome offer is above the industry standard and so if you’re looking to sign up to a bookmaker which you don’t already have an account with, Betfred is a sound choice. Be sure to take advantage of their free bet offer for new customers which is detailed below.

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New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘BETFRED40’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. Full T&Cs apply. rating: 3.2 out of 5 based on 5 reviews.

Excluded from Betfred in just 18 bets!

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Like many of my friends I have been excluded from Betfred because I won to much over the last few months. This will happen if you are successful, Betfred have no interest in their sports book or the customers that use it, the majority of their money is made on FOBT's and emails will often try and tempt you into their casino arm. They do sponsor a few horse race meetings but this really is a smokescreen and all 'reputable' bookies do this for the publicity and pretense they take horse bets. If you are regular horse punter you will know that Betfred will not take sizeable bets, the abilities of their traders are confined to copying whatever the market is saying on Betfair. It is beyond me why they use traders, I am pretty sure I could write a software program to replicate what they do. I thought they may be more amenable to taking large bets on the EPL with the millions floating around on each game, but it only took 18 bets for me to be banned. alarmingly quick! So here is some advice for those who wish to take the matter further - use places like Trustpilot and the like, use social media, keep calling them out, create as much negative press as you can, remember a lot of the tabloids are paid a huge amount of money in advertising by these bookmakers so will rarely report too negatively on them. Betfred lies about the amount of people it bans, it says it is a tiny %, where as this includes casino only customers, and people they limit to a few pence per bet, the true figure for their sports arm is the highest in the industry, they simply do not tolerate anyone winning consistently, no matter how small that margin is. Ask for all of your personal information, they have to give you this by law. See Data Protection Act 1998. If any of it is wrong ask for all of your data to be deleted, this again is the law. Betfred use snooping software called iesnare or msnare, check your hard drive and if it is installed this will be from Betfred. Ask for all of the information they have recorded from your machine. The law here is difficult as they claim its for fraud. This is nonsense its to stop multiple account holders and should you access Betfair whilst betting with them, they will have a record of this, and will lead to a greater (or quicker) way of you been banned. However Betfred offer no T&C's that tell you they are going to download this aggressive software, so I would argue that it is therefore a breach of your privacy and thus illegal. The more that question this and tell IBAS or the GC the more likely it is Betfred will be forced to stop cheating you and stealing your personal information. This information records every website you visit and reports back to Betfred, it really is that simple and that invasive. Its hard to believe it, but feel free to google. Interestingly in NSW (Austrailia) they are forcing bookmakers to take bets up to $1000 and not cherry pick losers, an activity that is basically Betfred's commercial strategy. We can hope that one day the UK government forces bookmakers like Betfred to stop cherry picking and as the Australian government says, if your sole purpose of trading is for gambling then you have to accept bets (to a limit) from everyone, not just your small group of losing customers. If you want to bet unlimited bets then try and get an account with Pinnacle, they actually use professional traders and use professional punters to shape their books - not currently available to UK citizens, but if you work abroad or have family abroad you may be in luck. If you have an active Betfred account and use it, you either bet small sums, and please carry on, if you bet large sums and it is active then you are telling all your friends you are a loser! it really is that simple! Lastly never use the Betfred Casino, this just feeds their pockets, make them sort out their Sports arm first.

Irresponsible Gambling

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I am a compulsive gambler with mental heath problems. I was allowed to deposit and gamble £12500 in an account under my Grandads name which I registered on a Saturday evening when drunk. They didn’t ask for any documentation to prove who was using the account and after I lost £12,500 they decided to suspend the account then. This was in the space of 5 hours. People who are not gambling addicts will 100% blame only me for this, but they have a responsibility to protect vulnerable gamblers and customers and at least request to confirm Identity before allowing that amount of funds to leave the account. Tried to email them and they just send back a generic email. Avoid at all costs if you can’t control your gambling addiction.

I Like Them

3.2 5
5 5 1
Surprised to see the number of negative comments here, I can only assume they got a very different service than I did or maybe they come from people who aren't happy just because they lost. Personally I have been betting with Fred for years and never had any problems at all.

Top bookie

3.2 5
5 5 1
Not sure why there are negative reviews about Betfred. I've never had any problem with them and they've always been one of the better bookies for me. Can't complain about the promos as there's load of them. Odds are ok, around standard, but there are boosts for the footy regularly which provide value.

Odds could be better

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The only downside with Fred is that the odds are generally quite poor at times. I can often find better odds on 365 but I'm limited.

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