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 the extremely popular Betfred 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.

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New 18+ UK customers only. Promo period from 00:00 15/07/19 to 23:59 05/08/19. Register using the promo code SPORTS60, deposit and place first bet of £10 (Evens+) in one bet transaction which settles within the promotional period. £30 in Free Bets credited within 10 hours of bet settlement and expire after 7 days. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T & Cs Apply.

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New Customer Offer
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New 18+ UK customers only. Register using the promo code FOOTBALL40a, deposit and place first bet of £10 on football (cumulative price evens+) in one bet transaction. First bet must settle within the Promo Period (00:00 14/05/20 - 23:59 24/05/20). £30 in Free Bets credited within 10 hours of bet settlement and expire after 7 days. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. 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.

Horse Racing

Betfred are one of the best bookies for betting on horse racing with one reason being the number of horse racing betting offers available to customers. At Betfred, you’ll find betting offers such as Best Odds Guaranteed, Money Back if 2nd, Extra Places, All Correct Bonuses, One Winner Bonuses and many other horse racing offers.

Are Lucky 15 Bets Accepted?Yes
Do They Pay First Past The Post?Yes
Do They Offer Scoop6?Yes
Is Best Odds Guaranteed Available?Yes

All Correct Bonuses

If winning a bet isn’t good enough, Betfred rewards customers with cash bonuses of up to 25%!

Place a Lucky 15, Lucky 31, Lucky 63, Yankee, Canadian or Heinz on Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Virtual Horse racing or Virtual Greyhounds and if all your selections run and win, Betfred will boost your winnings by up to 25%!

The amount of bonus you receive on winning bets will depend on the type of bet you placed as shown below.

  • 10% bonus to all-correct Lucky 15/ Yankee bets.
  • 20% bonus to all-correct Lucky 31/Canadian bets.
  • 25% bonus to all-correct Lucky 63/Heinz bets.

One Winner Bonus

Place a Lucky 15, Lucky 31 or Lucky 63 on Horse Racing or Greyhounds and if all your selections run and only one of your selections win, you will receive 3, 4 or 5 times the odds of your bet as cash. The amount you will receive will again depend on the bet type as shown below.

  • 5 x the Odds for One Winner on Lucky 63s
  • 4 x the Odds for One Winner on Lucky 31s
  • 3 x the Odds for One Winner on Lucky 15s

Political Betting

Many bookmakers allow customers to bet on politics such as the next leader of a party, the next Prime Minister and more. However, with Betfred, you can take political betting one step further by incorporating ‘Pick Your Punt’ bets. These are bets which customers of Betfred request and are given odds for. Some of these bets make it to the website for everyone to bet on should they wish. For example, you can bet on Donald Trump Jr To Win 2024 Presidential Election.

If you’d like to request a Politics PickYourPunt bet, you can do so by Tweeting @Betfred and including the hashtag #PickYourPunt

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.

Cash Out

Betfred allow customers to cash out their bets before they have been settled. This is possible both via the website and through the Betfred app. To view your bets which are available to be cashed out, simply click on ‘Open Bets’ and a cash out amount will be displayed alongside each one. If you are happy with the amount, click to confirm and your bet will be settled early with the amount being automatically added to your cash balance instantly.

Betfred cash out is available for both pre-match and in-play bets. You may find that some markets or sports are ineligible for cash out and that the cash out function is sometimes disabled in play due to a significant event occurring such as a goal or a penalty in a football match.

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 online 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. 

A specific App is also available for the various Lotteries around the world that are available to bet on including the Irish Lotto .

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. The offers and promotions are just one of many reasons to bet with Betfred online rather than in-store. 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.

Betfred Casino

Head to the Betfred Online Casino and you’ll find hundreds of different online games from various game providers such as Playtech, Ash Gaming, Wager Works and Boss Media. There is a huge range of online slots to choose from as well as dozens of tables games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat and more.

Casino funds at Betfred are separate from sports funds but transfer between the two can be done with the click of a button. Players will also accumulate points every time they wager at Betfred Online Casino which can be converted into cash. For every £10 wagered, customers receive 1 point. Once 1000 points have been collected, you can convert them into £10 cash which can be withdrawn if you wish.

Betfred Live Casino

Betfred are one of many betting sites which now offer a range of live casino games. You’ll be able to play games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat as well as various live host games such as Spin A Win, Hi-Lo, Buffalo Blitz and others with real-life dealers and croupiers.

If you haven’t played at Betfred Live Casino before, be sure to check their latest live casino welcome offer. You’re able to claim this as well as any welcome offer for Betfred Sports and Games.

Betfred Games

As well as a good selection of casino games, Betfred also provide a games section. Here, you’ll find games which aren’t available in the casino section such as instant wins, jackpot games and a range of games which you’d usually see in Betfred shops.

Betfred regularly run promotions for their games section which are worth keeping an eye out for. These are generally free spin offers which are awarded when wagering a certain amount on specific games. You can find a full range of offers for Betfred sports, casino, live games and their games sections on the promotions page.

Betfred Lotto

Betting on lotteries at bookies is extremely popular as it’s a convenient way to put your bets on without having to leave the house. Betfred are currently one of the best bookies for betting on the lotto due to the range of lotteries available as well as the lotto promotions they run.

At Betfred Lotto, you can bet on lotteries such as the Irish Lotto, Daily Millions, German Lotto, French Lotto, New York Lotto, Canadian Lotto, Polish Lotto, Spanish Lotto and Australian Lotto. You can use the funds from your Betfred Sports account to place your lotto bets and choose from a range of bet types.

Betfred Virtual Sports

Virtual Sports betting has become increasingly popular of late and great for when there are few sporting events taking place. Virtual sports at Betfred take place every minute 24/7, allowing you to bet on the outcome of virtual events around the clock.

There is a good range of virtual sports available at Betfred such as football, horse racing, darts, tennis, greyhounds, speedway, bingo, motor racing and cycling.

Don’t want to wait for a virtual event to start? No problem. Betfred offer a virtual on-demand service where you can select the virtual event you wish to bet on and when you want it to start. You’re able to play full seasons of virtual football at your convenience allowing you to bet on what you want, when you want.

Overall, Betfred provides one of the best Virtual Sports sections we have come across.

Betfred Bingo

With a range of online bingo games taking place throughout the day, you’re never short of entertainment at Betfred Bingo. As well as several 75 Ball, 80 Ball and 90 Ball Bingo Rooms, there are numerous special games to play as well as an impressive range of side games for when you have some free time. Side games include various online slots, blackjack, roulette, scratchcards and instant wins.

Betfred Poker

Betfred allow customers to play poker against each other in the browser-based poker room. Although some casual players may find Betfred Poker acceptable, it’s nowhere near on par with dedicated poker sites or some other bookmaker poker rooms. The interface is very basic and there is a lack of options regarding stakes and game types. Due to its limitations, there are not many players active at any one time and it can sometimes be difficult to play at a full table.

Although it is a nice option to have, we feel that Betfred Poker is one area of the service which could be improved.

Betfred Totepool

A nice addition to the site is the Betfred Totepool. Unlike standard betting where you bet against the bookie, with a totepool, all wagers are put into a pot and shared amongst the winners accordingly.

There are a number of tote games which you can play such as:

  • Totejackpot: Pick six winners at today’s Jackpot meetings.
  • Toteplacepot: Pick a horse to be placed in each of the first six races.
  • Totequadpot: Pick a horse to be placed in races 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Toteexacta: Pick the horses to finish 1st and 2nd.
  • Totetrifecta: Pick the horses to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
  • Totewin/place: Choose a horse to win or place.
  • Totescoop6: Pick six winners in the nominated races.


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.

New Customer Offer
Bet £10 Get Up To £40 In Free Bets
Bookmaker Rating ★★★★★
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New 18+ UK customers only. Register using the promo code FOOTBALL40a, deposit and place first bet of £10 on football (cumulative price evens+) in one bet transaction. First bet must settle within the Promo Period (00:00 14/05/20 - 23:59 24/05/20). £30 in Free Bets credited within 10 hours of bet settlement and expire after 7 days. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs Apply. rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 6 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.

I Like Them

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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.

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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.

Good for Lotto

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I use Betfred for betting on 49's and the odds are the best

OK Site

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They tend to have the most number of extra place races each day for racing

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