Part of the popular iPoker Network, BetFair Poker was started in 2001 and is home to a large number of players, based mostly in Europe. Because it is part of the Sporting Exchange, it attracts a lot of new poker players from its sports betting business, so new players may feel more at home amongst the primarily recreational players that BetFair appeals to. There are about 1,200 ring games players and another 4,000 tournament players playing at Betfair during peak hours.
Betfair New Player Bonus
BetFair Poker’s offers new poker players a welcome bonus which is a 200% match bonus up to $2000. As well as their welcome bonus, they also offer new players a variety of different perks including sit’n’go tokens, freeroll tokens, and a tournament entry token to their monthly Bonanza tournament.
Betfair Poker has one of the better VIP programs on the iPoker network, and it’s fairly simple to understand. You earn Status points when you play in cash games, and you can then spend those points in their reward store. The more points you earn will also increase your VIP level as you play more.
The program has ten different levels of VIP status, depending on how many points you earn. If you play enough that you earn the VIP Elite status, you are given a variety of excellent bonuses, including access to a monthly $5,000 freeroll.
Betfair Poker uses the reliable iPoker platform, which has been designed to handle the network’s high volume of players, so players don’t often have much to complain about in terms of usability.
The iPoker software has been upgraded several times over the past few years, adding a lot of new features to keep themselves competitive. Multi-table mini-views and the option to play at more than 15 tables at once has made BetFair one of the most popular sites for fans of multi-table play. Graphically speaking, it’s not too flashy, but is functional and allows some player customization.
Unfortunately for Mac users, Betfair Poker iPoker software doesn’t support Apple devices running OSX. Mac fans are able to use emulators to use the software, but some have reported that it’s buggy at times.
BetFair has a lot of support options for players, including a fairly reliable live chat feature, a well-monitored twitter account, and 24/7 phone assistance, as well as email assistance which is available in a number of languages.