Betfair Sports Betting

About Betfair Sports Betting

Betfair Sports Betting is slightly different from your usual sportsbook site, as it allows you to ‘lay’ bets as well as ‘back’ them. In essence, a ‘lay’ is a bet to lose, rather than a bet to win, giving you a whole new way to wager on sporting events of all kinds.

For this reason, Betfair Sports Betting is naturally a little more complicated than its counterparts, with fast-changing odds and twice as many betting options, so it takes a little getting used to.

Once you know your way around, though, it’s a powerful and streamlined interface, and some members make a considerable amount of money through a solely ‘lay’ betting strategy.

New Player Welcome Offer

The Betfair Sports welcome bonus is up to £100 in FREE SPORTS BETS betsYou can place five bets of £10 or more and get a £20 free sport bet and you can do this up to five times. Only card and Paypal deposit payments qualify for this promotion.

Once you have signed up with Betfair Sports Betting, you can also enjoy Betfair Casino and Betfair Poker.

18+ New players only. Wagering requirements apply. See website for full T&C’s.

Games Available

  • In-Play Betting
  • Sports Betting
  • Virtual Sports

Betfair’s In-Play betting options are right there on the sportsbook homepage, so as soon as you log in they should appear.

You can back or lay players and teams in play, and icons will appear alongside those events that are either televised or available to stream via the Sports Betting Live video service.

If the match you’re looking for is not on the homepage, it’s worth clicking through to the full market for that sport. It may be in amongst the complete listings as an in-play option.

Deposit and Withdrawal Methods accepts all main payment options for both deposit and withdrawal. They accept all major credit and debit cards, NETeller, PayPal, and Skrill.

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard
  • NETeller
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Visa
  • VisaDebit
  • Visa Electron

The wagering requirements on Betfair Sports can differ depending on the types of game you play. We recommend you double check their website for further details as these requirements may have changed since the time of writing this review.

Please note: Any winning accrued from bonus money will remain as non-withdrawable as it is still classed as bonus money until the player has met the wagering requirement. Also, if you don’t use the bonus funds within 30 days, then it will expire. claims to process withdrawals within 24 hours of receiving your request, and this means they should reach your bank promptly. However, members making withdrawals may need to provide additional information such as a copy of their driving license, passport or recent utility bill before their withdrawal can be processed. While they claim, withdrawals will be processed within 24 hours be advised they can take a few days to clear dependent on the method used, see below for withdrawal times.

Withdrawal Times

  • Credit / Debit Cards = 2-7 days, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £50,000
  • NETeller = 24 hours, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £10,000
  • PayPal = 24 hours, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £10,000
  • Skrill = 24 hours, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £10,000


Betfair Sports Betting bonuses tend to be on specific events, rather than to give you a deposit match or bonus credit when you open a new account.

If there’s a major sporting event taking place, take a look at the Betfair Sports Betting Promotions page to see what’s on offer. For example, you might see a percentage bonus for accumulators or combination bets placed on events like Wimbledon, the World Cup, the Olympics or the European football championships.

The exact details vary, so just keep one eye on the Promotions page, and check the Terms and Conditions if you’re in any doubt.

Customer Support and Help

Betfair Sports Customer Support is available 24 hours a day to help with any queries. The quickest way to get hold of them is via their live chat and players can also contact them by telephone, email or via their social media channels.

Support Telephone: 03448710000
Support Email:
Social Media Profiles: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Company Information

UK Gambling Licence
Malta Gaming Authority
January 2000
Available Languages
English, Irish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Swedish
Accepted Currencies
Affiliate Program
Betfair Partnerships

  1. Reply
    Peter March 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    This site is great for betting on football matches, especially the live in play betting. The £20 free is a great way to get people to join!

  2. Reply
    Chris April 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    A decent site. a generous bonus but the live betting is the best part of it.

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