Betfair has long been one of the world’s biggest and best-loved online gambling sites and its recent transition to the iPoker Network means its poker platform now has the scope and the traffic to match its vast sportsbetting and casino offerings. Joining the biggest poker network in the world means Betfair Poker fans can now enjoy a wider variety of games, as well as bigger tournaments with massive prize pools, while retaining their favourite promotions and features of the classic Betfair Poker platform. There’s over $6m in guaranteed prize pools every month, culminating in the $125,000 ChampionChip Tournament every Sunday.
Furthermore, Betfair has entered the so-called “top tier” of the iPoker network, joining the network’s biggest hitters, Bet365, Paddy Power, Poker770, Titan, William Hill, Winner and Everest, in cordoned-off poker tables for cash games and SNGs where, many believe, competition is softer.
Additionally, Betfair’s betting exchange and casino platforms, coupled with those of many other skins on the network, mean that a percentage of players in the pool are gamblers trying their hands at poker and that leads to some soft games.
Conclusion: All in all, soft games, coupled with new features, such as bigger guaranteed tournaments, sit-n-gos with bigger jackpots, improved sign-up bonuses and VIP programme, as well as the addition of Speed Poker (see below) make for an all-new poker experience to relish.
Bonus and Promotions
The new Betfair site means they can offer more competitive sign up bonuses, and that means a whopping 200% first deposit bonus up to $2,000. Once you’ve signed up, every time you generate rake in a cash pot or pay a tournament entrance fee you'll generate VIP points, releasing chunks of cash from your $2,000 bonus. You’ll also receive four tickets to the sites $1,000 Weekly Welcome Freeolls.
Once you’re in you’ll enter the VIP Club, earning VIP points based on rake contributed at cash tables or fees paid in tournaments, which will in turn give you access to freerolls with prize pools varying in accordance with your status. Should you put in the hours and reach VIP Elite status, you’ll be entered into a $5,000 freeroll every week!
Conclusion: Industry leading sign-up bonus
Betfair used to be a standalone site with its own software, which some people complained was a little clunky. For those you tried the site back then and felt the same, it’s time to give it another try. Betfair now uses the latest Playtech software, the standard platform for the iPoker Network. Playtech have been in the online poker biz since the early days and are constantly revising and improving the software. This allows Betfair to offer new features such as the action-packed SpeedPoker variant.
Conclusion: They offer some reliable, functional and simple software with cash games and tournaments at most stakes around the clock.
There are usually between 5,000 to 20,000 players on the iPoker Network, with up to 5,000 cash game players at peak times.
Conclusion: With 2 million people a day logging on to bet on the sportsbook, you can be sure on the fact a fair few will have a flutter at the virtual felt too.