- Very reliable and secure poker room
- Unique WSOP-related promotions
- Betfair's parent company is publicly traded
- Pro team is full of big-name players
- Soft-play at lower limits
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Betfair Poker is owned and operated by a huge sports wagering exchange, and has only recently joined the OnGame network, bringing in a much-needed batch of new poker players.
Betfair Poker was once a standalone poker room, but after American players were restricted from most online poker operations, they quickly joined up with the OnGame network. This has increased traffic and name recognition, and has allowed them to roll out their famous $2,500 welcome bonus. The loss of that bonus hasn’t done much to slow down business, thanks to the OnGame network’s superior software and high traffic.
Betfair Poker uses OnGame’s proprietary software, which is well-reviewed, easy to use, and allows for a huge initial deposit bonus.
The OnGame network can’t boast the same amount of traffic as iPoker or the other big names, but at peak European and New Zealand playing times, there are thousands of players at cash games and tournaments. Since poker players from the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia make up the bulk of the membership, there’s a slightly wider range of peak play times, though European times are still the busiest.
Because of Betfair’s ties to the sports betting world, you get the normal flood of amateur poker players at different times of the year when sports bettors pop in to kill time waiting for their bets to clear.
There’s not a very robust loyalty program at Betfair, though Betfair customers do have the option of cashing in their Betfair points for entry into special tournaments, Betfair poker gear, merchandise, and a unique option--buying better odds on sports betting wagers with your Betfair points.
Betfair Poker offers the kind of perks that you expect from top notch online poker sites, including satellites to big poker tournaments, the ability to multi-table at as many as 15 tables at once. Betfair also offers room-based leader board prizes and over $20k in guaranteed tournament winnings daily.
To earn the Betfair Poker first-deposit bonus, you have to earn a specific amount of Betfair points. 3.6 Player Points are awarded for every $1 of rake. For every 1 US dollar paid out in tourney fees, you can earn 3.6 Betfair points, as well.
Remember that you only have 60 day to clear the entire bonus—so at $500 of bonus paid out per 7000 Betfair Poker points, earning that $2500 in bonus money will require quite a lot in rake in just two months.
Since most people won’t be able to earn the entire bonus in just two months, Betfair Poker has a "choose your own bonus" program that lets you shoot for just $50, $250, $500, $1000 or the full $2500 .