All You Need to Know About Live Betting at Betfair

Betfair is one of the youngest of any of the leading betting sites. After the huge success of its exchange platform, the company established an online sportsbook in 2011. They certainly didn’t miss a trick with the sportsbook, which has quickly grown to become one of the most popular in recent years. The in-play system is an integral and leading part of the product that has clearly been designed and built with care. Below we’ll give the fantastic Betfair live betting system the full treatment with an in-depth review, so read on to find out more, or check out our reviews of the mobile app and bonuses.

Betfair – Overview of the Live Betting Options
  • Live Betting
  • over 100 events per day
  • live-streaming
  • partial cash out
  • odds up to 95.2%
  • Live Streams
  • around 100 per day
  • great quality
  • Live Scores
  • live scores & stats

The range of betting options is supported by loads of cash out markets, a wealth of statistical information and an all-round functional and attractive platform. These days, the popularity of the sportsbook has grown to rival that of the exchange and the quality of the Betfair in-play betting platform has played a big role in this achievement.

Great In-play Features 8

With 13 sports available to bet on in-play, Betfair falls roughly in the middle for in-play market coverage. Of course, all the usual sports are covered, like football, tennis, cricket, golf and horse racing. To be honest, it’s unlikely that the sport you’re looking for is not available, as all the major ones are covered. The markets are accompanied by decent betting market coverage, which takes a more focused rather than all-encompassing approach. This gives the in-play platform a nice feel, that is not too crowded but has all the essentials. The distinctive colour scheme adds to this effect.

The main page of the in-play platform keeps things nice and simple, with just the current and upcoming fixtures listed in the centre. The odds for the win market are shown next to each fixture, but this can be toggled between different markets whilst staying on the main page, which is a nice touch and can help to find bets faster, which is all important when it comes to in-play betting. The page for a current in-play fixture manages to contain loads of information and features, but retains the clean look and feel. The match infographic, accompanied by the score and statistics, is on the left hand side of the page, with upcoming fixtures of the same league or competition listed below. The betting markets are listed down the centre of the page and can be sorted between different markets by using the tabs. The event interface is rich in statistics and match information, which makes it especially well attuned to in-play betting.

Summary of Live Betting Options
Football Tennis Snooker Basketball Ice Hockey
First Goal Set Winner Correct Score Money Line Match Betting
Handicap Betting Game Winner Frame Winner Handicap Betting Handicap Betting
Over/Under Goals Over/Under Games 50+ Frame Break Over/Under Points Over/Under Goals
Correct Score Over/Under Sets Over/Under Frames Odd/Even Points Winner Quarter

I really like the Betfair in-play betting options. In a similar style to William Hill, there are minute markets, where punters can bet whether or not certain events, such as a goal, card or penalty, will occur within set ten minute intervals. Larger fixtures also have a number of other in-play exclusive betting types, which makes a well-rounded, though not especially large, in-play betting selection.

The bets are supported by a fairly standard level of odds. With an average range of between 91.27 and 94.13%, our tests found that the odds here are roughly in the middle of the betting sites tested. Disappointingly though, the odds for football were on the lower end. With a high of 92.8%, leaving a bookmaker’s margin of almost 7%, the football odds are not bad, but ranked just eighth from the ten betting sites reviewed. Any in-play market worth its salt needs a good cash out system and Betfair have this nailed. Cash out is available for a wide selection of markets, while it is also adjustable, meaning you can leave some of your stake in-play, while cashing out the rest.

Betfair TV Live Video Streaming Service

Betfair has great live-streaming capabilities through its Betfair TV service. There’s over 3,500 sporting events a year across a wide range of sports available to be streamed. All live content on Betfair is currently free, except for UK, Irish and UAE horse racing. These require a bet of at least 50p to be placed upon a race to stream it. The conditions for free live-streaming can vary a lot between sports however. Football for example, requires an account funded with at least 50p, while US and South African horse racing can be live-streamed for free, but requires a bet of at least £2 on the event. This seems a little unnecessary and confusing, as it’s difficult to remember all these criteria should you want to live-stream different sports. Importantly though, there are free football and tennis streams that have small requirements.

The actual live-streaming system works really well. Events that are available to be streamed will have a small TV symbol next to them, which can simply be clicked to open the Betfair live video. There’s also the live video window, which can be opened to view the live streams and also contains a calendar of in-play and upcoming events that will be available to stream. The downside is, that outside of horse and greyhound racing, there aren’t too many fixtures here to watch.

Comprehensive Statistical Information

The in-play Betfair live scores and statistics are definitely up there with the best we’ve seen. The match statistics that accompany the infographic look slick and go into great detail. For football, the key stats tab contains total shots, shots on target, blocked shots, number of attacks, corners, free kicks and offsides. But it’s also possible to get head to head data, form, a running commentary and the team line-ups for some fixtures. Another great fixture that few other betting sites replicate is the reviewing of winning bets at half and full time. Betfair give a review of the number of key events, so you can see what bets would have won or lost for each category. This information is automatically displayed on the match infographic. One small disadvantage is that the match infographic and the stats cannot be viewed at the same time, as they are displayed in the same box which is changed via a tab, but this is not really an issue.

If you bet on the horses, then the results service at Betfair will be perfect for you. If you don’t, then not so much. In 2006, Betfair acquired the horse racing publishing company Timeform and it is on this platform that their results and form guides are published. Obviously since it is on a specialised third party website, the service is very good, with results, tips and previews of all major events. It’s a great service that matches any other betting site’s horse racing platform, but ultimately, cannot compete with our winner in this area, to William Hill, due to the lack of other sports catered for.

Conclusion: Great platform that functions as good as it looks

It’s hard to find many faults with the Betfair live betting platform. Despite being fairly young as a sportsbook, Betfair have really thought things through and delivered a solid platform that has more than enough to satisfy any punter. There are around half the sports of the main platform available, which are supported by a good range of betting options, including many exclusive in-play options. There are also free streams, adjustable cash out and good odds on the whole. Combined with one of the best statistical systems we’ve seen, Betfair have definitely found a winning combination. There aren’t really any genuine weaknesses; the only real negative point of note is that the odds for football could be a little bit better, so if this is important to you, I can suggest finding the best football odds at BetVictor. But on the whole, this is an attractive platform that is as smooth to use as it looks.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Betfair In-Play Betting
  • Major Strengths
  • adjustable cash out
  • Minor Strengths
  • good live odds
  • free live streams
  • Major Weaknesses
  • none
  • Minor Weaknesses
  • none

FAQ

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What is the difference between the sportsbook and the Betfair Exchange?

The Betfair sportsbook works in the same way as any of the other sites reviewed here. The exchange however allows punters to wager bets against one another, rather than involving a bookmaker. You can lay a bet at odds of your choosing and then this is matched by another punter. You can read all about exchange betting on our site.