BetFred Poker review
|Massive amounts of player traffic|
|Huge $2000 welcome bonus|
|Great for multi-tabling|
|Excellent VIP Club|
Why play at BetFred Poker?
BetFred is one of the better quality 'skins' of the excellent and insanely popular iPoker network of online poker rooms. There is a magnificently big $2000 first time deposit bonus up for grabs at the moment, great software, excellent customer service and a generous reward scheme. Add to this a really good mix of poker formats and stakes and you've got yourself a real winner of a poker room.
BetFred Poker software
The BetFred poker client is absolutely superb - it's the most recent version of the iPoker software in BetFred's 'skin'. It's fast to navigate, slick to operate, stable to play on and looks great - everything you'd want in a poker room.
Whilst I enjoy playing on this skin and it is a well designed piece of kit, I dislike how there isn't really any scope to customise it, for example there's no choice of table themes, colours or backgrounds. If they could add this functionality the thing would be pretty damn perfect.
There is a pretty good range of player avatars you can choose from to identify your player at the table though.
By the way, if like me you don't like having the dealer 'voice' on, this can be disabled via Options> Audio Settings.
Now I'll tell you one area where BetFred really excel, and that's multitabling. You're looking at support here for up to sixteen tables being played at once (whilst retaining stability) and that's via cascading or tiling them. It does lend itself well to tiling as (as is shown in one of the screenshots) you can reduce the table size down to a pretty small looking thing.
Another thing I like is, not only can you make notes on your opponents, but you can also colour-code them. This is something I recommend you always take advantage of as it gives you helpful information of the next time you come up against them.
Finally the other handy feature is the 'History' (tab down near the bottom left of the table). This is a nice, at-a-glance way of seeing what action has happened at that table or game in the most recent hands.
BetFred Poker screenshots
BetFred Poker games
You can play poker at BetFred in three currencies - US Dollars, Pounds or Euros. They offer Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud and Razz, in a mixture of limits.
There is a great range of stakes on offer - for example looking at NLHE, the cash games vary from $0.02/$0.04 to $200/$400 making the site perfectly suitable for everyone, be they a microstakes 'newbie' to a high stakes online poker professional, with everything in-between also covered.
BetFred Poker welcome bonus
If you're at all interested in playing poker at BetFred then now is a great time to be joining up. Why? Because (for now at least) these guys are offering an absolutely ass-kicking, huge welcome bonus of up to $2000 for new players.
As if that bonus wasn't a generous enough welcome, part of the BetFred new player package includes TWO free tournament tokens to the $1000 New Depositor Freeroll (these run on alternate Sundays). The great thing about them (aside from the fact they're free) is the standard of play on them (typical of freeroll tournaments) is absolutely terrible with most players just throwing their chips around left right and centre. So go in, play tight and aggressive and have a tight range of starting cards and you should have a pretty good chance of cashing and boosting your BetFred bankroll even further.
How do you earn the bonus? To 'clear' the bonus, it's a matter of playing as much poker as you can at BetFred within three months from making your first deposit. The more money you deposit the more you can earn. How it works though is you will start accruing VIP Club Points for your real money poker play. Each 500 of these will give you $10 of the bonus.
There is also a $75 refer a friend bonus if you get another player to sign up at BetFred Poker.
BetFred Poker reward/player loyalty scheme
BetFred's scheme is called the VIP Club. You get to become a member of this automatically when you join the site.
Basically, whenever you play a hand or game of real money poker, you earn BetFred Points. The more of these points that you earn, the higher you climb in the scheme, from the entry level 'Iron' right up to the elite level of 'Diamond'. The great thing about climbing the statuses is you start to earn BetFred Points at a higher rate. There are also other benefits on offer including bigger prize-pool freeroll tournaments to play in and other perks.
What happens each week (on a Monday) is that any player that's at least the level of 'Bronze' will get a VIP bonus of between 0.60% and 1.00% of their BetFred Points earned the previous week. The maximum possible depends on your status, from $15 to Unlimited.
You can also opt to cash out your BetFred Points (as long as your'e Bronze+) at the rate of $5 for each 5,000 Points.
BetFred Poker traffic
If you're looking for a nice busy online poker room, you just found it. BetFred is part of the ludicrously busy iPoker network - so you will find consistently excellent levels of player traffic at all times of the day and night. This is especially so at weekends and during the evenings when the place is positively heaving with players.
BetFred customer service and support
Whenever I review a poker site, I don't just play on it, I also want to know how good the support is. If it sucks, then simply I won't promote it on this site. Well, BetFred scored pretty highly - remember, this is a really big gaming brand in its own right, rather than being some random new poker site.
Anyway, the point is that they have a really helpful team of customer service agents who in my experience seem genuinely happy to help you out or sort out your query.
You can contact them using an online 'Live Chat' facility, email, or there's even a direct telephone number both for UK and non-UK players (for UK players the bonus is it's a free-phone number).
BetFred Poker factsheet
USA online poker players allowed? No
Launched in: 2005
How many tables can you play at once? 16
Deposit options: You can credit your BetFred Poker account using a range of deposit methods, including Mastercard, Visa, Visa Delta, Maestro, Solo, Skrill/Moneybookers, Neteller, PayPal and myCitadel.
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