In 2016, Paddy Power and Betfair joined forces and created one of the biggest gambling companies in the world. Combined, they controlled a vast empire that spanned hundreds of betting shops, the world’s biggest exchange, and millions of casino and bingo players.
A few years later, Paddy Power Betfair purchased The Stars Group (adding two massive poker brands to its empire) and formed Flutter Entertainment.
Throughout all of this, the individual sites involved in these deals have maintained their identity, held onto their expansive following, and used their newfound fortunes to expand and improve.
Betfair Bingo is a great example of this. It’s a small part of a vast iGaming empire, but it’s an impressive one, nonetheless, and it can give any dedicated bingo site a run for its money.
My Experiences with Betfair
I am in debt to Betfair. And I don’t mean that in a “They changed my life” kind of way. I mean it quite literally. I owe them £40.
After using the site for over 10 years, I fell afoul of the annoyance that is VAR. I bet on the “Over Goals” market, there was a goal, the bet settled, and then VAR destroyed my dreams as it has done for so many others.
In my haste, upon realizing what was happening, I quickly gambled the money on another market (don’t give me that judgmental stare, you would have done the same) and Betfair took my money anyway.
My £0 balance became £-40, and after a brief discussion with customer support, in which they told me that I would only ever be charged if I made another deposit, I packed my bags and headed for greener pastures.
Writing this review required me to venture into that murky and uncertain world. It was like re-entering a room hours after you saw a giant spider and fled like a startled cat.
Fortunately, the balance had corrected, the “debt”, had seemingly disappeared, and all was right with the world. And that revelation couldn’t have made me happier. Not only did it mean that I had saved myself £40, but it also meant I could now re-join one of the biggest and best gambling sites in the world.
Betfair is not without its problems. It has possibly the worst customer support I have encountered and can be confusing as hell for newbies. But there’s no escaping the sheer size of this site and the endless opportunity that it provides.
It has millions of members, employs thousands of staff, and offers everything that the modern gambler could ask for.
Betfair is a colossal site but it hasn’t always had the best reputation when it comes to bonuses. It’s built off the back of the Betfair Exchange, which is basically a P2P betting network. As Betfair isn’t the one fielding the bets, their margins are much lower, which is why Welcome Bonuses have been few and far between.
That remains the case now, but if you join through Betfair Bingo or Betfair Casino, you’ll get the Welcome Offer you seek.
For instance, Betfair Bingo currently offers a £50 Welcome Bonus to all new customers who deposit and wager £10 on bingo games. If you meet these basic requirements you’ll get a £40 bingo bonus (with a 4x wagering requirement), a £10 slot bonus (with a 10x wagering requirement), and 30 Free Spins on the Dragon’s Luck slot (no wagering requirement).
But before you rush off to join and deposit, it’s worth noting that deposits made through PayPal, Skrill, and other web wallets will not qualify.
There are promotional events running throughout the week at Betfair Bingo, including Quiz Night, Value Night, Bargain Days, and Loyalty Point boosters.
They offer cheaper tickets, free tickets, reload promotions, and more.
My personal favourites are the Enhanced Events, whereby huge sums of money are added to regular prize pools, thus increasing the odds of a big win. Keep your eyes on the Promotions section to learn about the latest offers.
Slots and Bingo Rooms
Play bingo for as little as £0.01 a ticket, jumping to £0.10 for the bigger games. The beauty of playing at such a big bingo site is that the games are never short on players or funds. I found multiple games with jackpots of more than £20,000, including a couple that had surpassed £1 million.
There are bingo games based on TV shows (Deal or No Deal, Britain’s Got Talent), classic slot machines (Rainbow Riches, Rhino Rampage), and even table games like Roulette.
Every time you spend £1 playing these games, you’ll earn 2 Loyalty Points (climbing to between 3 and 6 for higher ranks) and can use these to unlock rewards and bonuses. Just make sure you use your points within 90 days or you’ll lose them.
I feel like bingo-only sites like Foxy Bingo are easier on the eye and have much better communities, making them better options for dedicated players. But for casual players, Betfair Bingo is a good option.
If you tire of bingo games, take a look at the Betfair Casino, where you’ll find an abundance of slots from the likes of Playtech, NetEnt, Blueprint Gaming, and Big Time Gaming.
There is a dedicated slots section as well. It includes many of the same games, but with the omission of the table games and Live Dealer games found under the Casino tab.
Depositing and Withdrawing
Click the little grey “Deposit” button to enter the cashier and transfer some funds. UK-based players can use all of the following methods:
- Debit Cards
Most methods have a minimum deposit requirement of £5 or £10, but Neteller jumps to £12 for some inexplicable reason.
Betfair even accepts cash deposits. Just head to your local Paddy Power shop, give a member of staff your username, hand over the funds, and the money will appear in your Betfair account!
Most payments are processed within minutes, but you’ll need to wait a few days if you’re using a debit card or bank transfer.
Betfair Bingo Review Summary
There used to be a certain arrogance about Betfair.
Maybe it was just me. Maybe I was one of the unlucky ones, but I had some shocking experiences with their customer support in the early days. This was before the “debt” situation, and back when it was pretty much the only exchange and one of the few decent betting sites.
It was huge, and it knew it. The support staff had an air of contempt for anyone who dared have an issue with their site or services. I spoke with employees who were so patronising that I had to double-check I was actually speaking with their support staff and hadn’t accidentally phoned my old English teacher.
Thankfully, that changed. The site grew, the services improved. The Paddy Power merger was the final nail in the coffin for the “old Betfair”, and while it’s still not perfect, it’s so much better than it once was.
If you isolate the bingo site, you have something with huge jackpots, lots of games, and some impressive bonuses. It’s a solid effort, and it’s on par with the best sites out there. But place it in the context of the entire Betfair site, including the exchange, sportsbook, casino, and virtual sports, and you have something that few sites can beat.
I almost feel guilty giving them 4/5 stars, especially after they kindly forgot about my negative balance. If I could, I would score them 4.5/5. But I can’t, the site isn’t perfect, and for players who only care about bingo, there are better options out there.
- Huge Selection of Games
- Lots of Bonuses
- Exclusive Casino Games
- Easy-to-Use Website
- Customer Support Isn't Great
- Not Bingo-Centric
At a Glance
- Interesting fact: Attached to Sportsbook and Exchange
- Sister site: Paddy Power
- Support: Live Chat (for logged in customers) or 0844 871 5000
- Licence Holder:
PPB Counterparty Services Limited
- Licence Number:
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Betfair Bingo FAQ
Isn't Betfair Just an Exchange?
It has an exchange but it is also so much more these days. It has its own bingo site and casino.
Can I Use Other Parts of the Betfair site when I join for the bingo?
If you have one Betfair account then you can access all sections of the site.
Does Betfair Accept PayPal?
Betfair accepts PayPal and several other popular payment methods.
Can I Join Betfair and Paddy Power?
Yes. These sites are still operating independently and you can have accounts with both.