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What I liked


Dedicated Tables.
Multiple Casino Rooms.
Bookable Blackjack Table.
Great stake ranges.
Asian and European Rooms.

What I didn't like


Nothing really!


Review Summary

The Betfair Live Casino has it all. Dedicated tables, European and Asian Dealing rooms. Great promotions, good stake ranges and the ability to book a private Blackjack Table so you can play with your mates!

Posted December 14, 2015 by

 
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NoUnfortunately players from United States are NOT accepted.

The Betfair Live Casino is provided by Playtech with the games streamed from their live dealer studios in Latvia and the Philippines.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they also have 3 private dedicated tables for Blackjack and Roulette.

Rather uniquely you’re able to book the VIP Blackjack table in half hour slots so you can play in private either by yourself or with friends. All you have to do is bet a minimum stake of £25 a hand. Deal times are personalised, so you can choose how often the dealer deals – pretty cool eh?

When you first visit the live casino lobby you’re presented with a menu full of the games and all of the tables you can play. Rather helpfully the tables are categorised in rooms and also whether they are from the European or Asian studios.

The Betfair live casino is currently split into 4 rooms:

  • Betfair Live Casino – This has three dedicated Betfair tables. 2 Blackjack and 1 Roulette. Blackjack is the European version i.e. one card to the dealer, whereas at the other rooms the Vegas style is used.
  • Ruby Room – Here you’ll find Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat from the rather swish looking studio. It’s a quieter dealing area than the general studio floor.
  • Sapphire Room – Asian based tables with Blackjack, Roulette & Baccarat.
  • Emperor Room – Asian based room where the dealers speak Mandarin. You’ll find Baccarat and Roulette here.
  • Main Lobby – Here you’ll find all of tables and the full set of games displayed, ranging from Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Casino Hold’em and Sic Bo. Multi Window play can be selected from here where you’re able to play up to three different games at the same time. Not something for the feint hearted!

Apart from the difference with the type of Blackjack on offer at the dedicated Betfair live tables, you’ll find a consistent set of games across the rest of the casino.

Betfair Live Casino Games list

Roulette lovers will be happy to know that La Partage is available on the French roulette table, whilst impatient players will be pleased with the 10 second betting time on “Speed Roulette”

The newest addition of Roulette Prestige makes an appearance for those that like playing a more modern version of Roulette with multiple camera angles and High Definition streaming. Very much like the Immersive Roulette, you’ll find at Evolution based live casinos. There is also a table dedicated to Russian speakers.

If you fancy playing for a Progressive Jackpot then Live Age Of the Gods roulette has 4 that randomly trigger when you’re playing.

Blackjack players will be pleased with the games on offer. Unlimited Blackjack can be played from as little as £1 a hand and there are plenty of 7 Seat tables. If you have trouble getting a seat then there is a waiting system that can be used so you don’t miss out. The optional side bet of Perfect Pairs and 21+3  can be played on all tables.

Fans of Baccarat have it just as good with tables operating at all of the dealing rooms. Speed Baccarat is a new addition that is proving popular with a section of regular players, but as the game is steeped in superstition the slower games suit the experienced player more. A full range of Baccarat Roadmaps is available on all tables, as is Multi-Seat play and sides bets of Pairs and Big / Small.

Casino Hold’em is a one deck multiplayer game that is derived from Texas Hold’em. The object is for the player hand to beat the dealer. The hands are ranked as in normal poker. The dealer qualifies with a pair of 4’s or better.

Sic Bo is available from the Asian studios. Not many of the Playtech Live Casinos actually take this popular dice game. Bet365 are one of the notable exceptions.

Hi-Lo is the newest of Playtech games to be released but it’s not be taken up by all Playtech Live Casinos. It’s popular in land based casinos and it’s great to see it at Betfair.

3 Card Brag is another poker derived game, very similar to 3 card poker. The hand rankings are slightly different. The top hand in 3 card Brag is a Prial (3 of a Kind) which pays 40:1.

Games Stakes Dedicated Table Side Bets No.Decks Multi Hand Multi Player
3 Card Brag 5 – 500 No Pair Plus 1 No No
Dragon VIP Baccarat 250 – 5k No Pairs / Big – Small 8 Yes
Speed Baccarat 5 – 1k No Pairs / Big – Small 8 No
Mini Baccarat 5 – 1k No Pairs / Big – Small 8 No No
7 Seat Baccarat 5 – 1k No Pairs / Big – Small 8 No Yes
Progressive Baccarat 5 – 500 No Pairs / Big – Small 8 No Yes
Prestige Mini Baccarat 5 – 1000 No Pairs / Big – Small 8 No No
Betfair Blackjack – Eu Style 5 – 2.5k Yes PP / BB 8 Yes Yes
Betfair VIP Blackjack – EU Style 25 – 7.5k Yes PP / BB 8 Yes Yes
Unlimited Blackjack 1 – 1k No PP 8 No No
Blackjack – EU Style 5 – 2.5k No PP / BB 8 Yes Yes
Blackjack 5 – 2.5k No PP / BB 8 Yes Yes
Casino Hold’em 1 – 50 No Aces or Better 1 No No
Hi-Lo 0.10 – 1k No n/a 6 n/a No
Betfair Roulette 0.10 – 25k Yes n/a n/a n/a Yes
Age of the Gods Roulette 1 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
Roulette 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
Slingshot Roulete 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
Speed Roulette 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
French Roulette 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
London Roulette 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
Prestige Roulette 0.10 – 25k No n/a n/a n/a Yes
Sic Bo 1 – 1k No n/a n/a n/a No

 

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Customer Support

As you’d expect from one of the largest bookmakers around they have impressive customer support. There is a detailed online support/help section on the website that answers the frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer then you can either Chat online, send an email or phone them.

If you’re in a hurry then the best option is the online chat.

Payment Options

Again, all of the major and not so major payment options are available, from debit / credit cards to electronic wallets, bank transfers and old fashioned cheque. The options may vary depending on your country location.

Security and Licensing

The online casino is licensed in Malta and also by the UK Gambling Commission (which requires specific controls for UK based players).

Bonuses and Loyalty

Alongside William Hill, Betfair probably have the most Live Casino bonuses and promotions of any Live casino. They have a simple Welcome Bonus, with lowish wagering requirements.

Comp points are awarded when you play, at the bottom level 100 points = £1. There is also a very good VIP Program with loads of benefits offered if you’re a regular player.

Summary

I was surprised at how good the Betfair Live Casino actually is. The dedicated tables really make a difference and the ability to hire out one of the blackjack tables is unique across all of the live casinos I’ve reviewed.

The regular promotions encourage you to come back and the general stake levels are suitable for the whole range of players bankrolls.

What’s also impressive is they cater for both European and Asian tastes. They have a wide range of playing environments and tables in the live casino, so you should find something to suit you.

If you’re a Blackjack player then watch out and they use European rules on their dedicated tables and Vegas rules on all the rest.

The new Prestige Roulette is something well worth trying.

I’d say in terms of Playtech live casinos this is one of the better ones and on a par with Bet365.

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