Betfair Live Casino Review
The Betfair Live Casino has it all. Dedicated tables with European and Asian Dealing rooms. Great promotions and good stake ranges. Coupled with being one of the best Sportsbooks around.
- Dedicated Tables
- Multiple Casino Rooms
- Great stake ranges
- Asian and European Dealers
- Nothing Really!
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
Playtech Live 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||Pair Plus||1|
|Baccarat Lounge||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Grand Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Golden Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Squeeze Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Speed Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Mini Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Tiger 7 Seat Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Progressive Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Prestige Mini Baccarat||5 – 500||Pairs / Big – Small||8|
|Betfair Blackjack 1 – 8||5 – 2.5k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Betfair VIP Blackjack 1-2||25 – 10k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Soho Blackjack 1 – 4||10 – 2.5k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Unlimited Blackjack||1 – 1k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Blackjack Lounge 1 – 6||5 – 2.5k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Grand Blackjack||50 – 2.5k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Royale Blackjack 1 – 4||25 – 5k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|Soiree Blackjack 1||50 – 10k||PP/BB/21+3||8|
|AllBets Blackjack||1 – 2.5k||PP/21+3/Lucky Lucky/Buster/Top3||8|
|Casino Hold’em||1 – 50||Aces or Better||1|
|Soho Casino Hold’em||1 – 50||Aces or Better||1|
|Casino Stud Poker||0.50 – 1k||5+1 Bonus/Progressive Jackpot||1|
|Dragon Tiger||5 – 500||Odd/Even/Big/Small||8|
|Heads Up Hold’em||0.50 – 750||Trips Plus / Pocket Bonus||1|
|Hi-Lo||1 – 1k||n/a||6||n/a|
|Betfair Roulette||0.50 – 80k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Betfair VIP Roulette||1 – 200k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Age of the Gods Roulette||1 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Roulette Lounge||0.50 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Slingshot Roulette||0.50 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Speed Roulette||0.50 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|French Roulette||0.50 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|London Roulette||0.50 – 25k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Spread Bet Roulette||0.50 – 80k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Live Football Roulette||0.50 – 80k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Royale Roulette (American)||1 – 80k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Quantum Roulette||0.20 – 500||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Sic Bo||1 – 1k||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Spin a Win||0.10 – 5k||Odd/Even/Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
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.
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
Bonuses and Loyalty
Alongside William Hill, Betfair probably has the most Live Casino bonuses and promotions of any Live casino.
As they are constantly changing it’s easier if you take a look at the current promotion being offered for new players.
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.
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.