Despite its position as the world’s largest betting exchange, Betfair lacked the instant brand appeal of other New Jersey online gaming operators at launch. This disadvantage, combined with its ties to failing Trump Plaza, nearly resulted in the early extinction of Betfair Casino.

But a strategic alignment with the upstart Golden Nugget in November 2014 offered the operator a fighting chance. Since then, Betfair Casino has taken to the offensive by adding more games, more promotions and streamlining its player loyalty program – apparently to the delight of New Jersey gamblers, as today, it’s rapidly becoming one of the biggest names in the burgeoning New Jersey online casino market.

Betfair Casino welcome bonus

Betfair Casino offers new patrons who have successfully registered an account a $30 no deposit bonus. Players must use the Betfair bonus code PLAY30.

The bonus itself cannot be redeemed for cash. However, any winnings from the bonus can be withdrawn once players make a real-money deposit.

And making an initial deposit is something they’ll certainly want to do, as Betfair Casino gifts another $30 along with a 100% match up to $1,500 to first depositing players.

In terms of monetary cap, there is no better first deposit bonus in New Jersey. And the clearance requirements, while lofty, are no higher than what the majority of other NJ online casino sites require.

To unlock the bonus, players will have to wager it 20 times. In other words, it’ll take $30,000 in wagers to clear $1,500. That works out to a decent 5 percent cashback deal.

Unfortunately, that turnover requirement only applies to slot machines. Wagers on roulette only contribute 50 percent of the slot amount (2.5 percent cashback) to the bonus requirement, and all other table games just 10 percent (.5 percent cashback).

There are some additional caveats listed in the terms and conditions that gamblers should know about:

  • Any gamble feature within a slot machine – for example, a double or nothing bet – only contributes 10 percent toward the wagering requirement.
  • Bonus rounds on slots do not count toward fulfilling the wagering requirement.
  • Low risk wagering, such as red/black and even/odd on roulette, also do not count.
  • The first deposit bonus is limited to one account per household, not person.
  • Players have 90 days from the time they received the bonus offer to fulfill the wagering requirements, after which time the funds will be forfeited.

Admittedly, all this fine print does knock down the value of the offer a peg. But at least some of these negatives are offset by another positive, and that’s our exclusive Betfair Casino offer of $30 free to anyone who uses our link to sign up and make their first deposit.

This free $30 is in addition to the $30 players will already receive when they register for Betfair and enter our exclusive bonus code PLAY30.

Three reasons to try Betfair Casino

#1 – Recurrent promotions

Not a day goes by when players can’t find a promotion on Betfair Casino. The casino’s daily offers run the gamut from reload bonuses, to cashback on losses and bonus builders.

The good news about the reload bonuses is that the wagering requirements are much lower than they are for the first time deposit offer: just 10-20 times the eligible deposit. Just be warned that in order to unlock the bonus, all requirements must be fulfilled within a very limited time span.

#2 – New loyalty club

Compared to what came before, Betfair Casino’s revamped loyalty program is a breath of fresh air.

Not only are the tier requirements and associated benefits more clearly defined, but the perks tied to higher statuses are more lucrative than ever.

But what’s perhaps most inviting about the new scheme are the lowered maintenance requirements. To elaborate, players who reach a VIP level one month will only have to generate half the points in subsequent months to maintain their status.

#3 – Table game selection

Surprisingly, Betfair Casino is one of just a few NJ online casinos that offers a diversified table game selection.

In addition to staples such as blackjack and roulette, players will find other casino floor favorites including Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, craps and baccarat.

Then there’s the casino’s exclusive games, some of which might be completely unfamiliar to east coast gamblers. Games like PokerBet and Hi-Lo Solitaire offer nuanced twists on traditional formats, and should attract the crowd looking for something a off-kilter.

In what areas can Betfair Casino improve?

  1. The fine print: Betfair might consider doing itself a favor by letting up on some of its bonus restrictions. Most players don’t read terms and conditions with a magnifying glass, and may feel put off when they expect to receive a bonus, only to find that they violated one of the many caveats.
  2. Promotional innovation: As strong as Betfair is in the recurring promotion department, the site rarely hosts one-off events. At the very least other NJ casinos celebrate the introduction of new games with special offers.
  3. Slot selection: There was a time when Betfair’s slot selection stacked up very well against the competition. But in the past year, the very best online casinos in NJ have been adding new terminals by the truckload. Betfair on the other hand, seems content to add new slots only occasionally – which wouldn’t feel so bad, if most of the new games weren’t so antiquated.

Betfair Casino on mobile

Betfair’s online casino is available as an application for both Android and iOS-powered devices.

Android

Gaining access to the Android application can be a mind-boggling process.

There is no apparent way to download it directly from the mobile optimized site’s homepage – at least not that we saw. The workaround is to physically click on one of the games, at which point players will be provided a link to download and install the Android application.

Things run a bit more smoothly once the application is installed.

From the app, players can access all the most common account management features, including registration, account histories and responsible gambling functionality. They can also view their loyalty history and promotional offerings. These sub-menus are buried in a neat menu that never interferes with the game interface.

What’s odd is that while a withdrawal sub-menu exists within the main menu, no such sub-menu exists for deposits. To fund accounts, players will have to instead click on the “Deposit” icon located in the upper right hand corner of the app home page.

Other aspects of the application are even more confounding. For one, the “All Slots” section doesn’t actually list all the available terminals. Not to mention, some games need to be downloaded and installed separately before being played.

Stranger yet, slots terminals allow for free money play, while table games and video poker do not.

And lastly, during some free spin bonus games, players will have to wait an excessive amount of time between spins.

As far as the mobile game library, it’s limited to 27 slot terminals, two blackjack games, two roulette games and four video poker variations. This selection pales in comparison to what is available from the desktop client.

To sum up, Betfair’s Android app works, but it’s in need of serious refinement.

iOS

Installing the app from an iOS-powered device is less of a chore, if only because the app is directly accessible from iTunes (installation requires iOS 6.1 or higher). “Betfair casino NJ iTunes” is a recommended search term.

As for the app itself, the differences between the Android and iOS versions are few, with the main disparity being the number of slot terminals. Apple users receive the better end of the deal, as there are 39 slots (as opposed to 27 on Android) available for real-money play, as well as blackjack, roulette and video poker.

Overall, the iOS app performs slightly better than its Android counterpart. That being said, players will still be tasked with downloading certain games. Generally, each download only takes a minute or two, but the whole process feels like it should have been handled during the initial app installation.

All account management features available on the desktop and Android software are also accessible on iOS, including deposits/withdrawals, wagering histories, loyalty point redemption and responsible gambling functions.

Cashiering on Betfair Casino

Betfair Casino makes it relatively easy for players to fund their accounts, thanks to its large array of deposit methods. They include:

  • MasterCard/ Visa credit/debit card: lower approval chance
  • ACH (eChecks): recommended option
  • Betfair prepaid card: requires enrollment, also recommended
  • Online banking transfers: only select banks
  • Skrill: requires account creation
  • Cash at 7-Eleven
  • Cash at the Golden Nugget Casino cage
  • Wire transfers: fees covered on deposits over $100, reimbursed as a site credit
  • Check by mail: will take approximately 7-10 days for funds to hit account from time of mailing

Most deposits process instantly, with the only real exception being wire transfers and check by mail.

Worth noting is that players are limited to three credit/debit cards and two ACH accounts on file. Use of additional accounts requires that old ones be deleted first.

When it comes to withdrawals, player options are a bit more limited. ACH and the Betfair prepaid card are the best bets for people who can’t readily access the Golden Nugget’s brick and mortar venue in Atlantic City, as payouts typically hit accounts within no more than a few business days (3-5 seems the norm).

Cash at the cage withdrawals are a bit faster, but can still take up to two full business days to process. For players who do this route, be sure to stay within striking distance of the Golden Nugget, as funds must be physically collected within 24 hours of approval.

The last withdrawal option is a physical check, which will hit player mailboxes approximately 7-10 days from the request time.

It’s worth noting that Betfair Casino requires that ACH, cash at the cage and check withdrawals be at least $10. Furthermore, players using these methods are capped at two withdrawal requests per day per method.

No such hard limit appears to exist for prepaid card withdrawals. However, players cannot initiate a prepaid card withdrawal request until they have made at least one deposit using the card.

As far as finding the cashier, once logged in players will notice separate links for “Deposit” and “Withdraw” located in upper right portion of the screen. After clicking on the desired option, players will be directed to a sub-menu where they can choose their preferred method. Two clicks is all it takes.

For players who are having trouble processing payments, customer service agents can walk you through the process, or at the very least, offer vague explanations for what went wrong.

The only problem is reaching them, as phone support hours are limited to the odd hours of 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., and the Live Chat function is often unavailable. Email responses can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days.

Available stakes on Betfair Casino

Players of all walks should have little trouble finding a stake that suits their budget.

Slot stakes run the gamut from as little as $0.09 per spin to the triple digits.

Blackjack, roulette and craps players are restricted to a slightly tighter betting range, as are “carnival games” aficionados – but only the smallest players and the biggest whales will feel anywhere near left out.

Video poker players will be pleased to know that they’ll gain access to full payout tables on Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker and Double Double Bonus Poker for well under a dollar a bet. That’s unheard of in brick and mortar casinos.

Unfortunately, the lack of progressive slots means the top payouts will never be that high relative to the bet sizing. On the flip side, it also means that the chances of booking a win on any individual session are that much higher.

Game spotlight

Slot feature: Starry Night

Betfair NJ online slotsWilds, free spins, bonus games and randomly changing symbols – Starry Night by GAN has just about every feature slot players look for in a virtual terminal.

At its core, the game is a five reel, 50 pay line machine that rewards players who match three or more symbols on a line. The ante is upped considerably by the inclusion of the Moon Lady, who randomly sweeps the board, changing the Sun, Moon, Planets and Comet symbols into wilds for the current spin.

Then there is the Lucky Star Bonus. Scattered Lucky Star symbols on reels 3, 4, 5 will trigger a bonus game where players can choose three stars (out of a possible 50). Each star reveals a prize, with individual prizes ranging from the very modest to a 50x total bet multiplier.

The second scatter feature is Free Spins. Three or more scattered Free Spins symbols awards seven – you guessed it – free spins. By default, all Free Spins are worth 2x the total bet, but if a player is lucky enough to spin four Free Spin symbols, the bet will be multiplied by 10.

Reveal five Free Spins, and each freebie is worth 25x.

What’s more, is that the Free Spins feature can re-trigger up to 10 times, for a total of 70 spins.

Table games feature: PokerBet

PokerBet is an imaginative take on traditional Texas Hold’em Poker that tasks players with predicting the winner of a hand.

Prior to gameplay, players select how many avatars will be dealt into the hand. Then, they can place bets on one or more avatars to win or lose the game (although during the first blind round, only one avatar can bet upon).

Betting is accomplished by clicking on a sliding bet bar below an avatar and entering or “sliding” to the desired amount.

After the blind round, each avatar is dealt two hole cards. Another round of betting takes place, only this time each avatar is laid odds based on the strength of their particular holding. Also, from this point forward, players can bet on multiple avatars to win.

Players can bet again after the first three community cards are dealt (the flop), and again on the fourth (turn) community card for a total of four betting rounds. During any of these rounds players can place bets on any avatar, at odds based on their current hand strength.

After the fifth community card (the river) is dealt, a winner(s) is determined, and the bets are paid out according. The payouts are structured so that the house take is 5 percent – a competitive rate by most standards.

Player perks at Betfair Casino

Betfair Casino has a recently revamped loyalty program that awards players with cashback, bonuses, gifts and invitations to VIP events based on their play.

Betfair Casino online NJ VIP programPlayers earn Tier Points at the following rates:

  • 5 points for every $1 wagered on slots
  • 3 points for every $1 wagered on video poker and select table games
  • 1 point for every $1 wagered on Blackjack and Craps

Players can convert their accrued Tier Points to cash, with the cashback rate dependent upon their VIP level. There are five VIP levels in total, with point thresholds and conversion rates as follows:

  • VIP Iron: Baseline level, 5,000 points per dollar
  • VIP Bronze: 25,000 monthly points, 4,000 points per dollar
  • VIP Silver: 100,000 monthly points, 3,000 points per dollar
  • VIP Gold: 500,000 monthly points, 2,000 points per dollar
  • VIP Platinum: 2,500,000 monthly points, 1,000 points per dollar

To put these figures into perspective, players that hit VIP Gold, will receive .25 percent cashback on all slot play. This figure doubles for players that reach VIP Platinum.

What’s nice about Betfair’s loyalty program is that once a tier is achieved, maintaining it only tasks players with accruing half the Tier Points required to achieve the tier initially.

Also worth noting, is that Betfair has ties to multiple Atlantic City hotels, meaning loyal players should be able to negotiate discounts and free stays at a variety of locales.

Player tools at Betfair Casino

Responsible gambling

As is the case with all NJ regulated gaming sites, Betfair Casino offers a bevy of tools that allow gamblers to stay in control.

Players can set deposit, wager and time limits on a per day, week or month basis. They can also choose to take a three to 365 day break from gambling via the Timeout feature.

Those who wish to abandon gambling from Betfair Casino and all other NJ iGaming sites can choose to self exclude for a period of one or five years.

Responsible gambling options can be accessed from the “Responsible Gaming with Betfair Casino” sub-menu, conveniently located within the player account menu.

Account management

Betfair Casino grants players access to a variety of account management features. They’ll be able to check their account balance, wagering history, tax statements and loyalty club status all from within the account menu.

Not only that, access to players messages from Betfair and a change password interface are but a click or two away.

From the Patron Protection page, gamblers can set strong authentication and can opt if and how they’d like to receive marketing communications.

Account security

All NJ iGaming sites are subject to strict regulations set forth by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, and Betfair Casino is no exception.

To ensure player security, all new accounts must be verified via a multi-tiered verification process. Also, player funds are required to be kept in segregated accounts.

Offshore, unregulated sites offer no such protection.