Betfred are sports betting specialists, and that stands out even in their bingo site, where the horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival was a big bingo promotion in March 2015. It’s not a dedicated bingo site, but a bingo site attached to a much larger operation and so it looks slightly different from a lot of straight bingo sites. The site is clean and professional looking, in sober dark blue, with a front page shouting about the latest promotions and with some great graphics. Those include the welcome bonus of £30 of extra funds when you deposit £10. The site uses Virtue Fusion software to provide a huge number of games and has a very large number of players. A multi-room option allows you to play games simultaneously. Betfred have the muscle to throw plenty of money around, so look around for big prizes.
There is a Fred, one of the co-founders of this massive sports betting empire is called Fred Done. The bookies have been going since 1967 and are now worth billions. The bingo site is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.
The sign-up page is great. One simple form with auto-fill for your address. Once you’ve put your details in you’ll find yourself at the deposit page via a couple of pop-ups about financial safety – you can set your own deposit limit here. You must register a separate chat name before playing.
You can play 90-ball, 75-ball and Joker Jackpot games at Betfred.
Betfred Bingo offers slots, scratchcards, number games and casino games. You can access these in the bingo room or via the lobby. The big slots include Fiddle Dee Dough, Cat Vegas, Clover Rollover and Dynamite Digger. The popular Daily Piggy Smash is one of the scratchcards and the casino includes video roulette.
There aren’t any progressive jackpots at Betfred Bingo, but there are some big money games, most of them listed on the promotions page. The 75-ball Saloon Room has a £20,000 prize fund on the first Friday of every month. Lunchtime Special offers £10,000 of prizes every day from 12-3pm. There are £250K weekends, £50k Friday nights and a £100K prize draw.
The lobby lists 12 rooms divided by game type. It will tell you when the next game starts or the room opens, what the current prize is, how much tickets cost, how many players are in the room and the maximum number of tickets you can buy. Click on the schedule button to buy ahead for later games. The games open in the same window and the layout is pretty familiar. A large chat window dominates the left of the screen with a line of mini games above it. The buying and checking of cards is done in a large window to the right. The balls drop down above this window where you’ll also find the game details. A list of options and your account details runs across the top of the screen. It’s nothing unique, but it works very well – if it ain’t broke…
The promotions page is rather drab by the standards of some sites and doesn’t seem to list all the big jackpots that can be found easily on other menus. There are cheap, free and BOGOF bingo games, big jackpot games and loyalty scheme-related promos.
The chat hosts seemed friendly enough on our visit and ready with answers to simple questions. There’s a nice atmosphere amongst players too.
There is a six-stage loyalty/VIP scheme based on precious metals and gemstones. As you move up the ladder you earn more privileges and get better deals on loyalty points. The scheme is well explained.
Refer a friend
You’ll get £15 for every friend you refer who signs up and spends £5 on bingo. It’s done through a simple form on the site.
Chat hosts are a good source of site information or you can click for live chat help. You can call for help on 08000320878 or 08000320878, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Betfred Online, c/o The Spectrum, 56-58 Benson Road, Birchwood, WA3 7PQ, UK.
Bingo Bonkers Verdict
The odds are on Betfred proving a big winner. There’s a good choice of games using a popular software system and the site seems well designed with a good playing experience. There are some big prizes and a decent welcome offer to get players on board. There were a couple of very minor issues with menus and navigation, but Betfred is worth saddling up for. Good luck!