Betfair Betting Exchange

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New Betfair customers register an account (include the promotion code VAL222) and stake at least £20 on your first exchange bet. If your bet loses Betfair will refund you £20.

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About Betfair

Betfair is the world’s leading betting exchange. It was founded in August 1999 by Andrew Black and Edward Wray in order to commercialise proprietary betting technology they’d developed.Unlike with conventional bookmakers. All bets on Betfair are placed by users who either want to back a selection to win, or lay a selection to lose. Betfair matches the bets between people with opposing views.

Betfair is the trading name of Betfair Limited, registered as a limited company in England and Wales.

If you prefer the more traditional style of betting, Betfair also offer fixed odds betting via their Sportsbook.

BSP Betting

SP is an abbreviation for ‘Starting Price’ and traditionally has been determined by the on-course bookmakers.

Betfair have introduced their own Betfair SP, which is based on bets placed by both backers and layers in any market. With no margin for profit built in it gives you much better odds than traditional SP. When placing bets on the Betfair Exchange you can choose to either take the odds on offer or have your bet settled at BSP.

Range of Sports

Betfair provide betting opportunities on horse racing in the UK, Ireland, USA, South Africa, UAE, France, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Singapore. They also offer bets on a wide range of other sports and activities:

Greyhound Racing, Football, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Boxing, Darts, Snooker, Motor Sport, Rugby League, Rugby Union, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Athletics, Cycling, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Bowls, Chess, Fishing, Gaelic Games, Mixed Martial Arts, Volleyball, Netball, Pool, Winter Sports, Poker, Special bets, virtual Sports, Financial bets, Politics and Current Affairs.

Betfair API

The Betfair API is an application programming interface that enables developers to create software that seamlessly integrates with the Betfair sports exchange.

Typically applications can be used to automate many aspects of your betting or trading.

You can either develop your own applications or buy software from a vendor, such as BF Bot Manager or Grey Horse Bot

Odds Trading

In addition to regular betting, Betfair also gives you the opportunity to trade the odds, either prior to or during an event.

The idea is you back a selection at higher odds and lay the same selection at lower odds, to guarantee a profit, whatever the outcome of the event.

There are many ebooks and software programs around help you with this. See the Exchange Trading section for more information.


Betfair operate a layered commission structure whereby the more you bet, the lower your rate will be. Commission is charged on your net winnings from any single market.

You do not pay any commission on losing bets.

Their standard commission rate is 5%, but you will be able to decrease that depending on the volume of bets you have matched.

Commission amounts can easily be offset by the increased odds you get betting on a betting exchange, opposed to betting with a traditional bookmaker

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Also From Betfair

In addition to the betting exchange Betfair has also established a games portfolio, including Betfair Poker, Betfair Casino and a number of exchange-enabled games.


1 Response to “Betfair Betting Exchange”

  1. ann says:

    you will have to bet daily to stakes of about 50£ for a year before you get a reduction in commission to 4%-
    because they take away the points built up to 15% every weekend(there are holidays where they don’t take off the points earned) but all in all its very tough to get any reduction unless you are a high stakes bettor that bet every day

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