Betsafe Review

Betsafe are offering you a completely risk free first bet when you register a new account with their sportsbook. The bet will work by simply placing your first bet and if it loses, they will refund the amount up to £25!

The maximum you can receive from this offer is £25 and this will be triggered when you make your first deposit of £50 or more. By accepting the risk free offer from the betting slip, any winnings that you make from this amount will need to be wagered through just the once, before you can withdraw.

One of the best things about Betsafe is that they like to throw a fair few promotions at you after you’ve registered your account. Unlike some sportsbooks, they work hard to keep you there once you’re through the door. Some promotions include a 25% bonus on any live winnings, up to 100% returned from combination bets if just one selection lets you down and tons of offers for their casino and poker section, if that’s something that you might be interested in.

Betsafe Screenshot

Betsafe Screenshot

How It Works

The first thing you must do is make your opening deposit of £50 or more. Whilst the promotion will only pay out a maximum free bet of £25, the deposit amount criteria must first be met. Once this has hit your account simply click refresh on the page and then any selections in your betting slip will include the risk free bet selection.

After you have made your risk free bet, if it loses then Betsafe will reimburse this amount into your account. If you are successful from your risk free bet then any winnings that you make need to be wagered through once at odds of 1.50 or greater for you to be able to withdraw. Let’s say you claimed the maximum £25 risk free bet and your bet won at even money. You’ve then won £50, meaning that you’d then need to wager through £50 worth of bets, all at odds of 1.5 or greater before you can withdraw.


As with all promotions that are similar to this, there are a few requirements that you need to be aware of.

  • Only new customers to Betsafe can take advantage of this promotion
  • You must deposit £50 or more to be eligible
  • Your first bet must be made using the risk free bet option in the betting slip
  • Any winnings from your free bet needs to wagered through once at odds of 1.50 or greater
  • Risk free bets can be used on both single and combination bets
  • Risk free bet cannot be split up into multiple bets
  • Only available to UK customers

Our Verdict

You’re getting one of the safest bets in the industry with Betsafe (coincidently named) and it really is about as simple as you’re going to find. The clearing requirements and turnover amount of any winnings (once x net profit) should be a real draw as most bookmaker set this amount much higher.

About Betsafe

Betsafe has been around since 2006 and are owned by Betsson, a Swedish company who has several ties now to the online gambling industry. Betsafe have a payer database of over 450,000 users, which is an impressive number. But, it could be argued that the company are only just starting to see the fruits of their labours, with their first few years not really setting the world alight.

What’s great about a company like Betsafe is that they have evolved massively since first opening their doors in 2006. It’s this kind of innovation and encouragement to include change into their philosophy that will see them succeed for many more years to come.

Best features

The site includes a massive array of sports. In fact, it has to be one of the largest portfolios of sports in the industry with everything from football to trotting up for grabs. We mentioned earlier that a Swedish company owned them and it’s been good to see that they have kept true to their roots with the inclusion of some Scandinavian sports such as Pesapallo and winter sports.

What we have to highlight is that not all of these sports have particular good market coverage. Your popular ones such as football, tennis, darts are will looked after, but going down the list it highlights how many markets are on offer for each sport, with a whole host having just single figure numbers next to them.

One of the sportsbooks most interesting features has been that of their Emperor App. The app is basically a way in which you can keep up to date with live games but also answer questions along the way about that game. You can play against your friends and even stake a wager on two about who you think will win.


The pricing structure is probably what lets sites like Betsafe down. It’s tough when you are smaller to compete with the best due to the much smaller margins they are able to take, but then in turn to bet with somewhere like Betsafe on a regular basis isn’t going to yield as much value as a bet365 for example. The pricing isn’t terrible though, we must stress this, and for the most part you likely wont notice a huge difference, but it is there!

Ease of use

The design of the site is fairly solid, but it won’t be winning any awards. It feels very dark with lots of black involved although the contrast font does work quite well. It terms of navigating about, the left hand sidebar means you can jump between sports and markets with ease, which was a bonus in an otherwise fairly uninspiring design.