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Betsafe gaming – how to play it

Betsafe was launched in 2006, and in 2011 the Betsson Group took control of this gaming site. The site’s licence is held at the well respected and trusted Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

Since its launch, the site has grown into an online casino with the largest player base of about 450 000 players. Betsafe not only has a solid grip in the Nordic counties, but the site has grown market place in large parts of Eastern and Central Europe. Also, Betsafe has settled its mark in the United Kingdom and in recent years moved into the Canadian gaming market. Betsafe does not accept players from the US.

The secret to Betsafe’s growth has been its allure to dare devils, which demands challenging games. The products that this online gaming site offers, includes Casino (namely Casino Red which is powered by NetEnt, and Casino Black with is powered by CryptoLogic), Live Casino (with is powered by Evolution Gaming), Sportsbook, Live Betting, and Poker games. These products are available via desktop and mobile platforms, and the site offers support through its live chat, email and phone services, in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish, 24/7. The payment methods that Betsafe offers its players include bank transfers, Citadel Instant Banking, ClickandBuy, Entropay, Fundsend, Maestro, Mastercard, Neteller, Przelewy24, Skrill, Speed Card, Trustly, Visa, Visa Debit, and Visa Electron.

• Sportsbook

The product Sportsbook offers players games with 35 sports that ranges from MMA to jogging. It also represents most football leagues and cups, but this also includes American sports. Football is the main focus, where Betsafe focuses on all the European and South American leagues. There are also focus on minor leagues from Tunisia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Scandinavian leagues. Plus, Betsafe is the official betting partner of Manchester City Football Club. This commercial partnership has raised the company’s profile in the UK. Oddly, Betsafe lacks horse racing.

• Casino

Betsafe hosts in excess of 400 casino games. The games on offer are provided by industry leaders such as Netent, and Derivco owned Microgaming, but also new players with the likes of Yggdrasil Thunderkick and NYX. Some of the favourite games on the Casino Red platform includes games such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Blood suckers, and Robin Hood Shifting Riches. On the Casino Black platform there are games like Spiderman, Iron man, and Snakes and Ladders. On both these platforms you can get different software table games, from blackjack, roulette to baccarat, all in different languages.
As part of the Casino games, players are also able to take part in regular tournaments and big promotions on games like blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Plus, there is a fully packed live casino with more than 50 table, and high rolling limits.

• Poker

Betsafe’s poker operates on award winning software and is also available on its mobile platform. The poker tournaments attracts players with a €3,000,000 guaranteed prize pools a month, free rolls and live event satellites. To see the success of Betsafe’s poker, you should just view the biggest poker tournament in the world that is hosted by Betsafe with the Battle of Malta.

That said, true video poker players might feel limited with the four video poker options, namely All-American Poker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, and Deuces Wild. All these games can be played with 100 hands at the same time, and with different bet sizes. The games also lack any bonus styles, but provide a standard paytable.

The good:

• Betsafe is powered by Evolution Gaming, NetEnt, and CryptoLogic.
• They have a good selection of slot games available
• There are virtual and live table games
• Betsafe offers live chat, email and UK Freephone support
• They are protected by SSL encryption
• The site is user friendly
• Betsafe is classified fair by TST and the Alderney Gaming Commission.

The bad:

• Bad video poker selection
• Live chat support is not available on a 24/7 bases
• No international phone number
• Improvement of the cashout is needed. Although the policy indicates that the cashout will be ready on selected pre-match and in-play sports, there aren’t any guarantees that your cashout will be accepted.
• Restricted play in some nations
• Lacks a loyalty or a VIP program for betting.

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