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Betfred Poker is a well run online poker site that caters best for beginner to intermediate level players. There are all the usual game types on offer and lots of tournaments to enter no matter what your level of poker skill. It didn't make it into our top ten, but almost deserves a place and only lost out because the competition in this category is very strong!
Signing up for an account on Betfred Poker is very easy and is best achieved by using the downloadable client and following the simple on screen instructions. The client is only available for Windows based Pcs unfortunately so if you are running any other system you are out of luck as Betfred Poker doesn't provide an in-browser client. However if you are a Pc user you will find the client is very easy to use and great if you are interested in watching your stats as you play. It saves extensive log files of the games and hands you have played in to let you know how well you are doing.
Tournament wise Betfred Poker doesn't offer the biggest prizes we have seen, but does have a lot of mid-value guaranteed prize tournaments every day. It also claims to pay out over $20 million per month in tournament prizes so there are clearly plenty of high rolling tournaments for the more advanced players out there. New players get access to several freeroll tournaments and there is also a daily $250 guaranteed jackpot freeroll which you can enter if you built up 30 VIP points the previous day. As you get to higher ranking VIP levels there are further higher value freeroll tournaments you will be allowed entry to.
The VIP points system itself is very well explained on Betfred Poker, and in a lot of detail. Clearly a lot of people won't be interested in this, but some sites can be better value than others so it's nice to see a clear explanation of how your gambling is rewarded! You also build up more points the higher level you are in the VIP rankings so the more you play the faster you earn. VIP points can be spent on tournament entry fees or, at certain ranking levels, can be converted to real cash. There isn't an online store to spend your points in as some sites offer, but we don't see this as a huge loss.
Betfred Poker does middle of the road poker very well, but the high rollers out there might be left wanting for some higher profile tournaments. Beginner and intermediate players, however, will find plenty to get started with and to build up skills and experience at the tables. Sign up is completely free and lets you try out the play money tables, but we would recommend checking out our top ten list before spending any money.
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