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With Betfred Louisiana about to go live, we have put together this Betfred sportsbook LA ‘first look’ review, so you know exactly what to expect if you choose to open an account.
There are plenty of reasons to do so, with a generous bonus with an interesting twist to put it in front of other offers you might have seen elsewhere. The website and app are destined to be as easy to use as those in Betfred’s other locations, so both new and more experienced users will feel at home immediately.
With the bonus still a work in progress, the exact details are unconfirmed, but the smart money is on it being the same bonus offered at many of Betfred’s other locations. This is a generous bonus that appears to be successful, so there is no reason why they would not want to duplicate that in Louisiana, especially as when they launch, they will be the new kid on the block.
So, you can expect to see a first wager match up to $500, which, in case you were wondering, is not quite the same as a risk-free bet, and probably much better for you.
With the type of sportsbook promo codes that you see elsewhere, you only get a free bet (or bets) if your first wager loses. Here, you get the free bet to match your wager whether that bet wins or loses. Nobody would blame you for raising an eyebrow at this as it does sound like too good a deal, but there are wagering requirements.
The wager needs to be over $10 and placed at odds and spreads of -200 or longer, and the top limit is, as already mentioned, $500 (this means if your first wager is $600, you’ll get a $500 free bet). When you take into account that this is as far as restrictions go - you won’t even need to enter any sort of Betfred promo code. This sounds like a great offer, and definitely one that would mark the arrival of Betfred Louisiana in the state.
Before we move on with this Betfred sportsbook LA review, we should also point out that you need to check the T&Cs to make sure this offer is still the same when you come to claim it, as operators often upgrade offers to compete with other sportsbooks.
Our Betfred sportsbook LA ‘road test’
With Betfred being the new kid on the block, they will have to play to their strengths, and another one of these is the website that is so easy to use, whether you are a new or experienced bettor. Placing a bet is easy (more on that in a moment) and finding your way around the site is so intuitive, it shouldn’t really matter if you’ve never laid eyes on a sportsbook website before.
Even experienced bettors will find the uncluttered appearance and simple color scheme a welcome relief from the more ‘in your face’ presentation you can find in so many other places.
This is head-slappingly simple, with all of the sports arranged down the left-hand side of the screen. Selecting one of those will bring up all of the events for that sport in the center of the screen, and the available markets for those events will appear when you select the appropriate match, game or race. Your choices will appear on the betting slip on the right, where you can also add other bets and your stake.
As Betfred Louisiana is not yet live, we could not do a full odds comparison. However, we would expect odds and spreads to be as competitive as they are at other Betfred locations, and enhanced by Betfred boosts – which offer you improved odds and spreads on selected games each day, but typically only on parlay bets.
If this matches what is available at other locations, then the live betting options will match any of the ‘future’ betting options provided. So you can still bet on the outcome of the game, the score, and individual player performances. Of course, here the odds and spreads will move faster and the markets on offer will decrease as the match progresses.
All signs indicate that the easy-to-use app will be available when Betfred Louisiana goes live, and will be available, as it is in other locations, for Android and iOS devices. This means that you can also bet on the move – provided, of course, you are still physically located in Louisiana.
It will come as no surprise that, just like what we found in our Betfred Arizona sportsbook review, making payments is a simple and straightforward process. Both deposits and withdrawals are made from your account dashboard, and to fund your account you are likely to have a number of options open to you.
These will include Visa, Mastercard and bank transfers that will work for most people, with VIP Preferred, Play+ and PayNearMe for people who want to use alternative methods, like paying using cash at an approved retail location. None of these methods will attract any additional fees from Betfred, although your service provider might add charges of their own.
You can withdraw using bank transfer, Play+ and VIP Preferred, and even request a check in the mail. The Betfred withdrawal time will vary according to which method you choose, with Play+ being the fastest, and a check in the post taking between 5-10 business days to get to you. As with the deposit methods, there is something to keep everyone happy, while also keeping things uncomplicated, which is a good balance to maintain.
Unfortunately, even with an operation as tight as the one we expect to see at Betfred Louisiana, things can go wrong, and you’ll need to know what your options will be for getting your problem solved. There are plenty of channels open to you, with live chat if you need quick and simple answers, email if there is a little more to say, as well as text and telephone support if you need it. We were expecting some sort of FAQ page to be available, but that will perhaps go online at a later date.
The answer here is that it will be. The overall situation here is that it is a work in progress, but as Betfred are a long-established company that have been online in their native UK since 2003, you should have no worries when Betfred Louisiana goes live shortly. You can be sure too that the SSL security (shown by the padlock symbol in your address bar) will also be implemented here as it is in all other Betfred locations to keep transactions safe.
One you have taken advantage of your wager match, you will not be left wondering what to do. While the specific promotions are yet to be finalized, other Betfred locations run smaller offers that will garner you free bets when you wager on other events. These, like the Betfred boosts mentioned earlier, will most likely be related to parlays, but this is still unconfirmed.
Also unconfirmed is whether or not there will be a Betfred Louisiana loyalty program, but this seems unlikely as other locations are yet to launch one.
With only a short time before the answer to the question ‘is Betfred legal in Louisiana?’ is yes, there are still some details to be confirmed. However, from what we already know, the first people to sign up after launch are not likely to be disappointed. The entire process is simple, from making a payment to placing a bet, and the bonus is unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere (at the moment, anyway), and one you should consider yourself if you are looking for a new sportsbook in Louisiana.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a risk-free bet as their welcome offer, where you get a free bet if you first wager loses. A wager match goes one step further, and to find out how it works, read our Betfred Louisiana review.
The Betfred free bet is activated in several different ways, and there are other restrictions you need to be aware of. To get the full story on the bonus here, including if you need a Betfred promo code LA, read our online review.
Online sportsbooks have various means to contact them, but these will vary from operator to operator. For a full breakdown of the options at Betfred Louisiana, check out our in-depth review.
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