Fairlay review



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Overall 80%
Website 5/10
Odds 10/10
Range of bets 6/10
Transactions 7/10
Customer service 8/10
Privacy & security 8/10
Established: 2014
Located: Germany
Minimum bet: 5 mBTC
Maximum bet: As much as other users will match


Fairlay is bitcoins leading betting exchange. The essence of a betting exchange is that you don’t bet against the house, you bet against other users.

Fairlay sets up the market, matches bettors against each other and pays out the winner with the losers’ money. For this they take a 2% commission from the winner which is equivalent to a 1% house edge; much lower than other sportsbooks.

Their site takes a bit of getting used to and has some room for improvement. If you have used other betting exchanges before you will figure it out.

Fairlay do have a dice game but… well, let’s just say you wouldn’t go there for the dice. The other good bitcoin betting exchange is BetBTC (review).

Website

The site is unrefined and underdeveloped, it needs the attention of a user experience engineer and a designer.

Some features found at the best betting exchanges are missing, for example you can’t change the odds on an unmatched bet, you have to cancel it and make a new one.

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Odds

Sportsbook’s overround:
2.62%

50:50 equivalent: 1.95

In markets with less liquidy betting large amounts will cause slippage making the odds worse. Being a betting exchange you do have the option to post your own odds and hope other users match them. This is really cool but requires patience.

Fairlay has the best odds of all sportsbooks.

Range of bets

Range of sports, leagues and events: Smallish range of sports but they do have more news and entertainment markets for betting on things like elections and awards than anyone else.

Range of bet types per event: Small, normally just moneyline/match winner. On the biggest leagues you might find points spread and total points markets.

Transactions

Unique deposit addresses: Not available.

Confirmations before bet: 1.

Withdrawal time: Instant!

Player to player transfer: Not available.

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Customer service

Customer service channels available: Email only.

Speed of replies: Our emails were replied to in around 3 hours.

Accuracy of replies: Very good, staff are knowledgeable and well trained.

Privacy and security

Information required at signup: Email address.

2 factor authentication: Not available.

Are funds verifiable on the blockchain? Fairlay do publish their cold wallet address but we do not see that it proves much.

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Fairlay say

“this is just the first step and a real time proof of reserves is planned”

We are glad to see this kind of effort and hope to see more bitcoin sportsbooks make player funds verifiable on the blockchain.

Bonuses

At the moment there is no commision charged on sports bets!

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Overall

Getting great odds is the most important thing to becoming a long term profitable sports better, much more important than web design or a signup bonus. Because of Fairlay great odds they have to be part of the conversation despite their usability shortcomings.

However if you want an easy, smooth and fun betting experience check the higher ranked sportsbooks on this site.

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3 Comments

  1. Johannes 2 years ago

    Hi –
    thanks for your create odds comparison tool. I wish the odds where more up to date – is there anything you can do about it? Anyway, it is helpful already.
    How come fairlay is not part of it? Currently this is the most important site in my opinion when it comes to arbitrage betting. 80% of the surebets I just cover a bet of a bookie with a lay on fairlay. It is also a good way to clear bonuses. So I would love to see the odds on fairlay covered as well..

    Best,
    J.

  2. Johannes 2 years ago

    This is great. Until now I used the arbitrage alerts always together with fairlay since in 90% of the cases at least one of the included bets for the arbitrage is better on Fairlay. I expect to see more arbitrage possibilities in future.
    By the way: one nice addition would be to display the return of the best bets in this view: https://bitedge.com/odds-comparison/mens-tennis/ So the % you would get if you would bet on all outcomes on the best odds. E.g. 98% or over 100% if it is a arbitrage possibility. It would in addition be nice to sort by this number. This way it is more easy to find valuebets or bets for bonus clearing.

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