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Betdaq Review

Review of Betdaq

Editors Note:
Betdaq are the world’s second biggest online betting exchange and in this review we’ll cover how they compare to the biggest exchange out there (Betfair) and what features the site has to offer punters.

If you’ve hung around on Cheeky Punter for a while, and read our blog section, you’ll know that I’m a keen sports trader and have been using exchanges for over 9 years now.

Betdaq are basically my second choice betting exchange so if for any reason I can’t use Betfair, I’m looking to avoid their excessive charges or Betdaq have a low commission promotion running then I’ll use them.

With that in mind I’m happy to recommend Betdaq and have been a satisfied customer in my time on the site.

As a new customer at Betdaq you can get a welcome offer which helps reduce commissions and avoid any premium charges recently introduced by Betfair – a BIG reason to have an account.

Up to £1,000 commission back at the end of the first 30 days as withdrawable funds. Standard 5% commission rate applies. Not available to API, RDT or Trading Tool customers. 18+.

Review Ratings

Use the links to navigate our review.

Licensing & Safety

Low risk classification
How safe is Betdaq?
  • UKGC license
  • Owned by Ladbrokes Coral
  • Founded in 2000
  • Safest possible rating
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Betdaq is licensed and regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (License Number 003367), therefore they are obviously a reputable company to use, regardless of the sport that you like to bet on. The fact that they are regulated by this organization means that they must:

  • Ensure that all of the actions of the site are completely fair and unbiased.
  • Make sure that those under the legal gambling age are unable to bet on the site until they are of an age whereby they understand the associated risks.
  • Provide anyone with problems related to gambling with assistance and advice regarding how to sort out their issue.


  • Betdaq was founded in 2000 and has nearly two decades of pretty flawless operation when it comes to paying out players and providing an exchange betting service.
  • In 2013 the company was sold to Ladbrokes for a reported 30 million euros and is now part of the Ladbrokes Coral group.
  • When it comes to safety and financial backing, given their ownership, punters should have no questions or concerns regarding Betdaq who we assign our safest possible rating.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Varied options & limits
Will I get paid?
  • Deposit instantly
  • Payouts on winning bets
  • PayPal, Neteller & Skrill
  • Free withdrawals
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Visa/Visa Debit £0 Instant £10 – £10,000
Mastercard £0 Instant £10 – £10,000
Skrill £0 Instant £10 – £25,000
Neteller £0 Instant £10 – £20,000
Bank Transfer £0 3-5 days £10 – unlimited
Cheque £0 3-30 days £10 – £50,000

Markets & Odds

Popular sports covered
What sports are offered?
  • All popular sports covered
  • Back and lay in-play
  • Strong on racing & football
  • Non exchange multiples offered
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Betdaq are certainly not one of the better known names in the world of UK online gambling, but they do have all major sporting events covered for punters.

Although they don’t have as many markets as the “big boys” they still provide more than enough to keep even the most serious gambler interested. Liquidity can however be a problem with less popular events. The sports that they offer are:

  • Aussie Rules
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • F1
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Hockey
  • MMA
  • NFL
  • Politics
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Soccer
  • Specials
  • Tennis
  • Virtuals

As can be seen, the selection isn’t massive and if you’re a super high stakes punter then you’re not going to be pleased with the amount of money available to back and lay on different events – honestly most exchange bettors would be better off using Betfair.

Betdaq is better used as a secondary exchange. More of a backup for Betfair. The bigger the event the more liquidity you’ll see at Betdaq so for things like Premier League football you won’t find a problem. As soon as you start sifting through their less popular markets problems start to arise and in many cases you’ll struggle to get a large wager matched.

Betdaq have also recently added the chance to place multiples on the site – it’s not part of the exchange but it’s a nice addition odds offered are very competitive.

In-Play Betting

Great for backing & laying
Is live betting offered?
  • Exchanged based in-play
  • Good range of events
  • Live price movement charts
  • Quick cashout
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Well Betdaq wouldn’t be a exchange if they didn’t offer live odds and the chance to both back and lay selections whilst the event is taking place. A list of the markets which will be turned in-play can be found do the right hand side of the Betdaq website (or on the app). Clicking the market will take you to a screen where you can bet the odds live.

Once again though, whilst the selection on offer is decent, liquidity is poor on lesser markets and you can’t guarantee to get big back or lay bets matched.

We’ve said it before but just to reinforce the point… you’re better off using Betdaq as a backup exchange, for big events or when there’s a good rate on commissions.

Welcome Bonus

Up to £1,000 cashback on commissions
New Customer Offer
  • Up to £1,000 commissions back
  • First 30 days
  • Regular low commission promo’s
  • Bet £10 get £10 on virtuals
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Betdaq are an online betting exchange and as a result they’ve structured their bonus offer a little differently to the majority of bookies out there (the old Betdaq free bet is no more).

They are giving all new customers the chance of up to £1,000 cash back on commissions for 30 days when they join and use the correct Betdaq promotion code:

Here’s how to claim:

  1. Visit Betdaq by Click here to visit Betdaq.com
  2. When you hit their landing page click either the ‘Join Now’ button to get started.
  3. You’ll be taken directly to the registration form where you need to fill out your details.
  4. When you get to the promotions code box use code: DAQBACK
  5. As soon as you make a real money deposit you’ll have 30 days worth of free commissions on the exchange (up to £1,000).

Claim up to £1,000 in free commissions!

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Betdaq
Best backup for Betfair
Our Rating for:

You’ll notice that we opened up our Betdaq review by awarding them a 3.5 star rating out of 5 stars. We grade all the sites we review on CheekyPunter.com and the grades range from 5* right down to 0* – find out more about the individual grades via our ‘Reviews’ section.

We acknowledge that giving a site a grade and not providing any explanation for that grade is useless to our visitors so in this section of the review we’ll be telling you why we’ve given Betdaq 3.5 stars and what they could do to move up the rankings.

There is a problem with liquidity at Betdaq and by this we mean the amounts available to back and lay on individual events. The reason for this is simply that they don’t have a large enough customer base and until they do they won’t improve. People are put off by this so it’s a bit of a catch 22 situation for Betdaq – for the regular exchange bettor Betfair is just a much better option.

Aside from the major downside that is the liquidity at Betdaq they’ve done a decent job with their brand. They are offering a decent bonus which rewards active participants on the exchange, they are regulated within the UK which means your money will be safe and secure with them and you’ll often find better odds at Betdaq than you will with traditional bookmakers who tighten the markets to ensure a profit (Betdaq don’t need to do this as they just facilitate bets between different people).

The promotions running don’t really deliver long term value at Betdaq and that coupled with the above has meant they can only really achieve a 3.5 rating overall.

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • Nick Peters
    September 10, 2018

    Betdaq are in my opinion the second best exchange behind Betfair. Liquidity is good on bigger events but as sports get less popular the amount of money in the markets dwindles somewhat. The same is also true as you look into the less popular markets for a specific event. For example it’s a lot easier to get bigger trades / bets through on Betfair for the HT/FT markets or even correct score sometimes.

  • Alan wales
    February 14, 2019

    Bloody crooks. Deposited £20 placed 2 bets account was closed. Phoned them and because I was excluded from Ladbrokes they said my Betdaq account was closed. If my bet won I would get my stake back. If they lost I would lose all moneys. This is not the end of this. Stay well clear of Betdaq.

    • David Lenton
      February 14, 2019

      Hi Alan – sorry to hear that. Usually I’d offer to get in touch and see if there’s anything I can do but recently Betdaq got in touch with us and said they no longer wanted to work with Cheeky Punter and I now have no line of contact with them. Let me know if you get any resolution to this. Good luck.

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Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter