WHEN betting online, it is important to remember to hold accounts with at least a couple of different sports bookmakers, in order to find the best odds and widest variety of sporting events and matches.
There are a host of locally-owned and foreign-owned online sports bookmakers Australians can legally wager with, and we’ve selected what we believe to be the top six most reputable and esteemed sports betting sites in 2016.
Each site is licensed by their respective gaming governing bodies within their regulated jurisdiction, and all allow Australians to directly fund their accounts with AUD currency.
Best AU betting sites
www.Crownbet.com.au – Quickly and firmly has established itself as one of the best bookmakers in Australia, having just opened in mid-2014. Former Sportsbet founder Matthew Tripp struck up a partnership with Crown Resorts boss James Packer to rebrand and rejuvenate the floundering BetEasy to CrownBet, which is making huge strides not just in Australia, but within the Asian sports betting market, with plans to become a globally recognised brand name. CrownBet is 100 per cent Australian owned.
www.WilliamHill.com.au – Operating worldwide, William Hill made a huge splash Down Under when the company purchased three major Australian sports bookies Sportingbet, Tom Waterhouse and Centrebet in early 2015, unifying them all under the banner William Hill Australia. Headquartered in Britain, WHA managed to migrate all previous Sportingbet, Tom Waterhouse and Centrebet clients to its new site with ease, and has since become a well-deserved competitor to all other operators.
www.Sportsbet.com.au – Sportsbet can rightfully claim to be Australia’s first licensed bookmaker, established in 1993 and maintaining a strong customer base throughout its illustrious history. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Sportsbet was purchased by Irish company Paddy Power in 2009, while continuing to be run as a separate entity. Sportsbet remains one of the Australian public’s favourite bookies, with some of the best promotions, bonuses and competitions on offer.
www.Bet365.com.au – Serving a client base of more than 19 million people (and growing) across more than 200 countries, Bet365 not only deals with online sports betting, but also markets online casino games and poker operations. In Australia, only the sports wagering website is legally accessible, and customers can choose from a huge range of local and international sporting, racing, entertainment and political events to place bets on.
www.Luxbet.com.au – A subsidiary of Tabcorp Holdings Limited (the Australian wagering, gaming and keno operator, and one of the world’s largest publicly listed gaming companies), Luxbet was launched in 2008, and is headquartered in Darwin, Australia. Tabcorp donates a significant share of Luxbet’s profits to the New South Wales and Victorian racing industries. Specialising in racing, the Luxifixed product offers fixed odds on thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races right up to the jump, and you can also find ample exotics on both local and international races.
www.PalmerBet.com.au – Like CrownBet, PalmerBet is also 100 per cent Australian owned and operated. The online bookmaker was launched in August of 2013, and has a host of markets covering local and international sporting and racing events. The Palmer name has been synonymous with the gaming and racing industries for over 30 years, and have now introduced a new-look and interactive online service, with better odds and bigger limits, for Australian and international punters.
Desktop, mobile and tablet betting interfaces
Each of our endorsed online sports betting sites boast their own browser-based mobile and tablet betting interfaces – user-friendly, slick and well-designed platforms which allow the customer to bet on the go anytime and anywhere.
Most of the available markets via the desktop interfaces are available via the mobile and tablet interfaces, which are compatible with all smartphones and tabs, including iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices.
All desktop/laptop interfaces are neatly designed, and tabs to all important features, such as banking, all sports and racing markets, your betting slip, customer support, promotions, live betting details and more, are easy to navigate to.
Sports and racing markets
Each bookmaker understands the importance of offering a wide variety of markets on all sporting and racing events in an extremely competitive industry, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to find the market and odds for the event you’re looking to place a bet on. Each bookie has a ‘next to jump’ betting feature, where the upcoming races and the competitors’ odds are displayed, along with ‘future’ wagering options, live feeds of certain sports matches and racing events, form-guides for popular meets, and other punter-beneficial features.
AFL, NRL, cricket, tennis, American football (NFL), baseball, basketball, boxing, darts, golf, ice hockey, MMA/UFC, motor racing, netball, rugby union, local and international soccer games, snooker, surfing and volleyball are just some of the sports markets offered to customers. Other fields for wagering include politics, entertainment, current affairs and financial events.
Promotions and sign up bonusesMake sure you sign up with a valid and live email address so you can stay up to date with all the latest bonuses, promotions and competitions offered on a constant basis by each bookmaker. When you open your account and make your first deposit, make the most of the new member free bet bonuses, and then keep a look out for all other free and matched cash injections.
Mutli-bet bonuses, refer a friend bonuses, specific sport event refunds, protest payouts, money-back specials, double odds, fair go refunds, and tipping comps and fantasy leagues with huge cash prizes are just some of the promos on offer across our recommended sports wagering websites.
Banking methods (secure deposits and withdrawals)
All financial transactions are protected with the latest secure socket layer digital encryption technology, and no personal information is ever shared publicly. You can opt to have all your details removed from the sports bookmakers’ databases at any time you wish.
Some of the most common deposit and withdrawal methods offered and utilised at our recommended sports betting sites include:
- Credit and debit cards such as Visa and MasterCard
- E-wallets like PayPal, Neteller and Skrill
- Electronic bank transfer from your bank account, or via the POLi and BPAY banking systems
- Cash cards – cards provided by the bookie (which registered members can apply for) which act as EFTPOS cards, where you can transfer money to and from them, and utilise them to pay for goods and services
All operators deal with the Australian dollar. There is typically no set limit on maximum deposits, but if you wish to make a significant deposit or wager, it is recommended that you notify the support staff before doing so, to ensure a straightforward process.
Online bookmaker customer support
At each site, you will find a link to the customer support page, where you can get in touch with team members via a few different means, such as live chat, email and telephone. There are dedicated phone hotlines for racing and sports betting inquiries.