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Betting Agencies

This page provides a one-stop reference for betting agencies that are suitable for Australians. The agencies listed here all offer Australian dollar accounts. Agencies fall into two categories: bookmakers and exchanges. Bookmakers are agencies that set the odds and you bet against the agency. With exchanges, the odds are determined by fellow users within a marketplace, so you bet against fellow users. Bookmakers are recommended for beginners, while an exchange membership is a must have for serious enthusiasts, because it enables you to bet against outcomes.

The Bookmaker Reviews section features comprehensive reviews of the top betting agencies that are available to Australians.

If you’re in a hurry…

If you don’t wish to spend too much time choosing an agency, below are our picks for the best in the following categories:

   

Frequently asked questions

  • Q: I’m a beginner, should I go with a bookmaker or an exchange?
    A: Go with a bookmaker
  • Q: What benefits are there to using an international bookmaker?
    A: The Interactive Gambling Act makes it an offence to offer live online wagering to Australian residents. Operators are only permitted to offer phone betting during live events. International services either ignore or aren’t aware of this law, and continue to permit Australians to bet live ‘in-play’. Adherence to the Act is the responsibility of gambling operators and not individual Australians. It is not an offence for Australian residents to bet live ‘in-play’ online. Another upside is offshore bookmakers typically offer a greater betting selection on international sports.
  • Q: What benefits are there to using an Australian bookmaker?
    A: Australian agencies offer superior betting selections on Australian sports. They also offer a better range of deposit and withdrawal methods for Australians.
  • Q: How many memberships do I need?
    A: Just one if you’re a casual punter. If you’re looking for additional memberships, view our recommended bookmaker combinations.

 

If margins are what drive you

The margin is a measure of the bookmaker’s profit for an event, and can be regarded as a hidden transaction fee for punters. From a betting perspective, the lower the margin, the better.

The table on the right displays the results from the Australia Sports Betting bookmaker margin survey. The bookmaker with the lowest average margin for a given market is highlighted in green, while the bookmaker with the highest margin is highlighted in orange.

Pinnacle Sports offers the best value of the international bookmakers, while Austalian bookmakers tend to offer similar value to each other.

View the complete margin survey results.

Bookmaker Margin Survey Results

bet365 Betfair Bookmaker.com.au Centrebet Sportsbet Luxbet TAB Sportsbet 10bet.com Pinnacle Sports ComeOn Parasino SBOBET Titan Bet

Markets surveyed: L = line market, H = head-to-head market, O = total score market

 

Bookmakers that are suitable for Australians

Below is a short list of the best betting agencies that support Australian dollar accounts. Items highlighted in blue represent notable strong points, while items highlighted in red denote major weaknesses.

Agency Type HQ Live
Betting
Avg
Margin
Min Bet New Player Bonus
(only available in QLD, NT, TAS & ACT)
Key Deposit Methods Positives Negatives Review
10Bet Bookmaker UK Online 5.8% $1.00 50% first deposit bonus up to $200. Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent interface. Live online betting. High turnover requirements on bonus funds. Less competitive odds. Full
Review
bet365 Bookmaker UK
Northern Territory, Australia
Phone 4.3% $0.25   Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Great betting selection. Great interface. Access to data & statistics. Live video feeds. In-play betting is now only available over the phone to Australian residents. Full
Review
BetEasy Bookmaker Tasmania, Australia Phone No data $0.01 For first deposit between $100 and $500: 100% first deposit bonus as free bets (promo code 500OFFER). For first deposit between $1,000 and $5,000: 100% first deposit credit match (promo code CREDITOFFER). Excl. VIC, WA, SA, NSW. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Generous first deposit bonuses. 100% Australian owned. In-play betting only available over the phone to Australian residents. Full
Review
Betfair Exchange UK
Tasmania, Australia
Phone 4.6% $5.00 Sign up using the promo code DEP262. Claim a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $200. Excl. VIC and SA. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Fantastic betting selection. Can bet against outcomes. Great for tournament winner betting. $5 minimum bet. 1.5% fee for Australian credit card deposits. Lack of market depth on less popular events. Full
Review
Betstar Bookmaker UK
Norfolk Island, Australia
Phone 4.8% $0.50 100% first deposit bonus up to $250. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent user interface. Strong betting selection for Australian sports. Inactive account fees. Full
Review
Bookmaker
.com.au
Bookmaker UK
Norfolk Island, Australia
Phone 4.8% $0.50 100% matched first deposit with bonus bets up to $250. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent user interface. Strong betting selection for Australian sports. Inactive account fees. Full
Review
Centrebet Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia
UK
Phone 4.8% $1.00 $200 bonus bet Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
Paypal
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Strong betting selection for Australian sports. Excellent user interface. Great for multi betting. Owned by Sportingbet. Full
Review
ComeOn Bookmaker Curacao
Malta
Online 6.5% £0.40 100% first deposit bonus up to $50. Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent interface. Live online betting. High turnover requirements on bonus funds. Poor betting selection on Australian sports. Full
Review
Ladbrokes Bookmaker UK
Norfolk Island, Australia
Phone 4.8% $0.50 100% first bet bonus up to $250. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent user interface. Strong betting selection for Australian sports. Inactive account fees. Full
Review
Luxbet Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia Phone 4.8% $1.00 100% first deposit bonus bet up to $750 Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Backed by Tabcorp. Excellent interface. Below average customer service. Full
Review
Palmerbet Bookmaker NSW, Australia Phone No
Data
$1.00 Sign up and use the promo code FBBONUS to get a 100% first deposit bonus bet up to $250. QLD, NT, TAS and ACT residents only. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Excellent interface. 1.93 AFL & NRL lines. No exotic multi support. Betting in $0.50 increments. Full
Review
Pinnacle Sports Bookmaker Curacao Online 2.5% $1.00 None Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi
Very low margins (great odds) Basic interface Full
Review
SBOBET Bookmaker Isle of Man (British Isles)
Philippines
Online 3.9% $2.00 15% first deposit bonus up to $225 (learn more) Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Live online betting. Competitive odds. AUD $100 minimum deposit Full
Review
Smarkets Bookmaker UK
Malta
Online No data – 2% commissions $0.05 $20 risk-free bet (learn more) Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Live online betting. Low commissions Low liquidity on non-football markets Full
Review
Sportingbet Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia
UK
Phone 4.8% $0.01 Matched first bet stake with a free bet up to $200. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
Paypal
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Great betting selection on Australian sports. Low minimum bet. Sign up offer based on first bet, not first deposit. Full
Review
Sportsbet Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia
Ireland
Phone 4.6% $0.01 Use this link to open a new account and Sportsbet will match 100% of your first resulted bet up to $501 in free bets. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
Paypal
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Frequent promotions & comps. Easy to use interface. Good betting selection. Great for multi betting. Low minimum bet. In-play betting only available over the phone to Australian residents. Full
Review
Tom Waterhouse Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia
UK
Phone 4.8% $0.01 Matched first bet stake with a free bet up to $250. Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Skrill - Moneybookers
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Great betting selection on Australian sports. Not as many promos as sister site, Sportingbet. Sign up offer based on first bet, not first deposit. Full
Review
TopBetta Bookmaker Norfolk Island, Australia None No data $0.01 None Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
Tournament betting Limited deposit options, basic sportsbook Full
Review
Unibet Australia Bookmaker Northern Territory, Australia
Malta
Phone No data $0.10 120% first deposit bonus up to $300 Credit card
Bank deposit to an Australian account
BPAY
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Great sign up offer, good interface & betting selection Smaller range of deposit methods than leading competitors Full
Review
WBX Exchange UK Online No data $1.00   Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
Lower commissions & min bets than Betfair Liquidity not as strong as Betfair Full
Review
Below are other popular betting agencies that support Australian dollar accounts.
Agency Type HQ Live
Betting
Avg
Margin
Min Bet New Player Bonus Key Deposit Methods Positives Negatives Review
12BET Bookmaker UK
Philippines
Online No data $1.00 Various deposit bonuses are available. Read the review for more details. Skrill - Moneybookers Live betting features. Live video feeds. Slick betting interface. Harsh turnover requirements. Limited deposit options for Australians. Full
Review
Betfred Bookmaker UK Online No data £0.20 Matched first bet up to $50 as a free bet. Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
Paypal
Large company with 800+ betting shops in the UK. Low minimum bet. Huge betting selection. Live betting is pretty basic. Coming
Soon
Titan Bet Bookmaker Antigua and Barbuda Online No data $0.10 Free bet credit equal to the total stake of the first five settled qualifying bets up to $50. Credit card
Skrill - Moneybookers
Easy to use interface. Stats available. Lack of market depth on Australian sports. Full
Review
Winner Bookmaker Antigua and Barbuda Online No data $0.10 First deposit bonus up to AUD $80. Credit card
POLi (instant bank deposit)
Skrill - Moneybookers
Good interface No mobile sports betting Full
Review

 

Other international bookmakers

Click here to view leading international bookmakers. Many of these services support Australian customers, but unlike the services listed on this page, they do not support Australian dollar accounts.

Notes and explanations of terms

  • Live betting – due to the Interactive Gambling Act, bookmakers licensed in Australia cannot offer live online betting to Australian residents. Australian customers must phone in to bet live. Note that most services do facilitate live online betting for non-Australian residents.
  • Key deposit methods – other deposit methods such as Neteller, Ukcash may be available, but only popular methods have been listed.
  • POLi – enables you to make online bank transfers that are acknowledged immediately by the bookmaker. This feature is only available for Australian bank accounts.
  • Turnover requirements – 3x means that for a $50 deposit, you would have to make $150 worth of bets before you can withdraw your funds
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