With so many bookmakers sharing the same owner, it’s worth paying attention to the bookmaker ownership structure in Australia. A number of bookmakers feature identical odds and markets, leaving weekly promotions as the only point of difference. This reduces the benefits of holding a membership with each of them.
To assist with bookmaker membership selections, below is the current ownership structure of the leading Australian-licensed bookmakers. Some owners place more emphasis on their leading brands, so where applicable the primary brand for each owner is highlighted.
Bet 365 Group Limited
Private company, headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Employs over 2,100 staff. Learn more.
Crown Resorts & Matthew Tripp
Crown Resorts (owned by James Packer) owns two-thirds of the joint venture, with Matthew Tripp (former owner of Sportsbet) owning the rest. Betfair is a betting exchange while CrownBet is a bookmaker so the two don’t share the same odds or markets.
- Betfair Australia – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
- CrownBet – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
Previous names: bestoddsbet.com, AK Racing, Betezy, BetEasy
Headquartered in Harrow, Greater London. It heritage dates back to 1886, with the Ladbrokes name adopted in 1902. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has over 13,000 employees. In addition to its online presence, Ladbrokes maintains over 2,400 retail betting shops in UK and Ireland, with more shops in Spain and Belgium. Learn more.
- Betstar – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
Previous name: Eskander’s Betstar
- Bookmaker – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
- Ladbrokes – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
Ladbrokes is the primary brand of the three bookmakers, as evident by the greater range of promotions for Ladbrokes compared to Betstar and Bookmaker.
Mad Bookie Pty Ltd
Founded in 2015 with a registered office in Melbourne. At this stage we know very little about the owners.
Paddy Power plc
Founded in 1988 and listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. The company operates around 400 betting shops across Ireland and the UK. Learn more.
Palmer Bookmaking Pty Ltd
Founded by the Palmer brothers and operates operates from offices at Canterbury Racecourse. The Palmer family has been associated with betting in Sydney for over 30 years. They commenced online wagering in 2013.
Tabcorp Holdings Limited
Tabcorp is a wagering, gaming, media and Keno operator in Australia. It was founded in Melbourne in 1994 after the privatisation of the Victorian TAB. The company is headquartered in Melbourne and is listed on the ASX. It operates almost 2,000 betting outlets in NSW and over 600 in Victoria. It also offers on-course betting at 255 racecourses. Learn more. Note that unlike most sibling bookmakers, Luxbet and Tab Sportsbet offer different odds and markets and are licensed in different states to one another.
- Luxbet – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
- TAB Sportsbet – licensed in NSW and Victoria (review)
TopBetta Pty Ltd
Founded in 2013 and is based in Newcastle.
Unibet Group plc
Founded in 1997. Was originally based in the UK but is now headquartered in Malta. The parent company is listed on the Nordic stock exchange and holds licences in France, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Australia and the UK. They boast over 9.5 million customers in over 100 countries. Learn more.
Founded in 1934 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company employs over 16,000 people and operates 2,300 betting offices across the UK. Learn more.
- Centrebet – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
- Tom Waterhouse – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
- William Hill – licensed in the Northern Territory (review)
Previously called Sportingbet. William Hill is the the primary brand of the three bookmakers. Centrebet will be merged with William Hill sometime in 2015 with Tom Waterhouse to follow in early 2016.