Bookmaker Reviews

This section features in-depth reviews of betting agencies that support Australian dollar accounts. The bookmakers covered here are the best of the services previously surveyed.

You can view a comprehensive summary of bookmakers that are suitable for Australians in the Betting Agencies section.


bet365 review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • bet365’s expansion into Australia will be a major headache for local bookmakers. bet365 has always been our pick of the international services. It offers an extensive range of features and a top of the line, Flash-driven interface. Usage of the service from Australia is more convenient than ever. Australian dollar accounts have been accepted for years, but a wider range of deposit options are offered now that bet365 is licensed in Australia. The betting selections for the NRL and AFL have also improved, as has the selection for Australian racing. The provision of frequent live video feeds and in-depth team statistics is fantastic, and with a minimum bet of $0.25, bet365 will appeal to small-time punters. bet365’s live betting service is the best we’ve seen. It’s just a shame Australian customers can only bet live over the phone. Overall, bet365 is a fantastic service. If the Australian Government lifts the ban on live online betting, then bet365 will become the benchmark for in-play wagering in Australia.

BlueBet review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • BlueBet is among a number of new Australian brands that are trying to make inroads into an industry currently dominated by English and Irish owned companies. The difference between BlueBet and the other new brands is the fact that the founder and CEO is Michael Sullivan – a well known name in the Australian online betting industry. At the moment the odds, features and range of markets are average, but perhaps more unique features will be added as the company grows.

Draftstars review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • Daily fantasy sports provide an interesting alternative to tournament betting websites like SportChamps, in which prize money is awarded based on achieving the highest hypothetical profit. For daily fantasy sports in Australia, Draftstars is the market leader. A good range of contests are available to suit a variety of budgets and there is sufficient member activity for Draftstars to offer regular contests with five-figure prize pools. The website interface is excellent and plenty of form data is available for those who know how to use it, including .csv files. Draftstars is definitely worth a look for those who are seeking an alternative to standard betting and tournament betting.

PlayUp review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • PlayUp is one of a few Australian-owned bookmakers trying to mix it with the large foreign-owned services that are licensed in Australia. It replaces the merged ClassicBet, Mad Bookie and soon-to-be-merged TopBetta, with the owning company also owning Draftstars. PlayUp is a good addition to the betting portfolio of anyone who likes to shop around for odds given its independence from other bookmakers.


SportChamps review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • SportChamps is the latest entrant into the tournament betting scene in Australia. While the service is still young, it is growing fast, with a reported 50% increase in membership each month. At the time of writing SportChamps offers over 500 tournaments per week with $300K+ in monthly payouts. We really like the provision of 200 free tournaments weekly, which provide an opportunity for newcomers to learn the ropes without having to commit to making a deposit. The main drawback is, unlike TopBetta, SportChamps doesn’t offer standard sports betting in addition to competition betting. SportChamps is definitely worth a look for those who enjoy tournament betting and given the provision of free tournaments. It is also worth a look for those who are simply curious.

Sportsbet review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • Sportsbet is an excellent betting service for modest stakes punters, however large stakes punters may become frustrated by Sportsbet’s inclination to limit the accounts of successful members (a common practice in Australia, unfortunately). In an earlier review we described the interface as “simplistic.” Now that the website has been given a complete overhaul, the interface is modern and feature-packed, with strong support for multi betting. At the same time, it is still easy to use and intuitive, which makes Sportsbet a great option for beginners. The betting selection is excellent, particularly for Australian sports, which makes Sportsbet suitable as a solitary membership for those who want only one betting account. One of the biggest strengths of Sportsbet is its frequent promotions and competitions, which add a lot of value to an already good service.

Unibet review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • The combination of lower than average bookmaker margins and industry-leading quantity of markets per fixture makes Unibet Australia one of the best bookmakers in the industry.

WinnersBet review

  • Full Review
  • Visit Website
  • WinnersBet is a new Australian-owned bookmaker that is taking on the large foreign-owned operators that are licensed in Australia. The highlight of the service is the incredibly fast and intuitive interface, while its current drawback is the lack of markets per sporting fixture. The racing service is fully-featured and we did observe racing selections at higher fixed odds than other bookmakers. This makes WinnersBet worth considering for those who like to shop around for odds and for those who like to use an Australian-owned service.

 

Share this: