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

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  • 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

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  • 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 founder and CEO is Michael Sullivan – a well known name in the Australian online betting industry. The range of markets is growing all the time and BlueBet’s odds were better than average in our latest bookmaker margin survey. BlueBet would serve well as a beginner-friendly service for someone is new to betting. It also would serve well within a portfolio of bookmaker memberships for those who like to shop around for odds.

BoomBet review

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  • The BoomBet brand name is new, but this online bookmaker is one of the oldest in Australia, with its Sportsbetting.com.au heritage dating back to 1998. The interface is fast and works well, plus the sports and racing services will suit most punters’ needs. What really sets BoomBet apart, however, is its innovative HOT Bet feature, which enables members to copy the bets of winning punters and professionals. Appended to this feature is the fact that any punter can turn supplier for tips to earn commissions.

Draftstars review

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  • 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.

Moneyball review

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  • Moneyball is unusual in that it’s an app-only bookmaker with no wagering offered through a website. Their marketing premise is “always get the best price over three legs” and they back this up by providing highly competitive odds for 3+ leg multis. A highlight of the service is the high win limits, which peak at $1 million for the major European football leagues. At the other end, beginners will appreciate the low $0.04 minimum stake. The biggest absence is tote wagering, however their fixed odds offerings are competitive. We have observed numerous instances where they offered the best odds out of a range of bookmakers. For this reason, Moneyball would be a great addition to a portfolio of bookmaker memberships for those who like to shop around for odds.

Picklebet review

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  • Picklebet clearly has a focus on esports but their sports betting service is also excellent. The odds are competitive and the range of markets per fixture is strong for an Australian-owned bookmaker. Some of the other feature highlights are the $0.20 minimum stake, the fast & modern interface and the fact that they verify your identity automatically during the sign up process. The primary features currently lacking are race betting, exotic multis and same-game multis. Apart from sports betting enthusiasts, it goes without saying that Picklebet would also be an excellent choice for those who enjoy esports betting.

PlayUp review

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  • 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 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.

TexBet review

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  • TexBet will be a familiar name for anyone who’s involved in country NSW racing. While the website is relatively new, the O’Shea family that run it have been involved in bookmaking since 1973. The highlight of the service is its ease of use, with excellent navigation and an intuitive betting slip. Racing enthusiasts will appreciate the top Tote on all Australian thoroughbred win markets as well as the detailed form guides. The odds competitiveness and markets per fixture are currently below average, but these may improve with time.

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