Australians have numerous online bookmakers available to use, and part of being a good punter includes checking and comparing odds at several diverse sites. The team at Australian Gambling has done the necessary research to determine the above four sites offer the best odds for Aussie punters.
We factor in a number of other vital aspects such as the safest online bookies, safety of player funds and personal information, deposit and withdrawal options, and the vig; the amount charged by a bookmaker for its services. The range of available events to wager on and the number of markets on offer is also crucial, as is the availability of live betting, live streaming videos, exclusive promotions (such as free bets, bonuses and rebates), and customer service. We review all this and more in each of our above bookie evaluations.
Setting Up a Betting Account
We recommend new punters open accounts at each of our suggested websites in order to further compare odds between each of these bookies; if you aren’t comparing odds, you’re costing yourself valuable time and money. You will also be able to take advantage of all promotions as well as see which site you fancy most, in terms of the overall feel. Registration takes roughly two-three minutes; you’ll need to fill out all the most basic information like name, address, phone number, nickname (username) and account password.
Once registered, you can make a deposit. At each of our recommended bookies, your personal information is kept secure, and your financial details are protected by the highest standards of encryption technology, monitored by independent, third-party organisations.
Depositing and Withdrawing Online
Moving money back and forth between your bookmaker and yourself is a straight-forward process and can be done via one of several different methods. Each of our sports betting sites supports the followings banking options:
- Credit and debit cards (VISA, MasterCard or other) – An instant deposit method. While credit card withdrawals are generally received the following business day, if requested it can be sometimes processed in the morning. Withdrawals to debit cards may not be supported; alternatively, you can request a bank transfer back to your account which is linked to your debit card, by providing the correct BSB and account number.
- Direct bank/wire transfers – Deposits are usually credited to your account the following day, and withdrawals (once authorised) are usually processed within 2-3 working days.
- E-Wallets (like Neteller, Skrill/Moneybookers and PayPal) – Deposits from these Internet platforms are processed instantly. Withdrawals can take up to two working days before they are shown in your e-Wallet account.
- POLi – We have instant access to bank deposits made via POLi, Australia’s privately owned online payment company (Centricom Pty Ltd).
- BPAY – BPAY deposits will take between 24-48 hours on business days. Only Australian customers are eligible to use this method (which suits us just fine). Most bookies do not accept withdrawals via this option.
Each of our bookies has a specific section for all your banking needs so you can fund and take out money from your account with ease. Live chat, email and phone support is always available to assist in any concerns/issues you may have regarding deposits and withdrawals (or any other matter).
Getting the Best Odds
Betting on the races (Thoroughbred, Greyhound, Harness) is easiest and most convenient on the Web, and offers punters the widest range of options and odds available, rather than at your local TAB joint. Between UniTAB, SuperTAB and the NSW TAB, odds can fluctuate, but online bookies give us the option to secure wagers with the very best odds.
The following is a list of the racing wagering products offered at AG’s suggested bookmakers:
Top Tote Plus – The better of the dividends declared by the three Australian TABs or the starting price (SP).
Starting Price – The price of the particular horse/greyhound in the on-course fixed-odds betting market, at the race’s commencing time.
Fixed Price – The fixed odds quoted at the time of your bet.
Early Market – Fixed odds released early.
Country Best – Here you receive the best dividend of the VIC and NSW TABs for ‘Place’ and the place portion of ‘Each-Way’ bets at non-metro racetracks.
Top Fluc – You are guaranteed to be paid out at the official bookie’s top fluctuation price.
Midi Div – The Midi Div will pay punters the second highest dividend of the three TABs for ‘Win’, ‘Place’ and ‘Each Way’ bets made on any greyhound, harness or international horse race.
For sports betting, Internet wagering is also really the only way to go. Rather than surrender to one set of odds forced upon you down at your local betting outlet, shop around on the Web for the best of the best prices. You wouldn’t settle for a $60 pair of jeans at one retailer when you can get the same brand, size and colour for $10 less at another retailer across the road, would you? The same applies for wagering.
Furthermore, we have much more markets available on the Net than we do offline. Try and find a market for UFC betting in the offline community. As it stands, there is not a whole lot accessible. The same can’t be said for the World Wide Web. On top of that, online agencies offer a whole heap of unique and exotic bets unavailable at land-based venues.
Available Sports Markets
The following is a list of all the betting markets offered at our recommended sites, mainly sport, but also some other areas such as politics, finance and entertainment.
- American Football (NFL)
- Australian Rules (AFL)
- Basketball (AUS/US/EUR/OTHER)
- Current Affairs
- Field Hockey
- Gaelic Football
- Ice Hockey
- Live betting*
- MMA – UFC
- Motor Racing
- Olympic Games
- Racing (Thoroughbred, Harness, Greyhound)
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Soccer (Football)
- Table Tennis
Australia has more gamblers per capita than any other country in the world, and with such a passion for sport, it is a natural progression to want to bet on events we know and understand, for added entertainment value. With so many options at our fingertips over the Internet, you really don’t want to be wagering anywhere else.
*Live betting at Sportsbet.com.au, Sportingbet.com.au and Centrebet.com is only available via phone, as doing so over the Internet has recently been categorised as ‘interactive’ and thus illegal in accordance with the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.
Bonuses, Free Bets and Other Promos
The above bookies each offer unique and attractive sign-up bonuses and free bets for new customers. These bonuses have specific terms and conditions attached to them, so always be sure to read over the fine print to take full advantage.
Here are the sign-up bonuses offered by our three highest-rated websites:
www.Crownbet.com.au — 100% match up to $500, plus $150 in bonus bets (based on $100 minimum deposit).
www.WilliamHill.com.au – Matching your first wager with up to $700 in free bets.
www.Sportsbet.com.au – Grab up to a $250 bonus after making your first wager.
Other enticing and attractive offers are also frequently marketed by these bookmakers, and AG suggests to constantly check the promotions section on each site on a regular basis (at least once a week). Promotions include: money-back specials, refer a friend bonuses, double odds, protest payouts for Thoroughbred and Harness racing (paid out if your chosen horse finishes first across the line, but is beaten in a protest), early payouts (paying out selected wagers before they have resulted), and justice payouts (money-back or losing bets paid as winners in extraordinary circumstances).
Free competitions and contests are also run on a frequent basis; those which award real money prizes. Some of these competitions include AFL, NRL, EPL, horse racing and other tipping comps, fantasy leagues, and punter of the week stories. Sportsbet’s AFL and NRL tipping competition each hands out $100,000 to the overall winner at season’s end.
Bookmaker Customer Support
Each of the sites we suggest to sign up with have their own live chat feature, along with individual emails addresses and toll-free Australian phone numbers for racing inquiries, other sport inquiries, and general customer service.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Australia?
Yes. Despite what anyone else says, sports gambling (online and offline) is legal, and you should have no reason to think otherwise. There are certain restrictions placed on the licensing of gambling operators themselves, such as the corporations having to be based in Australia (so the government can tax the bookmakers). But for Aussie punters, it is perfectly safe to bet in our country with Australian online betting sites.
If there is anything else you’d like to know about sports betting which you can’t find here, drop us a line via our contact us page, and we will happily answer your questions.