SportsBetting.com.au was online back when most of us were still struggling with dial-up connections and modems boasting top speeds of 56Kps, which goes a long way in supplying punters with reassurance that this is no here-today-gone-tomorrow agency. Join Sportsbetting.com.au Now
They are Australian owned and operated and take great pride in offering what they consider a top level of customer service.
Like many others, they are licensed by the Norther Territory government, which adds another layer of security.
They mention that they are a straightforward operation that has never mucked around with sign up bonuses. That is not as significant in 2019 as it was at one time. Even when sign-up bonuses were offered, the ability to collect on one, once residency requirements were met, often involved some level of turnover and some restrictions on odds and markets. We have for years been pointing out that 98 percent of the population of Australia lives in spots where sign-up bonuses were invalid, yet people continued to chase those bonuses.
We give SportsBetting.com.au a nod simply for treating potential clients like mature adults. SportsBetting have been around since 1998. New ownership came along in 2017 and gave the agency a fresh infusion.
We arrived at the main page of the agency by typing sportsbetting.com.au in our browser.
We immediately noticed that we could join or login from this page without having to work past a bunch of animated, scrolling slideshow nonsense.
The top of the page had tabs for joining, promotions, banking (YAY!) products, rules, about (SportsBetting) contact, responsible gambling and mobile betting.
We cannot begin to count the number of times we visited bookie websites and spent time futilely trying to figure out which payment methods were accepted. This feature alone would prompt us to give SportsBetting six stars on a five-star scale.
The main page took us straight to the familiar three-column layout, with the Racing and Sports codes on the left, odds in the centre and betting slip on the right.
The standout feature of this page was the use of contrasting colour to make it easy to keep your place. The colour scheme looked as though they had borrowed the orange crayon from Neds, and then toned it down a bit. This was combined with a light grey. Our eyes truly appreciated what they were seeing. Join Sportsbetting.com.au Now
Odds and Markets
The tag line for SportsBetting is, “No Gimmicks. Just great fixed odds betting,” so this seemed the perfect opportunity to test that claim.
This is being written on the eve of the last race of Winx. We located the market quickly by clicking on Tomorrow’s Racing in the left column. Randwick was the last venue listed. We knew that the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes was the seventh race, but we would have liked the feature some other bookies have where hovering a cursor over a race supplies the name of that race.
Others also have a specific link for a big race in the left column, which is convenient, but SportsBetting had no such.
At any rate, SportsBetting was offering the same $1.06 we saw on many websites, while Happy Clapper, Hartnell and He’s Eminent were identical at $21. Those prices were also identical to the quotes on Ladbrokes. Neds was the same, with the exception of having Hartnell at $26.
Before jumping to the conclusion that SportsBetting’s boast was an idle one, we decided to have a look at Round 4 of the AFL.
The game of the week, to us, was the North Melbourne Kangaroos versus the Adelaide Crows.
SportsBetting.com.au took us to Round 4 with two clicks. Their head-to head quote was Roos $2, Crows 1.81. They had 14 additional markets. Ladbrokes had it $2, $1.80 with 227 markets, while Neds had it $2, $180 with 230 markets.
In our eyes, 14 markets is still plenty and most punters never go deeper than the head-to-head and the line, so we will leave you to form your on conclusion on this score.
There are sufficient betting products to satisfy most.
Information regarding minimum deposit and minimum bets proved elusive, even when we consulted third party sources we have long viewed as authoritative, but we believe the minimum online wager is $1 and this criterion for bookmaker selection holds little interest for most punters.
Our conclusion is that the three bookies were so similar that we did not bother with examining the lines. Join Sportsbetting.com.au Now
SportsBetting.com.au offers mobile betting via a mobile version and apps for Android and iPhone. We truly appreciated that this feature was easy to locate, right on the top of the pages. Clicking on the tab took us straight to the instructions.
We dinosaurs from the 20th century fail to fully understand why mobile apps have the creepy permission they do have, so we always elect for the mobile version. We used an ancient Android smart phone, one that is close to three years old, to visit the SportsBetting mobile site and found it to be a clone of the desktop website, which is something we have come to expect, but always appreciate.
In line with their no frills approach, SportsBetting does not offer as many promotions as some of the others offer.
They have a loyalty program that rebates two percent of anything wagered on racing. A $20 racing bonus bet is earned for each $1000 worth of racing bets.
Again, SportsBetting surpasses our usual expectations. Clicking on the Banking tab at the top of the page took us not only to deposit methods, but withdrawals as well. Sheer joy.
They accept POLi, debit and credit cards, direct deposit into their bank account and BPay. There is a $50 minimum to use BPay.
Withdrawals are made to the credit/debit card used for funding. Withdrawals to a bank account typically take place overnight.
SportsBetting can be reached at [email protected] There is also a live chat feature and telephone numbers.
We like this bookmaker. The website, for the ease of locating pertinent information, is the best we have seen. We could see ourselves spending considerable time on it without feeling as though we had just run the gauntlet of the sights and sounds encountered in most casinos.
Some punters may want more markets. As for the claim of no gimmicks, SportsBetting delivers. The claim regarding odds might be a bit of a stretch, but based on the limited markets we examined, the odds at SportsBetting are certainly no worse than those of other bookies.
This bookmaker could serve well as a sole membership or in conjunction with other bookmakers. Join Sportsbetting.com.au Now