Sportsbet is one of the premier betting agencies in Australia. Sportsbet has a massive presence in traditional and online media – they have invested a large amount of time and money in promoting their brand across all channels, and have done a very good job at it. Everyone knows this brand in Australia and if you are not yet a member you should be.
Sportsbet was founded in Australia but was bought by Irish bookie Paddy Power, who themselves are the most successful bookmaking business in Ireland. At an operational level not much changed when Sportsbet changed hands and the company continues to provide a great service to punters in both Australia and abroad.
What we like about Sportsbet
Refunds & Payouts on Bad Decisions
This is a rare and unlikely outcome, but Sportsbet is a bookmaker that is prepared to either pay or refund bets on certain events that they see as being affected by a bad decision (typically, it’s those damn referees…). this is an extremely refreshing approach from a bookmaker to give back or pay money on what they feel should have been the right decision. We give two thumbs up to Sportsbet for this feature.
This is another strange and rare offer, but Sportsbet on occasions decide to pay early on long term events where they feel that there is only one possibility for the win. This means that if you have money “tied up” in a long term bet, you may have it deemed a winner and returned to you before the actual event finishes! For example, in the 2010 Cox Plate, Sportsbet were so confident that the horse So You Think was going to win, they paid out all bets on this horse 5 days before the actual race occured..
In an example of one of these gone wrong, they were so sure after just 4 rounds of the 2010 AFL season that Richmond were going to finish last, they paid all bets for the Wooden spoon that were on Richmond. History tells us that Richmond didn’t finish last! Sportsbet paid out $120,000 in winnings that other bookies would have kept!
Free to Enter Competitions
Sportsbet customers are free to participate in various competitions run throughout the year, with some huge prizes up for grabs. Their flagship competition is the Million Dollar Tipping competition that covers the major sports in Australia.
Live Sports Streaming
Sportsbet are leading the way in providing live streaming of thousands of sports events over the year for free to customers. Now, you can bet on sporting events from around the globe and be able to watch them live through online streaming.
Sport and racing at Sportsbet
These guys are no.1 for domestic horse racing. The markets are plentiful on racing events across the country every day of the year, barring Santa’s birthday.
All domestic and international sports are covered extensively with a huge focus being the AFL, NRL and A-League competitions, the three main football codes in the country.
The Big Bash League has also got a special promotion running at Sportsbet for the 2016-17 season.
Sportsbet bonus bet
New customers to Sportsbet are entitled to a free bet of up to $501. To claim this offer, the customer must register, make a deposit and a first bet. Sportsbet will provide a free bet equal to the value of your first bet, up to $501.
To make a withdrawal you will need to have wagered both your initial deposit and your bonus amount at least 1x. This means you must have at least turned the money over in your betting account one time.
These bonus bets are targeting Australian citizens and higher wagering requirements will occur to people outside of Australia, or you may not be eligible for a bonus at all.
Sportsbet deposit methods
Funding your betting account is simple at this bookmaker. You can do everything from deposit with a credit or debit card (with the deposit limit depending on your bank) to funding it with POLi, Neteller, Skrill or many other options.
One of the most popular ways to deposit in 2017 is via POLi. This method allows you to login to your online banking through the bookmaker and confirm an instant deposit to your betting account.
Sportsbet is prompt with payouts and we have never heard of any recent customers who have had any issue withdrawals.
Sportsbet app for Aussies
The Sportsbet app has balls. It really does. You can do everything you can do via the computer on your handheld device. This means you can punt on the sport and racing events at home in abroad while you are on the move.
The app is completely free and all you need to do get it is sign up at the bookmaker and then follow the prompts to download the app.
One thing to be aware of is that you may not have as many ways to deposit when you are using the app or the mobile website. which is a slightly less frills version of the app.