Ladbrokes are fast becoming one of the giants of the Australian betting landscape, whether it be racing or sport, Australia and overseas. They have a stack of banking options for both depositing and withdrawing, making things very easy for punters. One of the great features for racing punters with Ladbrokes is that they pay out on both the interim winner and the official winner, so if the winning result is altered, punters still get paid out. Ladbrokes wants to makes thing easier for punters to deposit and withdraw, thanks to the ‘Ladbrokes Card’, where you can use the card as Eftpos and withdraw instantly, along with ‘Cash In’, which gives punters the chance to deposit cash via hundreds of newsagencies across Australia. If horse racing, or racing in general is your focus, then the Ladbrokes home page on the website is ideal for you given it’s mainly dedicated to what races are coming up next to go with the side bar, which has lengths to anything you want, whether it be racing, sport of customer service. The mobile app, once upon a time, was poor, but once Entain spent time and money into it, it has become excellent and one of the best betting apps in Australia, with it being fast with no lag, and everything you want just a tap away from the home page.
What makes Ladbrokes.com.au great? Other than having some of the BEST Daily Racing Offers, Ladbrokes has prided itself on being the most initiative bookmaker on the market.
- Ladbrokes Australia offers Daily Odds Boosts Offers on Racing
- Debit card available to all Australian customers (withdraw your winnings from an ATM)
- Best tote odds and best starting price on all thoroughbred racing
- No live streaming options
Neds has always been seen as the little brother to Ladbrokes given both are owned by Entain but in recent years, through advertising and sponsorship of certain leading sporting teams, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the leading betting operators. In terms of what they provide for punters, it is outstanding. They have ‘Bet Boost’, which gives punters a better price on your bet, whether it be racing or sport. Most betting websites have this sort of thing available, but the actual boost itself, depending on the original odds, is very good. The Bet Boost is part of a bigger product, the ‘Neds Toolbox’. It is a market leader in terms of specific promotions given it provides punters with a host of money back offers and enhanced odds for both racing and sport. That is alongside outstanding promotions for both racing and sport. You’ll need to sign up and check out what is available but compared to their big rivals, like TAB and Sportsbet, it’s very good. To go with all that, they have 24/7 customer service, whether it be live chat or on the phone to speak to someone from customer service, which is a big tick, not restricting themselves when it comes to hours being available.
Neds is Australia's newest online bookmaker who are set to give the rest of the online bookmakers a bit of a shake-up.
- Lightning fast payouts on racing (paid out on Cup day within 30 seconds)
- Wide range of Racing and Sports markets
- Lightning fast website and mobile site
- Lacking some sports markets.
Swiftbet were one of the earlier new bookmakers using the BetMakers technology but over time, they have established themselves as one of the better middle/low tier bookmakers. The promotions, especially for greyhound racing, are the best of any bookmaker. Some offer on the first half of selected meetings, but Swiftbet have promotions on all races on certain greyhound meetings, seven days a week, which is outstanding and something that will entice new punters. Same day withdrawals are a big tick for bookies and before 4.30pm Sydney time during the week, withdrawals are processed and punters will get their winnings later in the night. Some bookies can take 24-48 hours to process withdrawals, so doing this quickly is a big tick for Swiftbet. Some of these new bookmakers have no idea really what to do when it comes to starting up a betting website, but with the experience of Natalie Hinkley and Anthony Jupp, they know what they are doing and put up their own odds, with no copy/pasting from their rivals. Unique and different odds is a positive. Some bookmakers somewhat restrict themselves in terms of what odds they provide, but Swiftbet are very good when it comes to Australian horse racing, offering top tote odds on all races, which is outstanding. Some cover that on some meetings, but not all, so that is a tick with them.
We take a look new bookmaker swiftbet.com.au and give an honest review on their betting products, customer service and platform and detail why you should with them.
- Competitive odds on heaps of racing markets
- Fixed odds are up before most other bookies
- Customer service almost 24/7 for any issues/questions
- Same Game Multi is a bit clunky
Bet365 is regarded as one of the most powerful and one of the best wagering operators in the world and that is certainly the case when it comes to betting in Australia. First and foremost, the website is one of the best in the business. It’s a very simple website that is quite easy to navigate, with all sports and racing easy to access on the left hand side of the home page, along with upcoming races and sporting events available to see and bet on quickly. Live streaming is an important part of the punters experience, and Bet365, comfortably, lead the way. They have access to all international race meetings, and with sports, you can either watch the event live, or keep track with live scores/updates, which is head and shoulders above the rest. They lead the way in terms of putting up fixed odds on racing markets. With that, it ensures there is great value to be had if you have a keen eye and can spot value with certain runners, which is more often than not the case with Bet365. Some betting agencies wait til the day/night before to put odds up but that is not the case with Bet365. One of the great attractions to Bet365 is the Bet365 Mastercard, where you can withdraw your winnings to the card and withdraw from an ATM straight away. Limited betting agencies have withdrawal cards so it’s a big tick for Bet365 to have that available. Massive tick.
Bet365.com.au have been we well known brand around the world for some time now and in 2012 they obtained a license to operate in Australia.
- Huge range of markets
- Great odds on Australian racing
BetR made a splash since opening up as a betting website during the Spring Carnival in 2022 and are continuing to make news 12 months on. Once the $101 promotions were over, the betting website was a touch limited, so they needed a point of difference to try and entice punters, and they do that with exclusive promotions for punters. While they can’t be displayed here for legal reasons, the offers they provide are very good and certainly enough for punters to stay around. They don’t just focus on Australian and New Zealand racing. Thanks to Betmakers, they have odds and markets available for international races right around the world, from Japan to Europe, as well as North America and South America. No matter what time of the day, there will be a race available to bet on. They have “Expert Insights” for a host of sports, not just focusing on racing. They have experts covering all the major sports, including the NRL, NBA and NFL, as well as the AFL, along with a weekly show that previews race meetings across Australia for Saturday, which is a great product that separates them from most. They have big hitters and experts behind them. They don’t copy/paste odds from TAB and Sportsbet, which some usually do. BetR have their own prices/odds/markets and they are quite competitive compared to their rivals, enough to entice punters to continue betting with them.
We take a look in to Betr.com.au and give an in-depth review on their betting products and platform and detail why you should bet with them.
- Sleek design
- Easy to use app
- Market leader for Promos on Racing
- No issues so far but the site has only just launched
Betfair are not a bookmaker but they are a betting exchange, and with that, they are the biggest and best betting exchange not just in Australia but indeed the world. The difference between Betfair and other bookies is that with other bookies, they set a price, you put a bet on and away you go. With Betfair, you are the bookmaker and you can set odds on a runner, usually a runner that you are willing to take on and think it could be a potential risk with other bookies. While other betting websites are quick to restrict punters, that is not the case with Betfair. All punters are welcome, whether you are a recreational punter or a big professional punter. That is a massive positive with Betfair given that the vast majority of other betting website are very quick to restrict winning punters. The original way to win money on the punt was to back to win. But with Betfair, you can back to lose, with Lay Betting being a very popular form of punting with Betfair. It is the only wagering platform in Australia that offers Lay Betting, and that is a form of betting that is very popular with professional punters who are keen to risk a runner. The Betfair SP for racing is the best price available across all wagering platforms, so if you want to back a runner and get top odds, the place to head to is Betfair and their SP. It’s their version of ‘Best Tote’, but given the way Betfair works, the odds for the Betfair SP are generally greater.
We dive in to the Betfair website and give you a detailed rundown of all the best features and how this betting exchange stacks up.
- Australia’s #1 betting exchange
- Great odds
- Fast payouts
- Charges a commission on winnings
Despite the new branding, Boombet are well established from the Sportsbetting.com.au days and offer up a wide range of betting options and promos for punters to sink their teeth into. They have several great inititives with BoomBet, starting with HotBet Betting Tips. You can get tips from expert form analysts and punters that are in form, with that available across all codes in Australian racing. You can filter what tips you can see, whether it be experts, a pro or a media tipster. Another key initiative they have is BoomBet Blog. The homepage displays where to click on it on the left hand side and it’s updated daily, with ‘Mr Boom’ providing sport and racing tips on a daily basis, providing best bets across both jurisdictions, which is quite popular. They are one of a select few that reward loyalty from punters. The more that is bet via punters, the more they are rewarded, with loyalty points and rewards exchanged for bonus bets. You can see at the top of the website your loyalty rewards points progress and how close you are to redeeming for bonus bets.
We take a look in to BoomBet.com.au and give an honest review on their betting products and platform and detail why you should or shouldn't bet with them.
- Top odds on most races
- 100% Australian owned
- Plenty of markets
It took a while to get the Palmerbet off the ground but in recent times it has taken off and been a very reliable website and app for both racing and sports punters, with what they offering stacking up really well prior to their bigger rivals. Some betting organisations, it can take time to login and be frustrating to use. Thankfully with Palmerbet, once you sign up, you have the option to login via a pin number, which is something that should be an option for all bookies but there is only a select few that have it, so it’s a big tick for Palmerbet. Their racing form is quite detailed and in depth, and easy to use on the app. Some bookies are quite thin when it comes to racing form, especially the bookies that are under the BetMakers banner, but Palmerbet have detailed form on most racing worldwide, but Australia wide, no matter the code, it’s detailed.
We take a look at Palmerbet.com to give you an in depth look at all the positives and negatives before you sign up.
- 100% Australian owned
- Great for weekly bonus offers
- Great website and support staff
- Not as many sports markets as some
Dabble is a game changer in the Australian betting landscape, with punters being able to follow bets from friends, form analysts, copy the bets and then have a chat/banter with other punters that are in on the same event. They are a new betting agency, with betting on racing and sports available, but their point of difference is trying to show punters that there is a fun/social side to the caper, which is popular with their punters and it’s cottoned on with a couple of major bookies with Sportsbet and Ladbrokes adopting something similar. They also allow your account to be public or private. If it is public, whatever you bet on, other punters can copy your bets, cheer them with you and banter with you win/lose/draw. It’s a great initiative, especially for those who are professional punters that make their profile public. The banter side of things is a game changer and a major drawcard. There are some who take punting seriously, but there are some who prefer to be a social/fun activity, and that is Dabble personified. It is an easy to chat with mates, poke some fun and banter and generally have a good time.
We take a look in to Dabble.com.au and give an honest review on their betting products and platform and detail why you should or shouldn't bet with them.
- Copy bets from your friends
- Banter with other punters
- 100% Australian
BlueBet has fast become one of the more popular betting agencies in Australia over the last few years, with Sportingbet.com.au founder Michael Sullivan back in the landscape and making a splash. Given the experience involved, the odds on their racing markets are very competitive compared to their new rivals. Some new wagering operators like to cuddle their markets and not offer much value, but BlueBet are happy to have an opinion on certain runners and will offer top of the market odds. The promotions they provide are pretty good. They offer promos on most of the key metropolitan race meetings, to go along with a few other sporting promos. Some of the new bookies don’t offer much in terms of promotions, so BlueBet get a good tick in that regard. Competitive odds and they set their own odds. Some new wagering operators just copy/paste odds from TAB/Sportsbet, but BlueBet don’t do that and put up their own odds. With over 30 years experience in the game, they know how to set a market and are happy to take on runners they think may struggle.
How does BlueBet.com.au compare to other online bookmakers in Australia? Read our review as we put them to the test.
- 100% Australian Owned
- Daily promotions available
- Great range of markets
- Not as many markets as some bookmakers
If racing isn’t for you and your blinkers are on for sports betting, as well as betting on esports, then Picklebet is the waging operator for you. They launched in 2017 and are pretty much the only bookie in Australia that predominantly focuses on esports, which is fast becoming the fastest growing industry for gambling in the world. They cover all the major esports tournaments as well as news, previews and reviews of events of not just esports but sports as well. Picklebet is just about the market leader when it comes to betting on esports. In early 2021 they added sports betting to their platform but comparing that to the big boys like the TAB and Sportsbet, their sporting markets are quite on the thin side, but when you look at their esports markets and options, they are leading the way, and their odds compare up really well. Their social media prescence is very strong, with ads and short videos pretty much everywhere you are online, being quite prominent across social media platforms.
We take a look in to Picklebet.com and give an honest review on their betting products and platform and detail why you should or shouldn't bet with them.
- Easy to use website
- Top 4 betting
- Same Race Multis
- Need to increase the amount of markets per sport
- Don’t have traditional tote betting, e.g Quaddies and Trifectas
Unibet don’t have the hype of some of their bigger rivals, but what they lack in that regard, they make up for it in giving punters a simple and impressive betting experience. They consistently offer $1.90 lines on most sporting events, which is a massive tick given some betting agencies offer as low as $1.80 lines, which is really poor. $1.90 is just about top of the market year in year out outside NRL/AFL seasons, and line betting is a popular market for punters. They have 24/7 betting across both racing and sport, whether it be in this part of the world or overseas. There can be some obscure events on at obscure times of the day but there is no such thing as obscure with Unibet, having odds and live betting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their streaming/score updates for all racing and spots is very good. They have live streaming on a number of sporting events, as good as some of the boys in the business, which speaks volumes of the quality of this operation given they aren’t at the level of the likes of Sportsbet and Ladbrokes.
How does the Swedish-owned Unibet.com.au compare to some of the larger bookmakers in Australia? We put them to the test to find out.
- 15% owners bonus if you back your horse
- Heaps of racing markets
- Uniboost product
- Website slow and sluggish
- Takes a bit of time to get used to their site
BetRight is one of many wagering operators that have gone online and if sports betting is for you, then this is a website that should be checked out to see what they provide. One feature that is popular with punters is the ‘Rapid Multi’ which is on the left hand menu of the website. When that is clicked, you’ll be able to see a wide range of markets, those that have been popular with other punters, which can be easily formed into a multi if you fancy a flutter, which is a tool that most other bookies don’t have. Some of these new bookies don’t bother with an app and are just content with the website. BetRight are the complete opposite. They have put a lot of time and effort into setting it up and the format of the app is quite sharp and better than most betting apps I’ve come across.The website seems to be more suited to younger punters. They have a BetRight discord chat, which allows punters to talk about their bets, the sick beats, life in general and it’s a good read if you have a spare few minutes. It’s a good way to stay up to date with BetRight and what is coming up.
We take a look in to BetRight.com.au and give an honest review on their betting products and platform and detail why you should or shouldn't bet with them.
- Top Fixed Odds Prices
- Easy to navigate and bet
- Great customer service
- Not as many offers as other bookies