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Betstar Australia Review

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Having been established in 2007, Betstar is a familiar name with many seasoned online punters. It’s now owned and operated by Ladbrokes Digital Australia Pty Ltd. But is it worth a punt? Let’s find out!

Betstar Australia Review

Founded by Michael and Alan Eskander, the original name for this online bookmaker was Eskander’s Betstar. It was 100% Australian owned until 2014 when it was purchased by the UK bookmaker Ladbrokes.

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Betstar provides wagering, with competitive odds, on racing and sports both in Australia and overseas. It now offers a prepaid VISA card which gives punters instant access to their winnings, plus there are a string of innovative features such as Pick Your Own Odds and Favourite Vs the Field.

It’s licenced and regulated by the Northern Territory Government, and follows the Code of Practice for SA residents. Furthermore, the betting platform is verified and secured using 2048-bit SSL encryption so punters are assured of a safe and fair online betting experience.

Betstar Australia Verdict

Why punters bet at betstar.com.au

Pros

✔ Get winnings instantly with your Betstar Card
✔ Fast, simple user-friendly betting interface
✔ Easy 3-step quick bet 
✔ Offers Favourite Vs Field
✔ Multi Builder available in app

Cons

✘ Doesn’t accept Skrill payments
✘ No live chat
✘ Telephone support not 24 hours
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Betstar Australia Odds & Markets

Since being bought by Ladbrokes, the number of events you can bet on has increased and there are now more markets within each event, too.

Betstar delivers more than 25 sports for punters to bet on. Extra attention is given to local action such as AFL and NRL but there are also plenty of international markets to savour as well. These are the sports waiting for you at Betstar:

AFLNRLAmerican FootballBaseballBasketball
BoxingCricketCyclingDartsGaelic Sports
GolfHandballIce HockeyMMAMotorsports
Rugby LeagueRugby UnionSnookerSoccerSurfing
TennisVolleyballWinter SportsCurrent AffairsEntertainment
FinancialsPoliticsMusicRoyalty

Betstar Australia Football Betting Tips

The market depth is very impressive - as it should be considering this is actually a Ladbrokes company. It matches other bookies in this sector quite easily - in fact for the less popular games and events, Betstar delivers more than some of the new online bookmakers that have joined the industry. We must also say that the odds which you get at Betstar are competitive across all markets and inline with many of the other leading bookies in this sector. A slight drawback is that Betstar doesn’t offer as many specials on sports as Ladbrokes Australia although there are still a few to excite punters.

Event
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Greyhounds: Gawler R2. Price of favourite. Fixed odds - win.2.602.602.60
Horse racing: Taree R1. Price of favourite. Fixed odds - win.2.152.102.10
US Open: Nadal Vs Thiem. Thiem win4.504.654.50
AFL: Sydney Swans Vs GWS Giants. GWS Win.2.152.102.16
EPL: Spurs Vs Liverpool. Liverpool win2.452.402.50


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Betstar Australia Horse Racing Betting Tips & more

No corners are cut here. Betstar covers every horse, harness and greyhound race in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to a rich selection of international meetings from Asia, Europe, Africa and America. 

All the popular bet types are offered, such as early and late Quaddie, win/place fixed odds, best Tote, mid Tote and the regular exotics which include: Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta and First Four. Each race has a comprehensive form guide, track conditions, weather and a useful race comments section that provides a quick overview on a few runners that stand a good chance of winning.

Where Betstar has dramatically improved since Ladbrokes took over is in the number and variety of racing specials it now offers punters. There’s also the popular Best of the Best (BOB) promo which pays the highest price between the top Tote or top Fluc and Protest Payouts on first past the post.

Having an early punt on one of Australia’s big Group 1 races is possible at Betstar. It boasts a comprehensive list of futures with some very competitive odds available to early bettors. Among the races you can enjoy are: 

Melbourne CupTurnbull StakesVRC Derby
Caulfield CupGolden Slipper StakesThousand Guineas
The EverestEmirates StakesMagic Millions
The KosciuszkoDoncaster MileDarley Classic
Epsom HandicapAustralian CupCox Plate

Betstar Australia Live Betting

As with all Australian online bookies, taking bets over the internet is not permitted so Betstar offers 24/7 live telephone betting instead. A click on the Live Betting tab brings up a list of the current live action you can bet on. This ranges from Australian rules, rugby league and soccer to cricket, basketball, baseball, handball and much more. Market depth is variable with some events having a bountiful array of markets and others only having one or two. Also, Betstar doesn’t use the Quick Code system yet, so when you telephone your bet through you have to state the match and market to the operator rather than giving a simple code.

Betstar Australia Website & Login

Betstar Card


By using the Betstar prepaid VISA card, you can withdraw your winnings instantly from any ATM that accepts VISA. The card also has VISA PayWave functionality allowing for contactless payments, and it can be used to purchase goods online or offline at millions of locations which bear the VISA logo.

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Favourite Vs Field


At Betstar you can have a punt on the popular Favourite Vs the Field promotion. It’s available on all three forms of racing: thoroughbred, harness and greyhound. If you think the price of the favourite is too short or you sense an upset, then simply back the field. You must follow the Favourite Vs Field link which directs you to the page where all the races are listed. Next you need to build a multi with a minimum of two legs by selecting either ‘Favourite’ or ‘Rest of Field’. All that remains is to insert your stake and click ‘place multi bet’.

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Pick Your Own Odds


This is available on selected Australian gallops races that have fixed odds. You’ll see in the bet types menu a tab for ‘Pick Your Own Odds’ if it’s available. You can choose a margin you think your selected horse will win by (ranges from ½ a length up to 10 lengths) from the drop down menu.

Alternatively, you can pick the odds yourself using the ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons situated either side of the price. By doing this the winning distance (margin) automatically changes before you place your bet.

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Website/Usability


When it comes to a good online sportsbook, having a simple, easy-to-understand, easy-to-use website is imperative. Betstar, since its makeover, is now very similar in structure to Ladbrokes Australia. So, if you have used that site, you’ll instantly know where everything is on Betstar.

Both the desktop platform and the responsive web-based mobile betting platform are user-friendly. Punters get a list of featured events, and the popular ‘next five to jump’ menu. Then all of the other racing action and sports are neatly listed so navigation is easy. You simply can’t go wrong even if you’ve never used an online bookmaker in your life. Betstar also has a Quick Bet feature which allows punters to get their wager on within three clicks from any device.

Betstar Australia Mobile App

There is nothing overly flash about the Betstar app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. It has a simple design, but it is very effective. The front screen offers a choice of top events and the expandable menu provides an easy-to-use list of all three forms of racing plus a complete rundown of the sports you can have a punt on.

The Betstar mobile app comes with a quick sports multi builder feature. It offers live betting on the go and there is a reasonable amount of live racing and sport you can watch. All of the popular promos found on the main Betstar website are packed into the app. Placing a bet is straightforward with the quick bet feature that offers a selection of wager amounts so you don’t need to type anything. And, with the app being lightweight, we found it to be very responsive with good page load speed times.

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Betstar Australia Withdrawals & Deposits

Despite not offering Skrill as a banking option, there are still several different methods available which provide easy, hassle-free banking:

  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • PayPal
  • POLi
  • Betstar Card
  • Flexepin
  • BPAY
  • Bank Transfer

The fastest way to get your winnings is to apply for the Betstar Card. Once you have that and it is connected to your account, the money is there waiting for you seconds after your successful wagers have been settled. Another withdrawal options is via bank transfer which takes up to 5 working days.

Betstar Australia Customer Service

Punters can contact customer support using the following methods:

Email: send a direct email from your regular account to: [email protected] 
Telephone: if you want to speak to someone, call: 1300-238-782 between 08:00 and 23:000 QLD time
Live chat: not currently available

Betstar Australia FAQs

Can I get the Betstar free bonus bets in my state?

To find out if you are eligible for the Betstar bonus bets promotion, you’ll need to visit the website from where you are located.

Is Betstar Australian owned?

No, it is owned by Ladbrokes, who in turn is owned by GVC Holdings which is based in the Isle of Man. 

Can I download the Betstar Android app from the Play Store?

No. It is not listed in the Play Store, so you need to visit betstar.com.au/mobile/ to get the link for the Android betting app.

Are Betstar promotions the same as Ladbrokes promotions?

Naturally, there will be some offers that are quite similar, but there are also Betstar promotions which are unique.

Do I have to accept the Betstar welcome bonus?

No, you don’t. All Betstar bonuses are optional so you don’t have to accept any that you don’t wish for.

Is there a Betstar bonus code?

Betstar may use new bonus codes. To find out about the latest offerings in your area, visit the bookmaker using this link.

Facts & Figures


Top 5 Bookmakers October 2019