Founded in 2014, ClassicBet is still a new face to many. It was purchased by PlayUp Interactive Pty Limited in 2018 to join the growing stable of brands, which includes TopBetta, Mad Bookie and Betting.Club, under this company’s umbrella.
ClassicBet is licenced and regulated by Australia’s Northern Territory Government, so its operation is 100% legit and above board. It also prides itself on being a completely Australian-owned corporate bookmaker, with its offices based in Sydney, NSW.
To highlight that ClassicBet is first and foremost a racing bookmaker, it has several sponsorships with leading clubs throughout Australia such as Seymour Racing Club, Donald & District Racing Club, Stawell Racing Club, Goulburn District Racing Club and Greyhound Racing SA, NSW and Wagga and District among others.
Why punters bet at ClassicBet
✔ Welcome bonus for new punters
✔ Every punter given a personal account manager
✔ Best of the Best tote betting payouts
✔ Customised mobile platform and native apps
✔ Licenced and regulated in Australia
✘ No live streaming
✘ Market depth weak in certain areas
✘ Doesn’t accept PayPal
Classicbet Odds & Markets
So, how does ClassicBet rate in comparison to the established giants of online betting in Australia? Like all top platforms, it’s divided into racing and sports, but the focus certainly appears to be weighted towards the former. Let’s take a more in-depth look at both sections as we begin our ClassicBet review below.
Currently, ClassicBet offers 19 different sports markets that are available for betting (see full table below). However, this is a little misleading as it only lists active events. For instance, when the AFL kicks back into gear, that will be added in a flash. So, while the range may not appear to be the most comprehensive, it does cover all the essentials.
|Ice Hockey||MMA||Motor Racing||Rugby League||Rugby Union|
|AFL (futures)||Basketball (futures)||Cricket (futures)||Rugby League (futures)||Rugby Union (futures)|
Classicbet Football Betting Tips
As ClassicBet is a proud Australian brand, it comes as no surprise that local events are given the star treatment. Of course this means AFL and NRL match-ups during their respective seasons, but NBL, A-League soccer, cricket, tennis and golf also get plenty of attention, too.
If you like to bet on soccer, ClassicBet offers a modest 21 league and cups. These range from the big European leagues such as the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A to the Russian Premier League and Argentina’s Primera Division. Unfortunately, when it comes to market depth, this bookie is found wanting. During our ClassicBet, the only markets available were: match result, +0.5 line and O/U 2.5 goals. This applied to every match - even ones from the major leagues.
You can however bet on a wide range of soccer futures with outright league winners, teams to finish in the top 4, teams to be relegated and side to finish rock bottom. There are markets offered from a host of different countries, so there are several options available.
Other sports include tennis, which comes from ATP, WTA, ITF and a number of challenger events. Ice hockey includes action from Austria, Russia and Sweden plus the NHL in which there is a rampant choice of 70 betting markets such as race to three goals, 1st period odd/even, total goals, correct score and O/U goals in each period to name a few. Gridiron, also known as American football, has all the action from the NFL with a choice of 15+ markets to bet on. Golf has multiple tournaments, as does rugby league, cricket and volleyball.
All-in-all, punters have a fair amount of options at their fingertips, but it is someway shy of the number of markets served up by Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, or one of the other big hitters in Australia. As for the odds, we found ClassicBet to offer identical prices to Mad Bookie, which is another PlayUp-owned bookmaker. They are reasonably competitive in some areas yet by no means market leading overall.
Classicbet Horse Racing Betting Tips & more
ClassicBet delivers a premium choice of thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing from Australia and New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Japan, France, the USA and Sweden among other destinations.
Naturally, the local stuff is given priority ranking, so all Australian races are listed first on the website with the international action playing second fiddle. Runners for the local races each have a comprehensive form guide that punters can analyse. This provides crucial information like dates, distance, track, weight, runtime, price and margins. A very good resource for all punters serious about their racing.
You can also bet on racing futures but it only offers markets on the current calendar year, so you need to check this section around January/February time to get a taste of the early ante post markets that are available for Australia’s biggest group 1 races.
There’s a wealth of betting markets open for racing punters. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find at ClassicBet:
Best of the Best Premium (BOB): for most metro gallop meetings
With most metro gallops in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia, dividends are paid from either the ‘Best of 3 Australian TAB prices’ or the ‘Official On-Course Best Fluctuation’.
Best Tote Plus SP - All Australian gallop meetings
This pays the best of either the ‘Best of the 3 Australian TAB Prices’ or the ‘Official On-Course Starting Price (SP)’. The SP only applies to the win part of the bet. For place bets, the place portion is paid at middle tote.
Best of 2 Totes - Selected metro greyhound and harness meetings
Pays the best dividend declared by either NSW TAB or the Victorian Super TAB. For place bets, the place portion is paid at middle tote.
Pays the middle dividend of the 3 Australian TAB prices.
Win Tote + 5% - All overseas meetings except in Europe and America
Pays dividend 5% higher than the Victorian TAB (STAB) (On profit portion of dividend, not stake). For place bets, the place portion is paid at middle tote.
Best Fluctuation - All metro gallop meetings
The Best Price declared by the official On-Course Bookmakers fluctuations. Option available until the horse shortens on selected race meetings. For place bets, the place portion is paid at middle tote.
Fixed Win and Place odds are available on all races.
All Racing exotics (Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, First Four and Quadrella) are paid at the dividend declared by the Victorian TAB (STAB).
MultiBets from 2-20 legs including a combination of Racing and Sports can be placed at ClassicBet.
Classicbet Live Betting
No markets for live in-play betting are promoted on ClassicBet’s website but it does offer a telephone betting service for punters to use. The numbers are: 1800-888-001 or 088-989-1066 for Australia and 0800-238-001 for New Zealand.
Classicbet Website & Login
The ClassicBet platform runs on GenerationWeb software which also powers several other sites in Australia such as Mad Bookie, Elitebet and TopSport. The design of the desktop interface follows the tried and tested formula of having the racing and sport index running down the left side of the page. In the centre there is upcoming thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing, then over on the right you have the betslip plus a host of featured sports action.
All navigation is carried out from the menus which expand accordingly to show the extra options where required. This makes finding your way around the site very easy. Whilst the main pages are neatly laid out, we found the match pages that offered several betting markets to be rather messy with the extra options simply added in bold font in list form.
Classicbet Mobile App
Mobile players have two options: a purposely built custom website - www.classicbet.mobi or you’re able to download the ClassicBet mobile app if you have an iOS or Android device. The style and design is identical whichever you choose with the homepage reserved for upcoming races at the top of the screen and upcoming sports as you scroll down the page. There are big menu buttons fixed to the bottom of the page to view the entire range of racing and sports action, in addition to an expandable menu for promotions, contact us, betting rules and so on.
Placing a bet is easy. All you need to do is click on the price you want from your chosen event and it will be added to your bet slip which has several preselected wagering amounts to speed up the process. Alternatively, there’s a button you can click ‘add to multi’ if you want to build one of these.
Classicbet Withdrawals & Deposits
Despite not accepting PayPal, ClassicBet offers a range of payment methods that most Australian punters are familiar with, including:
- EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)
You can withdraw money by credit card or bank withdrawal. However, card withdrawals can only be up to the same value as the deposit you made. No withdrawal requests will be processed until all the customer identification procedures have been completed. ClassicBet doesn’t provide any information as to how long it will take to receive your money thereafter.
Classicbet Customer Service
The ClassicBet customer support options are limited to telephone, email and post. But, what this bookmaker does promise is that every client is given their own account manager, so you have a direct line when in need of assistance. For generic queries, these are the details should you need to contact them:
Live chat: ClassicBet doesn’t offer this feature.
Post: 48 Epsom Road, Zetland, NSW 2017
Who owns ClassicBet?
This bookie is now a part of PlayUp Ltd. This company has snapped up a few Australian online bookmakers in 2018, so it’s exciting to see what the coming years hold for these brands to make them complete with the top names in the industry.
Am I eligible for the ClassicBet sign up bonus?
Unfortunately, not all Australian residents are permitted to accept bookmaker bonuses. To find out if you can claim the ClassicBet sign up bonus in your state, please visit the website.
Is there a ClassicBet contact number for international punters?
Yes, there is. We’ve listed the number above to call if you’re in New Zealand. For other countries, please use: +61889146532.
Is the ClassicBet app for Android available in the Play Store?
No, it isn’t. You must visit the web platform and click on ‘mobile’. There you will find the link for the APK file complete with instructions for you to download the ClassicBet app to your device.
Are there any ClassicBet bonus bets available?
ClassicBet has been known to hand out bonus bets. To see what the current promos are you need to register with this operator (https://www.classicbet.com.au/).
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