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Sportsbet Review

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4.5

Let’s not beat around the bush, sportsbet.com.au (simply referred to as Sportsbet) is an absolute behemoth within Australia’s online betting industry.

Sportsbet Review

The roots of Sportsbet date back to 1993 when it was first launched by a Darwin-based company. It had a rocky start to life and in 2005 it was on the verge of collapse before Matt Tripp bought the company for $250,000. Mr Tripp managed to turn this failing business into one of the great success stories of our time. He later sold Sportsbet to the giant Irish bookmaker Paddy Power in 2011.

Sportsbet Live Betting

Most Australians are already familiar with the name as Sportsbet is often in the news and it has been known to advertise on TV over the years. The company holds a licence in the Northern Territory, so you know that it is 100% legit.

Sportsbet Verdict

Why punters bet at Sportsbet.com.au

Pros

✔ Cash Card gives your winnings instantly
✔ Excellent site for multis
✔ Market depth is excellent throughout
✔ The Fold - cancel a losing racing bet
✔ Low minimum bet limits

Cons

✘ Live chat not 24-hour
✘ Been known to limit winning punters rather fast

Sportsbet Odds & Markets

Sportsbet’s strength is its superior coverage of both racing and sports. However, as there is so much going on, it can be a little overwhelming for total newcomers to online betting. So, let’s provide an overview which will give you an indication of where to start.

With sporting action from more than 35 sports and several novelty markets, finding something to have a punt on is easy at Sportsbet. Naturally, AFL and NRL matches are given preference due to their importance. Yet, if you’re looking for something from overseas, you still have a ton of options, with these sports available to you:

American FootballAthleticsBadmintonBasketballBaseball
BoxingCricketCyclingDartsEsports
GolfHandballIce HockeyMMAMotorsports
Rugby LeagueRugby UnionSnookerSoccerSurfing
TennisVolleyballSailingSurfingTable Tennis
FinancialsPoliticsCurrent AffairsMoviesMusic

Sportsbet Football Betting Tips

In terms of pre-match market depth, Sportsbet is rarely beaten. NRL games average more than 130 betting opportunities - this doubles the 60+ over at Ladbrokes.com.au. AFL matches only had 4 markets at the time of writing but this was due to the break in play while waiting for the qualifiers to start up.

English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga all offer 130+ markets, tennis (US Open) 30+, MLB regular season 125+, test match cricket 35+. This highlights the amazing depth throughout the entire sporting world. Then, when you also factor in the amount of live sport which is streamed on the platform, you have the ultimate gambling entertainment hotspot right here.

Sportsbet Horse Racing Betting Tips & more

Clicking on the racing tab brings up all the races for that day. The rundown starts with all local (Australia and New Zealand) thoroughbred races, followed by local greyhounds and harness races. Below the all the local meetings, you’ll find all the international racing which comes from the UK, Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Sweden and various other countries. 

Sportsbet Racing Menu

Punters have all the betting options available to them on local races like fixed odds, top Tote, mid Tote, top flucs and a range of common exotics including: Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta and First 4. Below the runners and riders there are a couple more betting options such as Mystery Bets, and Expert Tips which offers you a pre-selected pick. Sportsbet also offers very competitive prices across all of the top racing markets and it is action-packed with special bets, new promotions and the Fold on a daily basis.

Over on the racing links, a special place is reserved for ‘EVERY Group 1 race’. Essentially, these are futures markets but if you want to get your money on early for the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby, The Everest, Cox Plate, Turnbull Stakes, or the VRC Oaks, then this is where you do it.

Sportsbet Live Betting

Sportsbet has round the clock live telephone betting available across a wide range of sports. It’s more comprehensive than most of the competition with not only mainstream events available but also you can bet live on esports, badminton, ice hockey and volleyball to name a few. Market depth varies from event to event, but on average it matches the majority of other bookies with this service. 

Sportsbet Website & Login

With Sportsbet, it’s not just about the site’s features, it’s about what the company stands for. This online bookie promises to give all customers a fair go. It’s committed to what it terms ‘Justice Refunds and Payouts’. An example of this is when Essendon’s players were banned for doping, Sportsbet refunded bets that were placed on the Bombers. Later it paid out on bets for Aussie surfer Mick Fanning who got into a tussle with a Great White during the Jeffreys Bay Open final 
 
It’s also the king of early payouts and there have been numerous occasions where Sportsbet has done this. Ranging from Roger Federer winning Wimbledon in 2009 to paying $1.1 million out on Hawthorn to win the AFL title in July. It also pays out on racing protests - this applies to every race, every day. 
 
As for it’s betting platform, there’s plenty more to allure punters. Its live streaming service of all Victorian races plus hundreds of global sports events each week is a major factor, but that is merely one of many perks. Here are a few more:

Punters Club


This is one of the best innovations in online betting. The Punters Club allows customers to form their own groups where they can pool their cash into a universal kitty and rotate the honour of placing bets. It adds a dynamic social aspect to the experience of punting together - and it’s great banter down the pub after a round of games.

Sportsbet Punters Club

Sportsbet Cash Card


Getting your winnings instantly is something all the top online Australian bookmakers are now offering and Sportsbet is in that crowd. With the Sportsbet Cash Card you can withdraw money from your account within seconds of the bets being settled. The card is backed by Mastercard, so it can also be used to purchase everyday goods online and offline wherever you see the Mastercard logo.

Sportsbet Cash Card

Black Book


The famous black book allows punters to follow any Australian horse, harness or greyhound so they’ll never miss out when it’s next in action. Perhaps, you witnessed a rising star put in a decent performance, the black book keeps tabs on it for you and Sportsbet will send you a message (email or SMS) when it’s next racing.

Million Dollar Tipping


AFL and NRL fans this one’s for you. Register to become a tipster and create private comps with your mates as well as be in with a chance to $1,000,000 in prizes - the best part is that it’s totally free to join!

The Fold


This allows you to bail out of your racing bet if it looks like you’ve backed a loser. You are allowed one Fold per day on single bet win markets for most Australia and New Zealand thoroughbred races. Note, you only get a limited amount of time to fold while the race is taking place. The timer can be found under the ‘My bets this race’ section.

Website/Usability


As touched upon above, the Sportsbet platform can appear a little daunting if you’re a first time visitor, but in fact it’s nothing to be feared. After using it for 10 - 15 minutes, you soon get to know your way round and you’ll start to discover its hidden beauty. The Multi Pick feature is cool. This covers trending bets for racing and sports and compiles them into a pre-built multi for you. In terms of navigation, there are several quick links and shortcuts which drive you instantly to the event and markets you want to view.

The same can be said for punters using the mobile sportsbook. The day’s races are neatly categorised as are the sports. During this Sportsbet review, we went from the homepage to adding a selection to our bet slip in three taps/clicks or less. 

Sportsbet Mobile App

Mobile punters who prefer to use native apps have a fine selection. There is a specific Sportsbet iPad app as well as one for iPhones and the iPod Touch. Android users can also download an app for those devices.

The app in the App Store has a rating of 4.7/5 from 52,000 reviews. That’s a sign of the quality of this product. Among the many features squeezed into the Sportsbet apps are:

  • Custom design makes navigation easier
  • Lightweight pages offer faster load speeds
  • Cross-sport Multi Builder
  • Same Game Multi
  • Fast Code live betting
  • Form guides and stats
  • Live racing and sports

Sportsbet Mobile App


Sportsbet Withdrawals & Deposits

All of the main payment methods are covered such as credit and debit cards plus e-wallets, so funding your Sportsbet account is hassle-free.

  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • PayPal
  • POLi
  • Skrill
  • BPAY

Getting your money couldn’t be easier if you apply for the Sportsbet Cash Card. Once this is activated, you can get your winnings immediately. Other withdrawal methods include Skrill, PayPal or via bank transfer. The time it takes to receive your cash varies depending on the method chosen.

Sportsbet Customer Service

When you need to get in touch, these are the options you can use:   

Live chat: this feature is available from Monday to Saturday: 7:00 am - Midnight (Melbourne Time) and on Sunday: 8:00 am - 9:00pm (Melbourne Time)
Email: you can email to: [email protected]  
Telephone: is available from Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm and on Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00pm. Customer Service: 1800 990 907 International: +61 8 8989 3000 or +61 8 7980 8700

Sportsbet FAQs

Is Sportsbet Australian owned?

No, it isn’t. Sportsbet is now fully owned by Paddy Power Betfair.

Is there a Sportsbet welcome bonus in my region?

You can find out all the information related to the latest Sportsbet welcome bonus by following this link.

Is Sportsbet safe and secure?

Yes, it is. The site is protected by 2048-bit encryption so all players are well protected

Is there a Sportsbet bonus code?

Sportsbet possibly offers bonus codes. To find out if you need one for your area, visit sportsbet.com.au. 

Facts & Figures


Top 5 Bookmakers November 2019