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With competitive prices, thousands of daily betting markets and heaps of free bonus bets and other special promotions on offer, Sportsbet.com.au ranks among the very best online bookmakers for Australians.
Let us take you through how the desktop and mobile interfaces work, what deposit and withdrawal options are available, and all the other key features and deft touches that make Sportsbet Australia one of the country’s most popular and respected betting sites.
AUD $501 Free Bet Bonus
When you sign up and place your first real money wager at Sportsbet, you can score up to $501 in bonus bets on the house. Here’s how it works:
- Open an account at www.Sportsbet.com.au
- Go to the cashier and select your preferred deposit method
- Make sure the sign-up bonus option is selected
- Add some funds to your account
- Place a bet on any sports or racing market
That’s all there is to it. Once your first wager is settled, Sportsbet will award you a free bet of the same value – up to a maximum of $501. So if your first bet was $40, you would get another $40 free; and if it was $400, you would get another $400 free.
This extra special bonus is only available through CupsBetting.com, so click this link to sign up and make sure you get the best deal around (rather than the smaller standard bonus).
NB: Due to prohibitive state gambling laws in NSW, VIC, SA and WA, Sportsbet can only officially offer welcome bonuses to punters in QLD, TAS, NT and ACT.
Desktop Betting Site
A great online bookie needs an eye-catching, easy-to-use website design, and Sportsbet certainly fits the bill in that regard.
Decked out in a familiar blue and yellow theme, the homepage has everything you need in clear view: a slick sidebar containing every racing, sports and novelty betting market available; upcoming gallops, trots and greyhound races in the centre of the screen, complete with live countdowns to every run; and quick links to the hottest betting markets and special promos at the top of the page.
Placing bets online couldn’t be simpler. Just find your race or sports market of choice and click on the odds you wish to take. The wager will then appear in your live betting slip towards the top-right of screen. Add as many wagers as you like, set your stakes, hit the ‘Bet’ button, and that’s it – you’re good to go.
Racing bettors will especially enjoy the Sportsbet layout, which comes with a full form guide for every horse race and dog race. There is also a clear guide to upcoming racing coverage from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, including a straightforward key to indicate whether each race comes with starting prices, fixed odds, top tote, midi div, etc. etc.
Sportsbet is right at the forefront of the mobile betting boom in Australia, offering dedicated gambling applications for Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Google Android devices (Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG, et al). There is also a mobile website for easy in-browser betting on alternative smartphone and tablet operating systems like Microsoft Windows and BlackBerry. Whichever way you go, you get access to all the same races, sports bets and promotions as you do on the regular desktop site – but with the flexibility to bet anywhere, at any time.
- Tap here to get the Sportsbet iOS app
- Tap here to get the Sportsbet Android app
- Tap here to launch the Sportsbet mobile site
Banking Options at Sportsbet.com.au
There are several simple and secure ways to cash up your Sportsbet account. Accepted AUD deposit methods include:
- Skrill Moneybookers
- Bank transfer
- Personal cheque
Deposits made via POLi banking, e-wallets, credit cards and debit cards are usually processed on the spot, so you can start betting as soon as the transaction is confirmed. Withdrawals take around 48 hours to clear and can be made via electronic funds transfer (EFT), bank cheque, and telegraphic transfer for international transactions.
Sportsbet Cash Card
The Sportsbet Cash Card has revolutionised the way you can turn a winning ticket into real money. Rather than having to wait several days for a standard withdrawal to hit your bank account, now you can take money straight out of your online betting balance from any ATM in Australia. You can even use it to make everyday purchases via EFTPOS.
To apply, log in to your account and click on the ‘Sportsbet Cash’ button. Once you’ve been approved, it should take two or three weeks for the card to arrive. You can then activate it online via the ‘My Account’ section of the Sportsbet site, thus giving you instant access to your winnings. See Sportsbet.com.au for more details.
Top Sports Betting Options
Football- AFL, NRL, A-League, EPL, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, Super Rugby, All-Ireland Senior Championships, NFL, NCAA Football
Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup, Test Championship, World Twenty20, IPL, Big Bash League
Tennis – Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, French Open (Roland Garros), Davis Cup, Hopman Cup, Fed Cup
Golf – US Masters, British Open Championship, US Open, USPGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Solheim Cup, FedEx Cup
More online sports betting options:
- Field hockey
- Formula 1 racing
- Ice hockey
- Moto GP
- Ski jumping
- Table tennis
- Track and field
Licensing and security
Sportsbet Australia is fully licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory government, and all user interactions with the site – including cash transfers and exchange of personal details – are protected by certified SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryptions. Customer ID verification is carried out automatically by VEDA Advantage (or, if that proves inconclusive, via alternative online methods such as Edentity). For more information, see the Sportsbet website.
Australian punters can contact the Sportsbet customer support team every day of the week via the following methods:
- Live chat
- Snail mail
- Telephone (1800 990 907)
- Fax (1800 131 238)
International customers can also get in touch via phone (+61 3 8613 9600) and facsimile (+61 3 9654 1999), and there are dedicated hotlines for race betting (1800 132 387) and sports betting enquiries (1800 138 238).