Best Australian Betting Sites | Online Sports Betting 2019

Best Australian Betting Sites | Online Sports Betting 2019

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Australian online betting sites are utilising the every improving technology to make punting easier, more exciting and more informative, with more value than ever before Australian punters are reaping the rewards in this competitive industry. Below we take a look at the best betting sites for new and existing punters.

Our comprehensive list consists of long standing heavyweights such as Sportsbet but also includes new Australian betting sites such as BetEasy and Neds.

Best Online Betting Sites

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes are a well established bookmaker worldwide and having broken into the Australian market a few years ago they are quickly building a reputation as one of the best outfits in Australia.

They are always looking for ways to improve a punters betting experience and have introduced more new products than any other bookmaker many of which have been copied by their rivals.

Covering all three codes of racing both here and abroad along with extensive coverage of major worldwide sporting events with fixed priced, tote, in-play and ante-post markets available.

They run several free to play competitions each week, they mainly focus on thoroughbred and greyhound tipping but they do also cover large sporting events with bigger cash prizes.

Ladbrokes is an excellent choice for any punter who is looking to open a new account, they rate highly in all departments and their mobile app is one of the best on the market.

You can find our full Ladbrokes Review here!!!

Ladbrokes Features

  • Promotions - Money back specials, odds boost, inflated odds.
  • Multiverse - Pick multiple selections on a single event, more combinations, better odds.
  • Info Hub - Best statistical hub on the market, sports and racing stats for an in-depth view.
  • Tip Off - Weekly competitions across all three codes of racing, selected sports events.
  • Ladbrokes Card - Back a winner and get access to your funds in just seconds.
  • Cash Out - Allows you to take profits or prevent losses regardless of the final result.

Neds Toolbox

Neds

Neds is one of the new Australian betting sites to hit the scene (late 2017) and in the short space of time they have been plying their trade they have quickly established themselves as a major player within the industry.

Neds founder Dean Shannon is a very well respected industry participant having already established Ladbrokes Australia, with Shannon at the helm Neds quickly made a big impact and his former employers swooped back in November 2018 and bought Neds for just under $100m.

They have launched many new and exciting products over the last twelve months making them a firm favourite with punters.

You can find our full Neds Review here!!!

Neds Features

  • Promotions - Money back specials, odds boost, inflated odds.
  • Multi Builder - Take the hassle out of multi-bets, bet across different sports with little fuss.
  • Neds Card - Use it as you would any ATM card and withdraw your winnings on the go.
  • Tracker - Betting trends, fluctuations, speed maps, feature bets, form guide, money tracker.
  • Jump Off - Cancel a fixed single bet on eligible thoroughbred races after the jump.
  • Cash Out - Collect the amount offered during a game or midway through a multi-bet. 
  • Tool Box - There are tools for winning more, tools for protecting your bets, tools to insure you and tools to squeeze the most out of your stake.

PlayUp

ClassicBet, MadBookie & TopBetta have merged to form PlayUp Oct 2019

Australian OWNED Bookmaker

PlayUp

PlayuP launched back in October 2019 after MadBookie, ClassicBet and TopBetta merged so they are also relatively new to the online betting scene here in Australia, once again they are another set of Australia's sports betting sites to have merged recently.

One thing that makes PlayUp stand out over their rivals is the fact they have chosen a slightly different angle to entice potential new punters due to their weekly tournament offerings.

PlayUp have modelled their tournament play on the draft series that we often see in America with new customers loving the fresh concept here in Australia.

PlayUp have still to come to the party regarding live streaming and they too have limited options when it comes to in-play betting but they do offer solid options for fixed price, tote and ante-post markets.

If you are into tipping and fantasy leagues you will certainly feel at home joining the ever growing PlayUp clientele for these two reason alone but now you get the best of both worlds with their ever expanding and improving product options.

You can find our full PlayUp here!!!

PlayUp Features

  • Global Tote - Better dividends with the global tote, better than the three big tote operators.
  • Player Bets - Mix and match across different sports pertaining to player performance.
  • Tournaments - Play against other like minded punters, fantasy and tipping options available daily.

BetEasy

BetEasy

BetEasy is another new betting site (2018) that is already challenging the big boys and has the potential to take over as the biggest online bookmakers in Australia, they have ambition, vision and are ready to take online betting to the next level.

Big news broke recently (October 2019) with the announcement that BetEasy and Sportsbet are set to merge in a bid to challenge Tabcorp as Australia's premier online bookmaker.

They already offer punters excellent new features and products that compete with any rival and when you add Sportsbets products into the mix things start to get exciting!!

BetEasy is now regarded as the best option other than the TAB for live streaming with SKY racing channels available to it's members which in itself is one of the biggest selling points and worth the sign up alone.

BetEasy have probably the best website and an ever improving mobile betting app with some cool new features, more than enough to put a smile on any punters face.

All in all BetEasy have arrived and they are here to stay and if you haven't already had a look then it will be well worth your time to check them out.

You can find our full BetEasy Review here!!!

BetEasy Features

  • Promotions - Money back specials, odds boost, inflated odds.
  • Live Streaming - BetEasy members can watch all Australian SKY1 and SKY2 coverage.
  • Competitions - Tipping competitions across numerous sports and horse racing.
  • Blackbook - Follow your fav's across all three codes and be notified before their next race.
  • Rewards Scheme - Accrue points and redeem, the more you bet the more you earn.
  • Cash Out - Bail out of your bets before the result, great for multi-bets.

Unibet

Unibet

Unibet is another one of the European contingent of sports betting sites that are now plying their trade in Australia, they moved into the Australian marketplace way back in 2012 after acquiring a small online bookmaker namely Betchoice.

Unibet's slogan "By punters, for punters" highlights their ethos very well as they are always striving to make the punters betting experience a smooth and painless one.

Their online platform is one of the best laid out in the business and they incorporate several features including an in depth form guide and blog.

Unibet is one of the leading players when it comes to in-play betting and live streaming with fixed odds, tote and ante-post markets to rival any online betting site in the business.

With Unibet's focus being all about the punter they offer many weekly specials to eligible members and although they are not as well known as some of the big market players they are well worth a look.

You can find our full Unibet Review here!!!

Unibet Features

  • Expert Edge - Historical stats feature that give you an insight into previous betting trends.
  • Live Streaming - One of the best bookmakers for live streaming sporting events.
  • Unibet Blog - One of the best blogs, daily previews and tips across sports and racing.
  • Owners Payout - 15% on your winnings if you own a horse or greyhound up to $3000.
  • Cash Out - Settle your bet before the result or after any leg of a multi-bet.

bet365

bet365

bet365 are one of the European contingent of online bookmakers here in Australia and they too are reaping the rewards due to their previous exploits in the betting industry abroad.

Some of the software tools bet365 have at their disposal are light years ahead of what any other sports betting site has to offer making their platform and mobile app stand out to any punter that gives bet365 a go.

bet365 offer fixed price, tote, in-play and ante post betting but for punters who like the odd Quadrella then why not look at the similar option for the British markets namely Placepots, they can pay a high dividend for a small stake.

bet365 are the only online bookmaker you will ever need if you like betting in-play due to their extensive coverage of all the major sports across the world.

Their live streaming options are also the best in the business which will not come as a surprise when you think that both of the points mentioned go hand in hand.

‘Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.’

Even if they do not have the stream available Bet365 have an in-depth match stats centre giving the punter all the latest information on any given market.

Due to their dominance in the areas mentioned above you can forgive bet365 for the minimal weekly specials they offer up each week, they are definitely a bookmaker you should have an account with.

You can find our full bet365 Review here!!!

bet365 Features

  • Promotions - Money back specials, odds boost, inflated odds.
  • Bet Builder - You can make up to six selections on the same market, create your unique bet
  • Live Alerts - Place a bet and opt in for the live alerts so you don't miss a thing.
  • Live Streaming - best in the business, they cover more events than any other bookmaker.
  • bet365 Card - Cash out after your bet has been settled with your own bet365 ATM card.
  • Cash Out - Take a percentage or the full amount offered, singles and multi-bets.

Betstar

Betstar

Betstar is a sister site to Ladbrokes and boasts many of the same features that the more well know brand name has to offer.

The layout of the online betting site is the same as their better known big sister Ladbrokes, the only thing that is missing are some of the better promotions that you get with Ladbrokes.

You can find our full Betstar Review here!!!

Betstar Features

  • Betstar Card - Withdraw your winnings from any ATM across the country.
  • Pick Your Odds - Bet your selection to win by a certain margin and get better odds.
  • Fav v The Field - If you think the favourite looks vulnerable, backing the whole field.
  • Quick Multi - You can quickly build your multi by using the Quick Multi bet slip.

Bookmaker

Bookmaker

If you like Ladbrokes then you will have no issues with Bookmaker due to them being owned by the same company.

As is the case with Betstar who are also owned by Ladbrokes, Bookmaker does not have all the promotional markets that Ladbrokes offer but other than that they are pretty much one in the same.

You can find our full Bookmaker Review here!!!

Bookmaker Features

  • Bookmaker Card - ATM card so you can withdraw once your bet has been settled
  • Pick Your Odds - Bet your selection to win by a certain margin and get better odds.
  • Quick Multi - You can quickly build your multi by using the Quick Multi bet slip.
  • Fav v The Field - If you think the favourite looks vulnerable, backing the whole field.

How Do You Find The Best Betting Sites?

First and foremost for any punter their user experience is priority number one, speed and ease of use is everything, if punters get frustrated every time they visit, sooner or later the punter will up sticks and look for a better alternative.

Mobile betting apps are becoming one of the most important areas within the online arena as punters especially the younger breed now place the majority of their sports bets via an app and due to this we have seen a huge increase in online sports betting over the last few years, mobile betting apps offer the punter more options, more value and ease of use which betting via the TAB just cannot match.

Bookmakers have quickly come to realise that punters are looking for an app that is easy to navigate, doesn't freeze and has the ability to place bets quickly.

The second most important area to concentrate on has to be what we as punters can gain from using any particular bookmaker, we have outlined some of the key areas below.

  1. Find The Best Odds.

Once you have set up accounts it's always good practice that when deciding to have a flutter on a certain market to check which site is offering the best price possible for your selection in your chosen market.

Finding the best odds may seem little or insignificant but it's well worth the effort especially if you are placing an anti-post bet on horse, harness or greyhound racing or a tournament bet on sports as the difference in price can be huge on certain markets between different bookmakers.

  1. Racing Products.

If you more of a horse racing punter then there are many products on offer from leading bookmakers that again if you take a little time to look you can reap the rewards.

The majority offer Best Tote or SP on all Australian thoroughbred races, if you see this option it basically means you will be paid out if your horse wins the best of the three tote dividends or the official starting price.

There are a few names for each bookmakers individual take on the product so take the time to have a look.

Another key area for me is whether or not they have competitions running throughout the year, some competitions are free and some you have to pay a fee to enter but they offer huge prizes and span across different markets including horse racing, golf, AFL, NRL, cricket and soccer.

The main area these competitions focus on are tipping but you will also have the occasional fantasy league thrown in there for good measure.

These types of tipping or fantasy leagues will run throughout a season or tournament but there are a couple of weekly and daily competitions you could be eligible for but the prizes are minimal.

  1. Form Guides.

Take a close look at the form guides provided especially if your focus in on racing, some of the form guides provided excel across all codes of racing while others are limited at best and some sites only offer thoroughbred guides and stats.

The more information you have at your fingertips the better in regards to gambling.

The major players offer excellent additions to the form guide including runner comments, speed maps, race predictor tools and easy to follow graphs.

Recently online betting sites have added more and more features to their form guides to give the punter as much information as possible and now even offer expert racing tips.

  1. Sports Betting Blogs.

In recent times there has been a big effort to accommodate the punter with as much information as possible on a daily basis on upcoming events and the best way to accomplish this is through their very own sports betting blog.

Within these blogs sports betting sites can preview sporting events and give a detailed account of each runner or participant along with any betting tips.

Some of the best blogs to emerge have also gone one step further and now have weekly podcasts for the most popular Australian sports as well as the three codes of racing.

If you are new to online betting one of the best ways to get accustomed is to check out the self help section within the blogs as quite often there are many video tutorials to help you on your way with all the main betting features covered.

  1. Live Streaming.

Live streaming is still in it's infancy and has a long way to go before every marketplace is offered due to television rights already in place.

Most of the biggest bookmakers in Australia now offer live thoroughbred racing for free to their members but only a few such as BetEasy offer full SKY1 and SKY2 coverage across all three codes of racing.

The majority of sports streams available are from overseas markets with sports such as tennis and soccer being the main two showcased and until we have the option of watching more home grown sports and all three codes of racing the jury will still be out on how beneficial live streaming is to an Aussie punter.

Online Betting - FAQ's

  1. Which betting sites offer the best odds?
  2. Do online betting sites offer free tipping competitions?
  3. Which betting sites have their own ATM Cards for withdrawals?
  4. What are the best betting sites to watch live racing and sports?
  5. How many betting sites offer a rewards scheme?
  6. Do betting sites offer tips and previews on upcoming events?
  7. Which are the best mobile betting apps to use?

Best Odds

It is always a good option when deciding to have a bet to check which bookmaker is offering the best price possible., finding the best odds may take a few minutes but it's well worth the effort especially if you are placing an anti-post bet as the difference in price can be huge.

If you are looking for better odds on your selections then you cannot go past Betfair who offer consistently better odds across all three Australian codes of racing as well as better odds in regards international racing.

Statistical data shows betting with Betfair is more rewarding with an average of just under 12% better odds in regards to Australian thoroughbred racing alone.

In regards Australian and world sporting events Betfair is also the market leader, huge price gains can be found across all markets compared to conventional online bookmakers.

Free Tipping Competitions

One of the key areas to look out for would have to be free competitions, punters can win huge cash prizes in some of these events by pitting their wits against other punters in a bid to finish at the top of the ladder, weekly and end of season prizes are often offered.

Sportsbet have long been the best Australian betting site when it comes to tipping with their Million Dollar Tipping competitions run across both AFL and NRL but in recent times BetEasy has offered up some huge tipping competitions not only across sporting markets but also racing.

BetEasy will run their King of The Turf at certain times of the year which is possibly the only free tipping competition that focuses on racing.

Another online bookmaker to note would be Ladbrokes, they do not offer as many as they used too but they will put something together for some of the big global sporting events from time to time.

ATM Cards

There are a number of betting sites that now allow you to withdraw your winnings using an ATM card, simply apply for your very own card, stick it in your wallet and then enjoy all the benefits out and about if you bet on the move.

BetEasy, Ladbrokes, bet365, Betstar, Bookmaker and Sportsbet all enable punters to apply for an ATM card which can be used just like you would use your own bank card.

Live Racing and Sports

This is possibly one of the biggest selling points for online betting sites in regards gaining new punters, the benefits of this service are huge especially if you do not have Foxtel at home.

Live streaming is one of the new products to be offered to punters and due to existing television rights it will be a long time before any bookmaker can offer all the leading sporting events across the country.

BetEasy, UBET and TAB are currently the only online betting sites that offer full coverage across all three Australian racing codes, Ladbrokes offers Victorian and South Australian racing.

If you are looking for a bookmaker that offers international racing then bet365 and Betfair would be your choices, they both offer international race streams focusing mainly on the UK markets.

In regards watching live sports then bet365 is the best option, they stream more sporting events each year than any other betting site, Unibet would be a close second with Ladbrokes and BetEasy also offering select coverage including soccer and basketball.

‘Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.’

Rewards Schemes

Not many options in regards rewards but there are several betting sites that offer their members a rewards scheme, punters gain points each time they place a wager and they can redeem their points when they reach set levels.

Always look out for the promotional markets that offer extra points if you place a bet on that specific event, throughout the week there are several options across all three racing codes and selected sporting events.

Previews and Tips

With the emergence of blogs in recent times online betting sites now offer up selected daily tips, previews and podcasts featuring all your favourite sports and racing.

BetEasy, Ladbrokes, Neds, Unibet and Sportsbet all have outstanding blogs that punters can gain valuable insight into upcoming events.

Mobile Betting Apps

Without a doubt the most important area in regards choosing a new betting site in this day and age, all of us use apps on our phones these days and if you want to bet on your phone then you need an app that is current, fast and has no performance issues.

Ladbrokes, Sportsbet, Neds, Unibet and bet365 all have really solid apps but the standout in this field has to be BetEasy as they have put so much effort into making life just that little bit easier in regards mobile betting.

Most betting apps are designed with the same look and functionality but BetEasy have broken away from the conventional model and come up with their own based on what punters asked for.

It will take you all of five minutes to figure out but if you need a little help you can check out their mobile app tutorial, this will show you how to navigate the app and get you up to speed in no time.

Online Sports Betting - Summary

More and more these days we are seeing new ideas, new betting promotions and new technology and all this leads to one thing, better value to you the punter.

All the best Australian betting sites in some shape or form have something in their arsenal that sets them apart so it's up to us to find these features and take full advantage of them.

Although we have not ranked any online betting site shown in the list I would suggest both BetEasy and Ladbrokes as your first port of call.

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With the removal of sign up offers recently people will be doing more research into what betting sites have to offer punters.

Beteasy rewards and sky racing is good and Ladbrokes free tipping is another plus.
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Very informative article thanks, I did not know so many Australian betting sites were actually owned by overseas companies, I will certainly be looking at some of the smaller bookmakers who are owned and operated here.
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