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2013 SportsBet Review

  • Website: www.SportsBet.com.au
  • Australia’s Largest Betting Site
  • USA: No
  • Bonus: 100% / $100 Free Bet
  • Bonus Code: Use Links
  • Live Betting: Yes
  • OZ – NZ Horse Racing: Yes
  • OZ – NZ Greyhound Racing: Yes
  • Apps: iPhone, iPad, Android, Nokia, Blackberry
  • Mobile browser for all other devices

SportsBet was the first Australian licensed bookmaker and they’ve developed into one of the leading bookmakers in the world. They’re a favourite amongst Australian and New Zealand punters because they cover the sports we’re most interested in. This includes Aussie and NZ horse racing, harness racing, AFL, and all local rugby, rugby league, cricket, football (soccer), NBL and tennis. They also cover popular American sports like NFL football & NBA basketball, plus tons of international leagues for every major sport.

With all of that said, SportsBet is now a solid choice for punters in the UK and Europe as well. In 2009, PaddyPower invested in SportsBet, and the result has been an expansion of sports that Europeans are most interested in. Do they compare with the likes of Bet365, Paddy Power and other big UK/EU betting sites now? Yep, they sure do.

AFL: Live Betting & Markets

As an Australian online/mobile bookie, SportsBet focuses a ton of their attention on AFL. They offer all of the most popular types of AFL match bets, plus tons of props & futures. They also offer live betting for all of the biggest matches, with dozens or hundreds of bets per match.

SportsBet offers a variety of AFL promotions throughout the year, including contests and free bets. Keep an eye on the promotions page of the website, as these promotions change almost every week.

Horse Racing

SportsBet focus very heavily on AU & NZ horse racing, and it’s this sport which easily has the biggest market coverage on the app. As the company is based in Australia, they cover all the major races from OZ and New Zealand as well. What’s really impressive is how many races from around the world they cover, from places such as the UK, China, South Africa and America. Whilst horse racing is a common sport for the majority of the major betting apps, it’s pretty rare to see it so well covered on an international scale.

The inclusion of horse racing specials is a popular section within their horse racing portfolio. The specials markets can be from a range of things which might include Jockey Premiership winner, Leading Sire’s, Trainer partnerships and even racing multiples. As you would expect from SportsBet, these aren’t just Australian based markets, but include markets from around the racing world.

Other Betting Markets

On top of horse racing the betting app includes a wealth of other sports which range in both popularity and coverage. Some of the more popular sports include football, cricket, darts, golf, rugby, snooker and tennis. They also have a great range of smaller sports such as alpine skiing, biathlon, handball, hurling, MMA, surfing and volleyball.

Away from sports you will also be able to access markets that include current affairs, entertainment, financial, politics, novelty bets and TV specials aboard markets. Again these markets will vary depending on time of year and exposure each specific market will be receiving, but the more markets on offer, the more comprehensive the betting app becomes.

SportsBet Betting Apps

As with many of the larger betting brands, SportsBet is available on wide variety of mobile platforms. The most common come in the form of iPhone, iPad, iOS, Android, Nokia and Blackberry. Punters using other devices can also access the app via their mobile betting page.

Downloading the app is a very simple procedure; all you need to do is simply identify the operating system of your smartphone or tablet and click the relevant link above. Once you have clicked the link you simply register a new account before following the instructions on how to download the app to your mobile device. You can then log into the app using the registration details from the sign up procedure.

Whilst it looks great, the usability and functionality of the app is really simple to use. You can quickly flick between markets and sports with added feature of a back button allowing you to simply go back one level rather than having to jump back to the homepage and starting again. This may seem like a pretty medial feature, but it’s surprising how many betting apps overlook this and when you get buried within a market, it can be very frustrating having to start over again.

We are big advocates for mobile betting apps to have a comprehensive accounts section, and SportsBet have succeeded here. Having the option to access all parts of your account from depositing, withdrawing, pending bets, results, settled bets, contact information, help about the app and even a suggestions allowing you to mention where they can improve their app, simply adds to the rounded nature of the SportsBet app.

SportsBet.com.au AUD and NZD Deposits & Withdrawals

You are limited to only two deposit options via the SportsBet mobile app; these are via credit or debit card and via PayPal. You can use additional methods such as Neteller and Moneybookers/Skrill via their website, with these options then being added to your account details within the betting app.

Deposits are all instant within your account, with minimum amounts starting from £10. Withdrawals are usually processed with 24-48 hours on either debit or credit cards, but other options such as Moneybookers/Skrill, Neteller and PayPal are all processed on the same working day. Weekend withdrawals will occur on the following Monday.

Live Betting (In-Play Betting) at SportsBet

The inclusion of live betting is something that SportsBet have obviously worked very hard on going from the coverage it gets on the app. You are greeted with a host of the more popular live betting markets on the homepage but you can select their live section either from their navigation section at the top of the page or in the bottom links to jump to the latest live markets. Coverage is excellent and sports will range depending on what events are taking place that day. You can also check ahead and see which events will be turning live in the future, although this is generally just up to one day ahead.

Users that are already familiar with their betting website may be aware that they currently provide live streaming for a host of their live betting markets. This is a feature that we have been informed will eventually be implemented into their betting app allowing you to stream directly from your smartphone or tablet device.

Live Streaming Video

At Sportsbet.com.au, punters can watch live streaming video of tons of horse races, AFL, NRL, and other sports as well. Essentially, if it’s a sport that Aussies and/or New Zealand punters are interested in, you can figure they offer live streaming video for that sport.

Although SportsBet offers a lot of live streaming video already, they seem to be expanding in this area all the time. For the latest live streaming matches, there is a schedule of their upcoming live streaming located on the right side of the website.

SportsBet.com.au Bonuses & Special Promotions

After registering a new account with SportsBet you will become eligible to receive an instant free bet of up to $100. The free bet will be credited to your account upon the completion of your first bet. The amount you wager on the first bet will be matched up to a maximum of $100. The free bet will be valid for up to 30 days and can be placed on any market that you have not already placed a real money bet on.

You can also claim a wealth of promotions after signing up for your account at SportsBet. These will range from money back cash specials, specialist sports bets, jackpot bets, free competitions and even discount off a range of betting products. You can access the latest betting specials directly from the SportsBet app by simply clicking the ‘Specials’ tab at the top of the app.

Political Betting

SportsBet.com.au offers a very wide selection of political betting markets. Aside from Australian politics, they also offer political betting for all over Europe, USA, Africa, Asian, and South American countries as well.

At most times of the year, dozens of political wagers can be made. Since political processes take so long to complete, with so many changes along the way, there can be a lot of fun bets to make here.

Other Mobile Gambling Options

SportsBet doesn’t offer mobile casino games, poker or bingo rooms, so unfortunately there is no option for any of these at the moment. If they add a casino or poker room at some point, we’ll update this page with that information.