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Sportsbet is probably the most recognisable name in online betting in Australia. Since Paddy Power took control of the company in 2010, the Irish bookmaking giant has given its Aussie brand a product to match its overwhelming media presence. Simple betting interfaces for desktop and mobile, a great range of regular promotions and special offers every week, highly competitive prices on all racing, sports and novelty markets – they all add up to make Sportsbet.com.au one of the best betting sites for Australians.
Layout, look and feel are so important when it comes to choosing one betting website over another, and this is an area where Sportsbet excels. The colours and themes are bright and simple, the fonts and displays are neat and tidy, and everything is easy to find. It doesn’t take more than a quick glance to see why so many Aussie punters use SB.
It becomes even clearer once you take a stroll through the betting layout. Click the big ‘Racing’ tab at the top of the page and choose between greyhounds, gallops and harness races, or else scroll down the left-hand sidebar and open up the ‘Greyhound Racing’ section directly. From there, you can peruse all the available markets for upcoming greyhound races around Australia and New Zealand with ease.
One of the highlights of Sportsbet’s desktop gambling site is the form guide which accompanies every race. This allows you to check out each runner’s recent results, race times, winning and losing margins, price fluctuation, career earnings and more – all without having to so much as open a new site in your Web browser, let alone pick up the newspaper.
If you have watched network television in the past decade, you may have heard about Sportsbet’s mobile applications. A lot. The ads are hard to miss, as they seem to appear during every break in the cricket and football coverage …
Market saturation aside, the Sportsbet app for smartphone and tablet devices is the real deal. The remote gambling interface is just as clean, clear and user-friendly as the desktop version, and it offers all the same race bets and exotic markets. It is available for free on iOS and Android devices via the App Store (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Google Play (Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, HTC devices, Google Nexus, et cetera).
If you have an alternative device, such as a BlackBerry or a Windows-powered Nokia Lumia, you can access the mobile betting site directly (or make a Web app) by pulling up www.Sportsbet.com.au in your phone or tab’s Internet browser. This offers the same functionality and convenience as the market apps, albeit with a slightly more streamlined set-up to keep loading times as brief as possible.
Sportsbet features greyhound race meets from Mandurah in Western Australia, to Manawatu in New Zealand, and everywhere in between, with hundreds of AUD betting markets available every day. It is renowned for offering competitive fixed price odds on dog races, while its regular mid tote prices (Midi Div odds) are in line with every major Australian racing book.
You can choose from a wide range of online greyhound bets on every race, including single wagers (win, place, each-way), standard exotics (quinella, exacta, trifecta, first four) and quaddies. However, Sportsbet also runs special greyhound betting markets, many of which you won’t find at other Internet bookmakers.
Mystery bet – Select your stake and bet type, and Sportsbet will pick your dogs at random. Not unlike a quick pick on the lotto.
Evens vs Odds – Bet on either all the even-numbered runners (2, 4, 6, 8), or all the odd-numbered dogs (1, 3, 5, 7).
Dog Craps – Roll the dice and wager that the numbers of the top two place-getters will add up to either seven or 11 – the magic digits in craps, the popular casino game.
Diamond in the Roughies – Bet on one of the outsiders to get up, covering the three or four dogs with the longest odds (depending on field size).
Hot Wings – Wager that one of the dogs in the two widest barriers (usually runners 1 and 8) will win the race.
Inside vs Outside – A box bet on either the four inside runners (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4), or the four dogs in the outside boxes. (numbers 5, 6, 7, 8). Usually only available with a full field of eight.
Back the Field – Put your money on every runner except the favourite.
Every deposit and withdrawal you make at Sportsbet.com.au is safeguarded by 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology. This is the same kind of online security system used by leading Australian banks and many international financial institutions, so there is no need to worry your funds will go missing on account of the bookie.
As for how to get money in and out of your online gambling account, SB supports several trusted names which deal in Australian currency:
– Skrill Moneybookers
Deposits are quick and easy, as funds added via credit card, debit card, e-wallet, or POLi banking become available in a matter of seconds. Direct bank transfers and cheque transactions are also accepted, although these can take longer to process.
To withdraw cash from your betting account, you must satisfy Sportsbet’s identification requirements. You only have to do this once, and in most cases your ID is verified automatically through VEDA when you make your first deposit. Otherwise, you’ll need to provide 100 points of ID either online or by sending in certified documents via snail mail or fax. This is all about security and making sure everything is legal and above board.
For more information on deposit methods, withdrawal policies and ID requirements, visit the ‘About Us’ section on the Sportsbet homepage.
Residents of the ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania can score a $501 free bet just for signing up and having a punt at Sportsbet. All you have to do is register online at www.Sportsbet.com.au, add some AUD cash to your account and make a real money bet, and you will get a free wager of the same amount up to $501.
Unfortunately, state gambling legislation means this offer is not available to punters in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. However, all Aussie gamblers can take advantage of Sportsbet’s signature Money Back Specials, as well as justice refunds, protest payouts and many more greyhound racing and sports betting promotions.
Check out the latest bonus bets and promo codes for Sportsbet for more information.
You can contact Sportsbet’s friendly and professional customer support team seven days a week through live Web chat, email, or one of the following toll-free Australian hotlines:
Racing bets: 1800 132 387
Sports bets: 1800 138 238
Customer support: 1800 990 907