Which is the best bookmaker for you when punting on the November 5 Melbourne Cup?
We have broken our recommendations into distinct categories, because the Melbourne Cup attracts both experienced punters with big bankrolls and the once-a-year expert, who picks a horse so they can banter with the best of them at barbecues and parties across Australia.
Click the category that fits you:
- I am a bonus hunter and have a Sportsbet account
- I want to see all the sign up offers available in 2019
- Editor’s bonus pick: The most value in 2019
- What bookmaker will take the biggest Melbourne Cup bet?
- I want to watch the Melbourne Cup on my phone and bet
- I just want the best bookmaker
Melbourne Cup Day odds comparison
If your search for a bookmaker is as simple and easy as ‘who has the best odds?’, our odds comparison table on the final field for the Cup below may help.
Bonus hunter with Sportsbet account
The good news is there are several great alternatives to Sportsbet and for the 2019 Melbourne Cup. These are Neds.com.au, which is one of the newest betting sites in Australia, after launching last month. Another top option is Topbetta, which is a 100% Australian-owned company that offers access to the Global Tote, which is a rival to TAB’s tote products.
Sign up offers 2019 Melbourne Cup
Unfortunately, the bonus bet ban introduced in 2019 prevents online bookmakers from offering punters any kind of inducement or incentive for signing up and betting. However, Australian bookies are still allowed to run Melbourne Cup promotions, bonus offers and betting specials for existing customers. Register or log in at one of our recommended Melbourne Cup bookmakers to see the latest deals.
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Editor’s pick: Best bookie bonus for Melbourne Cup day
If at a pinch we had to choose a bookie for the 2019 cup we would have to say the newest addition to the landscape — Neds.com.au — just because it’s fresh, and they are doing everything in their power to attract new punters. This means there are a mountain of great promos to make your bankroll last longer. These include cash back offers and enhanced odds on certain runners. Obviously there are plenty of options for punters to bet with, we just think Neds is worth a look.
What bookmaker will take the biggest Melbourne Cup bet?
It’s a considerable flash point in Australian racing that corporate bookies cut off successful punters and won’t take bigger bets on fancied runners (but when they do they like to let everyone know). We have seen Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and several other Australian bookmakers mentioned in this conversation. The two bookies we tend to have the most luck placing large wagers with are Bet365.com.au and Sportsbet.com.au, despite some reports the latter doesn’t like taking on serious bettors.
How to live stream the Melbourne Cup on your phone
One Aussie bookie have the mobile streaming rights for Victorian racing, BetEasy. You simply open an account (Join BetEasy) then visit the racing section to find the Melbourne Cup. You will see the video icon pop up when it’s available to begin streaming, usually in the minutes before the race.
The best bookmaker
It’s subjective obviously but our feelings are that Sportsbet remains the no.1 betting site in Australia. It’s a professional service with great customer service. If you are not a member at Sportsbet you should be. One of the biggest draw cards for Melbourne Cup punters at Sportsbet is the ability boost your odds on any runner in the race. This allows you to, for instance, boost Who Shot Thebarman’s odds from $67 to $101. On a $10 bet that is over $300 difference on those odds. Great value in our books. And on top of that you also get the option to stream the race on your mobile handset if you are unable to watch it on TV.