Sportsbet horse racing review

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Due to regulatory changes no signup offers or promo deposit bet bonuses are legally allowed to be offered to Australians.

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Daily boosted odds PowerPlays on selected racing and early payouts on sports, AFL & NRL

  • Rating

    A+
  • Phone

    1800 990 907
  • Payout

    1-2 days
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  • Company info

    Established 1993
    Customer service: Racing (AUS): 1800 321 321, Sports (AUS): 1800 321 322, Customer Service (AUS): 13 CROWNBET (13 27696 238), General (NZ): 0800 238 399. Live chat.
    Owner Origin: Ireland
    Owner: Paddy Power Ltd

  • Withdrawal options

    Sportsbet cash card, Bank transfer

  • Withdrawal Limits

    Not Available

  • Currencies accepted

    Euros, Hong Kong Dollars, Singapore Dollars

  • Deposit Method

    BPAY, Bank transfer, POLi, Paypal, Skrill, Visa, debit card

  • Licenses

    NT Racing Commission

  • Restricted Countries

    Afghanistan, American Samoa, Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, China, China (Hong Kong S.A.R.), Congo (Republic of the), Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Iran. Iraq, Israel, Italy, Korea, North, Lativa, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Puerto Rico, Republic of South Sudan, Reunion, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste (Democratic Republic of), Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom (Great Britain), United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vatican City State (Holy See), Virgin Islands (US), Wallis And Futuna Islands, Zimbabwe

Sportsbet.com.au has long been one of Australia’s biggest and best online bookmakers and with the introduction of live streaming for racing, Sportsbet is set to engage more customers to an already massive horse racing market base.

They are known for a top notch promotions department and you will always find a horse racing-related promotion throughout both autumn and spring racing carnivals, including The Championships and the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

With an easy-to-use website, Sportsbet is one of the cleanest bookmakers to place a bet with. They also have great odds & markets to boot with the ‘boosted odds’ feature one of the more popular promotions they are running in 2017.

Horse racing coverage and markets

Finding a race to bet on at Sportsbet is extremely simple and there is rarely a worldwide race they don’t have a market on.

They cover all minor and major races from Australia, including the major autumn and spring carnivals – Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and every race for the two-week Championships.

Simply click into the racing section and the day’s action will be on the home screen. The meetings for that day are listed in vertical order and if you’re after a bet on any other day of the week, click on that day at the top of the screen.

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Sportsbet often offer markets well in advance of the race for all meetings with importance, such as major Wednesday and Saturday meetings.

Along with their up-to-date markets, they also have an international tab which allows punters to bet on any race featured from either Hong Kong, Dubai, America, Europe or New Zealand — they also feature futures markets for both Australian and New Zealand racing.

They offer markets on all the major Australian races and are usually the quickest bookmaker to frame a Melbourne Cup market. Sportsbet offered a Cup market just days after the big race so punters can snap up early value.

Other major races in Australia vary from the Cox Plate to the Karrakatta Plate in Perth. The Championships at Randwick in April are heavily featured and the Brisbane Winter carnival during the mid-months are also extremely popular at Sportsbet.

They also offer more exotic betting types such as jockey challenges and various other specials. Jockey challenges are quite popular in which punters select a jockey to score the most points at that specific meeting. Jockeys get points based on a 1st, 2nd, 3rd basis.

Special markets are options that you wouldn’t usually see at a normal bookmaker. Sportsbet will offer ‘An Asian horse to win a Championship race?’ as well as trainers and jockeys premiership winners.

Sports betting at Sportsbet

Sportsbet cover all major sporting events such as the Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cup and even niche betting markets such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

They make it very easy to find the most popular events to bet on under their ‘Quick Links’ tab along the left hand side of the page. Here you can find all the relevant and upcoming sport matches across the world, as well as any matches upcoming in the AFL, NFL or Super Rugby.

Being an Australian-based bookmaker, Sportsbet cover all the local sports which include rugby, league, netball, Australian rules and local golfing events.

American sports are also some of the most popular with the NBA attracting the most money spent each week. MLB, NFL and NHL are also popular american sports to bet on as they are often scheduled every day at peak times for Australians.

They even cover the lesser-known sports such as darts, boxing, cycling, MMA and surfing — where plenty of Australian’s compete around the world, including Mick Fanning and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Horse racing bonus offers and signup promotions

Despite regulatory changes , Sportsbet are still allowed to offer promotions that involve real cash payouts as early payouts. All bonus bet, signup offers and bet back promotions have been banned by the Australian Federal and State Governments as of 1st June 2019. These changes, which are part of the National Gambling Framework; have become known amongst punters and bettors as the Bonus Bet Ban.

A range of early payouts options still exist on sporting events such as AFL and NRL matches, and these bonus or special offers are still allowed under the new rules if they are paid out as cash in to your Sportsbet account balance. Anything that pays out as bonus bets are banned.

Wagering and betting regulatory changes and gambling reform have been in a constant state of change in Australian and globally for a number of years now, and this state of flux it is not expected to stop any time soon. Sportsbet were the first to feature live streaming for all Victorian races after the failure of TVN. In a revolutionary deal, Sportsbet secured the rights to live stream all county and metropolitan races from Victoria, free of charge for its 1.8 million customers.

Customers must have made a deposit once in their lifetime to use this feature. It can be used on all devices, including mobiles and tablets.

Top Tote Plus is a good Sportsbet feature which ensures punters get the best return across three different totes. Don’t just settle for whatever price is available, get in with Sportsbet and take the best value on offer across all major Australian totes.

Sportsbet offer some of the best sport and horse racing markets. Their competitive odds make them a must for all Australian punters.

How do boosted odds PowerPlays work ?

Australian customers can opt to boost one head to head or win bet per day. After you opt in for boosted odds a lightning bolt will appear next to the odds and they will suddenly get longer. For instance if you are betting on a 20-1 shot and you opt in for boosted odds, Sportsbet might give you 30-1. While you can only use this PowerPlay once each day, it is a great way to increase your profits when wagering on the gallops. From time to time Sportsbet may offer accounts multiple PowerPlays per day for sport and racing.

Sportsbet.com.au deposit and withdrawal options

Sportsbet is an Australian bookmaker which enables punters to use a wealth of depositing and withdrawal options. This means customers can deposit easier and receive faster cash outs.

You can deposit and withdraw using VISA, Mastercard, Direct Deposit, Cheque, Money Order and BPAY.

Recently, Sportsbet offered local customers a Sportsbet Cash card, which allows customers to instantly access their winnings at any ATM machine.

Punters can transfer their winnings to their Sportsbet Cash card on all of Sportsbet’s wagering platforms, including the mobile app.

Banks offered with Sportsbet include:

Mobile betting options at Sportsbet

Sportsbet offer betting apps and a mobile version of their website for all customers with iOS and Android devices. Punters are able to use either the normal website on their devices, or use the specially-designed application which makes placing a bet that much easier at Sportsbet.

Apple iOS use either iPhone or iPad and users can choose either the apps or mobile website. Other devices can use the mobile website where punters can view odds, markets, make bets, deposit and withdraw funds.

The customer contact number for any issues, including those about mobile devices are as follows:

Toll Free Phone: 1800 132 387 (racing) or 1800 138 238 (sport)

Phone betting is available between the hours of 8am – 11pm AEST.

Email: [email protected]

The verdict

You must have rocks in your head if you are not a member at Sportsbet (or they have cut you off). This Australian-founded bookie, currently owned by Irish betting giant Paddy Power, is the one that pushed the boundaries on offering us specials and other initiatives since taking the online bookmaking world by storm.

These days other bookies have caught up with them, but you need to still be a member so you can check their odds, especially their futures, which generally are released the earliest and are generous. Their sports offering for Aussie markets is definitely one of the better ones.

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