We know what you're thinking: wasn't this sportsbook called SportsBetting.com.au? It really was before changing its name in 2021. SportsBetting was launched in 1998 and it was one of the best-known betting agencies Australia. Since it has been serving for a long time, it also had a pretty good position in the local market. However, in 2020, Flutter Entertainment, the owner of the "Sportsbet" brand, started to put pressure on SportsBetting because of the similarity in name. SportsBetting did not dare to face Flutter in court and decided to change its name in 2021.
In short, SportsBetting is now BoomBet but that's the only difference. Although the SportsBetting Australia brand is no longer used, the owners of the company (boombet.com.au PTY) are still the same and there is no change in terms of the services offered. The license hasn't changed either: BoomBet still uses the NT Government of Australia license. Although technically it is one of the new Aussie bookmakers, in practice we can say that it is one of the oldest Aussie bookmakers.
SportsBetting is one of the approved betting partners of AFL, NRL, FFA, TA (Tennis Australia), and CA (Cricket Australia), but does not have any sponsorship or industry awards. Like other licensed bookmakers Australia, it operates in only two countries (New Zealand and Australia) and offer its website only in English.
Betting Products and Markets at SportsBetting
Just like its predecessor SportsBetting Australia, BoomBet focuses on racing first. It also offers sports betting and e-sports betting, but the scope of these services is not as wide as the races. Let’s take a look at all available betting markets of this bookmaker first:
- Racing: Flat Racing, Greyhound Racing, Harness Racing
- Sports: American Football, Australian Football, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, MMA, Motor Racing, Rugby, Snooker, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
- E-Sports: LoL
- Leagues: AUS/NZ Racing, International Racing, NRL, AFL, NFL, NBL, NBA, NCAA, ICC, UK Dart Open, USPGA, NHL, UFC, Wimbledon, US Open, Serie A1 – A2
Serie A1 and A2 are the official volleyball leagues of Italy and ICC is short for International Cricket Cup. While it supports some exotic leagues, SportsBetting struggles to keep up with bigger Australian bookmakers. It is perfectly fine for race betting and the markets offered are enough for beginners, but the sports betting service may not be adequate for veteran punters. If you are looking for more sports and markets, make sure to check our list of Australian online bookmakers. That being said, we can also say the overall odds of SportsBetting are quite competitive and sometimes higher than the market average, especially for NFL and NRL. The odds of this bookmaker are provided by GenerationBet v1.7. Available betting products are:
- Racing: Best TOTE and SP, Best of Two TOTEs, Middle TOTE, Fixed Win, Fixed Place, Best of the Best
- Sports Betting: Line Betting, Matchups, Total Points, First Scorer
Soccer, American Football, Rugby, and Australian Football are the main options in this category, which is almost a standard for all Australian bookies. Dozens of local and international leagues are supported but we cannot list all of them here. Let’s just say you can place a bet on Copa Liga, A-League, Bundesliga, HNL, Premier League, Ligue 1, Super League, KNVB, Primera Division, Liga I, UEFA Champions League, and many more.
Unfortunately, e-sports betting is limited to League of Legends. At the time of our review, no other games and/or leagues were supported. And this pretty much means that LoL is the only e-sports you get because there are dozens of tournaments and events for many games such as CS:GO, DOTA 2, and Rainbow Six at the moment. If you are interested in e-sports betting, we recommend taking a look at our list of Australian new bookmakers online.
SportsBetting does not offer any casino games. The only legal gambling service that can be offered by Australian licensed betting sites is sports betting, so this is not surprising.
This is also the case for online poker. Licensed & legal bookmakers Australia cannot offer poker games or become a part of a poker network. So, there are no poker games at SportsBetting too.
At the time of this review, SportsBetting did not offer live betting and live streaming services. Only real-time notifications for races and events are shown on the site. This was also the case when it was known as SportsBetting Australia. Due to local laws, live betting is only available over the phone in Australia, which requires significant infrastructure investment. For example, during a race that may last for 15 minutes, you need to set up a brand-new infrastructure to answer thousands of calls and process them in real-time. For this reason, many Aussie bookies (even new betting sites Australia) choose not to offer live betting.
Registering a New Account
In order to legally place a bet online Australia, you must open an account and verify it within 14 days. This is mandatory for all legal bookmakers online Australia. To create a new account at SportsBetting, click the “join” button on the home page. You need to fill out a one-page form that asks for your name, birth date, address, email, and mobile phone number. You can also specify a deposit limit while registering but this is not mandatory.
After logging in with your username and password, you must open your profile page and click the “verify my identity” button in 14 days. The verification is done via GreenID, so you can submit a copy of your passport, citizenship certificate, ImmiCard, Medicare Card, utility bill, or credit card statement to complete the process.
Bonus Offers for New and Current Punters
Unlike many other betting websites Australia, SportsBetting offers an actual welcome bonus to new members. Some of the new Aussie bookies also started to offer this promo and we hope it becomes more common. New members can get a 100% match rate for their first deposit (10 AUD minimum), up to 100 AUD, as long as they make that deposit within 7 days of registration. Like all other promotions of this bookmaker, this amount is defined as “bonus credits” to your account, so you cannot withdraw it. You can only place new bets with your bonus credits and wager your deposit amount one time (at least) in order to use this bonus.
In addition, all members can benefit from the following promotions:
- BoomBonus on Every Bet: You can win “BoomBonus credits” for every wager you make. These credits fill up a meter and when the meter is full, you can convert it to bonus bet credits.
- OddsBoom Bonus: You will see an “odds boom” button on the slip for some races & sports bets. If you click this button, the odds will be enhanced.
- BoomOdds Bonus: This is very similar to the OddsBoom bonus, but this time it is the bookmaker who activates it. This is a daily offer that can be used automatically (OddsBoom is manual) on selected races and events.
- Cashback Bonus: On selected races, you will get a cashback of 50 AUD for second and third places.
SportsBetting may be an old brand, but its website design is as modern and colourful as new bookmakers Australia. The top of each page is used to provide information for upcoming races. The menu on the left contains all the links you need. Navigation is extremely easy, and you are not confused at any stage. Despite using an interface divided into three parts, you can easily see everything at a single glance. This interface design is preferred by almost all betting sites Australia, but SportsBetting has managed to achieve a cleaner look.
All these advantages also apply to the mobile version of the site. The desktop and mobile versions have exactly the same look and work well on any screen size. In general, we can say that SportsBetting has one of the most stylish and useful designs we have seen. Customer service is available seven days a week but only from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm. You can use the following methods to reach support:
- Live Chat
- Telephone: +61 (0)8 8967 1609
- Email: support @ SportsBetting.com.au
- Social Media: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter
Payment Options & Payout Speed
You can make deposits and withdrawals in AUD or NZD. For all types of payments, the following methods are available:
- VISA &MasterCard (deposit & withdrawal)
- Debit Card (deposit & withdrawal)
- POLi (deposit only)
- BPay (deposit only)
- Bank Transfer (deposit & withdrawal)
BPay and Bank Transfer deposits are processed only during the week, so they are not instant. The minimum deposit limit is 10 AUD. For withdrawals, there is a 30 AUD fee if you are making an international bank transfer (for example, transfer to an NZD bank). Local (AU) bank transfers (and other withdrawal methods) are free of charge.
10 AUD is also the minimum withdrawal limit. A maximum withdrawal limit is not specified but note that there is a maximum payout limit for any bet type (100.000 AUD). Withdrawals can take up to 5 days to complete. However, note that all deposits must be wagered at least one time before you can ask for a payout.
Nowadays, new bookies Australia do not ask you to download a program to be able to use the gambling services. Everything is instant-play and can be used from web browsers. This is also the case for SportsBetting: there is no such thing as downloading a program and/or software. As long as the device you use has a browser (the operating system does not matter), you can access all services with it.
SportsBetting Android App
The developer of the Android app is “Sportsbetting.com.au Pty Ltd”, and it can be downloaded from the Play Store. The design of the app is not as “shiny” as the desktop site, it is pretty simple. However, this does not mean that it is not useful: on the contrary, due to this plain design, using the app is even easier than the website.
SportsBetting iOS App
Developed by the same company, the iOS app is available on the App Store. The design and features of the app are the same as the Android version. It has almost no visuals, so everything loads fast. This app also has an iPad version, and its score was 4.4 (out of 5) while we were preparing this review.
Is SportsBetting Safe?
SportsBetting is licensed and regulated by the NT Government of Australia. All pages of the website are protected by 256-bit SSL encryption, provided by GoDaddy Secure Certificate Authority. As a 100% Australian-owned and operated brand, it is as safe and reliable as any other licensed bookmaker.
- There is no sports analytics or performance data. However, you can find some tips, tricks, and news in the blog section.
- Only 18+ years old punters can open an account, and one account is allowed per player.
- Accounts that do not place a bet or make a deposit for 12 months become inactive and are charged a monthly fee of 5 AUD.
- Arbitrage betting is not expressly prohibited, but SportsBetting reserves the right to consider any action that may disrupt the operation of the site as a reason for closing an account.
- You can reach several responsible gambling tools from your profile. These self-exclusion features will allow you to set a deposit limit and take a break from the site (for 24 hours, a week, two weeks, one month, or permanently).
SportsBetting Pros & Cons
- Very good coverage for horse & greyhound racing
- Easy to use mobile apps on iOS and Android
- A blog section that contains tips and news
- Stylish and colourful design with no navigation problems
- A welcome bonus and the chance to win bonus bets on a constant basis
- There is no live betting (and no live streams)
- The E-sports betting market is very limited
How to register on the SportsBetting website?
Clicking the “join” button on the main page will open the registration form. Fill out the form and log in using your username & password. Remember to verify your identity in 14 days.
How to bet on sports with SportsBetting?
The list of sports & events can be seen on the left side. Choose one and check all available betting options & odds. Enter your stake on the bet slip and click the “place bet” button.
Is it possible to watch live streams of matches at bookmaker SportsBetting?
You cannot place live bets and/or watch live streams. You should pick another bookmaker if you are interested in these features.
How to get a bonus at bookmaker SportsBetting?
For the welcome bonus, it is enough to deposit 10 AUD (minimum). The rest is automatic. Other bonuses can be claimed directly from the bet slip and/or work automatically.
Why is the SportsBetting website not working?
The website may be under maintenance or experiencing a technical problem. First, check your own internet connection. If there is no problem (if you can connect to other websites), try mirror sites of the bookmaker.