Bookie Info

Bet365

Bet365 are one of the best bookies around. They offer great odds and consistently good promos. They are a huge global outfit, so you should have no concerns about depositing money with them.

You can find their promos by clicking on ‘Current Offers’ in the footer menu. They have ongoing early payout offers as well as regular horse racing refund offers.

Promo Ban Risk – Low

Sustainability Tips – Don’t max out the early payout offers, occasional mug bets

BetEasy

BetEasy was formed in 2018 as the result of a merger between Crownbet and William Hill. If you have ever had an account with either of those bookies you will be able to log-in to BetEasy with the same details.

Although the BetEasy website looks exactly like Crownbet, it is no longer part of the Crown Group. It is now owned by the Stars Group, who also own Poker Stars and Draft Stars. They are a reputable business, so there is no concerns about payouts etc.

BetEasy have some of the best promos around, so they are a very useful bookie to have an account with.

Promo Ban Risk – Low

Sustainability Tips – Avoid UK racing, take it easy on the Bet Boosts, occasional mug bets

BetStar

Part of the Ladbrokes group.

Compared to Ladbrokes and Neds, BetStar have very limited promos. So there is no real incentive to open an account with them until after you have been banned by those two.

Even then, it likely that any ban will be carried over to Betstar

Promo Ban Risk – High (due to the fact you will have been banned at others in the group)

Sustainability Tips – Don’t worry about it

BlueBet

One of the few independent bookies left. Bluebet don’t have a huge amount of promos, but the ones that they do have can be good.

We are not aware of any issues regarding withdrawals or bet placement etc. Their odds aren’t great, but you should still be able to make a tidy profit from them.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Lots of mug bets

Bookmaker

Part of the Ladbrokes group.

Compared to Ladbrokes and Neds, Bookmaker have very limited promos. So there is no real incentive to open an account with them until after you have been banned by those two.

Even then, it likely that any ban will be carried over to Bookmaker

Promo Ban Risk – High (due to the fact you will have been banned at others in the group)

Sustainability Tips – Don’t worry about it

Classicbet

Classicbet offer generous signup bonuses but they require you to turn over your deposit twice, and they can be quick to limit accounts. There have also been reports of slow or withheld withdrawals.

They were purchased by the PlayUp Group in 2018 but, rather than PlayUp improving the dodgy practices at Classicbet, it seems like Classicbet is badly influencing the others in the group.

If you choose to deposit with them, please only do so with funds that you can afford to have tied up for a while. We would also recommend large underlays on the bonus bets, as it is preferable to have a smaller profit in Betfair than to have a higher one in Classicbet.

PlayUp’s terms state that you can only get one bonus across the group, so if you take a bonus at Classicbet you will probably not get one at TopBetta or MadBookie.

Promo Ban Risk – High

Sustainability Tips – Don’t worry about sustainability, just get in and out as quickly as possible

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes is the principal bookie in The Ladbrokes Group, which also includes BetStar, Bookmaker, and more recently Neds.

You will only be able to get a new account bonus from one of these bookmakers. If you sign up to a second one you may initially receive a bonus, but it will be removed from your account within 24 hours.

Ladbrokes have some great promos, but they are also very quick to ban. When they do, they can often ban accounts you have with other members of the group at the same time.

Promo Ban Risk – High

Sustainability Tips – It is rare for Ladbrokes accounts to last more than 1-2 months if set up for matched betting. There are two possible approaches you could take: 1) forget sustainability and make as much as you can in before being banned, 2) play the long game.

MadBookie

Madbookie is essentially a carbon copy of Classicbet now. See above for more info.

Promo Ban Risk – High

Sustainability Tips – Don’t worry about sustainability, just get in and out as quickly as possible

Neds

Neds launched in late 2017, spent a year building market share through generous bonuses, and were then sold to Ladbrokes.

At first they retained a decent amount of independence from Ladbrokes, but recently there seems to be more integration and info-sharing.

For example, you can no longer get a welcome bonus from both Neds and Ladbrokes, and a ban at one can often mean a ban at the other.

Of the two, Neds is much less likely to ban and, interestingly, Neds have been known to re-instate promos to accounts that have previously been banned. They are the only bookie to do this.

They have a more diverse range of promos than Ladbrokes, although Ladbrokes tend to have better AFL & NRL promos.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Regular mug bets, don’t get banned at Ladbrokes

PalmerBet

Palmerbet are an independent bookie with regular, but not great, promos.

Any deposit bonuses that they offer can usually only be used on horse racing.

They have been known to engage in some slightly dodgy practices (not paying bonuses, then banning you when you ask for them, for example), but overall they are okay.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Regular mug bets, avoid speaking to them if possible

Pointsbet

Pointsbet launched in 2017 as a spread-betting company, but later added fixed odds markets for racing, and then for other sports.

They have regular promos, and some of them can be very generous. Unfortunately, they are very quick to ban.

Promo Ban Risk – High

Sustainability Tips – Keep at least a 1:1 ratio of promo/mug bets, include some spread bets as well (*even this is no guarantee to be enough, so you might just want to forget about mugs entirely and make as much as possible before the inevitable ban)

Sportsbet

Sportsbet are one of the biggest bookies in Australia. They have decent odds and some great promos.

 Their early payout offers, in particular, are some of the best around. And they have lots of racing offers and multi promos.

Promo Ban Risk – Low

Sustainability Tips – Don’t max out the early payout offers, occasional mug bets

Tab & Tab.Ubet

Tab is probably the most recognisable name in Australian betting. In addition to online betting, they also have thousands of retail outlets where you can bet in person.

They recently merged with Tatts Group, the owners of Ubet. Since then, Ubet has been rebranded as Tab. Their new URL is tab.ubet.com.

The sites haven’t completely merged, but they generally have the same promos. It is only recommended to open an account with one of them.

When opening the account you will be asked to select a ‘Betting Account Location. This is different to your physical location and relates to Tote betting. Depending on which state you choose, you may be redirected to either Tab or Tab.Ubet.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Regular mug bets

TabTouch

TabTouch are based in WA and are independent from Tab and Ubet. 

They are the most lenient bookie around when it comes to promo bans, and they have lots of promos. They also pay bonuses as cash, rather than bonus bets, so they are a great bookie to have.

Unfortunately, they will not pay bonuses to NSW or SA. Their terms also exclude VIC, but they will usually pay out to VIC customers anyway.

Promo Ban Risk – Low

Sustainability Tips – Use them to dutch against other bookies you are mugging at if you can get on for a very low loss. Otherwise, don’t worry about them too much.

TopBetta

TopBetta are another member of the PlayUp Group.

Historically, they have been a great little bookie who are slow to ban, with regular arbs, and occasionally great promos.

However, since they were bought by PlayUp the promos have all but disappeared, and their customer service has gone downhill. They haven’t quite fallen to the depths of MadBookie and Classicbet yet, but caution is still advised.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Don’t worry about it, they don’t have enough promos to make mug betting worthwhile

TopSport

TopSport are a family run, independent bookie. If you are a punter they are a decent bookie to have as they don’t limit accounts and say ‘no bet is too big or too small’. 

They don’t have many promos, but they do offer $2 lines on several sports, which can be handy for dutching or finding middles.

They also give you loyalty points for every deposit or bet made. These points can then be converted to bonus bets.

Promo Ban Risk – Non-existent

Sustainability Tips – Not an issue

Unibet

Another global brand, Unibet have some of the best odds around. We often use them to balance our plays, particularly with soccer.

They don’t have a huge number of promos, but they have regular odds boosts that are useful, and they usually show up with good racing promos during the carnivals.

Promo Ban Risk – Medium

Sustainability Tips – Don’t arb them, occasional mug bets, don’t max out their enhanced odds

7 Comments

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    Is there anyway to use fluck up and jump off at neds to advantage

    • Nico

      If you use the serach function in the forum you will find some threads related to that. Here is one.

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    Is there a page somewhere listing the best current sign up bonus codes for each?

    • Nico

      As the promos change regularly, it is best to check the major affiliate sites for the best deals. Punters.com.au or Racenet.com.au will have the best deal 90% of the time.

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      Hi nico. Logged in from NSW. I can’t find any bookies with bonus offers. Have they banned them here?

      • Nico

        Advertising bonuses is banned across the country, but bookies can still offer them after you sign up. This thread will give you an idea of what to expect from each bookie.

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          Cheers mate. New to this. Sorry if you are repeating yourself. Thanks : )

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