Australian bookmaker reviews 2021

Australia has many of the top online bookmakers in the world, with many great betting sites deserved of a review. While the World Gambling List’s Australia section is still being built, our bookmaker reviews are written by people who know the industry, and have a love of sports and racing both down under and overseas. Below you will find short bookmaker reviews of each brand we advertise, plus links to full bookie reviews below.

Reviews of Australian betting sites

In this section we will give you a short synopsis of each online bookmaker we promote to Australians. Click through to find further information about each online betting site.

TopSport review

TopSport.com.au has undergone a major facelift in recent times and now boasts a great website and nice betting apps. Our TopSport review will teach you about this Australian-owned bookmaker that is owned by well-known rails bookies the Merlehans. While not as well-known as other bookmakers we have reviewed, TopSport’s racing section and penchant for taking on big punters earns them high marks. TopSport review.

Ladbrokes Australia

URL: https://ladbrokes.com.au/
Year founded: 2013
App downloads iOS | Android
Review:

Ladbrokes Australia is owned by gambling industry giant GVC Holdings and is one of the bigger online bookmakers down under. Ladbrokes horse racing product is first-rate, with some great promotions surrounding the gallops, while they also have a strong reputation amongst punters. GVC is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with this company abiding by all regulations around the world.

Sportsbet Australia

URL: https://sportsbet.com.au/
Year founded: 1993
App downloads iOS | Android
Review:

Sportsbet, owned by overseas company Flutter Entertainment, is probably the most visible Australian online bookmaker, and definitely the most popular, with their turnover eclipsing that of the TAB on some events. Sportsbet.com.au has outstanding mobile apps, some great promotions and a good reputation amongst punters, as long as you don’t win too much. The bookie also has a reputation for paying out early on events and then taking the money off punters and sending their accounts into the negative. Too big to fail, but also too big to care too much about the average punter.

Neds

URL: https://sportsbet.com.au/
Year founded: 1993
App downloads iOS | Android
Review:

Neds, which is owned by GVC Holdings, is the sister site to Ladbrokes with the pair owned by the same overseas interests. Neds entered the Australian market in 2017, and quickly gained a foothold in a stale betting market, which was soon to be rocked by the ban on bonus bets. With some nice racing promotions and extensive sports betting, Neds Australia has the potential to be an international brand at some point. Features same game multis on all major AU sports and has even delved into the same race multi area.

PlayUp

URL: https://playup.com.au/
Year founded: 2009/2017
App downloads iOS | Android
Review: PlayUp review.

PlayUp is one of the newest betting sites in Australia, with this company formed from the Ashes of TopBetta, MadBookie and ClassicBet. While PlayUp is not one of the bigger bookies we have reviewed, they do have some strong odds and the fact they also delve into Fantasy Sports via DraftStars, gives them a decent point of difference. PlayUp also has deals with many of the big sports organisations in Australia, including the AFL, NRL, Rugby Australia and Football Federation Australia. PlayUp’s apps are also decent products and easy to use. PlayUp was originally founded in 2009, but relaunched in 2017 under the stewardship of Daniel Simic.

Betfair

URL: https://betfair.com.au/
Year founded:
App downloads iOS | Android
Review: Betfair review.

Betfair is Australia’s no.1 betting exchange, with this company owned by gambling giant Crown Resorts. Licensed in Tasmania, Betfair allows punters to bet on sports and racing, but they also allow you to accept bets. Betfair, on top of their desktop site, has Android and iOS apps available for mobile users, which are are all first-rate after you get over the different bet types available. Betfair has a strong reputation for paying out customers quickly and we have no hesitation in recommending them to our readers.

Unibet

URL: https://unibet.com.au/
Year founded:
App downloads iOS | Android
Review: Betfair review.

Unibet is a leading online bookmaker in Australia, that is accessible across desktop and mobile browsers. Unibet Australia also has downloadable apps for Android and iOS which basically mirror the browser-based site. Unibet has some nice racing promotions on a daily basis and in our time reviewing them, we found them to have competitive odds. Unibet is owned by the Kindred Group, which is an overseas company, and one of the biggest gambling brands in the world.

bet365

URL: https://bet365.com.au/
Year founded: 2000
App downloads iOS | Android
Review: bet365 review.

bet365 describes itself as the “World Favourite” bookmaker which is probably an apt description given they claim to accept punters from over 200 countries. Having said this, bet365 does abide by the legislation of many jurisdictions, including Australia. bet365 has an outstanding record for customer safety and service, although they are probably not the bookie for professional or highly-successful punters, with their services more geared towards the casual punter. bet365 does have great mobile apps, including Android and iOS, with these stacking up well against other bookmaker reviews.

Palmerbet

URL: https://palmerbet.com.au/
Year founded: 2000
App downloads iOS | Android
Review: bet365 review.

Palmerbet is Australian-owned and backed by the NSW bookies co-op. This bookmaker is primarily focussed on horse racing, but they have greatly improved their offerings over the years. Boasting iOS and Android betting apps, Palmerbet is a decent option for those looking to support a local bookmaker.

Pointsbet

URL: https://Pointsbet.com.au/
Year founded: 2000
App downloads iOS | Android
More: Pointsbet review.

Pointsbet is of the newer bookmaker reviews we have written for the Australian betting landscape. With a great focus on spread betting, Pointsbet has grown rapidly, including gaining a foothold in the US market. Headquartered in Melbourne, Pointsbet betting is regulated by the NT Government, has got downloadable apps for smartphones and live betting facilities.