Bet 365 Australia Review
By virtue of the license granted in 2012 by the Northern Territory Racing Commission, Australia now plays host to Bet365′s online sports betting operation for Aussie customers. The Australian government deems this as a better arrangement; as the UK based Bet365, currently has to pay the Aussie taxes due on all income earned online from servicing Aussie punters.
However, Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act imposes certain limitations on what Bet365 Australia can offer as online betting and gaming services to local punters. The Act excludes the online casino game offerings, which the site enforces by denying access to Australian IP addresses. The UK-based Bet 365 simply transferred the deposit balances of Aussie casino players to their Bet365 Australia sports betting account.
Nonetheless, Aussie users still enjoy viewing the wide-range of sporting events taking place in real time, via Bet365 Australia’s live streaming services. Although Ozzie punters can still place in-play bets, the site offers only phone-in facilities to those who wish to place wagers in ongoing sporting events. In-play bets are available for rugby league, horseracing, tennis, soccer games, basketball, handball, ice hockey, table tennis, ski jumping and volleyball. The Aussie Bet365 website has an in-play section, but the interface only has a “phone-in only” feature.
Easy to Use Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The site’s GUI is easy to use and comes with a list of “how to” guides on how to navigate each page. The side bar menu on the left shows all the sporting events; clicking on each sport category will reveal the different event schedules lined-up for Australian betting. The page for each sport contains varying information related to every event, which Aussie punters use in analyzing the odds and for selecting their betting options.
The horseracing event, as an example, shows the top coupons for the next three race features in Australia and those in the UK/Ireland and International categories. This is on top of the different Sunday events held in various Australian horseracing venues. Another example is the page for the rugby league that shows information for 3-way, 2-way and 1st-half betting options. Moreover, several match markets such as the “team to score first”, “first scoring play”, “race to 10″, and “team with highest scoring half” are some examples of a punter’s betting selection.
The Australian betting slip on the right side of the GUI looks pretty much the same as that of the UK online betting slip. It automatically estimates and displays the net profit, which the user can expect to gain from the stake. This stands opposed to how Australian bookmakers show profits at gross instead of net. There is also the multi-betting portion, which punters use to combine different wagers into a single bet, but should comprise only one leg for a single market. Let us say a player places several bets on horseracing, a multi bet consists of single wagers for separate horseracing events and not for two or more horses competing in the same contest. Aussie punters can find a comprehensive set of guidelines on how to use the online bet slip by clicking on the “How to” tab of the GUI.
Odds on Coupon
There is an “Odds on Coupon” where punters can view the odds in decimal format for forthcoming featured matches in the next 3 hours through the next 3 days. This feature is available for soccer, handball, rugby league, rugby union, tennis, ice hockey, volleyball and basketball. To use this portion when viewing odds for each sporting event and before placing one’s wager, users can simply click on the type of event and select the display option. Players can place their bets by clicking on the odds shown under 1 or 2, as a means to select the team on which to place one’s wager; this will be automatically included in the betting slip.
- Sign-Up Bonus – Ozzie players signing-up for a new account with Bet365 Australia and placing a deposit of AU$20 or more, will receive a 100 percent bonus based on the amount deposited but up to a maximum of AU$200. A user with a AU$20 deposit gets an additional AU$20 dollar credit to his or her account; but if one makes a deposit of AU$250 or more, the credit stays at the max amount of AU$200. Punters can only use the bonus for betting purposes after using up the initial deposit and two more deposit refills.
- Refer a Friend Reward – Bet365′s Aussie customers receive AU$50 reward for spreading the word about the Australian betting site to his or her friends via the official referral form. The friend referred is entitled to receive the 100 percent sign-up bonus plus an extra AU$50 credit upon opening an account. The referral can claim his or her extra credit by making a deposit and submitting a claim request via the Friend Claim Form.
- More Sports Betting Promotions – An assortment of bonuses await local Aussie punters who place multi-bets using Bet365 Australia’s online betting facilities. They can earn up to a hundred percent bonus on their returns for multi-bets placed on different soccer leagues such as the A-League, German Bundesliga 1, Spanish Primera Liga, Italian Serie A, Premier League or the UEFA Champions League. Other sports betting promotions are likewise available for AU horseracing, UK horseracing, UK greyhounds, and major Australian Footy leagues.
Deposit and Payout Services
The banking methods available to Bet365′s Aussie users, when making deposit and/or withdrawal transactions include Maestro/Visa debit cards, MasterCard/Visa credit cards, Neteller, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, POli by Skrill, POli, PayPal, Click-2-Pay, Ukash, Entropay, BPay, Bank Wire, FastBank and Cheque. Wire transfers take several banking days and depend on the type of banking medium used. Payouts are generally free except for Bank Wire and Fast Bank, which allows only one free transfer in every 28 days. Minimum and maximum payouts likewise vary according to the payment method used.
Bet365 Australia promotes and maintains responsible gambling to Aussie punters, by furnishing different support services. Such services include the option to set a deposit limit for a betting account, a facility for viewing one’s account history, opt-out or self-exclusion features to control one’s gambling tendencies, functions for parental controls, support services for undesirable gambling behaviors and a support staff dedicated to handling any complaints raised against Bet365 Australia.