The BetEasy brand is a both familiar and unfamiliar one for many people who gamble on sports in Australia. It can actually trace its history as far back as 2005, when it was launched by bookmaker A. Kay, although it has gone through a succession of owners since then. The 'BetEasy' spelling first came into use in September 2014, although between March 2015 and August 2018, the site was known as CrownBet, in reference to its then-majority owner, Crown Resorts.
Since August 2018, however, the site has been given the name BetEasy again. It is now majority-owned by Canadian online gambling company The Stars Group, and is licensed in Australia's Northern Territory.
The BetEasy site combines a largely white background with elements of purple, blue and grey, so you can be assured of an online gambling experience that is easy on the eye.
However, it is also a very intuitive site to use, as shown in the case of the desktop site by a top-of-the-page menu giving you quick access to racing, sports and live betting sections, among others. The mobile-optimised site, meanwhile, uses a 'hamburger' menu to keep everything tidy.
As you might expect, BetEasy scores highly when it comes to racing options, with horse racing, harness racing and greyhound racing all represented across many leading Australian and New Zealand venues such as Cranbourne, Kalgoorlie and Wyong, as well as overseas ones like Gulfstream Park, Saratoga, Woodbine and Monmouth Park.
Look through the other sporting categories, though, and you'll see that there's also ample opportunity to have a flutter on such disciplines as American football, athletics, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and snooker.
Even such lesser-spotted categories as bandy, beach soccer, Gaelic hurling, water polo, yachting, novelties and politics feature at BetEasy, so you shouldn't really feel the need to bet anywhere else.
There's a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section at BetEasy, but it's quite short, so there's a good chance that whatever query you have won't be answered here. It's therefore just as well that the site also gives you a lot of contact options, including a phone number, 'live chat' feature and an online contact form through which to email the team.
Finally, you can also take advantage of 'Betting Info' and 'Member Info' sections that educate you on, among other things, the account verification process and how to place particular types of bets.
Not only does BetEasy have a regularly updated blog, but it's also divided into various intriguing sections, such as 'Ahead of the Game', which sees host Samantha Riches and rugby league legend Robbie Kearns preview each week's NRL games.
Other blog categories include 'Duck's Roast', in which AFL great Wayne Carey - 'Duck' himself - looks back on the latest AFL action alongside host Ben Dixon and Herald Sun journalist Jay Clark, and 'Horse Racing Tips', which should be fairly self-explanatory.
The BetEasy Rewards system enables you to get more out of gambling on the site, as you earn points with every bet that you place. These can then be redeemed for Rewards Boost, Bonus Bets, football and movie tickets and gift cards, to name just a few of the possibilities.
It's also worth noting that if you would prefer to gamble 'on the go' without having to navigate to BetEasy through your mobile web browser - which can be, let's be honest, a little cumbersome if you don't want such elements as the address bar to intrude on the screen - you could always download the dedicated iOS or Android smartphone or tablet app for the site.
Pretty much all of the obvious payment methods for a gambling site are accepted at BetEasy, encompassing Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards, alongside POLi, PayPal, BPAY and bank transfers.
As outlined by the site, if you decide to use a debit or credit card, it must be in the name of the account holder, and once you have used it to deposit successfully, it will be stored against your BetEasy account for future deposits.
Withdrawals from your account, meanwhile, can be made via electronic funds transfer or international telegraphic transfer, the latter for those whose banks are outside Australia.
If you withdraw funds using electronic funds transfer, as is available solely to Australian banks, building societies and credit unions, the funds should appear in your bank account the following day, provided that you make the request before 3pm AEST on a weekday.
Customers of building societies and credit unions, meanwhile, shouldn't have to wait for longer than 48 hours to receive their money.
It may seem at times that BetEasy doesn't know what name it wants to have, but it's nonetheless always enjoyed a strong reputation as a place to bet on all manner of sports online.
This hasn't changed with the site in its latest incarnation - indeed, there's a wealth of sporting disciplines and promotions that hardly any Australian sports betting portal can rival.
Both the desktop and mobile websites are also good-looking and easy to navigate and use, meaning that whether you are a novice or seasoned sports bettor, you should have little reason to complain about BetEasy.