Betstar was founded - actually with the name Eskander's Betstar - in 2007. The founders were bookmaking father and son Michael and Alan Eskander. However, the latter decided to offload Betstar to UK gambling titan Ladbrokes in 2014, citing tough industry competition.
Ladbrokes has a history that can be traced back to 1886. Today, the company has more than 15,000 people in its employ. Ladbrokes also has a separate Down Under betting site that shares its brand.
Despite having come into foreign ownership, Betstar is still evidently Australia-centric. The site, which lists 61 sports, is available strictly in English and with support for the Australian dollar.
We found the site's pages to generally load with few hitches on a desktop, although the colour scheme impressed us even more. The widespread use of blue, white and grey - with some touches of orange as well - helps to mark out the site as Betstar. Also, don't expect noticeable glitches with the software when you bet.
The range of sports that Betstar lets you bet on is one of the broadest we have seen on any sports betting site. It might not surprise you that such mainstream sports as cricket, soccer and swimming are here, but did you know that bandy, canoeing, fishing, sailing and speed skating are also there?
Those are just a few of the less orthodox inclusions in a list numbering over 60 sports overall.
Betstars offers nearly all of the support channels you would expect, bar a live help facility. This is a surprising omission, but we were pleased by how thorough the site's FAQ is. If it doesn't have the answers you seek, emailing and phoning remain options.
Once you have signed up, you can enjoy the best tote odds guaranteed by Betstars across every single day. There are also "protest payments" - where, with horse racing, both horses can be deemed winners if a protest has been upheld for first.
As betting operators, Betstar has been approved by various Australian sports bodies, including the NRL, AFL, PGA Tour Australasia, Australian Rugby Union, Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia.
Here are Betstar's secure options for depositing:
A withdrawal can be made with a bank transfer, PayPal or the Betstar VISA Card.
Winnings can be withdrawn instantly with the Betstar VISA Card. The wait is 24 hours with PayPal and two to three days with a bank transfer.
Betstar is attractive as an overall package. It also has a carefully-designed website, while the wide choice of betting opportunities makes Betstar particularly good for choosy players. We therefore have no hesitation in recommending it as one of Australia's best sports betting sites.