Bookmaker.com.au started out in February 2012; only about a year and a-half later, in September 2013, it was acquired by leading UK gambling firm Ladbrokes. The site should not, however, be confused with Ladbrokes.com.au, which differs in its template and promotions.
The Bookmaker.com.au site does use the same smooth-running and well-designed template as Betstar.com.au, which Ladbrokes also owns. Like that site, Bookmaker.com.au limits its language and currency support to English and the Australian dollar respectively.
It differs from Betstar.com.au in its smaller, if still decent, number of sports on which to bet: 26. Given Ladbrokes’ long history and established reputation, we would expect this number to rise soon.
With its black and grey interface decorated with gold trim, Bookmaker.com.au is certainly a good-looking site. Gold also appears when you click a bet to bring up the QuickBet feature - the subject of which, we will return to later in this review.
The pages also load with a nice zip, which speaks volumes for the streamlined interface.
You don't necessarily need to look far to come across a sports betting site with options that cover more bases than the sports options listed on the Bookmaker.com.au site.
However, many players with mainstream tastes might not even notice, as popular favourites including boxing, cricket, golf and soccer are still here. It's with less-followed sports that Bookmaker.com.au falls down in availability, although it is nice to see surfing and Gaelic sports listed.
The site displays a very detailed FAQ, which might answer remaining queries of yours and therefore prevent you needing to use the provided phone and email contact details. The sole obvious omission among the customer support options is that of live help.
We have previously briefly mentioned QuickBet. This feature lets you click only thrice to place a pre-configured bet. QuickBet means that you can bet without needing to use the betting slip; you can leave that alone without having to clear items that are already on it.
Bookmaker.com.au lacks a VIP club, but you can still refer a friend. That feature is detailed in the 'My Account' section.
There is a large degree of pleasing functionality, including access to hundreds of sports markets from Australia and the wider world, as well as the iPhone and Android apps that Bookmaker also offers.
You can securely deposit using a VISA or MasterCard credit card or a Bookmaker Card. The alternative options include POLi Internet Banking, BPAY, PayPal and bank transfers. The last two of these can also be used to withdraw, as can the Bookmaker Card.
Want to withdraw instantly? The Bookmaker VISA Card lets you do so. The waits are, respectively, 24 hours and two to three days with PayPal and ETF.
Few bases are left untouched by Bookmaker.com.au with its thoughtfully-crafted website, although it would be nice to see a larger selection of sports represented. This doesn't detract from Bookmaker.com.au's status among the highest-rated sports betting sites Down Under.