Sportsbet.com.au has a very long history among gambling sites; it started operating in Australia in 1993. It has since transferred into the ownership of Ireland's largest bookmaker, Paddy Power; the company took a percentage of Sportsbet.com.au in 2009 before completely acquiring it in 2010.
Due to this partnership, the range of betting types, markets and initiatives available on Sportsbet.com.au has significantly broadened. Today, the site lets users bet on 40 different sports and supports seven currencies, although it remains available in only one language, Australian English.
Sportsbet's distinctive colour scheme of blue, white and yellow is used consistently throughout its Australian sports betting website. This site can be navigated relatively easily due to main buttons near the top of the interface with links to the 'Racing', 'Sports', 'Bet Live', 'Tipping', 'Specials' and 'Punters Club' sections. A lengthy list of sports, meanwhile, can be found on the left.
The offered range of 40 sports should satisfy many different tastes. Australian Rules is there, as are such globally popular sports as soccer, golf and tennis. Players with more obscure preferences, meanwhile, may be delighted that e-Sports, darts and netball are all represented.
There are generally competitive odds on offer, although tennis fans might want to look elsewhere; we found that with both set and game handicaps, the odds were disappointing.
Click 'Contact us' at the website's foot to see details for various support channels. Those details include phone and fax numbers and a postal address for support open 8am-11pm daily except Sunday, when the hours are 9am-9pm. The hours for service over email or live chat are slightly longer.
Live betting opportunities are offered throughout the site, although Australian law means the live betting itself is limited to phones. Thankfully, Sportsbet.com.au does explain with clarity how to place such bets.
If you have many friends who have joined Sportsbet.com.au, you could also use the Punters Club feature, which lets you set up your own community for betting and bantering with your friends online. Each "Punters Club" you make can also be fully integrated with your Sportsbet.com.au account.
We found Sportsbet.com.au fairly easy to use, which we would attribute to the mostly intuitive layout and zippy loading times that were consistent on the Windows 10 PC we used for testing. However, the site also offers apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.
If you have another mobile device, you can alternatively use Sportsbet.com.au's dedicated mobile site. This site is naturally available to everyone and lets you bet on over 1,000 markets, including all of Sportsbet.com.au's sports markets, in the palm of your hand.
You can make a deposit with:
You can withdraw money with a bank transfer, credit card, cheque, PayPal, Skrill or Sportsbet Cash Card.
With a Sportsbet Cash Card, the money will instantly become available from an ATM. However, if you have chosen another transaction method, the payout could take a few hours or days.
Sportsbet.com.au's long history really shows in the broad range of betting opportunities on this site. The site also benefits from a smooth and visually pleasing design that helps to place Sportsbet.com.au in the rankings of the best-regarded sports betting portals online.