Betstar is one of the most recognisable names in Australian sports betting. It's been going strong for a decade, since it was first set up by Eskander family in 2007. They ran it successfully for seven years until UK bookmaker Ladbrokes made them a takeover offer. Since then, Ladbrokes Australia's branch has taken control of the sportsbook along with several others, but retained the familiar and recognisable brand.
As well as looking good on your computer, Betstar has a dedicated mobile website, custom built for browsing on a smaller screen. The mobile design re-arranges the menus and icons, making them friendlier for fingers. Betstar also has an app for use. It's available for both Android and iOS operating systems, so most punters will be able to make quick bets on the go, whatever type of phone they own.
No matter what channel players choose, be it the main website, the mobile site or app, Betstar offers a five star service. It's always decked out in its recognisable blue and orange style. There's an easy-to-browse menu at the top that takes players straight to the racing, sports, live betting and promotions sections of the site.
Diving into the main sports area will reveal both Australian and International highlights, with a full menu of sporting activities running down the left hand side of the page. The sports book offers punters a wide range of horse racing betting across the board, as well as some markets for greyhound racing betting.
Betstar aims to be competitive with its odds in the wider Australian market, although it does share odds with the other sportsbooks in the Ladbrokes family. It also offers a number of tools to help adjust or increase the odds in a punter’s favour, to help you win more if your bet pays off. The Pick Your Own Odds feature gives punters a way of increasing the betting yield.
This is achieved by selecting a normal racing bet but then adding a specific margin by which the race will be won. The smaller the margin, the greater the odds and the winnings should it come to pass. There is also the Favourite vs Field option, which works by betting on the entire field against the odds-on favourite. This can be done for all styles of racing with one easy click.
Betstar excels at the sheer number of sports it offers to punters on its site, including sports that may be harder to find elsewhere such as eSports and handball. While the three varieties of racing are the main staple of the sports book, there are over 50 markets to bet on, including non-sporting options such as political wagers.
Betstar provides a number of deposit and withdrawal options, such as VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, EFT bank transfers, POLi and iPay. Like its parent company Ladbrokes, Betstar also offers a dedicated card to link to a Betstar account for quick withdrawals. If any problems creep up while placing a wager, punters can contact the Betstar support team using a free phone number, email or through the website message service.
Betstar has remained a staple of Australian online betting for over 10 years and with Ladbrokes investment and technology now powering the sports book, it should keep going for decades to come. The betting selection is strong, especially for home sports, but it does not skimp on popular overseas markets either, offering the casual punter the best of both worlds!
|strong range of deposit and withdrawal options||inactive account fees|
|fast and easy-to-use betting interface||No live streaming offered|
|includes sports that are harder to find elsewhere|
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