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Review of Betstar.com.au
Many punters are under the impression that Betstar is a relatively new player in the betting arena. However, Betstar dates back to 1984 when Michael Eskander, a pioneer in Australian bookmaking, established a trustworthy business for Australian punters. Betstar received its license from the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority and is regulated under the Bookmakers and Betting Exchange Act 1998.
Later in 2007, Betstar attempted to create an internet brand and managed to achieve massive success while keeping up with market demands. Finally, in 2014, attracted by its popularity, Ladbrokes purchased the family-run Betstar business. In general, by being more than just an average bookmaker, Betstar has been able to captivate Australian punters since its inception. As long as you enjoy placing wagers, you will always find some tempting opportunity at Betstar. Find out what makes Betstar one of Australia’s major bookmakers by reading our in-depth review.
Each bookkeeping platform has its own set of terms and conditions for placing bets, including the minimum amount you can stake on a wager. Generally, the amount depends on the type of bet. Meaning, when placing a bet online, you need to stake a minimum of $1. Whereas, for telephone betting, a minimum stake of $20 is required. If you place a wager on an event that is currently in progress, i.e. betting live, your minimum stake for the wager has to be $20.
Betstar has always managed to deliver punters the best of promotions and bonus bet offers they expect. Now being a Ladbrokes’ sister site, you can expect their promotions to be even better. To begin with, Betstar impresses with an absolutely great sign up offer: punters get access to up to $250 in bonus bets paired with access to a number of fantastic promotions. When you open a new account to join Betstar and make your first deposit, a bonus bet is matched to the amount of your deposit up to $250. When you’re set to make a withdrawal, you are first required to turn over the bonus bets and any resulting winnings twice on events that pay out $1.50 or higher. However, you should remember not to waste any time since you’re eligible to enjoy your bonus within 30 days of opening your account.
Besides the attractive sign up bonus, Betstar has been popular on account of its other excellent features and massive promotions. You could start by picking out your own odds with the exclusive Betstar “Pick Your Own Odds™” feature. Just make a selection of the odds you fancy, and they’ll return a winning margin based on your choice. If your chosen horse wins by a greater margin, you’re paid a dividend you can cherry-pick. In addition, you can also disclose the margin you believe your horse will win by and you’ll be rewarded with significantly better odds.
For Greyhound, Harness and Thoroughbred races, Betstar even allows punters to stack up the field against the race favourite. In case you’re feeling that the favourite appears to be at risk of losing, you can build up your chance of winning by backing the entire field in one single bet. You could even rapidly put together a multi, thanks to Betstar’s Quick Multi bet slip.
Betstar is also renowned for guaranteeing the Best Tote odds around the hour, every single day. You can benefit from the Best Tote or Starting Price odds (the higher amongst both) on Australian Thoroughbred meetings. Not to forget the Kruzey favourite, Protest Payouts where if any protest is upheld against a winning horse, Betstar pays out for both the official winner and even the interim winner. Undoubtedly, Betstar’s focus remains on horseracing. Therefore, while you can enjoy plenty of first-rate odds for sporting events, die-hard sporting enthusiasts can find better promotions with other bookmakers.
Being a competitive bookkeeper, Betstar has ensured that it provides punters with ample options for both making deposits into their account and withdrawing their winnings. You can make payments through debit and credit cards such as your MasterCard or Visa. Internet banking options such as POLi are also accepted at Betstar. You could also make a deposit via your PayPal account or through Flexepin. Punters may also choose to make deposits via Prepaid Cards and Cash In transactions. You can cash out your winnings through similar methods, including bank transfers.
Moreover, Betstar now offers its exclusive Betstar Card. You’re just required to apply for the card and activate it to be able to take advantage of the tremendous features. It allows you to access and withdraw your funds from the Betstar account from any ATM nationwide. You can make instant purchases at any eftpos terminal that accepts a regular Visa card. Just imagine when you’re out with your family or friends on a weekend when you’ve luckily put a wager on the winner of the AFL Grand Final or the Melbourne Cup – you could access your winnings just seconds past the post or the whistle.
Live Streams and Betting
As per the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, Australian bookkeepers cannot provide live betting for punters on their websites. However, you can find the major sporting and racing live events listed on the Betstar site along with their odds on offer. It is possible to place your bet on the phone by calling 1300 238 722, a dedicated betting line available 24/7. Currently, Betstar does not stream any live events on its site.
Website, Betting Types and the Markets
If you have frequented either of the Ladbrokes’ family websites: Ladbrokes or Bookmaker, then it will be immediately obvious that the Betstar website looks similar in design, with the exception of the colour scheme. The similarity is definitely not something dreadful, in fact, Ladbrokes has managed to develop quite a well-organized website that is easy to navigate and makes betting quick on account of several of its innovative features.
The Betstar betting slip is chockful of features and can be accessed by clicking on the button to your right. It updates itself dynamically when you add a selection and minimizes when you’re browsing around for other wagers. If applicable, you can find multi bet selections at the bottom of the slip. When you enter the amount you intend to wager, you can either choose to enter a particular amount you wish to stake or the amount you wish to win – the stake will be calculated for you automatically.
The interface is remarkably intuitive: the navigation panel is located to the left, multiple active markets and their odds are on display on their right. You can find quick links for Today’s Races, AFL matches, NRL matches etc., right at the top of the navigation panel. The display of odds and the markets is to the point and insightful. Select any sport and its primary submarkets are presented in a column to the left, a full list of submarkets is also shown above the main column. For a particular fixture, you can find odds in the main column while any related sub groups are to be found on the left.
Aside from an impressive coverage of the racing market, Betstar does offer a selection of local and international sporting events. Whether you’re interested in Australian sports such as the AFL, NRL and Cricket or you’d rather bet on something different such as Soccer, Tennis or even Ice Hockey, you’ll find great and competitive odds available at Betstar. Betstar also offers a mobile app for punters logged in on iOS and Android devices.
Businesses around the world from every industry are focused on delivering excellent customer service to help satisfy their customers. Betstar is no different and provides only the best for both members and non-members. For any player enquiries, the recommended and prompt method is to make contact via the Customer Support Department reachable at 1300 238 782, every day of the week from 8 AM to 11 PM.
You can send a message through the built-in contact form available in the contact section. Betstar also welcomes punters to send in emails at email@example.com. Furthermore, Betstar has drafted an excellent FAQ for account, betting and general queries.
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