Bookmakers in Australia all have one thing in common – they will offer wagering on the three major codes of racing. It is the biggest money-spinner for bookies which means they get very competitive when it comes to securing your business.
One of the biggest growth areas in wagering and particularly online is sports betting with more and more Australians taking an interest in the daily offering from around the globe.
What is BettingSite.com.au’s role in this landscape? We are intent on giving a service to secure your patronage. We want to cover the sports and racing events Australians care about. We aim to listen to our readership and continue to improve our coverage of the big events.
American football: While the key event in the NFL is the Super Bowl, Australians have a growing fascination with the entire season. Other prominent Australians to have played in the NFL include Darren Bennett and Saverio Rocca, who both started their careers in Aussie rules before becoming kickers.
AFL: The no.1 football code in the country is a huge betting sport. The reigning champs are the Western Bulldogs who broke a 61-year premiership drought to win the 2016 decider. Prior to this Hawthorn had won three flags in a row to make them the most successful modern team.
Baseball: Another sport based in the USA, that has a big following with punters on our shores. As a wagering sport it has many dedicated fans. There are competitions based all around the world that you can bet on, but without a doubt the Major League in the USA is the no.1 drawcard
Basketball: The NBL is growing and growing in popularity in recent years and the talent leaving Australia for the NBA and European League is staggering. Australians also wager on the NBA and European leagues with it usually on during daytime hours in AEST time.
Boxing/UFC: The UFC has stolen the mantle as the most popular fighting code in the world and the punters love it. Most Aussie bookies will have extensive markets on both boxing and MMA.
Cricket: The big event in 2016 was the T20 World Cup, but the Australian summer should be fantastic with South Africa and Pakistan due to tour. It is also one of the most popular sports to bet on in the world with huge interest coming from the sub continent. BettingSite.com.au will cover Test match cricket, T20s and One Day Internationals from a gambling perspective.
Cycling: It’s an olympics year so cycling and the like are set to take centre stage. While it’s not as popular in Australia as other places, cycling wagering is readily available at Australian bookmakers. Many of our best cyclists compete in European events like the Tour de France and various other events.
Golf: Australia has long held a love affair with golf, with many of us growing up with Greg Norman the best player in the world. Not that much has changed with the Aussies still at the top of world golf with names like Jason Day and Adam Scott some of the best in the world.
Horse racing: The gallops in Australia are no.1 and the bookies are all over both regional and metropolitan meetings. The crowning race in Australia is the Melbourne Cup but races like the Caulfield Cup, the Golden Slipper and the Cox Plate draw international attention.
Greyhound racing: Has been front and centre in Australians psyche in recent times after the NSW Government banned the sport from 2017. With legal challenges and a potential backflip from NSW Premier Mike Baird on the cards expect the sport to remain prominent. It is the second most popular racing code to wager on, behind the gallops and is still held in all states in Australia.
Harness racing: It might not have the pulling power it did 30 years ago but harness racing, or the trots, is still a popular sport to wager on. It is held in major cities and in regional centres. All decent bookies will have extensive harness racing odds and bet types.
NRL: The major rugby code in Australia features teams from both here and in New Zealand. It’s also regarded as the strongest domestic rugby comp in the world and a breeding ground for many of the best players. Betting wise, much like the AFL, there are 100s of different markets, including futures.
Soccer/Football: The A League is the premier soccer competition in Australia with it seemingly growing in popularity each year. Household names to have played in the A League include Harry Kewell, Archie Thompson and Kevin Muscat. Aussies also love punting on the English Premier League and various other European leagues.