If you’re ready to sign-up with Bet365, you view the site at Bet365.com.au, but if you want to learn more about one of the world’s leading bookies first, read on for our comprehensive review.
The history of Bet365 overseas and in Australia
Like many of its biggest competitors in the bookmaker industry, Bet 365 was established in the United Kingdom, in Stoke-on-Trent, by now-billionaire Denise Coates as an online project in the year 2000.
The venture paid immediate dividends for Coates and her investors, as Bet365 grew rapidly to become one of the largest and most recognisable online bookmakers in the world.
In 2012, following the lead of global giants like William Hill and Paddy Power, which had both made waves in the Australian online bookmaker scene, Bet365 sought a license from the Northern Territory Government and began its adventure down under.
Bet365 online interface for PC and Mac
At first glance, the Bet365 website looks somewhat outdated. While we agree that it could be a bit lighter and brighter, we also urge you to consider what’s more important: aesthetics or functionality. If it’s the latter, then we suggest you take the time to properly explore the grey and green expanses of Bet365.
The homepage offers easy access to everything you need. All available sports and racing categories can be found in the sidebar on the left edge, from which you can browse through every market and every bet type with no hassle.
Your virtual betting slip (where all your selected wagers appear) is located towards the top-right of the screen, as is the option to switch between decimal (2.00), fractional (1/1) and American (+100) odds displays. There is also a live streaming option for certain sports events, as well as a drop-down menu with quick links to banking, promotions and customer support.
The rest of the homepage is dedicated to upcoming markets and special offers, so you will never miss out on the hottest betting action from around the globe.
Mobile betting for smartphones and tablets
A growing number of Aussie punters prefer the convenience of mobile gambling over punting via their computers that’s why Bet365 offers two methods for having a punt on your smartphone or tablet.
Bet365 mobile app – Available on Apple iOS and Android, in our experiences this fully loaded betting app allows you to access most Bet365 markets from your device’s home screen. If you often wager with Bet365 via your mobile device it’s worth having the app, so you can access the betting options and deposit methods quickly.
Bet365.com mobile website – If you don’t want to install the market app, Bet365 also runs a dedicated mobile-friendly site which in our testing is compatible with all major operating systems. It gives you the same access and features as the Android and iOS apps, and you can even create your own Web app by pulling up www.Bet365.com and selecting ‘Add to Home Screen’ from your in-browser settings.
Sports and racing markets
Bet365 offers all of the following betting categories:
- Alpine skiing
- American football
- Australian rules
- Cross country skiing
- Gaelic football
- Harness racing
- Horse racing
- Ice hockey
- Motor sports
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Table tennis
Each section holds heaps of diverse markets from different divisions and competitions across the world. If you click on ‘Australian rules’, for instance, you can then browse hundreds of betting options from matches in the AFL and all major state leagues.
Bet365 also has a ‘Specials’ section which features unique markets for punters in Australia and other regions such as Denmark, the US and the UK. These are often novelty bets, for those who don’t mind a flutter on popular events like national elections and reality television shows.
Bet365 bonuses and promotions
This bookie does not have a sign up bonus, but Bet365 as a global betting brand has many different promotions across the various regions it markets to. In comparison to other Aussie bookies Bet365 has fewer incentives to join, but once you are a member there is plenty of daily promos and specials. Check the website for more information.
Bet365 has a number of ongoing features that are available to members.
Bet365 banking options for Australians
Compared to other Australian-facing gambling sites, the Bet365 cashier features a veritable feast of deposit and withdrawal methods for users. This includes a number of instant banking options (credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets and prepaid vouchers) that we’ve had no trouble with.
On average and for most situations, the minimum deposit is $10, but if you are using flexepin or POLi, you may be able to deposit as low as $1 or $5 at a time.
All of your standard deposit methods are available if you are based in Australia, including several that are unique to this and the New Zealand market.
At the time of writing the author deposited using POLi instant bank transfers which funded our account instantly.
The minimum withdrawal is typically $20 and Bet365 charges no fees for withdrawals, but this is not the case for bank transfers.
Please read the Bet365 terms and conditions regarding deposits carefully because some deposit methods may not be available for withdrawals.
Bet365 Casino & Poker
Australia currently does not grant licenses to online casinos and poker rooms, meaning a company like Bet365 which has an Australian betting license can not offer these services in this country. However if you are outside Australia there is a strong possibility you can sign up at Bet365 casino.
24/7 customer service
The easiest way to get in touch with the Bet365 service team is to jump on the homepage and use the live chat feature, which at the time of testing was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.