In many Australian states, it is illegal for online bookmakers to promote any kind of bonus, package, or incentive that might entice a potential client into signing up as a member.
That is the case in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, which are home to well over half of the nation’s millions-strong betting population.
But punters in Northern Territory are among the lucky few who are eligible to claim bonus bets, deposit matches and all those other perks an online bookmaker might offer a new client.
This NT betting guide will explain all the different types of bookie bonuses on offer, how to claim them and the special deals available at Australia’s best wagering sites.
How to claim Northern Territory bookie bonuses
In those states and territories where sign-up bonuses are banned, a punter has to create a betting account before the bookmaker can offer any kind of promotion or special deal.
No such rigmarole is required in the Northern Territory. All you have to do is opt in during the registration process – no hassle, no fuss.
If it is a free bet with no deposit required, your bonus should be waiting for you as soon as your account is activated.
For a match bonus or any type of deal that requires a deposit, your welcome package should appear once you add some cash credits to your account.
Always make sure to enter correct and current details when you sign up at an internet bookmaker. If you don’t, you will find it very difficult to verify your identity and withdraw any winnings down the line.
And even though you don’t need to, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with your bookie via live chat, email, or telephone to see if they have any other special offers that aren’t advertised on the website.
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NT racing and sports betting
As the least populous of Australia’s major states and territories, the NT doesn’t boast quite the array of local sports and racing entertainment as you might find elsewhere.
However, the region does play host to a number of high-profile events every year.
Held over eight days in the July and August dry season, the Darwin Cup Carnival is one of Australia’s most popular horse racing events and a major tourist attraction. The main race – now a 2000m handicap with a prize pool of over $200,000 – has been run at Fannie Bay Racecourse since 1956.
Racing of a different kind takes place at Hidden Valley, where the V8 Supercars Championship musters once a year for the Darwin Triple Crown – a much-loved fixture on the Australian motorsports calendar.
While the NT doesn’t have its own team in the Australian Football League, the region is a veritable production line for top-flight footy players and has given us superstars such as Nathan Buckley, Michael Long, Andrew McLeod, the McAdams brothers and the Rioli family.
Darwin’s TIO Stadium has hosted a number of official AFL matches – as well as Test cricket – while Traeger Park in Alice Springs is a hot spot for preseason footy games and Sheffield Shield cricket.
Bookmakers licensed in the Northern Territory
The NT’s biggest contribution to Australian sports betting is as a nationally recognised online gambling regulator. The Northern Territory government has issued licenses to many of the country’s most prominent and respected bookmaker firms, including BetEasy, Sportsbet and Bet365.