So you’re in Australia and want to know what the best betting apps are?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
The Australian market is one that is regularly changing with takeovers and rebrands a plenty over the past few years. We’ve taken the time to understand the brands and their sports betting apps to rank them for Australian punters.
Best Betting Apps For iPhone & Android
Here are the top 5 apps in Australia based on our ratings. For information on responsible gambling please click here.
|Rank||App||Features||Get App||Rating||Screen Shots||Review|
|1 - Bet365 App||Get The App||9.6||Read Review|
|2 - Unibet App||Get The App||9.3||Read Review|
|3 - PointsBet App||Get The App||9.2||Read Review|
|4 - Palmer Bet App||Get The App||9.2|
|5 - Neds||Get The App||9.4|
|6 - Bet Easy App||Get The App||9.0||Read Review|
These are, in our opinion the best apps to use for sports betting. They all offer a good range of markets and comply with the latest requirements for app security.
Best Betting Apps – Reviews
1 – bet365 Australia App
Our highest-rated app is from global provider, bet365, the world biggest gambling company. Their app is second to none in Australia. Their experience and size help them to deliver an excellent betting experience for all punters.
The app is really easy to use and has the most popular Australian sports on the home page. If the Australian national team are playing in any sport you should expect to find them on the home page too.
The main sports are football and cricket. They have an excellent pedigree as a betting company and we are sure you will be happy using the bet365 app.
2 – Unibet App
The Unibet app is a headline app for horse racing betting fans. They scored very well on the racing platform where they have all the information you need for betting on the races. They offer betting on races from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and more. You can bet on over 100,000 races a year on the Unibet app.
They also have excellent real-time live betting.
Live streaming is another area where Unibet perform well. They have over 30,000 different events that you can bet on each year.
3 – Pointsbet App
The Pointsbet app is a sport and spread betting app which offers a different betting option for Australian punters. They offer “request a market” bets on EPL, NFL, and NBA games – dream up your bets and tweet them and they’ll try and price them up for you. There are some quality promotions on offer too with the NBA early payout offer on selected games – check the site for details
Pointsbet is Australian owned and operates across the country. They are also making waves in the USA recently.
Their app is the only one to feature spread betting as well as fixed-odds making it a unique proposition.
4 – Palmer Bet App
A very good looking app that has some recent updates to its interface and performance. This app also has a simple download for Android – Go to Palmerbet.com on any Android mobile or tablet and you’ll see a popup to download the app – or head to the “downloads” section on the menu of the mobile site.
They advertise the app as being very easy to use with slogans such as “Place bets easiest than Steph Curry shoots 3’s”. That’s quite a bold claim and we think the app lives up to it.
5 – Neds Betting App
Neds only launched their site and betting app in 2017 but this seems to have been an advantage to them. The app is slick and designed very well to modern standards. They clearly took advantage of being a new startup rather than having to evolve an old platform into a new app.
They’ve done so well since launch that at the end of 2018 they were acquired by GVC holdings (Ladbrokes & Coral) for $95 Million.
Since they have grown from strength to strength and have now added the same game multi-option. This allows you to place multiple bets on the same game and get a combined price on those markets.
6 – Bet Easy App
The name says it all for this one! If you want a simple app to bet on then go ahead and Bet Easy! The app is packed with everything you need from managing your account to live streaming of Australian horse racing. It really is a great app for racing fans as it has full form and analysis from racing.com that is free of charge if you have a betting account.
One thing we really like about this app is the “my sports” section where you can customise your own home page. This means you can get all the sports odds you want instantly rather than having to navigate around to find them.
7- Ubet App
Formerly Tabcorp and Tatts Ubet offers bettors a solid platform to bet on a wide range of sports and casino games. We liked the option to listen to TAB radio via the mobile site and app.
The app is a vast improvement on their earlier brands but still lacks some of the features that you get from corporate bookmakers. You are limited to their tote bets or fixed odds offerings and there is a lack of anything really unique on the app to stand them apart from the rest.
The best thing about Ubet is the access to the two sky racing channels that you get as a customer (terms apply). Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to get this app close to the top 5 betting apps!
8 – Betstar.com.au App
Formed in 2007 Betstar is based in Melbourne and Darwin. We like the apps option to bet on the favourite versus the field, which you can get on all Australian racing. This is not unique to Betstars but is a nice option. They also offer short from guides on all Australian races including horse and rider details.
The mobile sports app is simple to navigate and has been designed specifically for quick bet placement. If you want a quick bet head over to the live betting section to see the current events to bet on. You can bet live on soccer, Aussie rules, cricket, and other sports.
As a customer, you can now get a Betstars card which allows you to get instant access to the funds in your account.
9 – Mad Bookie App
Taken over by Top Betta in 2017 Mad Bookie continues to run as its own brand rather than being merged into the Top Betta brand. There weekly “Mad Lays” are worth checking out where they lay down the gauntlet to the punters and usually take on a short price favourite.
When the mad lays are running the guarantee to have the best odds of any corporate bookmaker in Austalia on the team they are taking on. As you’d expect from the name they are Mad, but they’re not Bad!
Australia has a well-evolved gambling market. There are a number of measures in place that can help you keep in control of your gambling such as
- Self exclude – Restrict access to your account for a set period of time
- Deposit limits – Set a limit for daily and weekly deposits that you are comfortable with
All licensed operators have to abide by the rules laid out by the resident state of the customer.
The Australasia gaming council can show you where to get help in your state here – https://www.austgamingcouncil.org.au/Responsible-Gambling-Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there no betting apps on the Australian Google Play Store?
Google’s regulations mean that real money gambling is not allowed on the Play Store to prevent people under 18 from having access to them. This used to be the case across the world but has changed in 2016 in the UK followed by other countries. So we could see them in Australis Google Play Store very soon.
Is sport betting legal in Australia?
Yes, sports betting is legal! There are different restrictions on how betting works depending on which state you are in, this is mainly around promotions and advertising. For example, it is illegal for advertising gambling promotions in the state of New South Wales.
How does tax on gambling work?
In Australia, the tax is applied to the bookmaker rather than the customer. The bookmakers pay a levy to the government on their takings and incorporate this into their costs. Winning a bet is considered a windfall so it is not classed as an income for regular players.
Which bookmakers are Australian owned?
Here are the corporate bookmakers that are Australian –
- Play Up interactive (Top Betta & Mad Bookie)
- Crownbet/ the stars group (Bet Easy). Also, previously purchased or owned Tom Waterhouse and Centrebet. 62% of the holding company is Australian owned at the time of writing.
- Palmerbet – Licensed in NSW and the family behind the company have operated from Canterberry race track for over 30 years. A true Aussie gem!
There are other companies that are licensed in various states but we are unable to find details to confirm the exact ownership of these companies. We will add to the list as more information becomes available.
What is the Tote and how does it work?
The Tote is a racing betting system that pools the stakes together and splits the pool between the winners using a weighting system. The more money that is on a particular horse the less the returns will be, the less fancied a horse the more you will win if you select that horse. This is a very popular way of betting partially when on track.
This differs from fixed odds betting where the returns are at a set price regardless of how many people bet on it.
What is multi-betting?
Also known as parlays and accumulators, multi-betting allows you to combine up to 25 single bets into one larger bet and combines the odds of all the singes. In order for a multi-bet to win, you’ll need each leg you’ve selected to win if one loses then the whole bet loses.
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