Prior to the takeover Betstar were a wholly Australian company, with offices in Melbourne and Darwin and the purchase by Ladbrokes is an attempt by the company, who started life as a UK high street bookmaker, to break into the Australian market. Ladbrokes will bring huge funding and experience to the project, as well as some degree of economies of scale and they are sure to invest heavily to improve Betstar in every conceivable way.
The head office is now in Queensland and the Betstar site is operated by Ladbrokes Digital Australia Pty Ltd under a license granted by the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority. Previously a small, family business with a fine reputation, the involvement of a gaming giant such as Ladbrokes now means you can be even more sure of getting a fair deal at Betstar and we have no doubts at all about their honesty, integrity and financial security, whilst we can be equally confident they will treat your personal and financial date with the utmost care using the latest 256-bit SSL technology.
Overall the site is easy on the eye, highly functional and pleasing to visit. Placing bets is quick and easy, whilst navigating to your chosen market is also straightforward and hassle-free. Betstar were a solid online bookmaker before and we have absolutely no doubt at all that Ladbrokes will build on that foundation and make them one of the very best Aussie bookies around.
Betstar offer a wide range of free bets and offers starting with their very generous welcome bonus which is worth $250. Just sign up using code XL250 (this will pre-populate when you open the registration form) and you’ll get a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to a very nice maximum of $250.
You’ll need to wager the value of the bonus amount twice at minimum odds of 1.50 using real cash before you can withdraw the bonus or any winnings and you’ll have 90 days to complete the wagering once the bonus has been added to your Betstar account.
In addition to this amazing offer when you first sign up, Betstar also have plenty to offer existing customers too. Their Fave Caves offer is one of the best around and NRL and AFL fans will just love it, with a free bet reload offered to customers who saw their bets on a favourite go from winning at half time to losing at full time. The maximum free bet is $50 and this great offer applies to all NRL and AFL games.
There are further great offers in both these sports, with the NRL promotion “No Try, Try Again”, which means you get a free bet (again up to 50 bucks) if your first try scorer bet loses but your player scores the first try of the second half. AFL fans have a similar promo on first goal scorer, with a free bet reload offered if your player scores first in any other quarter.
With similar free bets offers in soccer when the game ends 0-0 or when your first scorer bet scores the second of the game, there really is loads on offer at Betstar, no matter what the shape of the ball you like betting on and in addition there is also a great promotion that offers up to $1,000 in free bets EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Like the bigger bookies, Betstar have punters well covered for the World Cup. You can pick through a comprehensive selection of futures markets while their in-play offering matches up with the best. If you’re looking for a World Cup bonus, why not also take Betstar up on the $100 first deposit bonus available to all new customers?
This Aussie bookmaker is fast making a name for itself in the sports betting world, particularly with a tasty mobile app. The app doesn’t stray too far from the desktop version, using the same colour scheme and a familiar navigation and menu. Essentially, if you’ve played on the site, you’ll not struggle with the app.
When it comes to the betting markets, they are also the same as desktop – offering major sports betting in Australia and overseas. Plus, you can even get niche markets, such as Gaelic Sports. The horse racing is where Betstar app stands out, covering races in Aus everyday, as well as Europe, Asia and North America.
The app is well designed for both Apple and Android, as well as supporting most major payment methods. Along with all of the above, customers can expect regular, weekly promotions, including a very decent welcome bonus for those that sign up using their device. The pages load quickly, there are quick links to the likes of live betting, account access and more, and the app is regularly updated. Also, the multi maker is a key feature, allowing you to create a multi in seconds.
All in all we score Betstar very highly, not least because we expect the Ladbrokes purchase to bring even more free bets and offers to the site. As it is, Betstar provides a reasonable range of sports, solid odds and a very decent site. We would expect even more markets to be added in the future, with improvements due to their mobile site too (currently available on Apple and Android devices).
Customer service provision is good, with various telephone options and 24/7 tele-betting, as well as email and online contact form. Customer support is only available between 8am and 11pm Queensland time and improvements there, plus the addition of 24/7 live chat would help, but overall staff are friendly and helpful.
Betstar has already made strides in improving and in the next 12 months or so we’re confident they’ll be challenging the very best Aussie bookmakers around, but even now they get our seal of approval and a big thumbs up.
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