Betstar was founded in 2007 by the father and son team of Michael and Allan Eskander. As high profile gamblers and bookmakers, they used the Betstar website to draw a customer base that included many of Australia’s most notable punters. In 2011 when foreign entities were first invited in to start providing online bookmaking services to Australian punters, Betstar took a big hit to its customer base, forcing the Eskanders to sell their bookmaking interests to Ladbrokes. Under the Ladbrokes umbrella, the Betstar name has remained popular among Australian punters, especially in the Melbourne area.
When local punters see Betstar’s blue/orange/white color theme, they know it’s Betstar and know what to expect as far as betting options and betting promotions are concerned. Ladbrokes, the parent company, has always had a solid reputation for providing some of the most lucrative and innovative promotions in the industry. The actual website is laid out in a logical manner, which makes it very easy to navigate and use. Punters should have no problems finding their favorite sports and horse racing venues on which they can place their wagers. Under Ladbroke’s ownership, Betstar operates under the licensing and regulations provided by the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority.
A well-designed betting menu features thousand of sports events and horse races from hundreds of sports and racing venues located all over the world on a monthly basis. While a lot of emphases is placed on wagering opportunities related to popular Australian sports such as tennis, golf, basketball, cricket, rugby and Australian Rules football, punters will also enjoy having access to wagering opportunities on major sports events and leagues from North America, Asia and Europe. This includes access to wagering opportunities from Europe’s top football leagues and tournaments, plus access to the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA FB, NBAA BB and the MLS from America. Wagering options include straight bets and multi-event wagers with high payout limits. Punters will also find plenty of opportunities to make propositions and future odds bets related to some of the world’s most prominent sports events. Finally, punters will get plenty of chances to place in-game wagers on live sports events being streamed from venues in Australia.
In the racebook, the action is non-stop. Betstar provides wagering access to most, if not all, racetracks located throughout Australia. That alone adds up to hundreds of races on a daily basis. After factoring in hundreds of races from major venues in countries like the U.S., France, Ireland, Argentina, England, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan, it becomes clear that horse punters have the opportunity to punt around the clock. Depending on the specific betting options being offered from each racing venue, punters will most likely find they have access to the same betting options, plus fixed odds wagering on major races from down under. As advertised, Betstar does offer the best odds available from the any of the tote companies operating at a given point in time. It’s noteworthy that the website does a great job of alerting punters about upcoming races.
Bonuses and Promotions:
As indicated earlier, Betstar offers many of the same bonuses and betting promotions as its parent company Ladbrokes. While the welcome offer always remains competitive within the local online bookmaking industry, it’s the betting promotions that really set Betstar and other Ladbrokes sites apart from all the rest.
While the welcome bonus bet offer might not seem as aggressive as those offered by other online bookmakers, the player-friendly terms and conditions make it competitive within the industry. The offer is based on a 100% match of the punter’s first deposit, up to a maximum of $100. After the deposit is made and verified, the bonus bet allocation will be put in the punter’s bonus account within 24 hours. From that point on, the punter has 90 days to use their bonus bet allocation and fulfill the offer’s rollover requirement. Punters have the option of using their bonus bet allocation as a single wager or as four separate wagers of equal amounts. All bonus bet wagers must be placed at fixed odds on eligible sports events or horse races. The winnings from bonus bets, less the stake amount, will be placed in the punter’s regular wagering account as soon as they are turned over at least 2X on any eligible market. After fulfilling the rollover requirement, the remaining bonus bet winnings become eligible for withdrawing.
Punters can rely upon Betstar to have at least 6-8 betting promotions available at any point in time. On occasion, they will post a promotion related to a specified sports event. Otherwise, most of the betting promotions are geared towards the racebook. Currently, the most popular betting promotions in the racebook would be “Pick Your Own Odds” and Favourite vs. Field.” With the Pick Your Own Odds promotion, the punter is given the opportunity to have their horse’s odds adjusted upwards if the punter is willing to accept winning by a designated number of lengths as a prerequisite for winning the bet. Favourite vs. Field allows the punter to wager on a whole field of horses against a heavy favourite at designated fixed odds on specified races only.
Good News! Betstar offers a very nice mobile app for its punters who prefer wagering while on the go. The app is available through links on the website’s home page for iOS and Android users only. All other mobile device platforms can access the mobile betting site through a standard web browser. Based on a quick query, it looks like the mobile app provides access to the same wagering options as the website.
While the banking options menu is small in size, it does offer access to the most popular banking methods currently in service, including the Betstar sponsored prepaid credit card, Visa, MasterCard, POLi, MasterCard, PayPal, flexepin and bank wire. Withdrawals are subject to a pending period, plus the presentation of documentation to be used to verify the punter’s age and identification.
After several inquiries, customer service proved to be responsive and very helpful. Representatives are available 24/7 through an online request form, customer service hotline, email or regular phone. Apparently, live chat is not an option.