One of Australia's fastest growing bookmakers, Betstar offer customers a personalised service on a wide range of Domestic and International Sports markets - as well as a more than generous sign-up offer of up to $250 for new customers.
Founded by Michael and Alan Eskander in 2007, this father-son partnership was named as a Business Review Weekly Fast 100 company - ranked in accordance to their average annual turnover growth across three years - in October 2009.
The online bookmaker's good reputation is based on the work of Michael Eskander, who has fielded the rails of Australian racecourses since 1984. Not to be outdone, his son Alan received his bookmaker's licence in 1995 and gained his Metropolitan rails licence three years later.
Betstar's personalised service allows the company to boast of being one of only a select few firms that will accept decent bets at value odds. Licenced by the Northern Territory Racing Commission, Betstar employ over 40 staff - based in their Melbourne and Darwin offices - and their turnover is in excess of $275 million a year.
Known for their authoritiveness on Sports and Horse Racing odds, Betstar are used as a source by many of Melbourne's newpapers
As well as Internet betting, they also offer Phone betting to customers (minimum bets of $1 and $20 respectively), in addition to promotions, sports news, commentary and competitions.
Regulatory Authority: Northern Territory Racing Commission
BETSTAR BONUSES AND PROMOTIONS
Available to all new customers in Australia and New Zealand - except residents in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia. Their sign-up offer sees customers receive a first deposit match of up to $250. Just make a deposit and bet the full amount within 30 days of registering - at odds of 1.50 or more - to be eligible for a 100% deposit match ($500 maximum.)
As well as their sign-up offer, Betstar regularly offer a host of Money Back Specials and Powerline promotions across a wide range of markets - as the company frequently run promotions on various Horse Racing, Soccer, AFL, NRL, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, NFL and NBA events.
Betstar's Multiboost promotion means that Multi bets can also generate an added win bonus of up to 10%, depending on the amount of Sports selections. The bonus amount starts at 5% for 5-folds and increases by 1% with every extra selection (maximum 10% for 10-folds or upwards.)
Their dedicated Horse Racing promotions also sees Best of Three Totes, Best of Two Totes and Top Fluctuation guarantee the best prices for selections across a number of Australian racing events. Meanwhile, their Best of the Best Owners' Bonus means Betstar customers that own a Throughbred can enjoy incredible bonuses when backing their own horse.
Horse Racing punters are also covered with the Betstar Protest Payout promise, which sees winnings of up to $5000 paid out in full on horses who cross the line but are not deemed the official winner due to a protest (Internet and Mobile bets only.)
Customers are also rewarded with free bets for every friend they recommend Betstar to. Referrals just need to sign up for an account using the customer's Member ID number in order for them both to get a $50 free bet.
Free Bets Explained:
Free bets and bonuses are given to customers for free play in the sportsbook and where specified on the website’s other gambling services like casino and games. AUFreebets largely feature bookmakers who offer new customers an introductory free bet or bonus for registering an account and either for placing the first bet or making a first deposit.
The free bets vary in amount according to the bookmaker’s own policies and are subject to terms and conditions. Customers will not receive the free bet stake with returns on winning free bets - for example if a $25 free bet wins at decimal odds 3.00 (fractional 2/1), the customer will receive $50.
Customers will be expected to risk real money before receiving free bets - for example place a $50 bet and receive a $50 free bet. Many bookmakers offering this type of free bet will allow customers to withdraw winnings from the free bet straightaway, but some bookmakers will ask for certain wagering requirements to be met - for example bet the amount of the free bet four times before withdrawing winnings.
Where customers receive a bonus based on the amount of the first deposit, the bonus amount will not be available for withdrawal until wagering requirements are met. The wagering requirement will involve betting the amount of the real money deposit and betting the amount of the bonus at least once and often more.
Occasionally, bookmakers may offer a risk free bet, where they will refund the stake if the first bet is a loser. Sometimes such refunds may be withdrawn instantly but most are awarded as a free bet and may have wagering requirements to meet.
BETSTAR ODDS AND MARKETS
With Michael and Alan Eskander's bookmaker roots in the sport, Betstar's mainstay is Horse Racing - as, in addition to their renowned Racing offers, the company offer attractive odds on a whole host of Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing and also Greyhound Racing.
As well as Racing, Betstar also provide up-to-date coverage for a huge range of Domestic and International Sports markets. These include: AFL, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Golf, Ice Hockey, Motor Sports, NRL, Rugby Union, Snooker, Soccer, Tennis and UFC.
They also have markets in place for selected Entertainment events as well.
Customers also have the option to bet live on a number of various sporting events, with Betstar's In-play betting service.
BETSTAR PAYMENT METHODS
Account Currencies: AUD
Payments: Visa, MasterCard, BPay, PoLi, Cheque and Bank Transfer
Betstar also uses 128-bit encryption on all online transactions.
BETSTAR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Betstar have dedicated helplines for both Racing (1300 BET RACE) and Sports (1300 BET SPORT) sections of their website, in addition to their main customer helpline (1300 BETSTAR).
Betstar customers can also make use of their Live Support chat service, to get immediate online assistance, and customer support is also provided via email and post.
The company also has a list of FAQs on their website, to deal with more general enquiries.