Betstar Review - Loyalty Free Bets from Australian Bookies

Betstar is an Australian bookmaker that offers betting on horse racing and sports through their desktop site, as well as a mobile app that can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

When you log onto the firm’s homepage, your first impression is that the site looks very basic. There is very little interactive content. The colour scheme, however, is nice and simple so it does sit well on the eye.

At the top of the page, there are tabs that run from left to right and include racing, sports, live betting, promotions, how to and contact us. Down the left side of the page, there are useful quick links to the highlights of that particular day. You will also find an A-Z sports section where all the sports that Betstar offer odds on feature. This is an extensive list as it also includes niche sports such as archery, bandy and lacrosse, along with all the major sports.

In the middle of Betstar’s home page, there are quick links to the next five races to go off in horse racing and greyhounds. You will also find a box with the next sports events. These are useful for punters who want to bet on something which is upcoming in the next couple of hours.  Finally, the right side of Betstar’s home page includes all of their promotions and adverts featuring their mobile app.

If you scroll down to the bottom of Betstar’s home page, you will find important links such as the terms and conditions of the site, betting types offered by firm and FAQ section. The contact details are also clearly listed in case you have any questions that can’t be answered in the help section.

Betstar is an approved betting operator of the NRL, PGA Tour Australasia, Cricket Australia, AFL, Tennis Australia and Australian Rugby.

Odds & Promotions

Betstar offer to match new customers' opening deposits on their site up to $250. This bonus amount is credited straight away, so you don’t need to wait 24 hours – unlike with some other firms – to have access to their promotional funds. The bonus bet needs to be placed at odds of 1.50 or greater. If you are successful after your selection is made, though, the funds will then be able to be withdrawn from your account.

In horse racing, Betstar have a Protest policy which works in your favour. When there is a stewards’ enquiry following a race and the result is changed due to interference, the firm will pay out on the first past the post and the horse that was promoted to first place. You will be surprised how often this happens so you don’t need to panic when you back the horse which crosses the line in front and then a stewards’ enquiry announcement is made.

There are other ways to earn bonus bets with Betstar. One of these is to refer a friend. Once your friend has registered and placed their first bet, you will be emailed a code that can be claimed on the site. It's also worth keeping an eye on your emails each week as the Australian firm send out free bets regularly to reward your loyalty. In order to receive these emails, you do need to make you sure you subscribe to communications from the bookmaker when you sign up to an account.

Betstar don’t currently have a form guide service on their site so horse racing fans need to look elsewhere for this. They do though have plans to add this to their horse racing section in the near future, which will definitely improve their site.

Player Security & Safety

Betstar’s desktop site is secured with 2048-bit encryption, so you can be assured it is using the latest technology to ensure that when you are on their site, and making transactions, all of your details are safe. The firm does advise that you choose a strong password when signing up. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should never share your share password with anyone else. If you forget what it is, you can reset it via an application process.

The bookmaker is licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory Government. You can, therefore, expect to be treated fairly and for your bets to be honoured under the correct rules and regulations in the betting industry.

All the usual safe and secure depositing methods are available with Betstar such as Visa card, Mastercard, POLi, PayPal and the popular Flexepin where vouchers for the site can be purchased from a number of retail outlets if you don’t like registering your card.

Betstar offer their customers the opportunity to have instant access to their winnings through a Betstar Visa card. You can apply for one of these Eptpos cards for free as a member of the site. The contactless card works at any ATM and you can even use it to make purchases online.

In order to verify your details, Betstar ask for a number of documents after you sign up to their site. If your opening deposit is with a credit card, you are required to send a picture of the front and back of the card. They advise that you put a felt tip pen between the 9th and 12th numbers on the front of the card for security. You will also need to send an identity document and something which proves you are living where you say you are.

Conclusion & Overall Rating

Betstar offer thousands of horse racing and sports markets on their site every day. If you are looking for a desktop site that is full of interactive content, you will not find it here. However, some people enjoy the no-thrills content where navigation is easy and fast.

The firm offers its customers a fantastic sign-up offer where you have the opportunity to gain up to $250 in bonus funds. The wagering requirements don’t make it too tough to turn these funds into real cash. You also have the chance to gain more free bets as an existing customer through referring friends and if you are a loyal customer with the firm.

The horse racing section of the site is particularly impressive as every meeting from around the world is featured on the page. They also ensure that demotions don’t leave you out of pocket as they are one of the few firms that pay out on the double result.

Betstar allow you to bet on the go with their mobile app, which is available via all of the leading app stores. This is particularly useful for when you are on the go. Live markets are also available on the site so if you are watching a game in a bar or with friends, you can quickly place a bet in running.

The Betstar Visa card is highly recommended if you want instant access to your funds. The firm is very quick to settle bets so you don’t need to wait long after your event has finished to spend your winnings.