Mad Bookie pitch themselves away from the mass market bookmakers and try to offer something different. Their sales pitch is that they are "a group of normal Aussie blokes, just like you." If you want to bet with someone where you feel you are getting more of a personal service, this site could be for you.
When you first log onto Mad Bookie’s homepage, your first impression is likely to be that there is a lot going on. There are lots of different advertisements and images on the page so it takes you a while to establish how the page is set up.
As far as racing is concerned, Mad Bookie bet on horse racing, harness racing, and greyhounds. There is a small offering of international racing but not as many meetings as many larger Australian firms. If you are betting on thoroughbred racing, you have the option to back your selection in the fixed odds market or enter a Tote pool.
When you click on the sports tab on the site, the page lists conventional sports events according to their start times so at the top of the page will be the events which are just about to begin. You can find an A-Z of all the sports they bet on down the left side of the page. These include Australian rules, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and many more.
Mad Bookie also have a mobile app that is free to download from iTunes or Google Play for Android users. The app is slick and makes placing a bet when on the move very easy, as long as you have a strong enough mobile signal or Wi-Fi connection.
New customers can qualify for up to $200 in bonus funds when they open an account with Mad Bookie. The online firm offer to match your opening deposit up to $200. The bonus funds must be wagered at odds of 1.50 or bigger for you to covert this money into real cash. This is one of the best sign up offers available today as not only is $200 a generous amount of free bets to give away, you only have to wager it once. Unfortunately, residents in WA and SA are unable to participate in this promotion.
Once you become an existing customer with Mad Bookie, there are lots of different promotions and specials to take advantage of every week. The promotions tab takes you to a page that is packed full of offers every day. One offer which remains constant is their protest pay-out. If you have a bet on horse racing and the winner loses the race through disqualification, Mad Bookie not only pay-out on the official winner, they also do so on the first horse past the post. This means that, regardless of which side of the fence you are on, you don’t need to worry about the decision as you will be paid out 100% on your returns.
Mad Bookie also offer best odds guaranteed on most Australian horse racing when betting in their fixed odds book. This is a great concession as it allows you to take the price early in the morning and, if the odds drift later in the afternoon, you receive the bigger price.
The Australian firm look to produce lots of offers on the AFL and NRL every week. In the AFL, they give money back up to $50 on selected games if your team is winning after 3/4 of the game and then goes on to lose the tie, while, in the NRL, if your team loses by three points or less, they will also refund losing stakes up to $50.
Mad Bookie are licenced in the Northern Territory and proudly advertise that they contribute to the Australian economy by paying product fees and taxes. Their operations are governed by its Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct and, for South Australian users, by the South Australian Responsible Code of Practice.
Depositing into your Mad Bookie account is very easy and you can do so by BPay, Visa debit card, Mastercard, POLi or through a bank transfer. Do note though that you cannot choose a different withdrawal method to the one you chose to deposit funds in the first place.
Mad Bookie use Green ID to verify your details and this is done electronically. This makes life easier for you as you don’t need to send any documents through the post to confirm your ID. If your opening deposit is from a credit card though, you do still need to send a picture of the front and the back of the card. It is advised that you blackout the middle eight digits on the front of the card for the security reasons.
If you would like to set up a betting limit on your account, you need to email Mad Bookie to inform them of the weekly limit you would like. Sadly, this cannot be done through logging into your account details section of the site. You are also welcome to apply for a credit account with the firm. This will be approved if you pass their credit checks.
Mad Bookie do have a live chat option on their site so help is always available and they also claim that their customer service is one of the best in the industry; when you call to discuss a query, you will always be speaking to someone who can help you directly.
Unfortunately, for bookmakers, it is very difficult to be different in a congested industry where every firm is more or less offering odds on the same events. Mad Bookie are doing their best though to offer a personal touch to their service. Credit betting is available, you can always pick up the phone to speak to someone who isn’t just a customer service agent, and their site does stand out from the pack; sadly, not always for the right reasons.
Those who hunt for the best sign up offers around will be in for a treat with Mad Bookie as their matched opening deposit up to $200 is as good as is out there at the moment. You will also be pleased to read on their terms that the wagering requirements state you only need to roll over the bonus funds once at odds of 1.50.
Horse racing punters should have every market they could possible want with on Mad Bookie’s desktop site and mobile app. They have the choice of playing on the fixed odds market, where many of the races are best price guaranteed, or you can join the Tote pool. It is also great to bet with a firm which offer a protest pay-out as there is nothing worse as a punter than backing the first past the post only to later learn it was disqualified.
The downside to betting with Mad Bookie is that their sports section is not as strong as some of their competitors. All the major sports are available; however, if you enjoy betting on niche events, you are likely to have look elsewhere.
There are lots of different ways to deposit and withdraw funds to and from your account and the Green ID method they use to verify your details saves you time and trouble.