If you’re a true blue sports bettor, you could do worse than consider BlueBet as your Aussie sportsbook of choice. In this BlueBet Sportsbook Review we’ll take a closer look at why.
Founded in 2015 by Michael Sullivan – an industry veteran of 30 years, and former CEO of William Hill and Sportingbet – BlueBet strives to give its punters exactly what they want.
If you remember Sportingbet, BlueBet will look familiar. Sullivan’s site is unabashedly True Blue, offering Aussie punters a home-grown, home-run, sportsbook that differs from many of the other – often Pommie-run – online bookmakers.
As an Aussie book, it unsurprisingly has extensive racing coverage of not just the horses, but the greyhounds and harness-racing too.
On top of racing, it has a pretty comprehensive sports offering that should meet your betting needs.
BlueBet Sportsbook Review
Unabashedly Aussie, BlueBet is an Aussie online sportsbook created for Aussie punters and sports fans.
The site is divided into two halves really – one for the races, the other for sports.
Our focus here is on the sportsbook, but we can’t ignore the comprehensive racebook as well. All the top meets across horses, greyhounds and harness-racing are available, domestic and foreign.
|Established 2015 by industry veterans||Limited deposit/withdrawal methods|
|Simple, easy to use site…||… but markets might be light|
|Same Game/Race Multis a big draw.|
Sports Betting Experience
In the Australian market, and for Aussie sports, BlueBet has got you covered.
In fact, the site is an Approved Betting Partner of most domestic sport organising bodies, including Tennis Australia, Cricket Australia, the NRL, Rugby Australia, Basketball Australia, Football Australia, Netball Australia and the PGA Tour Australasia.
International sports are also covered, although players might find the number of markets available lighter than on other sites. That said, you can expect all the major betting markets on major sports to be available.
While other online sportsbooks may offer more diversified sports markets, BlueBet keeps it real with the classics and the homegrown. So while Surfing makes an appearance alongside the pub classics of Darts and Snooker, you wont find the multimillion-dollar eSports vertical represented, for example.
This might keep your average RSL punter happy, but may disappoint younger players.
Here are the sports available to bet on at BlueBet:
|American Football||Entertainment||Rugby League|
|Aussie Rules||Golf||Rugby Union|
|Basketball (NBA, NBL)||Ice Hockey (NHL)||Soccer|
Same Game Multis – SGMs
Popular among sports bettors in general, but particularly Aussie punters, is the same-game multi. And BlueBet recognises this.
Same Game Multis, or SGMs – are a big offer from BlueBet. They provide same-game bet options across select events, across major sports – including the NBA, NFL and EPL overseas, and the Big Bash, NRL, AFL and A-League football closer to home.
Look for the SG logo next to the sport of your choice to see where SGMs are available, and click into the sport to see which games specifically the sportsbook has chosen to offer them on.
SGMs allow you to combine multi legs across the same event or match. Traditionally, sportsbooks have avoided offering these for a number of reasons, stemming from a desire to limit potential losses, to avoiding having to calculate the inherently complicated odds that depend on so many factors in offering a fair market/odds.
What an SGM Looks Like
Here’s an example of a relatively straightforward three-leg SGM on an NBA game:
Leg 1 – Milwaukee Bucks to win
Leg 2 – Giannis Antetokounmpo 35+ points
Leg 3 – Giannis Antetokounmpo 7+ Assists
Calculating the odds for such a bet to create a market that the book is willing to offer is a big task. And so the fact that BlueBet is happy to do it is an endearing factor in why it’s one of our recommended Aussie sportsbooks.
Incidentally, this also the reason why SGMs aren’t available across all sports and all events – and precisely why they’re only available on some events. Depending on the event you’re betting on, you can place as many as 12 legs on an SGM. That’s impressive.
Like any other acca, if one leg of your SGM fails to hit, the whole bet loses. You also can’t use the site’s Cash Out option on a SGM either. If any one leg of your SGM is voided, the whole bet is voided and refunded.
StatWars is a cool, fun tool that builds on the popularity of player prop betting – letting you bet on various player head-to-head props.
In the words of BlueBet: “In a world exclusive, punters can now make the ultimate head-to-head player multi using player prop markets in each eligible game.”
Available for select NBA, NFL and AFL matches, StatWars takes two opposing athletes and allows you to chose the winner across key stats in the game. It’s a SGM prop option… which is pretty cool.
For example, in the NFL there are three markets available – on Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers/Tight Ends.
The Quarterback market pits two QBs against each other – let’s say AFC rivals Joe Burrows and Patrick Mahomes – to see who outdoes the other in each of these key stats: Passing Total Yards, % Completion, Longest Pass, Pass TDs and Yards per Passing Attempt (YPA).
You bet on each head to head prop to win great multi payouts at the end.
There’s a section of the site titled Blueys Specials where you can find more exotic Specials to choose from.
At the moment, Blueys Special is a “Where To Next” bet on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Given what we know, no surprise that the shortest odds are on “Any Saudi Arabian Club” at 1.30, but you can also get Western Sydney United at 101.00 if you fancy the real long shot.
The BlueBet Blog provides readers with tips and betting previews of the big games of the week across numerous sports.
Right now the focus is on the NBA and NFL as those seasons are in full swing, but expert content is also provided for cricket, NRL, AFL footy, EPL soccer, golf and the horses.
Live Betting – Next to Jump
On the homepage, whether you choose Racing or Sports, BlueBet does a nice job of flagging the next events to start for those who like to bet on live sports. The clock is a nice touch.
In our example here, it just so happens that “Next Up” international women’s cricket is due to bowl the first ball in Napier, New Zealand at the same time as a bunch of NCAA college basketball games tip off on the other side of the world.
The next big matches or events that are likely to attract action appear below, which might be a nice time-saver or provide a navigational shortcut if the World Cup, Big Bash or NBA is in your betting wheelhouse.
With an Australian address you can create an account, log in and see the various daily and weekly promotions available to you. BlueBet did offer an early cash out option on NFL games earlier in the season if your team was up by 5 at the half, and you can expect other sports promotions to be structured similarly.
However, for the most part BlueBet’s big draws are the features described above – its Same Game Multis, Same Race Multis and StatWars player prop multis.
Recreational sports bettors like it when they’re offered the chance to bet small and win big!
Deposits and Withdrawals
BlueBet offers players several methods of deposits and withdrawals.
Credit cards are probably the simplest way to deposit funds at BlueBet. Any fees will come from your card operator, not BlueBet. Your account will be credited instantly.
Poli / BPay: Select the relevant tab once you’re at the Deposit screen and make your transaction. For BPay users, BlueBet’s Biller Code is 250738. Be sure to note your BPay reference number and use it when you inform BlueBet that a deposit has been made.
If you deposit via Poli, your account will be credited instantly. Using BPay takes two business days.
EFT: You can pay by electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your bank’s website. Use the “EFT Notification” tab at BlueBet to advise them of your deposit, and include your UserID number as a reference on any bank transfer. ETFs usually take two business days to hit your account.
Cash and cheques: Players can deposit cash at any branch of NAB. Start off by logging in to BlueBet to get their bank account details from the ETF notification tab under Deposits. Armed with that info, you can deposit cash in person. Again, be sure to ask NAB to include your BlueBet UserID number against the deposit you make. Cash deposits will take two business days to land.
Personal, company and bank cheques, as well as money orders or overseas drafts can be used also, subject to normal clearance requirements, as long as they’re made out in Aussie dollars. The time it will take for your cheque to clear is dependent on your bank.
The minimum deposit is just $10.
Withdrawals at BlueBet can only be done via credit card or ETF/Bank transfer.
Players can only withdraw to a credit card if they used that same card to deposit funds, and the total amount you can withdraw to that card is capped at the amount you deposited with it. Credit cards should be credited instantly, while ETF/Bank transfers take two business days.
The minimum withdrawal is $10.
Is BlueBet legit?
Yes, BlueBet is a legit online bookie. The company was licensed in New South Wales in 2015, while players in South Australia are governed by the South Australian Gambling Codes of Practice.