The key goal of any sports betting organisation is to start by getting you on their books. To do this, the majority of the large bookmakers will offer a very attractive signup bonus called a ‘Freebet’ or ‘Bonus Bet’ depending on the betting organisation. The bonus varies depending on organisation, but the majority of the bonuses available are 100% matched up to around $150. These bonuses attract special conditions so when you are signing up always read over the terms and conditions. Due to recent changes in gambling laws and what organisations can offer, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian punters may have some of the following freebets unavailable to them. Always check the terms and conditions when signing up.

Betfair
An amazing offer from the website with the best odds available on the majority of racing and sporting events. If you sign up to Betfair using the offer below, you can place your first bet up to $200 on any event. If that bet loses, you will have that bet fully refunded to your account to have another bet! The big advantage of Betfair is the ability to back Horses while they are running. Currently Australians are restricted from betting on sports in play but this will hopefully change within 6 to 12 months. This will allow for greater ‘trading’ for Australians and will be a step forward in betting.

Crownbet
The new kid on the block, Crownbet is the reformed website of BetEasy (Betezy) after it was taken over by the ex-owner of Sportsbet. One of the many bookies you should consider for setting yourself up with the best promotions available.

Bookmaker
Bookmaker has been around since 2012 and is Australian owned and operated. Offering some of the highest signup bonuses and unique offerings, the best feature about signing up to this bookie is the ability to split any freebets you receive into 1, 2, 3 or 4 different bets. The odds offered are very competitive, especially early in the week for racing and their feature future markets are some of the best going around.

Ladbrokes
You have seen the ads on TV, they are spending a fortune to get their name out there. A solid bookie and their ladbrokes card allows you to withdraw your money as an eftpos transaction directly from your account instead of waiting the 24 hours for it to drop into your bank account… handy on a Saturday after the races if you have had a big win!

Sportsbet
One of Australia’s leading bookmakers and one of the largest advertisers in the market, Sportsbet offers a large number of markets on almost every sport you can think of. Sportsbet run a large number of promotions on their website where you can win freebets/bonus bets throughout the year and even ‘tip’ your way to $250,000 in NRL/AFL/EPL etc competitions. Their current sign-up offer is a 100% matched Free Bet up to $250. To be able to withdraw the money won from any free bet, there is a turnover clause in the terms and conditions which means you will have to wager your initial deposit at least once and also turn over your free bet twice (two bets in total).

William Hill
*Offer excludes Victorian and South Australian Residents*
Another one of Australia’s biggest Bookmakers, William Hill is well known around the world. Offering a great deposit bonus and running free competitions, William Hill is a bookmaker you need to be with.

Bet365
Only residents of Australia (with the exception of residents of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia) are eligible for this offer.
Fairly new to the Australian market, Bet365 offers markets on all major Australian and World Sports. For Racing, Bet365 have one of the best products on offer for grabbing the best available price called ‘365 Best’ which guarantees you the Fixed Odds price at the current time of betting OR the best dividend of SuperTab, NSW TAB, Tatts or the Official Starting Price. This means that you can back a horse far out thinking you are getting value and if for some reason it drifts $1 or $2, you are not left short!

Betstar