Some punters possibly disturbed that the internationals have swept into Australia via the acquisition route, sweeping up domestic operations, will enjoy knowing that BlueBet is a wholly owned Australian operation.
Those who do not care will still find BlueBet a highly competent outfit with which to wager on racing and sports.
BlueBet is based at Randwick racecourse and unlike most bookies, is licensed by the NSW government and Racing NSW oversees the regulatory aspects.
Our visit to the website today, hours ahead of the 2018 Cox Plate, found a scrolling banner touting the best price on Winx. They had her at $1.25, which is the best we have seen, but BlueBet was not the only agency offering that price.
We found their market offering $5 on the 2018 Cox Plate winner being an odd numbered runner versus $1.12 for an even numbered runner intriguing, but since Winx is runner six, we had no trouble understanding the disparity.
The website was a welcome site for our sore, old eyes, with easily readable black text on a white and grey background. We liked that markets loaded quickly and we found that the matches in the upcoming A-League fixture each offered almost 40 markets.
For a site with which we do not claim familiarity, we were able to navigate to different markets and add to a bet slip with confidence, so our overall impression of the website was very positive.
BlueBet offers weekly promotions and specials, so we give them high marks in that category. One thing we noticed that we found of use was that BlueBet maintains a page showing recent promotions that have now expired. We may be odd in that, but knowing past promotions offers insight into future ones.
While BlueBet might be able to claim the top price on Winx in the Cox Plate, we found them offering lower prices than some of the others on the All In futures betting for the lines below favourite Yucatan.
Our check of NFL gridiron markets revealed that BlueBet odds were a little under those of some of the others, but not exceptionally so.
BlueBet does offer mobile apps for Android and Apple devices and we found the mobile version of the website loading through a Chrome browser pleasurable to use, even if the small screen on our android device, compared to our 600 mm desktop monitor did necessitate a bit more scrolling. We were able to do that scrolling without error.
There were plenty of bet types for the racing markets and everything from fixed price, through Best Tote or Starting Price and all the multiples and exotics.
This things change often, so it did not bother us that one source gave the BlueBet minimum online wager as $1, while another said that there was no minimum. All the bookmakers’ minimum online bets are scandalously low, so this does not play much of a role in bookmaker selection.
There are plenty of funding options, including charge cards, POLi and Bpay. Withdrawals, as best we could determine, are by bank wire.
Our conclusion is that if we could have just one bookmaker, BlueBet would be in our top three. Our judgement is based mainly on the website and mobile offerings, as those play a key role in the decision-making process for many punters.