Mad Bookie is considered a local agency, since it accepts trade only in Australian currency and language support is strictly English. Only Australia and New Zealand residents, but Kiwi punters without an Australian bank account will have some difficulty.
An account can be established for $1 and the minimum bet is $1.
The website is perhaps the best out there for beginners, although we do admit that even those that seemed harder at first became easier after a few minutes and a few visits.
Our impression of the website was slightly negative, as we saw a lot of red, a colour that is scientifically shown to subconsciously influence people to make more emotional, impetuous decisions.
The actual layout of the site was a three-column arrangement. On the landing page where the bet slip is normally found, we found a handy panel listing the time remaining before an upcoming event. Since our visit was during the MLB World Series, we clicked on that link and found competitive odds for game three and a total of five markets.
We liked the feature and could see ourselves using it during AFL and NRL season. We did not see racing in the panel, but a visit to the racing tab does show next to jump and time remaining before various races.
Mad Bookie does have a lot of sports on offer and plenty of racing, so finding a punt should not be an issue.
We were a bit disturbed when we clicked on one of the Quicks Links in the left navigation panel and selected NFL matches. We were directed to a page titled NFL – Week 1, with seemingly no way to get to the current week. We clicked the Quick Link for EPL matches and found a full range of offerings, with about 40 – 50 markets per fixture.
We checked the All In betting for the Melbourne Cup and found prices typical of the other bookmakers.
We are happy to report that mad Bookie had a lot of NBA markets, even if we ourselves are lukewarm about basketball, because we know that many Aussies enjoy basketball markets at many levels.
As A-League football is just getting underway, we saw most fixtures offering over 40 markets.
Accounts can be funded with BPay, Visa, MasterCard, POLi and bank transfer. The Mad Bookie website lists bank transfer as the withdrawal method.
We were slightly astonished to see no mobile apps for Android and Apple devices, but the mobile version of the website displayed functioned nicely on our Android phone and we have often said that we prefer this to separate apps. It could be that we simply missed the mobile apps. These are usually prominently displayed at the bottom of most bookmaker pages, so our apologies to Mad Bookie if we simply missed the apps.
Mad Bookie, aside from the glitches we mentioned above, is one we would consider as a sole agency or in conjunction with one or more other agencies. There are a sufficient number of promotions to warrant visiting the site on a regular basis, especially when something big is afoot.