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Betstar Review

In this independent review of Betstar, we will tell you exactly what we like (and dislike) about the internet brand that was first set up in 2007 by Michael & Alan Eskander and is now under the umbrella of Ladbrokes Australia since 2013.

Betstar offer a great sign up with $250 available for new customers thanks to the MAXIMUMBONUS promotion code as well as fantastic weekly promotions with regular double the odds offers on the big horse races. 

Founded in Australia

The corporate bookmaker known as Betstar (Eskander’s Betstar) was founded by father and son bookmakers Michael & Alan Eskander.

Both learned their craft by framing their markets for on-course punters at country and metropolitan race meetings before establishing the Betstar internet brand in 2007. Following the launch of in 2012, they acquired the Betstar brand the following year and run the two operations as sister bookmakers.

Betstar offers a wide range of horse racing, harness racing and greyhound meetings to bet on with racing action from not only in Australia and New Zealand, but also from America, Hong Kong, South Africa and England to name a few.

Sports lovers have a number of markets available to them with betting on AFL, basketball, cricket, NRL, ice hockey, soccer and tennis amongst the most popular sports to wager on.

Betstar have launched some exciting products to the market including the Betstar Cash Card, which allows customers to get their hands on winnings within seconds by making a withdrawal from their betting account at ATMs.


There are a number of promotions for horse racing, harness racing and greyhound racing fans to take advantage of.

The popular ‘Daily Free Bet Challenge’ allows the member the chance to win up to $1000 in free bets every day via this free entry offer.

What the punter has to do is select a runner in each race on the designated meeting for the day (one for each of the three racing codes) to run a place. If every selection runs a place, the member will be awarded a free bet; this free bet amount it the average bet size that you place.

Another is the ‘Pick Your Own Odds’ promotion where the member is trying to select what margin he thinks a runner will win the race by (minimum margin). i.e. if you think Chautauqua will win by more than two lengths, you will select this via the drop-down menu and Betstar will show the available odds for him to win by that margin or more. This promotion is also available for harness racing.

Many punters enjoy lay betting, that is selecting a horse to lose, and Betstar allows you to do this with the favourite in each horse, harness and greyhound race via the ‘Favourite vs Field’ promotion.

‘Protest Payouts’ are also a common feature amongst corporate bookmakers and Betstar is no different as they pay out the first past the post on thoroughbred and harness races. That way, if your horse wins but a protest is lodged and subsequently upheld, despite your horse being relegated you will still win!

New Customer Offer and MAXIMUMBONUS promo code

Betstar offer up to $250 in bonus bets for residents of Australia and New Zealand who join the bookmaker using the exclusive promotion code MAXIMUMBONUS. 

Betstar match your first bet with bonus bets up to $250, meaning if you deposit $200 you will get $200 or $150 if you deposit $150. You will get the free bet within 24 hours of making your first deposit.

Due to legislative requirements, Victorian, New South Wales, South Australian and Western Australian residents are not eligible to receive the matched deposit Sign-Up Bonus.

Wagering Requirement

  • To be eligible for the Betstar sign-up bonus your first deposit must be turned over within 30 days of the account being opened
  • If your initial deposit is greater than $250, you only need to turn over the first $250 to be eligible for the sign up bonus
  • Qualifying turnover must be placed on eligible Betstar products at a dividend higher than $1.50

Odds and Markets

You will find most things you are looking for available at Betstar – unless you like betting on the most obscure of sports or entertainment. 

Fixed odds markets are available on horse racing, harness racing and greyhound racing events along with a number of Tote products.

In terms of fixed odds, Betstar lags behind bookmakers such as Bet365 and Sportsbet with that pair offering their fixed odds markets well in advance of Betstar. 

Betstar is up-to-speed when it comes to metropolitan horse racing with markets available on a Wednesday but when it comes to non-metro meetings on horse racing and almost all harness racing and greyhound racing they are behind the eight-ball.

Fixed odds are generally only available hours before certain races and for the two smaller racing codes, they may only be available 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of their racing events.

In terms of horse racing, Betstar offers ‘Best or SP’ on horse racing events whereby you will be paid out at the highest of the three dividends declared on the three national Totes or the Starting Price (SP). This applies for Win betting as Place betting offers ‘Mid Tote’ with the second highest Tote dividend being paid out.   

Harness racing and greyhound racing are both provided with the ‘Mid Tote’ option on all of their events.

The major Australian sports of AFL, NRL, rugby, cricket and the global offerings of soccer, tennis, American football, golf and motor racing are covered in depth too with Betstar offering a number of betting options for each of these sports. 

What you won't find is more obscure markets offered by some rivals, things like novelty betting on Big Brother for example or sailing or surfing events.

In summary, the product offering for the odds and markets provided by Betstar is good without being great.


The Betstar website is one of the best designed and functional out there. Carrying the familiar royal blue and orange company colours, you will find a ‘Quick Links’ menu down the left hand side separated into racing, sports and live markets. 

The homepage also features quick links to the next races to jump and sports events to start along with highlighted promotional offers. 

Down the right are a neatly arranged set of options to take you to offers, promotions, live support, the Betstar Card and the Betstar mobile app which is available for both Apple and Android users.

Placing a bet is simple too with your bet slip appearing in the top right hand corner once a selection has been made. You will get your bet on pretty quickly once you've chosen an amount you wish to stake. You will also get a swift payout when backing a winner too!

Live Streaming

Betstar offer live streaming of sports events - although it isn't the great selection you will ever see. They don't have the same array of sports as Bet365, who stream up to 40,000 events a year, but if you're looking for some tennis, soccer or basketball to watch, for example, Betstar do have some daily action.


The Betstar app is available to download for free from the App Store for iPhone and iPads as well as in Android format for other devices and tablets. All markets available on the website are replicated on the app with live odds and full access to your account. You can also withdraw funds from your account via the app.

If you don't want to download the Betstar app, you can still bet via your phone or tablet thanks to the dedicated mobile browser site.

Customer Service

  • Excellent customer service with a number of options of contact available
  • Open from 8AM – 11PM (QLD Time)
  • Comprehensive FAQ section
  • Quick responses to email queries

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