Choosing which bookmaker to bet on greyhounds with is not an easy task. Sometimes it seems like there are more bookies than punters. Working in this industry, and being a member of most of the big corporate bookies, we find we’re inundated with bonus bet offers, cash back offers, chances to win holidays and many more deals trying to lure us to bet at these bookies. While some of them we have put a line through, we do have several favourites we promote on this website.
The websites we recommend are all regulated in Australia and have to abide by the strictest of guidelines to operate here. They all have multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iOS & Android, etc) including mobile access. Several of them even have cards similar to EFTPOS where you can withdraw money from any ATM. These types of initiatives are what we look for in our bookies but, of course, when it comes down to it we are mainly interested in the best odds, betting options and pre-post betting for greyhound racing.
The only advice we’ll offer you is to have multiple bookmaker accounts to give yourself the best opportunity of getting the best odds, and to have those accounts with the top online bookmakers. For instance, you might find that William Hill is offering $6 on a dog at Wentworth Park, while over at Crownbet it might be offering $3. You would obviously put your money down at the former.
Best greyhound betting sites for Australians
Betting online is the easiest way to get the best odds and biggest markets on Australian greyhound racing. Here is our guide to punting on the dish-lickers via desktop and mobile devices, including information on how to make secure deposits and withdrawals at our top Internet bookmakers.
William Hill Australia
William Hill is our No.1 online bookmaker for greyhound racing in Australia, offering extremely competitive odds across all betting markets. User-friendly features such as live race results and mobile apps for Android and iOS make it easier than ever to place bets on the go and follow your tips wherever and whenever.
In terms of wagering options Hills offers plenty but don’t generally, unless it’s a group 1 or 2 race, release odds until half an hour before the jump when it comes to greyhounds.
Sportingbet was rebranded to its parent company’s name William Hill in Australia in 2015, with fellow Hills’ brands Tom Waterhouse and Centrebet to follow suit later in the year.
William Hill has a great sign-up bonus for readers of Australian Racing Greyhound who wish to bet online, where they will match your first deposit with an equal amount in bonus bets up to $502.
Crownbet was formed out of BetEasy with Crown Resorts buying a 67 per cent stake in the Aussie bookie in December of 2014, before the pair announced they would be rebranding in March.
Crownbet is devoted to making online greyhound betting as simple and rewarding as possible. This 100 per cent Australian-owned bookmaker consistently puts up good prices on all the major racing markets, while special promotions such as Super Punter of the Week and Mystery Bets only add to the fun. This is one bookie of which you can’t afford not be a member.
BetEasy was founded by former Sportsbet entrepreneur Matthew Tripp, with he and Crown boss James Packer announcing they would be joining forces in 2015.
Deposit $400 upon sign-up at Crownbet and receive $1000 in total to bet with.
As one of the most recognisable brands in Australian online gambling, you can’t ignore Sportsbet — a site renowned for offering juicy early prices and a great selection of fixed odds. Customer service and support are a strong suit here, with a live chat feature, separate hotlines for sports and race betting, and dedicated Sportsbet apps for Android, iPad and iPhone. New customers can pocket $501 in bonus bets.
Sportsbet has a range of special betting promotions and often has bonus offers up for grabs with one of those being the Sportsbet Owners Enclosure. Eligible owners, trainers and breeders can cash in on this special offer and will receive the best of the three Australian totes when betting on their greyhound (win bet only).
Australian Racing Greyhound readers can take advantage of a special promotion with Sportsbet, with the online bookmaker matching your first bet of up to $501 when joining through our website.
Bet 365 Australia is another great online bookie for desktop and mobile betting, and greyhound markets are among its specialties. You can get fixed prices on all dog races in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the 365 Mid+ on all tote wins, places and exotics. There’s a great range of promos, too, including a 100 per cent matched bonus for your first bet on any smartphone or tablet device. Bet 365 offers a winning payout of the middle tote plus 5 per cent for all tote win and place bets.
As a way of encouraging punters to use its new platforms of betting, Bet 365 also gives its customers a 100 per cent bonus when they place their first bet using their mobile phone or tablet up to the value of $100.
Like most other online bookmakers, Bet 365 also has a special sign-up offer. Upon joining, it will match your first deposit, up to the amount of $200.
Luxbet is backed by Tabcorp – Australia’s largest betting and gambling operator – and offers a clean visual layout which is easy to navigate on PC, Mac or mobile. Upon your initial deposit of $50, Luxbet will give you an extra $150 in bonus bets to place on a greyhound event of your choice.
Since December 2013 Luxbet has boasted one of the premier layouts and designs of all the corporate bookmakers. Because it is backed by Tabcorp, Luxbet often has early markets out for the dogs, particularly on the bigger events on the calendar. However, there is a downside with Luxbet having a reputation for cutting off punters who are winning too much money.
You can download the Luxbet mobile betting app from Google Play or the App Store.
Secure AUD deposit options
Our trusted greyhound bookmakers offer several secure ways to fund your online betting account:
Credit cards – You can’t go wrong with internationally respected credit/debit card providers such as Visa and MasterCard. Deposits are processed instantly so you can start laying bets straight away, and sites such as Sportingbet charge no transaction fees (although some banks may charge a small cash advance fee).
POLi – Based in Melbourne, POLi allows you to make real-time money transfers direct from your personal bank account. It is available on Windows PC and mobile devices at selected Australian financial institutions such as ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac.
Skrill – Formerly known as Moneybookers, Skrill is one of the leading Web wallet solutions with more than 36 million account holders worldwide. This is a great way to get betting funds in and out of your account at Australian real money gambling sites such as Sportingbet, BetEasy and Sportsbet.
PayPal – Founded in 1998, PayPal was among the first e-commerce companies to provide customers with an alternative to direct Net banking and credit card transactions. PayPal deposits are accepted at many of the best greyhound betting sites, although they are usually available only to Australian customers.
BPay – Better known as a convenient way to pay bills online, BPay is also supported as an AUD deposit method for online race betting and sportsbooks. Either go through your personal Internet banking account, or contact your financial institution via telephone to make this option available.
Cashout methods & withdrawal times
You can withdraw funds from your Internet gambling account using some of the above methods, as well as via cheque, telegraphic transactions and electronic funds transfer (EFT) and with e-wallets such as Skrill and PayPal. You usually have turn over your original deposit amount before you can cash out (even if you haven’t applied any bonuses).
While cash deposits with instant banking, Web wallets and debit/credit cards go through in seconds, withdrawals often take several days to process. This is purely a matter of security and commonsense, as the best Australian greyhound bookies go to great lengths to ensure that every legal requirement is met and all withdrawn funds go to the rightful account holder.
Customer security & support betting sites
When you gamble with real Australian dollars on the Web, you want to know that your cash and personal info are safe from the ravages of Internet fraud. Each one of our top-ranked Internet racing books treats customer security as a top priority and employs stringent banking security measures to protect all funds deposited by Aussie punters.
Chief among these safeguards is a 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryption — a sophisticated cryptographic protocol which protects all data sent between you and the bookmaker’s website. This is the same kind of online security system used by leading banking institutions in Australia and all over the world, so you can rest easy knowing every cent you transfer will get where it’s supposed to go.
Simple tips for betting on greyhounds at online bookmakers
Real cash betting over the Web is easy as pie, and TAB veterans and trackside punters should have no problem picking it up. Nevertheless, here are few little slivers of advice to keep in mind when you’re having a punt on the dogs at our secure Aussie bookies.
Shop around for the best odds: One of the reasons we recommend several different racing and sports bookmakers is that they don’t all offer the exact same prices. Even if the first odds you find end up being the best, it never hurts to have a look around and see what the competition has to offer.
Track the money: Whether it’s greyhounds or horses, knowing which runners are drawing the mega bets is good intel to have at your disposal. Check out the ‘Follow the Money’ live update feature at Sportingbet, which allows you to track the big wagers as they happen.
Always look at the form: This is Betting 101 stuff right here, but it’s worth repeating. Always look into a dog’s recent record before you lay your money down. Where have they finished in their past few races? How do they go from a wide box? Have they won at this track before? Sportsbet offers a handy online form guide which covers all the upcoming greyhound racing markets in Australia and NZ.
Stick to your bankroll: Betting the big bucks is a lot of fun, but there’s no point digging yourself a big financial hole in pursuit of that dream winner. Have a laugh, shoot for the stars, but never stake more than you can afford to part with. Gamble responsibly, folks.