Betstar review

Established in 2007, the Betstar brand arose out of the father and son bookmaking team of Michael and Alan Eskander. In April 2014, the Australian-owned bookmaker was purchased by Ladbrokes, as part of British gaming giants expansion into the Australian market. Whilst there are synergies between the two organisations, the Betstar brand continues to operate independently of the global bookmaker. Betstar is licensed by the Northern Territory government and has local offices in both Melbourne and Darwin, employing over 40 staff between the two locations.
The backing of Ladbrokes Australia has helped Betstar deliver superior betting products to new and existing clientele. Betstar provides the key benefits associated with a Ladbrokes membership within their own identity, whilst still delivering some unique features to members including the famous Betstar Blast.


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User Rating: 3.58 ( 3 votes)

Betstar offers members some terrific features including a great suite of betting products and a debit card.

Betstar delivers a fine mobile experience whether it be on the app, android or mobile site. They have been able to leverage of the Ladbrokes brand and benefit from state-of-the-art development across their mobile platform.

Betstar is not as competitive as industry newcomer PlayUp, when it comes to offering betting promotions to eligible customers. They do still feature worthwhile promotions including ‘Pick your own odds’ and ‘Favourite vs Field’.

Betstar provides horse racing bet types that are the equal of any other bookmaker. They offer Best of the Best as well as a full suite of other products.

The odds that appear on the Betstar site bear more than some resemblance to those seen with Ladrokes. Their partnership has helped them to consistently deliver competitive prices.

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Betstar membership features

Betstar Card – The Betstar card provides members with instant access to winnings and operates much the same as a bank debit card.
Favourite vs Field – The ‘Favourite vs Field’ feature allows customers to effectively ‘lay’ an outcome with the click of one button.
Horse racing products – Betstar was founded on horse racing bookmaking, and to this day they continue to deliver the best racing products in the industry.

The Betstar Card

Betstar, like many Australian betting companies, offers its members access to a debit card. The card allows the member to pay for goods and services by drawing on funds instantly from their playing account. It also has the added benefit of simplifying the deposit and withdrawal process.

The Betstar Card product

Favourite vs Field

Betstar, like it’s sister brand, provides its members with the ‘Favourite vs Field’ product. The feature allows customers to effectively ‘lay’ a runner by choosing to back the field. The product isn’t as flexible as using a betting exchange, but it does nonetheless allow users the ability to back an outcome to lose with the click of a button.

Betstar Favourite vs Field product

Horse racing products

Betstar offers its members the ‘Best of the Best’ horse racing bet type on all metropolitan race meets. The product pays out the highest dividend of the 3 totes or the official top fluctuation. Bets using this product must be placed 35 minutes prior to the race start. Betstar also offers Best Tote or the Starting Price on every Australian thoroughbred race.

Betstar's horse racing products

Wagering with Betstar

Betstar’s selection of sports betting and racing markets is on a par with the large corporate bookmakers. They offer a wide variety of betting types, along with a fairly extensive list of sports and racing events to wager on. They also feature a live betting option for punters that prefer to bet in-play. All of this information is encapsulated within their website’s intuitive and simple navigation.

Betting Categories

Betstar has a great selection of racing and sports betting categories to suit all tastes. Their racing page features horse, harness, and greyhound racing. Sports fans are also well catered for. Betstar’s repertoire includes: American football, Australian rules, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, eSports, Gaelic sports, golf, handball, ice hockey, mixed martial arts (MMA), motor racing, netball, Olympics, poker, rugby league/union, snooker, soccer, surfing, tennis, and volleyball. Even novelty events such as politics, awards, current affairs, entertainment, financial, music, royalty, and TV are available for those that feel compelled.

Contact Information

Betstar’s customer service department is open seven days a week between 8am and 11pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). They also offer a 24/7 betting line, so that members can place bets from any location. For those whose needs are not so urgent, they feature a customer support form and quick turnaround on any unanswered questions.

  • By emailing
  • By phone (24 hours a day): 1300 278 782
  • By completing a support ticket

Betstar review summary

Despite their association with Ladbrokes Australia, Betstar delivers a service and product offering that is quintessentially their own, but more importantly, provides great value to members. In fact, the backing of its larger parent has only reinforced their position within the Australian betting scene. The brand continues to grow thanks to a list of member features including a list of betting types that rivals the best in the business. If there’s a negative, it’s that they don’t offer bookmaker promotions. For serious racegoers though, the lack of promotions is made up for by offering superior bet types than those offered by a promotion powerhouse like Sportsbet.