Here is an online bookmaker that lays a claim to being different. MadBookie.com.au says that it is owned by a group of ordinary Aussie guys just like you. They say you’ve probably seen them in the pub on a Saturday arvo!
They realised that the average Aussie punter wants more than they can get from the mass market UK owned bookies (no prizes for guessing which ones they’re talking about!) and they knew they could do better. They went from being punters to being bookies.
As for the name, they say that they chose it because they are completely stark raving mad! You need to join them to find out just how mad they are.
MadBookie.com.au say that they bring a personal touch to bookmaking, so they are there to answer any questions that you have by phone or by email. If you have a problem, they say that you will always be able to talk to a decision maker, which is a welcome change from most.
They offer rewards for all, not just for VIP punters, and these can be anything from a slab of beer to trips overseas.
For instance, if you have had a bad week, they will give you a free bonus bet on Monday so that you can get cracking again. That, of course, refers to a bad betting week, not just the fact that your mother-in-law came to visit.
MadBookie.com.au is licensed in Norfolk Island, and they say that they contribute to the sports and racing economy by paying all fees and taxes required.
MadBookie has a responsible gambling procedure, and enables you to set a maximum weekly deposit limit if you wish, so that you cannot lose more than you can afford. They will also temporarily suspend your account, if required, and in addition, you can exclude yourself from MadBookie completely.
They offer good advice to enable you to keep within reasonable limits. One such tip is to separate gambling from work: don’t gamble while at work. Furthermore, do not regard gambling as an alternative source of income, and if you are behind then don’t chase, because things will only get worse.
If you feel that your gambling is getting out of control, they have trained staff to whom you can speak, so you are welcome to talk to them at any time.
MadBookie has markets in thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing, and always has plenty of promotions running. For example, today (October 24th) is Moonee Valley Cox Plate day. If you place a win bet on any of the first four races at Moonee Valley and your horse fails to do the business, but comes home second or third, MadBookie will give you a free bonus bet to match your stake up to $100.
Other promotions currently on offer cover include NFL head to head matches, the Rugby Union World Cup, and Australia A-League. In each of these, if your team is leading at half time, but finishes up losing the match, MadBookie will give you a free bonus bet up to the value of $100. In effect, you get two bets for the price of one.
Full Results Service
There is a full results service for all racing, including international racing, which shows you the horses or dogs in the first four places, so it is very easy to check your position with a single click.
MadBookie has a great offer for new members. If you deposit just $50 they will give you a bonus of $200. So, for just $50 you can bet with $250.
They also offer best Tote on all thoroughbred racing every day. In addition, you can get paid just after interim dividends.
In order to place funds into your account you can use Visa or Mastercard, bank transfer, 3Pay, and Poli. When you want to withdraw, you click on “My Account” then “Banking” then “Withdraw”. Simply enter your BSB and account number, and that’s it. When you first open your account you will need to verify it, but it is a simple matter of emailing a copy of your photo ID and any credit cards used for making deposits.
Website Is Easy And Fast
One thing we like about the MadBookie website is that it is very simple looking and cleanly presented. Navigation is as easy as it could be, and the site responds really fast; no waiting around for pages to load. It also features countdown timers so that you can see how long you have left to place your bet.
MadBookie offers markets in a very wide range of sports, and we particularly like the “next 24 hours” feature which instantly shows you everything that is coming up.
Whatever your sport, MadBookie has a market for it, including entertainment. At the time of writing, you can bet on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the Australian X-Factor winner, the outright winner of The Block, and the result of the next Australian federal election – not that many people would call the last one “entertainment”.
You can bet on Australian Rules, Ice Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Cycling, Poker, Snooker, Soccer, Golf, Darts, Cricket, Basketball, Handball, Motor Racing, Tennis, Rugby (League and Union), and a whole lot more.
As an example, there are currently seven markets for tennis: the Stockholm Cup, the Erste Bank Open, the Kremlin Cup, the Luxembourg Open, and the Davis Cup, all 2015. They are also taking bets on the Australian Open – both men and women – for next year.
There is a huge number of soccer matches on offer both nationally and internationally, in no fewer than 29 leagues at present.
In snooker, you can bet on the winner of the UK Championship, and the Masters 2016. Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, and Neil Robertson are highly fancied, but in a way it is sad to see some of the great names of the past way down the list, such as Matthew Stevens (151), Alan McManus (251), and Jimmy White at – would you believe – 501.
Certainly, MadBookie.com.au has something for everyone. They maintain that the business is proudly Australian owned and operated, and their slogan is “Bet with the Aussie bookie who gives you a fair go!”