CrownBet Betting Review
Below is a comprehensive and honest CrownBet betting review, including our user experience for sports and racing markets on the site, the history of the CrownBet bookmaker, and the pros and cons of using the CrownBet bookmaker website.
This CrownBet betting review will be updated through new versions of the site, new offers and unique features that CrownBet have to offer.
Who are CrownBet?
Out of all of the big betting brands, CrownBet is a relative baby of the bunch. Licensed in the Northern Territory, CrownBet’s main office is located in Melbourne.
CrownBet is marketed as being Australia’s largest 100% Australian owned online wagering company, and has gone through a few stage of re-branding to get to their current form.
Launched as Betezy in 2005 by AK Racing, Betezy had a few bumps in the road along the way, including coming under investigation by the NT Licensing Commission and the ATO.
In March of 2014 Betezy was purchased by Matthew Tripp, a previous owner of Sportsbet, and the ‘Betezy’ brand was re-branded as ‘BetEasy’ in September of the same year.
In 2015, BetEasy announced a joint venture with Betfair as a result of James Packer’s Crown Resorts deal with BetEasy owner Matthew Tripp. This deal gave Crown Resorts two-thirds control in the venture, with Tripp owning the remaining third.
March 2015 saw BetEasy re-branded as CrownBet and along with the their alliance, Crown Resorts brought along the Crown Signature Club loyalty partnership which allows CrownBet members to earn ‘CrownBet Rewards Points’ for each sports and racing bet placed.
CrownBet Rewards Points have become a heavy focus of the brand, and have been used in promotions, games and deposit offers. Rewards Points are then able to be redeemed for merchandise, tickets, Bonus Bets and at Crown Casino among other things. I’m sure at some point along the way we’ve all seen the Ricky Ponting ad far too many times.
CrownBet’s focus is on the Australian punters with only AUD accounts available.
CrownBet are the exclusive wagering partner of the AFL.
CrownBet Website Layout
Homepage – To the eye the CrownBet website isn’t anything exceptional, with the standard three colum layout featuring a LHS menu with Quick Links, a center section featuring Next Up racing and sports, a large banner carousel and the usual RHS column Betslip.
The website itself hasn’t seen much of an upgrade in design or functionality since the re-brand from BetEasy in 2015, with the exception of the inclusion of the “CrownBet Search” functionality, “Multi Express” and a “Roll the Dice” widget which to put it simply, is awful.
Although the CrownBet site lacks some of the polish of other wagering sites, everything is there if you can find it.
The LHS sports navigation menu is static. When you select a sport, filters are displayed in a heirachy, eg. Australian Rules > AFL > AFL Matches) which makes it easy to select a category without changing pages.
CrownBet Sports Markets –
Entering the sports markets (this example uses AFL) will show you the Head to Head, Line and Margin markets. To view other markets for a match requires you to click on specific Markets for the individual matches.
The markets for the current round and future rounds are displayed on the one page, which makes it easy to place a multibet over multiple rounds.
Unfortunately you are unable to filter and show different exotic markets for all matches of the round on the one page as you can with Sportsbet.
Single match markets –
Once you have clicked on a single match market, a new page will display which will show all markets for the match in an accordian style display.
The use of the accordion style to display each exotic market (eg. AFL First Goalscorer, Pick Your Own Line etc) is okay and is the standard accross the industry at the moment.
Overall the ability to easily find your market and add it to your betslip is very simple.
CrownBet Racing Markets –
Thoroughbred racing betting is available for both Australian and International racing. Greyhound and harness betting is available for tracks across Australia and New Zealand.
Next To Jump markets are available on the homepage for Thoroughbred, Greyhound and Harness, with a filter to select the next five races by category.
The ‘All Races‘ page is displayed to the right and includes tabs which allow you to select race days throughout the week easily, and overall the display makes it very simple to find venues and events for racing, greyhound and harness.
Individual Race Markets –
For most Australian thoroughbred venues, Fixed-Odds, Best Tote+ (best Place dividend of the three TABs and the official starting price) and Best Tote (best Win/Place dividend of the three TABs) are available.
For harness and greyhounds you get Midi Div and for overseas thoroughbreds you get VIC + 5%.
The layout of the page is easy enough to use, with tabs to show Win/Place, Quinella, Trifecta, Exacta, First Four and New Bet Types.
New Bet Types –
CrownBet have added some interesting Exotics below the main markets, including the following:
Odds vs Evens (All codes) – Odds v Evens markets enable you to select whether an even or an odd numbered runner will win a race.
Rags to Riches (All Codes) – Select whether the winner of the race will be one of the four runners listed in this market. This includes an enhanced price for any one of these listed ‘Rags’ to win the race.
Back the Field (All Codes) – Bet on any runner other than the identified selection to with the race.
Inside vs Outside (Greyhounds Only) – Betting on any of the runners inside the boxes (jacket numbers 1, 2, 3 or 4) or the outside boxes (jacket numbers 5, 6, 7, or 8) to win the race. In the event of a runner with jacket numbers 9 or 10 running, the market will no be offered.
Tight Squeeze (Greyhounds Only) – A blended price allowing you to bet on the winning greyhound having either jacket number 4 or 5.
HOT WINGS (Greyhounds Only) – A blended price allowing you to bet on the winning greyhound having either jacket number 1 or 8.
Unique Site Features
CrownBet Search – This feature enables visitors to easily search markets, horses, teams and any other keyword. Once the keyword has been entered, a list of relevant markets will show for sports, racing and promotions.
This is an industry first product and is useful for those looking for a market quickly.
Multi Express – CrownBet tailed behind a few of the agencies when it comes to a Multibet Builder, but are the first to bring the product to desktop. The Multi Express product itself is quite good, and allows you to place a multi very quickly.
Currently Multi Express on desktop on caters for sports, while the CrownBet mobile app version includes Next Up racing.
CrownBet Rewards – CrownBet Rewards is basically an incentive for members to bet and participate in promotions. With each bet that a member stakes they will earn Rewards Points, which can then be redeemed in the CrownBet Rewards Store for tickets, Velocity points, merchandise, Bonus Bets and a range of other things.
The CrownBet Rewards program is a wagering industry first and is certainly worthwhile joining as a member. Don’t expect to be driving a Ferrari through Monaco however…
CrownBet Live Vision – CrownBet offer a live streaming service for racing, AFL, NBL and other random tennis and soccer events.
Being the exculsive wagering partner of the AFL, CrownBet are the only wagering agency to offer live streaming of all AFL matches, which is something that we us regularly while the girlfriend wants together time, but also wants to watch ‘Teen Mom’.
CrownBet offers as many if not more promotions for sport and racing than all other bookies.
Some of their more common promotions include:
*Promotions in image example are not current.
4+ Leg Multi Bonus – NBA, AFL, NRL, Tennis and World Soccer.
*Receive your stake back as a matched Bonus Bet if your 4+leg multi fails by one leg.
First Goalscorer Bonus – A-League Soccer, AFL, NRL (First Try Scorer), NBA (First Basket Scorer)
*Receive your stake back as a matched Bonus Bet/Rewards Points if your player does not score the first goal, but does score a goal during X. (X can equal “during the match”, “during the half” etc.)
AFL Points Pile Up – Place a Head to Head Bet (minimum $20) on a nominated match and receive $1.00 for each point your team win by. *On top of your winnings.
NRL Points Pile Up – Place a Head to Head Bet (minimum $20) on a nominated match and receive $1.00 for each try your team win by. *On top of your winnings.
Run 2nd or 3rd – Get your stake back in matched Bonus Bets if your horse Runs 2nd or 3rd in nominated race/s.
Run 2nd – Get your stake back in matched Bonus Bets if your horse Runs 2nd in nominated race/s.
4+ Leg Racing Multi Bonus – Receive your stake back as a matched Bonus Bet if your 4+leg racing multi fails by one leg.
BookieBoys Verdict –
- 'CrownBet Rewards' Program
- Abundance of daily/weekly promotions
- 'CrownBet Search' functionality
- The fact that they are the new kids on the block, and trailing the likes of Ladbrokes and Sportsbet means that they are eager to impress, and will do a lot to keep customers happ
- Live Vision AFL - Great to use on the train, at work, at dinner with the in-laws.
- Unattractive, clunky looking interface.
- 'Roll the Dice' RHS widget. It's surely only something that people use after way too many red wines. Takes up valuable RHS space.
- No live-betting on racing (If that's you're thing)