Mad Bookie Betting Review
Below is a comprehensive and honest Mad Bookie betting review, including our user experience for sports and racing markets on the site, the history of Mad Bookie , and the pros and cons of using the Mad Bookie website.
This Mad Bookie betting review will be updated through new versions of the site, new offers and unique features that Mad Bookie have to offer.
Who are Mad Bookie?
Mad Bookie launched in 2015 and are one of the babies in the online wagering industry, which often means good thing to members for a decent period of time in regards to incentives and bonuses.
Mad Bookie is licensed and owned in Norfolk Island by the Nrofolk Island Gaming Authority, with a registered office in Melbourne. Mad Bookie are an approved member of NRL, AFL, Racing Victoria, Australian Rugby, Tennis and Cricket.
The site is pretty much built for Aussies, with things made a little more difficult for New Zealanders in the way of deposit methods if member’s don’t have an Aussie bank account(Skrill/Moneybookers not supported).
Mad Bookie have gone down the road of labelling themselves as the typical Aussie blokes, with a target to bring back a personal touch to bookmaking (good luck) and thwart the UK giants with some good bloke attitude.
Mad Bookie Website Layout
The Mad Bookie homepage looks like something straight out of 2005 while running with the usual three column layout. Quick Links, main Racing and Sporting Categories on the LHS, promo banners and two Next Up racing markets in the center.
The RHS has links to their “Sports Zone”blog, promo ads and a ‘Coming Up’ section, listing the upcoming sporting event.
One thing that we always look for are the LHS links and their usability. We love that the Mad Bookie category menus break down into sub-categories without a page refresh, making finding markets faster. They also list many exotics in the same sections, which we found to be a bonus.
Overall the Mad Bookie homepage certainly didn’t go through more than a lunch break of design work, but has everything that’s needed, and as long as it’s easy to take a bet, were okay with it.
Mad Bookie Sports League Markets
Clicking the main ‘Sports’ tab at the top of the page will bring up a run-down of Next Up sports, why they don’t call it ‘Next Up Sports’ we don’t know.
Having found that we were taken to Next Up Sports through the main sports tab, we clicked on AFL Round X to make our way to the AFL Round markets.
The Round market instantly displays an expanded version of all game markets and exotics, which makes the page quite long. We did find it annoyint that once we clicked on a market within a certain match, the other game markets minimised and required to click the ‘Refresh’ button at the top of the page to be able to view exotic markets for all games again.
All in all a confusing experience first time up. Good markets though.
Single match markets –
Single markets are not able to be viewed on individual landing pages, check the above fellas.
Mad Bookie Racing Markets
Selecting ‘Racing’ from the main menu will refresh the page and show all of the day’s racing markets for thoroughbred, greyhound and harness.
All in all a comprehensive with everything that you need when it comes to finding a racing market quickly for any race of the day.
Come to think of it in regards to ease of use of finding a market, it may just e one of the best in the game. Zero fu#*ing around here. We like it.
Single Race Markets
The individual race market page is very basic, with tabs for Win/Place, Quinella, Trifecta, First Four and Exacta markets and Fixed Odds, Middle Tote and Middle Place Tote as links for most Australian racing markets.
Unfortunately from what we can see there is no form guide for a given race.
Nothing special to see here, but very easy to grasp for somebody relatively new to racing.
The Bet Slip is pretty simple, when multiple legs are added fields will be provided to select doubles, triples and so on, with a multi field automatically includes all selections.
Enter stakes into the various fields to create exotic multis including Trixies, Yankees etc. These bet can be made in addition to single leg selections without having to tab between displays as can sometimes be the case with other sites.
Unique Site Features
Player Bets – Ladrokes claim to have been the first in market for this however we remember using Player Bets for at least a month before it arrived there .
Player Bets allows you to place customised player bets on markets including NBA, AFL and more. A lot of fun, and it certainly does test your betting and statistical skill. With Player Bets you will be able to select accumulative Player Bets (eg. Lebron James + Stephen Curry to get more than 75 points combined, or Player vs Player bets (eg. Lebron James will score more points than Stephen Curry). Brilliant.
Mad Bookie Promotions
Mad Bookie have been more generous with sports promotional offers lately, likely due to being the new boys and finding a little bit of success with the punters. They still lack in the way of racing promos currently however.
Promotions generally cost wagering companies money, but they suffer through the loss in hopes of acquisition of long term customers.
They might have the money to risk that the big boys do, but they have a fair crack.
Some more common promos –
Place a H2H Bet on 4 nominated races – Money back as a bonus bet if your horse runs second, 50% for third, 25% for fourth
AFL – Place a H2H Bet – Money back as a bonus bet up to $50 if your team leads at 3/4 time but lose.
NRL – Place a H2H Bet – Money back as a bonus bet up to $50 if your team lose by 3 or less.
Super Rugby – Place a H2H Bet – Money back as a bonus bet up tp $50 if your team leads after 60 minutes but lose the match
BookieBoys Verdict –
Take the nice Deposit Offers and have fun. They are eager to impress, and we LOVE the Player Bets.
- Player Bets. First to market with this and we absolutely love it.
- Good markets for sports and pretty early to go on site.
- Love the 'Racing' page layout, very easy to find any race for thoroughbred, greyhound and harness.
- Basic site that's ideal for beginners and moderate punters.
- The site looks like it was rolled out and approved design wise in 2002.
- Round markets are a little buggy when it comes to switching between markets and teams.
- Not much on offer in the way of promotions.
- International racing and sports markets are limited.
- A little time-consuming to register an account.