Pros and Cons
- Australian owned and operated
- Fast response re customer service
- Great odds
- Line Betting
- Solid sporting markets
- No live streaming of racing/sport
- Fixed Odds need to go up quicker
- No Top Fluc
If you want to bet with a website that is 100% Australian owned and operated, then Southern Cross Bet is the place to go, with the website being based out of regional New South Wales.
They have been a country bookmaker since 2004 and with 40 years as well of experience, they are a site that can be trusted and you can bet with confidence.
Why Are Southern Cross Bet Popular
They cover all meetings that are also covered by the TAB, which is a tick for a relatively new website given some new websites restrict themselves with what they cover in terms of meetings and don’t cover all of them, which is a bit surprising given the standard should be all the meetings covered by the TAB. Thankfully, Southern Cross Bet do indeed do that.
They provided exclusive promotions for members to cater their specific need when it comes to what they betting on, whether it be racing or sport. Personalised promotions is something that other betting sites are lacking severely and in a time where promotions are king, Southern Cross Bet are very good compared to their newer rivals.
A quick look at the website sees they are offering $1.90 lines for certain sporting events, which is just about the best of the best across all betting websites. Line betting is a popular form of wagering but the odds are diminishing, with odds as low as $1.80 available with some other wagering operators, which is disgraceful given line betting should be $1.90 minimum.
Why We Like Southern Cross Bet
Customer service is key with these new websites and some are quite plain in this area. They have all three of live chat, email and phone chat, and having all three is a big tick given most other betting websites only have a couple, some of them only having one. They also have a postal address, which is where the Bathurst Greyhound Racing Club is located in country NSW.
Given the years of experience the family has in on course bookmaking, they know what they are doing when it comes to putting up prices and putting up relatively decent odds compared to their new rivals, not cuddling and not copy/pasting odds like other betting agencies do.
You’d assume that the website is racing heavy given the experience is in that industry, but the sports betting side of things is very good, offering up decent odds on a wide range of markets across a stack of sports, more sports than some of their new rivals. As stated earlier, the line betting is a big tick for them and they are happy to let you on.
Why We Don’t Like Southern Cross Bet
A tick is that they have an App to go with the website but the problem is the App needs improvement. The layout is a bit plain compared to the website, plus the lagging time, the tricky way to navigate and find what you are looking for, it can be quite frustrating to use and I’d much rather use the website. The App needs an update to match the excellent website.
A big factor for enticing punters, especially racing punters, is best of the best odds, which is usually best tote/Top Fluc/SP. Unfortunately, Southern Cross Bet only have best tote available, which does restrict them when it comes to enticing new customers to their website, because the vast majority of other websites have the best of the best available.
They are quite slow in putting up odds on certain meetings. An example of this is on the Friday before Saturday racing, there was no Fixed Odds prices up for the Melbourne meeting, which is baffling, given the vast majority have Saturday odds up by Wednesday afternoon/night at the very latest. No odds up on Friday afternoon is very poor, and I’d go as far as saying it’s quite lazy.
6 Reasons To Bet With Southern Cross Bet
1. Line Betting
Having $1.90 lines, getting towards $2, is as good as you’ll see when it comes to line betting, so if you are a sports punter, that is certainly appealing for you.
2. Australian Owned/Operated
This is an important fact and tick when it comes to Southern Cross Bet. Instead of your punting money heading overseas, it stays in Australia to grow the racing industry and keep Southern Cross Bet in a strong position.
3. Deposit Options
Some betting websites are quite thin with deposit options but that is not the case with Southern Cross Bet. They have several options for punters to choose from in order to deposit.
4. Racing Markets
Whilst the Fixed Odds side of things could improve, the prices they put up are very competitive relative to their new rivals, not cuddling and not copy/pasting from the bigger betting agencies like TAB and Sportsbet.
5. Sporting Markets
While predominantly racing websites don’t really offer too much with sports, that is not the case with Southern Cross Bet, offering up a wide range of markets across a stack of sports, putting up solid prices.
6. Customer Service
The customer service of Southern Cross Bet is very good, having all options available. Other betting websites are quite limited when it comes to how they provide customer service but Southern Cross Bet have all bases covered.