Founded in August 2013, PalmerBet.com is fairly new to the online gambling scene but it has already won a devoted following. Touted as “100% Australian owned and operated”, the company was originally started by the Palmer family and run as a bricks and mortar business in Sydney for over 30 years. Since it moved into the online gaming world, the company has been able to reach a global client base, who are keen to get involved in the ultra-competitive world of Australian sports betting.
PalmerBet.com is currently fully licensed by Racing NSW, OLGR and guaranteed through NSW Bookmakers. They also offer a generous selection of events to punt on from the local to international, making them a tempting choice for any online gambler.
But, Are They Worth Signing Up To?
If you’re looking for a site that offers variety, PalmerBet might be the one for you. It offers a full range of Australian and international sports, including WCQ, Aus Derby, NRL, AFL, NBA, EPL, and A-league matches. Payments are made into an online purse and securely handed with a full verification process for cards and account identity. These are drum tight and authorised by GeoTrust and offer a number of payment methods including Dpday, Via, Mastercard, Poli and Bank Transfer.
This is all wrapped up in an easy to navigate site which is perfect for the novice punter. Everything is presented in a simple-to-use and intuitive manner, with all your stakes gathered together in an easy to use basket. A newly released app is similarly user-friendly, providing users with the flexibility to place your bets on the move.
What Makes PalmerBet Unique?…
The Palmers made a name for themselves through their promise to offer competitive odds and they’ve managed to maintain this on PalmerBet.com. They have also managed to keep a below market average margin that has remained at 4.8%, ensuring that a fair cut is passed to the punter.
New Member Offers
There is a comprehensive and competitive range of starting offers including incentives for inviting new members, free bets per month and a first-time bonus for using a unique signup codes. Nothing ground-breaking, but more than welcome.
Surprisingly for Australia, this is not their main staple. However, they do offer betting standards such as racing futures, horse racing, greyhound racing and more niche events such as harness racing. They also offer special stakes such as their famous ‘Jockey Challenge’ where you can take a punt on the best jockey performance of a particular racing season.
This is where the real meat of the site lies, with a swathe of options available from old favourites such as Rugby League/Union, boxing and cricket with more international sports such as ice hockey, martial arts, gridiron and – of course – ‘entertainment’ where you can pick out sports personality of the year.
Ease Of Access
For a young company, the site is extremely intuitive and simple to navigate. They also work overtime to keep punters up to speed with their designated sports blog and articles on tips and sports and gambling trivia.
And the downsides…
If you read the small-print, you’ll see that the majority of promotions and deals are bound to denizens of the land down under with larger competitions such as the ‘Last Man Standing’ only eligible to local punters.
While their online app has been rolled out to make the site more accessible, the software has endured criticism and mixed reviews online. The app is currently flexible but very bare bones, so it may be worth giving them time to iron all bugs out.
Sadly, the biggest issue for the site revolves around money. All transactions are handled in Australian dollars and, if you’re outside of Oz, withdrawals from your online wallet incur a fee of $15 for anything less than $100. All transactions are also subject to up to three days processing, which isn’t helpful if you need your money quickly. Coupled with the possibility of your bank charging additional fees, this is a bit of a deal-breaker.
Is It Worth Checking Out?
If you’re in Oz, absolutely! If you’re based anywhere else…it’s maybe worth taking the time to see if it benefits you to currently access the site and confirm which deals and offers work for you.
However, with a slick interface, colourful range of options and generous odds, PalmerBet is well worth keeping an eye on as they continue to move from strength to strength.