CrownBet Review – Introduction:
CrownBet are a Northern Territory licensed bookmaker with their head office being located in Sydney. They market themselves as the largest 100% Australian owned bookmaker in a market that has seen an influx of investment from European betting firms. CrownBet were known as BetEasy until March 2015. Prior to this they were known as Betezy, which launched in 2005. The slight name change came in September 2014 when Sportsbet founder Matthew Tripp purchased the assets of Betezy and promptly rebranded it as BetEasy.
In March 2015 BetEasy was re-branded to CrownBet after Crown Resorts purchased two-thirds of the business, becoming the majority owner, leaving Matthew Tripp and his partners with the remaining third.
CrownBet are focused solely on the Australian market with only the English language being available. They are the AFL’s approved betting partner, and hold similar partnerships with Cricket Australia, NRL and Tennis Australia.
CrownBet is Australia’s fastest growing bookmaker, with more than 100,000 new registered users so far in 2015. TThey have one of the best mobile apps and also run a Rewards Programme where you can earn Crown Signature Club points for each bet you place. You can use these at the Crown Entertainment Complex to pay for meals in restaurants, hotels and to purchase gaming offers.
Reputation and Reliability:
Both Crown Resorts and Matt Tripp have stellar reputations and CrownBet has done nothing to smear their good names. They have a rock solid reputation and we have been unable to find many complaints online regarding the CrownBet user experience, which is positive.
Seeing as the operation is backed by Crown Resorts and Casinos, this should mean that they are not going anywhere and as one of the major Australian operators, you can expect good service and a fair go.
CrownBet – CSGO Betting:
CrownBet offer regular CSGO markets and usually focus their offers around offline tournaments. That’s most likely because there aren’t many online events for Australian teams with significant prizes and the daily European tournaments have their matches at times that aren’t too hospitable for Australian viewers. They do price up the American online competitions as those matches take place during the day. CrownBet offered both outright betting and match winners on their own CSGO tournament and do so for others as well. Their pricing is competitive and the choice of markets good. They offer handicap betting for most matches.
CrownBet – eSports history:
CrownBet entered the esports scene with a bang and were the first major bookmaker to sponsor an esports event. Crown hosted the Crown Counter-Strike Invitational in The Palms at Crown in the Crown Casino Melbourne in October 2015 and offered a $55,000 AUD prize pool. The event, which was hosted by ESL, was also broadcast on television on Fox Sports. In the end, the Polish Virtus Pro were victorious, defeating Team Immunity in the final. Aussies Immunity had caused an upset beating the American Cloud9 in the semi-final on home turf. Crown’s website says to stay tuned for future events, so there’s the chance that they run more tournaments in future.
You can choose to set your account up in either Australian Dollars or New Zealand Dollars. Deposit and withdrawal options are as you would expect and obviously there are no transaction fees. You can deposit via credit or debit card, bank deposit or transfer, cheque, POLi, BPAY or Skrill. The minimum deposit for most methods is $10 with the minimum withdrawal just $5.
You can reach out to CrownBet via phone (13 2967/CROWNBET) or via live chat (which is what we always recommend) on their site 24/7. If you aren’t in a hurry you can head to the CrownBet support page and submit a help request via their online form which will be answered within 48 hours.
Website & Betting Options:
The slick looking CrownBet site is simple to navigate. You will see the carousel in the middle of the page which shows all their latest offers. On the left hand side you’ll see the list of sports you can bet on. Half way down the page, nestled between cycling and golf you’ll find eSports. When you click through, you’ll see that you can filter by game (such as CounterStrike: Global Offensive) and then by tournament, which is useful.
All the odds are displayed in decimals as you’d expect and if you click on the name of the match, you’ll be able to see any additional bets such as handicaps.
You can place multis which always makes things more interesting. You simply add the selections to your bet-slip, which you’ll find at the top right (click on the “slip” button if it doesn’t show automatically). Click on “standard multi” and you’ll see the multiple options, the odds of the selections both as singles or the combined odds for multis, and what the returns would be for your chosen wager.
As with all the other Australian bookmakers there is no live streaming just yet, but you can still place a bet and then head over to Twitch to watch the action.
A wide range of markets on traditional sports such as horse racing (both thoroughbreds and harness), golf, tennis, basketball, football and soccer are all on offer. There’s not much that needs to be said: if you’re looking to bet on it, you’ll likely find it at CrownBet.
As CrownBet do everything by the book, as a licensed bookmaker in Australia they only offer sports betting. They have their land-based casinos in Melbourne and Perth, but nothing of the sort available online.
CrownBet has the foundations that means it could be one of the best Esports betting websites. The backing that they have from Crown Resorts will allow them to expand and develop into an Esports industry leader within Australia not just in terms of betting but also events if they choose to do so.Sign Up Today