Launched in March 2014, ClassicBet has established itself as one of Australia's most reputable online bookmakers thanks to the backing of 11 race clubs. Not only that, but the support of Greyhound Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing SA soon after the site launched is a sign that this platform is the best option for anyone wanting a safe, secure and legal online betting option in Australia.
One of the main reasons ClassicBet has received the backing of the Aussie racing world is that it is wholly owned by an Australian company. Based in Penrith Paceway, NSW, ClassicBet PTY LTD is licensed by the NSW Government and regulated by Harness Racing NSW, which means every bet offered and cash transaction made is done so within the country's border.
The Interface: as you'd expect from a site called ClassicBet, the overall look of this platform is "classic". The main colour scheme on ClassicBet is black and white and this helps to ensure that every event, betting line and bonus offer is easy to find.
Although a series of flashing images, colourful banners and moving icons help to create a visual feast for the eyes on many so-called "modern" looking sites, these features can become a distraction. For novice punters and those who simply want the best odds possible, a busy interface can actually be off-putting and that's something ClassicBet has clearly tried to avoid with its clear yet functional layout.
Like many online sportsbooks, your trip around the site starts at the top of the page with a series of tabs. Broken down into "racing", "sports", "mobile" and "promotions", these tabs do exactly what you'd expect in opening up a page dedicated to the main heading.
However, although these options are handy to have, they aren't strictly necessary as ClassicBet offers a three-stage betting process. Moving from left-to-right, this process is facilitated by three page components.
Left Sidebar: Inside this widget you'll find a list of the sports you can speculate on. To ensure the list doesn't spiral out of control and become illegible, ClassicBet uses a combination of dropdown boxes and hyperlinks.
Essentially, the main aim of the left-hand widget is to help you find specific odds for the latest events in your chosen sport. To facilitate this, the interface presents you with a list of general headings in the first instance, i.e. "racing", "basketball", "tennis" etc.
Once you've chosen your favourite sport, the software will then reveal a dropdown menu containing a list of the latest betting options. For example, if tennis was your thing, then the drop down menu would show you a list of forthcoming tournaments, such as the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
After narrowing down your options to a manageable set of odds, the left sidebar then links you to the centre of the page where you'll find a table of betting lines based on your previous selections.
Centre Console: After activating a specific betting market via the left sidebar, ClassicBet's software will then display all the available bets in a dynamic table. At this point, if there are multiple betting options available for a particular event (i.e. for a tennis match you'll be able to bet on outcomes such as the overall winner, winning margin, number of aces etc), these will be displayed at the top of the page.
Once you've drilled down even further into ClassicBet's matrix of odds (there are literally thousands of bets on offer each day), you can then sort the tables based by price or name before making a selection. To do this, you simply have to click on the odds displayed (listed in a decimal format) and move your eyes across to the right-hand side of the screen.
Right Sidebar: After choosing a bet in the central column, your final job is to review the odds, input your wager and confirm the bet using the "My Betslips" widget in the top right-hand side of the ClassicBet interface. Once you've completed this process, your odds will be locked in and the necessary funds will be debited from your account.
Completing the ClassicBet interface is the "Upcoming Matches…" widget. Also located on the right-hand side of the page, this feature shows the next events and odds on offer. Listed in chronological order, this dynamic widget adds a sense of dynamism to the site and allows you to stay on top of the latest pre-event and in-play betting markets.
Being an Australian-owned platform with strong links to many of the country's top racing venues, horse racing and greyhound racing are central to ClassicBet's overall offering. Given pride of place at the top of the betting menu, the latest races are broken down into categories (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound) and chronological order (today, tomorrow and future).
To complement this heavy focus on racing, ClassicBet also offers a comprehensive results database. Providing an insight into races from around the world since 2011, this database can be filtered in a number of ways (including date and venue) to give you a much greater insight into the sport and its top competitors and, therefore, a much greater chance of making a profit.
As you can see, ClassicBet is a fantastic site if you're a fan of racing, but that doesn't mean you can't speculate on other major sports. Regardless of whether you're interested in boxing, tennis, volleyball surfing or soccer, ClassicBet has markets for virtually any professional sport you can think of.
Unfortunately, if there's one area of ClassicBet that could be improved, it is its live betting provisions. Although it is not the operator's fault that Aussie gambling laws prohibit in-play betting online), it is somewhat frustrating when you have to call the dedicated free phone number (AUS: 1800 888 001/NZ: 0800 238 001) in order to place an in-play bet.
Of course, no online sports betting site would be complete without mobile options and ClassicBet doesn't disappoint. Continuing its "clear and concise" theme, ClassicBet's mobile platform is available in two forms - a mobile site and a dedicated mobile app.
If you're an Android, Blackberry or Windows user, then you can simply visit the operator's optimised mobile site: ClassicBet.mobi. However, if you're an iOS user, there is a dedicated mobile app available for download inside the app store.
Whichever route you use, ClassicBet has ensured that you get the same great service via your mobile as you would online. In fact, because the software has been scaled back to suit the mobile environment, it's actually easier in some instances to find the best odds and place a bet.
When it comes to promotions, ClassicBet hangs its hat on one main principle, the best odds possible. After you've completed the sign-up process (which takes just 30 seconds), ClassicBet promises to give you the best racing odds possible for a slew of racing events.
According to the site, if you're able to place a bet 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, they will pay the Best Tote or Top Fluctuation on almost all Australian Metro gallops. For horse racing fans, this basically means you can always be guaranteed the best price possible when you ante-up at ClassicBet.
When it comes to styling, ClassicBet certainly has a classic look. While some might find the aesthetics somewhat dull, the set-up is actually much more conducive to an efficient betting than an interface that's overloaded with images and graphics. In fact, if you're a novice who's unfamiliar with the online betting world, ClassicBet's interface is one that will make you feel instantly at ease thanks to its simple set-up.
Beyond the site's styling, ClassicBet is undoubtedly a premium platform when it comes to racing. Aside from the backing of Australia's top racing venues and organisations, this site offers unparalleled odds on many of Australia's top races. Not only that, but if you want more makers, better betting lines and a wealth of racing information, then there really is no better site than ClassicBet.
To join ClassicBet, follow our dedicated download link and create your first account today.