As a relative newcomer to the ranks of online bookmakers, Betrally offers punters one prime advantage that is not currently available from any of the fine Australian based online bookmakers.
The ability to take part in live online betting without phoning in. Similar to Pinnacle, Betrally is licensed in Curacao, so the provisions of the Interactive Gaming Act do not apply. That is, there seems to be little in the way of actual enforcement. We are not sure why, but the international services such as Betrally are either not aware of the law, or they choose to ignore it. Due to the unique provisions of the Act, it is the operator and not the individual who is responsible for compliance.
Also like Pinnacle, Betrally does not get involved with any racing. They do, however, offer a new member bonus in the form of a credit of up to $150 that is available to anyone who opens a wagering account for a minimum of $25.00. Similar to the domestic bookmakers, rollover requirements must be met in order to claim the bonus and whatever amount is deposited must be rolled over on a multi-bet of at least three legs with odds of 1.50 or greater per selection.
Australian punters are quite accustomed to elaborate provisions such as these with regard to any new member bonuses, but the chief redeeming feature of Betrally’s is that there are no prohibitions based on state of residency.
Betrally offers members virtual sports. Soccer, horse racing and greyhounds are offered. There is also a casino, a live casino and computer games. We will not consider these for this review, as we view them as novelties.
Turnover is 3x for deposited funds and 5x for the matching bonus. We mentioned the sign-up bonus earlier, but Betrally also offers a few promotions.
These will vary from time to time, so all we can tell you is to check the website to see if you find anything appealing. One bonus was applicable to virtual sports and another was for the casino offerings.
Betrally accepts Visa, MasterCard, POLi, and Neteller for deposits. For withdrawals, they have the same options, plus 1-pay, WebMoney, cheque and bank transfer. They will accept deposits in the Australian dollar. As for minimum deposit amounts, it is 25 euro for bank transfer and 10 euro for all other methods. At the moment, that works out to about $36 AUD for bank transfer and $15 AUD for the other methods, which is well in line with the industry in general.
There is a transaction fee for any withdrawals beyond one in 30 days that is given as five euros. They have a minimum withdrawal amount of 10 euro for Moneybookers and Neteller, 20 euro for credit card and 50 euro for bank transfer.
The minimum wager amount is one unit of your currency for sports and 0.10 for live events, which refers to the Betrally novelties.
Maximum winnings per day are 50,000 euro or the equivalent, currently $72,395 AUD.
Betrally margin averages six percent, which is higher than average. They do not offer credit betting and they do require proof of identity for accounts funded by credit card. They do not have dormant account fees of any kind.
For comparison, we will use an upcoming game from Round 21 of the 2016 AFL season. We randomly chose the match betwixt the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
Betrally priced the Hawks at 1.24 and the Kangaroos at 3.25. They listed 167 markets for the game. Sportsbet had the Hawks at 1.36 and the Roos at 3.20. The advantage goes to Sportsbet for bets on the Hawks and for offering 232 markets. Betrally will pay you more if the Roos win. Betstar listed the Hawks at 1.35 and the Roos at 3.20. They had 162 markets on offer.
From this brief unscientific comparison, it would appear that the domestic Australian bookmakers are superior to Betrally, but this is somewhat to be expected on Australian Rules. One of the main appeals to online wagering is the process of shopping for the best odds and we know from prior experience that the international operations often suffer a bit in this comparison.
Betrally Wagering Interface
The layout of the Betrally website will be familiar to anyone accustomed to any of the domestic bookies.
There is the familiar three-column layout that features a menu for navigating to the various sports on the left, odds in the middle and the betting slip on the right. Clicking on a sport on the left displays all the different leagues Betrally offers for that sport. There are checkboxes next to the leagues, so selecting multiple leagues permits viewing odds for multiple leagues at once. This is a handy feature.
When viewing odds, a panel at the top of the page provides options for viewing as many as three bet types, such as 1 x 2, Exact Score and Winning Margin. To the right of the odds is a link to additional markets.
The betting slip is well designed and functional and supports multi-betting. A Max Bet button shows the highest acceptable wager, but it is possible to input a higher amount, in which event a Betrally staff member will review the requested amount.
The bottom line, in our opinion, is that the wagering interface is attractive, very functional, intuitive and concise.
Betrally has a mobile version of its website, rather than depending operating system specific applications. We actually prefer this system because it makes mobile wagering possible with very little demand on mobile device resources. The mobile offering will be reviewed further on its own.
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