Despite our cautions about new member sign-up bonuses being poor criterions for selecting a betting agency, they seem to play a prominent role in the decisions of many punters, so we will not neglect to mention that CrownBet prominently displays a banner on their webpage touting a 400 percent first deposit match offer - Deposit $50 Bet With $250.00.
CrownBet also offer a second join up offer for those punters who require a smaller bonus - CrownBet will match your first deposit of $100 with $100.00 in Bonus Bets so you can start betting with $200.00. Click Here
for this offer.
They have reasonably modest turnover requirements for that bonus, only 1 x times at odds of 1.50 or more. They do permit the bonus to be split over various wagers.
CrownBet accepts credit cards, Visa and MasterCard that is, POLi PayPal and BPay for funding. Bank transfers are accepted, just so you know. You can also mail CrownBet a cheque, if you still have those relics from the 19th century. All of those options, as of mid-2016, require a minimum deposit amount of $5 AUD, the only currency in which CrownBet trades.
There are no fees attached to deposits by CrownBet and no dormant account fees, but be advised that certain banks will charge whatever fees they can, real or imaginary, and certain banks will not facilitate direct deposit due to restrictions imposed by those banks on gambling companies.
Regarding withdrawals, simply reverse the deposit methods, but the most efficient way to go about it is to obtain a prepaid CrownBet Visa card and have your winnings loaded on that card, then you can go about spending your gains anywhere the Visa card is accepted, or you can utilise the services of one of those new-fangled cash dispensing robots that are everywhere.
However, you choose to claim your funds, the minimum withdrawal amount is $5.00.
We next explored the CrownBet website to determine minimum bet sizes. We digress briefly for our latest rant.
We would expect to find pertinent information such as minimum bet size, maximum wins, minimum bet for live telephone betting and other things of that nature on the Support tab under the heading of FAQ. We found nine questions and answers there, but none of the questions were ones we would ever bother to ask once, let alone frequently. We would speculate that the most frequently asked question regarding the FAQ section is: Who thinks these things up?
We are not singling out CrownBet. They, and just about every bookmaker, and for that matter, most websites we visit, devote efforts to providing FAQs of near zero value. Whew!
We thought we had struck pay dirt for minimum bet information on the Betting Info tab of the Support section. An icon labeled Minimum Bet Update took us to a page where we learned that CrownBet is the first corporate bookmaker to adopt a nationwide minimum bet limit for Australian thoroughbred racing. That policy states that they will accept all bets from customers that if successful, will supply a maximum payout of $1000. The chief provision to this policy is that the bet must be placed a minimum of 30 minutes before the race start.
As you might expect, when we clicked on an icon offering a Minimum Bet Update, we were expecting something other than what we got.
We attempted to locate the information we sought by clicking another icon in the Betting Info section. This one was labelled How to Bet FAQs. The information contained there was worthwhile, although it was not presented in a question/answer format. There were two videos there describing how to place a racing trifecta bet on the website and how to do the same on the mobile apps.
After more effort than we felt necessary, we scrolled down to the very bottom of the CrownBet website and found a tiny text link labeled Terms and Conditions. It was here that we discovered that as of mid-2016, minimum website bets are $0.50, racing bets via telephone are $50 and sports bets placed via phone are $20.00.
Whilst visiting the Terms and Conditions section in hopes of discovering the answer to what apparently CrownBet (and many others), categorise as Infrequently, or Never-asked Questions (INAQs), such as how much we could win or what is the most we could wager, we encountered a labyrinthine tangle of legalese jargon. Again, we are not singling our CrownBet; this sort of thing is everywhere, online banking sites, retailers and just about everyone else you might care to mention. We came away empty handed so far as our two questions were concerned. We noticed that under the Sports Rules, there are 26 sets of rules for everything from Aussie Rules, right through the alphabet to Volleyball.
CrownBet does offer online support in the shape of an email contact form and they do offer live chat at certain hours and a telephone number as well. We recommend contacting them via the online methods, asking the pertinent questions, and maintaining the written response as a fallback should you ever need to dispute a difference between the information received and the results of any actual wagers.
CrownBet does offer credit facilities.