The Crown Resorts group is behind some of the best casinos in the world, including our very own Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth, so it’s not surprising that many online punters are curious as to whether Crown Casino offers an online gambling site where they can play their favourite pokies, roulette, blackjack and poker games.
The short answer is no, Crown does not offer an online casino site, but there is hope for the future. Given Crown’s reputation as a global leader in the gaming and entertainment industry, the brand is in the prime position to run an online casino, which just may happen when the new online gambling laws are approved through Australian parliament in 2017. Until that time comes, Aussie punters can bet online at Crown’s online sports betting platform, Crownbet.com.au.
Sports, racing and novelty bets at Crownbet
Crownbet is owned in partnership by the Crown Resorts Group and online betting pioneer, Matthew Tripp, so it shares the same outstanding reputation for real money wagering that Crown Casino is known for. It is the official partner of the AFL, and offers wagering on a range of sporting events, horse racing, greyhound racing and novelty betting markets. You can place a bet on almost every sport imaginable, from Aussie Rules, to American Baseball and even eSports and table tennis. Here are just some of the other betting markets offered by CrownBet:
- American Football
- Cricket Cycling
- Ice Hockey
- Rugby League/Union
For a little fun, novelty bets can be placed on an array of upcoming events in the political and entertainment world. At the time of writing, Crownbet was offering novelty bets on who would win the Nobel Peace Prize, Maxim’s Australia’s Hottest Woman, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship.
The official Crownbet website is accessible via your Web browser with no downloads required, with a separate mobile app available for download for iOS and Android. There are several incentives for players to sign up, including the Crownbet sign-up bonus offer (not available to players from Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia or New South Wales), ongoing bonus bets, bonus rewards, loyalty points, social media competitions and other weekly promotions. To utilise this online gambling service, you must be at least 18 years of age.
Crown Rewards loyalty program
Crown Casino may not have an online gaming site, but its Crown Rewards loyalty program is linked to bets made at CrownBet, so you can start racking up reward points at Crown’s land based casinos or the online betting site. The Crown Rewards program lets you earn points every time you pay for Crown-affiliated services, including when spending money on gaming, hotels or dining. If you already have a Crown Rewards membership, you can link that to the CrownBet Rewards program to start earning points simultaneously across both networks. Reward points can later be redeemed for stays in Crown hotels, casino chips, Crown gift cards, dining experiences, movie tickets, online subscriptions and more.
Crown Rewards and CrownBet Rewards members move through five different membership tiers, gaining access to a higher set of benefits the higher you climb. Benefits can include free parking, members-only offers, access to VIP gaming rooms and other special deals.
Will there be a Crown Casino online in the future?
In March 2017, new online gambling laws were introduced in Australia specifying that no online casino provider is legally allowed to offer real money gambling services to Aussie players unless they have a license from an Australian state or territory. Given Crown Casino’s reputation in the casino industry, the brand is in a great position to be the first Australian casino licensed to provide online casino games. Only time will tell if that ever happens, but in the meantime you can place bets on sports, racing and novelty events at CrownBet.com.au and start racking up those Crown Rewards.