Want to take 5 mates to the MCG? To help raise awareness for the travel side of their business, social sportsbetting startup PuntClub.com has teamed up with corporate bookmaker Luxbet to give customers a chance to take their punters club to the MCG for the blockbuster clash between Essendon and Carlton in August.
Group sports travel is a fast-growing sector of the travel industry, and the humble Aussie punters club is doing it's bit for the average as clubs look further afield than the traditional long lunch or day at the races.
"Punters clubs on their own are awesome fun, and have always been a great way to save for a big day out with your mates," says Punt Club founder Jason Neave, "but our customers are looking for more, and we're having a ball sorting it out for them."
Punt Club, which offers a service to let people run their punters clubs online without the administrative burden, has teamed up with Luxbet to fulfill the betting side of club activity, and they've also partnered with All Sports Travel (of Footytrips.com.au fame) to deliver increasingly indulgent and upmarket trips to their customers.
"We're trying to focus on life experience" says Neave. "Our platform and our affiliation with Luxbet lets our customers manage their club bets without the admin nightmare. Now our deal with All Sports Travel helps them make the most of the money they save too. Using our service, a trip to the Cox Plate or the Hong Kong Sevens becomes as manageable as a trip to the local RSL - we sort it all for them."
Neave has seen the growth in social wagering in Europe and sees exciting times ahead for the industry. "Betting with your mates towards a common goal is way more fun than punting alone" he says "and our technology now makes it easy too." If he's right, that same humble Aussie punters club might soon be pressing the boom sectors of footy tipping and fantasy sports for bragging rights in the office social club. To get your punters club in the mix for the day at the MCG, go PuntClub.com to enter.
PuntClub.com is a social sportsbetting startup that lets groups of mates run their punters clubs online, without the admin nightmare usually associated with such an exercise. Incubated in Adelaide, South Australia, by digital agency The Distillery, Punt Club looks forward to the day when every sporting club, office social group, or bunch of mates, runs a punters club in the same way they run their footy tipping competitions.
Luxbet is a racing and sports corporate bookmaking operation, licensed by the Northern Territory Racing Commission in Australia and launched in September 2008. Luxbet is owned and managed by Tabcorp Holdings, an Australian top 50 ASX listed company.
Luxbet offers fixed odds betting and tote odds betting on racing, and a full suite of licensed fixed odds sports and novelty event offerings. Its service is conducted through Internet and telephone betting.