Every year, more AFL fans in New Zealand discover the excitement of betting on the legendary Aussie rules football at online bookmakers. New punters usually take it up with enthusiasm, but in the fervour of those early days, can forget that not every online bookmaker can be trusted to either be secure, or to offer good markets.

The Australian Football League’s season officially begins in March, and runs through to September, although the action actually begins in February with pre-season games. The regular season consists of the premiership season, the finals series, and the Grand Final.

In this quick and easy guide, punters can find a few tips that can help them enjoy season after season of safe and exciting betting.

Find a Good Quality Online AFL Bookmaker

The first thing punters need to do so they can enjoy betting on league matches online is to find a bookmaker they can trust. The biggest and best-known bookmakers in New Zealand have online platforms that are reliable and that offer markets on Aussie rules football’s most prestigious event.

If, however, punters are considering signing up at less-well known bookmakers, it is important that they ensure the site is secure, and that AFL markets are offered. To check that an online bookmaker is secure, punters should read either the home, banking, About Us, or FAQ pages.

If the site is protected by SSL data encryption technology, they will certainly say as much. AFL punters should also check whether or not they can deposit NZ$, and by what methods.

Punter support should also be available. Trustworthy bookmakers offer it 24 hours a day via live chat, toll-free phone numbers, email, and fax.

AFL Markets at Reputable Online Bookmakers

Punters in New Zealand should go beyond merely checking if AFL betting odds appears among the markets listed at online bookmakers. They should also take a closer look at the types of bets offered.

Among the types of bets players can expect to find at reputable online bookmakers are match bets such as outright bets on which team will win, and prop or exotic bets such as the correct score at the end of a match or which player scored the most points.

Punters should also find long-term bets such as betting on the winner of the Grand Final, as well as bracket bets and multiple batch bets.

Betting on AFL Online

Once New Zealander punters have found an online bookmaker at which they are comfortable betting on AFL games, and have signed up, they can deposit NZ$ into their account using the banking service and a payment method such as an e-wallet, credit card, or prepaid card.

When they are ready to place their bets, punters can click through to the bookmaker’s markets and select the AFL tab. When the page opens, punters should find information about the league’s season, available bet types, and even statistics and information that can be useful, especially when placing prop bets.

Placing bets is usually as simple as selecting the preferred bet types, and then confirming the betting slip. If punters’ bets win, their winnings will be paid into their account.