Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Bookmakers organise and manage wagering or betting activities at licensed betting offices, sporting locations or online.
Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Bookmaker do?
Bookmakers organise and manage wagering or betting activities at licensed betting offices, sporting locations or online. Bookmakers are also known as bookies.
As a bookmaker, you would:
- take wagers or bets from customers in person, or over the phone
- manage online betting software
- keep accurate records of all transactions
- promote products to customers
- pay out winnings
- deal with complaints in a tactful way
- comply with all federal or state laws and gaming regulations.
Key skills and interests
To become a bookmaker, you would need:
- strong knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, a range of different sports
- an understanding of the rules of racing and other sports
- knowledgeable about conditions that can affect results
- to be lively, confident and outgoing
- excellent customer service skills
- an understanding of betting laws and regulations
- good communication and negotiation skills
- the ability to keep calm under pressure.
Working hours and conditions
Bookmakers need to be able to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends. Part-time work is sometimes possible.
As an on-course bookmaker, your work could take you all over the country to race meetings and other sporting events. Your would work outdoors in all weather conditions.
As a remote bookmaker, you would spend most of your time working with a computer and phone, and your hours may vary.
How to become an Bookmaker?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a bookmaker without formal qualifications, but you would need to obtain the relevant licences. Bookmakers usually have a number of years of experience as a bookmaker's clerk. Employers usually require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Applicants for a bookmaker's licence attend a series of interviews before a decision is made on their application.
The minimum age requirement is usually 18 years, and 21 years for a bookmaker in some States.
Falling racecourse attendance and the increase in online gambling has resulted in a reduction in the number of operating bookmakers.
Many bookmakers work part-time and have other means of employment.