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Bookmakers organise and manage wagering or betting activities at licensed betting offices, sporting locations or online.

  • Entry-level education

    Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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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.


Work activities

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

Working Hours

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.


Job outlook

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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.


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