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Before You Bet

Before You Bet turns sports bettors into betting experts.

Founded in 2013, Before You Bet (BYB) has become a trusted resource for hundreds of thousands of Australian punters. Our team has decades of industry experience, and we share this knowledge with you each day by providing:

In other words, whether you're a seasoned punter or a sports betting novice, looking for picks or hunting for promos, BYB should always be your first stop before you bet.


Our Mission

Our goal is to help you make better bets, and have more fun along the way. (We'd expect you to be a more profitable bettor, too!)

We do this through a comprehensive range of content, all of which is created by an Australian-based team and catered specifically to the Australian market.


Sports Betting Tips & Advice

Our team of analysts works tirelessly to bring you the latest news, analysis and advice from the sports betting world. Our tips and in-depth previews cover everything from the AFL Grand Final to NRL Round 1 to the Melbourne Cup and everything in between. 

When it comes to sports tips, BYB has you covered all the way. Every round, every match, every major race, all season long.


Trusted Sportsbook Reviews

You're wagering your hard-earned money each time you place a bet. Win, lose or draw, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether or not your sportsbook is legit.

At BYB, we only partner with licensed, legal Australian betting sites. Our team of experienced industry experts compares these different bookies and shares the best, most up-to-date information on each of them.

Different sports betting sites will stand out for different reasons. Betting agencies also are constantly coming, going and changing within the fast-paced Australian market. Bookmakers may change, but your personal preferences don't. It's important that you find the best online sportsbook for you - and we're here to help you do exactly that.


Why Should I Trust BYB's Reviews?

Our sportsbook reviews are always honest, in-depth and - most importantly - objective. 

Our review process looks at "everything."  These factors include the quality of odds, range of sports and markets available, bonus bets, signup codes, user experience, customer support, and industry reputation.

You can trust our sports betting tips for the same reasons. In an industry where a lot of secrets are kept within, we keep the doors open, sharing all of our sports betting techniques and strategies that will produce profits for our readers.

We don't win unless your sports betting experience is an enjoyable one.


Meet The BYB Team

We're a real site that's owned and operated by a real company that employs a team of real people. We have an intense passion for sports and believe that sports betting should be fun and easy.

Here's the people behind Before You Bet.

Heath Chick - Managing Director

Twitter: @_tassiedevil_

Heath is one of the original founders and the active Managing Director of The Trifect Group, the company that owns and operates Before You Bet.

Heath has worked in the wagering industry for two decades. Formally in the poker industry, Heath ran Australia's leading poker news portal before transitioning across to lead Before You Bet. Heath also manages other TTG projects that include our US based site Total Sports Picks and our daily fantasy sports website Daily Fantasy Rankings.

On Twitter, you'll find Heath providing unsolicited commentary on the latest cricket, darts or AFL matches, possibly cursing the misfortune of his beloved North Melbourne.

Heath will occasionally contribute content in these fields, but otherwise is left to manage operations which includes business development, affiliate partnerships and our content & editing team. Feel free to connect with Heath via our Contact Us page if you'd like to discuss any new business opportunities with us!

Jake Smit - Editor & Content Manager

Twitter: @JakeSmit22

Based on the South-West coast of Victoria, Jake has been an avid sports fanatic since he could walk. Aussie Rules, basketball, and soccer are his main three loves, but he's also got a soft spot for countless other sports.

Besides being a major contributor to our sports and fantasy content since 2017, Jake is our Content Manager and helps to plan and coordinate our team of writers every week. He's also one of the unlucky ones that is a keen Port Adelaide and Phoenix Suns fan, so go easy on him.

Jack Tobin - AFL, Cricket & EPL Expert

Twitter: @jacktobin_

Jack Tobin has a Bachelor of Media and Communications Degree, majoring in Sports Media, and has been part of the Before You Bet writing staff since 2019.

Jack is a sports fanatic but is particularly keen on Cricket, AFL, Basketball, NFL and Soccer where he has a keen eye for spotting a winner or three. Jack is still waiting for Essendon to win a final in the AFL, while he also supports the Miami Heat in the NBA, Manchester United in the EPL and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.

"Scooby" - NRL Expert

Twitter: @NRL_TheProfits

Scooby is our NRL guru with over ten years experience writing about rugby league with Before You Bet and previously at The Profits. His background is in playing and coaching but he's enjoyed the switch to share his knowledge through his articles, as well as sharing his thoughts on Twitter.

Scooby's strength is assessing the overall team - what they offer across the field in a match and how the ethos of a club contributes to their success. Momentum also has a major impact on sports, and Scooby likes to explore this, while underpinning his judgement against a solid basis of statistical analysis. When combined with the aforementioned points, it combines for a holistic approach towards betting on rugby league.

Scooby doesn't like to broadcast which team he supports to avoid any potential feelings of bias in his articles. Several people have attempted to guess who he supports based on his writing and the difference in selections suggests the balanced approach is working.

Other sports he enjoys include Cricket, Horse Racing and NFL. There is a reason why Scooby ‘clicked’ with BYB from Day 1 - he loves his sport as much as we do.

"Ace" aka Steve - Tennis Expert

Twitter: @Ace_Previews

Steve is based in Melbourne and has a keen interest in a number of sports, notably Tennis, AFL and NBA. Steve is our Tennis "Ace" as he follows the tour year-round, and has been posting Tennis previews on Twitter/X for over a decade as Australia's leading Tennis sports betting tipster. Steve previously wrote for The Profits and also contributes to The Hub on Betfair.

A physiotherapist by trade, Steve also uses his knowledge in attempts to gain an edge situationally, in addition to his keen interest in the numbers and maths behind betting.

Steve follows the Tennis too closely to have a favourite player, supports Collingwood in the AFL and the Miami Heat in the NBA.

In his spare time he is the Director of Ace Tennis Previews and is also completing a PhD.

Ben Bridge - EPL, NFL,  NRL & Fantasy Expert

Twitter: @SportsCapper83

Based in Newcastle, Ben earns a living working for the NSW Government, but his real passion lies in sports and sports betting. Ben has spent years developing sports betting models for various sports and has been using these models for the past few years, creating articles for Before You Bet across NRL, NFL, Formula 1, and fantasy sports contests on Draftstars.

A lifelong Penrith Panthers fan, Ben has finally seen some rewards for his years of loyal support, with the Panthers chasing a fourth straight NRL Premiership in 2024.

Adam Page - NRL, AFL & Horse Racing Expert

Twitter: @Page1991Adam

Based in the Mid North Coast of NSW, Adam has been a racing and sports nut ever since his old man took him to the local TAB as a youngster. Horse Racing, NRL and AFL are his main three sports, but he also has eyes on a number of others.

Adam's work has been featured in G1X, PMP Magazine, and Nerdly Ltd, and he is a current horse racing writer at Just Horse Racing.

Brendan Bunworth - Horse Racing Expert

Twitter: @Bunners26

Brendan is a qualified Journalist, formerly with the Hamilton Spectator, but has over 10 years of experience as a sports and racing analyst, including a stint with TheDogs.com.au, as well as framing betting markets for corporate bookmakers. He specialises in thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing, as well as Cricket and AFL.

Brendan is now based in Melbourne after moving from country Victoria in 2022 and has tried his luck in greyhound ownership but now focuses more on horse racing.

His bets of choice include quaddies, all-up placing/win bets and he's a big contributor to our Lay of the Day pieces. Brendan is also a passionate supporter of Tottenham (EPL) and Richmond (AFL) sporting teams.

Shannon Buckley - Horse Racing Expert

Twitter: @Bucks_YNWA

Shannon is an avid Horse Racing enthusiast and Essendon Bombers fan.

He grew up surrounded by horse racing and the passion for trying to find a winner with his father working for Hall of Fame trainers Colin Hayes and later his Son, David Hayes. Shannon has grown to love the great game in his own right by trying to dissect and analyse form to find future winners.

Shannon has a growing support base on Dabble with over 15,000 followers thanks to his success analysing form for Punters & Collectors and Before You Bet.

He'll see you in the queue with his selections!

Ben Talintyre - UFC/MMA Expert

Twitter: @bentalintyre

Ben is an avid sports reader, writer and viewer who immerses himself in the sporting world at any chance. He religiously follows world football (soccer) (up the mighty Reds (YNWA)), MMA and NRL, and tries to keep up to date on all sporting codes.

Ben is a western Sydney reporter for The Daily Telegraph and NewsLocal and has previously worked at Sky News and Fox Sports News. As a punter and sports betting analyst, Ben always looks for value. Before any tip or bet, Ben draws up his own market based off of his own knowledge before comparing to the sports betting markets. His best advice he has for punters is that a winning bet isn’t always a good bet!

Ben is always up to talk sport with anyone and everyone, and provide any further insight and thoughts into any sporting match or fight. So feel free to hit him up on Twitter! Ben's opinions are always his own and to the MMA fighters who he says are not good enough in his previews, he does do jiu jitsu but conceded you absolutely would still destroy him in a fight!

Jesse Penfold - AFL Fantasy Expert

Twitter: @jessepenfold

Jesse has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years, and actively plays both AFL and basketball in both season long and daily fantasy competitions.

Jesse has been an integral member of the DFS team, writing and contributing to Daily Fantasy Rankings and Before You Bet since 2019.

Michael Lee - Esports Expert

Michael Lee is our dedicated Esports contributor. Michael has been intimately following the Esports scene for many years and enjoys scouting tournaments from all over the globe for his best Esports betting tips of the day. Michael enjoys dabbling as a player in League of Legends and as well as Fortnite with his mates, and has built his passion hobby into a career where he contributes Esports content as a freelance writer for a number of organisations around the globe.


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