You wouldn’t bet on it.
The Sportsbet app appears to be having technical problems, with punters struggling to use the smartphone just 90 minutes before the Melbourne Cup, the most heavily bet on race in Australia, gets underway.
Not an ideal day for the @sportsbetcomau app to crash. ????
— Matt Hagias (@MattHagias) November 6, 2018
— Lexi (@Grommit06) November 6, 2018
— Dazwah (@darren_william) November 6, 2018
Ladbrokes appears to have also crashed at around the same time.
If something gets you down today, just remember you could be working at ladbrokes customer service 1.5 hrs out from the #MelbourneCup and your website and app are offline. https://t.co/8cRM6yGns8 pic.twitter.com/7HJb4paygg
— Gerard Doyle (@GerBot) November 6, 2018
— Daniel (@the6thdan) November 6, 2018
In 2016, Australians wagered $657 million over the 4-day Cup carnival period.
— Matthew (@matt777_rocks) November 6, 2018
— Catherine Whelan (@LadyOenotria) November 6, 2018
Others are also reporting that the website is having difficulties.
What are the odds?
We contacted Sportsbet for comment. They replied to us more that 2 hours and 40 minutes later at 4.40pm asking us to call or email them for details.
We told them the horse had bolted.