TAB Review - Australia's Premier Horse Racing Bookmaker

TAB Sportsbet is a sportsbook that is owned by Tabcorp Holdings. The same company also own other betting brands, Sky Racing and Sky Sports Radio, the latter two of which they make available through their TAB website to their customerso.

When signing up to TAB Sportsbet you will be directed to either their New South Wales or Victoria websites as the company has licenses in both of the Australian states. If you are not from either state, you have the choice of which website you’d like to use. Once you opt for one of the states, you cannot then change to the other.

Given their background as a Tote operator, TAB Sports is still the best place to turn to for Tote products on horse racing as they have more bets than anybody else. Some of these Tote products allow you the opportunity to win a life-changing amount of money so if you like bets where you only have to stake a small amount of money to win big, TAB Sports is the place to punt with.

One of the products TAB Sportsbet offer on their site is a virtual racing service called Trackside. There I nothing virtual about a winner so if you are lucky enough to pick the right horse, your pay-out will just be as good as backing a real horse without the hassle of having to worry about ground, the draw and jockey on board.

TAB Sportsbet offer odds on domestic and international horse racing, greyhounds and harness racing. Their sportsbook covers all the major sports you’d expect to find betting on.

The one criticism of their homepage is it can look a little busy. The A-Z of the sports they cover goes across the top of the page from left to right. The bet slip is on the right side of the page and it can be used to generate multiple bets that tell you how much you can potentially win if all of your selections are successful.

Odds & Promotions

Sadly, TAB Sportsbet don’t offer new customers a signup offer when you open an account. There are, however, a number of offers and promotions available with the firm every day. One of these is TAB Rewards. This is where you accumulate points every time you place a bet. If you are a regular on the site, you will soon generate a number of free bets and have the chance to win tickets to sports events, hospitality prizes and merchandise. Unlike some betting companies, they reward existing customers for their loyalty.

TAB Sportsbet offer daily enhancements on their site across horse racing and their sporting products. These will depend on what is happening each day as they like to offer these boosts across the highlights that day and week. For example, during one of the four golf Majors, they have been known to enhance the odds on the favourite or place terms for each-way punters.

Once you place a bet with TAB Sportsbet on a race, you can live stream the action on the site. This is not just available on their desktop site, but you can also watch the racing on the go through their app on your smartphone. The firm also have the rights to broadcast AFL games due to their partnership with the league.

If you want to learn more about the promotions TAB Sportsbet are releasing each day, follow their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They also run competitions on their channels to win free bets each week.

The firm has a reputation for being very competitive with their odds and they are prepared to lay big bets for the high rollers.

Player Security & Safety

Depositing into your TAB Sportsbet account is safe and secure. You can do so with the following payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, BPAY, cheque, bank transfer, money order, Australian Post outlet or in one of their retail outlets across the country. There is a minimum of $20 that you must deposit with a credit card, but there is no minimum amount for all other methods.

In order for you to make your first withdrawal, you will need to verify your details. If you made a deposit by card, you will need to provide a copy of the front and back of the card. This picture can be scanned and sent by email or in the post. The 16-digit card number, expiry date and CV2 number on the back of the card need to be clearly visible, though, otherwise, you will be asked to send them again. Your identity needs to be confirmed by your passport, driving license or birth certificate and you are required to prove where you live with a utility bill from the last three months. Once these verification checks have been carried out, your account will be activated for withdrawals.

If English is not your first language, you have the option of changing the language of the site to either Spanish, Japanese, Chinese simplified and Chinese traditional. You can also bet in the following currencies: AUD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY and USD.

TAB Sports have a customer service team that work around the clock to answer any security queries you may have or if you need help placing a bet. You can reach them on the phone or via e-mail. Sadly, they do not have a live chat facility on their site.

The Australian firm don’t offer any credit betting; therefore, the only way to place a bet is to deposit first. If your account becomes dormant for six months, TAB Sports charge a $5.50 fee per month to keep it open.

Conclusion & Overall Rating

TAB Sportsbet is unique in that it offers horse racing punters the choice of whether to bet on their sportsbook or through their pool betting. The latter is available with other bookmakers; however, only for the basic products. There is also the opportunity to win a big jackpot prize with bets such as Quaddies and Big 6.

Although TAB Sportsbet don’t have a signup offer, which will put some punters off opening an account, they do reward loyalty with their TAB Sports Rewards scheme. If you are a regular punter, you will soon earn a free bet and unlike signup offers, you can continue to become eligible for more free bets as an existing customer.

Due to TAB Sportsbet being a Tabcorp Holdings brand, you will get access to Sky Racing through their site and you are also able to stream AFL games. This means if you don’t have access to cable channels, you are able to watch your race live.

There is plenty of choice on the site’s sportsbook. Unusually, the A-Z list runs across the top of the page and not down the left side, but you will soon become used to where everything is positioned.

The downside to TAB Sportsbet’s customer service is that they are one of only a few firms now who don’t have a 24/7 live chat option. You can reach a member of their team on the phone, which is probably the best option if the matter is urgent, as an email may take much longer to be dealt with.


Overall rating: 7/10