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Calling on almost 60 years of history offering the most comprehensive bookmaker service in Australia, the TAB is a wagering giant with deep roots in the nation’s culture. Now available online.

TAB Betting Site Review

Calling on almost 60 years of history offering the most comprehensive bookmaker service in Australia, the TAB is a wagering giant with deep roots in the nation’s culture. The Victorian TAB was founded in 1960, Tabcorp was then founded in 1994 upon privatisation.

The Totalisator Agency Board was once a licensed bookmaker owned by each Australian State Government, but was eventually sold off and privatised, starting with Victoria in 1994, becoming Tabcorp.

When the Victorian and NSW TAB’s merged in 2004, a gambling super power emerged in the country that continued to spread. After an enormous merger with the Tatts Group in 2017, Tabcorp replaced the UBET retail betting outlets in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, meaning that there are now more than 4000 of the green-dominated TAB retail shops across the country, in addition to the Tabcorp’s licensing agreement and residency in pubs and clubs.

Western Australia remains the only state in the nation that still has a state-run TAB.

Relying on its incredible brand power, exclusive Government licensing and ability to provide services at bricks and mortar sites as well as a comprehensive online service, the TAB doesn’t need to offer the same promotions and betting offers as its competition online, but still has plenty of great features for punters.


TAB betting terminal
The retail giant TAB facilitating the move to digital with betting terminals in shops.


TAB Verdict

How does the TAB compare with the competition? Let’s take a look.

Pros

  • Oldest wagering operator in Australia
  • 4000+ retail betting outlets in the country
  • Exclusive government licensing agreement

Cons

  • Brand power & retail dominance mean that TAB are somewhat slow to improve their online betting site.
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TAB Sign Up Codes

The TAB, like all other online bookmakers in Australia, can no longer offer any bonuses or incentives for signing up and registering a betting account.

Changes to legislation across the nation has eliminated the sign-up bonus, but it was never something the TAB offered to begin with.

If anything, the elimination of the sign-up bonus could be a boon for the TAB, which is now on level footing when it comes to incentivising new customers to sign up.

TAB Free bets


The TAB does not offer ‘free bets’ and does not advertise their use, but there are provisions surrounding the TAB Rewards program that offers points that can be used on bets, gifts and other special events.

TAB Welcome Offers


Due to state and federal gambling legislation, the TAB cannot and does not offer welcome bonuses and incentives for new members. 

While they can and do have a wide range of features and ongoing promotions for its existing punters and a wide range of unique service both online and in-person, no bookmaker in the country can use welcome offers.


TAB Betting Tips

The TAB heavily markets and promotes its extensive markets in big domestic competitions like the AFL, NRL and BBL. They have also branched out to offer a wider variety of odds in major US sports like NFL or the NBA.

TAB Horse Racing & Sport Betting

TAB.com.au offers a comprehensive service to its sports punters, with 20 professional sports to bet on, all with a number of different leagues, tournaments and competitions covered with match-up and futures markets.

The sports currently listed include:

AFLAmerican FootballBadmintonBaseball
BasketballBoxingCricketCycling
DartsGolfIce HockeyMotor Sports
NetballPoliticsRugby LeagueRugby Union
SoccerSurfingTennisVolleyball


TAB Odds

The TAB is renowned for its comprehensive futures markets and were an innovator in getting ahead of the game, regularly offering odds 12 months ahead of annual competitions and tournaments.

TAB odds for both sport and racing  are competitive, but rarely top the market, given the bookmaker runs the tote for racing markets and has a lot of competition in the industry. Online corporate bookmakers actively seek to beat or at least match the TAB odds and take a slice of the TAB’s big market share of customers.

TAB Products & Features

TAB.com.au offers featured markets each and every day of the calendar year, called ‘Today’s Specials’.

Targeting a variety of different sports, tournaments and events, depending on popular markets throughout the week, Today’s Specials will offer unique markets that often combine different bets together.

Today’s Specials gives TAB punters unique betting options at odds that are often inflated to add more value.

TAB Mobile Betting

The TAB smart phone and tablet app, available via iTunes, Android, offers the full catalogue of the bookmaker’s various betting markets and services.

The TAB app interface is uncomplicated, easy to use and provides users with upcoming races and sports events on its home page for faster access.

In addition to its simple layout and easy navigation, it also offers an effective search bar at the top of each screen — punters only have to put the name of a horse, jockey, trainer, sporting club or athlete into the search field and the app will find the relative upcoming and popular futures markets you may be searching for.

Perhaps the best feature of the app and the TAB online service to its members is the ability to live stream racing action and select sports, completely free of charge. Thanks to the TAB’s deal with SKY Racing, punters will never miss a race they have bet on again, as long as they have their phone or tablet with them.

Finally, punters can also do all of their form ahead of a big racing meeting with a comprehensive form guide that provides expert analysis and all the data punters require. 

TAB Payment Details


Deposit options: 
  • Credit card
  • Direct cash deposit at TAB retail outlets
  • Cheque
  • Money order
  • BPay
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Australia Post Bank.

Withdrawal options: Direct cash withdrawal at TAB retail outlets, electronic funds transfer, cheque, money order
Deposit limit: $20 for credit card, BPay and Australia Post. No minimum deposit at TAB retail outlets and other methods.

Currencies accepted: AUD, NZD


TAB History

Given its status as the biggest bookmaker in the country and its history as the sole license holder for many states for multiple decades, Tabcorp is constantly making headlines in the Australian gambling industry.

Perhaps the biggest news coming out of the company over the last decade was its $11 billion merger with another Australian gaming giant, the Tatts Group, in 2017, paving the way for big shifts in the industry and strengthening Tabcorp’s market share.

Keep an eye on our news section as much of the headlines you see can have a direct link to your services as a TAB member and punter.

TAB Customer Service

  • Contact & support: 131802 via phone, @tabcomau_help via Twitter
  • Facebook: @tab.com.au
  • Twitter: @tabcomau

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