I’m sure every young kiwi lad has experienced his father or grandfather, sitting around the TV, with a newspaper in hand for racing form, a beer and trackside going all Saturday or Sunday morning.
However the TAB system that we use to bet with (via the website) has far passed its use by date.
Let’s look at some alternatives to the old dinosaur of the TAB, and put them head to head, to find out the best bookmaker for all of your kiwi horse racing needs!
One of the things I first looked for when trying to compare NZ’s TAB Racing, to a few other bookmakers, was the way that they format their racing cards.
This is very important to myself, as I will occasionally bet on 10 to even 50 races a day!
When a race is due to start in under 60 seconds, you want to ensure that the system is quick and easy to navigate, without the hassle of having to think about “what and where” to click!
Let’s first take a look at the TAB.CO.NZ racing card format:
NZ TAB Racing Card
In the above gif, you can see myself clicking through the various bet types for a nz race at Te Aroha.
Right out of the gate (like that horse related analogy I threw in there) we can see its a rather confusing, and quite simply messy process.
You can especially see this when we click a exotic bet type such as “Double” and the page reloads with a different screen, making things all the more confusing.
Now let’s compare that with the same NZ racing card, using William Hill:
WilliamHill Racing Card
You can see as I go through the various different betting types, the page doesn’t change dramatically. The side of the page (where I would place my various bets) is the only part that does change.
This is an absolutely fantastic feature, because if I’m in a rush to place a paticular bet type, I don’t want the website to drastically change and fore me to panic trying to find where to click!
Now let’s look at one more racing card that is featured on the well known Australian Bookmaker: SportsBet
SportsBet Racing Card
And the winner is…
Personally I think the look and feel of the William Hill card is better, however the SportsBet version does have some huge advantages.
One of my favorite things about this card, is the fact that when I click through the various exotic bet types, the website tells me what they mean. As someone that’s a little new to horse racing (only been a gambler for a few years remember!) this is a must need feature for me!
Of course one of the most important parts about choosing a bookie to bet with, is the odds that they will offer on each horse
Let’s Compare the odds of a race in Pukekohe (for reference this was on the 6th of September 2017, Pukekohe, Race 1):
|1. Royal Ruler (5)||3.8||4.2||4.2|
|2. Captain Orange (8)||11||9.5||9.5|
|3. Mount Midoriyama (7)||6||8.5||9|
|4. Pushka (9)||9.5||9||9.5|
|5. Renminbi (2)||7||5.5||6|
|6. Ruby Choux Rose (11)||18||16||16|
I only used the “Win” bets (not the place bets of each horse in the race).
I guess its no surprise that the winner here is the NZ TAB racing. They offer the best odds to their gamblers, simply because the horses are in there backyard!
However the table still goes to show how valuable the other sportsbooks are, after all the winner of the 1st race has far better odds on both Sportsbet AND WilliamHill!
As much as it pains me to say it, I give the winner of odds on this one to TAB, closely followed by Sportsbet!
Cashing out is obviously a very important part of gambling, even more so when it comes to horses. Let’s compare the big cahungas now!
William Hill Withdrawal Process
I’ve already spoken about the incredible speed of William Hill’s cashout in my other TAB.CO.NZ article (click HERE to read it).
I made a withdrawal via William Hill on the 2nd of March at 1.45 in the afternoon (as you can see from the screenshot below)
After a mere 5 hours, I already had the withdrawal in my Kiwi bank account (you may notice the difference between the monies of the two screenshots, this is simply because of the currency conversion of Aussie dollar to kiwi dollar.
The fact you can receive a withdrawal in only 5 hours is absolutely fantastic! And one of my favorite features about William Hill!
SportsBet Withdrawal Process
The sportsbet Withdrawal process is nowhere near as quick (but arguably no where near as bad as the TAB!). I have detailed the times it takes to withdraw your sportsbet balance below:
|Withdrawal Day||Earliest Receive Day||Latest Receive Day|
|(before 2pm AEST)|
|Friday||Following Monday||Following Wednesday|
|Saturday||Following Tuesday||Following Thursday|
|Sunday||Following Tuesday||Following Thursday|
TAB Withdrawal Process
As you would expect with the TAB, their withdrawal process is extremely poor:
You have to actually EMAIL and request that the funds you have deposited, be withdrawn onto your original credit card. They even recommend that you simply go to a TAB store and actually get cash! Considering its 2017, and they don’t have a simple system in Place (like their competitors) to withdraw YOUR funds yourself is nothing short of ridiculous!
I think its pretty clear who the overall winner is: William Hill!
I love William Hill’s interface and how easy it is to make a bet quickly, their withdrawal time is insanely fast, and their odds aren’t too bad either!
I’ve been using William Hill Australia for a few years now and to say their platform is fantastic is an understand.
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Thanks very much for reading, and make sure you take advantage of that fantastic bonus offer!
Cheers as always