The TAB has been around in New Zealand as a monopoly on sports betting since 2003.
It is the go to guide for many kiwis to have a punt on their favorite sports team, or try there luck on the horses.
However its now 2017, and the TAB still has the same look and feel as it did over five years ago;
This coupled with the fact you can’t cash out your bets online (you HAVE to go to a physical TAB store to withdraw your winnings), makes the TAB an outdated betting system for 2017
Introducing William Hill:
In 2013 William Hill bought out three different gambling ventures (Sportingbet, Centrebet and Tom Waterhouse) and merged them all into “William Hill Australia”.
The company was originally founded in the UK in 1934 and has been one of the worlds most respected bookmakers ever since.
In this article we’re going to go see if the TAB stands up in this day and age, vs the young dog in the fight WilliamHill!
One of the most frustrating thing about the tab is just how annoying the UI can be (user interface).
As you can see in the above photo the TAB markets for various sports are hard to read. The TAB simply list all of the upcoming games in a patricular sport (in the above case we’re looking at cricket) on one single page.
Its almost impossible to find exactly what game you want to wager on, as you have to scan one long page, let along find a particular betting market you’re after.
William Hill however is an absolutely beautiful system to navigate;
As you can see from the above photo, William Hill gives you a list of the upcoming competitions for the various sport you want to bet on. Its extremely easy to navigate exactly what market you’re looking for, without having to spend 10 minutes scrolling through a list of hundreds of different betting markets!
Another absolute gripe I have always had about the tab.co.nz is just how awful the wagering menu actually is:
As you can see from the above gif. It takes a total of five seperate clicks, that open up five different pages just to place a bet on the Australia vs India game!
However if you compare that with the betting process on William Hill:
No new pages are opened, I can literally make a bet in 3 single clicks! The process is so insanely simple, and takes no longer then five seconds!
Withdrawing your winnings
Withdrawing your winnings from any bookmaker is always going to a big issue. You want to be able to get the cash, and you want to be able to get it fast.
TAB.co.nz official statement on the matter is rather poor to say the very least
To withdraw the bets you’ve won, back onto the card you used to bet, you have to contact their support team. As I’ve said several times in this article, its 2017. It isn’t hard to implement a system that will let you withdraw your bets DIRECTLY onto your debit/visa card.
Once again William Hill’s withdrawal options are absolutely fantastic. You have four different ways to withdraw the wagers you’ve won;
- Or direct Bank deposit
(You’ll see I didn’t mention William Hill card on this list, simply because that option is only available to Australian residents).
Each of these is extremely simple to setup, and the withdrawal process is extremely quick. To highlight this I made a withdrawal I won on the Black Caps vs South Africa test match:
As you can see in the above photo I asked William Hill to send the cash to my bank account on the 2nd of March at 1:45 in the afternoon.
Nearly 5 hours later I had the money sitting in my bank account!:
(The only reason the wager is listed at 90 dollars instead of 85 is the currency between conversion, between Australian and New Zealand dollars).
Waiting only 5 hours to receive my money is pretty amazing service from a bookkeeper that’s located in Australia.
Cash out is an option that is offered on William Hill but not tab.co.nz.
To explain exactly what cashing out is, I’ve pulled this line of text from the William Hill website:
You no longer have to wait for the match to finish so that your bet can be settled. Now you can receive an early payment for a pending fixed odds bet before the final result is known. If a Cash Out offer for your pending bet is accepted by us – the bet will be settled and you will receive money in your betting account equal to the Cash Out value.
For example lets look at a bet I placed on the South Africa vs New Zealand cricket game:
If I feel like the game is going to end with New Zealand losing, I can cut my losses and cash out my bet and only make a 4 dollar loss (as apposed to losing my whole stake of 10 dollars).
This is a fantastic feature as it puts the control of the gambling back into the players hands as apposed to the bookmaker.
As you would expect, tab.co.nz doesn’t offer such a feature. Once a bet has been made with tab.co.nz, the bet cannot be changed.
Just another small reason why WilliamHill is better then the tab
I think its pretty fair to say that William Hill is a far better bookmaker then tab.co.nz, and I highly recommend you choose them for all of your bookmaking purposes.
I’ve included a sign up bonus link several times throughout this article, that will get you a massive 100 dollars in bonus bets, with only a $30 deposit! It’s good to bare in mind the TAB, hardly has ever any sign up bonuses!
Thanks very much for your time and as always