TAB Corporation, known to most punters simply as TAB, is one of Australia's largest wagering brands.
The name TAB comes from the bookie’s origins as the Totalisator Agency Board, the entity that made it possible for punters to make off-course betting.
The Tatts Group has been in charge of the TAB offerings in the various states for a number of years. Punters living in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory access TAB through UBET.
A Range Of Betting Experiences
Today, the bookie, traded on the ASX under the symbol TAH, offers lotteries, gaming and Keno in addition to sports and racing wagering.
Sky Racing and Sky Sports Radio are among Tabcorp Holdings' non-gaming entities and they help support a diverse betting experience, as their audio and video are integrated into the website and app to support these efforts.
This is simply one way TAB tries to provide punters with a broad range of betting experiences. For racing, this unique approach is quite noticeable and adds depth to the wagering experience. However, it is lacking when it comes to other sports, such as NRL, which has limited multimedia content supporting matchups in many cases.
TAB’s Retail Shops
There are more than 5,000 people working for TAB, far more than any of the other bookies, and that is mainly because of their retail operation - something that many punters will appreciate, as there are still a lot of people who like the human touch. There are few pleasures greater than having an enormous steak and kidney pie, followed by a walk down to the betting parlour to put on a few punts and catch up with the old cronies.
The betting shops combined with the online offering contribute to claims that TAB.com.au is the biggest bookmaker in the country.
That said, TAB boasts of having more than 300,000 online clients.
Overall, the site features everything you would expect from an online bookmaker along with a few exclusive features that can’t be found anywhere else.
Upon opening the homepage, you will find sports listed at the top of the screen just below a search bar where you can look for specific events along with a direct link to the Sky audio feed. On the right-hand side of the page is your bet slip along with selected results.
All of the market and matchup pages feature a simple design that clearly displays odds as well as various prop bets. For more popular sports, such as the Super League, you will find predictions and some information regarding the matchup.
Racing is where the TAB website really delivers. There is a wealth of information available on each race page and all of it is presented in a clean, easily digestible manner. Also, selecting a more complicated wager, such as a parlay or trifecta, is incredibly easy thanks to the intuitive website layout.
Our view of the TAB website is that it functions exactly as we would desire on every screen on which we tested it.
It has a clean, uncluttered interface that unlike the websites of some other bookies, stays out of the way and permits punters to focus on the task of placing wagers.
Since we are primarily devoted to racing, specifically Thoroughbred racing, we have a bias toward online bookmaker sites that have good racing offerings and those on TAB are as good as any and better than many.
If there are horses being raced anywhere at any time, TAB will likely have markets for those races and our view is that when it comes to international racing, it is hard to beat TAB.com.au.
TAB Mobile App
The TAB mobile app is available for both the iOS and Android operating systems, ensuring most devices are covered.
The TAB app has received nearly universal praise from punters thanks to its user-friendly interface that makes placing a wager simple.
Once you open the app and reach the welcome page, you will find that it is divided into two sections: ‘Racing’ and ‘Sport’. From here, you can find a specific event or browse to see what events are coming up. The betting odds are all placed in an easy-to-navigate table.
Placing a wager on the TAB mobile app can be done in a few taps. Even complicated parlay bets across multiple sports are simple thanks to the TAB mobile app’s Multi Builder feature (This feature is also on the website). This is quite good for football wagers as it is possible to pick and choose games from multiple European leagues to build the ideal parlay.
Overall, the TAB mobile app is among the very best wagering apps around. The only downside is the speed of the app. There are times it does operate slowly, especially if you start scrolling down various markets. While it is still useable, there is a bit of lag on occasion.
But this is only a minor complaint since it happens infrequently. The app itself has an outstanding user interface that makes navigating it straightforward. Experienced punters will appreciate the depth of what’s available while novices can quickly find what they are looking for without long and complicated searches.
There have been other instances involving the mobile versions of the wagering interface where TAB was every bit as fast as any other. This is the nature of everything online, where things change depending on the time of day or the number of users.
Racing Live Streams
This was mentioned earlier but is worth noting again.
While not every race available for wager is broadcasted, it is easy to find out which ones are being shown on Sky Racing either via video or radio coverage.
Sky Racing 1 shows domestic racing. Unfortunately, all thoroughbred racing emanating from Victoria and NSW is blacked out due to issues with TV rights. Over on Sky Racing 2, punters will find wall-to-wall coverage of racing throughout the world, but the quality of the streaming service can be hit and miss. Sky Racing 1 streaming is broadcast almost entirely in HD.
For Victoria and NSW races, the Sky Racing audio feed is available on the website and app as well. Other races from various locations are covered via audio streaming. This significant streaming coverage of racing truly adds an extra dimension to both the TAB website and mobile app.
TAB.com.au stands out for offering punters the ability to live stream AFL fixtures free of charge.
TAB Rewards gives punters points for every online bet places. The points can be used to redeem bonuses, gift cards, tickets and merchandise.
This strategy has proven successful for the online offerings of this bookie, as there is an entire class of punter that approaches the wagering markets in a manner similar to the approach they would take to sweeps and lotto sites.
TAB routinely offers an array of betting promotions that offer money-back offers on featured horse races and sports markets.
Opening A TAB Account
Like most bookmakers, opening an account with TAB is not complicated and can be done in less than ten minutes.
First, a basic registration form will need to be filled out. Next, a minimum deposit must be placed. After that, it is time to set up a password and pin number. Finally, a Membership Activation Form must be returned along with a copy of personal identification.
Once all of that is done, it is time to place a wager. It’s also possible to sign up for a TAB account at any of the company’s retail outlets. In some cases, this may be quicker than completing the process online.
Deposit Types, Fees & Withdrawals
Deposits can be made using the following methods:
- Credit Card
- Tabcorp Venues
- Cheque/ Money Order
- Australia Post
The minimum and maximum deposits vary depending on which payment method you use. For example, the minimum credit card deposit at TAB is AUD 1 while the maximum deposit is AUD 1,000, but this can be increased.
TAB does not charge any fees for signing up or maintaining membership.
There are four easy options available when it comes to withdrawing funds from a TAB account:
- Electronic Funds Transfer
- Tabcorp Retail Venues in NSW and Victoria
- Australia Post Bank@Post outlets
There are no minimum or maximum withdrawal amounts when using any of the first three methods. Those to withdraw from their TAB account using Australia Post are subject to a minimum withdrawal amount of AUD 20 and a maximum of AUD 1,000.
TAB has most major sports covered both on the domestic and international fronts. The bookmaker really goes above and beyond when it comes to racing, however, and there are horse, harness and greyhound racing from around the world. The racing selection at TAB cannot be beaten.
They might not equal some of the other bookies when it comes to the number of markets per fixture, but for the majority of punters, those who seldom make a sports punt that requires markets other than head-to-head and line betting, or racing punters who focus of win and each-way betting, TAB does offer more than enough of the exotic prop bets.
A recent brief and unscientific survey we conducted on the odds offered by TAB.com.au revealed exactly what we have come to expect: there are times when TAB is lower and times when TAB is higher.
Win, Place, Trifecta, Quinella, Exacta, Duet, First 4, Quaddie, Daily Double and Running Double bets can be found for most races. TAB also offers a number of more exotic bets on racing such as Tote betting racing jackpots.
The sports markets have all the standard bets alongside a good number of prop bets. There is also a robust futures wagering market available to punters. All of this is supplemented by TAB’s Multi Builder feature.
Odds at TAB tend to be different from other bookmakers. Sometimes this can add value while other times the odds may not be as competitive as what is offered at other bookmakers.
That gives support to the old argument that with low funding requirements and low betting minimums, there is nothing to prevent the acquisition of multiple bookie memberships and shop the odds to find the best bargains.
There is a lot to like about TAB. The mobile app is arguably the best around while the website is no slouch either.
Meanwhile, the fairly straightforward options regarding deposits and withdrawals are easy to use, but the payment options don't have the depth of some other bookmakers.
Racing is where TAB stands out. The volume of races covering multiple fields is impressive and there is no shortage of betting options available. With the integration of Sky Racing into both the website and mobile app, bettors can enjoy a more immersive experience that gets them as close to the track as possible without actually being in the stands.
The selection of other markets is solid with every major Australian and international sport covered. However, this area of TAB doesn’t feel as complete when compared to the racing offerings.
At the end of the day, TAB is great for racing. Punters who spend most of their time wagering on the horses won’t need any other bookmaker. Those who enjoy a more diverse betting experience can live with TAB, but might not want to limit themselves to it.
We would like to see TAB permitted to live stream in NSW and Victoria, but that is a situation for larger intellects.
Punters from the younger generations will appreciate that TAB is well represented on several social media platforms.
We would not hesitate to supply an endorsement of TAB.com.au. Some of the corporates are limited in terms of non-English speaking punters and accepted currencies, but TAB supports five different languages and accepts six currencies.
A strong case for TAB is made by the fact that there are no deposit turnover requirements. The website and mobile apps are several steps above acceptable and the security of a public traded ASX company has merit.