When most people think of the TAB, they think of the 2000 or so betting outlets located around the country. However, in an effort to keep up with the times and combat the very popular rise of online bookmakers, TAB has its own online betting website, called TAB Sportsbet. Although not as comprehensive or as impressively laid out as many of their competitors, TAB Sportsbet is still a step in the right direction as far as becoming a more modern racing and sports betting option for Australian punters.
Betting on racing events online with the TAB is still done under the general TAB brand. TAB Sportsbet was largely introduced to provide coverage of the most popular sports betting markets such as the AFL and NRL in Australia, as well as the big overseas soccer leagues and some American sports. It is certainly a good thing that the TAB has branched out into these very popular markets, although they are still not on the same level as many other online bookmakers such as IASbet and Centrebet. Nevertheless, all of the big sports and events are covered.
It is difficult to say that the TAB Sportsbet site provides a very modern look; it could certainly do with some aesthetic enhancements and looks a little bit of a blast from the past. Also, popular features you will find on other online bookmaker websites such as an integrated bet slip are not present at TAB Sportsbet, which is a shame. Although the site is quite rudimentary, it works well enough and for punters who do not know any better, it will certainly do the job.
Ironically, seeing as Tabcorp Holdings owns one of the most popular online bookmakers in Luxbet, TAB Sportsbet is sadly lacking in promotions and special offers. Indeed, other online bookmakers such as Luxbet and IASbet actually offer promotions specifically designed to beat prices found at the TAB. It seems as though TAB Sportsbet may even have been deliberately held back a little bit, in order to play upon the company's traditional presence in Australian betting culture. Many punters are certainly making full use of more modern and contemporary online bookmakers.
The following bookmakers are alternatives to TAB Sportsbet both in terms of overall layout and special offers to beat Tote prices:
Owned by the same company as TAB Sportsbet; Luxbet is a thoroughly modern looking online bookmaker and has an excellent selection of racing and sports betting.
Centrebet is another bookmaker which is proving very popular with Australian punters; this bookie has a fantastic selection of markets and plenty of special offers.
IASbet benefits from an eye-catching and functional layout as well as superb racing and sports betting options.
Sportsbet is one of the best around for racing products and bookmaker promotions in general. They also have a clearly laid out website which is easy to use.