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How to open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing?

How to open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing?
How to open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing?

New Zealanders love horse racing and enjoy placing bets online at bookies or at TAB. Horse racing in New Zealand consists of two forms Thoroughbred and Standardbred or harness racing. Harness racing is often called “trotting” in New Zealand. Notable thoroughbred racehorses from New Zealand include Carbine, Phar Lap, Nightmarch, Il Tempo, Sunline, Grey Way, Desert Gold, Tulloch, and Rising Fast. The top Standardbred horses were Cardigan Bay, Robalan and Young Quinn.

The most famous New Zealand Standardbred is the pacer Cardigan Bay. Stanley Dancer drove Cardigan Bay to $1 million in winnings in 1968, the first harness horse to surpass that milestone in American history.

What is TAB New Zealand?

What is TAB New Zealand?

New Zealand’s official betting agency is TAB. The Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) was established in 1951 as the sole betting operator in New Zealand. The TAB is now operated by the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), established in accordance with the 2003 Racing Act. The NZRB is the organization now responsible for all racing and sports wagering in New Zealand.
The NZ Racing Board currently operates more than 650 TAB betting outlets throughout New Zealand and employs over 50,000 staff to carry out the day-to-day operation of these betting outlets.

In addition to their land-based physical outlets, the NZRB operates two digital television channels (Trackside TV, TAB TV), a radio station (Radio Trackside) and also mobile and telephony channels. Mobile betting (mtab.co.nz) self-service terminals launched in 2010.

The NZRB has over 130,000 account holders, which is indicative of how important racing and sports are to so many New Zealanders, and further highlights the responsibility the NZRB has in administrating the leading organization in one of New Zealand’s most important industry’s.

How to open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing?

How to open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing?

To open a TAB account in NZ for horse racing or sports betting you need to pick your gaming device be it mobile or PC and on your mobile or web browser visit https://www.tab.co.nz/

So this means you’ll need to set up a TAB Account to bet on tab.co.nz or with TAB App.

To open a TAB Account using either tab.co.nz or the app select the Join Now button in the header.

Now before you begin to make sure you have your photo ID handy. Your driver’s license or passport will do. You’ll need a camera-enabled device such as a smartphone or webcam.

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Now provide your name, date of birth

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Then fill your email address, contact number, country of residence and residential address.

TAB fill form to bet

Next tick the ID you own like your New Zealand Driver license, passport, and fill your details and if you click other ID then to verify your identity, bring your original ID documents and proof of address to a TAB ID Verify site or race meeting within 30 days.  You may continue to sign up to the TAB to gain limited access to deposit & bet. You will not be able to withdraw any winnings until your account has been fully verified.


Next, fill a few of your personal details like where you work and which type of bets you are interested in.

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Once done create your username and password to final your creating your TAB account.

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Now that your TAB Account is created instantly, and you can start betting immediately once you’ve funded your account.

Fund your TAB Account

Fund your TAB

TAB provides a range of deposit options including Credit Card, Debit Card and Bank Transfers. 

VISA or MasterCard: You can deposit funds into your account, using a Visa or MasterCard, via tab.co.nz and TAB App. There is a $20 minimum top-up and a $2.15 fee applies to VISA / MasterCard deposits.

TAB requires you to verify your identity within 30 days of opening your TAB Account. You must complete this step in order to withdraw winnings from your account and keep betting.

To verify your identity online, go to your account on tab.co.nz and use their online identity verification service.

Alternatively, you can verify your identity in-store. You will need to bring in ID and Proof of Address as per the following:

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Click here to locate your nearest TAB now

Click here to know TAB betting rules

If you win then here are several ways to withdraw money from your account. They are:

Through the Funds page of the Account section. You must be logged in.

At a TAB Store. You can make a cash, cheque or voucher withdrawal on-course or at a TAB Store. Ensure that you have a photo ID as well as your TAB Account number and pin.

It typically takes anywhere between 1-3 business days for a withdrawal to be complete. Any withdrawals made after 2:00 pm should consider the following day as the first business day.

For more details, you can Email:helpdesk@tab.co.nz or Phone New Zealand:0800 102 106

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