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If you are looking to make sure you aren’t breaking any local New Zealand laws by betting online, you are in luck. As long as the online sportsbook company exists outside of New Zealand, you are fully free to partake in online sports betting and other forms of online gambling. Within New Zealand only the Racing Board through its online TAB and TAB locations are allowed to provide bookmaking services. This is set forth in the Gambling Act of 2003.
The Act explicitly states that no other party within New Zealand can legally offer
what the Act refers to as “Remote Interactive Gaming” as accessed through a communication
device such as computer or mobile. However the act also states that bookmaking and
gambling service providers that operate outside the shores of New Zealand are not
prohibited to New Zealanders, and those service providers are free to accept New
BetVictor is known widely in the UK for having the most competitive football odds. If football is to be the sport on which you will focus more than any other, BetVictor must be at the top of your list. They of course cover all other sports very well with many betting markets. Read the BetVictor New Zealand review.
Pinnacle Sports is a reduced-
Unibet, headquartered in Stockholm, provides some amazing coverage of sports betting, especially with their coverage of niche sports. If you like a breadth of sports, Unibet must be considered heavily. Read the Unibet New Zealand review.
William Hill is one of the oldest names in sports betting, established in 1934 and currently traded on the London Stock Exchange. William Hill covers all sports well, but soccer, cricket, rugby and horse racing are definitely their focus. So if these are your passions, take note. Read the full William Hill New Zealand review here.
888Sport is one of the oldest names in online sports betting, in business since 1997 and traded on the LSE, they provides extensive betting market coverage for each sport. 888Sport also accepts the widest array of banking methods of any sportsbook provider in the world. Read the full 888Sport New Zealand review here.
The prohibition is on remote interactive gambling in New Zealand and therefore does not prohibit gambling conducted overseas. For example, it is not illegal for someone in New Zealand to participate in gambling over the Internet if that website is based overseas. (Open new window to government page here)
The government’s information does well to go on and warn the reader about the dangers
Answering this question is part of the motivation for this site. Where can interested
All the bookmaking services listed on this site provide are well-
As time passes, national governments around the world are stepping into the issue of online betting and gaming regulation with various motivations. In reading the situation outlined at left, New Zealanders should feel good in that their freedom of choice has essentially gone unfettered by their own government.
In neighbouring Australia, the government has passed laws that has greatly affect
the freedom of choice for their citizens interested bettors. Regulation, cost and
fear of litigation has essentially scared away a number of top-
In the United States, protectionist laws have been passed making it illegal for credit
card companies to process gaming and betting related transactions, making online
betting more difficult for US bettors. As a result, the vast majority of reputable
bookmakers including all of those listed on this site refuse to register US-
In France, there are very few betting providers to choose from. They must approved, licensed, regulated and taxed. In terms of tax, the government takes about 8% of the total amount that is wagered, not an amount of profits. None of those in my list provide service to the French.
These are the biggest examples of governments stepping in to alter the freedom of their citizens to wager and gamble with offshore service providers. On the spectrum of national online sports betting and gambling laws, New Zealand is certainly toward the end that allows freedom of choice for its citizens. Use this freedom responsibly.
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