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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 Zealand-based registrants.  Here is the relevant except directly from the Government’s website:

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.

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Pinnacle Sports is a reduced-juice sportsbook.  This means they do away with advertising and marketing costs.  The savings is passed back to bettors with consistently higher paying odds on all sports and they also offer very high limits. Read the Pinnacle Sports New Zealand review.

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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.

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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.

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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 of problem-gambling and that interested bettors and gamblers should be wary of where they register and where they decide to deposit funds.  Is the service reputable, transparent and trustworthy?  

Answering this question is part of the motivation for this site.  Where can interested New Zealand-based bettors get the best of both worlds?  The TABs are trustworthy local options, but they are linked to the government and as part of the local gambling monopoly, they don’t need to offer highly competitive odds.  The best sports betting sites in the world are as secure and reputable as the TABs but provide a heightened user experience.

All the bookmaking services listed on this site provide are well-established companies that operate from outside New Zealand and compete in the international marketplace, so they need to offer an excellent user interface, high-paying odds and in some cases, promotional incentives.  Four of these top-of-class services also offer direct New Zealand Dollar betting accounts.  So even though you are betting from abroad, you may avoid the hassles and costs associated with currency exchange.

New Zealand Law vs. The World

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-level bookmaking service providers.  Although the online betting regulations there are officially motivated by the concerns of problem-gambling, the government continues to profit from widespread use and regulation of poker machines that have been decried by many observers as the reason for Australia’s prevalent problem-gambling issues.

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-based customers.

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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