New South Wales sport and racing fans can sign up legally at a large number of online bookmakers, despite the NSW regulator changing the laws surrounding how betting sites can operate in the state.
NSW punters, as of July 2, 2018, can no longer have incentives marketed to them to sign up to a bookmaker regulated in Australia. In fact in NSW it is illegal for websites like this one to even display bonuses that punters from other Australian states can claim.
The crackdown also included harsher restrictions around advertising sports betting during prime time on television and even in print publications, where gambling advertisements were frequent in NSW publications.
The following online betting sites are the best for NSW punters:
Sports betting in NSW
Sydney might be the heart of rugby league but there are several other sports which have gained a strong foothold in New South Wales.
The A League boasts four teams from NSW, with Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners all in our premier soccer competition.
AFL also has a strong base, largely because of the success of the Sydney Swans, who have won several premierships in recent years and competed in the 2016 grand final. GWS is also expected to be a powerhouse for many years after building one of the most formidable list in the AFL.
The Blues are the state cricket team that compete in the Sheffield Shield and the Domestic One Day competition, now known as the Matador Cup. Two Big Bash Teams from compete in the national T20 competition, with these being the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers.
Horse Racing in NSW
Sydney is home to some of Australia’s biggest Group 1 races, including The Championships, which is an annual race festival set up to compete with the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The best tracks in Sydney and New South Wales include Rosehill, Randwick, Warwick Farm and Newcastle. While there are also many smaller regional tracks that host quality horse racing like Wagga, Goulburn and Albury.
Greyhound racing is also held right across the state, despite the NSW Government banning and then reinstating it in 2017. Despite this tougher laws surrounding training and preparing dogs have seen the industry suffer.
Harness racing is also held right across New South Wales but does not have as much appeal as the gallops or greyhound racing, with statistics showing the latter two make up a much greater percentage of the betting pie.
The best New South Wales online bookmakers for horse racing include Sportsbet, Neds and BetEasy.
Casinos in New South Wales
Sydney is home to New South Wales’ only casino – The Star. It is an extremely popular gambling venue with many electronic pokie machines and table games like blackjack, roulette and baccarat available to play.
Crown Resorts, controlled by James Packer, has been approved to build Sydney’s second casino at Barangaroo, which is expected to be finished in 2019. The casino is expected to cater to high rollers with wealthy Asian business people a target in the business model.
Gambling and betting laws in NSW
The Liquor & Gaming NSW controls gambling laws in New South Wales. Wagering is regulated under the Betting and Racing Act 1998 with this legislation deciding who is allowed to offer wagering services, what people are allowed to bet on and any other outlines bookies must abide by, like the ban on marketing free bets as an enticement to sign up.
Visit the official NSW regulator body website: https://www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au
The monopoly totalisator organisation in NSW is known as the TAB and was formerly owned by the Government, until they were bought out by Tabcorp. These are state wide pools and are largely made up of people in brick and mortar betting shops. Although the TAB does now have a strong online presence. The NSW and Victorian TAB pools are generally the biggest two in Australia.
Legislation addressing gambling in NSW:
- Betting Tax Act 2001
- Casino Control Act 1992
- Charitable Fundraising Act 1991
- Gambling (Two Up)
- Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007
- Gaming Machines Act 2001
- Gaming Machines Tax Act 2001
- Liquor Act 2007
- Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901
- Betting and Racing Act 1998 (formerly the Racing Administration Act 1998)
- Totalizator Act 1997
- Unlawful Gambling Act 1998
Number of pokies machines
- Clubs – 69,874
- Hotels – 23,034
- Casino – 1,500
* Accurate as of July 2016.
Number of venues with pokies machines
- Clubs – 1,124
- Hotels – 1,509
- Casinos – 1
* Accurate as of July 2016.
Timeline of changes in NSW legislation
May 28, 2018: Significant changes were made to the NSW Betting and Racing Act 1998, including language that expressly prohibited bookmakers from advertising any kind of bonus or reward as an incentive for signing up and betting.
June 22, 2016: The Public Lotteries Act 1996 was altered to allow the expansion of Keno Jackpot Pooling Agreements between NSW and Victoria to include the ACT.
December 8, 2015: The Racing Administration Amendment (Sports Betting National Operational Model) Act 2014 came into force. The amendments changed the name of the Racing Administration Act 1998 to the Betting and Racing Act 1998. The changes to the legislation also brought the state policy into line with the National Policy on Match Fixing in Sport.
December 18, 2015: The Racing Administration Amendment Regulation 2015 was enacted. This change gives the Minister for Racing permission to declare a sporting event a betting event and give permission for a new type of bet. The Minister is under an obligation to ensure that a sports controlling body has been fully versed and that they bookie have an integrity agreement in place.
October 6, 2015: Changes to TAB Limited’s Totalizator Licence Conditions and to the Totalizator Betting Rules. This allowed TAB to enter into pooling arrangements with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It also changed the jackpot accumulation period on certain bet types from two to 12 months.
July 1, 2015: The Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Act 2015 came into force. This reduces the amount of tax totalizator licensees must pay and the payment of amount of amounts to or on behalf of racing controlling bodies.
Gambling licenses issued by NSW Government
The NSW Government and more directly its Department Of Industry, Liquor and Gaming issue licences to operate various forms of gambling in the state.
As of 30 June 2016 NSW has licensed the following:
|Type||Number issued as of June 30, 2016|
|Restricted Gaming Facility||1|
|Inter-Venue Linked Gaming System||2 (1 for hotels; 1 for clubs)|