There are many online betting sites that cater to Tasmania, with these online bookmakers licensed and regulated to operate in Australia. While not all of the Tasmanian betting sites we promote are licensed in Tasmania, under Australian law as long as they are approved by a regulator down under they are allowed to operate in the state.
Household names like Sportsbet, BetEasy and Unibet are just some of the best Australian betting sites. In this Tasmanian betting guide, we will provide you with all the information surrounding betting laws, as well as a comprehensive look at sports you can bet on in Tassie.
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Bookie bonus offers banned in Tasmania
Bookie bonus bets or new account incentives were banned under Australian law from May 26, 2019. This legislation falls under the National Gambling Framework and effectively means Tasmanians can no longer get a free bet when they open a new betting account. The bonus bet ban is nationwide meaning for the first time in a long time the regulations surrounding bonus bets are uniform across Australia.
Some of the bookie bonuses that have fallen foul of Australia law are first bet matched, first deposit matched, bonus back offers and many more have been impacted.
Tasmania sports betting
Incredibly, the sports-mad state of Tasmania does not have any nationally recognised football teams. However, two AFL teams play home games in the Apple Isle.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos play multiple home games in Tasmania but it is the Hawthorn Hawks who have made their second home across the Bass Strait. The Hawks have ‘Tasmania’ emblazed across their jumper and have made a concerted effort to make an impact in Tassie.
Aurora Stadium, or York Park to the locals, is the home away from home for the Hawks who have made the venue a stronghold since they first played a home game in Tassie back in 2001.
Cricket is a much different story. Blundstone Arena, also known as the Bellerive Oval, typically hosts a test match throughout the Australian summer, while One Day International and T20 games are invariably held in Tassie at various times during the year. Having said this Tasmanians bet on cricket all year round.
Bellerive is also the home for the Hobart Hurricanes, Tasmania’s Big Bash League franchise. The ‘Canes are one of the most fiercely supported teams in the BBL competition and the stadium is typically filled close to capacity for every home game.
Hobart is also the final destination for the Boxing Day institution which is the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Widely considered one of the premiere boat races in the world, The Sydney to Hobart pits the fastest boats in the world up against each other in a handicap battle to see who can reach the Tasmanian capital first from the harbour city.
Horse racing is also a huge deal down in Tassie. Located just 3km from the heart of Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston hosts multiple group races throughout the year including the Group 3 Hobart and Launceston Cups.
The other big racecourse in Tassie is Devonport, which is home to the Group 3 Devonport Cup. Such is the prestige of the event that residents of the Devonport area get a public holiday.
What are the Tasmanian online gambling laws?
Tasmania does not have a state-specific online gaming guideline, instead using the soon to be updated 2001 Interactive Gaming Act.
Tasmanian residents are not subjected to the laws that befoul other states – such as South Australia – who are clamping down hard on online bookmakers. As of December 2016, Tassie residents are able to enjoy all the perks and benefits that online agencies are prepared to offer.
For more information on Tasmanian gambling laws, visit the official state website.