By Jonathan Lewis | 12th MAY 2021
Attitudes towards sports betting and online gambling vary across the globe, with New Zealand renowned for its relatively progressive regulatory approach.
Although it’s currently illegal to operate as a domestic bookmaker in NZ, for example, the Racing Act 2003 provides several important exemptions, while the law also allows natives to wager at licensed international sportsbooks so long as they accept customers from New Zealand.
But what exactly do you need to know as a NZ punter when betting on football? Here are some points to keep in mind:
The number of international sportsbooks that accept New Zealand dollars and players is huge, so it can be hard to initially pinpoint the most viable sports betting brands.
This is why we’d recommend focusing your search on identifying the most rewarding and relevant sports betting welcome offer, paying particular attention to its structure, value and the associated wagering requirements.
For example, the Rizk Casino bonus offer takes the form of a 100% deposit match up to the value of $200. The bonus funds are also subject to wagering requirements of 40x, which means that a minimum $10 deposit will deliver additional funds of $10 and a total playthrough requirement of $400.
You’ll need to compare this alongside other real-time offers and bonuses, in order to determine which one suits your bankroll and preferred wagering markets.
While all sportsbooks available in NZ will allow you to bet on football, not every single operator has been created equal in the international marketplace.
More specifically, each betting brand will offer access to a variable number of additional sports, alongside multiple betting markets that cover both traditional and in-play wagers (we’ll touch a little more on this later).
If we take the aforementioned Rizk brand, for example, we see that the site offers 35 alternative sports betting categories. This translates into multiple types of wager, from outright winners and tournament top scorers to in-play results and half-time scores.
So, we’d recommend that you target sites that offer the broadest and most relevant range of sports betting markets, depending on how you like to wager and the disciplines that you like to bet on outside of football.
Given the rise of in-play betting and markets across an array of sports (particularly football), you may be unsurprised to note that mobile access now accounts for more than 60% of all wagering activity in New Zealand.
This trend is incredibly prevalent across the globe, which is why the overwhelming majority of international sportsbooks available in New Zealand now offer their services directly to mobile punters and place an increased emphasis on in-play betting markets.
However, you’ll need to determine precisely how you can access each site’s mobile sportsbook. For example, some feature native apps that need to be downloaded for iOS or Android devices, whereas others simply utilise responsively designed websites that can be seamlessly accessed through a Safari or Chrome browser on your handheld device.
While both options allow for instant and largely uninterrupted access to your favourite sports betting markets, browser-based sportsbooks don’t command as much memory on your device.
They’ve also been designed to suit mobile browsers, so they arguably offer a slightly improved user experience overall.
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer