2018 TopBetta Review
Industry first betting tournaments for sports and racing
- Betting Tournaments: Daily sports and racing betting tournaments held between TopBetta players that caters for all budgets and offers real cash prizes. Test your skills against other real-life players on a range of racing and sporting events with the virtual currency 'BettaBucks'
- The GOAT: A blend of The Global Tote and the Official Starting Price, this is the 'Greatest Of All Totes SP'. A better tote derivative product available on Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing every day.
2018 TopBetta Review
Below is an honest TopBetta betting review, including our user experience for sports and racing markets on the site, the history of TopBetta Australia, and the pros and cons of using the TopBetta website.
This TopBetta Australia review will be updated through new versions of the site, new offers and unique features that TopBetta have to offer Australian punters.
Who are TopBetta?
Launched quite recently in 2013, TopBetta are a sports and racing bookmaker and betting tournament operator based in Newcastle.
The Topbetta brand was first licensed by the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority, and were then granted a Bookmaker’s Licence by the Northern Territory Racing Commission in August 2016.
Along with the usual sports and racing bookmaker products, TopBetta separate themselves from other online bookmakers with their offering of sports and racing betting tournaments, where customers are given fantasy money with which to bet, with the goal of accruing the highest fantasy profit.
TopBetta markets themselves as the world’s first social betting platform, with members competing against one another, rather than just taking on the bookmaker.
In April 2017 TopBetta entered into an agreement to acquire the Norfolk Island licensed bookmaker Mad Bookie.
TopBetta Betting Tournaments
TopBetta betting tournaments are simple to use and a great, fun alternative for those who want to make a small investment for a huge prize pool in what is essentially a game of skill against other players. For the paid tournaments the entry fee is taken from your account balance, with tournament winnings paid back to your balance. Typically for a tournament with a $10 entry fee, $9 is added to the prize pool with $1 paid as a service fee by.
The tournament betting screen is similar to the regular sports and race markets, with the main difference being that tournaments don’t support multi betting.
In racing tournatments, players pay a ‘buy-in’ amount in exchange for Bettabucks, which are fantasy dollars to invest on a certain racing event card. A typical racing tournament consists of all races at one venue on a particular day.
Players then invest their Bettabucks on runners to try and make the most virtual profit by the end of the racing card.
The same process occurs for sports events, where players are Bettabucks to wager on a sport with the aim of accruing more fantasy profit at the end of the event than others in the tournament. Most sports tournaments consist of one round of a particular league, e.g. NRL Week 7 games. You can spend your BettaBucks on any of the markets for any of the games in that round. Season long sports betting tournaments are also available.
We really enjoy the TopBetta tournament feature, and it’s a great alternative to those who would rather play for a prize pool than wager on standard sports and racing markets.
TopBetta have offered some impressive tournament prize pools, with weekly $5,000 tournaments for AFL and NRL for a small $10 buy-in. There have also been a few $250,000 pools for major racing carnivals with a $100,00 top prize gaurantee. There is also talk that a $1,000,000 prize pool will be held later in the year for racing tournaments.
TopBetta offer heaps of great ‘freeroll’ tournaments which are free to enter with prize pools donated by TopBetta.
TopBetta Sports Markets
TopBetta have all of the main Australian and International sporting markets covered, below is the TopBetta sports betting menu layout.
The range of sports betting markets per round/fixture/game isn’t as large as the some of the bigger Australian bookmakers, with around 21 markets per fixture, a fair way below the average of 61 for larger sportsbooks. For most bettors the available markets are more than adequate, however, and with the added tournament feature average punters should be more than satisfied with what’s on offer.
TopBetta Racing Markets
Australia and New Zealand as well as Ascot (UK) Thoroughbred racing is available, with greyhound and harness racing available for Australian and New Zealand venues.
Win/Place, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta and First Four markets are available.
Depending on the racing event you will be offered one of the following totes – SUP= SuperTab, TOP = Top tote from NSW/S-TAB/Tatts or BO4 = Best of 3 Totes or SP.
For greyhound and harness you are offered one of – MID = Middle tote from NSW/S-TAB/Tatts or SUP = SuperTab. Fixed odds markets aren’t offered for greyhound and harness racing.
When you click on a runner a very basic form guide is displayed, as shown below.
Odds flash and change between red and green to show the change in odds in real time leading up to the race start, which is a nice feature.
Another nice feature of the racing page is when you view the list of races, any race/s that you have wagered on are highlighted with a “B” icon.
Unlike other online betting sites, all three racing types are displayed on the left hand side of the screen, split by event.
A very simple and easy to use racing offering.
The GOAT Top Tote
TopBetta launched a “GOAT” Top Tote product in May 2017, which offers bettors the best of four Totes.
Tote markets take out 17%-25% out of the pool before paying out winnings in Australia. On the other hand, The “GOAT Top” takes only a max of 12%, leaving a larger percentage of the prize pool to be distributed to those that backed the winner.
GOAT Top is available for thoroughbred, greyhound and harness, paying out the highest dividend of the three available totes (NSW TAB, S-TAB and Tatts) and the GOAT Top.
GOAT Mid is available for thoroughbred, greyhound and harness, paying out at the middle dividend of the three available totes (NSW TAB, S-TAB and Tatts) if the GOAT Top does not go over this price.
TopBetta Specials & Promotions
Listed below are some of the recent promotions offered by TopBetta to their customers.
GOAT SP – A blend of The Global Tote and the Official Starting Price, this is the ‘Greatest Of All Totes SP’. A better tote derivative product available on Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing every day.
Protest Guarantee – Payout on both interim winner and official winner on Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness.
Sports and Racing Betting Tournaments – Daily sports and racing betting tournaments held between TopBetta players that caters for all budgets and offers real cash prizes. Test your skills against other real-life players on a range of racing and sporting events with the virtual currency ‘BettaBucks’
Thursday Night Thriller – Get boosted odds on a selected runners every Thursday night. Maximum bet $25.
Friday Night Fill Up – Place a Win-Bet and if you run 2nd to the favourite, receive up to $50 profit in cash per race. Selected races.
Weekly bundled multis – Boosted odds on a $25 multi on selected sports.
Responsible gambling – Place self-imposed bans for a set time period and/or set a daily loss limit for your wagering.
Trending bets – See bets are popular among TopBetta clients in real-time.
TopBetta blog – Previews and betting tips for upcoming sports and racing events.
TopBetta Player Bets
BUILD YOUR OWN SPORTS PLAYER PROP BETS
The most exciting way to bet on player props!
Introducing an exciting and new sports player props product that gives the user the power to build and customise their own player prop bets on player stats performance.
Think Taylor Walker is going to kick 7 goals? Or Ronanldo will have more shots on goal than Neymar in their matches? Just select your player(s), bet type and performance condition and you’re ready to place the ultimate player prop bet.
For each customised prop bet you build, your odds will be automatically calculated, and you can even combine your props into an accumulator.
With all of the world’s best sporting leagues, teams, players and stats on offer there is an endless number of markets for you to create and bet your Player Prop Bets with.
Player Props – Available bet types
STATISTIC: A bet on a single player or two players combined to achieve a specific statistical performance. E.g. Stephen Curry to score 30 or more points against the Cavs. Or Gary Ablett Jr and Joel Selwood to combine for over 50 possessions.
H2H: A head-to-head bet is where you select one player to outperform another for a selected statistic. E.g. Ronaldo to have more shots on goal than Neymar.
TRIOS: Similar to a horse racing trifecta bet where you select the 3 players to finish in the exact order from highest to lowest for a selected statistic.
Join Topbett and get started creating the ultimate Player Props bet!
The TopBetta wagering app allows access to both tournaments and racing and sports betting.
It is a simple and easy to use, featuring up-to-the-minute betting, and is available to download from the App Store for iPhones and iPads. The Android version will have to be downloaded from the TopBetta website due to Android Play Store restrictions on gambling apps.
Alternatively, the TopBetta site can be loaded on mobile or tablet as a responsive site, however the app is always easier to use than the responsive website.
The TopBetta App had a recent update, with the following changes included –
– New primary and secondary navigation, making it much easier to get around the find the markets and tournaments.
– New account section, that makes it easier to view your bets and account transactions, process withdrawals and deposit funds.
TopBetta Review Conclusion
TopBetta has seperated themselves from your run-of-the-mill online betting sites by offering both tournament betting and a standard bookmaking service.
Both free and paid betting tournaments enable customers to play and compete against one another, adding another dimension to a customers betting choices and experiences.
Over the past few years the TopBetta’s bookmaking service has improved substantially. Multi-betting is now available and they offer a range of promotions to keep bettors coming back, however certainly not as many as the more established brands.
For those looking for a unique wagering experience, TopBetta is definitely worth a deposit and play, and we leave the TopBetta review with two thumbs up for the new boys on the block.