SportsChamps is unique in that it functions as an intermediary for punters who want to engage in tournament betting with a select group or a larger group of at-large punters.
The company first showed up on the internet in 2016, but the main brain behind the operation is Alan Eskander. If that name sounds familiar, it might be that the family name is well known in Australia, mainly because Michael was the founder of Betstar in 2007.
Punters who wish to use SportsChamps pay fees to enter any specific tournament. The fees vary according to the number of punters taking part and the fees contribute to the prizemoney pool. SportsChamps takes a cut of the proceeds to fund the operation and generate a profit.
There are three primary types of tournaments offered. One type has a pre-determined percentage of participants who well earn some prizemoney. A second type rewards the top 45 percent of the participants with a dividend double that of the entry fee. The third and final type is a Winner Takes All format, with the top-performing punter receiving the entire prize pool less SportsChamps cut.
One description of the service we found apt was equating SportsChamps with a social media platform, only for punters. In reminds us of the contests staged in the U.S., where the Puritanical Yanks are only beginning to dip a toe into the online-wagering waters.
The SportsChamps website is beautiful in its simplicity and function.
From the landing page at sportschamps.com.au, one click on the Tournaments button takes the user straight off to the current tournaments on offer. Our most recent visit found far more tournaments than we did when we first visited the site about a year ago. At this writing, there were 16 active tournaments. We liked that along with the code involved and which of the three tournament types was involved, there was information disclosing the number of participants.
The smallest entry fee for a tournament in a paid competition is $2, while the largest is $100.
There are also free tournaments in order for new members to get the feel of this type of competition. The upshot of it all is that punters are not going against the resources of highly skilled bookmakers, but those of each other.
We did find mobile apps, but the website showed nicely on our mobile’s screen, so using a phone to participate in one or more tournaments is easy.
Like conventional bookmakers, the SportsChamps portal has three columns, with the left column supplying a sublimely simple navigation menu. The centre column lists the competitions and the right column shows a participant’s activity, rather than a bet slip.
Our opinion is that SportsChamps has found a unique market segment and the growth in the number of competitions over the past year tends to indicate that there is a demand for a different way to punt that will be appealing to punters who want their punting kept simple and straightforward.