TopBetta started out as an organiser of betting tournaments and added a Sports Bookmaker’s license from Northern Territory in 2016.
At the time we visited topbetta.com.au, there were nine tournaments on offer, with buy-ins ranging from as low as $1 to a maximum of $55. One of the $55 offerings was a $2,000 prize pool. There were just two players taking part with two hours remaining to enter. The tournament with the $1 buy-in offered a $200 prize on the EPL season, but entry had closed many months prior. There was an identical tournament open for new participants on the same EPL season. That won had a price of $55, but offered $2,500 as the prize pool.
We had a look at the Sports markets supported by TopBetta and came away a bit underwhelmed. There were only 11 sports on offer and three of those were Australian Rules, National Rugby League and Rugby Union.
Since the NFL is now in full gear, we had a look at TopBetta’s offerings and found each fixture offering about 50 markets, so that brightened our outlook a bit, enough to make us want to check back when the AFL and NRL seasons resume.
Something unique we observed on the website was a timer showing how long we had been on the site. We are not sure why anyone would want to know that, but if anyone does, they can.
As for the design and layout of the website, it was better than some and worse than others. It was easy to read and had a simple colour scheme with bold, black text. TopBetta does have mobile apps and a mobile version of the website.
They do offer bonus bets, ongoing and one-off, but as is true for all the bookies, sign-up bonuses are unavailable to most of the country, specifically, those living in NSW, VIC, SA and WA. Many bonus bets expire after 30 days, but that is something everyone whoever buys anything with a coupon knows.
We do have to give TopBetta a lot of credit for concise information regarding their tournament types. They offer Winner Takes All, Top 3, Top 5, Top 10 and so on. Being unfamiliar with tournament betting, it was something of a surprise to learn that the more participants a tournament has, the smaller the percentage of the prize pool that goes to the winners, although more players equals a larger prize pool…
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In the ever-shifting world of online bookmaking, TopBetta merged with Mad Bookie in 2017. Earlier in 2018, a corporation called PlayUp limited had agreed to acquire the retail subsidiary of TopBetta. The entity also bought Draftstars, a fantasy-betting operator that has managed to pass muster to operate in the United States.
It would seem that the online betting realm includes a sport for tournament and fantasy betting agencies such as TopBetta, so we would not rule them out if we were interested in such.