Topsport.com.au is the online gambling operation of well-known Aussie bookmaker Lloyd Merlehan and his son Tristan. The father and son duo boast over 25 years of bookmaking experience and despite being relative newcomers to the online sports-betting scene they managed to make their online enterprise an instant success thanks to the extremely popular money-back special they offered during the 2013 Melbourne spring carnival, where win bets were refunded for finishing 2nd or 3rd in any feature race. Under the trading name Merlehan Bookmaking, Topsport has since continued to offer competitive odds on a wide array of sports both here and overseas, with a particularly strong focus on popular Aussie sports like NRL, AFL and Cricket. Race bettors are also well looked after with a range of quality products including “Best of the Best Premium” which pays the highest dividend from all three totes or the top fluctuation. Both the main website and mobile sites are quite basic but they still deliver everything you need for placing your bets over the internet. And what impressed me most about these guys is that they aren’t afraid to take punters on and accept a decent size bet, which is unfortunately a service not often found among Australian sportsbooks these days. If you’re a professional punter or just like to bet big I seriously recommend checking them out.
The Big Reasons To Join:
Big Betting ~ Topsport will attempt to satisfy all bet requests no matter the size.
Winners Welcome ~ Topsport wont refuse bets or close accounts just because you’re a winning punter.
$2 Footy Lines ~ Even money lines on every NRL, AFL and Super 15 Rugby match.
100% Australian Owned ~ They are one of the few remaining Aussie owned and operated online sportsbooks. So although losing your money is never fun, at least your dollar stays here.
Not so Keen on:
Range Of Sports Markets ~ They offer a limited amount of markets compared to some of the larger operators.
Racing Promotions ~ The frequency of their racing promotions has dropped off over the last 12 months.
No Frills Website ~ If you like betting websites with a heap fancy features then Topsport is not for you.
Bonuses and Promotions:
Joining Bonus ~ New members are eligible for a bonus bet matching their first deposit up to $200 (excludes NSW, VIC, and WA residents).
Racing Bonanza ~ Get up to $100 cash back if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd in the nominated race.
$2 Footy Lines ~ Get even money lines of every NRL, AFL and Super 15 Rugby match (max bet $200)
Feature Race Bonanza ~ Place a bet on the nominated feature race and receive a matched bonus bet up to $50
Tryscorer Bonanza ~ Up to $100 cash back if you’re losing First Tryscorer/Goalscorer selection scores the second or third try/goal in the match.
Owners Bonus ~ Owners always receive Best of the Best Premium (BOB) dividends when betting on their own horses.
*Money returned to an Account must be turned over at least once at a dividend greater of $1.80 prior to withdrawing.
*Winnings derived from bonus bets must be turned over twice at a dividend greater than $1.80.
Key Products and Features:
Best of the Best ~ This racing product pays the best of the 3 major Australian totes or the Best Fluctuation (available 30 minutes prior to race start time on selected meetings )
Best Tote +SP ~ Pays the higher of the three totes or the Staring Price (SP).
Tote +5% ~ Pays the SuperTAB dividend plus 5% (available on selected meetings).
Best Fluctuation ~ Pays the best price declared by the official on-course bookmakers.
Middle Tote ~ Pays the second highest tote (used on Place bets).
Asian Handicaps ~ Asian handicaps are available on Soccer. It’s a great betting option but not all sportsbooks offer this product.
Racing Exotics ~ All racing exotic are paid at the SuperTAB Dividend.
Pre-Post Markets ~ Pre-post markets are offered on feature racing events.
Jockey Challenge ~ Enables betting on which jockey will have the most success at the nominated meeting.
Credit Betting ~ Members can apply for a credit limit on their account.
Topsport has a fairly basic website that uses the standard three column layout. The racing and sport menus are listed down the left, upcoming sporting events are listed down the right and the middle area contains promotional banners and links to the next three races. The betslip is good, however it only holds a maximum of eight bets at any one time. The racebook contains all of the key information like jockeys, weights, track and weather conditions plus, there’s a form guide that pops-out into its own window so you don’t need to leave the page. Price fluctuations are colour coded which makes it easy to notice any plunges or drifts in the market. And they’ve added a handy timer that counts down to race start time. The sportsbook is basic but easy to use and it covers most sport types. They don’t offer as many markets as some of the larger operators but all of the main ones are available plus a few more. In summary, it’s just a good betting website without the fancy features.
Topsport don’t have an actually App that you can download from the Google or iTunes store, however, a mobi site has been developed for when you’re on the go. It’s even more basic than the main site but it’s fast and incredibly easy to use. You should automatically visit the mobi site when you visit Topsport from your tablet or mobile device, otherwise the url m.topsport.com.au will direct you there.
Racing ~ Up to 8 Legs
Sport ~ Up to 8 Legs
*Racing and Sport can be combined into a multi-bet.
Deposit Options ~ Credit Card, POLi, BPay, Funds Transfer, Cheque, Bank Deposit
Withdrawal Options ~ Credit Card Transfer, Bank Transfer
Minimum Deposit ~ $10.00
Minimum Bet ~ $2 over internet, $10 by phone
Maximum Payout ~ Maximum bet limits are determined on a case-by-case basis but they will attempt to satisfy all bet requests
Live Betting ~ Yes, to place live bets call 1800 TOPSPORT (1800 8677 7678)
Mobile Betting ~ Yes, a mobi website is available at m.topsport.com.au
24/7 Phone Betting ~ 1800 TOPSPORT (1800 8677 7678)
24/7 Customer Support ~ 1800 TOPSPORT
Overseas Punters ~ +61 7 5599 2244
Live Chat ~ No
Email Support ~ [email protected]
Postal Address ~ PO Box 455, MIAMI Qld 4220 Australia