A Review of TopBetta Bookmaker

TopBetta is an online Australian bookmaker which offers betting on horse racing and a range of different sports, including the popular Australian games AFL and NRL, while also covering the major international sports such as American football and Soccer.

Horse racing is clearly a key product for TopBetta as when you log onto their home page, every race which is taking place that day is listed. You can access the market by clicking on the hyperlinked race time. Not only does the racing page have betting from Australian gallops, international meetings from France, the UK and USA, greyhound racing and harness racing also feature on what is a busy page.

TopBetta’s homepage is not as conventional as other betting sites so it may take you a while to familiarise yourself with where everything is housed. The sports they offer odds on run from left to right at the top of the page.

The area where TopBetta aren’t as strong as many of their rivals is they don’t have a live betting page on their site. This means they don’t offer any in-running odds on the sports they bet on. If you do have an account with them, you have to make sure you get your bets on before the event starts otherwise you are going to miss out.

One of the niche areas of betting TopBetta offers odds on is politics. They have a politics section which is kept up to date with all the international political events such as the next US president, UK Prime Minister and Australian Prime Minister.

If you like to follow where the money is going each day, TopBetta provide a section on trending bets. The five most popular selections are also placed into an accumulator which makes it easy for you to place a quick bet on the fancied picks.

Odds & Promotions

TopBetta have a very tempting new customer offer to get you started on their site. If you deposit $250 with your first transaction, they will give you $500 to start with therefore you are picking up $250 in promotional funds. There are wagering requirements to bear in mind though. Your bonus funds need to be turned over at least twice at odds of $1 or greater. You have 30 days to use the bonus funds otherwise they will disappear from your account.

Another unique selling point for TopBetta is that they organise tournaments on their site which you can buy tickets for. These take place across horse racing meetings and big competitions in sport. The prize pool depends on how many people enter but these can be very lucrative if you are lucky enough to win one. Everybody’s budget is catered for so if you are a small-stake punter there are lots of $5 entry tournaments, while for those who play much bigger bankrolls, some games have $110 buy-ins and it does not take too many players at that stake to join to accumulate a decent prize pool.

If you need help with your selections, TopBetta have created a very good blog section on their site. This includes previews for the big horse races each day, NRL games and other sports. There are some fantastic stats to look through and they also write lots of nostalgia pieces which are always great to read.

When betting on horse racing, you can either choose to play on the fixed odds market or to join the Tote pool for your bet. Before the meeting begins, there is a number of Tote bets which may give you interest across the card such as the quinella.

TopBetta look to be competitive with their fixed odds betting on the major races such as the Melbourne Cup and the daily action so if prices are important to you, their site is likely to be of interest.

Player Security & Safety

TopBetta is governed by its Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct and for South Australian residents by the South Australian Responsible Gambling Code of Practice. They are licenced in Northern Territory, Australia by NT Racing Commission to accept bets via the internet on racing, sport and entertainment therefore you should feel safe to deposit funds and punt on their desktop site.

The Australian firm accept lots of different methods of deposits. As with most bookmakers, you can add funds to your account with a Visa card and Mastercard. TopBetta also accepts BAPY, POLi and NAB. A withdrawal has to be made with the method you chose to deposit funds before you placed your bet.

TopBetta ask their customers to verify their identity as soon as possible to avoid their account becoming suspended. It is an Australian Government requirement under the Australian Money Laundering Act therefore you should expect to need to send documents whenever you sign up to an online bookmaker today. You are able to download a Verify Identity Form by PDF on their site and you can then send that either by email or in the post.

Sadly there is no live chat option on TopBetta’s page, however, they do have a customer service team working from 8am to 9pm to help and which can be reached on the phone or by email. They have a social media team who not only produce content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn but are also there to answer any account-related questions.

Conclusion & Overall Rating

If you enjoy betting on horse racing, TopBetta is a bookmaker which has everything covered for you including international racing from a number of different countries and greyhound racing. Their sports offering is solid, however, not as strong as many Australian firms, especially as they don’t have a live betting page.

TopBetta have invested heavily in their media content for their customers. There are lots of different match previews, stats and nostalgia pieces on their site which they produce themselves and pay respected journalists to write for them.

The sign-up offer which is open to new customers is well worth signing up for alone. You can bag up to $250 in bonus funds and their wagering requirements don’t make it too tough to turn this into real cash which can then be withdrawn.

TopBetta do a fantastic job at organising daily and long-term tournaments on their site and this is their biggest unique selling point. These allow you to pit yourself against other punters for a prize pot. They set these up with different entry fees to make sure that everybody has a chance of finding a tournament which suits their bankroll. The long-term tournaments such as the Premier League in soccer can last up to nine months so will give you plenty of interest for your stake.

The firm makes verifying your account as easy as possible as all you need to do is fill a PDF form and send it back to them – then they will do the rest. There are lots of different ways to place funds into your account. Sadly you are unable to contact their customer service team through a live chat facility; however, they are very quick to respond to emails and are available for the majority of the day on the phone for urgent assistance.

Overall rating: 8/10