When pro sports shut down during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, betting on table tennis was an unexpected success story in Colorado. The NHL and NBA were postponed. MLB delayed the start of its season. Soccer leagues across the globe were off. March Madness was canceled. Even golf and tennis were out. Bettors needed a new outlet.
In Colorado that ended up being table tennis, which saw its handle surge when legal Colorado online sportsbooks became available. More surprising, though, was that the craze continued even after the big sports returned. In October, the handle on table tennis in Colorado was bigger than hockey, soccer, MMA and golf. Even betting on tennis itself.
Maybe it was the quick 10-15 minute nature of table tennis matches. Maybe it was the frequency of games. But as it turned out, when there’s a table tennis match on the other side of the world at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, bettors in Colorado want in.
If you also want in on table tennis betting, here’s what you need to get started.
If you’ve just found out about table tennis betting, it’s not hard to get your feet wet. If you already have a betting account, simply open up the sportsbook’s website and you’ll find the “Table Tennis” tab down the left-hand side. It’s important to note that not all sportsbooks in Colorado offer wagering on table tennis.
If you haven’t yet opened your sports betting account, click one of the links below to claim a sign-up bonus or offer and get started. Once you’ve claimed your bonus, register an account. Enter your email and password and any other details needed to confirm your identity.
If you want to do most of your betting on your phone, download the sportsbook app directly from the sportsbook. You’ll find the button to download most Colorado sportsbook apps directly on the signup page. Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it and fund your account with any of the available payment methods.
Once your account is funded, the table tennis betting market awaits!
Table tennis is not a mainstream sport, so the rules might not be as obvious to the average sports fan. However, betting on table tennis isn’t too hard to figure out. There’s a lot of similarities between betting on table tennis and betting on other mainstream sports.
These bets are easy to find. Table tennis matches are going on almost every day, all day long, meaning you can find activities anytime you want. Matches are also quick, meaning you can get paid in a quick 10-15 minutes.
Here are some of the more popular ways to bet on table tennis:
You can bet who you think will win each game. If you bet a player to win game 2, then you can win your game prop even if they end up losing the match.
Also, you can bet on total points in each game. You can also bet the total amount of points each player scores in each game. If you think it’ll be a hard-fought back and forth game, you can bet the over for the total amount of points. If you think an underdog will keep the game close, you can bet on him to score over 5.5 points in the game.
You can bet on the exact score of a game. If you think a player will win the game 11-7, you can bet that exact score. Payouts are extremely good for this prop, but you have to be exactly right, with no margin of error.
Another game prop is betting which player you think will get to two wins first. If the player you bet on wins 2 of the first 3 games, you win your bet even if he loses the last two games and ends up losing the match.
The top table tennis tournaments are usually the Olympics and the World Championships. The 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympics are currently scheduled for July 23 through August 8.
The World Championships were originally scheduled for February 28 through March 7. However, due to the pandemic, they were canceled for 2021. These tournaments normally include both men’s and women’s tournaments. Some tournaments also include doubles tournaments.
Other notable Table Tennis tournaments scheduled for 2021 include:
The United States is struggling to develop table tennis stars at the rate of other countries, especially those in Asia.
The best American is Kanak Jha, ranked 28th in the world. There are only two other American-born players ranked in the world’s top 200.
Kai Zhang is ranked at number 171. Nikhil Kumar is number 177.
The top four table tennis players in the world as per the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) rankings are all Chinese. They are:
The best non-Chinese table tennis star is Tomokazu Harimoto, ranked 5th out of Japan. The best European table tennis player is Mattias Falck of Sweden, ranked 8th. The best South American is the 6th-ranked Hugo Calderano of Brazil.
Table tennis is a much-anticipated sport in the Summer Olympics for dozens of countries.
The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to occur in 2020, but have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Games will be held in Tokyo.
Colorado sportsbooks will almost certainly allow betting on table tennis in these Olympics. The strategy for betting does not change as the games will occur as normal, just on a bigger stage.
Has the match you want to bet on already started? No worries. You can live bet on table tennis even after the first serve. Simply open up your sportsbook app, head to the table tennis live betting section, and wait until lines appear. Once the lines are up, you can place your bets.
You can bet on which player will win the current game, who will score the next point, over/under total points in the game, and who will end up winning the match as a whole.
In live betting, the table tennis odds are adjusted for what has already occurred in the match. If the player who was favored to win before the game is losing at the time of your bet, he might now be an underdog. This is an opportunity to get the better player at better odds.
When live betting, make sure you have a sense of what is going on. Sometimes, players just don’t have their game. You don’t want to bet based solely on reputation when it’s obvious one player isn’t at the top of their game on that particular day.
Sportsbooks have rules for table tennis bets when events don’t go exactly as planned. In most scenarios, bets are canceled and refunded if a bet hasn’t already been decided.
If you bet a player to win a match and they’ve only won one game at the time of suspension, most sportsbooks will grade the wager as “no action” and refund your money.
However, if you bet that same player to win the first game of the match and they’ve already done that, your bet will be graded as a winner.
Similar rules apply to over/under. If you bet over 16 points in the second game of a match, and the game gets suspended with the score being 9-8, your bet will be graded as a winner. If you bet the under, your bet will be graded as a loser. If the score was only 3-2 at the time of suspension, your bet will be refunded as “no action.”
Betting on table tennis has taken Colorado by storm over the past calendar year. A lot of bettors were introduced to the sport during the pandemic, and many have kept betting on the sport even after the return of other more traditional sports. The reasons to bet on table tennis include:
If you want to bet on table tennis and want to make a profit, here’s some tips to get started:
One fear of betting on table tennis in countries like Russia is match-fixing. Some of these tournaments are not sanctioned by the ITTF. These players are under less scrutiny than those playing in official sanctioned tournaments and leagues. If you are worried about match-fixing, maybe bet less than you would normally.
The ITTF is the governing body of table tennis and they investigate matches and make sure there is no match-fixing going on. Similar to leagues like the NFL and FIFA, this organization takes these allegations very seriously.
You can find results of table tennis matches on the website of the league or tournament you are betting on. Many sportsbooks also have a scoreboard with real-time score updates.
Victor Barna has won 5 World Championships, leading all men. Angelica Rozeanu-Adelstein has won 6 World Championships, leading all women. Wang Hao has 5 Olympic medals, leading all men. Wang Nan has 5 Olympic medals, leading all women.
Table tennis is simple to bet, but it might take a while to get familiar with the world’s players.