TopBetta.com.au formed in 2009, and they are certainly quite different from other major sportsbooks which cater to players in New Zealand. This Australian betting website was originally a tournament only fantasy betting website, but it rapidly changed after gaining popularity. Now, it still offers its array of tournament style bets, but also fixed-odds betting on racing and sports on the side.
TopBetta.com.au permits players to use New Zealand dollars as their currency of choice, and whilst they do cater to both Aussies and New Zealanders, they don’t really do business anywhere else in the globe. TopBetta isn’t really at the forefront when it comes to mobile gaming, either. However, this sportsbook is fully licensed, namely by NT Racing Commission in the Northern Territory of Australia. The sportsbook is operated by TopBetta PTY Ltd. TopBetta.com.au has done remarkably well for itself to attain such popularity, especially when you consider that they fail to offer several key elements which you can find at other New Zealand sportsbooks, as you will see in this review.
TopBetta.com.au’s Welcome Offer, Latest Promotions and Bonuses
Newbies who choose to sign up at TopBetta can claim a welcome bonus, but any further bonuses and promotions are offered on an individual basis only, and only when you sign into your TopBetta.com.au account.
To get the ball rolling (so to speak), TopBetta offers all players the chance to claim three exclusive sign-up bonuses. There is a NZ$50 bonus for any player who deposits NZ$10, and a NZ$100 bonus for players who deposit NZ$25 into their accounts. Players who deposit a hefty NZ$250 can claim the same amount back as a bonus at TopBetta, giving them a kitty of NZ$500 to start playing with.
Bonuses at TopBetta expire 7 days after they are claimed, and few other promos and bonuses are available afterwards. The sportsbook does have individual offers as we’ve said, but these are quite rare, too.
User Interface and Graphics
Messy is perhaps the word best used to describe TopBetta.com.au. The sportsbook is all over the shop if we’re being totally honest. Initially, the sportsbook opens on the racing odds (instead of the sporting events), although clicking on the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the screen can take you to tournament bets and other sporting events. Trending bets pop down the right-hand side of the reel, whilst other sporting fixtures can be wagered on via the bottom navigation bar. TopBetta is also not really that mobile friendly. Any new player in a rush to place a last-minute bet on may have to navigate through several pages just to do so. It’s not good enough, really. There are several areas which could do with a bit of work and TopBetta’s design is surely amongst them.
TopBetta.com.au is a popular site, although that is not down to their market choice. They do tend to cover quite a few markets, and just as many as mid-rank sportsbooks in New Zealand, to be honest – but the number of matches hosted in those markets is sometimes painfully thin. You can expect to be able to wager on horse racing, American football, Australian Rules football, baseball, tennis, football, rugby, basketball, cricket, boxing, and motor sports at this domain, but just don’t expect a whole lot of choice in those markets. If you horse racing bets, though, particularly tipping bets, you’re in luck – those are quite extensive sections.
Odds and Prices
TopBetta.com.au is known for its very competitive odds when it comes to horse racing and greyhound bets. However, they do fall some way behind their New Zealand rivals when it comes to getting great odds on other major sporting events. Both tote and fixed odds bets are offered at TopBetta.com.au. Generally speaking, TopBetta is also rather late with creating their odds and markets. You can only seem to bet on events which are occurring in just a few days, with any sporting events taking place in the distant future not available to bet on, which denies New Zealanders the right to have an early punt.
TopBetta doesn’t offer live in-play bets at their online sportsbook. This is quite a shame since most of their major rivals are easily offered that. Without in-play betting, it means that players are going to have to stake bets immediately before the game but not once it has begun. This puts them at a disadvantage when compared to other leading New Zealand sportsbooks.
If TopBetta.com.au doesn’t offer live in-play betting, you can bet your bottom dollar that they aren’t offered live streaming of matches, either. Whilst this was always going to be a given for such a petite New Zealand sportsbook, the lack of any real stats centre is a real blow to the sportsbook. Players will be unable to keep tabs on their wagers’ progress, something which almost all other major sportsbooks offer you, even if they don’t carry live streaming themselves.
This online sportsbook does offer mobile gaming, although you might wonder why they bother? Mobile gaming is handy if you prefer to bet on your phone. However, many players prefer to use mobile apps to bet on the move, if they are out watching a game. This is useless at TopBetta. Moreover, you can’t really manoeuvre through the pages very well on smaller mobile devices – the screens are just too muddled. We must commend TopBetta for not forcing a downloadable mobile app on users, though. Their mobile section can be accessed directly via your tablet or smartphone’s web browser.
Payment Methods and Customer Support
Customer support is on hand via the live chat button in the bottom right-hand side of the screen, or via a telephone number (1-300-886-503). Players can also seek out their own answers via the FAQ guide at the sportsbook or via e-mail. Customer service is available Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 9pm AEST.
TopBetta.com.au’s payment methods include MasterCard, VISA, BPAY, POLi, and nab. This isn’t the greatest selection of payment methods, but New Zealander should be able to find something they can use, as well as use the NZ dollar to deposit, play and withdraw.