There’s no debating that 2020 was quite an unpredictable year, and one of the unexpected surprises to come out of it was a huge spike in popularity for table tennis at legal sportsbooks.
The desire to wager on table tennis was born out of a lack of options, with most other sports on hiatus and bettors starved for choice for several months. It quickly grew into a favorite once people realized it was an exciting sport that is conducive to a fun betting experience.
The matches are exhilarating while not eating up too much time, they’re on at various times throughout the day when other sports generally aren’t, and betting on them can win you some money. What else can you ask for?
Even as mainstream sports made their return, the interest in table tennis stuck, and it has remained that way, carving out a role as a niche sport that many bettors continue to wager on and enjoy. Today, it’s widely available at most online sportsbooks in a variety of states. There’s plenty to learn about this game, so read on to find all you need to know about betting on table tennis in New York.
If you’re new to the betting game and are looking to get in on the table tennis action, the good news is that it’s quite easy to get started. You can wager in person at several New York sportsbooks or head over to New Jersey to bet online. In addition, online sportsbooks could soon be legal in New York, too. All you need is to create and fund a new online sportsbook account.
After completing the process, you will receive email confirmation verifying your registration. Be sure to check that your account balance reflects the welcome bonus (if you received one).
Once you’ve created your new account, you can search among all available sports and scroll down to table tennis, where you will be able to choose from a range of matches and betting markets.
It may seem confusing at first, but fortunately, table tennis is actually a pretty easy game to understand. Even though the rules and scoring are different, the game is played a bit like tennis in the sense that one player serves and the other must return the ball. When a player misses the table, hits the ball into the net or cannot return the ball from the other side, the other player scores a point.
The most common league available to bet on at online sportsbooks is Moscow Liga Pro (Russia), and it has a pretty simple set of rules. A match is a best-of-five series, with the first player to win three games being declared the winner. Each game is a race to 11 points, and to win a game, the player must win by two. This means that games can extend far beyond 11 points if the scoring margin remains one point or tied.
Each player gets to serve for two consecutive points before the other player gets a chance. The only time this changes is when the match gets beyond 11 points and players get only one serve each until one player is down by one and facing a match point. In this situation, the losing player gets possession of the serve.
Most matches, even if they go the maximum five sets, don’t take any longer than a half hour to complete and can sometimes be much shorter. For the bettor who doesn’t want to watch a full three-hour sporting event, table tennis is the perfect time-sensitive option.
We’d recommend watching a match before wagering on one, and when you do take a look at how the game works; it becomes pretty simple to understand the scoring and how the game is played.
When it comes time to wager on table tennis, bettors will find a range of bets to choose from. There are fewer options than mainstream sporting events in the United States, but still enough for there to be some variety. Regardless of what you choose to bet on, most markets can be broken down into the following categories:
While some table tennis betting markets are the same everywhere, some options are exclusive to a certain sportsbook. And depending on the site, the options could be laid out quite differently as well, although with some experience, none of this will be an issue. Even if you’ve never placed a bet on table tennis before, if you have an understanding of how moneylines, spreads, totals and props work in other sports, you will be able to quickly catch on.
Betting on match lines in table tennis is exactly what it sounds like, as these markets have to do with odds pertaining to the whole match. The most popular and easiest to understand of these is the moneyline, for which we have an example from DraftKings Sportsbook.
As is the case with betting on any other sport, the moneyline is a wager on which side will win a match. The favorite has a negative number and the underdog has a positive number, with the potential risk and reward being easiest to understand if you keep it relative to the number 100. Betting favorites means risking the number on the moneyline to win $100 in profit, while taking underdogs could earn you the amount of the moneyline on a wager of $100.
In this case, a wager on Yaroslav Troyanov (the favorite) requires a $177 risk to win $100, or a $17.77 risk to win $10, etc. On the other side, betting on Anton Sirotkin (the underdog) means risking $100 to win $125, $10 to win $12.50, and so on.
In addition to the moneyline, bettors can also wager on the following:
Just as there are both standard lines and props for a full match, the same is true for individual games. There are actually far more betting options for individual games than there are for a table tennis match, and some are quite distinct. Take this example from BetMGM Sportsbook, which we’ll explain in more detail below:
When it comes to betting on individual games and points, options include:
Live betting is an ever-growing part of the sports betting landscape and is popular across all sports. Table tennis is no exception, and depending on the sportsbook you’re using, there can be just as many (if not more) betting options during a match than before it. In fact, many of the markets in the above sections are available as live bets.
As you get into the minutiae of the match and start getting to game and point props, the markets get more and more creative. But it’s important to keep in mind that some of these options aren’t universal across all sportsbook platforms.
FanDuel, DraftKings, William Hill, BetMGM and PointsBet all have some kind of live betting options available, but because some of these markets vary from site to site, it will take a bit of research to learn what each site offers during the middle of a match.
On top of figuring out where exactly to find table tennis live betting markets of your choosing, keep in mind that this sport moves extremely fast. A single point takes just a few seconds, and before you know it, several points or an entire game can take place. Wagering on individual points and games requires being ready to fill a bet slip and press enter even more quickly than in other sports.
The great thing about live betting on table tennis is that there are plenty of opportunities to find good odds and potentially large payouts. If you’re looking for the most profitable markets, consider these:
For those in search of instant gratification, betting on individual points is for you. If you don’t want to move at such a frenetic pace but still are interested in live wagering, consider betting on an individual game winner or the total points in a given game.
The governing body for all of the sport’s national associations is the International Table Tennis Federation, which recognizes six smaller federations representing each continent.
There are many leagues that take place all around the world at various times of year but the constant is Moscow Liga Pro (Russia), which has its betting lines available at a range of online sportsbooks in many different states. If you are betting on table tennis at a legal betting site in the United States, you are more than likely betting on Moscow Liga Pro or Setka Cup (Ukraine).
Table tennis has dozens of leagues around the world. As such, getting to the top and remaining there is a wildly difficult endeavor. Here are the players currently at the top of the ITTF world rankings for the men’s singles division:
For the women’s singles division, here are the top-ranked players in the world according to the ITTF:
The United States has its own table tennis association and provides its own rankings. According to USA Table Tennis, here are the top-ranked players in the United States according to league rating:
Considering the explosion in popularity of the sport in the United States, it’s becoming more and more likely that legal sportsbooks offer table tennis odds during the next Olympics, slated to take place in summer 2021 in Tokyo.
Whether these betting markets are available remains to be seen, but some potential wagers include:
As is the case with betting on any sport, being a winning table tennis bettor requires more than just blindly filling out a bet slip and risking your money. Having a plan of action is the best way to open up opportunities for profits. Consider the following table tennis betting tips before risking your money:
If you belong to multiple sportsbooks, you can compare lines between them once you know what you want to wager on. It allows you to use the site that offers the most advantageous table tennis betting odds for the largest potential payout possible. Since not all sites have the same options available, this is also a sound strategy for finding your preferred markets.
These athletes aren’t well known like NBA or NFL players in the United States, and the truth is, an educated table tennis wager requires research. Many matchups feature players who have gone head-to-head before, and checking on how the players stack up can go a long way toward deciding whom to bet on.
Live betting creates chances for profits, especially on players who are trailing early. If a player loses the first game of a match, that player’s odds will likely rise compared to the pregame line. Keep an eye out for inflated odds for players who may be behind on the scoreboard but have plenty of time to come back.