Table tennis betting: Winning with maximum emotion

Table tennis betting: Winning with maximum emotion

When it comes to sports betting, the first things that come to mind are the major sports disciplines such as football, basketball and tennis betting. However, there are dozens of sports on which we would never think of placing a bet. One of the clearest cases is table tennis betting, which is the little brother of one of the most successful sports among bettors: tennis betting. 

The history of table tennis

The history of table tennis began in the 1880s, developing in England as an after-dinner game, with upper-class Victorians being the main supporters. It was not until 1926 that table tennis was organised and regulated. Interest in table tennis grew and the first world cup was organised in 1980. Its popularity peaked when in 1988 it was included as an Olympic sport in the 1988 Games.

As with tennis, you can place your table tennis bets on singles matches, where one player plays against another, and doubles matches, where two pairs play against each other.

Table tennis rules

To place bets on table tennis, you’ll need to know the rules before you venture in. Here are the rules:

  • The serve must be made from the right side of the table and diagonally, so that the ball lands on the right side of the opponent’s court. As in tennis, the player has a second attempt if he/she misses the first serve. 
  • Players are not allowed to touch the table with any part of their body or anything other than the racket or paddle. If this happens, the opposing player will score a point.
  • In doubles matches, the players of each team must alternate hitting the ball. Therefore, a player may not hit the ball twice in succession.
  • A table tennis match is won by the best of 3 or 5 sets, depending on the competition.

A player or a team wins the set when they score at least 11 points with a difference of 2 points over their opponent. To give an example, the winner of a set could be 11-9, but it could not be 11-10. In the latter case, the match would be resolved if the score is 12-10, so if a set is tied at 10 points, points will continue to be played until one of the opponents gets a two-point advantage.

Table Tennis Betting Odds: Markets and Live Betting

If, after reading the above paragraphs, you are still wondering where to start when it comes to table tennis betting, don’t worry, we’ll take a look at the two basic aspects of table tennis betting that we consider fundamental to table tennis betting:

Table tennis markets

As with almost all sports betting, the most common market that most bettors are familiar with is the winner of the match. But there are an infinite number of markets to place your table tennis bets such as total number of points, handicap bets, bets on the first 4 places of a championship, difference of sets of the winner of a match, points scored in a set, etc… 

Table tennis live betting

Live table tennis betting is quite important for bettors. You can get a good return due to the constant changes that occur during the matches, which causes variations up and down depending on what happens during the match. It is important to keep an eye on the match in order to look for an opportunity, translated into an increase in odds that could be interesting.

Table tennis betting tips and strategies

As we have mentioned in previous paragraphs, table tennis and tennis have many similarities in terms of game mechanics and characteristics, but we should not get confused if we are talking about betting on table tennis. If you know table tennis well, it doesn’t mean that you will know the same about its sporting ‘son’, as table tennis has its own rules as we discussed at the beginning of this post.

Knowing the rules well is quite important when it comes to making your table tennis predictions, as the more knowledge you have about how it works, the less luck you will need to win your bet. On the other hand, we must carefully study the players of the different tournaments where we are going to bet, analyse their statistics and detect if they have positive streaks of results or if, on the contrary, they are not in a good form for the match.

Another point to think about is the confusion that player names can cause. Spanish speakers tend to confuse the names of the players where table tennis is most popular: China. Well, many of their surnames are quite similar and can be confusing, so you should be alert to how they are named when placing your bets.

Master your Bankroll and Stake: Responsible Gambling

You should manage your bankroll wisely and not bet your entire bankroll on a single bet. The confidence we have that our ping pong bet will be successful is called the Stake. They are given a value from 1 to 10, with 10 being the value at which we are totally confident that we will be successful in our table tennis bet. We will give lower values as we bet on a specific player in a close match.

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