For those not used to betting on Table Tennis, here is a helpful guide to the type of markets there are and how those markets work.
There are often a number of different types of bets on each match, including in-play markets, as well as options on the overall tournament.
An outright bet, on the tournament winner or each-way, can prove popular with those who are looking to make decent money for a relatively minimal outlay.
Winners at double-figure prices are common, while treble-figured priced winners are naturally harder to find.
There are various factors involved in finding a winner of a tournament, but arguably the most important thing to consider is the draw. It’s worth analysing the draw bracket to see if a player has a more comfortable route to the final than the odds imply.
Other factors to consider include recent form, previous results at the specific tournament, and motivation.
Match Betting or Moneyline is a simple bet on who will prevail in a head-to-head encounter.
It tends to be worth focusing on closely-matched encounters, instead of searching for a 1-20 shot to get turned over. Shocks do occur, as in most sports, but they are more difficult to find.
Look out for head-to-head records and recent results. Is a player performing at a level they will struggle to maintain when they face a rival who can take them out of their comfort zone?
Different players have different styles and a certain style can suit one opponent but can cause problems for another.
Betting on the handicap is simple, if you back Player A -5.5 points, and he wins by six points, the bet is a winner. Alternatively, back Player B +4.5 points and the bet will win if he loses by four points or fewer.
Plenty of matches, particularly in the early rounds of a tournament, often see a high-profile player taking on a lesser opponent.
The favourite may well be hard to beat but an underdog with a never-say-die attitude can prove tough to put away, while certain players can shy away from a tense battle.
Conversely, some of the best players are exactly that because they refuse to take their foot off the gas.
Do the maths when considering a handicap bet. The difference between giving away 3.5 points or 4.5 points could easily be the difference between backing a winner or a loser.
Like a handicap bet, a bet on the total points in a match can offer an interest in even the most one-sided of mismatches.
A top player can make short work of a lesser player, but that’s not always the case, while it’s reasonable to expect those who are evenly-matched to play a long match, although the odds will reflect that.