Top Bet sportsbook premiered on the scene in 2002. For most of their tenure, they had a poor reputation as a sportsbook due to their ties to FutureBet Systems. FutureBet is notorious for non-payment and slow-pays to not only their customers but also business partners.
However, the good news is that Top Bet severed most of their ties with FutureBet in 2012. They brought in a new management team, and while the industry was skeptical at first, the new team at Top Bet has done an excellent job since taking over. Top Bet still operates with FutureBet’s wagering platform and software, but they, crucially, handle their own payment processing.
Top Bet is based in Manila, Philippines. Although the company operates on the other side of the world, they are licensed by the Government of Curacao’s Gaming Commission.
The established bookmaker has many betting platforms for customers all across the world. One of these websites is specifically for South African players and is a pretty popular bookmaker in this part of the world. This is largely due to their reputation, and a whole lot of advantages they offer their players. The company have been running for quite a few years, and as well as offering localized sports betting, they also feature main events from all across the world. Make sure you take a look at this review to see what all the fuss is about.
Upon landing on the website for the first time, players can be greeted to a red and black color scheme. The layout adopts a simplistic approach and doesn’t seem as compact as some of its competitors. The promotional banner situated at the top of the home page gives information on all the latest competitions and useful information. To the left, there is a list of all the popular events that customers are betting on, and the betslip is found on the right. Navigation is very simple and players can get to where they want to be within seconds.
New and existing customers can seek help and advice via a number of methods. One of the easiest ways is via email but there is also the chance to telephone if preferred. Topbet are also present on numerous social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
TopBet’s sportsbook is very well organized which makes it very easy to navigate and find whatever it is that you’re looking for. On the left side of the main sportsbook page, you’ll find a menu that has things broken out by sport (tennis, basketball, etc). You can then hit the + sign next to each sport in order to expand and see more options from that sport.
Once you have expanded on a particular sport, it will show you all of the main options for that sport. This will typically be broken out by a particular event (Preakness) or by a league. Simply click on whichever event or league that you are interested in wagering on and TopBet will then show you all of the lines that are available. The lines are clearly laid out regardless of the sport or event that you select.
If the game or event that you select has multiple types of bets available, you’ll find them all listed on separate tabs. For example, you’ll find tabs at the top broken out for odds, 1st half, 2nd half, 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and 4th quarter of an NBA basketball game. This layout makes it faster for you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
When you’re ready to place a bet, it is very easy. Simply press the Bet button and then enter the amount that you want to wager. TopBet then shows you the amount that you stand to earn if your wager is correct. It makes it very easy for beginners to understand more of what is going on.
The site speed seemed to be sufficient for an online sportsbook. We didn’t notice any lag during our time spent working on this review of TopBet. Pages loaded in a timely fashion and we were pleased with the performance and response of the website.
One thing that we were not a fan of was that we could not sort out how to change the layout on the style of odds. The website shows odds in the traditional American money line fashion however we could not find a way to switch that up to fractional or decimal odds. While Americans most likely won’t have an issue with this, other gamblers from elsewhere in the world most likely will (especially Europeans). We’d suggest that TopBet
add in this functionality sooner rather than later to help attract and keep more clients.
Overall, we’re big fans of the user interface on TopBet. With a winning combination of site speed and organization, users should not find any major snags or roadblocks. The ease of navigation on TopBet is one of the best that we have seen.
Topbet.co.za Mobile App
With many South African customers turning to their mobile devices, a good betting site needs to cater to this growing demand. Although there isn’t a TopBet mobile app, it does offer a customised web-based mobile betting platform (https://mobi.topbet.co.za) for punters to use.
In-keeping with the full site theme, it’s a no thrills package but it works perfectly fine. Navigation is simple, load speeds are fast and placing a bet is easy. All platforms have SSL encryption so we know the site is secure meaning you can do your banking with peace of mind.
TopBet Sports Betting Markets
TopBet sportsbook features a long list of betting market that has more offer than you would find at any of their land-based betting branches. They have an extensive list of local betting options alongside international tournaments that run through the entire calendar year. They recognise how SA punters enjoy betting on soccer and feature several leagues from over 50 countries including the PSL. Here’s a list of betting markets you can find Top Bet site online:
Betting is allowed on an ongoing game before its final moment. Also, games can be pre-registered or bet on, two to three days before the commencement of the game right after game fixtures have been announced on their site and other media platforms. Bets on penalties, free kicks, cards issued, corner kicks as well as a number of goals are equally allowed to be predicted for all ongoing games.
Topbet offers equal opportunity to all punters to partake in jackpots held every two weeks. Predictions are made for 15 games (win, lose or draw). Punters who correctly predict 15 games are qualified to win the jackpot which can be as high as 180 million Rand.
To ensure transparency and accountability, winners will be announced online, on the radio, television, and a South African daily newspaper.
The TopBet Casino is powered by Ace Gaming and BetSoft.
For the longest time I praised BetSoft for their software. It looks great and their games – especially their 3D slots – are a blast to play. I can play them for hours even on ‘free’ mode.
But they’ve been in the news recently for rigging their jackpots.Not long ago a customer won a jackpot during a free spin round. But the casino (Betcoin) refused to pay them because of some non-existent rule they didn’t add until after the fact.
Then, according to reports, both BetSoft and Betcoin paid this person to say good things about them.It’s hard to say if this is a one-time ordeal, or if it’s a sign of what’s to come.
We hope it’s the former, especially after looking at the quality of their games. They’re so good. Just click on the title you’re interested in and you can learn more about that specific game, even play it for free.Anyway, enough drooling over their games. Here’s a list of games you can expect to find at TopBet Casino, along with our comments.
TopBet Crazy Numbers
Lottery-based games are very popular throughout South Africa and TopBet is another site that offers a wide variety for players to sample. Inside the Crazy Numbers menu you’ll find a long list of lotto draws from around the globe such as the Philippines MegaLotto, Irish Daily Millions, German Lotto, France Loto, Kansas (US) Super Cash and many others. Each draw has a paytable detailing how much you will for matching 1 number, 2 numbers and so on. These are fixed odds payouts because you are betting against TopBet – you’re not purchasing a ticket for the real draw, but merely using those official lottery numbers to play this game.
How to Place a Bet Using TopBet Bookmaker Offers
TopBet is designed to make mobile betting as quick and easy as possible. Here’s a look at how to place bets:
- Choose from one of the three main categories: ‘Crazy Numbers’, ‘Horse Racing’ and ‘Other Sports’
- You’ll then be taken to that category’s own page with sub-categories listed
- Check out the sub-categories and find the bet you want to place
- Tap on your preferred bet, then head to your bet slip and enter your stake
- Double-check everything looks good, then tap to confirm
TopBet Sign-up Bonus
At Topbet, a registration bonus of 50 Rand is offered.
So if this bonus sounds good, first of all, you’ll have to get yourself signed up to TopBet. Just follow these easy steps:
- Visit TopBet
- Create your account
Find the ‘Register’ button, tap on it and fill out the registration form. You’ll just have to come up with a username and password; you’ll also have to provide TopBet with some basic personal details and contact info
- Enter your TopBet bonus code
Keep an eye out for the bonus code field, where you can enter any codes you may have. Copy and paste your TopBet bonus code into this field and you’re one step closer to that bonus!
How to Claim Your TopBet Welcome Bonuses
Before you can claim your bonus, you’ll need to have some funds deposited into your account. Here’s how you go about doing that:
- Have a look at the site’s list of accepted payment methods and choose one
- Enter the required details to link this payment method to your account
- Deposit some real money into your account
Now your bonus will be on its way to you, you’ll be pleased to hear. It doesn’t take long at all to go from setting up your account to getting your hands on that bonus.
TopBet Welcome Bonuses – Terms and Conditions
You’ll probably want to jump right in and claim your bonus. But before you do that, it’s a good idea for you to familiarise yourself with the bonus’ terms and conditions. We’ve highlighted the main points below:
- Only available to bettors aged 18 or above
- You have to be creating a new account
- Your first deposit has to be of at least R 10
- There may be limits on what bets you can place with your bonus
- You may have to play through your deposit and/or bonus a certain number of times before you can make withdrawals
How to Open a Top Bet Account
- Click the logo or link below to access Top Bet
- Click on “JOIN NOW”
- After clicking “JOIN NOW”, the following screen will appear for you to enter your details. Confirm your details on the final registration screen and click on the white box located next to the “I have read and accept the terms, conditions, and rules as published on this site.” Lastly, click “COMPLETE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT”.
- Registration complete
Topbet.co.za Withdrawals & Deposits
The banking options are adequate, so most customers should find a method they are happy to use. These are the options available:
- Standard Bank
Bank deposits can be made via online transfer, going to your local branch or by posting a cheque. For withdrawals, TopBet states this in its terms and conditions, “Any request by a customer to withdraw credit amounts from an internet and mobi betting account must be in writing and the written request form of TopBet must be completed and signed and thereafter telefaxed to TopBet.” Without a doubt, this seems a very long winded method to use in this day and age.
Security and Fairness
Topbet is licensed by the Guateng Gambling Board which gives permission for bets to be placed via the website. Players must also create an account when signing up and depositing funds in order to place their first bet.
Topbet Contact details
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0861 867 238.
Follow Topbet on Twitter and Facebook.
Top Bet had a tumultuous history during their time with FutureBet, but we can’t hold that against them today. Their odds aren’t anything special, and they are more suited towards recreational bettors rather than professionals, but they have a substantial list of markets, an excellent deposit bonus, and most importantly – they’re paying their players.