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Table Tennis Betting Guide

Summary: Table tennis, also known as ping pong, involves two or four players hitting a lightweight ball across a table.

Betting options include money line, race to points, game handicap, total points, first game/match outcome, and individual player performance.

Keep an eye on elite players like Ma Long and consider handicaps for better odds.

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How to Bet on Table Tennis

Here is a guide on how to bet on table tennis events at LeoVegas:

  • Go to the LeoVegas sports betting page.
  • Locate the search function in the top right corner of the page.
  • Type in "Table Tennis" and the available list of markets will show up.
  • Select the match you want to bet on.
  • Choose the betting market you want to bet on. There are multiple markets to select from, such as the winner of the match, the total number of points, and the handicap.
  • Place your bet and wait for the outcome of the match.

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What is Table Tennis?

Table Tennis or Ping Pong? The debate on what to call this sport rages on, but both refer to a game that involves two or four players competing with a lightweight ball and small wooden bats. Sounds old fashioned? That’s because it is! The game takes place across a 9’ long and 5’ wide table - the aim of the game is to hit a lightweight ball into the opponent's half of the table without them returning it.

Until recently, table tennis was considered a much less significant sport than it is now - however, its debut in the Olympics in 1988 catapulted it into the limelight. It picked up thousands of new fans thanks to the lightning-fast skill and speed of the elite-level players. What does Table Tennis betting look like?

Table Tennis Rules

There are several ways to play Table Tennis - but the official Olympic rules are as follows:

  • A coin toss decides which player will serve first and from which end.
  • The player then serves the ball, which must bounce on their side of the table before landing on the other side.
  • A rally then ensues, with the point being awarded to the player who doesn’t fault first.
  • A player cannot strike the ball before it bounces.

What are the main leagues in Table Tennis?

There are three main table tennis leagues existing outside of the Olympics. They are as follows:

Czech Liga Pro

The national league of the Czech Republic attracts some of the best players in the world. The prize money comes in at around €30,000.

Challenger Series

Described as the springboard to fame for future stars of professional table tennis, the Challenger Series boasts a prize pool of over €200,000.

TT Cup

Probably the biggest competition outside of the Olympics in the sport of table tennis is the World Championships - otherwise known as the TT World Cup.

Table Tennis is one of those sports where a player’s personality can shine through the way they play the game. The most famous players in the world tend to exhibit their abilities with a unique flourish.

Here are some of the best players in the game right now:

Ma Long (China): Widely regarded as the greatest player to participate in the sport, Ma Long spent 64 months in a row as the world’s number one ranked player - a world record. Long by name, long by nature! He is a two-time and reigning Olympic singles champion (2016 and 2020) and a three-time World Championships winner.

Zhang Jike (China): He is the fourth player to ever achieve a career Grand Slam (World Table Tennis Championships, Table Tennis World Cup, and the Olympics) - and the fastest ever to achieve it.

Timo Boll (Germany): The one-time world number one is still considered among one of the best players in Europe. He was the single European champion in 2021, despite being an old hand in the sport.

Chen Meng (China): The current world number one ranked women’s singles, she is also a four-time ITTF(International Table Tennis Federation) World Tour Grand Finals champion, a 15-time ITTF World Tour Champion, and an Olympic gold medallist (2020).

Liu Shiwen (China): One of the most consistently top ranked women as part of the ITTF World Tour, Shiwen can count the 2019 World Championships, six World Cups, and a 2016 Olympic champion.

Table Tennis Betting Lines

There are several different types of various betting options and lines on Table Tennis to help enhance the enjoyment of a game - but let’s cover the most basic methods of how to bet on Table Tennis below:

Money Line: As simple as it gets - bet on the player who you think will win!

Race To Points: There are several points up for grabs in a Table Tennis game - in this market, you can predict which opponent will reach a point total first.

Game Handicap: Fancy a player to dominate? You can predict a player to win by a minimum amount of games to help increase the odds. For example, backing a player at -1.5 means a player will have to win by two points or more in a set or two sets or more in a table tennis match.

Total points: This is a type of bet where you bet on the total number of points scored in a match. You can bet on whether the total number of points will be over or under a certain number.

First game/match outcome: This is a type of bet where you bet on the outcome of the first game or the outcome of the match. Betting on the outcome of the first game/match can give you the opportunity to bet on a player's victory in the match with increased odds.

Individual player performance: This is a type of bet where you bet on the performance of an individual player in a set or match. You can bet on the total number of points scored by the player or whether the player will win the set or match.

Table Tennis Betting Tips

Table Tennis is a fascinating and exciting sport to watch, but when there is an elite player at the top of their game, it’s difficult to see anyone defeating them.

For example, Ma Long is one of the best to play the game - our recommendation would be to look at the handicap and online betting for opportunities to extend the odds.

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Table Tennis Live Betting

Live betting on table tennis matches can be a fun and exciting way to bet on the sport. To increase your chances of winning a table tennis bet, consider the recent performance of the players, their rankings, and the pre-match odds. Be sure to check table tennis betting odds in play before placing the bet on table tennis.

Table Tennis Betting FAQ

What is the best betting strategy for table tennis?

Betting the favourite is always a viable strategy for table tennis betting. Look for betting opportunities as the competition wears on. If there is a clear favourite, bet on them.

What factors should I consider before placing table tennis bets?

Recent wins, losses, and overall performance of the players are important factors to consider. The ranking of the players is also important, but it is even more important to check the ups and downs of particular players in the ranking.

Here are some of the best table tennis betting tournaments and leagues to bet on:

  • World Table Tennis Championships
  • ITTF World Tour
  • European Championships
  • Czech Republic TT Star Series

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