How To Bet Table Tennis

Table tennis, also referred to as ping pong, originated in Victorian England, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. Similar to snooker, makeshift versions of the game were developed by British military officers in India around he 1860s or 1870s. Table tennis involved either two or four players, hitting a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using small bats. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. A point is scored when the opposing player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is often extremely fast, which demands quick reactions, while being able to spin the ball allows the trajectory of the ball to be altered, limiting an opponent's attacking options. In this article, we'll dive into some of the common table tennis tournaments, common types of bets available, and some strategies for betting on table tennis.

Major Tournaments

Table tennis was organized as a regulated sport in 1926 - the first World Championship tournament. Furthermore, the addition of a World Cup in 1980 and being listed as an Olympic sport in 1988 have boosted the popularity of table tennis in recent years. There is also an annual ITTF World Tour, formerly referred to as the Pro Tour, with around 15 tournaments held every year along with a Grand Finals at the end of the tournament year. In addition to the Grand Finals, the ITFF World Tour includes tournaments such as the World Championships, World Team Championships, Men's and Women's World Cups and World Team Cups, China vs. World Challenge, etc.

Common Types Of Bets Available

Unfortunately, table tennis betting will not allow excessive amounts of money to be wagered as the sports betting market for table tennis is still relatively minute compared to other more popular sports such as football and basketball. With relatively few overnight lines and odds that don't get posted as early as other sports, the best way to bet on table tennis is via live in-play bets. Once matches begin, a plethora of betting options become available, with the odds shifting as the match progresses. Some common betting options include the match winner, game winner, point winner, and races to three, five, seven, and nine points. Additionally, you can also wager on the total points scored in a game as well as whether the total points scored will be an odd or even number.


Since most of the competitions involve the same players in each tournament, it's important to study the top players and look for performance trends. For example, does this player tend to stay focused and go for the kill at all stages of a game, or when this player feels that he's in control, will he be more prone to relax? While some matches may appear to be lopsided, the final scores of games played within the match may not be as skewed.

As common knowledge, the sport of table tennis is largely dominated by Chinese players. However, this is where value may lie - when a Chinese player is playing a non-Chinese player. Since the Chinese player will often be the favorite just based on the fact of his nationality, the non-Chinese underdog player may actually stand a much better chance compared to what the odds suggest. While I'd never recommend betting on these players blindly, perhaps dig down further to determine if the non-Chinese player's chance of winning is actually understated by bookmakers, and if so, jump on this opportunity.