If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of betting tournaments, there really is no better place to start than SportChamps Australia!
In our SportChamps Ratings & Review, we’ll tell you all about how the excellent site design and impressive range of betting markets are only just the start of it. With a cutting edge app and a dedicated customer support team, it’s little wonder why SportChamps is one of Australia’s leading betting tournament sites.
SportChamps: Pros & Cons
- Offers betting tournaments on racing and sport
- No need to phone for in play sports
- Great app for both Apple iOS and Android devices
- Not a traditional fixed odds sport betting service
SportChamps works a little differently from your usual fixed odds betting sites, in fact, it works a lot differently. Rather than simply betting real money on a sport to win, your real money deposits are turned into “Champs Cash”. You can then use your “Champs Cash” to wager on sports betting tournaments in leagues against other players.
At the end of the tournament, the higher up the leaderboard you are, the more real cash you stand to win at the end of the day. SportChamps gives out over $300,000 a week in real money prizes.
As you can see, SportChamps is pretty different from standard betting sites, so you’re probably wondering how their bonus offers differ too. Unfortunately, due to Australian gambling laws, we aren’t able to discuss what promotions are currently available from this bookmaker. Not to worry, though - SportChamps still has plenty to offer its customers!
SportChamps Reviews: Getting Started with Practice Tournaments and Tutorials
To start you off, SportsChamps allows you to play practice tournaments before you go ahead and play in tournaments for real money. This is a great way to practice if you’re completely new to betting tournaments, then once you get to grips you’ll be better placed to go on and win some money when you start entering tournaments with real money prizes at stake. Just as is the case with the cash prize tournaments you play for virtual cash in your practice tournaments, only you don’t win a cash prize for ranking well at the end of the tournament. In addition to the practice tournaments, there’s a slo a tutorial section to help you get to grips with how the tournaments work.
For more traditional bookies, check out our BBet Reviews & MoneyBall Ratings.
At risk of going overboard with the praise, the SportChamps website is legitimately excellent, it’s super easy to navigate, is not over complicated and has a sleek and fun design with cartoon-like qualities. Everything is set out in a step by step way, making it easy as pie for betting tournament newbies, however, seasoned tournament punters won’t feel patronised at all. In addition to the nice layout and step by step guide set-up, there are also plenty of 30-second videos explaining who SportChamps are and how their service works. When it comes to betting tournaments, this definitely is one of the best betting sites in Australia.
Colour scheme wise you have a dark blue background with splashes of orange and white - although this might sound a little on the bleak side, SportChamps somehow manage to build it off in a light and fun way. In fact, the only criticism we really have of the site is that it almost has too much of an easy, cartoon feel. Don’t let that put you off though, the animation makes the site feel more fun and friendly rather than childlike. The website is so helpful that the home page actually contains a guide on how to download the equally excellent app, which you’ll find more details about below in our SportChamps ratings.
The SportChamps app is available to both Apple iOS and Android users and is every bit as excellent as their website. The app offers everything that the desktop version of the website does. You can enter tournaments, and create your own, make deposits, enter tips and use the chat to trash talk your opponents - the banter is one of the best parts about sports betting tournaments with SportChamps Australia overall. The app follows the same slick colour scheme and design as the website. In terms of functionality, we didn;t have any problems with loading times, lagging or bugs. Once signed in, the app also keeps running in the background so long as you don’t close it, so you can drift in and out seamlessly while doing other things on your phone. All in all, the SportChamps app offers an excellent solution to social betting tournaments on the move.
The only way to deposit into your SportChamps account is by using your credit/debit card or by bank transfer. The minimum deposit amount is just $1, however, we should point out to you that the lowest entry fee for a paid competition on the SportChamps website is $2. Therefore, making a slightly larger deposit makes a lot more sense. The lack of payment options definitely sets our SportChamps ratings back a little bit, however, the product itself does make up for it. We would, however, one day like to see the introduction of a secure e-payment method such as PayPal or POLi. Such payment methods are better for your overall online safety as they don’t share your payment details or personal data with the merchant.
The only way to withdraw funds from your SportChamps account is Bank EFT. The minimum withdrawal is just $5 and while there are no details of a maximum withdrawal amount, the maximum you can win per day with SportChamps tournaments is $35,000. There’s no turnover requirement for your withdrawals, however, you do have to have bet through all of your deposit before you can withdraw any winnings.
In most cases, your withdrawal will be processed and the money should be in your bank account within 1 business day. However, withdrawals requested on a weekend or after 5 pm AEST may take longer to process. Once you request a withdrawal, it cannot be amended or cancelled - so make sure you definitely want to withdraw your funds before going for it. Lastly, your withdrawal must be to a bank account that bears the account holder's name on it.
You can contact the SportChamps customer service team via either Live Chat or email. Additionally, they do also provide their mailing address, titled with the humour line “Are you one of the 27 people who still post mail?” The quickest and easiest way to contact them is via the live chat, which you can do without being a member or supplying any details. For some answers, however, they may ask for your email as a non-member so that they can send you marketing emails with all the info needed to sign up - which can get a bit annoying, but you can always unsubscribe.
SportChamps Australia promises to respond within minutes, however, we received our first answer quite literally within seconds every time we tested the service. We also tested the service at various times during the day - and even when messaging them around midnight, they were quick to respond. As a nice added touch you get the first name of the person you’re speaking with - no bots here!
For more long-winded or complex enquiries the email team are pretty good and helpful, with responses coming within 24 hours of you getting in touch. As well as the customer service channels, there’s also a “How to Play” section, which gives you step by step guides on how to sign up and play as well as a handful of 30-second videos explaining how it works. We didn’t test the postal service because, well, it’s not the 1970s. The one shortfall in our SportChamps ratings here is the lack of a phone line.
So is SportChamps secure? We can say with confidence that SportChamps is 100% a fully legit Australian-owned tournament betting service that was launched by Alan Eskander, more famously known as the founder of the company BetStar. BetStar has sold to Ladbrokes plc. In 2014 but did, and still enjoys a rock-solid reputation.
If you want to check out the licensing of some more traditional, fixed odds operators, then check out some of our other reviews. Included in these are Is BetEasy Legit? & Is Bet365 Secure?
We’ve already mentioned above that SportChamps offers 5 tournaments to all of their new customers, which you can play to win real money cash prizes. In addition to these 5 tournaments, SportChamps also has over 200 additional tournaments that all existing members can play at any time. The difference with these tournaments, however, is that they cannot be played for real money. Still though, they give you the chance to practice and play in tournaments to get a feel for the site without wagering any real money - pretty helpful if you’re a betting tournament newbie.
In terms of actual loyalty bonuses, the SportChamps Australia website and app both have a “Rewards” section. However, we have to say that SportChamps are a bit cheeky here as clicking on the “Rewards” button simply takes you to the page displaying the tournament information and potential winnings. Therefore there technically isn’t a proper rewards system, however the more tournaments you play, and the more experience you gain, the more likely you are to get your hands on bigger and better cash prizes.