Established in 2004, Tipico is the pride of Germany when it comes to sportsbooks. They are the official betting partner Hamburger SV, the fourth most successful club in the country’s history. Starting with the 2015/16 season, they’ve also signed a deal to be the “platinum partner” of Bayern Munich’s basketball and football teams, effectively replacing Bwin. While the stellar reputation precedes Tipico in most cases, it’s worth taking a closer look at what this interesting German bookie has to offer to punters around the globe.
Usually, we’re not big fans of old school designs. Table-prevalent layouts with lots of numbers were the fad in the mid-2000s and such solutions don’t sit well with younger bettors. In Tipico’s case, this is not true. While not resorting to any gimmicky user interface, they’ve managed to put everything on the home page while avoiding the creation of clutter.
It’s simple - everything is clearly divided and there are a lot of additional perks, such as the slider which lets you see which sporting events are available in different periods, such as 3 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, and so on. Incredibly functional and easy to use - that would be the best way to describe Tipico’s layout.
Even though we were initially excited by the overall functionality of the site, customer service was a big letdown. There is no live chat, no hotline and no email support! The only way you can contact customer support is via a ticket system and filling out a contact form. If it were 2005, such an approach would have been fine. It’s simply unacceptable for a sportsbook not to offer at least live chat and email support. On the bright side, there is a drop-down menu that lets you select the type of problem you’re experiencing. This makes problem mitigation much easier, but it’s still inefficient and somewhat strange.
But wait, it gets even stranger - Tipico probably has the best payment option portfolio we’ve seen in recent months. Numerous e-wallets are available, with PayPal being the most significant one. Not many bookies manage to score a deal with PayPal, so this is a big plus.
Sports and Betting Odds
Tipico offers many sporting events for users to place bets on. Among the covered sports are: American football, football, basketball, tennis, ice hockey, handball, volleyball, baseball, darts, boxing, MMA, E-sports, motor sport, rugby, winter sports, snooker, beach soccer, water polo, Aussie rules, cricket, floorball, golf, bandy. Betting odds at Tipico are competitive overall. Soccer betting margin is 5.2%, tennis betting margin is 7.6%, ice hockey betting margin is 7.3%, basketball with 5.7% and so on. The overall betting margin is 6.2%. These betting margins have been calculated using odds from different events in each sport. Please note that margins may be different from a sport to another, and even from a league to other.
Let’s get this clear right away - Tipico is a football-oriented bookmaker and they’ve never tried to assume a jack-of-all-trades role in today’s market. It’s footy galore - you can find even the lowest divisions in some countries’ football pyramids. They aren’t just for show. Every event includes a multitude of betting options. Interestingly, you can also bet on women’s football teams. As for other sports, there is still a lot to see and do, including snooker, cricket, darts and more.
Security and Fairness
While most bookmakers only mention their certificates, Tipico has entire sections devoted to them. They’re TÜV Certified, which is the absolute highest standard for testing the quality of products and services on German soil. Additionally, they use special SSL encryption. The lack of a government-issued license may be concerning to some, but there haven’t been any scandals involving this bookie.
You can find here a list of the most frequent questions regarding Tipico, along with answers. While we are trying to keep the info up to date on this page, please note these details may change in time and is needed to double-check it with Tipico website, where most info comes from.