Once you're a tipster at TipDay, you can begin to make tips. Choose your matches and make your predictions. Once you've made a few tips, you're eligible for the leaderboard. You rocket up the leaderboard if your tips come in, and you sink like the Titanic if your tips flop. Finish in the top ten in a calendar month and you win cash prizes from £10 to the top prize of £150 and a TipDay Swag Bag.
The true beauty of TipDay comes with the “wisdom of crowds”. By reviewing each fixture, you can easily gauge the consensus of opinion, and find out how many people are willing to put their tipping neck on the line one way or the other.
Naturally, once you think you've uncovered a banker, you can tip at the site, but you might also like a bit of a flutter for real cash. TipDay makes this super easy for you, as it will give you the current best odds for your bet, and the online sports-betting site where they're available. All it takes is one click and you're poised and ready to put your money where your mouth is.
TipDay's creators, 180Vita, have released a handy app for iOS and Android that allows TipDay tipsters to manage their picks on the fly. The app is available from the App Store on iTunes and GooglePlay, and is easy to install and use – in fact the first time you use the TipDay app you're walked through how to choose your fixtures and make your tips.
Stabbing a finger at a fixture opens up that game's information screen … or at least we assume it should.
It's not cruel to say that both TipDay and the TipDay app have a few teething problems. We tried the TipDay app on a Samsung Galaxy S2 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and we couldn't get the app to work properly on either of them. When we selected a fixture, we only received a virtually blank screen as a response. The bottom of the screen showed three buttons for “win”, “draw” or “lose”, and alarmingly, on the newer device, the buttons sprang out of alignment.
The TipDay website also has problem. In Chrome, the main menu is a very helpful white text on a white background. The menu works on Firefox, but on both browsers updating your user profile only works sporadically, especially if you're trying to change those all-important social networking details.
Some tipsters were certainly having some success at the site, especially the tipper who sat atop the lot with 11,633 points and a healthy 5,000 point lead over his nearest challenger, and a staggering 11,300 point lead over the top tipper in sixth place.
Enough teething problems then to warrant a five-figure bill from the orthodontist perhaps. TipDay is certainly a beautiful idea, simple in concept and potentially extremely useful for sport-betting fans everywhere. However, even the most beautiful idea turns ugly if the implementation is poor, and that is certainly what seems to have happened here.
If you want our advice, wait a month or three to see how many of these functional creases with TipDay have been successfully ironed out. That's what we intend to do – perhaps our confirmation email may have arrived by then. For more information on sports tipping apps check out our Mobile Tips Apps section.