2 years ago, no Kenyan knew of 22 Bet. Then the May 2019 tax bill was implemented. All the big boys failed to meet the Kenya Revenue Authority’s licensing requirements and 22 Bet was one of the few that got a clean slate. It rose in popularity at this time. The mother company has its headquarters in Cyprus where they began their operations in 2017. They branched into UK in 2018 and this saw them gain a foothold in the European gambling market. In addition to hosting all international events 22Bet showcases all local leagues while the other bookies only feature games in the Kenya Premier League; the biggest league here.
- They have the most secure betting platform in Kenya
- 22 Bet works with almost all payment operators
- They have the highest stake limit
- Fastest live betting in Kenya
- They have the highest number of events and markets in Kenya
- You can only withdraw funds using the same payment processor you used to deposit
- They do not have free sports livestream for players
22bet in a Glance
22Bet is licensed in Kenya by the Betting Control and Licensing Board. This website has 1xbet’s all-too-familiar layout, except that they’ve switched the blue theme to green.
Access to this site is restricted in many European countries and it makes sense for them to go full force on the African market. They do not accept players from the USA either. Forgot your password? No problem, they’ll just SMS you a new one. Super easy. All New players are eligible for an up to Kes 15,000 welcome bonus.
New players referred by friends, 22 Bet partners and review sites get a Kes 18,000 Welcome Bonus instead of the usual Kes 15,000 Bonus.
They have the most secure betting platform in Kenya
22 Bet works with almost all payment operators
They have 41 withdrawal and Deposit methods. Isn’t that impressive?
Whatever payment processor you’re using; be it mobile money, e-wallets, crypto or traditional payment means. They support it. Here’s the full list
They have the highest stake limit
At 22bet, you can bet with up to Kes 5.5 Million on single bets.
Fastest live betting in Kenya
Live betting odds change by the second; especially in Basketball. 22 Bet has a “one click” switch where bets are immediately placed when you tap odds. No confirmation whatsoever. It’s a time saving feature when used with caution.
They have the highest number of events and markets in Kenya
Sports picks average at 1500+ for all the popular games.
22 bet cons
You can only withdraw funds using the same payment processor you used to deposit
Not that it’s a deal breaker but M-Pesa occasionally has delays and I would love to withdraw funds through other faster means. When you deposit through multiple payment processors, 22Bet forces you to withdraw these funds through both processors and in the same proportion you used to deposit. This is an extra unnecessary step but perhaps it helps them curb money laundering.
They do not have free sports livestream for players
1xbet used to show livestreaming sports to players for free and it’s a shame seeing that they didn’t import this feature as 22bet is a 1xbet clone.
22Bet review Overall verdict
22bet gets a 3.5/5 star. They have the highest betting limits in Kenya but they do not show streaming sports. This is a shame. Their in-play stats are buggy (don’t update automatically) too and the match tracker seems to be missing
22bet customer support
They are very responsive to customer queries via social media. Here, we can see that they helped a client process a deposit that didn’t go through.
How 22Bet operates in Kenya
The brand offers three gambling services; e-sports, traditional sports and a casino. Sports can be wagered on as upcoming games or in-play. They have an affiliate program too that lets webmasters monetize their sports sites. There’s a huge variety here. They have many markets even on smaller leagues.
I noticed that this site is 100% similar in functionality to 1xbet. However, the live streaming feature seems to be missing. It’s super easy to use even for first timers. The local site 22bet.co.ke is available in multiple languages and they seem to support almost all payment methods.
22 Bet Welcome bonus and promotions
Currently, there are three running promotions on 22bet
100% deposit bonus up to Kes 15,000 [sports only]
New players will get their first deposit doubled when they register with this bookie. This bonus is capped at Kes 15,000 max and you must deposit at least Kes 100. You can neither transfer this bonus to other players nor withdraw it. It must be used within 7 days of registering too
Friday 100% Deposit bonus of up to Kes 12,000 [sports only]
This bonus is available to both existing and new players. It can only be redeemed once throughout the players career. Claim it on a Friday of your liking and get your first deposit of the day doubled. It must be used up within 24 hours and on real sports. It cannot be used in the casino or in the e-sports section. Claim this bonus and use it as stake for Saturday’s games.
100% deposit bonus up to Kes 35,000
This offer can only be redeemed by new players and they have to deposit at least Kes 100. The first deposit will be doubled. This bonus can only be used in the casino section.
Please note that these deposits are only available to players that deposit by cash and won’t be applicable when you deposit by crypto. The company may also ask for identity verification to prove that you’re indeed a new customer.
Quality of odds at 22 Bet
By comparing a similar game, I noticed that they offer similar odds to other bookies. Please note that they’re charging 20% withholding tax on all stakes and you’ll have to adjust accordingly.
22Bet Betting Limits
The maximum stake on each single bet varies by the game and odds. We’re not sure how it’s calculated but it’s always above Kes 50,000. Please note that these games all have different stake limits
Kes 10 is the minimum stake you could place a bet with
22 Bet Mobile options
On mobile you could bet through the app, by SMS or by web. Live games cannot be bet on by SMS.
PRO TIP: 22 Bet is the only Kenyan Betting site that doesn’t charge 20% tax. This information is hidden and you have to bet through the app to avoid this tax. You heard it here first. Here’s proof.
They both have the same odds, same features, same payment methods and same layout. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck; it’s a duck.
They’re licensed by the BCLB
I’m Kanyi Muturi and am from Tabuga, a small village in Nakuru. I have been following all sports since I was a kid and have been interested in the gambling side of sports since I was in high school. It took me a little while to get a grasp on all of the different gambling terminology and understand how confusing and complicated it can all seem when you first start.
Are you a professional gambler?
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