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Pros
  • Two jackpots
  • Trustworthy
  • Live Betting
  • Had free withdrawals
  • Popular picks are highlighted
  • Boosted odds on a few games
  • Had a Kes 25 free bet on registration
Cons
  • Their services in Kenya have been halted
  • No Livestream
  • No cash out
  • Few sports and events
  • No live score / stats
  • Few markets on each event
  • No promos/ bonuses for loyal players

[2020 SEPT UPDATE] BetPawa isn’t accepting deposits from Kenya. You can withdraw any pending funds in your wallet.

BetPawa was the third to SportPesa and Betin, before they had their license revoked over tax arrears. You could bet on all local and European soccer leagues. There were plenty of tennis, basketball and cricket events and you could even live bet on a handful of them. There was no dedicated mobile app though. Their live bet was “more stable” in comparison to other bookies in that odds didn’t change by the second. You had enough time to do the math. I once had a good run with them. That was the golden age of sports betting in Kenya.

BetPawa winnings

BetPawa at a glance

BetPawa was previously registered by the BCLB under Gaming International KE Limited. Nanovas Intl KE took over the brand and there’s no hope of them being licensed. BetPawa has a presence in Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana. They are licensed in the respective countries. It’s been a year since they had their licensing appeal turned down. Just like SportPesa, BetPawa was founded in 2014 and I feel that they would have given SportPesa a run for their money had they been aggressive with their marketing.

 BetPawa payment options

You could only deposit/withdraw by M-Pesa. Deposits were at usual M-Pesa rates and all withdrawals were free. You can withdraw any remaining funds in your account.

BetPawa Customer Service

BetPawa customer support

BetPawa currently isn’t responding to customer queries. Their last “update” is at least a year old.

BetPawa customer support  social

The Good

BetPawa has two jackpots

Both require a Kes 10 stake. Their 17 game emPawa17 jackpot has a Kes 20M prize. There are bonuses for 13+ correct picks. Three players got 13 correct picks in last week’s jackpot and they each got a Kes 33,333 bonus before tax.

BetPawa Jackpot

Their 13 game emPawa13 game had a Kes 1M prize last week. There were bonuses for 10+ correct picks.

BetPawa jackpot 2

All the popular picks are highlighted (with a fire icon)

BetPawa popular picks

These selections are made on where other players are putting their money. At times there’s wisdom in following the crowd as they may have spotted something you’re yet to.

The bad

Limited sports selections and markets

These are the only sports you can wager on at BetPawa – Football, Basketball and Cricket. They have at most 50 picks even on the most popular events while the other bookies have up to 2000. Also, only a small selection of their events can be live bet on.

BetPawa isn’t accepting deposits

BetPawa isn't accepting deposits from Kenyan

There is no embed live score

The closest you’ll get to seeing live scores on betPawa is on the in-play section.

The BetPawa platform

I believe Bet254 is the new BetPawa. Same odds. Same layout. You be the judge.

BetPawa live
BetPawa live 2.0

Speed is vital in live betting. Sure. In fact, in sports such as Basketball odds with each point scored and all decent bookies auto update odds. Now with the 20% withholding tax rule in place you’re not always sure you’re getting a worthy risk-reward ratio. BetPawa had a way around this and odds didn’t change as frequently. They have a spinning arrow that refreshed odds every five seconds.

BetPawa Odds

Their interface

There are no fancy graphics and promos at BetPawa. The design could do with a revamp too. It’s built for a seamless betting experience. All winning bet slips were accompanied with that “CONGRATULATIONS” SMS we all craved. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to find events. All the upcoming sports are listed on the left-hand side of the page and this list filters to events kicking off in the next 48 hours by default. There used to be a casino on this menu too.

BetPawa menu

Bonus/promotions

There used to be a Kes 25 free bet for new players.

Quality of odds

They have average odds on their best days at 1.89/1.84 for a fair coin toss.

BetPawa odds example

All accumulator (multi bet slips) have their odds boosted by a very small fraction.

Betting Limits

Kes 1 is the minimum stake. Kes 2.5M is the maximum pay-out. Jackpots and their bonuses aren’t subjected to this limit. There is no maximum stake.

Mobile options

There is no mobile app. Their website is fully functional even on lite browsers like Opera Mini.

Summary

BetPawa was a decent Kenyan bookie. There were no bonuses. I felt that Betin and Sportybet were unethical in how they handed out bonuses. They were using them to keep you hooked to their betting site. Betin would only give a free bet when they noticed that you hadn’t bet with them for over a month. BetPawa was the perfect bookie for players that loved to seize opportunities. Pay-outs were instant and the withdrawals were free.

They haven’t been accepting deposits for a year now. BetPawa was the perfect bookie for new players. The interface was simple and they used to share links to popular soccer matches through their social pages. They had limited markets and there wasn’t anything else aside from 1X2, HTFT, GG/NG and OV/UN

BetPawa upcoming events

There was no SMS betting. You could transfer funds to a friend’s betPawa account. A secret code was issued and you had to input this code to redeem funds. All funds transferred from another BetPawa account had to be wagered before being eligible for withdrawal; perhaps to curb money laundering. Aside from the Kes 25 welcome bonus, I never got a free bet/promo in the two years I wagered with them.

Overall

I give BetPawa a 5 star. I feel that they were the “ideal” sportsbook. Their website wasn’t crowded, loaded fast and it was easy finding my favourite markets.

FAQs

Is BetPawa back?

No. Use Bet254 instead. You won’t tell a difference.

Is betPawa paying?

Yes. You can still withdraw any funds in your account.

Does BetPawa offer cash out?

No.

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