- Two jackpots
- Live Betting
- Had free withdrawals
- Popular picks are highlighted
- Boosted odds on a few games
- Had a Kes 25 free bet on registration
- 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 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 currently isn’t responding to customer queries. Their last “update” is at least a year old.
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.
Their 13 game emPawa13 game had a Kes 1M prize last week. There were bonuses for 10+ correct picks.
All the popular picks are highlighted (with a fire icon)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All accumulator (multi bet slips) have their odds boosted by a very small fraction.
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.
There is no mobile app. Their website is fully functional even on lite browsers like Opera Mini.
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
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.
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.
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?
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?
I am a successful gambler. But make no mistake about it: I’m a long-time recreational sports bettor. I’m not a professional gambler. I’m not claiming to be a professional gambler. I’ve never, to my recollection, even been acquainted with a professional gambler. And far be it from me to make the preposterous claim that following my advice will turn you into a professional gambler. It ain’t about that. Not here it ain’t. I just want to teach you a new form of recreation, a fun new pastime in what can sometimes be an unfun life.