With the cloud of uncertainty surrounding SportPesa’s return, we can’t help but wonder whether BetSafe will be a worthy replacement. While this is a new brand to the Kenyan Market, betsafe is run by Betsson, the same company behind NordicBet. Betsafe has been sponsoring the Kenyan Premier League, something that SportPesa used to do: Look at AFC leopards and Gor Mahia. Betsafe is their main sponsors. Will Betsafe be able to fit in the now defunct SportPesa’s shoes? Time will tell.
- SMS betting
- Telegram betting
- Live Betting
- Generous welcome offers
- M-Pesa and Airtel money (deposits + withdrawals)
- Detailed FAQ
- No cash out
- No mobile app
- No jackpot (it was listed as coming soon)
Betsafe at a Glance
Betsafe Kenya is operated by Bet High Ltd. Who are licensed by the BCLB under license number 119. It’s also interesting that Bet High Ltd. Is a registered bookmarker under license number 212. Bookmarkers are responsible for setting odds for sporting events. Most sportsbook don’t do this in-house and instead outsource this task to agencies. Betsafe is revolutionising how we bet on mobile. More on that in this Betsafe Review. The sportsbook has their offices at Atrium building along Lenana road.
Payment modes at Betsafe
While they’ve listed both Airtel Money and M-Pesa as payment modes on their homepage; only M-Pesa was working at the time of this review. You can either make a deposit through their top up request form or through their M-Pesa pay bill. Deposit requests are faster as you’re not required to fill in their pay bill number (7290099) from the M-Pesa menu. Normal M-Pesa rates apply. A few bookies disburse M-Pesa transaction charges as a bonus and we felt that Betsafe should make truncations free or implement something similar. Kes 100 is the minimum withdrawal and this is higher than at most sportsbooks. Kes 49 is the minimum deposit and minimum stake at Betsafe.
Betsafe has a “budget limit” tool where you set daily betting limits. The company is true to their responsible gaming belief and withdrawals won’t go through after you’ve hit your daily deposit limit. Players set this limit. Increments take 24 hours to be implemented while a decrease will be immediate.
Payment methods conclusion
Betsafe allows deposits and withdrawals through M-Pesa and Airtel Money. Usual transaction rates apply. You can set daily deposit limits.
Betsafe customer service
You can get in touch with their customer care reps through:
This is the fastest and most convenient way of getting in touch with a representative. You will be required to fill in a form before the live chat. Their customer reps were quick at getting back (2 minutes) and were genuinely helpful.
- By calling their phone number +254 111040000
- Through their Facebook page
They are prompt at getting back to inquiries and you will almost always get a same day reply
Betsafe in Kenya
Betsafe being AFC’s official sponsor, uses the club as a way of promoting their activities. They occasionally run a trivia where a free bet is given to the winner.
Betsafe: The good
They have an improved SMS sports betting experience
In the other bookies that support SMS betting, you’re required to send game codes, picks and stake amount in rather unconventional formats such as 2555#X1#200. Betsafe’s SMS betting is the simplest we’ve seen. You’re not required to memorise game codes. Just send “Arsenal win 200” to 23333 and that’s it. No more game codes.
You can make bets through their Telegram channel too. Betting via Telegram is hassle free too.
Betsafe: the bad
Their jackpot are yet to become active.
The Betsafe platform
While all betting sites are required to charge a 20% withholding tax, the betsafe platform takes the mental math out bet slips in that you see EXACTLY how much you’ll be getting after Caesar has had his cut.
Notice that in this game, home win with 2.10 odds (spread) would mean that I would get Kes 2100 from a Kes 1000 stake. The Betsafe platform automatically dedusts applicable taxes and you only see the take home amount.
Did you know that the withholding tax ruling was revised and it’s now calculated from the total profit and not from the possible winnings?
Welcome Bonus and promotions
There’s only one active promo at Betsafe where the first deposit comes with a 100% matched bonus up to Kes 10,000. Everyone is entitled to this bonus and there’s no code required ton redeem it. Create an account, make a bet and you will receive a matched bonus once the bet is settled. This bonus can only be used on bet slips exceeding 2 odds and will have to be used in the first month as it expires in 30 days from when its active.
Quality of odds
Betsafe has higher than average odds.
This Basketball event has equal odds for the home team winning and for the away team winning. At 1.90 on each side, Betsafe’s odds are higher than those of other bookies that would give 1.80
Betsafe Wagering limits
Kes 49 is the minimum deposit and bet limit. There’s no maximum stake. Usual M-Pesa transaction limits apply meaning that Kes 300,000 is the maximum you can deposit or withdrawal from Betsafe in a day.
This is an innovative bookie. They’ve built on what other existing bookies were missing. They also seem to be advocating for responsible gambling; something that other bookies are yet to. Our team was impressed by their self-assessment gambling addiction test.
Frequently asked questions
Is Betsafe a legit bookie?
Yes. This bookie is run by a reputable brand and they’re licensed by the BCLB. Betsafe is sponsoring a few tams in the Kenyan premier league suggesting hat they’re in it for the long haul. Their website uses SSL encryption that ensures secure commutation between a player’s device and the sportsbook’s’ servers.
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.