BetSafe Review
4.3/5

BetSafe Review

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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.

Pros
  • SMS betting
  • Telegram betting
  • Live Betting
  • Generous welcome offers
  • M-Pesa and Airtel money (deposits + withdrawals)
  • Detailed FAQ
Cons
  • 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.

Betsafe header banner

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.

m pesa Betsafe

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:

Live Chat.

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.

Betsafe customer care options
  1. By calling their phone number +254 111040000
  2. 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.

m pesa Betsafe

Betsafe: The good

They have an improved SMS sports betting experience

betsafe text betting

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.

official Betsafe Kenya telegram channle
Betsafe Telegram Bot

Betsafe: the bad

Their jackpot are yet to become active.

Betsafe Jackpots

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.

Betsafe betslip

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 quality of odds

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.

Betsafe Summery

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.

BetSafe Review Details

Deposit Methods
Withdrawal Methods
Withdrawal Limits
Languages
Currencies
100% Up to Kes 10,000 Welcome Offer
5.0
Trust & Fairness
4.0
Games & Software
3.0
Bonuses & Promotions
5.0
Customer Support
4.3 Overall Rating

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