- embedded statistics
- Upcoming games are easier to find
- feature in-play events
- All currency is in Naira and there's no way of switching to the Kenyan Shilling
- No M-pesa
- The Live score feature wasn't working
With a 100% welcome bonus and a vast selection of events, this sportsbook has a simple interface. At the time of this writing, they were not levying the 20% withholding tax that is charged across all bookies; perhaps because they’re no Kenyan based. There’s a search button too when you need to quickly live bet on Botafogo except that you’re not sure which Brazil league they’re currently in.
Hamabet at a glance
Hamabet, the bookie, is registered under Hammerbet Ltd; a Nigerian brand that began operations in 2017. They’re currently licensed by the National Regulatory Commission of Nigeria to carry out gambling activities in Kenya, Nigeria and in Cameroon. They have a casino too, even though that isn’t popular among Kenyan players. There’s no “dedicated” Kenyan site and the Naira is their currency of choice.
Tip: Kes 50 (which is the most common wager amount) is about 175 Nigerian Naira
- Hamabet have embedded statistics
It looks like these stats are powered by Sports Radar as this blue interface is familiar. This may come in handy before placing a bet. Imagine you’re about to bet that there will be at least five goals (the OV 4.5) market in this Tottenham vs Man City match except that it has only happened once in the last 12 head to head matches they’ve had. Statistically, this means that there’s 1 in 12 chance of this re-occurring and unless hamabet is offering 10+ odds, you stand to lose.
2. Upcoming games are easier to find
With the day/week/month filtering calendar.
Because of how sportsbooks do their math, favourites have higher odds before everyone puts their money on them while underdogs have the highest odds a few minutes before kick-off. They do this to “equalise” both sides so that they’ll profit regardless of the outcome. At Hamabet, you can filter to next week’s games to get considerably higher odds.
PRO TIP: Don’t put your money on next month’s games. Even though spreads may be attractive, line-ups change, star players get injured and teams get demotivated. There’s just too much uncertainty.
3. They feature in-play events too
This is my favorite market. Now that our potential earnings are 80% of what they used to be. I prefer making live bets so that I can make the most out of these spreads that change by the minute; especially on sub 1.35 odds markets.
- All currency is in Naira and there’s no way of switching to the Kenyan Shilling
1 Nigerian Naira is currently equal to Kes 0.28 and this isn’t a good multiple for quick mental math. It would be great if they listed bonuses in Kes. The dollar is easier to convert to as $1 is slightly higher than Kes 100.
- No M-pesa
Hamabet is currently working with three payment processors and none of them is convenient for Kenyan players
- The Live score feature wasn’t working when I tried it
Hamabet Payment options
There are four deposit modes listed on their website
- Interswitch webpay
- Interswitch quickteller
All four are accessible to Kenyan gamblers but I wouldn’t go with Interswitch Quickteller as there’s a Naira 100 charge on deposits (about Kes 28) made through Interswitch Quickteller.
Each payment processor facilitates for Bank transfers and credit/debit cards. Please go with the credit card option as deposits are instant. Cheque/bank transfers take 2 to 5 business days and chances are, this will be a few days after the match you wanted to bet on has ended.
Payment Methods conclusion
Lack of M-Pesa/mobile transfer would have been a deal-breaker for me; except that they make up for this by not levying 20% tax. I guess this makes the extra hassle worthwhile.
Hamabet Customer Service
Their last Social Media update was on March 3rd
Mide Gold couldn’t get the help he needed while withdrawing funds and Imoh Akpabio wasn’t thinking highly of the company.
I was unable to retrieve this post seeking clarification on how Kenyan players could deposit suggesting that it had been deleted
Also, there were no links on their website to their “official” social media accounts.
I’m with John Jbl and Deborah Arike on this one. If it looks like a duck, swims like one, quacks like one; it IS a duck. Wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.
About the Hamabet platform
They have a casino section. I haven’t seen this in any mainstream bookie save for Betika. The Chop& Collect jackpot wasn’t working when I tried it though
All their casino slot games are by Mrs Lotty and the best thing with working with this Software Provider is that they have demos on all their games. Players can try them out for free to familiarise with the rules before wagering with real money.
Welcome Bonuses and promotions at Hamabet
There are two bonuses; the welcome bonus and the Acca bonus
All new players get a 100% first-time bonus. This is capped at N25,000 (about Kes 7,000). However, this bonus can only be redeemed on bet slips exceeding 1.6 odds. Even though this is a generous bonus, stringent conditions have to be met before you’re eligible. You must have wagered 6 times the bonus + deposit. If you make Kes 7,000 as your first deposit, you have to bet with at least 6(7000+7000) = Kes 84,000 before you’re eligible for the Kes 7,000 “welcome” bonus.
The Acca bonus is only applicable to Accumulator slips – we call them multi-bets. It works on both upcoming and in-play events. Make a bet slip with at least 5 events – each exceeding 1.6 odds and you’ll receive a 200% bonus on top of your initial winnings. Here are the T&Cs attached to these bonuses.
There’s no dedicated app for either iOS or Android. However, the website is a fully responsive web app which means that you get the same great betting experience across multiple devices including tablets. Web Apps are always UpToDate and you won’t miss out on any new promotions. There’s a lite version of the site too but I didn’t like it as the images were broken.
Hamabet Quality of odds
As far as I could tell, their odds were IDENTICAL to those at Sportybet (my personal favorite) suggesting that they’re outsourcing their bookmarking to the same agent.
Hamabet betting limits
N50 is the minimum stake while N10,000,000 is the maximum pay-out they’ll make on a single slip. Deposit limits vary depending on the payment processor and paystack has the lowest limit at N100.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Hamabet legit?
They’re fully licensed by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission of Nigeria under license number 248.
Please take note of this section in their FAQS
“Your deposit is not withdrawable. It is required that you place bets with it to enable you to make withdrawals from the winnings.”
Note that all their FAQs had answers except for “How long before withdrawal is processed?”
Their last twitter update was made on March 3rd too
Also, their “24/7” WhatsApp Customer Support wasn’t registered at the time of this writing.
The writing is on the wall.
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.