- Deposits can be made via M-Pesa or Airtel Money
- Regular free bets are given
- Cash out feature
- Offers live betting
- There’s a Kes 2M jackpot
- Offers SMS and online betting
- Even though they have a cash out feature, it only works for money line (1X2) picks
- Support was slow at getting back
- There’s no smartphone app
With an average jackpot of Kes 5,000,000 and a free bet when you register, Sahara games is a great bookie for Kenyans. And it’s not just sports betting that this all in one house offers, there’s a casino, a live casino, live betting and even e-sports. The e-sports section is very new (like the site is) and they are currently running beta trials on it. When the e-sports section goes live, Sahara Games will become the first fully fledged e-sports bookmaker in Kenya.
Sahara Games at a glance
Sahara Games is a brand run by TVBet, a renown live games provider that has a presence in Kenya and in Nigeria. TVBet provides live betting services to other bookies and Sahara games has live betting games as you would expect. All wagers are made using the Kenyan Shilling and they use the decimal odds system just like you would expect. TVBet is a casino software provider working with both online and brick and mortar stores. The company’s headquarters are in Seychelles but they have offices in Nairobi. The casino is licensed on Kenya by the BCLB License Number 0000861. This one of a kind bookie offers a wide range of products from sport betting to casino games. Anything a gambler needs is here. You are guaranteed satisfaction once you log onto their website here
Registering for Sahara Games is hassle free as it is just like any other bookies in the market. They offer the same options. You can register both online and through SMS option. While registering online you are needed to fill in your number and password and that’s that. You can add additional information like your names and email though these are just optional. Registering for Sahara games through SMS is even easier. You just send the word Bet to 29007 and you will receive your password through SMS.
Depositing funds in Sahara Games is way easier than you imagine. All you need to have is your phone with you. Sahara Games offers deposit options for both M-pesa and Airtel Money which are basically more than enough.
For M-Pesa, you are required to;
- Go to M-Pesa on your phone and select the Pay Bill option
- Enter 290070 as the Business Number
- Input account name as Sahara
- Enter the amount you wish to deposit
- Enter your M-Pesa pin and hit Send.
- Await the confirmation message from both M-Pesa and Sahara Games.
Your account is immediately updated and it reflects the deposit. You can go ahead and place your bets as you wish.
For Airtel Money on the other hand;
- Go to the Airtel Money Menu on your phone and select make Payment
- Go to Select Paybill then select Other.
- Key in 290070 as the Business Number
- Enter your Airtel Money Pin and input Sahara as the Reference number.
The amount instantly shows up on your Sahara Games Account and you can proceed to play any of the unlimited options offered.
Withdrawals from Sahara Games can as well be made from both online platform and through the SMS option.
While withdrawing online;
- Choose the withdraw option from your Sahara Games Account
- Input the amount of money that you intend to withdraw
- Hit the withdraw option
The amount that you have selected is then debited into your M-Pesa or Airtel Money account and you receive a confirmation message from your service provider.
For those intending to withdraw via SMS;
All that s asked of you is to send the word GET# the amount you intend to withdraw E.g. GET#700 to 29007 and your money will be debited into your respective account.
Honestly, from my experience, their customer service is quite unmatched. From when you set foot in their site, everything is just more than exceptional. You are welcomed with an AI message asking if you need any help navigating around. The system generated answers are generally timely because they are instant.
However, the customer care reps didn’t get back to us in the 30-minute window we usually give bookies when reviewing their “live chat”
Their response on Facebook usually takes a couple of hours but is way better than most bookies which last up to days. They are quite vibrant on Twitter as well and they enable you to start a chat with a customer care representative easily. It is quite evident that they put some dedication in bridging the communication gap with their customers.
There’s an active Facebook community behind the brand and regular promotions are run with a free bet given to the winner.
Sahara Games in Kenya
Sahara Games, just like most other bookmakers offers both sports betting and casino games. The sports offered are football, basketball, hockey, tennis, volleyball, handball, baseball and rugby among others. Every competitive sport you can think of is added to the list. You can bet on it.
They go over the top to add American Football which is not quite popular in the Kenyan Market. On top of that, they also offer sports betting for eFootball which has really become famous over the last few months. Live Betting is a must have for any bookmaker trying to make it in the market and Sahara Games offer it as well. They have Live Betting for any of the Sports betting that they do have. Virtual sports are also part of the package offered by Sahara Games. Some of the Virtual games that are available are Football Euro Cup, World cup among other football leagues in the world.
They also offer virtual sports for racing such as Horse racing which has different games that are all played differently.
The cherry on the cake is Dog Race which features placing bets on dogs racing. It’s just like the conventional horse racing but now with dogs. For Casino games, you get to choose from 100 games. 3 varieties of blackjack, cards, roulette. Any game that is played in a casino can be played here but obviously virtually. Sahara Games even has a menu dedicated entirely for eSports. You can place now place bets on players competing virtually. Sahara games, just like any other bookmaker offers jackpot bets. However, their jackpot is not as eye catching. The weekly jackpot gives a player the chance to win Kes 2 million after predicting 10 out of 10 games correctly.
There are bonuses for 9 and 8 correct picks
Recently, the bookmaker has joined the group of betting companies that have the cashout feature. If you fear that a bet you have placed will lose, you have the option to cashout even after it is live.
Additionally, Sahara Games now has the accumulator bonus. Your bonus increases with every game you place. This happens for multibets in your bet slip. The bonus is calculated as per every games at the following rate
5 Games – 5%,
6 Games – 10%,
7 Games – 15%,
8 Games – 20%,
9 Games – 25%,
10+ Games – 30%,
14+ Games – 40%,
17+ Games – 50%,
21+ Games – 75%.
The more games you place in your betslip then the greater your bonus is. This feature isn’t common in most betting sites therefore this is a one of a kind feature.
Sign up Bonus
For newly joining players. Sahara Games offers a generous reward. However, this free bet that is given a s a reward comes with strings attached. You have to follow a few steps to qualify for the reward. You are required to deposit a minimum of Kes 250 when you register and place a bet with odds of 3.0 or higher. Only once you have done this will you receive your free bet.
There’s a clever feature built into their wagering software that will automatically make multiple bet slips when you try to choose two differing picks. For instance, when you predict that a game will either have 3+ goals (OV 2.5) or at most 2 goals (UN2.5), this will be split into multiple bets.
You can even choose to place all selections as one bet (multi bet/accumulator) or to have each pick on its own slip.
The website itself is user friendly. It is compatible with smartphones, tablets and desktops as well. Generally, from the choice of colors, it is just okay. It is neither good nor bad. The automatic dark theme is commendable. You do not have to strain your eyes when navigating through. It however does not have any noticeable difference from the other betting companies.
When it comes to placing your bet, it is just the common 1X2 format that is in the main page. You’ll have to click the plus icon to access more markets. The good thing with the Sahara Games site is that the other betting options like over or under can be selected by their own menu so you don’t have to click every game one by one to place a bet. It’s a plus on their side definitely. Also, for every game you intend to place a bet on, you get up to 120 options to choose from. There is a big probability that among the 120 that your bet has been tailored perfectly. The website is just basically easy to use. It is just the basic site. Nothing extraordinary. Even the filters, they’re just the same, country, league…
Draw No Bet is the default market on soccer games while we’re used to seeing the money line first (1X2). This was confusing.
In terms of Betting odds, Sahara Games is a bit beaten by international bookies like bet365. It has slightly lower odds than local bookies. But when compared to other betting companies that are new to the Kenyan market, it triumphs.
Kes 25,000 is the maximum stake you can have on a bet slip. All bet slips cannot exceed 4000 odds either. Kes 500,000 is the maximum payout you could ever get from a single slip. The jackpot is exempted from this limitation. Kes 1 is the minimum stake.
Even though Sahara games offers almost all casino games, they are not as good as the options that are offered in sports betting. The Bookmaker seems to put more effort in the sports betting sector. Can’t put the blame on him either. Sports betting is the backbone of betting in Kenya so you have to put more effort into it. The casino games, more so the lesser common ones have noticeable glitches. You can realize that they’ve not been made to perfection.
Sahara Games is yet to launch their own mobile app. For now, you have to use either their site or their SMS number to enjoy their services. The Bookmaker is also quite overwhelmed by the competitors. Sahara Games does not offer free data betting like the other betting companies do. It’s no major thing but is quite essential nowadays looking at what lengths that the competitors are going, I’d say it is necessary.
According to their Twitter, you could register by SMSing “Bet” to 29007 but that wasn’t working when we tried it.
What we liked
1. Just like any other bookmaker nowadays, Sahara Games offers live betting services. It is not spectacular that it has this, but at least it is coping with the trends.
2. Two jackpots to choose from. With the 13 game jackpot you can win Kes 5 million and Kes 2 million from the 10 game jackpot. It is not that bad but there are better options from rivals.
3. There are free bets available for new joiners and for those who came close to winning. If you lost one game in a multibet, you are qualified to receive a free bet.
4. Unlimited withdrawals. This is not a feature that you see anywhere lying around. It is only e exclusive to a few bookmakers. Often you have a limit to the money you can withdraw. At Sahara Games you have pure control of your account.
5. Fast withdrawal processing. Once you hit withdraw cash, it is only a matter of seconds before you receive the money in your phone. Sahara games has unimaginable processing of withdrawals.
What we didn’t like
1. Sahara games is yet to make its own mobile app that will make everything easier for players.
2. Sahara Games is not that popular among players and people do not have that much confidence in it.
It is generally good but there is good room for improvement. More so on the odds and the jackpot. Their timings on both customer service and withdrawals are impeccable.
Questions and Answers
Sahara games Kenya is licensed by BCLB with license number 0000861
No, Sahara Games Kenya is not available in Google Play Store for Android devices yet.
First, creating an account is fast and free, you’ll get a free bet for doing so. This bookie has decent promos too including a unique birthday bonus where you’ll get a Kes 100 free bet on your birthday. Again, there’s a refer your friend bonus where you’ll get KEs 100 for every friend you refer and they get Kes 200. It’s a win-win