- Multiple jackpots
- Mobile apps
- Active customer support
- Bet builder feature
- Bet spinner feature
- Multiple Languages
- Live betting
- Lotto game
- Many virtual and casino games
- Immediate withdrawals
- Easy to register
- A good range of markets
- No cashout feature
- Average Odds
- No live streaming
Sportpesa, you’d say is the mother of all bookies in Kenya and arguably the biggest in Africa. Its only significant competition is Betway in Africa. Just a quick look at the website tells you how advanced Sportpesa in advanced in the bookmaking sector.
Whether you are a punter or not and you are located in Kenya, you definitely know who the best in the game is. With over a year absence from the kenyan betting scene due to new regulations by the government that the bookie found punitive, they have finally resumed operations in the country. The bookie also retained all the money and user data in their system and database. So, if you had money in your account when the bookie was shutting down operations in Kenya, your money is still intact and you can proceed where you left off. No need to start registration afresh.
Sportpesa was everyone’s favourite for obvious reasons. Am here to let you know their odds are as fresh and attractive as they had always been. New player or not, you definitely need to check them out.
Sportpesa at a glance
Sportpesa was previously owned by Pevanns Ltd. but is at the moment under new owners listed as Kentech S.L.U who have been registered and licensed by BCLB under the license number BK 0000205. Sportpesa had its heaviest presence in Kenya before departure but after dispute with the government, shifted their attention to the UK. At the moment, major operations are in the UK, Tanzania and Kenya.
Language of access at the bookie’s site is English and Kiswahili and The currencies used are; Euro, Kenyan Shilling and Tanzanian Shilling.
My experience overview
Pros of Sportpesa
Sportpesa has two jackpots which is two jackpots more than most bookmakers. With jackpot being the most popular bet for, punters, Sportpesa is a foot ahead. Each week, Sportpesa players stand the chance to win from two jackpots, the regular jackpot and the mega jackpot. For the regular jackpot, correctly predicting 13 of 13 games earns you around 24,753,930 Kenyan shillings. Bonuses are awarded for 9-12 correct predictions. The mega jackpot on the other hand will award you in the wake of Kshs 158,401,953. Bonuses given are from 12-16 correct predictions. The winnings from these jackpots change with every week depending on the hardness of the soccer games being betted on. What makes the Sportpesa jackpots stand out is the testimonials given by previous winners. It proves the legitimacy of the jackpot and punters put their faith in Sportpesa for this.
Sportpesa offers mobile apps for both casino and sport betting. They are Casino Sportpesa and Sportpesa respectively. The icing on the cake is that they also have a third mobile app- Sportpesa Score dedicated to live score, news and sports blog. On this sector they are definitely ahead of every other bookmaker. The first two games are not on the apps tore but can be downloaded easily form their site. Sportpesa score can be accessed from the app store.
Bet Builder feature
Jengabet is their name for the new common bet builder feature adopted by almost all bookmakers. You get the chance to create your own bet with the options offered. Here are some of the options offered for a premier league football game.
The Sportpesa exclusive bet spinner
The bet spinner is a new and unique feature only exclusive to Sportpesa. To be honest it is quite creative and the best thing is that as a punter, you have everything to gain with this. No risk, just a chance to win.
This is how it works. Once you have placed your bet, you stand the chance of having your winnings multiplied by the bet spinner feature. It’s a casino feature that has been implemented. Your betslip is spun and if you’re lucky, it will be multiplied x10, among other winnings like that.
Unlike the standard English only like every other bookmaker, Sportpesa offers Kiswahili as an added language. This is a great inclusion for most of the upcountry punters in Kenya and everyone in Tanzania as well. Though they are just two languages present, they do cover the functional countries adequately.
Sportpesa Live Betting
Live betting is nowadays a norm but is still such a good attribute to the bookies. Sportpesa has the aspect as well. You can place your bet as the game is ongoing. Not new but still good.
Lotto is also a facet of Sportpesa, disguised as Lucky numbers. It is rather new to the bookies but not new in the gambling industry. Yu just choose a series of numbers, but as countries and stand a chance to win. Just the lotto we know.
Sportpesa offers more games than you can choose from. Any game or sport that is playable, you can find and place a bet on it with this bookmaker. This applies to both casino games and virtual games. Sportpesa is among the top contenders for bookmakers with most casino games in the country. The games are divided into different categories. There’s even a filter for the games based on how much data they consume; high, medium and low data. Just imagine how many games there are.
Easy Registration at Sportpesa
It is extra easy to register with Sportpesa. You just have to fill out your phone number, password and confirm the password. You receive a verification code and after filling it in the next step, you’re a member of the Sportpesa team. No much information when registering.
You can however add personal details on the mobile app if you wish. This is however voluntary, not mandatory.
Cons of Sportpesa
No Cashout Feature
Sportpesa lacks the cashout feature which is debatably the most popular feature among players. The bookmaker had the feature a while ago but at the present the feature is unavailable. It is weird how such a big bookmaker could lack such a simple yet key feature. I had to enquire from an agent about this. He replied that the feature was unavailable at the moment but they were working to restore it as soon as possible.
No Live Streaming
I also noticed there was no live streaming feature on neither the site nor the mobile app. It is a new development for bookmakers but it is a must have for such a big bookmaker. A huge fashion of players turn to betting sites and apps for their live coverage of games, mostly soccer.
Most kenyan players are mainly sport betters. But that has not limited Sportpesa because you have access to a wide variety of virtuals and online casino games including live casinos. The casino games have been placed in different categories tailored to your preferences and needs. For instance, if you are under limited data bandwidth, you can opt for the ‘low data’ games that have been tweaked to minimise data usage as much as possible.
Sportpesa in Kenya
Since its establishment in 2014, Sportpesa hit the Kenyan bookmaking market with a storm. To some extent, Sportpesa is solely responsible for fostering the popularity of sports betting in the country. After its introduction, the number of punters has grown exponentially. Its popularity has however taken a hit with the increasing love that punters have for these newer more inviting bookmakers.
I tried to access the sit form their United Kingdom Way to see the methods used but I was denied access.
I was only able to use Mpesa for both depositing and withdrawing funds from my account in the bookmaker’s site.
How to Deposit
Using Mpesa was so easy and convenient. All I had to do was to specify the amount of money I wanted to deposit and hit Deposit with Safaricom. Immediately I received a USSD message to authorize the transaction. I entered my Mpesa pin and within no time my balance was updated.
There is no maximum limit associated with the deposit from Sportpesa. The maximum depositable money is then dictated by the mobile service provider through the maximum transactable amount, Kshs 300, 000.
How to Withdraw
The withdrawal process is rather same as the depositing process. You select the amount of money you want to withdraw and hit withdraw with mobile money. It takes about 10 seconds before you receive your Mpesa message. The minimum withdrawal amount is Kshs 50 and the maximum being Kshs 150, 000.
Carrier charges apply for both deposits and withdrawals.
Customer Care Support
This bookmaker comes with such impressive customer care service. The platform comes with a live chat feature equipped with both bot and agent replies. The bot categorizes your query through a series of questions, in which you choose your query and are redirected to the available agent. Response time was competently fast. I had a comparatively good experience with the customer care team. Also, they can be contacted through all social media platforms and their email account email@example.com . You can also get them through their 24-hour toll +254 755 079 079 or +254 709 079 079.
Navigation and website structure
The player’s details, balance, transactions and history are toward the top left corner as clickable menus on the homepage. The homepage is generally spacious. The colors incorporated are just okay, they are not shouting which is the relaxing experience you want when cruising through. The website itself is easy to navigate and its response time is quite impressive. Almost immediate service. It’s also very easy to use. Good spacing on the menus and easy to understand. The platform is stately. The clock however on the homepage was 2 and a half hours behind time. It has a desktop version swell on top of the mobile one.
Promos and Bonuses
When I signed up there was no welcome bonus unlike how other bookies do it. I also asked an agent on this and the reply was that at the moment the bonus offered was the bet spinner option. It is the only bonus offered other than the jackpots.
Another thing that caught me by surprise was how low the odds were. They were not low per se, but considering the size of the bookie and the influence in the market they were low. Ordinarily, it is the bigger the bookie, the higher the odds. But with Sportpesa it is different. The odds offered are just average. Just like any new bookie.
User Experience and Summary
Apart from the homepage selling it out for major leagues football, the site is clear to use for any other games. All sports have more than enough betting options, just that they are not on the homepage. Every game is easy to access. Even those from the minor leagues. Casino games are also easy to play. The same applies for virtual games and lucky numbers. The site has been created and modified to suit all players. At Sportpesa, every player is at home.
Sportpesa as a bookie generally deserves 4.2 stars. Had it not been for the lack of bonuses and absence of cashout feature, the site would’ve been so good. The average odds also pull it down. Nevertheless, hats off to the designers, the site is very easy to navigate and used.
Yes. Just send an SMS with the word “Game” to 29050. You will receive an SMS which you ought to reply with “Accept”. You will receive an SMS notifying you of your username which is your phone number, a 4-digit pin which you can change later and a paybill number to which you can deposit your funds with.
Send an SMS to 79079 with the following details; Game ID, the team you predict to win and the amount you wish to bet in the following format.
1191 is the game ID, X is my prediction (1 is home, X is draw and 2 is away. 1X is home or draw, X2 is draw or away and 12 is home or away) and 200 is the amount I wish to bet.
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.