Are you a soccer betting fan? Which bookies do you use? Sportpesa is the number bookie in terms of popularity in Kenya; however, this fact doesn’t make it the best in the market! So today I want us to compare it against another popular bookie, Betin Kenya.
Sportpesa is a company started in Kenya, so this explains the “pesa” part of its name. Pesa is a Swahili word for money. Therefore Sportpesa loosely translates to “sport money!” Just like Safaricom’s M-Pesa, we Kenyans have a sense of pride in it because it was born here. Betin on the other hand is not a local company. The company is foreign, but operates globally.
As soccer fans and gamblers, though, we are more interested in the services than the service providers’ countries of origin. So let’s see what they offer.
Sportpesa: Are relatively higher, but has no bonus no matter the number of games you multibet.
Betin: Are slightly lower. However, if you multibet at least five games, you get a bonus of at least 5%, which makes your earnings greater than its rival. The bonus increase as the number of games you pick continue to rise.
Choice: Sportpesa for single bets and Combo of less than four games.
Betin for long Combos, at least 5 games.
Sportpesa is very choosy, so there are games that it may not list. For example, the Kenyan premier league games have been missing since the company announced its withdrawal from supporting local football activities, a decision it has since rescinded.
Betin’s games horizon is quite expansive; rarely can you miss a game here and find it elsewhere.
Type of Bets
Single: You can pick a single game and predict the outcome of the game, or an event in the game
Combo: Commonly referred to us multibet. You combine the outcomes of multiple games.
Split bet: Allows to predict multiple events in a single match, and combine it with other selections.
Sportpesa offers only Single and Combo, but Betin offers Split betting in addition to the two.
Sportpesa offers the most basic options such as 1X2, FT & HT Over, Correct scores, Both Team to Score, Euro Handicap, and HT/FT. The basic options makes it easier for novice gamblers to make their choice.
In addition to the basic options, Betin offers goal scorers, corners, fouls, goals in the first quarter and many other options. It has over 100 options, which is sometimes confusing.
Beginners would rather stick with Sportpesa, however, seasoned gambler would find a home at Betin.
Bet on a game that is currently underway.
Sportpesa live betting option has additional betting options, which you can hardly find in its conventional betting. However, Betin’s live betting has many and better options. The latter is also relatively faster than the former.
This is the ability to withdraw from a bet with one or a couple of matches to play. It gives you opportunity to profit earlier enough or minimize your losses. Here is my story:
One Saturday I had placed a combo bet of 8 games at Sportpesa. Manchester City was playing Chelsea that day, so I decided to settle for the over 2.5 goals option. Unfortunately, while picking the games, I unknowingly picked that option in the Manchester United vs Everton match instead. So I keenly followed the livescores and thought I had won, only to discover that I had not chosen the Man City match. Interestingly, the Man U vs Everton was to be played the following day. So I had gotten all the seven games and I had only that Man U match to win Kshs. 33,800 from a stake of Kshs. 100. Guess how the match ended, one all-draw!
Most people I interview say that the Sportpesa app is easier to use. Others prefer to use the browser as the app sometimes fail to connect to the internet, especially when using Airtel data.
Betin site is too crowded with some games and events most people are not interested in. It has two mobile sites, sports.betin.co.ke/mobile and mobile.betin.co.ke. The formers offers better services than the app. It is generally complex, and may confuse you if you are not tech-savvy.
Here, Sportpesa is the favorite
Both sites use mobile payment options, so you don’t need to be worried how you’ll send your wager or receive your wins.
The Sportpesa app can be quite annoying with the constant Withdrawal Confirmation CODE SMS. I often advise those who seek my help to send the W#AMOUNT#PIN SMS to 79079 for easy, convenient and quicker withdrawals.
At Betin, the withdrawal process is simple, but it is pending period that may worry first time users.
Choice: Sportpesa SMS option (It is almost instant)
This is Sportpesa’s greatest selling point and it is actually why it is the market leader. Its efficiency is just awesome. Almost instant.
May take 5 minutes, but sometimes takes longer, even an hour.
Sportpesa, though the most popular bookmaker, has neither live chat nor a toll free customer service line. It is quite hectic and expensive to reach them. On the other hand, Betin’s live chat makes it easier for you get your questions answered promptly.
Sending Kshs. 49, which is the minimum wager amount at Sportpesa, from M- Pesa to your betting account costs Kshs. 3 and it is the same at Betin. The charge increases to Kshs. 5 for amount greater than Kshs. 49 up to Kshs. 99. Kshs. 100 – Kshs. 999 costs Kshs. 22 and any amount above that Kshs. 33.
At Betin, the amount charged while sending your wager of at least Kshs. 250 is credited back to your betting account. So you actually pay nothing for sending such amounts.
All withdrawals are charged at Kshs. 33 at Betin, while Sportpesa charges Kshs. 15 for amount amounts less than Kshs. 500 and Kshs. 22 for amounts greater Kshs. 500.
Bonuses & Offers
Sportpesa currently has no bonuses. It terminated its Rafiki Bonus which enabled you get a free Kshs. 100 whenever a person you referred placed his first bet.
On the other side, Betin has a 50% Karibu Bonus for beginners. For every amount you deposit, Betin tops it up with 50% of the amount up to Kshs. 5,000. Meaning that If you deposit Kshs. 10,000, your account would read Kshs. 10,000 plus a bonus of Kshs. 5,000. The bonus amount remains Kshs. 5,000 even if you deposit higher amounts.
As you can deduce from the observation above, Sportpesa is a good option for the sport betting entrants. Nevertheless, betting gurus are best placed using Betin. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on your betting experience in these sites. If there’s anything I’ve missed, kindly share.