HOW WE'VE ESTIMATED SPORTPESA
SportPesa was founded in 2014 in Kenya and has expanded to other countries around Africa. They entered the South African market in 2017 and have designed an excellent site that offers easy navigation along with a state of the art mobile app. They have plenty of deposit and withdrawal options for punters but the biggest drawback of SportPesa is that they offer no promotions or bonuses. This bookie will struggle to compete on the local betting scene unless this situation changes soon.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Great speed for live in play betting
- Reputable bookie with extensive experience
- No casino games
- No welcome bonus
- Excellent modern site layout
- Superb mobile app
- User friendly site
- Early Cash Out Option
Bookmaker licence and reliability
As mentioned above SportPesa have been in South Africa for the last several years and have a decent reputation with punters according to their social media platforms. They have received good reviews from their customers for their honesty and trustworthiness.
SportPesa is licensed through the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board under bookmaker licence number 10183090-006 which gives punters assurances that they are totally legal and all the players personal information is protected with encryption software and firewalls.
SportPesa came into the South African market with an excellent reputation stemming from their highly successful launch in Kenya and other African countries.
They have decided to offer betting markets for just 13 sports although the betting is very in depth on these sports. They have recently added the very popular Lucky Numbers to their offerings and it is hoped that live casino games will follow.
One of the most glaring omissions from their selections is Horse racing. SportPesa will gain a lot more players if and when they start offering this sport.
Line and betting options in SportPesa
SportPesa does not have the widest coverage of betting markets with only 13 sports covered. They cover the major sports and also have markets for some of the more obscure sports like Ice Hockey, MMA and Volleyball.
Their odds are very competitive and can rival any other competitor on the market. Like all other bookies a lot of attention is given to football betting as this is the most popular sport. There is great opportunity to win big with their accumulators thanks to their excellent odds.
SportPesa may be lacking in certain areas but they have a wide array of live betting options.
The live in betting option has transformed the betting industry as punters can now bet on their teams while the match is in progress. Punters can wager on various aspects of the game as it unfolds and can now take into account factors like a team receiving a red card or an important player going off with an injury.
SportPesa has great speed on both their mobile app and their site which makes it ideal for live betting as the odds are rapidly changing every second. Live betting is available on most sports at SportPesa.
Football is the most popular sport in the world and the number of betting markets available is testament to this fact. There are thousands of football matches taking place every week, with even more betting markets available to bet on.
SportPesa has done well to keep up as they have a huge variety of different odds that cover every little detail of each match. They offer odds on the outcome of matches and events within the match, such as the number of goals scored, corners won, red and yellow cards shown, and individual goal scorers.
There are a number of different types of bets, including accumulators where you can combine different selections to make one large odds price to place your bet.
SportPesa covers football leagues from Europe with extensive markets and also has betting markets for the smaller leagues like the local Diski and Motsepe football leagues.
Cricket is one among the most favourite sports in South Africa and it’s refreshing to see that SportPesa has ample coverage of the sport. The popularity of the ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ has risen to new heights in the last decade thanks to the continued growth of T20 cricket.
There are numerous T20 competitions like the IPL, the Big Bash and the Caribbean T20 leagues with SportPesa having extensive markets available on all matches along with live betting. The ability to place wagers on live cricket matches is drawing more fans to the sport in ever-growing numbers.
SportPesa have also not neglected the One Day and Test cricket with markets available well in advance for series like the Ashes. They offer great cricket betting odds on all formats with pre-match, live betting and outright options.
South Africa is home to the World Champions Springboks therefore no betting site will be complete without extensive rugby betting markets.
SportPesa have a wide coverage of rugby betting markets and the best part is that the odds are available well before the matchday. They have all the club competitions from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere well covered.
SportPesa have in depth betting available for Super Rugby Pacific, United Rugby Championship, English Premiership and the French Top 14.
They offer some of the best odds on the international tournaments like the Rugby Championships and the Six Nations. Sportpesa also have betting markets for the Seven Rugby tournaments taking place across the globe as well.
Horse Racing betting
SportPesa has missed a big opportunity by not offering horse racing as there is a huge fraternity of horse punters in the country. The moment this changes we will keep you informed.
The only Esports on offer at SportPesa is eSoccer which is disappointing as the market for Esports betting has grown and become very popular in South Africa.
They have extensive betting markets for the GT Soccer leagues.
SportPesa really shines when it comes to their odds as they can rival even the more established betting sites. They have great odds on most of the major sports like football, rugby and cricket which is a great way to attract punters to their site.
Another great thing about SportPesa is that they have the odds for all the major football leagues available well in advance so you can monitor any drastic odds changes.
It is important to note that no withdrawals will be permitted until your FICA documents are verified. You will need to submit a copy of your ID and your proof of residence not older than 3 months. The verification process takes up to 24 hours.
We have scoured the SportPesa site looking for a promotions page and sadly this bookie does not have one. Furthermore they do not offer any bonuses to new or existing players, we sincerely hope this changes in the near future.
SportPesa has seriously let themselves down in the area of promotions and bonuses. They do not have a promotions page and they offer no bonuses to new or existing players.
They will sadly struggle to attract players unless this situation changes soon.
SportPesa mobile apps
Sportpesa have created a fantastic mobile app for punters and the app is available for Android and iOS users. No matter which sport or team you want to bet on, you can do it directly from within this app.
The app is downloadable directly from the Sportpesa site with the link on the home page. Once the app is downloaded, you will gain instant and direct access to all of the major betting markets.
These are the simple steps to follow to download the mobile app:
- Open your mobile browser: Visit the SportPesa website on the following web address: www.sportpesa.co.za
- App Icon: Click on the app icon on the home page. You’ll be redirected to a new page.
- Start the download: Click SportPesa app download option and wait for the process to be completed.
- Click Install: Once the download is complete, click install and then you are ready to start betting on the app.
The SportPesa app is superb and very easy to use and best of all it takes just a few minutes to download and install.
When using the app, you can search directly for the markets you want.Placing bets is also simple, and once you’ve added selections to your bet slip it’s a one-click process to confirm the bet amount and place it.
The mobile site is available on both Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded directly from the SportPesa home page.
Sportpesa have a wide range of deposit options which we will be looking at in more detail below.
OZOW Instant EFT – Sportpesa has the Capitec Instant cash option if you have a banking app. This has become the most popular way of depositing as there are minimal fees(Under R1) and the funds instantly reflect in your betting The minimum amount is R20 and the maximum R100000.
1 Voucher – The second option on deposit request is ‘1 Voucher’ and this method is preferred by punters who do not have a banking account or who choose not to divulge their banking details. This voucher is available at retail stores throughout the country. Once the PIN is entered your account is instantly credited and there are no fees attached to this deposit method. The minimum amount is R1 and the maximum R5 000.
Credit Card, Visa or Mastercard – Sportpesa also has the traditional back transfer and credit card method for punters who prefer to use this. This option can take up to 24 hours for the funds to reflect in your account. The minimum amount is R50 and the maximum R100000
SportPesa have most of the most popular payment methods on their site which is always great.
They have the voucher method although the only two voucher options are 1Voucher and Easyload. SportPesa have various banking methods that include the Capitec Instant EFT and the traditional bank transfer.
It is important to note the voucher method is instant while the bank transfer could take up to 24 hours.
SportPesa have used their experience in the gambling world by designing an excellent site that is user friendly for both new and experienced punters.
No cost was spared in creating a modern state of the art site that has superb speed making your gambling experience an enjoyable one. All of SportPesa’s offerings like their sports and Lucky Numbers are clearly available on the home page. Unfortunately they have no promotions or bonuses to showcase on their site.
The most recent addition to the site has been live Lucky Numbers and it is hoped that the live casino will follow shortly
Sports betting is a 24/7 business and it is only fair that that customer support is available all the time. SportPesa have been excellent in this area with their response to our queries on both the Live chat and their telephonic support were very impressive as they resolved our issues very fast and efficiently.
These are the contact details for Sportpesa:
- WhatsApp: 074 004 7773
- Live Chat
- Phone: 086 104 7773
Customer service is an aspect that SportPesa have outdone themselves as they we received excellent responses from both their Live Chat and their telephonic support. They can also be contacted on their WhattsApp number as well. The customer support at SportPesa is available 24/7 so help is only a phone call away.
Conclusion about Bookmaker
SportPesa came into South Africa with an excellent reputation and their site lived up to expectations as it is one of the best designed sites on the local scene. They also have a fantastic app that is a replica of the main site with the same speed and offerings like Lucky Numbers.
The area that SportPesa has dropped the ball is their lack of promotions and bonuses. Despite their excellent site they don’t have any promotions and this will severely affect their ability to attract new players.
They also don’t have a live casino range or horse racing betting. These are two areas that have plenty of punters in this country.
From our experience if SportPesa don’t increase their betting selection and promotions they will struggle to get players joining them.