Betpawa is one of the most well-known online sports betting platforms in Africa and is making a splash in the Ugandan market-place, an upward trending industry in recent times.
The Ugandan online and mobi betting industry is seeing a surge in popularity and their betpawa portal offers the same consistent ingredients to success as seen across the continent.
The lay-out and consistency of the site is a trademark feature of all the betpawa platforms and this simple but effective portal delivers an overall decent experience, including offering an online casino, a football jackpot, live in-play betting and a vast bet-market.
The site also offers the full spectrum of sporting codes, including tennis, basketball, rugby, cricket and many more.
The one caveat is an almost complete lack of promotional activity. The main landing page does not have a link to a promotions page on the main menu directory, nor the subsidiary menu (both running down the left flank of the page).
The only discernible promotion is advertised on a banner at the top of the page, with a win bonus of 100% being offered. This means a punter can win up to double their original winnings on a multi-bet. The more legs in an accumulator bet the higher the percentage of extra winnings (maximum 100%).
There is no welcome bonus, and after a thorough search of the page there is mention of a ‘refer a friend’ bonus. This can be found by clicking on the terms link at the bottom section of the page. The reference bonus regulations do not state the amount a punter will earn if a friend joins.
The betpawa.ug jackpot action is lively with a 17-legged weekly pool. The format is the traditional 1×2 (home win, draw or away win) and punters can win 200 million Ugandan Shillings.
The minimum bet is a very affordable and attractive 100 Shillings, which is arguably the lowest minimum bet amount for any jackpot in the country. For a small stake there is massive reward-opportunities and due to this low minimum bet, punters can take out many more bet-slips on each scheduled round.
There are pay-outs for predicting 16, 15, 14 or 134 out of the possible 17 encounters, with amounts decreasing with each extra game lost.
The site also offers a jackpot lucky dip, which is a computer generated random results selector.
The site uses a range of top league action alongside obscure events from as far afield as China, Japan or the US.
The 17-legged jackpot excels in its simplicity as many competing sites try use a barrage of pools-activities as well as more complicated systems such as correct scores, handicaps and more.
Sometimes doing the simple well is all that is needed to bring in and maintain consumers.
The betpawa jackpot can be accessed by clicking on the ‘jackpot’ link running down the top left hand flank of the main page.
The betpawa Uganda casino is a welcome addition to the landscape, even though this feature is limited to an extent.
There are only six games available once as punter clicks on the ‘casino tab’ on the main menu.
The games on offer are blackjack, wheel of luck, lucky roulette, a poker slot as well as two other slot-like affairs.
These casino games are unique to the betpawa stable as they were developed solely for the various platforms.
The main landing page is focussed on football and there is a substantial bet-market available, while other sports can be accessed by scrolling further down the page. Punters can see the live events on the other sports as they unfold, while also licking on their tabs (found at the bottom of the page). This is no surprise as football is the sport that sees the most bet-action in the country (and indeed the rest of Africa).
One stumbling block is the lack of banking options in the main landing page, and punters will have to access the information by clicking on the ‘help’ link at the bottom of the page.
By opening this tab all the information regarding how to deposit and how to withdraw is fully explained. There are two bank options in MTN Mobile Money and airtel.
Compared to other sites this is more the norm in Uganda, with many platforms also only offering these two methods to play.
The minimum withdrawal amount through MTN and airtel is 1000 Ugandan Shillings and the maximum withdrawal amount is 4 million shillings. Any win-amounts higher than that can be collected via a bank transfer.
MTN withdrawals are processed 15 minutes after request while with airtel there are scheduled times throughout the day.
Under the rules section, accessed on a link at bottom of the page, there is a well-detailed explanation of the bet-markets available. There are hundreds of types of bets available for each match with both teams to score (btts), handicaps, over/under, first goal-scorer and many more.
Betpawa.ug is a typically generic looking platform and while it does not look bling there are plenty of win-opportunities. The well-established brand name as well as boasting a sizeable jackpot and casino games, all augur well for the future of the portal in the country.