There are a clutch of international brand names competing in the industry while there are also many region-centric spaces such as u-bet.co.ug, that are trying to get in amongst the big players.
U-bet offers all the basic essentials for an online sportsbook with live in-play betting, a sizeable bet-market, a perfect 12 jackpot and a variety of sporting codes.
The site also runs a stream of promotions and importantly there is plenty of wiggle room for newcomers and regular punters alike.
The lay-out of the site is not as graphically slick as many of the leading platforms but it does the basics well, offering easy to access information on depositing, withdrawals and ‘how to’ guides.
The main landing page shows off just enough to get the punter interested, as well as offering the sportsbook in an easy-going manner.
The main menu directory, running horizontally across the page offers only four tabs/links, namely a sports betting link, a live-in play option, as well as the perfect 12 football jackpot and finally ‘how to deposit/withdraw.
The platform looks limited in this regard, with no virtual play nor lottery action, yet the developers make up for this lack of variety by offering a host of decent promotions.
The promos are shown on the main banner as well as down the right hand flank of the main landing page.
There are two ‘refer a friend’ bonuses with a 6000 Shilling reward for bringing in a newcomer, and another 60 000 Shilling award if the punter successfully refers 10 friends.
The site also offers 750 Shillings for every ten bets made, with loyalty being rewarded at u-bet.
There is not a welcome bonus advertised on the site and the developers will do well to bring one into the picture. U-bet seems to be more rewarding to loyal customers and while this is pleasing, the lack of a ‘welcome’ bonus may lead to fewer punters signing up.
The platform offers a 12-leg football jackpot with a cumulative prize ranging in the 10-20 million Shillings mark. The jackpot pool is made up of 12 matches and follows the traditional structure of the punter having to predict a home win, draw or away win (1×2).
The matches are made up of contests from around the globe, with off-season bringing many obscure leagues into the focus. In season there are the usual suspects of top European competitions. This is gleaned from the fact that they run UEFA Champions League and Europa preliminary action.
There are also five reserve matches in case of cancellations of any of the perfect 12 fixtures.
To play the jackpot a punter must make predictions on the 12 scheduled games, plus all five reserve encounters.
On the main landing page, at the bottom and near the terms and conditions are links to the various bet-options and included is the tab for the perfect 12. Confusingly clicking on this link takes the reader to a lucky numbers game, whereby a punter can place a wager on whether 1, 2 or three lucky balls will drop.
This draw takes place daily, and only consists of balls numbered 0-9. The minimum bet for this feature is 800 Shillings and the maximum is 50 000 Ugandan Shillings.
A punter can also predict the correct order of the first two balls to win and the win-amount will be a max of 30 times the original stake. For example if a punter places this bet with the maximum stake of 50 000 Shillings they could 1.5 million in return.
There is no mention of lucky numbers on the main landing page, and unless players click on the tab for perfect 12 rules they will not see this option.
The fixtures for the football jackpot and the pay-out is only found after clicking on ‘perfect 12’ on the main menu directory at the top of the page.
There is no mention of the jackpot under the site’s terms and conditions, with the link used almost exclusively to explain the substantial bet market for single and accumulator bets.
The bet-market covers everything from Asian handicap to both teams to score. There are hundreds of bet-types per match.
The terms also show which banking methods are to be used, with the two options being MTN Mobile Money and airtel. To use Airtel Money, follow this procedure: Shortcode: *185#, Business number: 670670, Deposit limit: Minimum: 1 USh Maximum: 10,000,000 USh, Withdraw limit: Minimum: 1,500 USh, Maximum: 154,000 USh.
To play via MTN Money a punter must follow these instructions: Shortcode: *165#, Business number: UBET1, Deposit limit: Minimum: 500 USh, Maximum: 10,000,000 USh, Withdraw limit: Minimum: 1,000 USh Maximum: 154,000 USh.
The u-bet Uganda site is a middle-entry level online betting site, and while it does not offer the razzmatazz of competitors, the platform does offer the basics. There is a jackpot, lucky numbers, live in-play and bonus rewards.
The platform can do with plenty of cleaning up, especially surrounding the confusion of the lucky numbers, and the lack of a welcome bonus.