*This is one of the brands we used to feature on the site, however for whatever reason we no longer recommend it. We kept this old review but removed any direct links to the site and advise you to pick another brand from here.
SportPesa is one of the most successful African bookmakers present in the UK today in two separate industries: the sports betting industry and the football industry. SportPesa is best known as the betting partner of several UK and European football teams such as Everton, Southampton, Torino, and other. SportPesa is even the betting partner of one of the most successful PC football game franchises, Football Manager 2018. Sadly, SportPesa announced that from January 1, 2018, all sponsorship deals will be withdrawn due to the heavy taxes forced upon companies in Kenya.
Nevertheless, the SportPesa bookmaker will still continue to serve UK players from within the operator’s offices located in Douglas, Isle of Man. SportPesa’s sole mission is to be the most responsible and the most trusted bookmaker in the UK. At the moment, things seem to go well for the company in achieving that mission even though it’s been in the UK for only a relatively short time compared to more reputable bookies.
An interesting trivia in SportPesa review: The story behind the name ‘SportPesa’ is tied to the Kiswahili language, where ‘pesa’ means ‘money’, hence the name would be ‘Sport Money’ in English.
SportPesa runs two constant promotions, the welcome free bet and the Best Odds Guaranteed. Occasionally you will find offers that are valid for a limited time period usually tied to some big events like the World Cup in football etc.
The welcome free bet at the moment has a value of £10. You can get it by signing up and creating your first ever SportPesa account. Then you have to make a deposit with your debit card (other payments such as e-wallets are not eligible) of at least £10.
After you have successfully made the deposit, you have to make your 1st bet at SportPesa, which has to be at least £10 too. If your first bet was a single bet, it has to be made at odds 1.80 or over in order to be a qualifying bet for the promotion. If it’s an acca bet, each of the selections have to be at odds 1.40 or over. Afterwards, after the bet has been settled, you have to contact customer support to request your £10 free. Within 24 hours, you’ll see it in your bonus bankroll and use it to bet free on the house.
After that, horse racing bettors can enjoy the best odds every day on horse races from United Kingdom and Ireland. Each horse racing bet made by taking the early or show price, is paid out at the bigger odds if the SP gets bigger. SportPesa best odds guaranteed every time you bet on horses with early or show prices. For example, your horse won at 9/2, and even though you took 3/1, you get paid at 9/2.
If you are into live betting, you’ll notice that the live bets menu is right on the home page exposed as the first thing you notice. Click on a live game and you are taken to the live game betting console where you get a chockfull of betting opportunities.
On the left you can see the Quick Links to the most popular markets such as Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, The Ashes and NFL. If you scroll lower you will see the highlight matches of the day, and last minute picks that are about to start.
Under the Quick Links menu there is the full selection of sports markets that you can bet on. There are all the sports favoured and played in UK along with some other sports like surfing, e-sports or other. For each of these you can use the cash out option to make a full or partial cash out of your bet that is active at the moment. SportPesa has a comprehensive statistics section which you can access from the home page.
There are four deposit and withdrawal methods. As mentioned, they are debit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard and Maestro, and there are two e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller. Whatever your deposit method was, you have to use the same for withdrawals too. The minimum deposit limit is £5 for debit cards, but £20 for e-wallets. The maximum you can deposit and withdraw in a day is £5,000. If you have to deposit an amount higher than that, you will have to wait for the next day.
Remember that you may be asked to provide proof of your identity in case of suspicions. The online betting industry is the constant target of scammers, and online bookmakers employ different kinds of safety measures to limit the potential scams. This includes scanning your ID and a utility bill and sending them to SportPesa via email to confirm your identity.
SportPesa has live chat available, which you can access by clicking on the little purple tab in the left bottom corner of your screen. There are also two email address for different kinds of enquires, one for general support, and other for sending the necessary documentation as proof of identity.
The best thing about SportPesa is that it offers dispute resolution solution with the help of independent third party providers such as IBAS, which is a very renowned organisation for the subject matter. You can address all unresolved issues at telephone number +44 207 347 5883. Visit ibas-uk.com for more info.
SportPesa’s success and commitment to the community has its roots from the time when the brand was first launched in Kenya. By following the country’s example as one of the most innovative and most developing countries in the 21st century, SportPesa strives to be the best bookmaker on the internet.
As mentioned, the operator’s offices are located in Isle of Man, where it is also licenced. SportPesa is licenced by the Gambling Commission for the provision of services in the UK since 2012. The website is operated by TGP Europe Limited, a company with long history in the industry.