Bet9ja are a new company founded in 2013 in Nigeria. The company offer a sportsbook as well as casino, bet live and virtual gaming options. They can also be found on the streets of Nigeria in the form of betting shops. Before reading any further please be aware that Bet9ja are currently restricted solely to Nigeria.
They are a rapidly growing organisation that trade under KC Gaming Networks Ltd and are owned by shareholders from a variety of countries. Their chairman is listed as Kunle Soname. They are licensed by the Lagos States Lottery Board but can operate throughout the country of Nigeria. Whilst their customer services department are based in Nigeria all technical aspects of the game are located in Europe.
According to search engine analyst Alex.com, Bet9ja is the second most visited website in Nigeria with only Google proving more popular. With this being the case, there is little doubt they are going to grow rapidly.
When reviewing Bet9ja the first thing you notice is the attractive bet9ja free betting offer. You can receive a 100% bonus (up to N100,000) when opening an account. This is reflective of your initial deposit. Whilst you are not required to place the full deposit on one bet, all of the amount must be placed at odds of equal to or greater than 3.0 to qualify for the bonus. Sadly the wagering requirements are harsh. You must wager the bonus ten times at odds of 3.00 or greater to make the amount withdrawable. That said, if you are successful you will have an extremely healthy balance!
The Bet9ja website is extremely easy to use and is very much similar to the website used by Betin.
The first thing you notice is the patriotic colour scheme of green and gold, a tribute to their Nigerian links.
Tabs at the top of the page allow you to access the sports, live, casino and virtuals sections of the website. There is also an opportunity to take part in the Bet9ja play and Super9ja which are exclusive to the bookmaker (more to follow).
Once you enter the sports book section of the website the list of sports available can be found to the left of the page. Whilst their main focus is on Soccer you can also bet on Tennis, Basketball, American Football, Baseball, Handball, Rugby, Ice Hockey, Winter Sports, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Golf, MMA, Snooker and Water Polo. Major upcoming football fixtures can be found in the centre of the page whilst further upcoming events (typically football) can then be found further down the page. Unlike most websites, all in-play markets for all sports are found in a different section of the website which is found through the “Live” tab.
As is commonplace with most bookmakers the betslip can be found to the right-hand side of the screen whilst it is here you can also type in the ID of your coupon to check your bet.
The website is extremely compatible with mobile devices and Bet9ja have ensured that when the website is viewed away from a desktop it is clear, concise and fully functional. The responsiveness and speed of loading when viewing through a mobile device is mightily impressive and it just as easy to use as the full website. In fact, it is one of the best we have used.
As already mentioned, betting on football is a primary focus at Bet9ja. This is no surprise when you consider that it is the national sport of Nigeria. You can currently bet on the major leagues of England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In addition to this, there are markets available on leagues in Holland, Portugal, Belgium, Scotland, Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Israel, Kuwait, Mexico, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Wales. For a betting firm that is only five years old this is an impressive amount of options.
The markets available on an individual football match is also wide-ranging. In fact, there are very few betting firms in Europe that offer as many markets as this young Nigerian firm.
The markups on the major leagues are respectable and are 104-105% for English Premier League Games. This margin increases as you enter the more obscure leagues across the globe and are sometimes as high as 109%. This is extremely common with newer and smaller bookmakers.
One of the tabs at the top of the desktop screens allows you to enter the Super9ja. This is a free to enter competition that can see you win up to N100,000,000 along with smaller prizes for the top performing players each week. To win the jackpot you must simply select the correct outcome of ten games chosen by bet9ja that week. Easy!
There are a vast amount of ways that you can deposit money to your Bet9ja account. The include Naira Debit Card, NIBBS eBillsPay, UBA Email Moni App, GT Bank Online/Mobile Transfer, PayCom, Instant Bank Deposit, ATM, Quickteller and Skye Bank. Please note that all withdrawals must be made via bank transfer once you have uploaded your account details.
The easiest way to contact Bet9ja is by calling them via 01-4405145 or 01-2796666. They are contactable between 8am and 9pm. Alternatively you can email [email protected] however this takes up to 24 hours to reply.
Whilst it is disappointing that there is no “Live Chat” function their FAQ section is extremely comprehensive and the answer to many issues can be found in this section of the website.
In conclusion, Bet9ja is a positive addition to the betting industry in Nigeria. They have an extremely similar model to that used by Betin and are already proving extremely popular within the only African country that they function. Do not be surprised to see them grow rapidly in the coming years.