Is there an App for Android?
SportPesa is a progressive sportsbook focused on offering the most technologically advanced platform possible to sports punters. In its constant endeavours to meet these expectations, it has developed a stand-alone app for Android users. However, it is available for Kenyan players only. The bookie has chosen to forego the Android mobile app for all customers who enjoy the platform outside Kenya. In its place, they have a fully functional mobile version of their site, built with the same level of quality as its desktop counterpart. Perfectly designed to be fully compatible with all Android devices, it provides a superior betting experience to those with a penchant for mobile betting.
The mobile site incorporates all features of the desktop site including sports, a live casino, online casino and live betting. Adding to its value is an easily navigatable layout that is practical for all users, regardless of the experience that quickly lets you find the markets of interest with ease. Those with current accounts wanting to use the mobile version can do so by entering their login details, and new punters who desire to open an account need only click on the “Join now” button located at the top of the mobile site.
What about an iOS Application?
SportPesa, always focused on equality for all, continues with its mobile app operating principles and does not feature an iOS mobile app and therefore iOS users will have no need to download cumbersome .apk applications for their iPhone or other Apple products. As a result of this forward thinking principle, an equal level of functionality, quality and access is derived through the web browser mobile equivalent of its desktop site. The value delivers a similar execution of all betting markets and features such as support, game selection and banking options. To access the iOS mobile site version, you need only to open a mobile browser of choice and enter your details, or if new to SportPesa, register a new member account by clicking on the “Join now” button.
Mobile Site Version of SportPesa
The SportPesa mobile version delivers an equivalent and unforgettable experience when betting online as a result of its innovative design and implementation. The result is a well laid out mobile version with soft tones of dark grey, light and dark blue, all colours experienced SportPesa members will recognise and feel comfortable with.
The site provides access to the same betting features and markets and offers convenient drop-down menus to access a variety of sports, and dependant on the country you reside, its online and live casino. While many may prefer a dedicated mobile app, the mobile version performs as well, if not better but can at times, depending on connectivity speeds, have some lag issues, and while it may be RAM dependent, those with older devices may find it has some limitations. Yet, while those possibilities mentioned above may deter some, the reality is, those same issues are relative to all time spent via a mobile device and should not be seen as anything more than that. Ultimately, the mobile site has excellent value for those on the go, and with the inclusion of live betting, the mobile version delivers a superior overall mobile betting experience.
SportPesa Mobile Features
SportPesa not only delivers with an impressive range of sporting events under its sportsbook section but comes equipped with a variety of other gambling products that are designed with multiple innovative navigation features for its mobile site. Those most noteworthy include a cash-out feature and live betting, each of which you will find an explanation below.
Cash Out Option
SportPesa, in meeting its commitment to provide an all-around positive betting experience includes an early cash-out option, in place to allow you to recoup part of your staked bet and manage your profits and bankroll when matches may not be going as planned. While not all events or games will offer this feature, those that do can be easily located by accessing your “My Bet” section as it will list all active bets and indicate which afford you this option if so desired.
Another of the more valuable features with the SportPesa mobile version is its live betting section, one that to place multiple bets while a match is currently being played out. It permits you to stay up-to-date on the latest scores and odds as the game unfolds, all without using the burden of using excessive data of live streaming. Thee live betting section covers a broad spectrum of sports including Boxing, Basketball, Golf and Cricket to name a few.
Unfortunately, SportPesa, at this moment does not feature live streaming. However, in its place, the live betting section affords peace of mind for punters who want to say abreast of their active sports bets. It, as indicated above allows for instant, real-time updating of scores and odds that will assist you in your betting selections.
Available Betting Options
The sportsbooks betting options can be a defining part of their success and how viewed by experienced and even novice bettors, and as such, SportPesa has created a vibrant community that features a growing list of sports that encompasses 32 sports including Tennis, Horse Racing and even Virtual sports. While many will focus on sports betting, options are in place for live dealer casino games, live betting and even an online casino packed with the latest game releases and a fine selection of gaming categories.
The mobile sportsbook is SportPesa’s main attraction, and that is evident with its great sports offering that is meant to reflect the broad interest of sports many punters partake in. Its range not only covers the more popular sports such as Soccer, Football, Ice Hockey and Cricket but navigates towards the lessor following sports such as Floorball, Netball and Surfing. While each affords its unique value, having the ability to place bets and filter them by those that are live, upcoming and those being highlighted is an additional value to the savvy punter. The same applies to its betting options and a continual stream of updated real-time odds, and its link to a statistics page further provides a wealth of information that can be used in the process of placing educated bets thereby allowing for an in-depth analysis of each team.
Beyond its sportsbook, SportPesa has compiled a wonderful collection of casino games for enthusiasts of this style of online entertainment, all powered by multiple leading software developers who collectively supply over 330 games for mobile users entertainment. This includes Microgaming, an innovated in the creation of casino games exclusive for the online market, and Play’n Go, another that has gained considerable traction in recent years for its creativity is game creation. Categories encompass video slots, jackpot slots, table and card games and additional subcategories for popular slots and all games are in place. What is nice is that within its collection of games is a separate category for live dealer games, all of which are powered by Evolution gaming, a leader in live dealer online entertainment with games such as Barcrest, American Roulette and Dream Catcher.
Mobile version – Pros & Cons
The act of comparing a mobile browser site to a mobile app is almost becoming a mute subject with today’s constantly evolving technology. When looking at the differences between that of its desktop site and its mobile, there is, for the most part, few differences with its main difference being viewing capabilities of the mobile devices being used to access and view the site. However, this is an expected difference that most understand, and those who use mobile devices exclusively invest in those that offer larger screen sizes to maximise their experience while placing bets or playing casino games. However, with that said, there are some differences, and those have been highlighted below.
- Provides an extensive betting options in a reliable and well laid out format
- Easy site navigation with convenient drop-down menus and navigational links
- No need to download dedicated mobile apps thereby saving valuable space on mobile devices
- Graphical quality can be impacted by lower quality mobile devices
- Performance can be impacted based on mobile devices and internet speeds.
- Does not offer dedicated bonuses for mobile users
The SportPesa mobile version supports the vast majority of mobile tablets and smartphones on the market regardless of it being an Android or iOS device. Each should function without difficulties. However, that can be dependent on the actual device and whether it is using the latest operating system. In that regard, if outdated, the quality and performance could be impacted but not to a large degree. Those with older models, if available, can download the latest operating system, or, if feasible consider purchasing a newer, more technologically advance smartphone as this will guarantee full performance for each of the various betting options offered at SportPesa. To help in the understanding of known compatible devices, a table with the most popular is included below.
- LG G5, 6, 7, v10, v20, v30, v40
- Samsung S5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Note 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- iPhone 6, 7, 8, X, XR, XS, XS Max
- iPad air 2, 3, Mini, 2, 3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 3, 4
- Huawei P10, Mate P20, Mate P20 Pro
- Google Pixel 2, 3
Promotions for mobile punters
The variety of promotions featured at SportPesa is rather impressive with sections for sportsbook and casino promotions that span everything from welcome bonuses to returning player promotions. Once you look promos in their entirety closely, you quickly can ascertain the adherent value they deliver. However, in meeting the needs of its players, SportPesa prefers to allow equal access to all versus the introduction of mobile-specific promotions. That includes new punters being welcomes with a Bet £10, Get £10 offer as well as ACCA Boosts, Price Blasts and more, all to welcome all players with a promotionally focused experience.
An area of absolute importance, the mobile payments section at SportPesa is somewhat lacking in available methods, both for depositing and withdrawing. While they have taken into account for those most popular for credit card and e-wallet transactions, an increase in available methods would significantly improve the overall perception of one that understands the importance of its punter needs. As is standard, and benefit to its mobile payment systems, all those who transact through SportPesa can have confidence is transactional safety courtesy of sophisticated SSL encryption technology to protect the sharing if vital information during the processing of those transactions. The table below highlights the available methods for deposits, withdrawals, their respective minimum/maximums and relevant processing times.
|Payment Method||Deposit Minimum||Deposit Maximum||Time for Deposit|
|Payment Method||Withdrawal Minimum||Withdrawal Maximum||Time for Withdrawal|
Does SportPesa provide live streaming via its mobile version?
No. Currently, SportPesa does not offer live streaming of sports events at any of its platforms. They do, however, for those interested in live betting, provide a wide range of sporting options for punters wishing to place bets on live events.
I generally prefer using a mobile app but seem unable to locate one for SportPesa. Is there not one offered?
SportPesa only offers a dedicated mobile app for those residing in Kenya and the United Kingdom. All other jurisdictions wishing mobile access can do so via a mobile web browser and navigating to the SportPesa website. It provides a high-quality mobile betting experience free of downloading .apk files and includes all betting options as shown on its desktop site.
Does it matter which mobile web browser I use when accessing the SportPesa mobile version?
No, not at all. The browser baring used to access SportPesa on the quality of experience that is derived, regardless of whether placing sports bets, playing live dealer games or enjoying any of the more than 330 casino games.
Am I able to register a new player account using the mobile version?
Yes, registration and account creation is offered with both the mobile and desktop sites and only requires that you click on the “Join now” button in the top right corner and completion the requested information. Upon account confirmation, you will be free to place bets at your own leisure.
I live in Bulgaria and would like to open an account at SportPesa but am being denied the ability to do so. Why is that?
Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, some countries are not permitted to register real money accounts at SportPesa. To view a complete list of restricted countries, you can navigate to the SportPesa terms and conditions and scroll down to section 9, subsection 9.1.
Am I able to view odds in fractional and decimal?
Yes. At the top of the sportsbook on the right-hand side, you will find the option to view in either fractional or decimal. Indecently, you also, within this section of the site can set your jurisdictional time.
How long does it take for my funds to reflect on my account?
All deposits will immediately reflect in your account balance upon deposit approval with this being within 30 seconds in most cases. Withdrawals, however, take longer and for your convenience, we have included a table indicating processing withdrawal processing times under the “Mobile payments” section of this review.
SportPesa began operations in 2014 and with a license to operate a virtual sportsbook and casino offers gambling related services to punters across the globe. Armed with licenses from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). The Nairobi based company appeals to a broad spectrum of punters with gaming products that encompass sports betting, live dealer casino games, virtual sports and an online casino. Owned by SportPesa Limited, the company has expanded its global presence with dedicated portals for Kenya, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Italy and one that caters to its global customer base. Located at Nyaku House, Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, they are, as a responsible corporation, committed to providing the best possible product and do so in partnership with TGP Europe Limited, a company with extensive experience in online betting and its operations.
Final Words and Mobile Rating
While SportPesa might not be as well-known as some sportsbooks, they have grown in stature, in part due to the global markets they are accessible within, and in part, to the betting features and quality, they deliver. The company made it a point to strive to penetrate the mobile market through innovative designs and technology that is focused on enhancing the overall experience while complementing its sports and casino betting range. While it may suffer from a lack of banking methods that most other sportsbooks provide, it does meet expectations when it comes to its promotions, even when factoring in a lack of welcome bonuses that are, for the most part, seen as an expectation in today’s online gaming landscape. The flow, layout and general navigation of the site are excellent, and when factoring in these and those points mentioned above, we give SportPesa a 7 out of 10.