Best Betting Sites to Bet on for Kenyans During the World Cup

Gambling in Kenya is ranked third in the African continent and first in sub-Saharan Africa. The gambling economy generates a screaming 50 million dollars in revenue for the government. Statistics reveal that 80% of the population of ages 17 and above have bet or have ever tried betting. Kenyan punters can’t wait for the world cup 2022 to begin in Qatar. Football diehards see this as an opportunity to place bets on betting sites and win jackpots. Kenyan players will have to use the best betting sites that will allow them to place bets with ease. We have researched, tested, and compiled the best apps for you to use during the world cup 2022 

#1 Betway

Betway is one of the most popular betting apps in Kenya due to its high number of users and its good reputation. To start with, this bookie offers a 50% welcome bonus that goes up to Kshs. 5000! And what’s more- they have an easy-to-use app that is data free. The odds are something else to talk about, and they have been made even more lucrative, especially for the world cup. Other promotions like Win a Share of KSH 3,000 Cash, Betway Betting Win Boost and Do it Your Way make this bookie a fan’s favorite.

#2 22Bet

22bet is a licensed sportsbook offering diverse betting options by the government, ensuring that your hard-earned money when staked is secure. From the registration bonuses to the availability of high odds for Kenyan punters, I dare say there is little to nothing not to love about this bookie, especially for the world cup 2022. They also have an app that has a sleek interface that is easy to use. It is available both for android and iPhone users. Not forgetting to mention that deposits and withdrawals are made easy by simple and exhaustive banking methods such as M-Pesa included making it suitable for the world cup 2022.

#3 Mozzartbet

It would be abominable to speak about this bookie without mentioning their refund cash-back that gives Kenyan punters a redeeming chance. The cashback option means that when you place a multi-bet of at least 4 matches, and you lose one game, without counting the odds of that lost game in your bet slip, you will get a Mozzart refund depending on your stake and the odds. They offer irresistible odds and a welcome bonus for newcomers, which makes it up for not having a welcome bonus. The most lucrative deal for punters however will be the instant cash out. It is a site worth imploring during the world cup, given that some matches may go unexpected, but you still win with the correct ones.

#4 Betsafe

This is a betting site with a difference- it is not only about betting for them but more of "healthy betting" is the term. Responsible betting is actualized by this bookie as Kenyan players will be required to set a budget limit. They also boast of a great text betting feature that covers punters who do not have smartphones. Live betting is offered and mouth-watering odds for the world cup games are irresistible. Easy and hustle-free deposits and withdrawals with a variety of payment methods make this bookie a suitable partner for Kenyan punters. The bookmaker has 1000’s markets that cover over 40 sports that include the World Cup, and it would be important to consider them when betting on the World Cup.

#5 Bet9ja

Originally from Nigeria, this bookie is one of the worst-kept secrets given its popularity. Bet9ja is a certified bookie which ensures Kenyans’ money and data are safe. They have an app that is easy to navigate and use. The bookie offers a 100% welcome bonus to newcomers and also boosts odds for its players. They have a wide variety of sports betting markets to pick from. Additionally, punters can watch the games live from the mobile app. The only downside with this app, which may not go very well with Kenyan punters is that the bookie does not allow M-Pesa transactions, which may limit many Kenyans without Credit cards.

#6 Sahara Games

This bookie is based in Seychelles, but it has been operating in Kenya for the last 5 years now. It is popular because it offers Kenyan punters irresistible odds. The bookmaker allows punters to place bets both on their app and offline. They also offer an incentive package of a 150% bonus. Wait- what about deposits and withdrawals? Easy. For deposits, punters can use M-Pesa pay-bill option and for withdrawals just send a simple text (W) to 29001, and voila! your winnings are withdrawn to your M-Pesa account. Additionally, they have online customer support that is available 24/7. Truly this is a betting site that we would recommend to Kenyan punters during World Cup 2022.

#7 Betwinner

First launched in Kenya in 2018, this sportsbook is one to look out for. They offer a welcome bonus of 100% of up to Kshs. 15000 to newbies and they also offer sweet deals for existing players.  They have more than 1,000 events every day where you could play and win. Their app is available for both Android and iOS users. The app is easy to use and has a sleek design, which makes betting fun and smooth. In case of any issues with your account, you can get help from customer service. We highly recommend this bookie for Kenyan punters during the world cup considering they do not charge deposit and withdrawal fees plus they have a variety of Payment methods.

When selecting a betting cup for this World Cup, picking a betting partner goes to the root of the whole experience. We have detailed every reason why the apps above are the best, but we would certainly leave the decision to you to pick the best app. We encourage you to go for bookies with easy payment options, and high odds, and above all encourage responsible betting as you do not want to be a betting addict.

Betting on the world cup 2022 for Kenya

The world cup happens to be one of the most awaited sporting events in the world, if not the number one event. The event occurs once every 4 years, with teams from 32 countries drawn from all the continents represented. World Cup is hosted by the country that wins the bid, with Qatar being this year’s host. It is important to know that this is the first time that the tournament is being held in the Middle East and, also towards the end of the year.

In this article, we will give you a nosedive into all the information that makes this sport great, how matches are played, and where and how Kenyans can bet. We will also list for you the top 10 bookies that you can partner with, to stake and win with, and give you some tips and strategies that you could use to bet your money. 

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal & Netherlands
  • Group B: England, IR Iran, The U.S.A. & Wales
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico & Poland
  • Group D: France, Australia, Denmark & Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany & Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco & Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland & Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay & Korea Republic

The Format for World Cup 2022

The men’s world cup has evolved since its inception in 1930, incorporating various changes that have been made, to make the game more inclusive, fair, and fun. It is worth noting that the Qatar world cup marks the 7th and last World Cup featuring a 32-team group stage followed by a 16-team knockout playoff. The tournament is divided into 8 groups, each with 4 teams. Every team plays 3 matches in the group stage matches, with the top 2 teams with the highest points qualifying for the round of 16. In the round of 16, 8 matches are played, and the 8 teams that win proceed to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals have a total of 8 teams who play one another, and the 4 winners in each match proceed to the semis. In the semis, 4 teams play 2 matches, and the winners qualify for the finals. The 2 teams play in the finals, while their 2 opponents who lost play for 3rd place. These are the teams that have qualified, their respective groups.

Tips when Betting on the Qatari World Cup 2022

Just like any other game of chance, football, and specifically the World Cup, requires one to have a strategy and plan in order to leap handsomely. We have researched, compared, and analyzed what experts have thought to be the best tricks that they can use to win big. These tricks if followed, with a bit of luck, will assure you of a better online betting experience. 

Analyze the current form of teams playing

Here, you will need to look at the team’s journey to qualifying. Consider how difficult their opponents were, their aggregate strength as a team, and their previous history. This applies to both teams that you intend to stake with. The current form can also be deduced from the team’s history and previous performances in the World cup if they have taken part before. Use the data you gather here to stake on teams with higher odds, and you will definitely reap abundantly. 

Consider the team’s starting 11

This is the most important tip that any experienced bettor would offer. You see, it’s the individual players that form a team that is expected to play. The best form of analysis is looking at the current shape of the players named in the squad, and their recent performances in the respective clubs they play for. Look at their individual contributions and rankings and the influence they may have on the squad. It is widely accepted that the individual influence players like Christiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba always had on their teams when they played was always reflected in the results. You could also bet on certain players to score or earn a booking or bookings and stake on them, as they are widely known to be goal machines or aggressive when playing. Once you see the names of those players on the line-up, prepare to bet. 

Avoid chasing low odds

At times we look at the favorites and other selections that offer low odds, and we assume that they must win- but I got news for you- they don’t work always. It is important that you look at other factors before staking with this type of bet, as the bets don't always win and when they do, their value is low.

Look at head-to-head results

Most bookmakers always avail an analysis of the two teams when they are meeting. This includes the team’s history, their statistics during the match, and the current data when comparing the players. The head-to-head data is important, as the punters always rely on it to come up with the game’s odds. Where the data seems to favor a certain team, and the bookies have given them better odds, you better believe them and stake on that!

Consider the psychological aspect of the fixture

The other aspect is understanding the importance of a game to both teams. When a team is fighting to qualify for the next round, and the opponent has already qualified, it is important that you stake with the one whose stakes are higher, unlike those who are already qualified. 

This plays an important role in the world cup, especially where an underdog is placed in a group with a favourite. This works in 2 ways- the underdog will be given high odds, and you may want to risk, which may be rewarded by the mentality of the favourite to undermine, and they end up losing. 

Types of Betting Available for World Cup 2022

Betting on a team to win is the most obvious bet that punters will be looking at. But there are other options that you could stake on, and despite not being very hard to predict, amount to higher winnings. These include:

  1. Top Scorer- you can predict who is going to score in these matches, first by looking at the teams’ formation, the reputation of the striker, and their world cup history. You could also stake on the player who will win the Golden Boot from the onset, and the odds will be much higher.
  2. .Goals- there are teams that are known to be goal machines, and others are known to be very defensive. You may not know the outcome of a match, but you could definitely predict the goals likely to be under or over. 
  3. Corners- these attract higher odds, where a team is termed as a favorite playing against an underdog team. The bookmakers always give them higher odds, and this is also another chance to win big
  4. Bookings- this is another field in which bookmakers always place better odds. You could stake the known aggressive players and teams on the probability that they will be given red or yellow cards.

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James is responsible for the Kenyan market on BettingGuide. He has a keen interest in sports betting and Gambling laws in particular. James is a Lawyer practising in East Africa, loves writing, and has a Law Degree from Makerere University, Uganda and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law, Kenya.

Last updated: 10/6/2022