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Online sports betting in Ethiopia is growing and while there are not an abundant of world class sites yet, there are many platforms that offer decent offerings and, in some cases, substantial pay-outs.
There are a handful of continental brand names about, and betika.et is a well-known African brand with a foothold in many countries.
Betika Ethiopia is a bare looking platform, offering the very basic sports betting amenities but they have a significant football jackpot, and this alone could bring in many punters.
The portal only offers two sporting codes, with football and basketball the chosen codes of choice.
Football is a major money-spinner across Africa and Betika is no different.
Many betting sites in Ethiopia prefer to operate in their hone language but Betika has an English version.
The platform is extremely simple, and with limited sporting codes and bet-markets there is not much in the way of colour, graphics and the lay-out is sparse-looking.
But when it comes to sports betting sometimes the only key factor is the football jackpot action and the size of the pay-out and in this department, they have got it right.
The landing page is pure nuts and bolts, with the main home page and main menu directory showing only 4 tabs, including a ‘Home’, ‘Weekly Jackpot, ‘Daily Jackpot’ and a “sports’ tab, which is essentially a limited sportsbook.
The Daily Jackpot link does not offer a service, but the weekly football jackpot offers a substantial 1.5-million birr prize pay-out.
The rest of the home page is made up of a register and log-in tab. The is also a small tab with a click on ‘deposit’ taking the punter through process of how to fill up their Betika wallet. There is also a small tab that offers the bet slip, but unlike almost all other betting sites the bet slip is not visible, and a player needs to click on the link to see potential wins, stake amounts and more.
The day’s football bet-market makes up the rest of the landing page.
The left- and right-hand flanks of the landing pages are as bare as white linen sheet, with no graphics, promotions, images or side markets.
The platform us essentially a football betting site, almost exclusively offering action on the most popular sport in the country.
Before we get to the impressive football jackpot, let us look at the rest of the sportsbook and bet market:
Clicking on the ‘sports’ tab will take the punter to a page showing a massive football market and scrolling down a player can check out the limited basketball action.
The football book is exhaustive and there is win-chances on leagues from as far flung as Thailand and the Ukraine. Almost every football playing country cracks the list.
The basketball is centred around the USA with a few European powerhouse league games thrown in.
Clicking on the USA NBA action will take the punter to the latest matches on offer, with 1×2 format offered on the page. In Basketball, the tie is for full-time, as no draws occurs in the sport. Clicking on a match, for example the Hornets versus Nets opens up a large bet-market including bets such as over/under, first-half/second-half, total points, handicap, winning margin, first scorer and many more.
The basketball book is impressive and shows off the keenness of the Ethiopian punter for the fast-paced sport.
The football market is large, varied and full of hot betting opportunities.
Click on England EPL and the latest matches appear, with the traditional 1×2 bet on the soccer landing page.
Clicking on a match, like Aston Villa and Manchester City for example a punter will see a significant bet market including bets like btts, first-half/second half, over/under/total goals, handicap and more.
There are other betting sites that offer an even more extensive football bet-market but Betika seems to have all the favourite options covered.
Register for Betika Ethiopia
To register for Betika Ethiopia, first go to their site here, and then click on the blue register button at the top. Enter your phone number and a password and you’ll be sent an OTP.
The weekly jackpot is where most of the action unfolds with the 13-legged affair taking the traditional 1×2 (home win, draw, away win) model.
The minimum bet is 10 birr and the player can win 1.5 million, which roughly translates to about 50 000 US Dollar. This is a large jackpot win for a small stake and offers players an opportunity for a life-changing win.
The matches are taken from all the world’s leading leagues like the EPL, La Liga, Lige 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and more, while off-season there is matches from obscure competitions. There are also games from international matches offered on the weekly jackpot.
There are consolation wins for players accurately predicting 12 and 11 correct results.
This is not a progressive jackpot so if no player wins, then it is not carried over and is always set for 1.5 million birr.
Moving away from the jackpot, it is disappointing to note that there is not one promotion advertised on the landing page or any subsequent page. One would be forgiven for thinking that Betika does not offer any promos or giveaways. But a look at the site’s terms and conditions, found in a tab right at the bottom of the page shows that there is a host of bonus offers. Surprisingly, there is also mention of the daily jackpot (despite the tab on the home page showing no action offered).
According to the T&C’s the daily jackpot is made up of two options, a 1×2 version and a goal/no goal option. The minimum bet for the 1×2 is 10 birr while the min stake for the gg/ng is 20 birr.
The winnings for the 1×2 is 50 000 while for the second option it is 100 000 birr.
There is no info on the amount of legs.
Betika Promotions and Bonuses
The promotions as offered under the terms and conditions section include a bet accumulator with a min bet of 5 and a max bet of 20 birr.
There is no mention of the win percentage, not how many legs are the minimum.
The bonuses are pretty decent, and even though they are not advertised on the home and landing pages. There is a welcome bonus and a referral bonus.
The refer a friend bonus is of 50 birr and the max daily bonus limit is 1000. This means that a player can refer 20 friends a day and make a decent amount.
According to this section there is Betika loyalty bonus rewards and a lost multi-bet bonus – where a punter can lose two games in a multi-bet and earn up to 100 birr back.
The fact that the promos are not advertised or shown on any of the pages generally means that they are not currently on offer but could come into effect at some time in the future.
The terms and conditions section cover all the how to bet explanations and there are instructions on ‘how to deposit’.
Betika Ethiopia Deposit Options
Mpesa is seemingly the only way to deposit and withdraw. To play go to Mpesa Menu – use the pay bill number 290290, account name Betika and a punter must then enter the amount to deposit. A player can top up by dialling *644#. There is no info on withdrawal.
Overall the Betika Ethiopia version is impressive in covering football and there are a host of win opportunities, especially a large jackpot.
The lack of advertised promos is a negative and scrolling down the T&C’s can only confuse a punter who wants to cash in on the giveaways.
There is plenty of work to be done to make this a top-notch platform but there is plenty of potential.