List of Betting sites in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has a growing online betting market and it will soon possibly be as large as the markets in Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. With a massive population of football fans, it looks set to be a very exciting market. There are quite a few betting sites operating in Ethiopia, some local and legal, and others are offshore.
Legal betting sites in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, if you want to operate as a legal sports betting company, you need to acquire a license from the Ethiopia Lottery Board. There are a certain number of licenses available, and at the moment all of them are taken. This means that there is no room for any new betting sites to enter the Ethiopian market, unless the Board increase the quote, or an existing operator decides to sell their license. It is always advisable that you as a player register and bet with the legally licensed operators in Ethiopia. This way you are protected to ensure that if you do have winnings, and you are not paid out, you are able to report the betting company to the ET Lottery Board. Using a legal, local company also means that you will have deposit and withdrawal options which make sense.
Retail Betting sites in Ethiopia
Although the betting companies in Ethiopia do not need to have a retail presence to operate, it certainly makes sense for the to do so. Having a retail presence serves a few objectives.
1. Advertising. By having a betting shop or betting shops, in busy locations, they serve to promote the betting brand itself as a sort of advertisement. Like a billboard would do.
2. Customer service. These locations also enable players to come in and have their issues be solved by a real person, in-front of them, instead of purely via a callcentre.
3. Deposit/withdrawals. Although mobile money is the best option for depositing and withdrawing from your betting wallet, for some players they prefer to go into a shop and make the deposit, or to make the withdrawal of their winnings in cash.
Illegal/offshore betting sites in Ethiopia
As with most betting markets, there are of course illegal betting sites targeting Ethiopian players. There are multiple reasons for this and they can include:
1. The lack of local payment gateways means that players ae used to the difficulty in making deposits and so do not expect an easy solution
2. The potential size of the Ethiopian betting market is huge and this attracts offshore bookies looking to profit from it.
3. As the local licensing is restricted, some of these sites believe they have no choice by to operate without a license.
As we explained above, be careful and rather register and bet with local licensed and regulated Ethiopian betting sites.
Online Sports Betting Companies in Ethiopia
As more and more users become comfortable with betting online, so more and more betting companies will enter the Ethiopian market. Initially it was only the local companies doing so, but a few betting companies operating in other African countries have recently begun to enter and set up shop in the Ethiopian market. This is all good news for the Ethiopian punter as it means more choice, better odds and betting betting products.
Top Sports Betting Sites in Ethiopia
Below you will find a comprehensive list of all the betting sites in Ethiopia, plus links to their individual review pages.
Like most betting sites in Ethiopia, Anbessabet is focused on football betting. They have quite a few deposit options, including Hellocash, Amole, CBE Birr, CBE, Wegagen Bank, Coop Bank etc.
Hulusport are one of the best looking online betting sites in Ethiopia, and they seem to only offer betting on football.
Glxwin is clearly the most popular Ethiopian betting site and you can win up to 500,000 ETB. They have Great Odds, Fast Deposit and Fast Withdrawals.
Abyssiniabet is the only betting site we can find that has a football jackpot in Ethiopia and the only one that is pushing their Android App.
Bet251 is one of the most developed betting sites and they focus mainly on football betting. Their payout bonus is 5 000 000 ETB.
Axumbet have quite a few sports on offer, including soccer, tennis, basketball etc. They also offer live betting which will only become more and more popular.
Harifsport focus almost entirely on football betting.
Betika Ethiopia is a recent betting site, but has been operating in Kenya successfully for many years. They have taken their experience in that market and applied it to the Ethiopian market and will no doubt be very popular. They offer a focus on football and at least 2 weekly football jackpots.
Betking Ethiopia is another betting site that started in another country, this time Nigeria. Betking has been successful in the Nigerian market and have now launched in Ethiopia.
Gmitbet seem like a decent betting site. They are currently under construction so hopefully we’ll be able to provide a comprehensive review shortly.
Shegerbet look like they are run by the same guys who run Gmitbet.
We think Bravobet have the potential to become the number 1 betting site in Ethiopia. Their site is slick, modern and they offer the full compliment of fixed odds sports, live and virtuals.
Lalibet is bare-bone and is not as graphically strong as many competitors in the marketplace, with no banners, no visible promotions on offer, and a weak look and feel.
Blenbet is a very basic betting site, and seems to be operating offshore, with no local Ethiopian presence
Another poorly designed betting site, with a poor offering for the market.
Winner.et is a locally licensed and regulated Ethiopian sports betting site. They have a decent retail presence and a decent online presence. Plus they offer some nice betting bonuses.
Vamos Bet is very similar to Bravo Bet, and both have a good website and decent betting promotions.
Vamos Bet review
Winbirr are a modern looking betting site operating in Ethiopia. They are a good example of what the future holds for sports betting punters. That being said you actually can’t register and bet online. The site is purely for retail users.
Gihon Betting is a brilliant looking betting site. Modern, clean with promotions, casino and live betting.
Gihon betting review
22Bet have a site in Ethiopia, but they have not actually officially launched. It seems they have put the site up in anticipation of launching. If their Ethiopia betting site will be like any of their others, expect a great betting experience.
22bet Ethiopia review
Another cookie-cutter poor experience. Give this a miss.
Bos Betting review
Utop is quite a good betting site, offering a decent experience, while offering all of the betting products a punter would need.
This site seems discontinued
Arki sport review
Nigusbet are locally licensed and have a basic, albeit decent offering.
Championbet have a large retail presence and very good online betting site. They are definitely one to watch.
Another site which seems closed down.
A decent ET betting site, offering pre-match, a jackpot and accumulator bonuses.
Fidelbet do have a website, but it is only to be used to create the bets. You need to go into a betting shop to actually deposit and place the bet itself.
Bet24.et are a decent site, with a basic but standard offering.
Very good site, although we are not sure if they are locally licensed.
Once again, this looks like the same boring basic template used by quite a few of the offshore betting sites targeting Ethiopia.
Locally licensed, basic offering.
How to choose a betting site in Ethiopia
You should focus on what matters to you. Ease of registration, multiple deposit and withdrawal options, frequent betting bonuses and excellent customer service.
Is online sports betting legal in Ethiopia
Yes, it is and it is administered by the Ethiopia Lottery Board. There are only a finite number of betting licenses available and these have all been issued already.