Betway and 22Bet are amongst the best betting site in Kenya, but which of them should you join? We get this question a lot from our readers.
In truth, it is a very tough question to answer. Both bookies are excellent betting sites with amazing features and qualities.
To find a solution, we decided to pit betway and 22Bet against each other in the ultimate bookmaker battle in Kenya!
By the end of this article, you should hopefully have a clearer idea of which betting site you want to join.
Betway vs 22Bet
Betway Opening Arguments
Best betting site for beginners
What makes betway a great betting site? A lot!
Betway boasts a very simple, easy-to-use betting platform, but it still maintains a tremendous array of betting features. From easy deposits to great promotions, cash out to live streaming, betway Kenya has got it all.
Betway began operations way back in 2006, but this international betting site did not enter the Kenyan market until 2015, when they obtained a licence from the Betting Control and Licensing Board.
Since then, they have grown to become one of the biggest betting sites in Kenya.
22Bet Opening Arguments
Fabulous football betting site
Many Kenyans enjoy betting on football, and there is no better place to do this than on 22Bet.
Offering an incredible range of football betting options and super high odds, 22Bet has quickly become a favourite in Kenya.
22Bet is a relatively new betting site in Kenya, having officially entered the Kenyan market in 2019, but they have taken unbelievable strides since then, surging to the top bracket of best betting sites in Kenya.
From the opening arguments, you can understand why making a choice between betway and 22Bet may be a bit of a task.
But there is no problem without a solution. And we are going to help you choose the best betting site in this article.
Round 1: Welcome Bonus
The betway vs 22Bet battle opens with the welcome bonus. Which of these betting sites has the best welcome bonus?
If you are well into online sports betting, you probably know about welcome bonus already, but for those who are new to this game, let us quickly explain what the term means.
Welcome bonus is a bonus you receive from a betting site when you sign up on the site. It is usually in the form of a cash bonus, but it can sometimes come as free bets. Cash bonuses can be withdrawn from the betting site but free bets cannot be taken out of the site. They can only be used to play bets for free on the bookmaker.
To help us determine which of these sites has the best welcome bonus, let's examine each bonus in more detail.
Betway offers new customers a 50% free bets bonus, up to a maximum of Ksh 5000. What this means is that when you sign up and make your first deposit on betway Kenya, you are entitled free bets worth 50% of that deposit.
For example, if you deposit Ksh 1000, your Free bets welcome bonus will be Ksh 500. However, to get this bonus, you need to fulfil the wagering requirements.
Wagering requirements are a set of conditions that must be met before you can redeem your welcome bonus.
The wagering requirements for the Betway welcome bonus are:
- Wager three times the value of your bonus amount on events in the Betway sportsbook or jackpot
- Bets must be placed on odds of 3.0 or higher
Your Betway welcome bonus offer has a validity period of 30 days. If you do not meet the playthrough requirements within 30 days of opening your account, you will forfeit your welcome bonus.
Unlike betway, 22Bet gives new customers a cash welcome bonus. New customers are giving a 100% first deposit bonus, up to a maximum of Ksh 18,000.
So a first deposit of Ksh 1000 gets a welcome bonus of Ksh 1000. When you make your first deposit, your welcome bonus will be immediately credited into your account.
Again, to withdraw your 22Bet bonus, you must meet their wagering requirements.
- Players must deposit a minimum of Ksh. 100 to be eligible for the bonus.
- The welcome bonus must be wagered 5 times on accumulator bets before it can be withdrawn
- Each accumulator bet must contain at least three selections
- At least three selections in each accumulator must have odds of 1.40 or higher
- The bonus must be wagered within 7 days
With its higher bonus percentage and greater maximum bonus amount, 22Bet appears to be the more enticing welcome bonus. While 22Bet offers a 100% bonus, betway gives only half of that.
The maximum bonus amount on 22Bet is Ksh. 18,000, which again is significantly more than what is on betway. The 22Bet bonus also has a lower minimum odds requirement.
Comparing the betway bonus and the 22Bet bonus:
|Type of Bonus||Free Bets|
|Maximum Bonus Amount||Ksh. 5,000||Ksh. 18,000|
|Wagering Requirements||3 times||5 times|
|Minimum Odds Requirements||3.0||1.4|
|Validity Period||30 days||7 days|
The most obvious advantage of the betway bonus over the 22Bet bonus is the validity period, which is 30 days for betway, and only seven days on 22Bet.
This is very significant because betway gives you customers a lot more time to meet the wagering requirements and redeem their welcome bonus.
Having said that, the pros of the 22Bet bonus outweigh the cons in our opinion. 22Bet wins the first round to take a 1-0 lead in this contest.
Betway may feel a little bit hard done by for losing that round, but we just could not ignore the 100% bonus and the Ksh. 18,000 on offer! How will betway respond to this setback? We move on to the second round.
Round 2: Deposit Methods
Ever had trouble making deposits into a betting site? Annoying, isn't it? That's why you need a betting site with fast and easy deposits.
How do 22Bet and betway match up against each other when it comes to deposit methods?
The table above clearly shows that 22Bet has more more deposit methods than betway Kenya. Both betting sites have MPesa and Airtel Money, which are the best and most popular deposit methods in Kenya, but 22Bet outshines Betway with the addition of e-Wallets like Skrill and Neteller; and cryptocurrency.
Wow! Two rounds, two wins! 22Bet have got off to a flyer in this battle, and are threatening to pull away. Can betway get on the board and get back into the contest in the next round?
Round 3: Customer Support
Online sports betting is not always smooth sailing. There will be times when you experience problems and need to contact your betting site for solutions.
Perhaps a deposit is not reflecting or a withdrawal is taking too long?
This is where the customer support comes in. A great betting site should be there for the customers at all time. You should not have any trouble whatsoever reaching out to your betting site for help and clarification.
So how do betway and 22Bet fare in this customer care battle?
22Bet lands a big blow with the availability of telephone support, but betway response with their super responsive social media channels.
Social media is a very big deal these days, and betway ticks that box nicely with Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp support.
That's enough to get them over the line in this third round, and give them their first point in this intriguing battle.
This much-anticipated bookmaker showdown was threatening to become an anti-climax, with 22Bet winning the opening two rounds, but betway lands a big blow in the third round to get right back into the fight.
Can they even the scores in the fourth round or will 22Bet regain their two-point advantage?
Round 4: Football Betting
For a lot of Kenyan bettors, online sports betting is essentially football betting. Many Kenyan bettors bet exclusively on football, be it major European leagues like the Premier League and the UEFA Champions or our local Kenyan Premier League.
Hence, to win over the Kenyan betting audience, a betting site must have a very rich football betting section.
While evaluating the quality of the football betting section on betway and 22Bet, we examined three key areas:
⚽ Football Coverage
Football Coverage refers to the range of the football market on the site. How many countries are being covered? And how many football events are available? The best betting sites cover football events from all parts of the world, giving bettors a wide range of options to choose from.
🕳️ Football Depth
The depth of the football market on a site refers to the number of football betting options on the site. Again, we love our football betting sites to have a great array of options- goals, corners, cards, substitutions, fouls, shots etc. Like the saying goes, the more, the merrier!
📈 Football Odds
Higher odds mean bigger winnings. So we definitely want a betting site with high football odds!
The football odds on betway are slightly higher that the odds on 22Bet, but 22Bet has greater coverage and depth.
A closely-fought round, but the greater football variety on 22Bet wins them this round!
It has been a very productive opening four rounds for 22Bet, but can they keep it going? There is still enough time for betway to stage a comeback in this battle. We aren't even halfway yet.
Round 5: Live Betting
Pre-match betting is great, but live betting ups the ante in online sports betting.
It is the real-time feature that lets you place bets on matches that have already begun. Live betting takes you closer to the game, making you feel like you are actually participating in the event.
It's a very immersive betting feature that shoots up the adrenalin and excitement level.
There are numerous live betting sites in Kenya- almost every site now has an in-play section- but what differentiates the best from the rest are the live betting coverage, live betting odds and live betting tools.
How do the live betting tools on betway compare with 22Bet?
|Virtual Live Feeds||👍||👍|
Betway and 22Bet both have in-game stats and virtual feeds- that is pretty standard with betting sites these days- but the cash out offers on both sites is the first significant point of difference in this round.
Betway is arguably the best cash out betting site in Kenya. Their offers are available most of the time, while and the cash out amounts are usually very good.
Betway may not be at the level of big live streaming sites like bet365, but compared to 22Bet, they have a better live streaming service.
Both sites have excellent in- play markets and great live betting odds.
However, the winner here is pretty clear! Betway takes the round to cut the deficit!
Just when 22Bet look to be streaking away, betway bites back and breathe new life into this contest. At the half way point, it remains anybody's game!
Round 6: Betting Odds
Some inexperienced punters believe that odds are the same across all betting sites, but this is actually not the case. Betting odds fluctuate from bookie to bookie, and from event to event; but some betting sites are notoriously consistent in offering high odds across all of their markets.
Odds are very central to sports betting. Betting on a betting site with high odds means you get more value from your bets. With high betting odds, your potential winnings are bigger.
So betway or 22bet; where do you find the highest odds? Have a look at the table below.
|Man U to beat Liverpool||2.94||2.89|
|Djokovic to beat Tsitsipas||1.66||1.69|
|Phoenix to beat Portland||1.51`|
|England to beat New Zealand||1.45||1.84|
|Aalborg to beat Flensburg||2.90||3.19|
This has been one of the more dominant rounds in this contest, with 22Bet winning the odds battle fairly comfortably.
If you are looking for some of the very best betting in Kenya, 22Bet is the place to go!
Round 7: User Experience
How easy and convenient is it to use your betting site? How much satisfaction do you derive from using the betting site?
If your betting site is making life difficult for you, you need to move on to another one.
Ideally, we want a betting site to be simple yet catchy and easily navigable without compromising quality betting features.
When it comes to simplicity, efficiency and functionality, not many sites come close to Betway in Kenya. In fact, the ease-of-use of betway is one of the most striking features on the site.
This is why we always label betway as the best betting site for beginners. The chances of getting lost on the betway site are very slim.
On the other hand, 22Bet can sometimes appear crowded and cluttered The layout is not as neat as Betway's, while navigation also leaves a lot more to be desired.
Betway takes this round fairly easily, and once again, they are within a point of 22Bet.
Round 8: Mobile App
Having discussed the user experience on the main sites, let us now dissect the mobile apps of betway and 22Bet.
What are we looking for in a mobile betting app? We want quick load time, easy navigation, unrestricted functionality and availability across all platforms and operating systems.
Whether you are using iOS or Android, smartphone or tablet, you should be able to download your mobile betting app without any problem.
And when you download the app and launch it, it should start up almost immediately. Some betting apps take up to a minute to load up. This is a no-no for us.
How does the betway app compare to the bet9ja app? We have rated the two competing apps based on the following qualities. (Winner gets a thumbs up and the runner-up gets a question mark).
|Ease of Download||👍||👍|
Just like they have done with the main site, those guys at betway have designed a very simple and functional app. The betway app loads quicker than the 22Bet app, while navigation is also a lot smoother on betway.
Both betting apps pass the availability and functionality tests, but betway is the more user-friendly app.
For that reason, betway wins this round to level the scores!
It has been quite the comeback from betway. They were in danger of being overpowered in the first few rounds, but they have launched an incredible assault on 22Bet draw level for the first time since the start of this battle.
Round 9: Betting Promotions
Let's move on now to the betting promotions on betway and 22Bet. Which of these betting sites has the better promotions?
We are not only looking at the quantity of the promotions on the site, we are also very interested in the quality of the promotions.
Promotions are also called betting offers. They are value-added features that encourage users to place bets with the promise of cash reward, free bets or other prizes.
Get a Free Bet Up To Ksh. 5,000
- Golden Boot Race
- Money Back Boost
- Betway Win Boost
- Build a Bet
- Four To Score
- Browse for Free
Get Up To Ksh. 18,000 + 22 Bet Points
- Friday Reload Sportsbook Bonus
- Accumulator of the Day
- Hockey Holiday
Betway clearly have more promotions than 22Bet and take this round to open up a 5-4 lead. For the first time in this contest, betway have the lead!
A stunning three-round winning streak from betway gives them a 5-4 lead in this battle of the bookies!
With a one-point lead and one round to go, betway are now in a position where they cannot lose this battle. The worst that can happen to them is a draw. They only need to avoid defeat in the final round to win this heavyweight bookmaker clash.
Do not expect 22Bet to go down without a big fight though...
Round 10: Online Casino
If you thought betting sites are just about sports betting, then you need to wake up! There is a lot more to these sites. Most of them now have additional gambling options like online casinos.
Online casinos provide a nice alternative to sports betting. So just in case you need a break and want to try out something a little bit different, you can go over to the online casinos and have some fun.
Betway and 22Bet both have very good casinos, stuck with a wonderful array of games.
Both sites also have a live casino, where you can interact with dealers and other players just like you would do in a physical casino.
In terms of numbers, 22Bet are better than betway by some distance. They also have a nice balance between all the games categories, with online slots, table games and poker all well represented.
Looking at the number and variety of games alone, 22Bet dominates this round, but the final knock-out punch is the special casino bonus for new customers.
When you sign up, you can opt for the casino bonus instead of the sports bonus. 22Bet offers a 100% casino bonus, up to a maximum of Ksh. 35,000!
Superb round from 22Bet there, taking the final round to ensure that the spoils are shared between two of the very best betting sites in Kenya.
That was some battle, wasn't it?
Betway had their backs firmly pressed against the ropes through the opening six rounds, but they launched sensational assault on 22Bet to win the next three rounds and put themselves in pole position to win the contest.
However, 22Bet had one final salvo with their online casino, dominating that round to even the tie.
So which betting site should you go for?
In the end, it comes down to personal preference? What exactly are you looking out for in your betting site?
As you can see from the battle, they also have their own strong points. 22Bet have better betting odds, but betway have the better user experience.
A smart idea would be to open an account with both sites and enjoy the best of both worlds!