Betting has become big business in Uganda. The rise of mobile phones with easy access to the Internet has made it much easier to bet in places where the infrastructure in the past may have made it hard to get online. However with its rise has grown a wave of criticism from many sectors terming the industry as a sin exercise that is eroding the Ugandan youth incentive to work as well as their meager incomes as they wager their money on betting. It is using this logic that early this year Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered that no new licences would be issued to sports betting companies. Today we review the top 10 betting sites in Uganda that were long registered before the directive that are not only quality but give Ugandan punters good return for their money.
Betpawa is a well-known bookmaker in the African continent that over the years has gained trust from punters as one of the best in the industry is also making ground in Uganda. They mainly love the bookmaker due to higher bonuses and many promotions available.
The bookie, run by Gaming International, describes itself as the biggest pan African online sports betting country with operations in more African countries than any other.
Betpawa offers a variety of markets on sporting events, numerous betting types, welcome bonuses, bonus boosters among many others. To be a part of this platform you need to be at least 25 years old.
It gives punters the chance to bet small and win huge amounts with its PawaBoosts which is a unique experience that allows customers to stake for as low as 1 UGX.
The bookmaker is licensed by the national gaming board of Uganda license #24 making it a legit company running and operating in Uganda.
A distinguishing highlight of Betpawa is that it is the only site that offers a free bet on sign up.
- WorldStar betting Uganda
Worldstar is well recognized betting platform and has over the years become a household name among punters in Uganda.
They are the one of the best bookies in the Ugandan scene due to a number of services they offer including but not limited to an efficient 24/7 customer service, live chats, bonuses on stake if you lose one selection, odd boosters we can get up to 150% on bonuses.
They also offer a wide market, variety of betting types, competitive odds, jackpots, live betting and many other virtual games in their website and application, on first deposit we get an extra 20% bonus also no fees are charged with MTN or Airtel.
Their services are not limited to the online experience only with punters having the extra option of accessing the bookie’s 64 shops spread across the country.
1xbet is well established worldwide European bookmaker and has an offered excellent services over the years in Uganda, we know 1xbet for their generous welcome bonuses that new punters can benefit from registering to be a member.
We experience in the bookmaking industry they understand the market well that’s why we get wide betting markets from the platform, over 1000 markets on a daily basis they also have very competitive odds that is actually higher than most platforms in Uganda.
The modes of payment used in Uganda include MTN mobile banking, Airtel money, equity, eazzy pay, and crypto currency like bitcoin, Litecoin, Doge coin, Dash or Ethereum and to finish of the platform has the best customer service and no limits on maximum payout.
Ababet is named as one of the best sites by punters across Uganda, being duly registered by the Gaming board of Uganda it offers its service to punters not less than 25 years.
The number of available markets and betting types at Ababet are very few, we are limited to only football matches the betting types are limited with no corners, penalties or yellow/red cards in the betting types.
They however lack the incentive of a welcome bonus, free bets or bonuses, a feature new customers ought to get with any betting site as is the standard with most bookies.
Their betting odds are also not that good becoming a nuisance to some professional punters in Uganda.
Elitebet bookmakers limited, licensed by the national gaming board license 19, is an established betting platform in Uganda. The minimum age limit is at 25 years, there is no limit in number of selections on matches.
Customers can also place bets using USSD but you need to stake using codes of matches that are advertised through the media if you lack a smartphone.
Unlike its equivalent in Kenya, Elitebet Uganda are yet to introduce any offers to new or existing customers. This means no welcome bonus or promotions that spice one’s betting experience.
The maximum payout is 1000 times the stake or 25 million Ushs whichever is lower.
The available markets are limited to football matches which is not a recommended platform for punters with different tastes.
Their website is however not that good especially on navigation.
Live betting and other virtual games are currently unavailable.
Betlion is under the name MauUgan enterprise limited is licensed and operated under the lotteries and gaiming regulatory board of Uganda. The betting site also has operations in neighbouring Kenya, a new entrant to the market.
Being a newbie it has grown considerably over the years offering competitive odds, goliath jackpot of 6,000,000UGX, a functional application for android users, we can get UGX 2,000 when we refer a friend, betpaka odds boost, cash out, and welcome tokens 1000 cranes on weekly jackpots on first deposit, second chance promotions.
What we like about the platform is that they are more straight forward compared to other betting platforms that tend to give false impressions, betlion.co.ug is definitely a recommended bookmaker in Uganda. They have a minimum deposit of UGX 500 for both MTN and Airtel.
- Premier bet
Premier bet is also recognized platform in Uganda having started way back in 2013, it has come to establish itself among the best.
The bookmaker offers competitive odds, about 89 betting shops country wide, good website for both mobile and computers, large betting market among many promotions.
They offer 100 odds for over 300 events on a daily basis, the betting markets include football, basketball, tennis, ice-hockey, volleyball, and handball among many others.
A minimum stake of 1000UGX and maximum payout of UGX 50,000,000, it’s also important to note that no more than one event can be played on the same ticket, also matches end at normal time, matches in extra time, penalty shoot outs are considered to be void.
The payment options include MTN mobile banking and Airtel money also cash deposits at betting shops are accepted, premier bet recommended for all those betting shops fans.
- WilliamHill Uganda
If you haven’t heard of Williamhill then you need to know it’s one of the worlds experienced bookmaker, being a European based company it was started in 1934. Although it’s not well known among Ugandans it offers some very attractive odds and boosters that encourage us to play more they also have a variety of markets available for us on a daily basis.
The bookmaker lacks an application so we are stuck with the website which is functional and reliable for both Pcs and smart phones, the on issue with these platform is the quality of live betting/streaming is quite outdate with other bookmakers offering better software on match tracking bring punters closer to the match providing crucial highlights as the match progress.
- Sports betting Africa
Sports betting Africa is registered in Uganda under the company sports betting Africa Ltd. (SBA) is licensed and regulated by the gambling board of Uganda.
They offer over 700 events on football, we also get over 50 plus markets on different events such as futsal, hockey, cycling, golf , specials just to sample a few, the betting types are about 10 from the home win to double chance.
They also offer a large amount on the jackpot requiring a selection of 18 matches with prize money of UGX 1,000,000,000 also different promotions are available that is the super boost special, 300% casino welcome bonus, cash out options and cash drop random cash giveaway every week.
- Ultimate bet
Ultimate bet has over the years made a name for its self as among the best betting platforms in Uganda, it’s a registered and regulated company as per the gaming board of Uganda.
To join we need to be at least 25 years or above, they offer a variety of markets from football, hockey, tennis, basketball and even golf we can also bet on virtual games.
On the football matches their over a 1000 matches available on a daily basis, the draw-back is on the number of betting options available which are a few, the odds are fair.
They offer promotions like the bonus fifth march and the turbo payout among many others it’s important to note that promotions tend to change, we are for now limited to the website which is good on PCs and mobile phones with internet access.