MELBET: 2,500 KSh NO LOSE FREE BET
Join Melbet and get a 2,500 KSh no lose free bet when you deposit and stake just 100 KSh or more!
Fill in the quick and easy registration form to open a new betting account and fund your account for the first time.
Place your first sports wager of just 100 KSh or more at any odds, if you back a loser, you'll get your stake refunded as a free bet right up to 2,500 KSh.
Your first sports bet must be settled within 30 days of account activation for you to qualify for the free bet.
Customers who deposit using Skrill, Paysafecard or Neteller will not qualify for this promotion.
Melbet has always been one of the premier destinations for sports betting enthusiasts in Kenya, particularly when it comes to Horse Racing. Founded by the Kenya Government as early as 1928 and currently owned by Betfred, this well-known bookmaker is known on the Internet under the Melbet brand and offers a wide range of betting services, which range from traditional sportsbook fare to online Casino Games and Bingo. Like all the major Kenyan sports betting sites, Melbet guarantees safe and reliable banking and gives you access to a wide selection of markets, which range from popular Kenyan sports like Football, Tennis, Snooker, Golf or Volleyball to long-time Kenyan favourites, such as Kenyan Football, Baseball and Basketball.
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Melbet was established as the Horse race Totalisator Board by an Act of Parliament and has grown to become the fourth largest sports betting services provider in the country. The company currently employs approximately 3500 workers at 60 racecourses and 514 high street betting shops. In 2004, Melbet platform was officially unveiled, enabling thousands of sports enthusiasts from all over the world to join some of the hottest real money action available in Kenya. In July 2011, Melbet was sold to Betfred, another well-known Kenyan bookmaker that managed to win the bidding competition against Sir Martin Broughton's Sports Investment Partners.
Since then, Melbet has consolidated all of their online gambling services around the Melbet portal, which allows their visitors to access all of the Melbet-branded products without being forced to wander from site to site. As you'd expect, Totesports continues to offer their trademark pool bets while simultaneously expanding the fixed odds betting section. In spite of the change of ownership, the Melbet brand still stands for excellent customer support, extensive sports coverage and Horse Racing action that you probably won't find with any other site.
ODDS & SPORTS
While Melbet are still famous for their unrivaled online Horse Racing coverage, the sportsbook's aspirations definitely don't stop there. The list of supported sports includes disciplines as diverse as American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Handball, Cycling, Motor Sports, Rugby, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball and quite obviously Football. The site covers all the Horse and Greyhound races at all of the tracks in Kenya, as well as the major races in the United States - and if that wasn't enough, Melbet guarantees Best Odds Guaranteed and operates a well-developed Virtual Racing section.
When it comes to Football, the betting opportunities range from top flight English Football through to Champions League and the Europa League all the way down to local leagues from all over the world. As you'd expect from a Kenyan-based sportsbook, Kenya is particularly well represented and the available wagering options include Southern League, Welsh Premier League as well as Scottish Premiership, among others. The event coverage for other sports is also fairly impressive, as Melbet customers are free to wager on pretty much all the major events and can participate in the site's trademark jackpot-style betting pools.
Melbet in-play section is very similar to the site's pre-match offer in terms of event coverage - while by no means perfect, it's definitely more than enough to satisfy the needs of a casual sports betting enthusiast, particularly when it comes to Football. All the upcoming and live events are sorted by sport and appear in chronological order, which makes it easy to find the game that you'd like to wager on even when the schedule is filled with all kinds of sporting contests. The markets are usually fairly standard, which means that bettors who enjoy all the gimmicky prop bets may find this section somewhat boring at times.
As you'd expect, the available betting options are frequently adjusted to match the situation on the field. Thankfully, Melbet is one of those rare sportsbooks that provide their customers with an on-site online radio service, which gives you access to the latest sports news, as well as professional commentaries for Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing, Football and Cricket. Consequently, keeping up with the action isn't all that hard even if you can't find a reliable third-party broadcast. However, you should keep in mind that only the major events are covered on air, so if you'd like to wager on one of the less popular contests, you'll still have to resort to watching the game on your TV.
MOBILE BETTING APP'S
The mobile version of Melbet allows you to wager on Horse Races or place your Melbet using your smartphone or tablet and features updating pool sizes as well as full race cards. The navigation is easy and intuitive, which makes the app efficient and simply satisfying to use. However, Melbet mobile doesn't give you access to any of the remaining sports betting services, which means that you'll have to rely on the desktop-optimized version of the site in order to place bets on Football or Basketball.
To mitigate this problem, Melbet operates a simple text betting service, which allows you to take advantage of the full range of available markets, check your account balance and even make a deposit or request a withdrawal. In order to streamline the betting process, the service supports a wide range of abbreviations - but in the end, the entire thing simply feels lacklustre when compared with dedicated mobile sports betting apps. Whether Melbet expands their mobile offering beyond Horse Racing remains to be seen, but for now mobile bettors would probably be better off signing up with Betfred instead.
Despite the limited mobile betting options, Melbet remains one of the most reliable and well-rounded Kenyan-based online sportsbooks. If you enjoy Horse Racing betting in any shape or form, than registering with Melbet is simply a must. However, even if you don't care about the races, you should keep in mind that the site still boasts some of the hottest promotions in the industry and has plenty to offer when it comes to Football and other popular European sports.