NAIRABET BOOKMAKER REVIEW
If you live in Nigeria and know at least something about sports betting then, without any doubt you know about Nairabet. They are the oldest and most recognized bookmaker in Nigeria. Nairabet.com was founded way back in 2009 by Oloye Akin Alabi and is Nigeria’s first legal sportsbook – to this day they hold a license issued by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
Having such a rich local history and an exceptional reputation – Nairabet.com attracts over 100,000 visitors on a daily basis and over 10,000 new players every month. As you can see, they are insanely popular among the sports betting community and there are several significant things, which make them stand out. We are going to review each aspect of their service in order to provide you with a full and detailed review.
Creating an account is really as easy as it gets – this is likely one of the reasons why they have so many new players joining them every month. There are two ways to register: using your email address or using your phone number. Either way in order to successfully create an account you will need access to an email address or a valid phone number.
The registration process itself consists of just one step where you need to enter a couple of basic details and then confirm your registration. A confirmation link or code will come to your email address or phone number, depending on what you have chosen. You are good to go as soon as you verify your email / phone. You will be asked to verify your Identity by adding a bank account, however that is something you can do at a later point. The entire registration process tales literally 1 minute.
While most other bookmakers have a regular one-off deposit bonus for new players, Nairabet has a slightly different approach. The main offer here is call “Firstbet Bonus” and it allows you to get free bets on a regular basis and applies to all users, not just the new ones. What this means is that there are certain days, when you will get a free bet equal to 100% of the stake of your first bet of that day. The free bet is credited to your account as soon as your bet is placed.
Nairabet offers 24/7 and that is just another testament to the effort they put into giving their players the best possible sports betting experience. There are several ways how you could get in touch with them. First of all, you can make a phone call and speak to an actual person – something not many local betting sites offer. You can also reach out to them via live chat and discuss your issues without leaving the website. Finally, you can send them an email or chat on social media if you feel that might be a better option. For the sake of this review we have had several interactions with the support team and we are happy to inform you that our queries were handled quickly and in a professional manner. The support agents we chatted with spoke good English, which made it easy for us to explain our issues.
BETTING MARKETS AND ODDS
Nairabet seem to have quite a lot going on when it comes to the variety of markets they offer – they cover over 20 different sports. Let’s go through their pre-match and live offers to see what exactly they can bring to the table. We will use football as an example, as this is one of the most popular betting sports and will allow you to do your own comparison with other brands you might know. The minimum required stake here is only ₦50.
At any given day you will see over 1,500 football games being available for betting. You can find pretty much any league from any country and bet on it – there is definitely no shortage of betting opportunities here. Most games will usually have between 200 and 300 markets open for betting, games from bigger tournaments will have 300+ markets. Such games usually have a wide variety of various combination bets available. Such games usually have a wide variety of various combination bets available. Of course, some providers out there might have more markets, but let’s be honest – how often do you use all of them?
While the pre-match segment might fall short in regards to betting markets when compared with other sportsbooks – the live offering can compete with any other betting site out there. High profile games will usually have between 50 and 70 markets open for betting for the most part of the game. For smaller leagues you can expect to see between 30 and 50 markets, which is obviously expected. Betting is open up until the last minute, cashout is also available.
SPORTS COVERED BY NAIRABET
Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Ice hockey, Handball, Floorball, Golf, Volleyball, Motorsport, Rugby, Aussie rules, American Football, Cycling, Specials0, Snooker, Table Tennis, Cricket, Darts, Water polo, Futsal, Boxing, MMA
DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS
Needless to say, that Nairabet is one of the best bookmakers in Nigeria in terms of managing your funds. They’ve made it extremely easy to make deposits and request withdrawals. You can use several most popular local payment methods to make deposits, which are instant and free. Your winnings can be withdrawn to mostly any local bank you can think of. All withdrawal requests are processed within one working day.
There is no minimum required deposit set, so it will depend on the payment method of your choice.
The minimum possible withdrawal is ₦1,000.
PROMOTIONS AT NAIRABET
One of the biggest critiques towards Nairabet is their lack of promotions. While it is to some extent true, that they could benefit from more offers – it isn’t as important as people tend to think. The usual cliché offers like first deposit bonuses and sign-up free bets are one-off things that exhaust themselves rather quickly. You don’t get to cash them out either as the requirements are usually unrealistic. Nairabet have a different approach – they have fewer promotions, which are available for all active players and can be claimed on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at what they offer.
Throughout the week there might be several “promotion windows”, where you can place a bet and receive 100% of your stake as a free bet. You will need to keep an eye on Nairabet’s social media accounts, as that is where this will be announced. The minimum free bet you can claim is ₦50, the maximum is ₦10,000. In order to qualify for this offer the bet you place needs to have at least four selections and the odds for each selection have to be at least 1.20. The entire betslip odds have to be 2.50 or more.
Min. number of selections: 4
Required odds: 2.50
Minimum stake: ₦50
ONE GAME CUT
This offer allows you to still get something back even if your accumulator bet loses. Imagine you place a best consisting of 13 selections and you get all of them right except for one. With Nairabet you will still get paid even if your bet loses – up to 10% of your potential winnings for that bet. Of course, this is not the full amount, but it is still good to get paid for a bet you lost.
For example, you place a 13 selection bet and your potential winnings are calculated as ₦200,000 – now you miss the bet by just one selection and still get paid ₦10,000. Not bad for a losing bet? The amount you eventually receive may vary and will depend on the odds of your losing selection.
In order for your bet to qualify for this offer you need to have at least 10 selections in your betslip and each selection needs to have odds of at least 1.20.
This isn’t even exactly a promotion – this is a free-to-play prediction game. Every day you can participate in a prediction game guessing outcomes of certain games. For each correct prediction you will get points and by the end of the day top three people with most accumulated points will get free bets.
First place gets a ₦5,000 free bet, second place gets a ₦3,000 free bet and the third place gets a ₦2,000 free bet.
There is also a weekly leaderboard, so every week top three players will get actual money placed into their Nairabet account.
First place gets ₦15,000, second place gets ₦10,000 and the third place gets ₦5,000.
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS
XpressPAY, USSD, Paystack, OPay, GTPay, Quickteller, Visa, MasterCard, Access Bank, Ecobank Nigeria, Enterprise Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, First City Monument Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Heritage Bank, Keystone Bank Limited, Mainstreet Bank Limited, Nigerian International Bank (CITIbank), Polaris Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, Sterling Bank, Union Bank of Nigeria, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Unity Bank, Wema Bank, Zenith Bank
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0700 6247 2238
- Live Chat: Yes – 24/7
- Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
- Blog: Official NairaBet Blog
- Head office: Suite A1, De Cherub Mall Plaza, KM 18, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Alpha Beach Junction
NAIRABET MOBILE APP
Nairabet used to have a mobile app, however it is no longer available. A lot of players were quite upset by thins, yet in reality it is not as bad as it may sound. Today there is no real need to have a betting app if the mobile website is well-optimized and this is exactly the case with Nairabet. Even more than that – they have two different mobile site versions. There is a regular mobile website suitable for most modern smartphones and a “lite” version, to be used with older phones. So as you can see there is really no point to get all upset about the absence of an app.
The mobile site as we mentioned is exceptionally well-optimized and will work well even with budget smartphones. In terms of the available features – it offers everything that you would have in the desktop version and the app. Navigating between sports and games is easy, overview pages allow you to see the number available markets within each game, so you don’t have to be jumping from page to page.
Nairabet have also done a good job from a technical perspective, as all static page elements will be cached by your browser. This means that moving between pages will be way quicker and will take up a lot less traffic because most visual elements are already downloaded.
"MOBILE LITE" OR OLD NAIRABET SITE
This version is designed for players who have older phones, it is very basic and obviously doesn’t have all features the regular version has. Nevertheless, it is perfectly suitable for most things you will need. You can easily browse available games and markets, place bets, make deposits and view your bet history. It has a very simplistic interface, but you can even request withdrawals. This also might be a good solution if you have limited traffic and want to preserve it as much as possible.
NAIRABET DESKTOP SITE OVERVIEW
A functional and user-friendly interface design is usually a good sign when it comes to betting sites, as this will enable you to find exactly what you need in just several steps, markets and selections should be clearly visible and understandable while the betslip part should show all details relevant to your bet and additional options and/or features if applicable. Below are some examples of how NairaBet’s online sports betting section and betslip look like.
We’ve spent quite a few hours reviewing the desktop website and comparing it with other local brands and here is what we have to say. Nairabet website is certainly in line with most popular industry standards, it has a clean and easy to follow interface. Functional sections like account management, deposits, withdrawals, etc. are organized in a way which makes it easy to get used to them.
Navigation through available games is made easier by the fact that you can see how many markets are open for betting in each game without actually opening that game.
Fund management sections make it crystal clear as to what payment options can be used, what are the minimum required amounts and how long it takes to request a withdrawal.
Another interesting thing we would like to mention is the “multi live” section. It allows you to add multiple live games to the same screen – you can follow all of them and bet on all of them without the need of switching between tabs
FAQ | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS NAIRABET LEGIT?
Nairabet.com is the first official sports book ever opened in Nigeria, together with Bet9ja they are the two biggest local betting sites. They hold a license issued by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission. You can check the validity of their license on the regulator’s official website.
HOW TO REGISTER AT NAIRABET?
The registration process is easy and will take you no more than a minute to complete. First of all, follow the registration link and it will take you to www.nairabet.com. Here you will need to press the register button and you will be taken to the registration page.
There are two ways to register: using your email address or using your phone number. You will need to enter only the very basic account information and once you submit the form you will get a text message or an email with a confirmation code. Enter that code on the registration page and you are all done!
HOW TO CLAIM FREE BETS?
Free bets are available to all active players, the main condition is to have a verified account. Account verification is done by adding and confirming a valid bank account.
You will need to keep an eye on Nairabet social media accounts, because they will be announcing certain time windows where the promotion is active. The stake of your first bet made during this “promotional time window” will be credited to your account as a free bet. In order for your bet to qualify for this you will need to have at least 4 selections, odds for each selection have to be at least 1.20 and the overall betslip odds have to be at least 2.50. The minimum required stake is ₦50.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM BET?
The minimum accepted stake is ₦50.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT?
There is really no minimum deposit amount defined by Nairabet – this will depend on the payment option of your choice. Worth mentioning, that some payment options have no minimum limit at all!
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL?
The minimum amount you can withdraw is ₦1,000.
DO I NEED TO VERIFY MY ACCOUNT?
You can start betting without verifying your account, however if you want to have access to promotions and special offers you will need to have a verified account. All you need to do in order to get verified is to connect your Nairabet account with a valid bank account.