- Founded: 2009
- Location: Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria
- Licence: National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC)
- Owner: Over the Top Entertainment Limited, Oloye Akin Alabi
- Customer service: E-mail, telephone hotline, live chat
- Stock Exchange: —
This bookie appeared on the market in 2009 and thus represents one of the oldest betting sites in Nigeria. On top of that, Nairabet became the first bookie to receive a licence in this country. More precisely, the operator Over the Top Entertainment Ltd works with a concession from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC). Furthermore, the fact that Nairabet is the African betting partner of the Italian top club AC Milan proves the seriousness of this betting site.
What we like about Nairabet
- The breadth and depth of the betting offer
- The strong odds for prematch and live betting
- Various promotions for existing customers
- The simple design of the multiview feature for live betting
- The cashout function
- The live chat
- In the mobile versions you can book bets
- Numerous payment options
What we like less about Nairabet
- No new customer bonus
- The FAQ should be better structured
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Betting offer and odds: The breadth, depth, and odds are very good
The betting offer represents one of the most important aspects when choosing the appropriate bookie. And the more sports attract attention, the more betting enthusiasts feel addressed. Nairabet must have internalized this. Because: During the midweek, we saw approximately 30 disciplines. Not surprisingly, they include several niche sports.
By this we mean, for example, alpine skiing, ski jumping, cross-country, and biathlon. Some of these sports didn’t appear at competitors even during the Olympic Games. Furthermore, you can bet on squash, Gaelic football and Gaelic hurling.
Nevertheless, the football offer, of course, represents the core of Nairabet. Here you find bets on the top European competitions and leagues from dozens of other countries. We wrote this test report in the middle of the week, and even in the third- and fourth-highest divisions, there were more than 150 betting markets available. Latest on the matchday, you can choose from 220 options per fixture. And you can find a relatively large number of betting opportunities on basketball, tennis, ice hockey, and golf.
But that’s not all because Nairabet does a lot of right when it comes to betting odds, too. For example, the odds on the top European football competitions range between 96.80% and 97.50%. With regard to the NBA, WTA tennis and the NHL, they reach the 96.22%, 96.21% and 95.40% mark respectively.
On top of that, at Nairabet you can use the cashout feature. This allows you to hedge your winnings or limit your losses on all bets. Furthermore, betting enthusiasts can enjoy the simulated reality leagues, two virtual leagues (football, basketball) and Globalbets. In the latter area, you can bet on randomly generated football matches and races.
Live betting experience: More limited choice, but great odds
Again, we wrote this Nairabet review mid-week, but the breadth in terms of live betting definitely can’t compete with that in prematch betting. To be more precise, on a Tuesday afternoon we could bet on football, tennis, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, snooker, and table tennis. On Friday, they added, for example, baseball, darts, and badminton.
The number of betting markets depends on the level and the popularity of the tournament, etc. For example, in a less well-known top division in Europe, such as those in Serbia and Romania, you can find more than 60 options. On the other hand, you may only find 20 or so on other fixtures.
The odds keys are inherently lower for live betting, but those at Nairabet are comparatively very good. They perform best with regard to ice hockey bets. Here they amount to 93.75%. In connection with football, the payout percentage oscillates between the 92.80% and the 93.50% mark. If you want to wager on tennis matches, however, you must come with an odds key of nearly 92%.
Moreover, the multiview function constitutes a pro. It allows you to choose three matches at once and follow them together with the most important markets side by side. Additionally, you can utilize the cashout function, as you can with the prematch bets.
Bonus for new customers: Not available
At Nairabet for now, you must do without a new customer bonus. The other side of the coin is that betting enthusiasts can benefit from various promotions on an ongoing basis. Nevertheless, the lack of a start-up aid is nevertheless a considerable shortcoming.
App and website: User-friendliness is a top concern
This betting site offers you various options for placing your bet. Additionally, to the desktop version, Nairabet provides a mobile app for Android, a lite version and the web app. You can find the corresponding links on the desktop version. All these versions impress with their user-friendliness and speed.
We got along best with the desktop version. This may sound banal, but Nairabet does a lot of right in this respect, too. The developers opted for a four-column layout, a cleverly designed header navigation and adequate colour contrasts. And this ensures that even newcomers can find their way around the site right away.
Besides, as mentioned above, at Nairabet you can use a mobile app for Android, a lite version, and a web app. In the more modern versions, everything on the homepage focuses on the most important football and basketball competitions.
However, you can use a search function and access the rest of the betting programme and other content via the hamburger menu. The same applies to the mobile lite version of nairabet.com. What the mobile editions have in common is that you can book bets in advance and then load the code.
Payment options: a variety of options
Nairabet gives you various alternatives for deposits and withdrawals. If you prefer an offline approach, you can make your deposits at Nairabet, for example, through shops and agents. Besides, you can pay via bank transfers and ATMs.
Otherwise, you can resort to the popular platforms Quickteller and GTBank. Additionally, and if you aren’t a Sterling Bank cardholder, you can use the payment gateways Paystack as well as Xpresspay. Moreover, Nairabet permits deposits with mobile money through O-Pay. However, withdrawals can only be processed via bank transfers.
Security: You are in good hands
As mentioned at the beginning, Nairabet is the first Nigerian bookie with a licence. To be more precise, the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) makes sure that everything runs properly. Furthermore, the partnership with the Italian top team AC Milan speaks for the seriousness of the bookie.
Customer service: good performance
The customer service represents another key factor. Because: If you don’t know what to do on your own, things must proceed quickly. Nairabet offers you an extensive FAQ function, but there is room for improvement in terms of structure. If this does not help you, you can fall back on the live chat, an e-mail address and three telephone numbers.
Conclusion: Scores mainly with the betting offer and user-friendliness
Among other things, we are impressed by the betting programme and the above-average generous odds at this betting site. And unlike many of its competitors, the bookie convinces both with its breadth and, for top disciplines, with its depth. Moreover, you can use the cashout feature and the practical multiview function for live bets. Additionally, we appreciate the user-friendliness of all versions.
We also like the selection of payment methods and the fact that the customer service can also be contacted via live chats. On the negative side, we find that there is definitely room for improvement in terms of the FAQ and that there is no new customer bonus. Although there are other promotions, they don’t provide any start-up assistance.