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BetPawa Review

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BetPawa is one of the most popular online betting sites in Africa, largely because it has easy deposit options.

While the betting options may not be as great as many other big international online betting sites, BetPawa has a strong selection of sports relevant to its clientele.

This review will run you through everything you need to know about BetPawa, including an explanation of how to fund your account, the sports you can bet on and the latest bonuses available.

BetPawa sign up bonus

BetPawa gives all new customers a free bet simply for signing up. This is a great way to increase your bankroll, when betting online.

  • Kenya
    Claim a KSH 25 free bet
  • Uganda
    100% deposit bonus

Sports to bet on at BetPawa

BetPawa is all about the football. Football being the roundball game. The company literally has 100s of different competitions to wager on from Kenyan and Ugandan leagues, to the major European competitions like the English Premier League and La Liga.

If soccer is not your poison the company also covers basketball, tennis, rugby, rugby league, American Football, Futsal and Cricket. There are plenty of competitions available from right across the world and the best part is they are all available to bet on from Kenya and Uganda.

How to sign up and verify account at BetPawa

The process is relatively easy, after you have claimed your deposit bonus by following one of our links, you will be prompted to enter your phone number and a password.

You will then receive a confirmation text to your mobile device, so it’s very important you enter in your correct phone number.

In the fine print at BetPawa it tells you that you may be approached from time to time to provide further details in respect to “any of the information you have provided the company”.

This means you may need to provide a a notarised ID, proof of address, utility bill or financial details.

If you don’t abide by the rules they may suspend your account until you provide the necessary documentation.

How to make safe mobile deposit at BetPawa

BetPawa has distinctly different deposit methods for its two jurisdictions, Kenya and Uganda:


Kenya BetPawa players must use M-PESA to fund their betting accounts. M-PESA is a mobile phone money transfer financing service which was launched by telecommunications company Vodafone (Safaricom and Vodacom) in 2007.

It is relatively easy to use after you have made your account:

  1. Go to M-PESA on your mobile device.
  2. Choose Lipa na M-PESA
  3. Choose pay bill
  4. 290020 is the business number
  5. Enter PAWA as the Account Number
  6. Enter the amount you wish to deposit, without using any commas.
  7. Punch in your M-PESA pin and hit send.
  8. Wait for an SMS confirming the transaction, it generally takes only a matter of minutes.


Ugandans have more options then their Kenyan counterparts to deposit at BetPawa. You can either use MTN Mobile Money or Airtel Money.

MTN Mobile Money:

MTN Method 1: Perhaps the easiest way to transfer money to your betting account is from the BetPawa website, where you choose deposit from the menu. You will then receive an approval request on your phone. Once approved your account will be credited.

MTN Method 2:

  1. Dial *165# from the Mobile Money menu
  2. Choose 4 for payments
  3. Choose 00
  4. Select 9 for Lotto and Sports Betting
  5. Select 2 for BetPawa
  6. Enter reference: PAWA
  7. Enter deposit amount
  8. Punch in your mobile money PIN.

After a few minutes you will receive a confirmation text which will contain your transaction ID.

Depositing using Airtel

  1. Punch in *185# from the Airtel Money menu
  2. Choose 5 for payments
  3. Choose 3 for betting and gaming
  4. Choose 3 for BetPawa
  5. Enter the amount you wish to deposit
  6. Enter reference number or reason for your deposit
  7. Enter your Airtel PIN.

You will then receive a confirmation text in the following few minutes, and will soon have your account with funds in it.

BetPawa licensing and control is licensed by the Lotteries board of Uganda, which full regulates the company. Remember you must be 25 years old or older to bet in Uganda.

Gaming International (K) Limited is the licensee and parent company of, with its license being granted by the Betting Control and Licensing Board Of Kenya.

Customer service

BetPawa customer service runs around the clock with the most popular way to reach them via the their live chat menu on both the Kenyan and Ugandan websites.



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