BetKing Sports Betting Review 2019

A new bookmaker launched in 2018, the first thing you’ll notice about the audaciously titled BetKing is that this site is action-packed. It manages to walk a fine line between cluttered and exciting. The second thing you’re likely to notice is the promise of a rather tasty 100% deposit bonus to help entice you into joining.

Although only available in English, it certainly seems on the face of it that BetKing has a lot going for it. However, looks can be deceiving and we’ll have to delve deeper before deciding whether BetKing is really worth signing up to. Does this site live up to its royal status? Or is it a pauper in a tin crown? We’ll be looking at all the nooks and crannies of BetKing to give you the lowdown on whether this Nigerian bookmaker is worth your time and money.

  • Bonus: 100% up to ₦100,000
  • Max. Bonus: ₦100,000
  • Odds Required: 3.00
  • Rating: 9/10.0
  • Bonus Code: No code required
  • Mobile: No

Introduction to BetKing

A new site launched in 2018, the first thing you’ll notice about the audaciously titled BetKing is that this site is action-packed. It manages to walk a fine line between cluttered and exciting. The second thing you’re likely to notice is the promise of a rather tasty 100% deposit bonus to help entice you into joining.

It certainly seems, on the face of it, that BetKing has a lot going for it. However, looks can be deceiving and we’ll have to delve deep before deciding whether BetKing is really worth signing up to. Does this site live up to its royal status? Or is a pauper in a tin crown? We’ll be looking at all the nooks and crannies of BetKing to give you the lowdown on whether this Nigerian bookmaker is worth your time and money.

Registration process

The registration process for BetKing really couldn’t be much easier. To set up an account, you have the simplest of registration forms to fill in. Details you’ll need include your address, currency and password, along with banking information which can be included at a later point.

Simply fill in this form and you are good to go.

Deposits and withdrawals options

One area where BetKing does deserve praise is in how useful its Help section is when it comes to payment methods. Here, you can go into detail with all their deposit options so you can really get to grip with the choices.

These include GTB, Quick teller, Zenith Bank Transfer, Polaris Collect, Interswitch Webpay, PayInstantly, Paydirect, UBA Internet Banking and eMailMoni. Withdrawals are completed via bank transfer. The only thing that is really noticeable by its absence is the lack of cryptocurrencies.

In terms of fees and minimum and maximum deposits, the following information was available on the site at the time of writing:

  • Interswitch has no fees, a minimum deposit of N50 and a maximum deposit of N1,000,000
  • Quickteller Web has fees of N100 and a minimum deposit of N100. No maximum is specified
  • PayDirect Bank Branch has no fees, a minimum deposit of N100 and a maximum deposit of N10,000,000
  • EGT Online Bank Transfer has fees of N100, a minimum deposit of N100 and a maximum deposit of N10,000,000
  • GTPay has fees of N50 and a minimum deposit of N100. No maximum deposit is specified
  • Bank instant deposits have the following fees: GTB – N100, Skye Bank – N50, Zenith Xpath – N100 and each has a minimum deposit of N100. No maximum is specified
  • eMailMoni has fees of N52.50, a minimum deposit of N100 and the maximum deposit is card dependent
  • UBA USSD *919* has fees of N20 and a minimum deposit of N50. No maximum is specified
  • Zenith Bank Mobile Transfer has fees of N100, a minimum deposit of N100 and a maximum deposit of N3,000,000
  • Quickteller ATM Deposit has fees of N100, a minimum deposit of N100 and a maximum deposit of N10,000,000
  • Withdrawals via bank transfer are free, although they do take 24 hours

Unfortunately, as you can see, there was a lack of information regarding withdrawals. This is a shame because of the effort that has clearly gone into explaining how deposits work. Nonetheless, they have a good reputation with regards to banking, so this is more of an oversight than a concern.

The only acceptable identification includes a national ID card, permanent voter’s card, driver’s license and international passport.

Welcome Bonus

The big offer from BetKing is the 100% welcome bonus. Considering that there is only one other promotion available on the site at the time of writing, it seems like it has some pretty high expectations to live up to.

This kind of bonus is a fairly common one and the reason for that is pretty simple: it works. Doubling your deposit is a sweet deal and is one of the best ways to attract new players, hence why you tend to see it quite often. However, it’s those details which separate the good from the bad. So, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what makes this promotion tick.

Your deposit will be matched 100% up to N100,000. In other words, if you deposit more than that amount, you will still only receive N100,000.

The rollover requirement is a very reasonable 4x the original deposit and bonus amount, and you have 45 days in which to meet the turnover requirement for bonus activation. Importantly, these requirements must be met using accumulator bets, meaning single bets do not count. Minimum odds for each selection must by at least 1.5 and total odds must be at least 3.0.

Other than that, activating the bonus couldn’t be simpler, as the option to activate is available via an ‘activate’ button found on the bonus page following your first deposit. The minimum deposit to activate this offer is N100.


BetKing deposit bonus

 

Sportsbook promotions

Like we have said, there are only two promotions at the time of writing. There’s also no VIP service. Hopefully though, this other promotion is just as good as the first, meaning that players can still get some real value from the bonuses offered at BetKing – although we would say that a few more options certainly couldn’t hurt.

The other promotion available is the 225% accumulator bonus, where a percentage is added to your accumulator bet with a minimum of five selections. The more selections, the higher a percentage bonus you receive. For example, with five selections, you will receive a 5% bonus and with 40 selections, you will receive a 225% bonus. There is a table on the Help section displaying the exact percentage bonus you can receive per selection amount.

While BetKing might not have the largest number of bonuses in the world, it does at least make the ones it has count with reasonable terms and conditions.

 

Pre-match offer

While some might hope for a few more promotions, one area where BetKing cannot be accused of lacking variety is in its sports selection.

At the time of writing, there were 612 events available across 17 sports, including football, tennis, basketball, golf, hockey, pool, MMA, virtuals and more. The only thing they are really missing here is a selection of e-sports but for the more traditional fan, there’s plenty to get stuck into here.

There’s also a huge amount of betting markets available. We checked the selection on the English Premier League and found an astonishing 157 betting markets to choose from across those events. This means that not only is the variety of sports impressive, but the betting markets variety within those sports is impressive too.

The attention to detail here cannot be understated, few sites of any stature can match Bet King in terms of the details they include on different sports, providing leagues tables with additional head to head, referee, stadium and team information.

On top of that there’s the seamlessness of the actual experience of betting, which is especially important when it comes to live betting.

Speaking of which, Bet King also offers a Cash Out feature, which allows you to Cash Out and claim your current winnings if you don’t want to risk losing your result by the end of the game. Simply click on My Bets where you can view the cash out value and hit proceed.

This is another great example of how Bet King have clearly done everything possible to make the actual betting process as straightforward as possible.

But what about the quality of the odds? If a site has tons of options but terrible odds, it’s still better to look elsewhere.

One of the easiest ways to calculate this is to work out the over-round. This is the number you get when you add the probability percentages of every possible outcome. Logically, this should come to 100%, however, this is not taking into account the book makers margin. That is what the over-round is, and it is calculated as the amount above 100%.

We took a look at three games that were advertised on the homepage at the time of writing: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, Japan vs Venezuela and Man City vs Chelsea. The overround came to 104.4%, 105% and 105.5%. For reference, anything below 110% is considered good, so these are very competitive.

And it’s a good job that they do excel when it comes to sports because that is what BetKing specialises in. You’ll find no casino or poker room, and betting on other events like entertainment or politics is rare.

Live offer

Also impressive is the live offer available at BetKing, with a large selection of sports available at any given time. As we write this, there are live events currently available on soccer, basketball, ice hockey and volleyball. Perhaps most impressive of all is how these are presented, with a helpful graphic moving in real time alongside the live game itself.

BetKing might not be able to manage live streaming, but this makes for a great solution. They do an excellent job of letting you follow the action – about as well as anyone could without having access to the live stream.

The amount of sub-markets is fantastic as well. A major match on the day of writing had 29 betting markets on offer for the user to choose from. All in all, we think that BetKing do a terrific job of providing a smooth and seamless live betting experience.

 

Security

The lack of information regarding withdrawals is also felt here. We can tell you that BetKing state they are licensed by the Lagos State Lotteries Board, Anambra State Gaming Company and the Osun State Government, as well as the National Lotteries Board. However, we cannot make any judgement regarding if their customers feel they are reliable, nor much regarding encryption.

While we understand that BetKing can’t do much in terms of forcing customer feedback – that will come with time –, there should be more information on data protection available.

There is a little information on responsible gaming, and you can ask customer service to activate deposit limits or to block your account, but a more automated limiting system would be preferred.

 

Service and customer support

There are two key ways of contacting customer support through BetKing. One is through their Help section, which to be fair is ample but could use additional information in certain areas. And, of course, there’s that all-important live chat function.

The good news regarding the live chat is that they are very quick to respond, friendly and really do seem to do their best to help. Most impressive of all is that the live chat is now available 24/7.

This is an improvement over a few months ago where it was limited to working hours. It’s definitely a thumbs up from us here. The only thing that could be improved is multiple languages but considering the size of the site and what they are offering, we’re very happy with what we see here.

 

BetKing customer support

 

Design and usability

Design wise, BetKing is mostly a success. We’ve already lauded praise over its excellent live section and this is also true for the vast majority of the rest of the site. It’s colourful, well put together and for the most part is easy to use.

The fact that it looks so advanced at such a young age really is very impressive. They also deserve credit as for the most part, the sheer amount of information available here is structured logically and in a way that makes the site easy to use. However, the reason we keep saying mostly is because there are some things which appear to have been forgotten about here.

For instance, the accumulator bonus is not well advertised, and we actually only noticed it while looking through the terms and conditions. These aren’t site breaking issues or anything enough to avoid a recommendation, but they are areas which could use improvement.

 

Mobile

While there is no dedicated BetKing mobile app, the mobile version of the site is actually a great exercise in minimalism. For many, this will not only be an acceptable version of the site but the preferable one. It’s simple, easy to use and logically designed. Plus, it shows just how easily you can strip all the extra fluff away and create an easier to use product.

Live betting is also available here, with nothing notable missing that we are aware of. Plus, there’s actually different versions of the mobile site to better suit your particular device.

While we can criticise the BetKing product in some areas, there’s little to complain about when it comes to the accuracy of its transfer to the smaller mobile screen.

 

Other products

As you can probably tell by now, BetKing’s key focus is on sports. That means the only extra product they have available on their site is their virtual sports section. To be fair, they do a similarly excellent job here as we saw with the live section. There are great graphics and a beautifully designed page that really go beyond what you might expect them to be capable of.

Greyhounds, soccer and even something quite different in the form of the Super Six game all look fantastic and play just as good as they look.

Summary

While BetKing is still new enough to need a few of its rougher edges smoothed out, we would still say it is very impressive, while still having room to improve in certain areas.

The only issue which may be enough to turn people away is more of an audience choice than a flaw. This is a sports focused site, meaning that we don’t want to criticise them especially for not offering products in other areas. We don’t view that as content being lacking as much as we view it as catering to a specific audience. But, of course, if you are looking for a casino and sportsbook, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

With that said though, if what you are looking for is a straightforward sportsbook experience that is easy to use, has plenty of options, a couple of quality promotions and around the clock customer service, there’s arguably none better for Nigerian customers than BetKing.

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