Merrybet Nigeria Sportsbook Review 2020

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POSITIVE
  • Excellent mobile app interface
  • Reliable customer service
NEGATIVE
  • The platform has few live streaming options
  • No Welcome Bonus
  • Relatively lower odds
  • Excellent mobile app interface
  • Reliable customer service
  • The platform has few live streaming options
  • No Welcome Bonus
  • Relatively lower odds

Merrybet Sportsbook was established in 2013 and has over the years grown to become one of the most popular platforms in Nigeria. While the platform does not have any particular welcome bonus for its new players, the quality of the sportsbook, in addition to the cashback on accumulator offers, compensates for the missing bonuses. The online sports betting platform is available in English. All you need to do is open up an account, deposit some Naira and earn even more Naira!

Registration process


  • Setting up an account with Merrybet is simple and straightforward
  • Provided you have met the minimum age requirement of 18 years old, and you have a valid email and bank account, you can complete the registration process in less than five minutes

Follow these 4 easy steps to create an account.

Step 1: Click on the ‘Register’ button on the home page at the right top corner of the landing page.

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Step 2: Fill in your details including your last and first name, date of birth, address, email, username and password.

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Step 3: After you successfully fill up the form, click on register and a verification link will be sent to your email. The link will be used to activate your account.

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Step 4: After clicking on the link provided in your email, your account will be fired up and ready to go! Log in and enjoy the wide range of sports markets on offer.

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Deposits and Withdrawals options


  • Merry Bet offers secure and reliable payment options
  • Bank transfer is the preferred payment option among Nigerian users
  • Mobile players opt for mobile transfer as the most convenient means
  • Reliable online payment option for players outside Nigeria include Skrill, Webmoney, and Astripay
  • Bitcoin is accepted

Deposits

Players from Nigeria can enjoy multiple banking options available on Merrybet. Some of the deposit methods include:

  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Paydirect
  • GlobalPay
  • Webpay
  • Quickteller
  • GT Collections
  • Zenith Bank Nigeria Xpath Deposit
  • Paystack Card, Agent and Bank deposit

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When you click on your preferred banking method, you will be provided with additional information about the specific payment method selected. For each banking method, there is a clearly rolled out guideline to help you complete your transaction. In addition, the minimum and maximum allowable deposit transactions have been outlined in most banking options.

Withdrawals

The withdrawal options are fewer compared to deposit payment methods. They include:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Perfect Money
  • Instant Payout

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The minimum allowable withdrawal transaction is N1,000. However you can withdraw as high as N500,000 within a day.  Bank transfer withdraw transactions are completed within 24 hours after placing a withdrawal request excluding weekends and public holidays. The instant Payout option is only available between 8am and 9 pm. It is also important to note that the Perfect Money withdrawal option can only be used if you funded your account using this option or a prepaid card bought at Zenithbank.

Check our extensive guide to payment options in Nigeria here. 

Welcome Bonus


  • Merrybet does not have specific promotions for its new customers
  • However, the betting platform occasionally offers promo codes that are only valid for 24 hours only
  • You have a chance to win cashback on unsuccessful placements as well as price boosts when you use these promo codes

Merrybet does not have offers for its new or existing customers. This is such a disappointment since in this day and age, most online sports are offering plenty of bonuses and rewards to their users. This is not only to lure players, but it is also an avenue to boost player and we hope that the platform will incorporate this in the near future.

However, to compensate for the lack of promotional offers, the platform extends occasional promo codes that you can use to enjoy cashback offers and price boosts. These promo codes only last for a day, which means you have to be always on the look out to spot them when they appear.

Sportsbook promotions


  • Cashback bonus
  • Refer your friend bonus
  • No VIP Program

Cashback Bonus

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Merrybet extends a promotion where users receive a 5% cashback in the event that they lose by a single selection in an accumulator with at least 5 selections. The platform provides a promo code that expires after 24 hours. If you missed winning by a single game, you will be reimbursed 5% of your losses. If you do not use the promo code before it expires, you will not be eligible for the offer. Also, your bet must have met the various terms and conditions for it to qualify for the offer. Your bet will only be considered if each of your five or more selections has an odd of 1.50 or more.

Check our extensive guide to Accumulator Betting and Promotions here. 

Refer your Friend Bonus

When you refer a friend to the Merrybet betting platform, you stand a chance of winning the Refer Your Friends bonus offer. You are rewarded 50% of your friend’s losses. Thus, if you can manage to convince a significant number of individuals to use the platform, you will receive some decent amount of money from the deal.

VIP Program

The platform does not have any VIP/ Loyalty program. However, if you are a loyal customer on the website, you can ask for a free play voucher. Punters who are loyal to the Merrybet brand can take advantage of this option to get more lucrative returns. This will, however, take some time.

Pre-match offer


  • A wide variety of sports
  • Top-notch live betting and live streaming services
  • Extensive betting markets and standard market odds

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Sports

Merrybet covers multiple sports with extensive markets and relatively standard market odds. You have a wide variety of options to pick from when it comes to the type of sport you wish to bet on. The platform offers more than 25 sports. Thus, you can try out both the mainstream sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, American football, and tennis, amongst others, as well as the less popular sports such as water polo, futsal, and snooker. Besides, you can also bet on non-sport events such as politics, entertainment, and music, among others. Some of the popular sports on the platform include:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Handball
  • Motorsport
  • Rugby
  • American Football
  • Boxing
  • Aussie Rules
  • MMA
  • Cycling

See the list of most popular betting terms and markets here. 

eSports

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The platform has a significant number of virtual sports available. You can try out virtual games available in sections, namely Esport Counter-Strike, Esport League of Legends, and Esport FIFA. The platform hosts PS4 and Xbox competitions for FIFA, among other virtual competitions that are available for wagering. Although the section does not have thorough coverage, you can always find eSport games to bet on.

Read our guide to Esports Betting here.

Other Specials

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As mentioned earlier, Merrybet facilitates wagering on non-sport events. If you do not fancy sports betting, you can always bet on politics, music, and entertainment. The platform offers outrights betting options for the above mentioned markets. For instance, you can bet on the Next Permanent Labour Party Leader in the UK or Oscar-Best Motion Picture, and other music-related wagers such as the Grammy Awards- Album of the Year.

Cashout

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Merrybet allows punters to access a part of their possible win before the settlement of the bet. The amount available for cashback will be dependent on the time of cashing out as well as the current chances of the bet winning. You can either complete a full or partial cashout. If you apply full cashout, your bet slip will not be eligible for any further processing. However, in the case of partial cashout, you can still collect additional winnings from the same bet slip.

The cashout option is not applicable for

  • Betslip of live events that are coming to an end
  • Betslip that contains games that have ended but their results are yet to be updated
  • Free bets

Check our extensive guide to Cash Out betting here.

Live offer


  • Comprehensive live betting coverage
  • Limited live streaming

Live Betting

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When you click on the LIVE section, you will be able to view the games that are in progress. Here, you can place multiple in-play betting across various sports on offer. In the section, the events have been categorized into Multi live, Single live, and Live Calendar. In the Multi live section, you can view more than one sports event at a go. However, when you view the live events in the Single live page, you can only view one sporting event. The Live Calendar provides players with the schedule of live events for the week.

Live Streams

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Merrybet also has a section dedicated to live streaming. The platform does not air a lot of games. However, you can always find an on-going live event that you can bet on and watch the events as they unfold. The live streaming is also not available in other regions; thus, be sure to check out if your country is among the restricted areas.

Bet Limits, Markets, and Odds

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The platform has an extensive coverage for the better part of Africa. Players around the continent can access the multiple sports markets covered on the platform. Generally, most features are accessible to all Merrybet users irrespective of their area of residence. However, other services, particularly the live streaming feature, are not available to all players. Nigerian punters can take advantage of the live streaming feature as opposed to their counterparts from other countries such as Kenya.

The platform covers numerous sports markets. Soccer, being the main sport on the platform, has been given the highest priority. You can bet on games from all major European leagues. When you visit the homepage, you can see the number of events that are currently available per given sport. Games such as football can have up to 1300 events that you can wager on at a go.

Merrybet odds are not the best in the market. There are many other platforms that offer greater odds as compared to Merrybet. Nonetheless, to increase your amount of win, you can always try out the accumulator bet option or utilize the bet boost offers whenever available. Also, you can try and place bets on less popular sports such as darts and bandy, which can attract slightly better returns.

Read our extensive guide to Live Betting here. 

We have also a list of best betting sites with Live Streaming here. 

Security


  • The site is owned by Merrybet Gold Ltd.
  • Merrybet Gold Ltd is licensed and regulated by Lagos State Lotteries Board

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Merrybet Gold Limited, an organization that is licensed and regulated by Lagos State Lotteries Board, manages the platform. The company’s headquarters are located in Ajah, Lagos, Nigeria. Players’ details and information are encrypted via the SSL encryption, which ensures that players’ personal and financial information remain safe. Any information collected and stored, including the internet-based transfers, can only be shared with the regulators and no one else.

Service and Customer Support


  • 24/7 customer support
  • Communication channels include live chat, email, and a direct call
  • A dedicated FAQ section

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If you have any inquiries, you can always get in-touch with the Merrybet customer support team who are available on a 24/7 basis. On the bottom right of your monitor, you will see icons for the live chat feature as well as the email. The live chat feature is most advisable, especially if you require an immediate response. The email will, however, take a little bit longer. You can also make a direct call to the Merrybet Contact Centre using 017002030 or WhatsApp them using 08164387525.

In addition to the dedicated customer support centre, Merrybet has a section dedicated to responding to the frequently asked questions (FAQ). Before you contact the support personnel, you can always visit the FAQ section to see if your inquiry has been answered.

Design and Usability


  • Simple and straightforward user interface
  • State-of-the-art graphics and colour schemes that is friendly to the eyes
  • The website is mobile compatible

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The platform is simple and easy to understand. The user interface is friendly to everyone, irrespective of your literacy level. The navigation through the various features on the website is very easy. You hardly notice the load time while browsing from one page to another. With access to average internet speed, you can place bets without delays even when wagering on in-play betting markets.

While at the home page, you can readily see the popular football leagues as well as other sports categories on offer on the left edge of the platform. The chronological arrangement based on popularity makes it easier for the football, baseball, basketball, and rugby fans, among others; others access their preferred gaming events quickly. The arrangement on the page is neat and thus making the process of locating given gaming even simple.

The colour scheme used on the platform is also friendly to the eyes. The predominantly black and orange are not too bright or too dull for the eyes. Even when using a smaller screen, you can still see every information on the page without straining. With an option to select your screen type, you can always select the option, whether tablet, lite mobile or PC that suits your visual capability. The website is only available in English.

Mobile


  • Fully functional mobile compatible website
  • No mobile app

Merrybet’s website is compatible with most mobile phones. The mobile version of the website does not stray too far away from the desktop version. You will hardly notice any difference between the desktop and the mobile version of the website. With the high-quality graphics maintained in the mobile version, you can still enjoy and access every feature available in the desktop version. When you click on ‘Mobile’ on the top right corner of the website’s homepage, you will be provided with options to view the website using the Smartphone and Tablet version, the Lite Mobile version, and the PC version.
merrybet mobile compatible website - Merrybet Sports Review
For mobile users, you only have access to the site using your mobile browser since Merrybet does not have a mobile app available for download.

Read our article about best mobile betting apps here.

Other products


  • Merrybet offers other betting options including lottery, virtual games, and fantasy league
  • Available casino products include video poker, slots, and Keno

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Aside from the mainstream sporting events, Merrybet provides its player with other betting options such as online lottery, virtual games, and fantasy league. With a game such as the Lucky six, you have a chance to pick various betting options ranging from First ball even/odd or the More odd or even ball options, among others. The results of the bet are out every few minutes, which allow you to participate in the game again. Elsewhere, you can also try the Global Bet section of the website. In this section, you can bet on virtual football matches and various races, including Greyhounds, horses, camels, and supercars, after every few minutes. Alternatively, you can select the spin & win option to predict a number and win.

Read our article about how to win in the casino here. 

For casino products, check out the 1X2 Games where you can access slots, video poker, and Keno among others. Since the transition from a casino to an online sportsbook, Merrybet does not offer casino games such as bingo, and blackjack.
merrybet casino slots and table games - Merrybet Sports Review

Summary


Although the platform started out as an online casino in 2013, they have over the years taken over the sports betting industry to become one of the popular online sports betting websites in Nigeria. Despite the lack of lucrative bonuses and promotions, the platform still attracts huge traffic. The comprehensive coverage in multiple sports, as well as a wide variety of betting options, makes this platform a favourite among many punters. Besides, the auxiliary services in the form of banking options and customer support services are exceptional. You can easily make inquiries at any time of the day, which is very important, especially when participating in the live betting on the website. The design and usability, irrespective of whether you are using a desktop or mobile phone, is excellent!

Hey! Peris here, an ardent content writer and sports fanatic. I have over three years of experience in sports writing, igaming and esports. If not creating content, you will find me playing FIFA, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch games.

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