Betarena is a relative newcomer to the online sports betting industry in Zambia but could provide a tonic to a saturated market with a massive bet-market, including all the razzmatazz expected of a leading operator.
Betarena offers not only sports betting and the relevant bet-markets but also boasts a lotto, three casino features, virtual play and live in-game betting.
This covers the board with regard to punting needs and is a one-stop shop to all sorts of gaming delights.
Importantly, the site offers a variety of promotions including a 50% welcome bonus, with a minimum of 500 kwacha.
This bonus is only available for cash deposits at one of the operator’s physical shops, and not through debit or credit card. There are also the standard terms and conditions regarding this promo, including the need for the punter to place a minimum of 10 bets to be eligible to draw the funds. There is also a 90 waiting period, where if the required bets are not made the bonus will be taken off the balance.
The site also offers a feature called ‘the one-loser bonus’ and this means punters must not throw away a losing bet-slip as winnings can be earned if one leg is out.
Betarena also offers a percentage accumulator winning bonus, for bets above 4 legs, with the incremental increase of percentage bonus wins escalating as the amount of bets on various contests increase.
The maximum win-percentage earnable is 45% on top of original earnings.
According to the landing page the site offers Airtel as a means of payment to place bets, while cash deposits can be made at any of betarena’s physical shops.
The terms and conditions, statistics centre, live score centre and an in-running diary os offered right at the bottom of the landing page (in small font).
Most of the landing page is made up of various sporting encounters across the board, with the day’s events offered at a variety of odds.
The football for example will show a bet-market consisting of a home win, draw or away win.
The punter can access the full spectrum of the bet market by looking at the match in question and looking on the right hand side of the encounter. There will be a small icon that states how many bet-types are on offer for the game.
Most football matches offer 53 different types of bets, with the likes of over/under, handicap, both teams to score, half-time/full-time, total goals and many more.
The site in general is very short of banners and images but heavy on information like bet-markets and fixtures.
The bet slip can be easily spotted, at the top right hand corner of the page.
Betarena offers live horse-racing and dog racing from across the globe, and a punter need only click on the link and all the day’s meets, races and odds will come up. The simplicity of being connected to the exhilarating world of racing is at the touch of a button. The UK bet and horse markets are predominately used and provide some of the finest racing in the world with regard to betting.
The site offers two links to virtual play, with one dedicated to virtual racing (dog and horse) and another to sports like football, basketball and tennis.
The graphics are decent, if a little small but once again this is allayed by the host of bet-information available and a variety of markets.
Virtual Play is an essential weapon in the armour of a leading sports betting site and betarena has this feature covered in terms of usage and variety of bet-options.
The lotto link offered is top quality with lunch-timer and tea-time draws of the most popular. The site pays as much as 4001 x the stake for picking four correct numbers (1-49 balls available).
The bet-slip for the lotto is simplicity personified and playing this thrilling game is literally a click away.
On the casino side, there are live card and roulette games taking place at any time of the day, while there are an abundance of slots and other bet-games to while away time and earn some cash as well.
The one disadvantage to this site is the lack of a football jackpot. The football pools is a popular way of placing small bets on the results of many games and earning a substantial pay day.
The lack of a jackpot counts against betarena but there is so much bet-opportunities on offer that a punter will ostensibly not be worried about this deficiency due to the vast variety of bet-markets on show. There are ample opportunities to win life-changing amounts on the lotto but this is predicated on the amount staked. But a 500 kwacha bet times 4001 odds is not a bad earner.
The betarena mobi-site is especially impressive and the graphics and lay-out complement the intentions of the operator when it comes to smoothness and ease of use. This site almost seems ready made for mobile phones, and while it is not as information rich as the website, it packs a punch.
All being said and written betarena is a welcome addition to the Zambian betting industry in that it offers the full gamut of promotions, virtual play and sports betting (not to mention lotto).
This is a site worth visiting for newcomers or seasoned punters alike.