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SPORTS BETTING IN NIGERIA

Peter Situma

 

Besides being famous for Nollywood, Nigeria has been on the spotlight for its rich gambling culture. Although gambling has been present on a small scale, recently this industry has been experiencing constant rise, with an estimated 60 million of its citizenry betting daily.

This is due to increased availability and accessibility to smartphones and internet connection in Nigeria as it is in most parts of the globe. This trend has attracted numerous betting sites which offer Nigerian punters incredible offers that are irresistible judging from the rate at which new gamblers are subscribing. Both brick and mortar betting casinos and online betting sites are available and regulated in Nigeria.

The following reasons have been thought to account for the rise in sports betting industry in Nigeria:

  • VIP players’ betting bonus
    These bonuses are offered to the VIP players upon making deposits to which these bonuses apply. These can be available as risk-free bets whereby the punter gets to place a bet without making any deposits.
  • Betting bonuses
    Similar to the traditional casinos, betting sites offer their players with bonuses that could be free bets for certain matches and various promotions for particular leagues. Usually, bonuses are aimed at maintaining bettors as well as attracting new punters. This always works!
  • Cashback
    This is the one bonus that caters for the existing players and newbies. This bonus means that the player gets the same amount as the deposit if they lose the bet placed. Thecash is however, in the form of a bonus which comes in handy when placing new bets.
  • Great odd bonuses
    These are available to new gamblers upon registration. The bonuses are in the form of cash rewards from the betting sites available to be used for betting in more games, awarded for complete participation.
  • New betting sites
    Sites similar to casinos are being launched by betting companies, the variety gives the players an incredible opportunity to choose what suits them best. Usually, to attract punters, new sites come loaded with privileges, promos and bonuses. The latest new sites offer amazing experiences such as live betting that allow you to follow the match and even get the chance to change your bet as the game develops.

Top 5 online betting sites in Nigeria

BETWAY
Offers incredible live betting, has been the best Nigerian site, offers Nigerians a great welcome bonus of 50% for all deposits upto 20,000 Naira.

22BET
This new betting site accepts deposits in Naira. Offers the greatest bonus in Nigeria’s online betting

BET365
Offers an incredible selection of Nigerian favorites, offers a great bonus for Nigerian punters, their live streaming package is one of a kind. Offers new players a welcome bonus of 100% for deposits upto $30.

1XBET
Offers a great range of sports for betting, has a welcome bonus of 100% for deposits upto 10,000 Naira. Has a special bonus for Nigerian players and accepts deposits made in naira.

BETWINNER
This site is an exceptional as it accepts various methods of Nigerian deposits in Naira, offers a wide range of in-play and live bets and has a welcome bonus of 100% for deposits upto100, 000 Naira.

Nigeria’s most popular sports to bet on

Nigeria has a variety of sports available for betting, this caters for its diverse gambling community, and however, football takes the lead as the most popular sport for Nigerian punters. The EPL, English Premier League is the most dominant within the context of football matches. NBA basketball closely follows owing to the fact that two of the players possess Nigerian citizenship.Other sports include rugby, cricket and tennis.




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