mCHEZA is a minimalist-looking online sports-betting site that has been designed for the purpose and use of Kenyan sports-bettors. From the landing page, it is clear that this site is not part of some international-based online gambling conglomerate, but that should not be held against it. A lot of time and effort has been put into this site to make it a rewarding place for sports bettors to spend their time at. There are plenty of sports-betting opportunities to be had.
The mCHEZA sports-betting brand is owned by a company called Acumen Communications Limited. It is licensed in Kenya by the Betting Control & Licensing Board.
Pros and Cons
- Virtual sports section is very good
- Lots of options including a few slots, online casino games and a lottery
- Bonus boost for accas
- No welcome bonus
- We did not find the online help very helpful at all
Most sports bettors when they sign up at a new sports-betting site are really only interested in the opportunity of placing bets on any sport or event that piques their interest. However, as most sports books offer a sign-up bonus it is always well worth your while taking advantage of one, and any other bonuses that a site may offer.
Unfortunately, mCHEZA has decided that it does not offer a welcome bonus. When you sign up at the site, no welcome bonus is offered, which is a shame.
mCHEZA has offered promotions in the past but when we checked there only seemed to be one promotion running, which we will come to later.
In terms of a sports-betting site mCHEZA does not really offer anything special, and what it does offer is rather limited. One thing that is likely to be of interest to Kenyan sports bettors though is the ability to bet via SMS message. This means you can bet at any time using your mobile phone, even if your mobile phone does not have a very good web browser. It can be a little tricky getting things right though when you bet using SMS messaging, so the site has a very good SMS betting tutorial that you can refer to. Once you have made a few SMS-based bets then it will become second nature to you, and you can always print off the SMS betting guide so that you know what to do when the time comes.
Is mCHEZA a Reliable Betting site?
Licensing is important in Kenya for any sports-betting site. Without proper licensing, a sports-betting site in Kenya is operating illegally. You should never, ever use a sports-betting site that does not have proper licensing, and if you do then you only have yourself to blame if you get into trouble, and you will not have a legal leg to stand on.
Fortunately, the company does have proper licensing, from Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board. This means that you are protected as the company is operating perfectly legally.
Unlike many sports-betting sites in Kenya, mCHEZA is perfectly clear about what happens to your personal data, and how it is protected, which of course can only be a good thing. It states clearly that all information is encrypted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Version 3 with 128-bit encryption. This is the strongest data encryption tool that is available, and mCHEZA should be applauded for stating its use. Usually, we say you need to be guarded when using a sports-betting site in Kenya, but we are one hundred percent sure that you can use mCHEZA freely and without fear of your data, personal details or financial information being compromised.
mCHEZA Bonus Offers
As we stated above, unfortunately, mCHEZA has decided not to issue a welcome bonus for new users of their site. This is a shame, but they do make promotional offers from time to time, and you can check their promotions page for the latest details about any offers they have.
At the time of this review, the site was offering a long-running bonus boost promotion for multiple bets or accumulators (or accas as they are commonly known). To qualify for the bonus boost, your acca must contain at least five selections. For those five selections, you will be awarded a five percent boost, for six a ten percent boost, for seven a fifteen percent boost and so on. This continues for up to ten selections for which you will receive a thirty percent boost. However, should you go over ten selections then your bonus boost suddenly goes up to a mammoth 50 percent!
The only disappointing news for this offer is that ALL games within your acca must have minimum odds of 1.50, although we have seen such acca boost bonuses with much worst minimum odds than that! If the full bet wins then your winnings are boosted by the specified amount.
This offer is only open via online betting, and not SMS betting.
How to register and create an account on mCHEZA
Getting started with mCHEZA is very, very easy. Here are the steps you need to go through in order to open an sports-betting account:
- Go to the site’s home page, which is cheza.co.ke.
- Click on the green ‘REGISTER’ button in the top menu, towards the right-hand side of the screen
- Enter your user name, which should be your mobile telephone number
- Choose a password. You will need to confirm your password as well
- Choose your currency, should you not wish to use Kenyan Shillings
- You will receive a message saying that you will receive an activation email – you need to ignore this as it seems to be an error. You do not need to activate your account
- Once registration is complete, you will be logged in automatically. You can at this point change your password if you so wish
Congratulations, your registration is complete and you are ready to start sports-betting at the mCHEZA sports book today!
If you get stuck during the registration process then you can contact online help. We had to as we couldn’t understand why we got the ‘activation email’ message, but we found that online help was not very helpful and just told us to send an email!
Virtual Sports and Virtual Betting
The two main betting options here are live sports and the usual sports bookmaking options, but you can also use the virtual sports section at the site. This is very useful if you only like to bet on specific sports, and you cannot find anything worthwhile to wager upon at the present moment in time.
There are six virtual sports that you can bet upon – football, horse racing, greyhounds, tennis, cycling and car racing. All events aside from football run as ‘real-time’, and new betting opportunities are available in this virtual world every few minutes, so you never have to wait long.
Football is split into three different sections – football pro, football and penalty kicks. Football pro is an international football league where all the biggest nations are represented. The normal virtual football league uses teams from the United States of America.
The penalty kicks competition also uses international teams but it is only the penalty shoot-out (as seen to decide real-world games that have finished as draws) that you are wagering upon.
The virtual betting section has more virtual sports options, plus a few casino games. It has blackjack, roulette and a couple of online slots games. The table poker section does not actually have any poker, just blackjack! There is also a tab that says ‘Hidden’ which contains a game called ‘Bahatika10k’ which is a 10,000 KES lottery game. The virtual sports section here has the same options as the other section plus rugby and American football.
How to deposit and withdraw at mCHEZA
There is only one way to deposit and withdraw at mCHEZA, and that is via M-PESA. The following is a guide for how you can get money into your account.
Make sure you have enough money in your M-PESA account. You can add money to your M-PESA account at any suitable real-world agent, or via the internet.
- Open up the M-PESA (Safaricom) app on your phone
- Select “Send Money”
- Enter the mCHEZA Paybill number, which is 295525
- Enter the amount that you want to deposit
- Enter your PIN
- Select “OK”
- The transaction should now go through. You should receive an SMS message stating that your transaction has been accepted and processed. You can sign into your mCHEZA account to see if the money is now available. If there are problems, you can contact mCHEZA support
You can withdraw your funds from mCHEZA via the website or app, or via an SMS message. To withdraw via the site or app, just sign into your account and select the withdrawal section from the account options. Specify the amount you want to withdraw and click ‘Withdraw’. The money will be sent to your M-PESA account automatically, as long as you have deposited from M-PESA beforehand.
To withdraw via SMS send “CASHOUT#xxx” to 29888 where xxx is the amount that you want to cash out. For example to withdraw 500 KES just send ‘CASHOUT#500” to 29888. Once your withdrawal request has been processed you should receive an SMS message as confirmation.
mCHEZA Mobile App for Android or iPhone
People with Android-based mobile phones are going to be happy as there’s a dedicated Android app for mobiles available from the mCHEZA site. People with iPhones and iPads are going to be less happy as there’s no app for them! The better news for people with iOS-based devices is that they can still bet with mCHEZA simply by accessing the site via their phones and any suitable browser. The experience will not be as great as with a dedicated app, but you can still place bets very easily.
If you are lucky enough to be an Android user then you can go to the site’s home page on the device you want to use the app on and find the link to download the app. When you click on the link an apk (Android Package) file will start to download to your device. Once the download has competed just open the file to install it. You may be required to change your settings in order to allow downloaded apps to be installed.
Once installed the app will be available via your home screen and apps page. Just click on it to open it, then sign in as you would at the Internet-based site.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q, How does mCHEZA Work?
mCHEZA is an online and SMS-based sports-book with licensing from the BCLB to enable it to offer sports-betting services to people who are resident in Kenya.
Q. Which Sports and Events are offered for betting?
Football, American football, basketball, tennis, handball, baseball, hockey, snooker, boxing, cycling, darts, motorsport, golf and UFC.
Q. How do you place a bet?
To add any event to your m CHEZA bet slip all you need to do is click on the odds of the outcome you want. This will transfer it to your slip. To place your bet add the amount you want to wager and click ‘Place Bet’. Your bet is now confirmed.
Overall Rating of mCHEZA
We think the best thing to say about mCHEZA is that we have seen better sports-betting sites for Kenyans, but we have seen a lot worse. The site seems to us as though it is a bit of a work in progress, and it needs a slight polish.
The lack of a welcome bonus is a disappointment, and although you get a bonus boost for your accas, we would prefer it if more promotions were available. The online help minions need to up their game as well.
Why not form your own opinion? You can so that by signing up for the mCHEZA sports book today