Kenyans seem to know better about betting

It has been a subject of heightened discussion over the past three or so weeks. So far, the government decided to “crack down” on betting companies and it feels suspect. However, Kenyans know better.

It is a no brainer that attacking betting companies is counterproductive. These companies generate a lot of revenue which is needed by the government.

Kenyans aren’t easy to fool though. A good number are still making money and having good fun at it. There are companies that are licensed and are committed to providing service. OdiBets is one of them and they’ve got the hook up

Meet Rodgers Ochieng, a lucky man from Narok who won Sh1,014,467 on OdiBets. He won it in two separate bets on OdiBets and he recently joined OdiBets after the closure of some betting firms in the country.

Being an unstoppable Kenyan with prowess in betting, he scooped a cool Sh.560,667 and then three days later, he scooped Sh453,800 on multibets. That was on 30 teams and 22 teams respectively. Rodgers placed the first bet with Sh250 and then won the second bet using a stake of Sh.20,000

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“I intend to use this money to buy land and construct a house for my mother in Rongo and also to pay for my Engineering course,” a happy Ochieng said.

It follows that Kenyans are likely to place their wagers with betting companies whose licence were renewed after the government declined to renew licences of 27 other betting companies insisting they comply with various regulations.

Besides being committed to giving customers an enjoyable “gaming experience”, OdiBets has stated that they are committed to giving back to the society by helping develop sports in the country.

Things You May Be Addicted To Without Your Knowledge

People carry different activities for pleasure and entertainment to refresh their minds and for relaxation. But sometimes you may not realize you are practically addicted to the activities and hence it becomes hard to stop.

Here are some things you may not know you are addicted to:

1. SPORTS

Sports and games are a form of entertainment which help people feel relaxed when either playing or watching. Playing or watching has no harm at all but it becomes an addiction when you spend more or even all the resources you have just to enjoy sports.

Believe me some people stay up late or even miss their work just because they never had enough sleep because of watching a match. They gamble expensive materials and gifts for the winning matches of which is good if they are able but when a person gambles the only little thing he/she owns, then it becomes an a problem. Some even fight just because their favorite team has been defeated and do other crazy things.

2. BETTING

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Its a form of entertainment and the same time a way of finding some cash by trying your luck. This has affected many where a person can afford to use all the cash they have just to bet and later loose everything. Betting is a serious addiction where students are even betting their school fees.

3. POLITICS

Every person is affected directly or indirect by the phenomenon of politics. But when it becomes an addiction then it’s serious and dangerous. When it comes to electing leaders everybody does so and its over but to some people, politics will never end; they talk politics, they eat politics and they wear politics. When it comes to political parties; between party A and B, a person will never have a clear explanation why s/he is so much into party B.

4. RELIGION

When I talk of religion I mean any cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world, texts, sanctified places, ethics or organizations that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. Remember there is a difference between being religious and believing in supernatural beings.

Its ok to belong to a certain religion, but when one focuses on it than believing on the supernatural then that is a religion addiction. The more religious one is, the more s/he believes in what the other members of the religion believe and not about focusing on the supernatural.

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5. RELATIONSHIP

You may wonder how is this related to addiction but let me explain it to you. Remember romance relationship is the one involved here. According to Bentham philosophy; We start to make some kind of distinction between our emotions and our rationality when relationship is concerned between the involved parties. This means when one decides to leave a relationship then the other one should agree and move on. Though it isn’t easy you should take time before starting another relationship. Some run into building another relationship in the name of ‘healing wounds’ thinking it’s the best option of which starting a new one is easy but breaking up is another story.

 

Could Betting Firms Be Driving Kenyans Into Poverty?Yes, Says Women Rep Joyce Emanikor

An MP has warned that many Kenyans will get poorer if a new regulatory framework is not put in place to check foreign betting companies.

Turkana County Woman Representative Joyce Emanikor said the firms are fleecing citizens as money deducted from “our phones when we bet” is transferred straight out of the country.

“Just record and calculate the little money you put in every time you bet then compare with what you receive. Do the maths for a month. Do we really want to see a society poorer than we already are?” Emanikor wondered.

Read: MPs reject select team to probe betting

“Let’s take for example one of the sport betting companies where you use Sh100 to bet and assume three million Kenyans bet daily- that’s a cool Sh300 million per day,” she said.

According to Emanikor, if the factors remained constant, it will translate to a lucrative Sh9 billion a month.

“This calculation, however, is on the lower side assuming fewer people bet only once a day. The amount could be tenfold or more! Even in the developed world the sector is restricted and regulated. In Kenya all the big billboards and TVs have suddenly turned to betting adverts,” she noted.

Read: Betting should be controlled, says Mutua

She said out of the billions raised, only a few thousands will be paid to a few people plus Sh100 million in jackpot.

Her concerns come after the National Assembly failed in its bid to set up a select committee to investigate the activities of the betting, lotteries and gaming firms operating in the country.

Read: MPs form 11-member team to probe gambling industry in Kenya

The motion by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo was defeated after MPs questioned the list fronted to investigate the firms.

“Is this money laundering? Of course yes. It’s a crime in itself. Experts in economy say within the next few years Kenya will have lost trillions of shillings through robbery without violence. Its robbery with the victim’s consent – but based on ignorance,” Emanikor said.

She said that majority Kenyans were betting out of ignorance and the need to make quick money.

Cases of students who have either committed suicide or dropped out of school for having lost money meant for school fees in lottos are on the increase.

Also read; Panel to probe betting industry in wake of tax evasion, laundering fears

Sh100 bet turns into Sh5m jackpot win for Kenyan football fan

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A Kenyan football fan has today won himself more than Sh 5m through betting on SportPesa: the first of its kind sms-based football betting platform in Kenya.

Andrew Mghanga played SportPesa’s weekly Jackpot over the weekend and by 2 am on Monday morning, he was Sh5.35m richer.

The jackpot requires that you place a bet and correctly predict the outcome of each match in a series of 13 Jackpot games.

Mghanga won by simply placing a bet of Sh 100 shillings and getting all 13 predictions correct.