Bola bet is a popular bookmaker in Zambia thanks to its constant offline activity that includes a general head main office and more than 20 other physical departments spread across the capital of Lusaka.
Although the company’s online activity has been still concentrated in a quite primitive website that is quite far away from the highest modern standards, it still surprises the punters with several similar to the most reputable websites with functions like live chat, availability of a mobile website version and several bonuses for some matches.
The popular Zambian bookie has both: its own weak and strong points that we are about to review in this article.
Bets on sport events
The registered in 2005 Bolabet Company Ltd brags about offering bets for more than 500 events per day and nearly 1 000 markets per event.
Our check, though, has ended up with a conclusion that this statement isn’t fully true. Those 500 events might be provided, sometimes, in Saturday, when the matches are really a lot in general, but, yet during the working days we’ve got only nearly 50 events per day. Almost all of them are football matches from the bigger championships in Europe, South America and Africa, accompanied by a bit more matches from the following sport types: tennis, ice hockey, basketball and American football.
The offered matches for a bet in this betting house are truly few, but yet, they do cover the admissible minimum. For the biggest matches of the sport types we have already listed above there are bets to choose from, while in football sphere we even have some offers for the smaller and not so popular leagues. The big problems in sport betting this bookie has established come from other aspects.
As a start, we would point out the live betting, which is still something unknown and unavailable in Bolabet, so you should always hurry up to place a bet making sure the match hasn’t started yet and in case during the event you have some feeling as to its further progress, you should look for a different website where to bet regarding this feeling of yours. The live betting is something irreplaceable for the serious online betting houses and it is a total shame that one of the biggest betting companies in Zambia still doesn’t offer such a category on its platform.
The other weak point we need to mark is the availability of truly low odds here. They are under the average level even for the Zambian market. We find some really low odds for the outsiders in the matches. Thus, for instance, for one total outsider in one upcoming event we see other bookies from Zambia that offer 60-70 odds while the offers in Bolabet are just 18.00. In other words, you will earn more than 3 times less money if you place a bet on this match in Bolabet and your bet occurs to be winning. And the fact that the odds for the outsiders are lower than those provided by the competition in this case does not mean that the odds for the favourites or for a draw are higher. On the contrary, these odds in Bola bet 1×2 are nearly the level of the odds offered in the rest Zambian betting houses.
As a whole, we surely cannot be satisfied by this bookmaker’s sport offers. Probably, the only advantage you will be offered here is that this betting company offers some bet types that cannot be found so often in the rest betting platforms. However, at the expense of them their odds are again too low.
Bolabet1x2 has one simple, but still working mobile website version and the most important thing is that there is such in general which frankly, is a total surprise for us when considering the old modest desktop website version.
Everything that we find in this betting website is one menu from where you can open the matches of a certain sport discipline or of a certain day. Right next to each sport type or day you will see a number which indicates you the number of matches per this sport type or date.
The mobile website version offers you all the matches and markets for a bet from the desktop version and this is a good thing. However, the mobile platform does not include the rest pages we find in the desktop version. In other words, you cannot see the betting operator’s promotions via the mobile website version, as well as the addresses of each physical department, the customer support service, the live chat and the rest pages from the desktop website for computers.
However, if you need any of these pages, the mobile website version has a specially tailored button that lets you switch to the Desktop Version.
Registration + funding account
You can register quite easily and quickly in Bolabet’s platform. However, funding the playing account isn’t so fast or simple as this is possible only via the bookmaker’s physical departments spread across the country. It is an interesting fact that the betting operator lets you deposit only K 1, although the minimum bet amount is K 2.
Bonuses and promotions
Bolabet’s promotions are not that bad at all especially for a bookmaker whose online bets are not in the core of its activity.
The bookie progressively increases your win for any multiple bet you place and according to the terms and conditions of this bonus the more selections you have in your bet slip, the larger the % of your profit increase becomes. For instance, a bet slip with 13 selections gets a 13% bonus increase of the final profit.
This bookie also provides one very interesting promotion that is called Happy Hour. Thanks to this special offer twice per day – in the morning, from 08:00 to 10:00 and in the evening from 18:00 to 20:00 you will receive 10% bonus over your accumulated bet with at least 6 selections if they are placed within these periods of time.
Bolabet has also one special offer according to which you will have your bet amount refunded as long as it has more than 1 selection and the total odd of the bet slip is 27.00.
Customer support service
As we have already mentioned it in the beginning of this review for the surprising appearance of the live chat function in the desktop version, you can always try this alternative for reaching the company’s customer support team. Speaking of which, it is always a surprising fact that this function is on a really first-class level.
You can also contact Bolabet’s customer support team via this phone number +260 211 225 224, as well as via the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.