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On the surface, most Nigerians would likely think that betting with the Naira would
be advantageous. After all most nationalities tend to seek out sportsbook services
that offer betting accounts in their native currencies to save on currency exchange
fees. However, there are several differences between those countries and Nigeria
and these differences account for why customers from more developed nations are well-
There are a few online sportsbooks authorised for play through the the Lagos State Lottery Board that offer Naira betting accounts. However, there are several reasons why you should probably avoid betting with them:
The reason for trying to bet in your own currency is to save money on currency exchange fees when moving money between your betting account and your bank account. However, despite depositing Naira, you will be assessed fees that roughly equate to what you would pay to exchange Naira to a more popular betting currency as used with the World’s top sportsbooks.
So if betting in the Naira won’t actually save you any money, why limit yourself
to a lesser quality sports betting experience? All the online sports betting sites
below accept Nigerian players, offer higher odds, lower minimum stakes, higher betting
and winning limits and in general a better overall experience without the risk of
bet cancellations as you would risk with Nigerian-
Understanding the list:
When most online sportsbooks get reviewed, the reviewing site operates in a grey
area. They tend to list as many betting sites as possible and always try to include
the brands that have targeted themselves to your particular market so you, the reader
will recognize their listed brands. The review site will often include a phoney
high grade or star rating for each site to encourage your play. However, the review
never mentions why one particular site got such a high grade, nor do they mention
why one site is 5-
Other review sites operate in this way because they don’t actually care where you decide to play. Their real goal is to list as many sites as possible and hope that you will recognize a brand, will see the positive rating and start playing.
This site reviews sportsbooks with a different philosophy. As you can see from the list at left, several of the biggest names that target the Nigerian market are not listed. The list only includes the most reputable sites based outside Nigeria, ensuring your funds are secure with highly regulated companies.
Unlike other review sites, this site is not interested in listing sites with which you are familiar but have a poor reputation of winning wager cancellation or might leave your deposits at risk such as with some of the locally regulated sportsbooks. The sites listed are truly the best group of sportsbooks for the Nigerian bettor.
The list only includes sites that have satisfied the following criteria:
If a site fails to meet all these criteria, the reviewed sportsbook is not included in the list. A sportsbook is either worthy of your custom, or not worthy, there is no grey area.
I’ve reviewed over 30 of the biggest names in the business, including your local
Nigerian sportsbooks. I’m not here to list every one of those sportsbooks, tell
you what is wrong with them from an Nigerian perspective, and then hope to trade
on their brand and logo because they advertise at EPL football matches and you know
their name. It just would not make sense. If I ranked the sportsbooks 1 through
30, would you then move to sign up with sportsbook #28? Of course not! That’s why
I keep my list very short -
bet365 is one of the most trusted sports betting sites in the world, regulated &
located in the UK. They offer amazing online, mobile & in-
BetFred is the 4th largest sportsbook in the UK, established in 1967. They offer one of the best mobile sports betting experiences with a focus on football, cricket and horse racing, but of course cover all sports. Read the full BetFred Nigeria review
Pinnacle Sports operates as a reduced-
Unibet, headquartered in Sweden, provides some amazing coverage of sports betting, especially with their coverage of niche sports, though football is their mainstay. If you like a football and a breadth of sports, Unibet must be considered heavily. Read the full Unibet Nigeria review here.
William Hill is one of the oldest names in sports betting, established in 1934 and currently traded on the London Stock Exchange. William Hill covers all sports well, but football, cricket and horse racing are definitely their focus. So if these are your passion, take note. Read the full William Hill Nigeria review here.
BetVictor has has been in business since 1946. Known around the world for the most competitive football odds, BetVictor must come under your consideration if football is your main sport. Even if you have other sportsbook accounts, their odds make it worthwhile to open one with them. Read the full BetVictor Nigeria review here.
888Sport is one of the oldest names in online sports betting, in business since 1997 and traded on the LSE. 888 is specially targeted to football fans and can be seen advertising across many European club grounds. Offering the most banking methods, 888Sport is a great option. Read the full 888Sport Nigeria review here.
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