The African iGaming market is soon to have a new modern online casino and betting site added to its library, Greatodds. It has a great focus on the African continent and we believe they will be well met. We have had the opportunity to review Greatodds along with its offerings and it has been quite the experience.
- Complete product
- Excellent Responsible Gaming tools
- ZM & GH license with more to come
- Few promotions
There is not much information about Greatodds on the internet, yet it is not a completely new brand. This online casino and sports betting site is licensed by the Curacao government, the Gaming Commission of Ghana and the Betting Control and Licensing Board of Zambia.
Greatodds have entered the African regions with a fresh breeze along with their modern look and feel. They are established overseas but now it seems like they’re on a mission to become the first fully licensed African platform. So far, they have acquired a Ghanaian and Zambian license, with more on the way. As a Curacao license holder, players from other African countries are welcome to enjoy their online casino and betting product.
It is with excitement as I review Greatodds with the pride that they are trying to establish and maintain a authentic African brand. We do know however that Curacao licenses are not very strict, that’s why gamblers.africa is set to critically review the Greatodds product to ensure a safe and fair gaming environment for players residing in Africa.
With Greatodds comes great responsibility.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF GREATODDS
Upon landing on the Greatodds website, it is clear what they’re about. It looks like a typical modern sports betting site with a few online casino options, but there’s more than meets the eye.
This sleek and subtle betting site is easy on the eyes and very well structured with a great layout. The Greatodds Sports product features a lobby carousel with highlights, new features and the welcome offer which consists of a 125% FIRST DEPOSIT BONUS. There is also a few quick links and sports highlights that takes you to popular betting markets. You will also find Live Betting, Casino, Live Casino and Bet Games products from the main product page.
While exploring the casino games the Greatodds branding and subtleness is maintained. This is both positive and negative. The positive is that the Greatodds branding is very sleek, the negative is that the Casino product still feels somewhat like a Sports product. However, judging by the casino games library they offer, it is a product they are very invested in.
So far I am impressed with the Greatodds product offering. Their sports betting site is simple yet flawless and their online casino product seems extensive. This might be an extremely strong and competitive brand to enter the African iGaming market.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE REGISTRATION
When you land on Greatodds.com you will have to choose between English, French, Zambian and Ghanaian. Unless you are a resident of Zambia or Ghana, always choose English or French. The reason for this is that Greatodds have not yet acquired an online casino license for Zambia and Ghana, only a sports betting license. The online casino licenses are however in progress and will be added to their portfolio.
After selecting your language/region you will land on the main landing page. In the top right corner you will have the option to register by clicking on Join Now.
The Greatodds registration process is fairly simple. All you need to do is to fill in the required details such as:
- Date of birth
- Contact details
- Username & Password
- Security Question
Once this is done you will have instant access to the Greatodds sports betting site and online casino. You are required to verify your email address but this is not something that would block you from depositing.
If you selected English or French when entering the sports betting website, you will have to option of choosing between dollars, euro, pounds, Kenyan Shillings or Nigerian Nairas. But, if you selected Zambia or Ghana, you will have the additional option of Ghanaian Cedis and Zambian Kwachas.
The only thing I did not like about the registration journey was the need to choose a Username. I feel like this is an unnecessary step in the user journey for two reasons. Firstly, you will have to think of a username to put in which adds time to the process, some people might have a username they always use, I do not. Secondly, you will need to remember this username when logging in from a new mobile device or computer. I find it easier to always just having to remember my email address. I am going to let you in on a secret… You can use your email address as your username if you are like me, forgetful and unorganised.
All in all, the registration process was pleasant, no need to verify with any details or documents before getting access to the product. Remember however that Greatodds do follow KYC (know your customer) processes and will need to verify your account at some point.
GREATODDS PRODUCT EXPERIENCE
Now that I have been browsing around the website and registered, it’s time to have some fun. First and foremost, I need to set responsible gaming limits on my account. Oh and let me tell you what an absolute experience it was to explore and review all the Greatodds responsible gaming tools that is available. I will try and contain myself and give a high level summary here and give more details further down in my review.
All the essential responsible gaming tools like deposit limits, session limits and exclusion options are available. Unfortunately these can not be managed by yourself in the product but will have to be set by the customer support. A very pleasant surprise was that Greatodds offer a self test assessment to establish if you are playing responsibly or not.
So I headed to the support page to get assistance with setting my usual monthly deposit limit. While on the contact page you have the option of sending an email, requesting a call back or using the Live Chat feature. I have highlighted my preference previously of using the Live Chat so I was happy to see it is available. While the initial connection to the live chat agent was somewhat slow, I was eventually connected and had my query swiftly resolved by the support agent.
The banking page is unfortunately somewhat limited. if you are accessing it from the English or French region you will have access to:
- Mobile Money
- Bank Transfer
If you are accessing the product from Ghana you will have the additional options of :
- MTN Mobile Money
Zambian players have similar options as Ghana without Airtel and Kazang.
Due to me always using my credit card when betting I did not run into any challenges. But for gamblers using mobile money methods it might be challenging to fund your account. However, as they are acquiring more and more licenses in Africa I am sure they will add more local banking methods to their product.
The last thing I want to add from my general product experience is the amount of information available at the Greatodds betting site and online casino. I am impressed with the amount of help pages that are available to assist players in understanding and resolving matters on their own. You will find pages on such things as:
How to play
- Basic knowledge
- FAQ (frequently asked questions)
The above is just a taste of what information is available, there is certainly much more that you can explore.
The Greatodds Sports Betting Site is as I mentioned very simple and straight forward. Placement of bets is equally simple. Once you have placed your selections they will display in your betslip where you can choose to place your bet as:
Greatodds also offer something called Go Boost which boosts your winnings from accumulators with a percentage based on how many selections you have in your slip. The betslip displays details of what your stake is, possible return as well as Go Boost stake along with total possible payout incl Go Boost.
The Greatodds Live Betting feature is fantastic, you can see a virtual representation of what is happening in the game. For example, in a football match you can see who is attacking, who is defending, who is in possession, corners, free kicks etc.
In conclusion, Greatodds betting site is extensive and simple to use.
A slightly new phenomenon in the betting industry is Virtual Sports. This feature is even more unknown in the African betting regions.
Virtual Sports is simply a random number generated game disguised as a sports betting game. You will have the opportunity to bet on quick succession games that play within minutes of each other and at a faster speed than normal football matches.
What makes this interesting is that it offers you markets you’d normally find on real sports events such as match winner, total goals, cards and much more. All while watching a virtual live stream of the game!
You will be glad to hear that this feature is available for all Ghanaian players as well as Zambian players.
Greatodds Online Casino product is even simpler than their sports product. Upon landing on their casino page you will be presented with:
- Popular games
- Table games
- Card games
It is clear that Greatodds is clearly investing in the future of their online casino product. They have partnered up and continue to partner up with big software providers like Microgaming, Netent and Pragmatic Play to mention a few.
I need to mention that a few of the slot games did not work when I tried to play them as I received different errors based on which game I tried. This could be intermittent or regional, but nonetheless not good. The majority of games worked completely fine.
The games open up in an embedded iframe on the website. This way you do not need to allow pop-ups to open up or opening games in new windows. While playing in the iframe you also have the option to make a quick deposit, this way you won’t have to leave the game and go to the banking page in order to make a deposit.
We are excited to follow the ongoing development of the Greatodds online casino product. We also look forward to seeing the casino product available for Ghanaian and Zambian players in the future.
In terms of Greatodds bonuses and promotions, there are not many. In fact, only two. Firstly you have the welcome offer of:
125% First Deposit Bonus
Greatodds new welcome bonus to new players is now live and ready to be enjoyed!
The welcome offer consists of a 125% First Deposit Bonus of up to 100 USD which can be claimed on your first deposit after registering an account.
We have also included the welcome offer for our Ghanaian and Zambian players:
- Ghana welcome bonus: 125% First Deposit Bonus up to 500 GHS
- Zambia welcome bonus: 100% First Deposit Bonus up to K1,000
Go Boost: Score up to 150% extra with the best multi-bet feature!
Their second active promotion is the Go Boost promotion which I highlighted in the Sports Betting section of this review.
This promotion gives you additional winnings based on the size of your accumulator bets. To read more about this promotion, head to the terms page for the Go Boost offer.
We have reached the favourite topic of gamblers.africa, the Responsible Gambling review.
One of the first things I noticed after logging in was a session ticker which was displayed on the bottom of the page. This indicates how long you have been logged in, this keeps track of the time for you. This to me, was an indication that Greatodds might have gone all in on Responsible Gaming!
Now I must say, I am very impressed of the responsible gaming tools available at Greatodds, not only because almost all tools are available, but because it is one of the few local African betting sites that offers this.
Among the tools available you will find:
- Self assessment test
- Deposit limits
- Session limits
- Reality checks
- Definite exclusion
- Indefinite exclusion
- Suspend account (close)
Some of the above might be news to you. To begin with, the self assessment test is a test that you can do on their website to establish whether your are playing responsibly or if you should set limits or take a break. This is a great way in better understanding your betting habits.
- Deposit limits can be set daily, weekly and monthly.
- Session limits can be set daily, weekly and monthly.
Reality checks can be activated to remind you to take a break after being online and active at Greatodds for a specific time period. This way, you will be reminded of your session if you might have lost track of time.
Should all of the above tools fail to assist you in playing responsibly, you have the option of excluding yourself definitely or indefinitely. This way you will be blocked from access and won’t be able to play for the predetermined time.
Greatodds is one step away from delivering 5 stars in responsible gaming, and that is to develop a self service responsible gaming section where players can control all of this themselves. But in summary, very happy with their responsible gaming availability.
I spent a good few days at Greatodds betting on sports, playing online casino slots, testing their live casino product and interacting with ther customer support staff. The testing was done both on PC as well as on mobile. The Greatodds mobile version works perfectly and no app is needed in order to play from mobile.
The journey from registration, banking to playing was great. Their sports betting product is excellent and they offer great odds (pun intended). They have a complete product as they offer casino and live casino in addition to their sports product.
Lastly I want to say, if you are looking for an authentic African betting and online casino platform, Greatodds will meet your needs. This is just the beginning of their journey and I am positive they will become one of the greatest in Africa in the coming future.
🔖 Is Greatodds legal and licensed?
The betting site Greatodds is completely legal and holds licenses from Curacao, Zambia and Ghana. Greatodds will obtain further licenses from African countries to extend their product range. Players from other African countries can still play on the English Greatodds site which holds a Curacao license.
🔖 Can South Africans play at Greatodds?
South Africans are not blocked from registering and playing at Greatodds. However we would recommend South Africans to play at their other brand Sportingbet ZA (previously Greatodds) as they hold a South African betting license.
🔖 How to download Greatodds Mobile App?
The Greatodds mobile version of their website is fully responsive and works perfectly on your mobile device. As a result they do not need nor offer a Greatodds mobile app. Simply visit their website through your mobile device.