Let’s face it, there are many times you have missed out on placing an easy bet on Sportpesa, the mid-week jackpot, or the Mega jackpot. In such cases, the common issues usually revolve around the heavy traffic on the Sportpesa website as minutes wind down towards major kick offs. The other problem that leads to missing out on placing bets is not knowing the specific game ID that Sportpesa are offering on that day. Now, there is a solution to that in the name Play Chap Chap.
Initially, there were three ways you could know the different game IDs. The most common method was to check on Sportpesa’s website. Getting regular text messages from the sports gaming operator and using the Sportpesa app were the other methods.
After what the operator said was acting on feedback it had received from its customers, Sportpesa Kenya launched a USSD service November 9 2016. To access the services, users need to dial *790# on any phone and they will be able to perform different tasks regarding placing their predictions. Based on that, you could comfortably say that #AllPhonesAreEqual
Not only does Play Chap Chap on Sportpesa presents ease of use, you will no longer need access to a computer or a smartphone to get information regarding Highlight Games or Today’s Games as listed on its website. The other important thing to note is that dialing *790# using your Safaricom, Airtel, or Orange number will be FREE. As such, this new service clearly proves it is much better than SMS betting that costs Kshs. 2.
Recently, the reduction of the minimum betting amount from Kshs. 100 to Kshs. 49 seems to be the other step Sportpesa took after considering customer feedback.
Similarities Between Play Chap Chap and SMS Betting
When it comes to placing single and multi-bets, the new services will save you from a lot of typing game codes. However, when it comes to the Jackpot and Mega Jackpot, the USSD services only works to give you details regarding the teams playing against each. Afterward, you would probably send your predictions via SMS. This option is similar to what SMS betting requires.
For the Jackpot, the format is as follows:
Compose a message with the following content: JP#12121X1212121 then send to 79079 whereby the 1s, X, and 2s after the hashtag represent your 13-match predictions.
The same format holds for the Meja Jackpot only with the introduction of letter M and four additional predictions to make them 17 as follows: MJP#12121X1212121XX12
Bet Chap Chap, which is one of the options you will get after dialing *790# requires you to type in the Game ID, prediction, and stake to place a bet, which is what you will do when using the SMS option.
If you dial the USSD code and you have never registered your phone number with Sportpesa or you had deactivated your account, you will get a prompt informing you that you are not registered. In turn, one needs to visit the gaming company’s website or SMS the word Game to 79079 to get started.
Betting Options Under *790#
After registration or if you already have an active account, the options you will get are:
Place Mega JP Bet
Place JP Bet
Bet Chap Chap
Since Play Chap Chap is a new service, the operator still has a lot of room to improve it. For instance, it will be great if you could place the Mid-Week Jackpot or Weekend Mega jackpot right from the USSD service.
If you are about to place your bet using the USSD platform but exist, you will still be prompted to complete the steps if you dial the code a few minutes later.
All in all, Sportpesa seems to be always on a roll in maintaining its position as the biggest betting website in Kenya. It has a sizable number of initiatives to promote local sports as well as sponsorship deals. In the upcoming World Rugby Series, it will be sponsoring the Kenya7s team after Kenya Airways opted out.