Fortebet is one of the most popular sports betting bookmakers in Uganda. The bookmaker is only available to residents of Uganda, and is renowned for the various football markets it offers. Initially called FortuneBet when it was founded in 2014, the bookmaker’s name was changed to Fortebet in 2016.
While there is no doubting the fact that Fortebet is one of the best bookmakers in Uganda, the question is not with respect to the bookmaker being good. Rather, this review seeks to address whether Fortebet is the best bookmaker in Uganda, and whether it is the perfect option for you, going forward. Is Fortebet truly the best bookmaker out there? Read on to find out, and learn much more.
The registration procedure at Fortebet is quite straightforward to say the least. Once you are on the bookmaker’s website, look towards the top right of your screen. You must click on the “Register Now” option. Once you have clicked on the option, you will be redirected to a screen, which will look the above mentioned image. You must enter your First Name, Surname, Mobile Number, E-mail Address, and Date of Birth. You must choose a unique username for yourself, and enter a 9-digit mobile number. It must be noted that Fortebet is only available for residents of Uganda, and no other mobile number will be accepted by the bookmaker, other than a mobile number which is registered in the country.
Only you have filled out all the above mentioned details, tick the “I have read and accepted the General Terms and Conditions” option, and click on the “Register” option will appear at the bottom of the registration form, as soon as you have ticked the “General Terms and Conditions” box. It must be noted that the “Register” option will not appear on your screen, if the username that you have chosen, has already been taken by someone else. In this case, you must choose a different username.
As soon as you click on the “Register” button, you will redirected to a screen which looks like the above mentioned image. You must verify your email address, by opening the email sent by Fortebet, to your registered email address, and by clicking on the provided link. Once you click on the provided link, your Fortebet account will be credited with 1,000 VIP points.
It must be noted that the credited VIP points do not constitute the only Welcome Bonus at offer, at Fortebet. We will get to the Welcome Bonus at offer, at Fortebet, in an upcoming section of this review. That being said, Fortebet does not redirect you to its “Deposits & Withdrawals” page – You must click on the option manually.
DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS OPTIONS
Once you are done with the registration process, as mentioned before, you will not be redirected to the “Deposits & Withdrawals” section. You must click on the “Deposits & Withdrawals” option, present on the top left of our screen. Once you have clicked on the option, you will see a screen which looks like the above mentioned image.
Being a rather new bookmaker in the general scheme of things, Fortebet offers just three deposit options. You can choose to visit any of the bookmaker’s shops and deposit your funds there, or pay via Airtel Money, or MTN Mobile Money. To deposit at a shop, all you have to do is give a customer representative at a shop near you, your username, and the amount of money that you want to deposit. It must be noted that once you deposit money at a Fortebet branch, you will receive a slip for the same, which you must keep carefully. The minimum deposit amount at a branch is 1,000 UGX, while the maximum deposit limit is unlimited. When it comes to depositing funds via Airtel Money, your Airtel number must be registered with Fortebet.
Using Airtel Money is an easy way to deposit funds, via your phone. The minimum deposit amount is 500 UGX, while the maximum deposit limit is 5,000,000 UGX. Once you initiate a transaction, funds will be deposited to your account within 3 minutes. Standard Airtel Money fees will apply for the same. As is the case with Airtel Money, when it comes to MTN Mobile Money, your number must be registered with Fortebet. The minimum deposit amount is 500 UGX, while the maximum deposit limit is 4,000,000 UGX. Your transferred funds should reflect in your Fortebet account within 3 minutes of initiating a transfer. Standard MTN Mobile Money fees will apply for the same.
Unlike most popular bookmakers, Fortebet offers just one withdrawal option. You must visit a branch near you, to withdraw your winnings. The minimum withdrawal amount for the same is 1,000 UGX, while the maximum withdrawal limit is unlimited. It must be noted that you must first initiate a withdrawal request, by clicking on the “My Account” option, at the top right of your screen, and by then clicking on the “Cash Out” option, which will appear on your screen. You must enter the amount you want to withdraw, and a 4 digit code will be sent to your registered mobile number. You must give a customer representative at a Fortebet shop near you, this 4 digit code, and your username, after which he/she will give you your winnings.
At the time of writing, there are no promotional offers available at Fortebet. Instead, the bookmaker has a dedicated “Best Shots” section, which gives insights into the various plays employed by customers who won big money on Fortebet. You can click on this option to read inspiring customer winnings stories, and probably bet along the same lines.
Fortebet’s idea is to inspire customers by showcasing these stories, and encourage them. That being said, we hope that Fortebet offers promotional offers in the near future, as all the best bookmakers do offer some. That being said, Fortebet has increased their maximum winnings on a ticket to 1 Billion UGX, and offers the highest possible winnings on a ticket, in Uganda.
At the time of writing, Fortebet offers two exciting welcome bonuses to its customers. Firstly, once you register and verify your email address at Fortebet, you are sent 1,000 VIP points, which you can use to your benefit – We will explain how you can use VIP points in a later section.
Fortebet also offers its customers, a welcome bonus of up to 1,000,000 UGX. There is no welcome bonus code for the same, and all you have to do is make your first deposit. Once you have made your first deposit, you are eligible to receive a welcome bonus. That being said, you will receive up to 100% of the welcome bonus, on the amount you deposit, if you follow the mentioned terms and conditions.
You must bet ten times the amount you have deposited, in order to receive the bonus amount. Once you have done this, you will receive a bonus amount in instalments of 10% of the first deposit you made. You must have over 5 or more selections on your betting slip, with odds of over 3 per selection, for it to be counted towards the bonus scheme. You can only place a maximum amount of 100,000 UGX on bets, for the bets to be considered on the bonus amount. The bonus amount is available to you for a year, and you cannot withdraw funds from your account, until you exhaust your bonus. If you do withdraw funds before that, the remaining bonus amount will be declared void.
Fortebet offers an excellent VIP program for its customers. Once you have registered on Fortebet, you are automatically enlisted to their VIP program, and you will receive a welcome bonus of 1,000 VIP points, and a VIP Club card. We believe that you must visit a branch near you to receive this card.
Here is how you earn VIP points on Fortebet:
- 1-2 Matches: 1 Point
- 3-4 Matches: 2 Points
- 5-6 Matches: 3 Points
- 7-9 Matches: 4 Points
- 10-12 Matches: 6 Points
- 13-15 Matches: 8 Points
- 16+ Matches: 10 Points
You must place a bet using your VIP Club card at a branch near you, or at the comfort of your home, and win VIP points for each 1,000 UGX or more bet you place. For example, if you place a bet on 8 matches, for 80,000 UGX, you will receive 80*4 = 320 VIP points. Similarly, if you place a bet on 10 matches, for 100,000 UGX, you will receive 10*100 = 1,000 VIP points.
Once you earn 2,000 VIP points, you can place a bet of 2,000 UGX for free, as 1 VIP point = 1 UGX.
At the time of writing, Fortebet offers odds on seven sports, including Football, Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Ice Hockey, and American Hockey. Among the seven sports it offers markets in, football is most popular among punters. At the time of writing, Fortebet offers over 30 markets in football, including odds on leagues and teams in over 25 different countries.
Fortebet offers a variety of different minimum, and betting limits, as per the odds that you are backing, and the selection that you make. That being said, the maximum winnings you can obtain from a ticket, is 1 Billion UGX – The highest winnings amount in Uganda. You must always read the terms and conditions attached to a bet that you want to place. That being said, you must always perform your due diligence as well, and scout several different bookmakers for a bet that you want to place, and place a bet on a bookmaker, which offers the best odds. Bookmakers earn profits off bookmaker’s margin, which is the margin which exists over a 100% market, and you must know how to determine this margin.
The higher is the margin, lesser are your chances of actually winning a bet. A margin below the 110% barrier is ideal, as it hints at an active, and competitive market. To calculate bookmaker’s margin, you must determine the Odds Overround for a betting selection. This number can be calculated for a betting selection, by first converting each individual outcome into a decimal number. You must then divide each individual result by 100, and add all of the ensuing results together. We performed this, for a match in the English Premier League, and the Odds Overround was found to be 102.19, which indicates that the bookmaker’s margin is low, hence, the market is active, and competitive.
Esports are extremely popular among young gamers, and punters, and it is quite disappointing that Fortebet does not offer odds on Esports. Fortebet’s market is dominated by football, and we hope that the bookmaker offers odds on popular Esports, in the near future.Fortebet does not offer odds on any specials, like Politics, Entertainment, and Celebrity Gossip. This too, is an area they need to work on, in order to provide their customers with a larger variety of markets to punt on. We hope that Fortebet offers odds on specials, in time to come.
Fortebet App & Mobile
Unfortunately, the bookmaker does not have an app so the only way to access their online betting services is by logging into the website directly. The good thing they have a mobile and PC version so at least you can do your betting while on the go. With good internet access and a device that accesses the same, you will hardly even notice that the bookmaker has no app, but still, the advantage of Betway app or SBA app is obvious, especially if your internet connection is not good.
To make use of Fortebet’s live platform, drag your cursor on the “LIVE” option, present on the main navigation bar at the top of the bookmaker’s website. Click on the option, and you will be directed to Fortebet’s “IN PLAY” section. You can choose to punt on the many matches currently in-play. Click on any of the matches enlisted in the “IN PLAY” section to witness the various betting selections available for the match, and track minute by minute action of the match.
Unfortunately, Fortebet does not offer a cash out option, so you must place you bet wisely. You can also witness Fortebet’s betting schedule, by clicking on the “SCHEDULE” option, which is present to the right of the “IN PLAY” section. Unfortunately, Fortebet does not provide for live streaming facilities. Given Fortebet’s football betting variants, they could have offered their customers a live streaming facility for football matches.