Bettors are flocking the internet facilities in droves to place bets on various football matches happening in different parts of the world as they seek to hit the jackpot of millions of U.S. dollars.

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Inside a cybercafé in Komarock in Nairobi on Sunday, two young men sat at a computer checking on chances of various teams to win matches before placing bets.

One of them had a notebook on which they listed the teams and calculated the chances of winning after checking online.

Thereafter, they discussed and placed the bet online before moving to the next match.

Similar analyses were taking place on seven of the nine computers inside the cybercafé, some that had two persons.

All the bettors were young people of between 20 and 35 years, and more still waited at a bench for their turns.

“I am grateful for the betting companies. Few months ago, I was almost giving up on this business but now I see there is great potential in it,” said Kevin Mutua, who runs the cybercafé.

Mutua noted he had been forced to increase the number of his computers from four to nine due to rise in demand.

According to him, bettors stay at least 30 minutes in the cybercafé, double the period normal users do.

“The increased stay means more cash for me. My cybercafé is now one of the busiest shops in this estate yet few months back I used to idle here,” he said.

Calvin Ochieng, a sports betting enthusiast, said they are flocking to cybercafés because the betting is best done on computers.

“On the computer you can open several tabs and weigh the team’s chances of winning before placing the bets. You cannot do it on phone which limits your chances of winning,” said the 28-year-old.
Ochieng, who started betting about six months ago, has spent over 600 U.S. dollars and won nearly half of the amount.

“I am enthusiastic about betting because I have won good money in the game. My eyes are on the jackpot, which sometimes hits 198,019 dollars.”

Betting involves predicting which team will win a match, which will concede a goal first, whether a team will win at home or away, how many corners will be taken and the final outcome of the match.

It costs between 0.09 dollars and 0.98 dollars to gamble on several popular betting sites in the East African nation.

“Initially I used to do it on phone, but I realised this was limiting that I why I switched to the cybercafé. The most I have ever lost is 25 dollars,” said university student Michael Nyoike, adding that he has so far won 60 dollars in total.

Bernard Mwaso, an information technology consultant with Edell IT Solution in Nairobi, acknowledged that betting has lifted the cybercafé business.

“The future of cybercafés I believe is brighter in Kenya, with betting adding to this brightness. Besides betting, the taking of government services like renewal of driving licences and payment of taxes online has given the internet cafes a boost,” said Mwaso.

While the number of cybercafés has dwindled by more than half in Kenya in the past years, Mwaso was optimistic that if the government continues to devolve it services and the betting craze persists, internet points would flourish once again. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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