Merrybet may be a large online sports gaming institution in Nigeria but the surprising lack of newcomer promotions to be found means a marketing weapon is missing from the arsenal.
The site offers many exciting features once registered, but the misleading information regarding a first time promotional voucher and subsequent code is startling. One the first page on Google search posts from 2013 are among the top stories, while there was a 100% free bonus to new subscribers there is no way to confirm this. Their site gives no further clarity on the issue.
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Needless to say, there is no refer a friend bonus in place. Instead the site promises action galore with a variety of regular games the competitors use. They do have the Colossus, a substantial jackpot, but little ibn the way of attracting new business.
Merrybet looks like one of the smaller players in the Nigerian market and it is a pity because their site otherwise is decent.
Most new customers, when searching for an online betting site will research them through google and follow the reviews, promotions and bonuses on offer. This is scarcer than rain in a drought.
The ATM bank codes for depositing will fall under ‘deposit and withdrawal methods’ further down the page, but read carefully as it is a tad complicated.
Other merrybet.com offers
The Merrybet site tries to make up for poor marketing by opting for an array of games with live betting, virtual play and Bingo among their more popular features.
The Colossus on the other hand is one of the largest jackpot giveaways in the country, and is based on correctly picking 10 football matches that have been scheduled for the respective weekend. The jackpot is worth millions of Naira.
The site offers an annual Merrybet Predict game with over N1 million to be won. To win a player must stay on the site for a lengthy period and is a smart move by the developers. The overall prediction results of a player in a yearly cycle will be calculated and a winner will be announced.
Merrybet also offers a free bet into their Colossus draw, with terms and conditions supplied on the site.
The Banking, deposit and withdrawal methods
Merrybet accept bets in Nigerian Naira and Liberty Reserve United States Dollar and have more than 100 physical outlets across the country.
The site offers a decent mobisite to ease deposit and withdrawal options. The depsoits of funds can be made via bank transfers, with debit and credit cards, Interswitch, pre-paid or at an outlet. The minimum deposit is a paltry N50 or 1 USD. Payments are made through banks transfers and Perfect Money. Users can go onto their online platform and follow the prompts, adding in various details such as bank account number.
A player can fund an account at a Merrybet agent and at the ATM. Insert card into machine, select Quickteller or Wallets, select pay bills and enter any of the following codes:
One gets the feeling that Merrybet is more an agent franchise business and is only starting to realise the value of a proper site. You can fund your account at your nearest ATM or by visiting quickteller.com. All you need is your Merrybet customer ID number and ATM card. Simply enter your card into an ATM machine, select “Quickteller” or “Wallets”, then select “pay bills” and enter any of the following codes: “50801” – N500, “50802” – N1000, “50803” – N2000, “50804” – N3000, “50805” – N5000, “50806” – N10000,
“50807” – for any amount. A player then enters their ID number and phone number and will then receive a confirmation text and your account will instantly be credited.
The site also makes use of pre-paid cards, from Zenith Bank. The site uses a new payment system entering the Nigerian market, Perfect Money, an internet banking system that allows payments and money transfers.
The final method is to pay directly into the Merrybet account at any of these banks: Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Ecobank, Enterprise Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, Heritage Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Sterling Bank, Union Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank.