Reviewed By James Molloy
Karamba has been about since 2005. The company initially started within the gambling industry with their online casino, but on the back of the success as a top casino operator, they decided to expand into sports betting as well.
To power the betting side of things they have enlisted the help of Aspire Global International. The firm is also linked with other betting platforms such as BetRegal, and come with a wealth of expertise and features, allowing the Karamba brand to go head-to-head with some of the biggest bookmakers online.
The Karamba sportsbook has been an impressive one to test. The inclusion of so many features, such as the live betting sections, KaramBot and KaramBoost were brilliant and they add huge depth to the bookmaker as a result.
|Brilliant in-play section||Lack of mobile app|
|Very competitive odds|
|Great customer care|
The welcome bonus at Karamba comes in the form of £10 free bet. Claiming the free bet is super simple. Once you deposit £10 or more and place a bet of £10 or more at minimum odds of 2.00 (evens), you'll qualify for a free bet within 24 hours of the qualifying bet settling.
The offer is only open to those based in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Canada. You will have 14 days from when the free bet hits your account to when it expires. Free bets must be placed on bets priced at 1.80 or higher and any winnings will not include the free bet.
Any deposits made using Skrill, Neteller or Paysafecard will not be eligible to claim this offer. All in all, it's about as straightforward a welcome offer as you will find!
The free bet at Karamba is worth up to £10 and we've spoken about how you can claim this above. Once you've got. The free bet offer can essentially be used as cash, but you need to bear in mind that the free bet will not include the original stake should you win money from it.
Whilst the free bet can be used as you please, there are two ways that we recommend using it. If you're new to Karamba, use it to place a series of small bets, seeing how things like the bet slip and the cash out feature work in particular.
Alternatively, use it to take on a large bet, such as an accumulator. You are freerolling this money, so may as well try and win big from an investment that cost you nothing.
Once you've claimed and cleared the welcome offer Karamba Sports can then allow you to claim several existing player promotions. These are listed below:
Acca boost - Add more selections to your acca bets for an increase in the money paid out. This offer starts from bets of 4 and a 4% bonus winnings. It then works right up to 15-fold accumulators where you can claim a massive 77% bonus on any winnings.
Karamba Guess - This is a weekly competition that runs on-site and allows players to guess the outcome of a list of games each week. It's free to enter and you're given a score which then goes into the leader board and runs throughout the football season.
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You're getting a really solid range of both sports and markets at Karamba. We never know what to expect with some of the smaller brands, but we were genuinely impressed with what we saw at Karamba and reckon they could go head-to-head with many of the bigger brands in the industry.
Like most, football and horse racing play centre stage in terms of depth. But that being said, they have a great range of other sports as well, with tennis, greyhound racing, boxing (and UFC), darts and even e-sports being some of the standouts. With over 25 different sports available, the sportsbook here should have something for everyone.
Considering Karamba aren't what you would call a mainstream brand in the industry, the number of features that they have is quite astonishing, to be honest. You usually find that these sorts of sites are pretty limited, but that is definitely not the case.
The first one that we have to talk about is KaramBOT. This tool crawls the site for bets that might give a little more value to the punter than they're possibly used to.
It takes into account thousands of variables for each game, with a stats-based platform powering it and then highlighting football matches with standout bets. You're also going to be able to see the rating for the bet, which states how much it likes it and how often they think it comes in.
One of the best things about it is that you can edit it till your heart is content. You can decide which states it takes into account and also the stats that the tips are based on. You can even have it make a sound for when a new bet comes in. It's not gospel, however, so bear that in mind, but it's a great tool if you're new to online betting to see where you can find some value.
The bookmaker has teamed up with Betradar to power their betting statistics section. This can be accessed with pretty much all sports and comes with a handy little box next to the betting market. It's not unique to Karamba by any means, but it's another massive tool to make more successful online bets. Down the right-hand side of the screen, you get a look at where the ball is on the pitch for football betting and also included is their momentum graph. This highlights how much of the play each team has had of late and allows you to see how momentum has shifted throughout the game.
On top of all this, they include a decent cash out betting feature that is integrated into your bet slip and they have stated how they are looking to implement live streaming at some point, although no sign of this yet.
The in-play betting section is one of the best features on the site. They include a dedicated HUB for this and you're able to quickly see an overview of the games that are currently running. As scores change, games will flash and you can also see where markets are suspended as well.
Jumping into the games you get a nice match centre engine that includes live tracking for most of the higher-profile matches. You also get an overview of all other games in the left sidebar, with your bet slip conveniently listed down the right.
All in all, there's a good range of banking options on site. They include PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and Paysafecard as some of your other options.
The majority of your deposits will be made instantly, apart from e-Transfer that takes up to 24 hours and bank wires that can take up to 6 days. Deposits start from £10 with each method.
Withdrawals are processed instantly but may take up to 48 hours when pending in your account. You can cancel a withdrawal within the first 48 hours. Then it will depend on which withdrawal method that you use as to how long it will be delivered. It's worth noting at this point that not all deposit options can be used to withdraw.
When you land on the sportsbook for the first time, if you've used several bookmakers in the industry before Karamba, then you will likely feel quite familiar with this layout. They take on a tried and tested three-pronged approach, with the sports down the left, a series of betting markets from numerous upcoming events in the middle and then your betting slip down the right.
The search function that has only recently been installed is a triumph and makes jumping from one sport or market to another a doddle. We love to use when putting on accumulator bets that we form of the bookmaker, and then just jump in and find our bets with minimal fuss once logged on.
Styling is always subjective and whilst the blue/grey colour scheme isn't our cup of tea, we know that many do like it. We certainly wouldn't dock marks for this, put it that way.
There's no dedicated app for mobile, which is a bit of shame, but you can access the site in your mobile browser to get what would essentially be an "app" layout anyway.
It looks amazing on mobile and we would say that it's better here than desktop. The live betting section is sensational, and the match centre works brilliantly well.
If there were one negative here, we would say that it was a bit clumsy at time. It's almost as if it lags a little, so you do need to patient. Once you get used to it, it's fine though.
Karamba comes with a dedicated sportsbetting app available for iOS and Android devices. You can access both from the respected app stores.
You can, of course, access the bookmaker via your mobile browser if you do not want to download the app. They are the same platform and look pretty much identical from each other.
Pricing at Karamba is pretty good on the whole. Football and horse racing are the sites two biggest sports and comparing prices from here to other brands show that they are strong.
They're a little less consistent when it comes to sports and markets from outside of these sports. We noticed massive drop-offs within the same matches for things like NFL and tennis, but then randomly would be best priced for parts of these markets as well.
Creating a new account with Karamba is a process that should take just a minute or two. You can start this by clicking the "Join" button in the top corner on desktop or mobile.
You're then going to be asked to provide an email address and choose a username and password as well. Make sure these are unique and that you have access to the email address.
In the second part of the process, you will need to include your personal info, such a name, address, mobile number and a bonus code, if you have one. Karamba will then ping you an email to verify your account. At this point, you will have access to your account, but to deposit, you need to verify it. You need proof of ID in the form of a passport or driver's license and proof address in the form of a bank statement or utility bill.
This is now standard practice for all online betting site and required by law, so don't get too frustrated about this taking a little extra time as it's the same for everyone. In fact, we would be highly concerned if they were not asking for this information.
Customer support on the site is one of their strongest features. As we mentioned earlier, they have been recognised for their link with their customer base by winning Best Customer Relationship Management Campaign in 2019 and they are also a part of C.A.R.E (Customers Are Really Everything).
Access to the team can be made via live chat and email. Live chat is available for most of the day and email around the clock. Response times for both were excellent and the staff were highly trained in all scenarios that we put forward to them.
Karamba has a lucrative loyalty program that all players can access. It's pretty straightforward in that you earn points as you bet and the more points you have, the higher up the loyalty ladder you climb.
Packages start from the "New Member" section and work right through to "Prestige". Perks from each stage will vary but include things like bonus cash, prestige games, personal account managers, improved reward point redemption speed, birthday bonuses, increase in deposit and cash out limits, monthly cash back and personalised offers.
Responsible gambling plays a huge role at Karamba now, as it does with so many bookmakers. You get your first look as soon as you sign up, with verification of your account and also any deposit limits you wish to attach.
They have a dedicated page for any additional help and what's a really nice addition here is a short quiz that will determine if you do in fact need any help. Along with this is several services, features and sites that can help if you do have a problem.
We don't come into these reviews with any expectations or at least try not to, but we must say that we were pleasantly surprised by what they have managed to achieve so far.
They've been able to make great strides over the last few years and this was outlined by scooping their first industry-voted award which came in the form of Best Customer Relationship Management Campaign at the 2019 EGR awards. If you consider that the brand is small compared to most, this is a massive achievement for them and underlines the sites core values.
There were a few niggles, mainly with the functionality of the mobile site, but nothing that can't be fixed with relatively easy software updates that will no doubt come.
Overall, a bookmaker that is well worth checking out!
You will need to withdraw a minimum of £10 per transaction at Karamba.
They have a strong range of games and markets to choose from throughout the sportsbook.
Yes, you can access the app from either the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).
Yes, Karamba is fully licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority.
Withdrawals can take anywhere from a couple of hours, up to 6 days for debit cards.
Karamba hold licenses with both the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority.
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