Best Betting Sites in South Africa 2018
From rugby and cricket to soccer and tennis, South Africans are mad about sport. The country's international success - especially in Rugby Union - has been a source of great national pride. The country that gave the world the Springboks (Rugby Union) also gives it Bafana Bafana (soccer) and the Proteas (cricket).
Online betting on sports in South Africa has increased in popularity in recent years. A number of online betting sites have been licensed for operation by the South African National Gambling Board, making it fully legal to bet on your favourite sports.
Some of the most reputable international sports betting sites have been licensed in South Africa.
The Springboks' Jesse Kriel in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Betting Sites South Africa
The South African online sports betting market is dominated by domestic betting sites. These include: Sunbet, Betting World, Interbet & SportPesa.
A growing number of international bookmakers are entering the South African market, offering savvy players an enhanced range of sportsbook markets and new features. Each of these international bookmakers offer their new players tantalising welcome bonuses and a range of promotions.
Betting Sites ZA
Betway South Africa
£30 Free Bet
Betway are the largest European betting site to have been granted a licence in South Africa.
For South African punters who like to bet on European soccer Betway offers unrivalled coverage of the different leagues, competitions and markets. They also cover a range of other sports including Rugby, Cricket, Boxing ,Tennis and Golf.
BetVictor South Africa
Bet £10 & Get £40
Founded in 1946, BetVictor is one of the most well-known names in the online sports betting scene. A UK company, BetVictor offers an excellent selection of football and horse racing markets, and has an excellent website which works well on smartphone browsers.
BetVictor happily accepts registrations from South African players.
Jetbull South Africa
50% up to £75
Jetbull are a relatively young online sports betting company set-up in 2007 and based in Malta. They offer their players a range of sportsbook markets together with live betting functions and a fantastic mobile betting app. They also have a casino, virtual sports and lottery offering on their website.
South African players can register with Jetbull from their website today.
Soccer Betting Sites South Africa
In much of the world the game that's often called the beautiful game is known as football, but in South Africa they prefer to call it soccer. After horse racing, soccer is the largest sports betting market in South Africa.
The sheer amount of domestic and international matches throughout the year combined with the increasing prevalence of 'in-play' live betting markets make it a popular sport to bet on for many South African punters.
All of the featured bookies on this page offer a huge range of markets on soccer bets. The bookies cover the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and a host of international soccer leagues from across the globe. Betway offers prices on games from the South African Premier Soccer League's Premier Division.
Free Bet Offers South Africa
Sometimes, the best things in life are free!
And online bookmakers love giving out free bets to new South African customers!
The free bet sign-up offer is one of the most common promotions you can find as a punter today. Together with other offers used to attract new players, the bookmakers use free bet sign-up offers to get you to sign-up for an account and become one of their customers.
‘Free bets’ is a term that is thrown around a lot today, but it can take-on different meanings for different online bookmakers. A smart player will always investigate what a bookie actually means when it uses the term ‘free bet’. They tend to come with one or two strings attached and if you win you usually don’t get to keep the amount of the free bet. Still, smart South African punters can often make a tidy profit from free bets.
Be aware of the following when investigating 'free bets' offers...
Amount of Free Bet - Instinctively, the bigger the free bet amount the better. However, sometimes the higher amount free bets come with additional strings attached. So it may be the case that a lower value free bet actually offers the best deal.
Wagering Requirements - With certain free bet offers, the money a punter wins must be rolled-over (i.e. bet) a certain number of times before a punter can withdraw their winnings as cash money and deposit it into their bank account.
Minimum Odds Requirements - Again, one of the strings attached to free bets can be that you must place bets at minimum odds in order to qualify for a particular offer. This means punters must take greater risk in order to potentially cash out their free bet.
Period of Validity - It’s not surprising that the bookies often set a defined validity period for free bets offers. After you get your free bet in your account you usually have to use it within something between 7 to 30 days. Otherwise your free bet will be void.
Bet365 South Africa
The National Gambling Board of South Africa enforces a strict licensing system in the country for online sports betting operators. Even in 2018, many of the very biggest international names in online sports betting have been unable to secure a license to operate in the country.
This means that some household names in the global online sports betting industry, especially for fans of the English Premier League (e.g. Bet365, Betfair, Ladbrokes and William Hill), are not yet on the scene in South Africa. While potential players may be able to access these betting sites on their browser they are unable to legitimately register an account as a South African national.
However, with the granting of licenses to a small number of international sports betting sites we anticipate that more betting sites will follow in the coming years, providing greater international competition to domestic South African betting sites and increased choice for South African players.
Watch this space!
FAQ: Online Sports Betting in South Africa
Is online sports betting legal in South Africa?
Yes, online sports betting is legal in South Africa - as long as the bookmaker holds a valid licence from the South African National Gambling Board.
Placing bets using an unlicensed online bookmaker is illegal.
Can I bet using the South African Rand (ZAR) as my currency?
Yes & no. An increasing number of international bookmakers offer ZAR as a currency option (see our guide above).
For some bookmakers, however, you may have to change your money into £GBP or €EUR in order to register for an account and play on their sites.