Choosing a Bookmaker in South Africa
17 November 2022
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Betting has been legal since 1994 in South Africa (SA), which has allowed a large number of bookmakers to enter the market. However, only gambling operators regulated by the Provincial Gambling Board are legally allowed to market to SA residents. So when betting, make sure that the operator you choose is licensed. There are over 50 different bookmakers operating in the South African market, meaning that it can sometimes be difficult to settle on which one to choose.

Here are some key factors to consider before choosing a South Africa bookmaker.

Coverage of Sports and Tournaments

The biggest operators are likely to offer a range of sports events to bet on, but choosing a particular sportsbook will depend on the sport you are interested in. So if for example you are primarily interested in basketball, it might be a good idea to pick a niche site that specializes in basketball for a more tailored betting experience.

And if perhaps you are looking for something as specific as March Madness, one of the biggest basketball tournaments held annually, then in addition to March Madness picks that will help you stay up-to-date during the championship, you will want to find a bookmaker that offers odds on the games. 

Fortunately, there are several SA bookmakers that offer odds on international events. In terms of major events like the World Cup for example, there will be a lot of opportunities to wager on a wide range of selections. And now that Morocco, an African country  has reached the World Cup quarterfinals the odds have changed a lot across board.

Sign Up Offers

Once you have found a platform that offers a range of odds that suits you, it is time to see what sign up offers the bookmakers are offering. Most top bookies in South Africa offer great welcome bonuses to new members when you sign up. These offers can only be claimed once per bookmaker, so you will want to make sure you choose the SA bookie that offers the best welcome bonus. Some other common bonuses are Free Bets and No deposit bonuses.

User Interface

Finally, you want to ensure that you can bet on the various games with your chosen bookmaker easily and conveniently. So be sure to choose a site that has a friendly user interface to make navigation smooth for you. This is true whether you are on your desktop computer or smartphone.