SPORTINGBET REVIEW 2019
First established in 2006, Sportingbet is one of the leading online sports betting brands in Europe and the UK. Over the years they have expanded their operations to countries across the globe, including South Africa.
Today, Sportingbet South Africa is one of the best betting sites in South Africa with licences granted by the Western Cape Gambling & Racing Board. Equipped with a huge range of sports and markets, this South African online sports betting site offers bettors competitive odds, mobile support, great welcome bonuses, local banking options and live in-play betting.
SPORTS BETTING EXPERIENCE
Modelled on the original Sportingbet interface, the South African bookmaker has a very clean and user-friendly site styled in the classic light and dark blue colours. While the most popular sports are listed in the bar on the top of the page, the full list extends down the left-hand side. The current selected markets will appear in the centre of the page with the betting slip on the right alongside the live calendar.
While a lot of focus is put on South African sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket, the site also provides an impressive range of sports and markets from around the world. This includes sports like Tennis, Horse Racing, Basketball, Formula 1, American Football, Baseball, Boxing Volleyball and Ice Hockey to name a few.
They also offer a range of niche sports like Trotting, Chess, Table Tennis, Pool and Entertainment. Each sport and each event features a huge range of markets including match bets, future, prop and in-play wagers. In terms of odds, the site is quite competitive in their pricing, especially on some of the larger sports.
What you can expect at Sportingbet South Africa is a world-class online sportsbook with a few added extras. While not as expansive as their European counterpart, the site has a dedicated section for live in-play betting. You can access all the live markets simply by clicking on the live table. This will bring up events currently in action and those coming up.
Due to the restrictions on casino-style gambling in the country, you won’t find a full-on Internet casino. Instead, this South African online sports betting site offers something called Betgames. These include live lottery-style games where you pick numbers from a card win according to how many numbers match up. The site also offers Live Dream Catcher, which is a type of lottery wheel game.
FREE BONUS AND PROMOTIONS
The welcome bonus at Sportingbet is pretty straightforward. Available to all new customers, the welcome offer includes a 100% cash match bonus on your first deposit up to a maximum of R2000. This means that if you deposit R1000 into your account, the site will double your money.
The wagering requirements are fairly low at 3x, which is reasonable considering the industry standard. For regular members, the site runs weekly and monthly promotions on the biggest sporting events.
DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS
Sportingbet offers South African’s a wide range of secure banking options to choose from. Whether you want to fund your account for the first time or simply top up, you can pay by debit card, credit card, fast bank transfer, Internet payment or web-wallet. Popular payment facilities including Visa, MasterCard, iPay, Apple Pay, Skrill and Neteller.
SPORTINGBET MOBILE BETTING EXPERIENCE
At the moment, Sportingbet South Africa has two very easy ways to bet on your mobile. The first option is to access the mobile-ready site using your mobile web-browser. Simply type in the web address and you will be directed to the mobile site. Here, you can log in as usual and place bets at home or on the go. All of the same markets and sports are available, as well as the same account functionality.
The second option is to download the mobile sports app to your device. You can find the app on the site or the app store and download it to your smartphone or tablet. The app is a condensed version of the site with all the most popular sports, live in-play betting and account access. With the app you can log in, place multiple wagers, top up your account and even cash out your winnings.
SUPPORT AND SAFETY
When it comes to customer support, the site has a dedicated help page where you can find plenty of information and tutorials on how to get started. There is also an extensive FAQ section with answers to the most popular questions.
If you run into an issue and you need to contact the site directly, the customer support team can be contacted by telephone from 8am to 9pm daily. Alternatively, you can fill in an online form and they will email you back.