Online gambling in South Africa
We want to clear up the confusion with online gambling in South Africa. Online gambling can be divided into two different areas. Online casinos offering casino games like poker, blackjack and slots etc and sports betting where you bet on the outcome of a sports game.
- Online casinos are not legal in South Africa
- Online sports betting is legal in South Africa
So now you might be asking “why can I still sign up at a casino and play casino games?” The answer is that you are playing at an online casino that is not licensed or registered in South Africa. This is dangerous because you are not protected if something was to go wrong. There is no ombudsman you can report the casino to as they cannot be held accountable for their actions. The problem most South Africans have with online casinos is that they cannot withdraw their winnings so they are basically throwing their money away.
Online Sports Betting is legal
However, South Africa has granted that online sports betting is legal. Betting operators are able to apply for a license so they can offer services in South Africa. You should only place bets at an online bookie that is licensed and regulated, again this is for your own protection. Make sure you look for the licensing details in the footer area of the website so you can be 100% sure all is in order. When you gamble at an online betting website that is licensed you know that you are protected, your data is secure and the results and outcomes are fair due to regulations and checks. To make things easier why not check out the sports betting websites we recommended. We will only rate and review sports bookies that are licensed to operate in South Africa.
We cannot stress the importance of responsible gambling.
- Only place bets with the extra cash you have, do not use money that was intended for anything else
- Never chase your losses
- Sports betting should be fun and not something that stresses you out if you do not win
- Do not rely on sports bets for your income
If at any time you feel like you might have a gambling problem please seek help from a professional. The following websites will have the resources to assist you:
You can also contact Gamblers Anonymous SA
- Gauteng hotline: 060 624 7140 or 071 377 2746
- KwaZulu-Natal hotline: 031 209 6359
- Western Cape hotline: 074 837 4001