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Betsafe South Africa review

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Betsafe is one of the leading online sportsbooks in the world, and it now operates in over 100 different countries, including South Africa. The betting site can boast around 450,000 satisfied customers, and their numbers are continuing to rise. They’ve been in operation since 2006, and although they aren’t as well-known as some of their peers, they have carved out a reputation for being a solid, reliable and dependable operator.

Betsafe have not been afraid to try new things, and they have added many different virtual offerings to their site. They’ve also incorporated different sports such as MMA, Base Jumping and eSports to their site in recent years. This has allowed them to target a different audience and help them stand-out from the majority of their rivals.

The core product is sports betting but the Betsafe site also features a casino and live casino and poker games and tournaments. Customers can bet on a range of virtual sports events. The horse racing service appears independently from the sportsbook. There are betting options across sports in pre-match, live and ante-post markets.

They have designed their site and app to appeal to both new punters and experienced gamblers, and they manage to successfully strike that balance.

Sports Betting at Betsafe


Betsafe’s site is slick and modern and it is suitably well-stocked with different markets and competitions. All of the sports are listed down the left-hand side of the home page, alongside the daily specials and enhanced betting bundles.

The range of different sports is impressive with the likes of Bandy, Floorball, Futsal and Gaelic Sports all featuring on the sportsbook. They also have a small number of political markets. TV/Specials markets are available intermittently throughout the year, and these are always popular with bettors.

There is a separate section for horse racing fans, who can access the latest prices by clicking on ‘Horse Racing’, located along the top of the home-page. Betsafe offer the latest prices on all UK and Irish races, alongside French, South African, Australian and American venues. This provides a terrific variety for racing enthusiasts. They will also update ante-post markets on big events such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Randox Health Grand National. They take horse racing very seriously, and their users are able to benefit from that commitment.

Football is another very popular area of their site, and this is always situated towards the top of their home page. The drop-down menus will provide users with the opportunity to wager on South American, African or European football. Betsafe will also bundle together the most popular bets of the day, and allows users to keep across all of the games.

Customers will not be disappointed by the range of markets available on each match, and the majority of these will be available in-play.

They’ve added a number of eSports markets to their site in recent years, and they are a forward-thinking sportsbook, who aren’t afraid to try new things.

Overall, there is a superb range of markets available, and this helps cater for all users. There can often be over 16,000 events available at any given time, which is hugely appealing to those who may have particularly niche betting interests.


When it comes to odds, Betsafe is pretty hot. Taking all odds into consideration, Betsafe’s overall betting margin comes in at a very creditable 4.8%, which is really rather competitive with many other online bookies. Having said that, the highest margin it offers is 5.1% and that is on football, which is a little disappointing. However, it could be worse – and it is in many other online bookmakers. Football aside, the best odds on offer can be found on tennis, which comes up at around 4.6% and also on American Football, where they have an impressive margin of 4.1%

Moving on to the gee-gees, Betsafe has an incredibly competitive range of odds. Whether it’s on UK, Irish, American, South African, Australian French or Indian Racing, the prices it offers are difficult to beat. It seems that the odds Betsafe offer on the horses come from Racebets – a specialist ‘horse racing only’ online betting site. As well as this, to make the horse racing odds even better, Betsafe offers the Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) on many major race meets such as the Grand National and the Cheltenham.

Overall, the odds on offer in Betsafe are very decent and pretty much as you would expect from a bookmaker such as this.

In-Play Betting


With regards to Betsafe live in-play betting, it works very much like the Betsson in-play betting. A minute after the game/match starts, you can bet live on many sports and markets. Just like all other online bookies, there is a 5 to 10 seconds delay in live betting in order to make sure that any delays in transmissions don’t create a problem for you or Betsafe.

One great thing about Betsafe is that it offers free bets that you can use online in-play betting, which not all bookmakers do. It also offers live streaming so you can watch the game you are betting on as it progresses. However, you must meet certain criteria for this: firstly, you must make sure that your bookmaker account balance is positive, or you must have wagered a bet within the previous 24 hours before you log on.

One thing you need to be aware of is that not all events are available to live stream in different countries, so check out your eligibility for your chosen game to avoid disappointment.

All in all the live in-play betting offered is very good; it has everything you need. Although it isn’t quite as exciting as some out there it is definitely not going to disappoint.



The casino of Betsafe is highly rated among online gamblers and for a good reason. The variety of games is exceptional and most of them are provided by top developers such as NetEnt and Microgaming. The customers of Betsafe Casino can pick between all kinds of slots, including progressive jackpots, video poker, card and table games, and a live casino section. Lots of the games are available on mobile as well.

Games: Slots, Roulette, Blackjack, Video Poker, Baccarat, Casino Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, other card and table games
Average Payout: 96%
Jackpots: Mega Moolah, Hall of Gods, Arabian Nights, Major Millions, Mega Fortune, over 30 in total. If you are wondering how much you can win, let’s just say some people have hit prizes of €5,000,000 and more!
Live Casino: Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Casino Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker


The Betsafe poker room is of the same high quality as the other products. It is one of the biggest skin of the MPN poker network, formerly known as Microgaming. You can find all kinds of interesting formats, plenty of action at the tables and juicy promotions.

Games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo, Razz, Stud
Formats: no limit, pot limit, fixed limit cash games; SNG; multi-table tournaments, Fish Party, Blaze Poker (fast-fold)
Traffic: high on low and mid limits; medium on high limits



I am happy to report that on top of having an excellent product offering, Betsafe has gone above and beyond with their Promotions department! I am blown away by all the different offers I found when I went to this tab of the website.

Let’s have a look at the bonuses and promotions that are currently available at the site.

Sportsbook Welcome Match Bonus (you can also check Binatex bonuses)

The Sportsbook Welcome is a simple one: make a deposit and receive a 100% match bonus of up to $30 to use in the sportsbook. This is a tidy little bonus that you need to wager through six times in order to convert to cash that you can withdraw. The bonus expires 30 days after the initial deposit is made, so you need to stay alert to ensure you don’t lose the bonus amounts from your account. Also, please note that this bonus does not apply to initial deposits made through Skrill or Neteller.

Poker Welcome Bonus


There are several offers that apply to the poker section of Betsafe, and it all starts with the Welcome Bonus. Here are the details:

Once you register your account and select a screen name for poker, you can head to the cashier and select one of the 5 bonuses for poker. Here is an overview of each bonus:

Now, it if were up to me, I would make the maximum deposit so I can hit the tables and play my way to earning the bonus. You have 60 days to earn the bonus dollars in poker, so you’ll need to play a fair amount, but seeing as this is a skill game more than many of the casino games, you may find that you have a better chance to complete the achievement.

BetSafe mobile & apps review

BetSafe is fully responsive across all devices, which puts it on a par with other leading gambling companies. BetSafe’s mobile website is also complemented nicely by the addition of its mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Users of other mobile phones or tablets will have no problem creating a web app to give them quick access to the mobile site.

In terms of the services offered by Betsafe via mobile, it’s much the same as other gambling sites in that all features, barring some casino games and deposit options, are available across all platforms.

This means via the Betsafe apps and mobile site, you can bet on sports, play casino games and even throw down some cards.

We tested most parts of the BetSafe website and apps via an iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy phone all on 4G connections in the middle of 2020 and had no problem loading or using the features available,

BetSafe Android App


The BetSafe Android app is 100% free to download and can be accessed directly from their website, after you have created an account. Potential users of the Betsafe Android app may need to turn on non-market apps to download it.

BetSafe iOS app

The BetSafe iOS app is available to download directly from the Apple store and is free. The benefit to signing up before you download it is you can claim the great Betsafe promotions the World Gambling List has secured. The Betsafe Apple App is free to download.

Betsafe registration


  • In order to download Betsafe, you need first to register on the official website. You can do it by pressing the button “Create Account”.
  • Only adults can register, and the Betsafe will verify this during the process of client verification.​
  • After you clicked on the necessary button, fill in all the fields for registration.
  • After filling in all the fields, a confirmation letter will be sent to your email. Activate your account and start playing at Betsafe.

Betsafe deposit options

BetSafe targets a lot of different markets which means it has plenty of different deposit options available for customers. These include globally popular payment methods such as Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and Neteller, while more unique types like Interac and ecoPayz are also available.

In our experience BetSafe’s payments are quick and efficient with no reported trouble surrounding this part of the business. When you visit the Betsafe website you will be able to look at things such as the deposit and withdrawal limits.

Deposit options at Betsafe include:

  • Trustly
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Bank transfers
  • Paysafecard
  • Interac
  • Interac e-Transfer
  • Revolut
  • ecoPayz
  • MuchBetter
  • Skrill

Betsafe withdrawal methods & times


BetSafe processes withdrawals within 24 hours in most cases, which means the length of time between your withdrawal and being able to access the cash depends on the method you use. For instance we have had withdrawals with Neteller that take a few hours at BetSafe, but if you are expecting a Visa withdrawal or bank transfer to be there instantly you will be disappointed. You can find more information about withdrawal times at the Betsafe banking section. Withdrawal methods at include:

  • Neteller
  • Bank transfer
  • Revolut
  • Skrill
  • ecoPayz
  • Visa

Betting Limits

The betting limits per sport or bet aren’t specifically published at the Betsafe platform. There are minimum bet limits available to view for each different accepted currency, although nothing exists in terms of the type of bet that you want to place.

If you do choose to participate in sports betting at Betsafe, then the minimum wager that you can make stands at $0.10. This works nicely in the favor of new players who have never engaged in sports betting before. The stake limit does vary depending upon the sport or the market that you’re betting on, though, meaning that there are maximums in place.

That being said, there isn’t a fixed maximum bet amount allowed at the platform. If you input a stake that is over the limits for that particular bet, you will be informed on what the maximum stake permitted for it is. Your attempt will then be reduced to the maximum possible wager for that bet, with you having the option to proceed or not.

Speaking of limits, there is also a maximum amount that you can win per day at Betsafe. Each customer is able to take home a maximum of $100,000 on each bet and a maximum of $250,000 per betting day. Per week, this increases to$500,000. Of course, you’re going to have to be some kind of betting machine to reach such lofty heights – not to say that it can’t be done.

Customer Service


Customer service is a high priority at Betsafe. However, the site goes out of their way to make sure you don’t actually have to contact them. I was totally shocked by the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website. In fact, when I had a question, I went there first (as you all should) and was able to find the information I was looking for within minutes. This is great for both sides, as you don’t have to waste time contacting the casino and the site can be more efficient by not dealing with simple issues.

If you need to contact the company, you can do so via live chat, telephone or email.

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