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Sportingbet South Africa review

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Sportingbet was founded in the UK in 1997 by Mark Blandford. Its specialty is to focus on local markets and provide punters with better value. It entered the South African market in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since.

It’s known for having a cutting-edge betting platform which works seamlessly across all devices. Sportingbet is also famous for its outstanding market depth on both pre-match and live betting markets. Plus it delivers plenty of live streaming events to add to the entertainment value, too. With a generous welcome bonus and several other ongoing promos, Sportingbet South Africa simply demands your attention.

The company is registered to NETBET (Pty) Ltd (2012/187650/07) and it’s licenced and regulated by the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board, thus proving this is a total legitimate place to bet online. Furthermore, Sportingbet South Africa offers one of the world’s most secure platforms with a five-level security system in place, multiple firewalls and 128-bit SSL data encryption.

Sportingbet Website and Login


As soon as you open the Sportingbet website, it feels like you have entered a truly professional online betting site. The platform is powered by SBT Software Operations (SA) which is a subsidiary of GVC Holdings PLC. This is one of the big hitters in the world of online gambling and it shows with a cutting-edge, user-friendly interface that works perfectly across all devices.

The main menu directs you to the various parts of the site such as sports, live betting, BetGames and promotions. There is a further submenu below this to make finding the exact area you want totally effortless. You also have an index with a series of quick links, a customisable ‘favourites’ box and a full rundown of the betting categories. When you click on a sport from the index, a further list drops down, meaning you can zoom in to your market within two clicks.

Sportingbet stands out for having several features that not many other sportsbooks in South Africa offer. For starters, there is the new Predictor game where you can win up to R25,000 every week. All you need to do is name the minute of the first goal and who the scorer will be from the preselected fixture. Your first prediction is free but you can earn the right to extra predictions by betting on the platform.

Betting options

In terms of great market selection, Sportingbet’s website can be adjudged as the best online bookmaker in South Africa. Aside from the regular win, draw or lose option available to all sports games, Placing stakes on football and other related games comes with additional options like:

  • First to Score

The 1X2 options are not the only winning alternative in a game. You can earn a fortune by correctly predicting the first team to score.

  • Both team to Score

Regardless of the final score in a normal match time, correctly predicting the betting option “both teams to score” before the match starts earns you a win.

  • Match winner and both teams to score combo

This is a combination of “match winner option” and “both team to score” as a single option. If the final score after full-time reflects your choice, you have won.

  • Double Chance

As the title depicts, you can select a win/draw option for your team of choice. If the outcome falls between the two options you picked, you will be declared a winner.

  • Double Chance and both teams to score

This is also one of the final outcomes of a match fused as one. You will be declared a winner if the final outcome results as predicted.

  • Handicap 3-way (-3)

The central idea behind a Handicap option is by giving a goal advantage to any of the opposing team of choice. For instance, if you give a goal down to Liverpool in a game against Chelsea, for Liverpool to win that match, they will have to win by at least two goal margin.



Sportingbet offers punters over 30 different sports to bet on including soccer, rugby, tennis, cricket, horse racing, golf, basketball and more.

All the popular bet types are available including win, each-way, accumulators, first goalscorer, correct score and others.

Check out the most popular sports here:

  • Soccer is a major part of the Sportingbet website and there are a huge amount of betting opportunities available every day. Major competitions like the Premier League and Champions League are covered in depth, while there are hundreds of other markets on offer from matches taking place across the world. The live in-play soccer betting service is one of the best around, giving punters the opportunity to place wagers as the action unfolds.
  • Rugby: if you are looking for the best choice of rugby union odds, Sportingbet offers a superb selection of markets from around the globe. World Cup, Super Rugby and Rugby Championship betting is available well in advance, while French Top 14, Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Champions Cup and Pro 14 are other competitions available. Rugby league fans are also well catered for, with Super League and NRL odds offered throughout the season.
  • Tennis: Sportingbet’s tennis section takes you through the season on both the ATP and WTA tours. The four Grand Slams – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open – are the most popular events, providing punters with a host of ante-post, match betting and in-play betting opportunities. All the smaller tournaments are also covered, ensuring you never miss the chance to place a bet on tennis.
  • Horse racing fans will be in their element at Sportingbet, with markets on all UK, Irish and South African meetings, plus ante-post markets for the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National and other major events. You can also bet on top international action such as the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, Breeders’ Cup, Melbourne Cup and the Dubai World Cup.
  • Golf: you can access the Masters, US Open, British Open, US PGA Championship and Ryder Cup betting at Sportingbet. They also offer golf betting on tournaments from the European Tour, PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Tour weekly. With specials betting, such as next player to win a Major, any South African Major winner this year and price boosts, Sportingbet is your one-stop shop for all your golfing wagers.
  • Basketball: Sportingbet is your first choice for basketball betting. Throughout the NBA and European league seasons you can wager on the outcome of a match or access handicap or total points betting. They also offer dozens of markets including outright or match betting from competitions across the world.

With other popular sports like Formula One, American Football, MMA, boxing and more, Sportingbet’s offering puts many other betting sites in the shade.

Live Betting

There’s a feast of live betting on offer ranging from football, tennis, basketball and ice hockey to volleyball, handball, table tennis and badminton. Market depth is variable depending on the size of the event, with certain football games having 80+ markets, tennis 35+ and volleyball over 50.

The live betting interface is one of the best around. You have tabs for event view and multi view – which is great if you want to track several bets at the same time. There’s live streaming across a number of sports such as tennis, volleyball, handball and football, or you can follow the action on the match animation console. Ultimately, it’s more than simply a betting platform, this is a sporting entertainment centre where you can have a punt and watch the match at the same time.



Various promotions have proven to be the only distinguishing feature between various bookmakers. Promotions offer punters an opportunity to maximize winnings, subject to conforming with the wagering and bonus requirements.

Sportingbet has several promotional offerings which include their flagship welcome bonus offer matched at 100% of the deposit amount up to a maximum of R2,000. This requires wagering of 3x of both deposit and bonus at minimum odds of 1.5 (1/2) or better – we find these terms to be among the best in South Africa, especially the lower odds of the wagering.

Other than the welcome bonuses, Sportingbet also has other promotions that are updated from time to time and include Cashback for a loss by 1 leg in a multi-selection bet, build a bet on accumulators, money back on losing tennis accumulators, the EPL predictor and others.

Sportingbet for Mobile Devices

Like most other countries, South Africa has entered the mobile age with a vengeance, which means that most South Africans own at least one mobile or smart phone or device. For this reason, to deliver the ultimate in virtual betting convenience and privacy, Sportingbet is 100% mobile-friendly. Whether yo9u have an iPhone, a Samsung tablet or a Windows-powered Nokia, you can access Sportingbet 24/7.

All you have to do is register for an account with this ZAR sports betting site (if you don’t already have one) on your smart phone or device (or on a desktop PC or laptop – you can use the same login details). If you’re 18 or older and have the means to fund your account, this is a simple process. Sportingbet’s banking page easy to navigate regardless of whether you’re running iOS (Apple), Windows or Android.

As long as you can connect to the internet, and thus, you’re good to go. Obviously the faster and more reliable your internet connection, the better your betting experience will be, especially if you intend to watch Sportingbet TV, the site’s live streaming service. By being able to place bets using your phone or tablet, you essentially convert your device into your very own sports betting kiosk.

Mobile Betting App


Sporting bet has competitive odds for players looking to make money gambling on sports. They provide betting markets from across the world, and they are mostly proud of their in-play betting products. Punters can take advantage of favourable odds at Sportingbet and place live bets in real-time. You can keep up with the end-to-end action on the field with live score updates every single minute of the game. These features are available on your computer desktop along with your mobile device. Use your Android or iPhone & iPad to download the Sportingbet App for easy access.

Creating an account with Sportingbet

The registration process of any bookmaker is really the making or breaking point of any new players user experience. It is crucial that the process for any player is firstly simple, it is easy to input and navigate, and most importantly does not require overly sensitive information or lengthy and/or difficult to upload document requirements.

On first entry you will be required to provide your email address and a future password to your account, once this is complete you will then need to supply the relevant authentication details such as your name, date of birth and you source of funds.

Once again you may be asked to supply FICA documentation if your identity cannot be initially confirmed, however the site does not request this upfront nor do they have much mention around FICA and FICA requirements.

One thing we do like is the reminder of the welcome bonus throughout the registration process. From a mobile device, tablet or even the app the registration process is exactly the same, as mentioned the credentials you initially register with can be used across any device or the app when looking to login to your account.



Sportingbet accepts various banking methods that suit bettors in South Africa. All of the accepted methods are safe and secure, and they are compatible with mobile devices. The encrypted banking page is another reason you can use the site without anydoubts, because criminals cannot access your personal details.

OZOW is one of the accepted payment methods. Others include Fast Bank Transfer, which you should be able to access from your online banking profile. MasterCard and Visa credit cards also are accepted methods. You can register your card at the online sports betting site when you use it to make a deposit. Doing so will store some of your card details to make future deposits much faster. The registration will not store your security code. OZOW, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, 1Voucher, Visa, and MasterCard deposits will be processed instantly. Bank transfers may take a little longer.

You can use any of the deposit methods to make withdrawals at Sportingbet. Bank transfers make take 1 to 2 days to process, but withdrawals made using any of the other methods should be processed instantly.

How To make a deposit:

  • Log in to your account
  • Go to the ‘Cashier’ tab and select ‘Deposit’
  • Choose your preferred payment method
  • Enter or select your deposit amount and bonus code (if applicable), then click on ‘Deposit’

How to Make a Withdrawal


  • Log in to your account
  • Go to the ‘Cashier’ tab and select ‘Withdrawal’
  • Choose your preferred payment method
  • Enter or select your withdrawal amount then click on ‘Withdraw’

Betting Limits

While the minimum amount you can place as stake is R8, the maximum stake depends on the type of sport you decided to place a stake on. However, the maximum amount you can win from a single bet slip is R1,000,000. In the event that your accumulated figure exceeds the aforementioned, it shall be rounded up to that figure. Finally, you will be restricted from placing bet for a specified amount of time if you lose up to R100,000 within four weeks.

SportingBet customer service


SportingBet has a detailed help section where you can find answers to commonly asked questions. In this section you will find information like betting rules and help with things such as cashing out.

In the help section you will also find a contact us form, which is how you email the company. We gave it a quick test run and had a reply within 24 hours. If we’re being critical we would much prefer to see a phone number that we could call to get some answers about any questions.

Sportingbet Phone Number 0800 983 625 (09:00 – 21:00)
Email [email protected]
Sportingbet Live Chat N/A
Sportingbet Head Office Sportingbet, Transworld House 82-100 City Road London, EC1Y 2BJ, UK.

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