Hollywoodbets Review

Hollywoodbets

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Hollywoodbets

Hollywoodbets continue to impress through their revamped desktop site, an impressive selection of sports and other betting options such as Jika Sports, Lucky numbers, and many others.

  • One of the most popular sites in SA
  • R25 Free Bet on Registration
  • Excellent Betting, Banking and Casino Options

Overall Rating

Hollywoodbets Info

Hollywoodbets has long established itself as a leader in the South African bookmaker industry, providing a well-rounded betting experience. They are a legal operation with licenses to operate in the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. What we love most about Hollywoodbets is the excellent variety of betting options and unique promotions they have available. 

In this review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the range of betting products available at Hollywoodbets, offering some insights into their revamped site and what these mean for the overall user experience. We’ll also dive into the Hollywoodbets sign up offer, sports betting features and casino games offering. Lastly, we’ll assess their customer service, which is increasingly important to help bookies build loyalty in the highly competitive SA market. 

Hollywoodbets Gets A Brand New Look

Although Hollywoodbets revamped its website in late 2019, they have kept the older site as the default site for visitors which is known and loved by so many punters. To use the updated version, simply click Try Our New Desktop Site on the right side of the homepage. We like the phased approach to relaunching their new site as it gives punters a chance to become accustomed to the changes and also allows those who prefer the older site to stick with it.

Desktop Website

There are plenty of perks to the new site though. Punters who switch over to the new site are rewarded with enhanced features and more functional design compared to the older version. On the new site, the buttons and icons have space to breathe, whereas the older site appears somewhat cramped.  The new site has a modern aesthetic while maintaining the purple and yellow colour palette associated with the Hollywoodbets brand. Where it differs, however, is that the purple on the new site is stylishly combined with black as opposed to a mix of purple, yellow and white on the older version—which can be harsh on the eyes! 

The latest version of the site is designed in such a way that the centre panel of the homepage can be filled with the day’s soccer highlights such as upcoming fixtures in the English Premier League and other top divisions. This change is a vast improvement on the older site which provided only a few highlights.

The sports menu options of the new site remain the same and are still accessed by scrolling through the left panel of the homepage. However, when you click the options on this menu, sub-menus now appear in the centre of the screen and no longer below the menu option you select. The upgrade is a massive win for user experience as it makes the menu options much easier to read and navigate for punters. 

They’ve also arranged the market options on the new Hollywoodbets site according to type, which makes it easier to locate the bets you’re looking for. There is also less clutter in the centre panel and you can easily access their social media at the bottom right of the page. 

The net result of all these updates to the Hollywoodbets website is enhanced usability overall. In our view, until now, their web interface has always been one area lacking in innovation. With this upgrade, we believe Hollywoodbets now competes with the best online bookmakers in terms of both betting options and user experience.

Hollywoodbets Mobile

As with most mobile betting sites, the default Hollywoodbets mobile site is adapted for most mobile users. The Hollywoodbets login fields are conveniently placed at the top of the screen above a handy search bar. Directly below is a carousel menu featuring all the most popular betting options such as soccer, horse racing and Lucky Numbers. Navigation is further enhanced with a vertical menu displaying more betting options in the centre of the homepage. 

Further down in the mid-section of the homepage includes the Hollywoodbets blog, specials, live matches and more. From the mobile site, you can register a Hollywoodbets account, access banking options and claim any bonuses and promotions on offer.

If you prefer to view the site on your mobile exactly how it looks in the default desktop version, simply tap View Desktop Site at the bottom of the homepage. First-time mobile users might prefer Desktop View on their mobile because it looks familiar but there is no question using the Mobile View is far easier.

We highly recommend learning your way around the mobile view of the site because it will save you time in the long run. While using Desktop View on your phone you will frequently have to zoom in to read the menu options and the user experience is not a positive one.

Overall, the Hollywoodbets mobile site is not the prettiest and sleekest around, but it loads quickly and navigating the site through the drop-down menus is fairly easy and logical. There’s still room for improvement which I’m sure we’ll see soon enough, especially in terms of categorising menus and customisation options for users.

Sign Up Bonus & Other Promotions

Hollywoodbets is one of the few bookies in South Africa that offer a sign up bonus for new users without requiring a deposit. To claim the R25 Free Bet, all you’ll need to do is register and wait for your account to be verified. Once the R25 Free Bet is credited, you then have 24 hours to use it. If your account cannot be successfully verified upon registration, you might be asked to send in your FICA documents before receiving your R25 Free Bet.

There are also time-sensitive promotions and specials for customers to take advantage of, which are regularly updated. At the time of writing, two Lucky Numbers promotions were running. The first of these is the UK49s Frenzy, where you can win R50 betting vouchers every day for betting any amount on this lottery. There were also hosting a competition with the chance to win R2 000 cash prizes weekly for playing the Greece Afternoon and Evening Extra 5.

Ongoing promotions available at Hollywoodbets include a long-time favourite for punters, the Soccer Money Back promotion. This is your standard soccer money-back special on accumulators which pays out when one part of an 8+ leg accumulator loses. While the R25 No-Deposit Free Bet is a unique offer, what we would love to see from Hollywoodbets is a matched first deposit bonus for new customers the likes of which are offered at most other bookies.

Unique Features

Hollywoodbets offers a few sports features to enhance the betting experience for punters. Although late to the party, they now offer Cash Out, which allows punters to take control of bets by cutting their losses or taking a profit early. They also have a Bet Builder for selected sports and leagues.

Betting Markets

The depth of betting markets available at Hollywoodbets is impressive, especially in terms of soccer and horse racing. Whether you want to bet on lower league European football or race meetings across the UK and Ireland, there’s always a comprehensive list of events to choose from. Of course, with their footprint in the South African market, it goes without saying that Hollywoodbets has plenty of betting options available on local racing and soccer too. 

Hollywoodbets is well known for their superb selection of in-play betting which includes markets on international soccer, tennis, basketball and even esports. These are easily accessible through the Live In-Play tab on the left side of the homepage, where you can find an overview screen, match view and diary listing upcoming events.

Aside from a comprehensive sportsbook, Hollywoodbets also offers Lucky Numbers betting on local and international lotteries as well as Live Games like Dream Catcher and Monopoly, which are brought to you by Evolution and Ezugi Gaming. 

Casino Games

Hollywoodbets offers the full suite of Betgames on its site which includes 10 exciting games to choose from. Live draws are held every few minutes so you’ll never be kept waiting long. There are plenty of betting options available in each game and some lovely hosts to add excitement. In March 2020 the maximum payout for all Betgames played online was increased to R100 000, an exciting prospect for those punters looking to win big!

At Hollywoodbets, you can play the following Betgames:

  • Lucky 5
  • Lucky 6
  • Lucky 7
  • Speedy 7
  • War of Bets
  • Dice Duel
  • Bet on Poker
  • 6+ Poker
  • Baccarat
  • Wheel of Fortune

Lucky Numbers

At Hollywoodbets, you can place bets on the outcome of lotteries from all over the world without having to be there. What’s more, you can bet on hundreds of different markets and not just the winning numbers. Some of the alternative markets available include odd or even numbers, low or high numbers and single-digit numbers. And because the odds are fixed, you’ll never have to share your winnings with anyone who took the same bet as you. You can learn more about playing Lucky Numbers at Hollywoodbets here.

Virtual Sports

Jika Sports offers live-streamed virtual soccer and horse racing every six minutes. You can bet on all your favourite markets and watch these virtual events live just like you would a real match at your local bookie or on TV at home. Now you never have to wait for the weekend’s sport to begin, you can bet on a live match right now!

Banking

Topping up your Hollywoodbets account and withdrawing funds is quick and easy online. And if you happen to be at your local Hollywoodbets branch, you can do it there too. Make an online deposit for as little as R10 with a Visa or Mastercard, and through an EFT from all the major banks including FNB, Absa, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Capitec. Hollybets also accepts 1voucher, Zapper, PayFast and more. 

Withdrawals can be made through electronic transfers which are paid out within 48 hours, or in cash from any Hollywoodbets branch as long as you can show your photo ID. A daily withdrawal limit of R3 000 applies and a monthly payout limit of R25 000 is also in place.

For more information on how to deposit funds and request withdrawals, check out this detailed guide.

Customer Service

Hollywoodbets is well staffed with customer service agents who are always willing and able to answer your queries. Hollywoodbets make finding help for customers easy by having multiple communications channels. Hollywoodbets FICA Self Service allows you to submit your personal documents quickly and easily, which makes the verification process as seamless as possible. Upload FICA on your mobile phone by taking a picture or uploading files already saved on your device. From your desktop, you can upload your FICA documents by browsing and uploading files directly from your computer.

Here’s how to contact Hollywoodbets:

  • Telephone: 087 353 7634
  • WhatsApp: 076 811 6212
  • Email: hwhelpline@hollywoodbets.net
  • FICA Support: fica@hollywoodbets.net
  • Social media: Facebook – Hollywoodbets.net / Twitter – @hollywoodbets / Instagram – @hollywoodbets

The Gambler’s Verdict

The old saying goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” but we have to admit the new Hollywoodbets website is a vast improvement on the older one. Even though many punters might have been happy with the previous site, we love the makeover and new direction they’ve taken. Even if you’ve been reluctant to switch over from the older desktop site, just give it some time and we’re sure you’ll love it!

The new Hollywoodbets site shows evidence of thought being put into providing an enhanced betting platform for punters. We continue to be impressed with the range of banking options available to punters, which are continually being diversified with brand-new vouchers and web wallet options. Furthermore, Hollywoodbets do a great job of engaging their customers on social media and their regular cash-prize competitions are unrivalled.

One small grievance we have with Hollywoodbets—and we don’t have many—is their lack of a deposit match offer for new customers. Their No-Deposit R25 Free Bet is a unique sign-up offer but offering a deposit bonus would further provide value and further incentivise customers. Overall, it’s hard to fault Hollywoodbets and it’s no surprise they are one of the market leaders for online betting in South Africa.

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