Sportingbet Review

There are certainly not that many bookies that would truly cut above the rest, when one looks at the South African sports betting industry. Sportingbet certainly makes it up there among what could be termed the best offerings in South Africa. The bookmaker is legally registered to provide services by the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board. Some of the strongest features it provides include a vast array of game selections, good features such as Build-A-Bet, cash out, live games, and many others. In this review, we take a look at Sportingbet’s features, user interface, promotions, markets, and deposit options from a mostly mobile user perspective.

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R2000 Deposit Match

Sportingbet

Sportingbet are hands down one of the best all round betting sites in South Africa. A great interface combined with excellent markets, odds and promotions makes them a must use.

  • Cash Out and Auto Cash Out
  • Same Match Bet Builder
  • Casino and Betgames

Overall Rating

Sportingbet Info

Sportingbet site

Sportingbet did a revamp of their site sometime in 2019 and has retained the traditional blue and white colour theme. The desktop landing is characteristically well thought out, with a very user-friendly design and layout. It is very easy to navigate through the various menus and game options. From the top of the screen, one can access the various sports options. We also like that Sportingbet broadly clusters the sports into upcoming and live games which make for faster navigation.

On the left pane, you can access the highlights of the day which may include selected leagues, sports, or promotions on offer. Further scrolling down allows one to also access again the various sports bets options. The central part is occupied by selected live and upcoming fixtures. For quickly searching for a team or fixture, you can easily make use of the Bet finder function which is available from the top right of the screen.

Deposit Bonus

Sportingbet currently have a 100% first deposit bonus up to R2000. So they’ll double your first deposit as a new customers. The bonus terms are also very generous and you’ll be able to withdraw your winnings as cash!

Sportingbet Mobile

The mobile page of Sportingbet is also really impressive, featuring the characteristic blue and white theme as usual. The mobile webpage is of the responsive type and adjusts screen size in accordance with the device in use. Navigation across the page is made easy through the well designed and visible icons and buttons. The various sports options may be accessed by scrolling sideways through the top navigation pane.

Scrolling down through the homepage will lead you to various live and upcoming fixtures, just as in the case of the desktop landing page. Sportingbet has also done well by providing a menu option at the bottom of the page to again allow for access to all the sports and other betting options including live games and Betgames. This overall increases the navigation speed as you can access the desired options from any part of the screen.

Sportingbet App

Sportingbet goes on to provide mobile applications for both Android and iOS applications. These may be downloaded from the website itself through the provided links. The layout and functionality of the mobile app are the same as that of the mobile page. Note whoever, the mobile app is sensitive to location, and may not be used to place bets outside of South Africa. Mobile applications allow for faster access to the betting platform when compared with making use of a browser. This becomes especially useful for those who would want to make use of live betting that requires fast betting action.

Markets and Odds

It is quite evident as one is scrolling through the page that Sportingbet is quire rich in terms of sports and market options. You can choose from a huge selection of sports including Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, and many others. Politics and other events are also possible betting options.

Coming to markets, Sportingbet also offers very solid and good markets in the available sports including major sports such as soccer, basketball, and rugby. The odds on offer are equally competitive with other bookies available locally. Also, Sportingbet has some other nice features which are discussed in the section below.

Promotions

Coming to promotions, Sportingbet rank amongst bookies offering quite good and numerous promotions that are updated from time to time. The flagship one is a 100% matched deposit bonus offering up to a maximum of R2,000. The wagering terms are quite favourable when compared to other bookies – you would need to deposit within the first 30 days of opening an account, with a minimum deposit being R50 (and R10 is iPay is used as a deposit method).

Both deposit and bonus amounts would need to be wagered a minimum of 3 times at odds of 1.5 (1/2) or better including singles or multiple bets. Sadly, as is common with other bookies, deposits via Skrill and Neteller do not qualify for this bonus. 

Other promotions on offer include the First to Three promotion that involves the prediction of correct first goal scorers, cashback for a multi bet that loses with just one leg, and many others.

Features

Sportingbet has gone further to offer some nice and exciting features that have become a common appearance with top international bookies. Notable features that Sportingbet offer at the moment include the following:

  • The Cashout Feature – This allows punters to cash out on their bets before the matches/events have been completed. This feature is only available for selected matches. Cashout can be done manually or automatically by setting the system to perform an automatic cashout at a certain cashout amount – however, during the time of writing, we could not find additional info on automatic cash out as the link on their site appeared to be not working.
  • Build-A-Bet feature – Sportingbet also offers the Build a Bet feature that allows punters to select several outcomes for a single match. This feature is only available for selected soccer matches and does not allow a user to cash out. You would need to make a minimum of 2 selections and a maximum of 8 selections. Users should also note that such a bet cannot be combined with other bets to form a multi bet.

Betgames and Live Casino Games

Other than sports, Sportingbet has a host of other notable betting options that should certainly give punters a variety of options. These include the assortment of Betgames such as Lucky 6, Speedy 7, War of Bets, and many others. Sportingbet also prides itself as being the first South African licenced provider of live casino games. Their current offering of live games includes live roulette, Dream Catcher, and many others. Live game action comes in thick and fast and provides a good alternative for those who prefer continuous betting action in times where there is very little live sporting action.

Betting Made Easy

The process of placing bets with Sportingbet using a mobile device is very simple – once the desired market is selected, it is automatically placed onto the bet slip which can be accessed from the bottom of the screen. The desired stake is then placed, and the bet confirmed. The minimum stake amount is R1 per bet.

How to open an account

To open an account with Sportingbet, you will simply need to make use of the “Register” button that is available from the top right of the screen and follow the prompts to enter your personal information.

Deposit Methods

In terms of transaction options, Sportingbet offers a fairly wide number of deposit options including VISA, Mastercard, 1 voucher, EFT, and Ozow instant payment.

The Gamblers Verdict on Sportingbet South Africa

It is, without doubt, Sportingbet has a very solid all-round offering for South African punters out there. The bookie ticks positively in all checklist boxes, starting from a well thought and user-friendly interface. Sportingbet offers a very wide selection of sports and other betting options, including Betgames and live games which are yet to be widely available in South Africa.

The number of promotions on offer should be attractive to both new and existing customers – we like that their welcome bonus matched at 100% of the deposit amount has very reasonable terms of 3x wagering at odds of 1.5. Sportingbet also offers some very handy features such as cashout and BuildABet, that although they may not be a common feature on the South African front, they are now part of standard features worldwide. The bookie also offers a fairly good choice of payment gateways. This is a highly recommended bookie.

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