It can be quite confusing for people living in South Africa in regards to whether they can gamble online legally or not, for whilst it is legal to gamble at for example online betting sites that have a gambling license issued in South Africa there are many online gambling sites offering their services to all citizens and residents based throughout the nation.
With this in mind we have compiled a series of guides and articles that will enlighten you on what types of gambling sites are available to South African residents, and will also answer a wide range of questions you may have if you are considering opening up any type of online gambling site account.
There are of course thousands of different gambling sites available online and those sites offer you everything from poker and bingo games to casino games, and you will of course have plenty of sites offering you a whole plethora of betting opportunities on all worldwide sporting events and sporting fixtures.
In light of there being so many different type of gambling sites available, further down this guide we have links to some specific gambling site guides, which will give you a much clearer understanding as to what is on offer at betting, poker bingo and online casino sites, which you should read through if you are looking for information on where are the safest and legal sites at which you can gamble at.
- Frequently Asked South African Online Gambling Law Questions
- How old do I have to be to gamble legally online?
- Are gambling sites 100% fair?
- Can I test out gambling sites for free?
- How long does it take to get paid my winnings?
- Are there any rewards available such as comp clubs?
- What gambling problem support groups are available?
- Can I gamble online using ZAR?
- Are the odds fair on online gambling games?
- How Can I deposit money into an online gambling site?
- How do I get paid my winnings?
- Gambling Site Specific South African Laws and Regulations
Let us now give you some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions which many Sought African gamblers will be interested in, you will find the answers to each of the following questions below and if you have, as mentioned above, more general questions relating to one type of gambling site then further down this guide you will find links to a specially complied of South African gambling site specific guides.
To be old enough to legally gamble in South Africa you have to be at the least 18 years of age, anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to gamble either online or in a land based gaming venue. All online gambling sites will have age verification procedures in place which ensure no one underage can access and play their games.
You will not have any problems when you are playing casino games online if you stick to casinos that are both licensed and have a gaming suite that has been tested independently for randomness. Some licensing authorities quite surprisingly do not require casinos to prove their games are fair and true, but when playing at a site whose games have been tested by a third party company you will be 100% certain of receiving a fair game
We would strongly advise anyone in South Africa that is intending to play casino games online at any point for real money, to first get some playing experience under their belt by trying games and gaming platforms in a free play option, which all casinos should let you do. This will ensure you find a site offering you the type of games you want to play and will enable you to locate a gaming platform that you are comfortable using.
The length of time that you will have to wait to get paid your winnings from any online gambling site you play and wager at from South Africa will be determined by two things, the first is the payout time scales offered by the site you are gambling at and also the method you choose to make your withdrawal. Web Wallets hit your account the second they have been processed however bank transfers and debit and credit card withdrawals can take several days to reach you.
You are going to find that when gambling online you are likely to get way more by way of bonuses and player comps than you ever would gambling at a land based gaming venue in South Africa. The overheads of running online gambling sites are often way lower than land based venues and as such lots of additional player rewards are bestowed on customers of online casinos, poker and bingo sites.
You will find gambling problem support groups are in available in many cities throughout South Africa, however if you would prefer you can visit the website of organisations such as Gamblers Anonymous where lots of advice and support can be found.
You are best advised to only every make deposits into gambling sites using South African Rand, as there are no shortages of casinos that will let you do so and by funding your account in ZAR you are not going to have to pay any hefty currency exchange rate fees and charges. Always avoid any gambling site that will not allow you to both fund and then gamble in Rand as there are always going to be fees to pay for turning your Rand into another currency when you deposit and then another set of fees to turn your winnings back into Rand.
The odds offered to you when for example playing casino and poker games will be no different when playing at online casinos as they would be when you play at land based gaming venues. In fact you will often find that when you gamble online you will have access to such a large and varied suite of game you will be able to locate games offering higher payout percentages and lower house edges, which means your long term chances of winning will be much higher than when you gamble in a land based gaming venue.
You will have quite a number of banking options available to you at all online gambling sites, but do be aware that some sites will offer you a huge number of banking options and some may only have a limited number of them. Credit and Debit cards including pre paid ones are often the first choice of gamblers wishing to fund their casino accounts, but as many banks tend to block any type of gambling transactions when using one of their debit or credit cards you may be best off using a web wallet as a way funding your gambling site accounts.
You winnings amassed and accumulated when gambling online will often be sent back to you using the same method as you used to fund your casino account. However if you have made a deposit using a method on which you cannot get winnings processed and sent back to you via that method then you will be given options of withdrawing your winnings via cheque or back to a web wallet, so always make sure you have a few options in your mind.
You may be interested in just one type of gambling game or gambling site and as such below you will find links to each of our gambling law site specific guides and articles, as you can see these cover poker and betting sites online bingo and online casino sites, and to view those respective guides simply follow the links below.
Legal South Africa Online Poker Sites – It is often a surprise to many South African based poker players just how many offshore based poker sites there are, and with tournaments in addition to cash ring games on offer there are certainly hours of fun to be had at such sites.
Legal South Africa Online Casino Sites – Online casinos tend to offer some huge suites of different casino games, and should you have an interest in games of chance and the legalities of playing them online from South Africa then please do take a look at this particular guide.
Legal South Africa Online Bingo Sites – Bingo may not be as popular in South Africa as it is in some other countries, but there are lots of sites offering a wide and varied range of bingo games to players. Do check out this guide that is going to enlighten you on all there is to playing bingo online and what you can do to ensure you are getting access to fair games.
Legal South Africa Online Betting Sites – If you can think of a sporting event, then as a South African based sports bettor you are going to find hundreds of betting sites that will allow you to bet on that sporting event. You do however have to ensure the site you join up to and place your wagers at is fully licensed and regulated.