Sportingbet Review

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Editor's Comments" is reliable, friendly and easy-to-use online sports betting site that caters specifically to South Africans. For this reason it’s extremely popular amongst South African punters, and because it processes all payments and betting action in Rand (ZAR) while offering a broad spectrum of odds on the nation’s most popular sports (rugby, cricket, golf, soccer) and more. This bookmaker deserves full marks."

Launched in 1998, Sportingbet is one of the world’s top online betting providers which operates in 26 countries - South Africa included – and has more than 700,000 active betting fans across the globe. It is particularly popular in South Africa because it has its own South Africa-facing site ( that accepts Rand (ZAR) and is licensed and regulated by the Western Cape Gambling & Racing Board.

Which African Countries and Currencies Are Accepted

AO players are not accepted
Not Accepted
BW players are not accepted
Not Accepted
GH players are not accepted
Not Accepted
KE players are not accepted
Not Accepted
MU players are not accepted
Not Accepted
NA players are not accepted
Not Accepted
NG players are not accepted
Not Accepted
South Africa
ZA players are accepted
ZM players are not accepted
Not Accepted

Languages Supported at Sportingbet

  • English

Sportingbet Sportsbook Review

Sportingbet has been offering sports and other betting lines for almost 20 years and is still going strong, which speaks volumes about its longevity, reputation and highly competitive offerings. However, it was only in 2009 that South Africans got their first taste of Sportingbet and all it has to offer when the British owner (GVC Holdings plc) launched its South African licensed, regulated and facing online sportsbook.

Since then, Sportingbet has continued its climb in the online betting rankings in South Africa. This is due to its welcoming and user-friendly site that is crammed with an enormous variety of fair and competitive betting markets and odds on sports and events from around the world, including South Africa. In fact, cricket, golf and rugby union betting lines are just three of many betting favourites of SA punters.

With over 8,000 individual betting lines posted on the site every day across more than 30 sports, choice is king at Sportingbet. Plus, this South African online and mobile bookmaker boasts many top features such as up-to-the-second live scores so that you don’t miss a thing, and In-Play betting across over 300 markets, where you can continue to place bets while the match, event or game is still being played.

If you like to study the stats before you wager, Sportingbet has got you covered. It has a ‘Statistics’ section on its site where you can look up stats on a range of sports including baseball, rugby league, soccer, golf, motorsports, basketball, rugby union, cricket and tennis. In the case of soccer (football) you’ll find stats on standings, suspensions, top goal scorers and 1st goal scorers and even injury news.

Its wide selection of betting lines aside, Sportingbet has made it quick and easy for South Africans to sign up, deposit, bet and cash out. Each of its processes and platforms are designed to be as user-friendly as possible, and it has partnered with the most reputable software, security, and payment firms. This is to ensure that each step of the way transactions are processed fast, efficiently, privately and reliably.

Soccer Betting - Available Leagues

On Sportingbet you’ll find a wide range of soccer betting markets from across the world, including:


Country League Conference
Egypt Premier League Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Rwanda Peace Cup
South Africa Premier Soccer League


Country League Conference
Croatia Youth League Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
Denmark Superliga
England Premier League, League Cup, Championship, League One, League Two, Community Shield
Finland 3. Division, Veikkausliiga, Ykkonen
Germany Super Cup
Iceland 1. Delid, 3. Delid, Urvalsdeld, Women
Ireland First Division, Premier Division
Italy Supercoppa
Kazakhstan Premier League
Norway 1. Division, 3. Division, Tippaligaen
Russia Zone Leagues, Women, Matches
Spain Segunda Division
Sweden 3. Division, Allsvenskan, Division 1, Division 2, Superettan, Women, Youth
USA MLS, PDL, USL Pro The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
Argentina Primera B Nacional, Primera Division, Reserves South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
Bolivia LPF
Brazil Serie A, Serie B, Serie C
Ecuador Serie A
Paraguay Division Profesional, Reserve League
Peru Primera Division
Trinidad and Tobago Pro League
Uruguay Primera Division
Australia Brisbane Premier League, NPL Matches, NPL Queensland, NPL Tasmania,Women, Youth Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
China Super League
Japan J.League, J2 League
Singappore S-League
South Korea K-League Classic
Vietnam Second Division

Other Sports You Can Bet On at Sportingbet

Other popular sports South Africans can wager on at Sportingbet include, but are not limited to:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Formula 1
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Hockey
  • MMA
  • Motorcycling World Championship
  • Pool
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Specials
  • Speedway
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • US Football
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Winter Sports

Sportingbet Main Features

One of the best features of Sportingbet is how quick and easy it is to register for an account. All you have to do is click the ‘Open New Account’ button and fill out the registration form with its categories: Your Personal Details (title, name, address, email, mobile etc.), Personal Identification (South African ID / passport number), Security Information (your username and password) and Preferences (odds etc.).

Once you’ve agreed to Sportingbet’s terms and conditions, submitted the registration form and received an email confirming that your account has been created, go to the banking page where you can chose a payment option that best suits your needs. Once you’ve added funds to your account, you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the many types of bets and betting lines available like single, multiple and in-play.

Another great feature of Sportingbet South Africa is its facility that allows you to watch selected events live on its website, provided you have an active account. This means that you can bet and watch the action live on your desktop PC or laptop or even on the move on your smart phone or tablet. All you need is a Sportingbet account and a fast and reliable internet connection, and you’re on your way.

When it comes to its numerous betting lines and markets, Sportingbet makes use of some of the most talented oddsmakers around who are responsible for posting only the fairest and most competitive odds to give you the biggest bang for your betting buck. It is its great selection of fair odds that keeps punters from all over South Africa coming back to Sportingbet time and again, and attracts new betting fans.

Key Sportingbet Features Summary

Sportingbet boasts many key features that have made it an online betting powerhouse in South Africa:

  • Fully licensed to operate in South Africa
  • 100% online (desktop) and mobile-friendly
  • Aimed at South Africans (
  • Posts up to 8,000 betting lines every single day
  • Has a betting guide and glossary for first time punters
  • Has the latest statistics across a wide number of sports
  • Accepts a variety of safe, fast and trusted payment methods
  • Licensed and regulated by the Western Cape Gambling & Racing Board
  • Has a number of fast and efficient customer service facilities including FAQs
  • Processes deposits, rewards, bets and withdrawals in South African Rand ZAR

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.

Sports Betting Bonuses at Sportingbet

To make newly signed up punters feel at home, Sportingbet has a 100% First Deposit Match Bonus up to R1,000. All you have to do to receive this reward is register for a new account at Sportingbet, opt in for the bonus, and finally deposit up to R1,000. For instance, deposit R100 and your account will be credited with an extra R100 for a total of R200. Deposit R1,000 and you’ll get a total of R2,000 in betting funds.

And Sportingbet’s generosity doesn’t end there, because it has a host of other enticing bonuses and promotions. Whenever you login to Sportingbet, be sure to visit its Offers page, where you’ll find all of the latest promotions (along with their terms and conditions) such as:

  • Money Back Multiple – You’ll get your cash back if one team spoils your football accumulator
  • Tennis Multiple Special – You’ll receive your cash back if one leg spoils your tennis accumulator
  • Refer & Earn – You’ll receive a R150 free bet for every friend you refer to Sportingbet

How to Process Payments at Sportingbet

To make fast and secure payments into your Sportingbet account, login with your username and password and then click the ‘Deposit’ button at the top of the homepage. Choose a payment method from the resulting page, an amount to deposit, and then follow any other steps or instructions. Here are the deposit methods available at Sportingbet:

  • Visa
  • Switch
  • Maestro
  • Neteller
  • Laser
  • MasterCard
  • Bank Transfer
  • SID (Secure Instant Deposit)

To cash out from your Sportingbet account, once logged in, click the ‘Withdraw’ button and follow the same steps you would if making a deposit. Please note: withdrawals may take up to 5 business days to appear in your account.

Sportingbet Contact Details

You can contact Sportingbet customer service daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm (GMT + 2) on the following:

  • Live Chat
  • Email online form
  • Telephone: 0800 983 625