Sports betting in South Africa has become increasingly popular amongst soccer, rugby and cricket fans. South Africa’s re-admission to international sporting events together with the development of online sports betting has made sports betting in South Africa more accessible and convenient than ever before.
Traced back to the early 1800’s, one of the oldest forms of sports betting in South Africa is horse race betting. With eleven racecourses operational in South Africa, at least one race meeting takes place every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas day. This lucrative avenue of sports betting in South Africa is primarily operated by Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, and Gold Circle (Pty) Limited. Working in close partnership, these two operators handle approximately 60% of all horse race betting in South Africa. A highly organised and successful industry in South Africa, horse race betting can conveniently be done through a phone call, a betting website, and even text messaging from a mobile phone.
Introduced by tote operators Phumelela and Gold Circle, Soccer 6 is a special bet that yields potentially large returns. This initiative has seen soccer take the lead in South African sports betting. Through Ladbrokes and Bet365, recommended betting websites for soccer, South Africans can enjoy betting on a range of tournaments including the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, South African PSL and the Soccer World Cup.
Betting while a game is still being played is especially popular in South Africa. Cricket is a good example of this given the lengthy duration of a match and the uncertainty during this timeframe. As its popularity grows, this type of betting will most likely overtake fixed-odds betting in South Africa. Cricket tournaments that boost betting activity include the World Cup T20, the ICC World Cup and the Indian Premier League, which generates substantial betting worldwide.
Betting on the Super 14 Series is a South African rugby favourite. Rugby betting is often done in sports bars and between friends. However, those serious about making money will use a bookmaker, monitor the injuries of players and consider the psychology of a team to improve their odds when placing a bet. Betting on international rugby is equally popular; tournaments include the Six Nations Cup, Heineken Cup, Tri Nations Rugby and the Rugby World Cup.