Online betting in South Africa has certainly come a very long way in a very short pace of time. If you had asked almost any punter to put his/hers credit card details online he/she would have laughed at you.
These days we are all shopping online. Companies like: Shopdirect, payfast, paypal, and verisign have made our online shopping experience stress free. Setting up an account with one of the major companies like Tab can take a matter of minutes and before you know it, you have, quite literally, have access to a world of sport. You can place bets on yachting, bowls, darts, soccer and everything in between.
Horse racing is still the dominant sport in the South African betting scene and the arrival of online betting has taken it to new heights, which no punter would have thought possible. Fans can now sit at home, in Pofadder for example, can now not only place bets in Cape Town and Hong Kong, but have access to all the vital stats so he/she may make an informed decision; making the whole experience more real and enjoyable ( stressful ???).
This level of detail is filtering down to other sports as well: in rugby you can bet on things like the half-time score or who will score the first try, while cricket has enough variables and betting options to keep any punter busy. One of the most important developments that has occurred because of the online betting phenomenon is the feature that allows you to place bets during an event, albeit at different odds. This has added a whole dimension to watching sport.
When we think online betting, we cannot help but immediately think of professional sport. This may have the case until quite recently. Reality TV betting has become extremely popular among punters: people now bet on anything from Pop Idol to Miss South Africa.
At this we will soon be offered odds to try and guess how many times a politician will lie in his or her speech; I am certain that somewhere in America someone is working on just that.