This is a photo of front entrance gate of Carnival City Hotel and Casino in Brakpan, East Rand, Boksburg, at night, with all the decoration lights on. Under this picture, on this page, you can find a list of all terrestrial South Africa casinos, info about the legal status of gaming venues, slot halls, their taxation regime, licensing system, and you can find a list of South African licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.

South Africa Casinos Guide (on the picture: Carnival City Hotel and Casino in Boksburg)

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in South Africa (officially the Republic of South Africa, one of the most racist country on Earth, the former hopeful rising star of Africa, a former British colony, still the richest African country by several metrics). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in South Africa, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

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Online casinos in South Africa

Legal status of digital casinos in South Africa: illegal, players are not prosecuted, but theoretically they could be

 

Even though online gambling is partially legal since 2008, according to the National Gambling Amendment Act1 digital gambling is only allowed in a very limited form (namely: online sports betting, internet lottery).

Online casinos are not yet legalized in South Africa (brick & mortar casino are since 1996, you can read more about the SA casinos in the next section).

UPDATE 2022: However, many except them to be legalized very soon by the currently pending online gambling bill2, 4.

Initially, many assumed that the digital casino ban only applied to domestic internet casino sites. However, this was proven to be false by the Pigg’s Peak Casino versus the SA state court case3 in 2011.

The precedent setting verdict of the South African high court made it clear that the online gambling laws of South Africa apply to foreign online casinos as well, and the offshore digital casinos, which accept players from SA are committing a crime.

As a result, many of the international casinos stopped accepting players from SA (including the aforementioned Pigg’s Peak Casino, which went bankrupt as a result).

However, despite this, some foreign online casinos still accept players from South Africa (you can see a list of them below) claiming that the laws of South Africa do not apply to the jurisdiction they are licensed and registered in. And even though theoretically the online casino ban applies to them as well, it is unenforceable, when it comes to these foreign offshore online casinos (which means it de facto does not apply to them, but officially it should).

The South African authorities are powerless to stop them, but they do try to block some of these websites (although this blocking is reportedly sporadic,). Players are also not targeted, if they place bets with these foreign casino websites5. However, keep in mind that playing in these online casinos is technically illegal, even if this is not enforced currently, and the authorities could prosecute players if they wanted to.

/Comment: And as a a result we recommend using VPNs, virtual wallets (Neteller, Skrill) and crypto currency if you intend to play on thee casino websites. However, we do not officially recommend  to play in digital casino from South Africa./

UPDATE 2022: I added this section because you might be wondering:

How is it legal for online casinos to accept players from South Africa? Isn’t it illegal?

It’s only illegal for South African citizens to play online. These foreign online gambling websites, which accept players from South Africa are registered and licensed in foreign countries, and the SA gambling laws only apply within the borders of South Africa (within the so called jurisdiction of the country, they do not apply to these foreign gambling websites).

/Comment: At least they do not de facto apply to them. Although, the South African government claims otherwise, they can not enforce their gambling laws abroad unless the other country is willing to cooperate, which is rarely the case.

International arbitration in these cases is lengthy, costly, complicated and rarely results in legally binding verdicts./

According to the local gambling laws of the countries in which these offshore gambling companies operate it’s perfectly legal to accept players from South Africa.

But it’s not legal for South African citizens to place bets on these platforms.

International law can be complicated, and enforcement is even more tricky, I hope this clears this up.

However, I officially do not recommend playing online from South Africa, it’s illegal, and you should always act according to the laws of your country, even if it’s not enforced, play at your own risk.

By scrolling below you can find a list of online casinos, which accept South African players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting South Africa?

The online casino ban does not seem to be enforced and it is questionable if it even applies to tourists, expats (or illegal migrants). Therefore, tourist can play freely online while they enjoy their stay in South Africa.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of South Africa: 

N/A, online casino licenses are not issued in South Africa.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in South Africa:

N/A, there is no specific online casino taxation regime in place in South Africa.

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in South Africa: 

N/A, officially online casinos are illegal, therefore the taxation of online gambling winnings from digital casinos is not officially determined.

It is unknown how such income (e.g.: you won money in an offshore online casino) is handled by the SA accountants. If you know please leave a comment at bottom of the page.

/Comment: Usually such income is either handled as “other income” if the tax code of the country provides such a category, or the personal income tax is applied to it.

It is currently not known what is the standard accounting practice in South Africa regarding such lump sums. It is also not known how strictly this is enforced. Please consult a SA certified personal accountant for further information./ 

 

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Age requirement of South Africa online casinos: N/A, there is no official online casino gambling age in South Africa.

 

Sources, main pieces of the South African online casino gambling legislation:

1Southern African Legal Information Institute – 1996 National Gambling Act

2South African Government Official Gazette – The Piggs Peak appeal is dismissed

3South Africa Parliamentary Monitoring Group – Notice of Introduction Remote Gambling Bill, 2022 [PMB]

4SBC News – South Africa: Betting has ‘finally broken through’ but regulatory hurdles remain

5William S. Boyd School of Law – the Legality of banning online Gambling in South Africa

 

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from South Africa

The following online casino gambling websites accept players from South Africa. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from South Africa, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it. Thank you.

 

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
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888 Casino does not accept players from:

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

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Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

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FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

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  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

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All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

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Land-based casinos in South Africa

Legal status of casinos in Somalia: legal since 1996, operators require a licence, slot halls are also legal

 

Casinos are legal in South Africa since 1996, according to the National Gambling Act1.

The main pieces of the contemporary SA casino gambling legislation are the 2004 National Gambling Act (Act No.26670)1 and the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act2.

Despite its’ turbulent history the casino sector is thriving in South Africa and there are 38 casinos in South Africa (UPDATE 2022: down from over 40, prior to the global pandemic and the resulting downturn in tourism).

History of casinos in South Africa:

1965: Gambling has been legal in South Africa in a very limited form since 1965, legalized with the passing of the Gambling Act. However, this initial legalization did not include casino gambling.

1970: Casinos, slot halls started operating in the black-dominated, nominally independent bantustans (apartheid era reservations for black natives).

These casinos operated illegally, but they were tolerated.

1970 – 1995: The golden age of illegal SA casinos. Sadly, the sector in this era was infamous for organized crime involvement, money laundering and corruption scandals (including high-ranking black politicians, remember, illegal casinos operated in the bantustans).

By the end of this era, in 1995, as much as 2000 illegal gambling venues operated in the country (most of them were small slot halls, there were only a few bigger casinos).

1996: The National Gambling Act overhauled the gambling legislation and legalized casinos & slot halls.

/Comment: This new approach of legalization was result of a 1994 government report published by the Lotteries and Gambling Board4, which was also referred to as the “Wiehahn Commission”, at that time.

The authors of the report found, that the numerous ill effects of rampant illegal gambling in the country could be easily eliminated by establishing a legal gambling industry with a strong regulatory authority and strict rules. Legalizing and taxing the many illegal venues also generated significant revenue for the state, and it weakened the many organized crime groups entrenched in the country./

While the Republic of South Africa is a federation of 9 provinces (namely: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape) casino are legal in all of them.

Additionally, slot halls are also legal with a limited pay-out machine route licence or a limited pay-out machine site licence (details can be found in the South Africa casino licensing section below).

Gauteng province, where the biggest city of the country, Johannesburg, is located has the most casinos.

The biggest casino in South Africa is GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (on the picture at the top of the page) in Cape Town, which is one of the 3 capitals of South Africa.

UPDATE: South Africa was very badly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the number of visitors went from an impressive 14.8 million in 2019 to 3.8 million in 20215.

However, this still makes South Africa the most visited Sub-Sharan African country, but its’ title, as the most visited country in Africa, was usurped by North African countries (namely: Egypt). This has badly affected the casino sector as well, which has always strongly relied on tourists and business travellers.

The following casino groups are present in South Africa:

  • Sun International;
  • Tsogo Sun Holdings/Hosken Consolidated Investments;
  • Peermont Global;
  • London Clubs International;
  • Northern Cape Casino Consultants;
  • Billion Group;
  • African Pioneer Gaming.

 

The biggest casino company in South Africa is Tsogo Sun Holdings/Hosken Consolidated Investments with 14 casinos.

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in South Africa?

Locals can also visit the casino in South Africa.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of South Africa:

The National Gambling Board is responsible for regulating the casino sector of the country.

However, casino and slot machine licences are issued by the provincial gambling boards, you can find them below.

The following types of casino gambling licences are available to private companies in SA:

  • casino (the maximum number of casino licences is 41);
  • limited pay-out machine route licence (slot hall licence but with fewer machines than a bingo licence and the slots are restricted in terms of maximum bets and maximum winnings);
  • limited pay-out machine site licence (slot hall licence, less slots are allowed then at a bingo site, but more than at a route);
  • manufacturer (including slot machine manufacturer);

 

All 9 of the provinces have their own separate gambling boards, you can find them below, along with the most important local gambling laws, which will help you get started with the application process:

Casino licensing in all of the 9 provinces of South Africa, click to open:

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in South Africa:

There is no unified national casino taxation system in South Africa.

The provinces set their own casino tax rates, which you can see below:

South Africa casino taxation, sorted by type and province, click to open:
South Africa casino taxes
Province: Casino gambling tax:
Gauteng 9% of the gross gaming revenue
Western Cape progressive, based on the revenue in the given tax year:

  • if it is below 14.2 million South African rand (approx. €800 K)  –  8% of the gross gaming revenue;
  • if it is above 14.2 million but below 28.4 million South African rand (approx. €1.5 million)  –  1.136 million rand + 10.5% of the gross gaming revenue above 14.2 million;
  • if it is above 28.4 million but below 42.6 million South African rand (approx. €2.4 million)  –  1.627 million rand + 13% of the gross gaming revenue above 28.4 million;
  • if it is above 42.6 million but below 56.8 million South African rand (approx. €3.2 million)  –  4.473 million rand + 15% of the gross gaming revenue above 42.6 million;
  • if it is above 56.8 million but below 71 million South African rand (approx. €3.2 million)  –  6.603 million rand + 17% of the gross gaming revenue above 56.8 million;
  • if it is above 71 million South African rand (approx. €4 million) –  9.017 million rand + 19% of the gross gaming revenue above 71 million;

 

Eastern Cape progressive, based on the revenue in the given tax year:

  • if it is below 4 million South African rand (approx. €200 K) –  3% of the gross gaming revenue;
  • if it is above 4 million but below 8 million South African rand (approx. €500 K)  –  120 K rand + 5% of the gross gaming revenue above 4 million;
  • if it is above 8 million South African rand (approx. €500 K) – 320 K rand + 10% of the gross gaming revenue above 8 million;
Free State 7% of the gross gaming revenue
Kwazulu-Natal UPDATE 2022: progressive, based on the revenue in the given tax year, recently raised in 2022:

  • if it is below 12 million South African rand (approx. €670K) –  9.35% of the gross gaming revenue;
  • if it is above 12 million South African rand but does not exceed 30 million  (approx. €1.7 million) –  1.18 million rand + 11.3% of the gross gaming revenue above 12 million;
  • if it is above 30 million South African rand but does not exceed 50 million  (approx. €2.8 million) –  3.2 million rand + 12.20% of the gross gaming revenue above 30 million;
  • if it is above 50 million South African rand but does not exceed 100 million  (approx. €5.6 million) –  5.6 million rand + 13.10% of the gross gaming revenue above 50 million;
  • if it is above 100 million South African rand (approx. €5.6 million) –  12.206 million rand + 14.05% of the gross gaming revenue above 50 million;
Mpumalanga progressive, based on the revenue in the given tax year:

  • if it is below 10 million South African rand (approx. €500K)  –  5% of the gross gaming revenue;
  • if it is above 10 million South African rand but does not exceed 15 million  (approx. €800 K) –  500 K rand + 7.5% of the gross gaming revenue above 10 million;
  • if it is above 15 million South African rand (approx. €800 K) –  875 K rand + 10% of the gross gaming revenue above 15 million;
North West progressive, based on the revenue in the given month:

  • if it is below 6 million South African rand (approx. €300K)  –  6% of the gross gaming revenue;
  • if it is above 6 million South African rand but does not exceed 10 million  (approx. €500 K) –  360 K rand + 8% of the gross gaming revenue above 6 million;
  • if it is above 10 million South African rand but does not exceed 15 million  (approx. €840 K) –  360 K rand + 10% of the gross gaming revenue above 10 million;
  • if it is above 15 million South African rand (approx. €840 K) –  1.18 million rand + 12% of the gross gaming revenue above 15 million;
Limpopo 8.5% of the gross gaming revenue
Northern Cape 8% of the gross gaming revenue

 

Casino taxes are payable in addition to licensing fees and regular taxes (e.g.: corporate tax, which is 28%).

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in South Africa:

Casino gambling winnings are not taxed in South Africa (the withholding tax is paid by the casinos, you can find information about the withholding tax rate in the casino taxation section above, players don’t have to pay any taxes).

However, professional gamblers (who are playing professionally, full time, making a living from it, e.g.: professional poker players, professional punters) have to pay a tax on their winnings.

In their special case income tax applies to the winnings and it is treated as regular income (which means losses can be deducted).

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in South Africa: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the land-based casino legislation in South Africa:

1Southern African Legal Information Institute – 1996 National Gambling Act

2Kwazulu-Natal Gaming and Betting Board – 2004 National Gambling Act – Act No.26670

3South African Government – 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act

4KwaZulu-Natal – Gaming and Betting Board – South Africa: Governance, Risk and Compliance Summit Report

5The World Bank – International tourism, number of arrivals – South Africa

 

List of the top 6 casinos in South Africa

This is a list of the top 6 biggest and best rated casinos in South Africa, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment, if one is available.

 

1., GrandWest Casino
This is a picture of the front entrance gate of Emperors Palace Casino in Cape Town, one of the three capitals of South Africa. This gaming venue is the biggest casino of South Africa. This the first element of this list of the top 6 best and biggest Republic of South Africa casinos. You can find the other venues below this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

GrandWest Casino

GrandWest Casino, address: 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town, 7460

GrandWest Casino is the biggest casino of South Africa (in terms of number of gaming machines and tables).

Official full name: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town.

The casino is part of the SA casino empire of Sun International, which is the second biggest casino group in South Africa, with 12 casinos.

This is the flagship venue of Sun International (their second biggest casino is Carnival City, which you can find below).

The complex also includes a hotel and many other amenities.

 

Games: 1870 gaming machines (slots, video poker, sadly most of them appear to be at least 10+ years old), and around 60 tables (baccarat, Raise ’em Poker*, American Roulette, blackjack, Punto Banco, GranDice).

*3-card progressive poker with a fancy name

They also have a VIP section, the Privé section.

 

Video of GrandWest Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, no beach wear, no shorts, no vests, no slip-on sandals, no slippers or bare feet (but according to online reviews the dress code is only really enforced in the VIP area)

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: good reviews, 4/5, the second best rated South African casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Emperors Palace Casino
This is a picture of the front entrance of Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg, the biggest city of South Africa. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Emperors Palace Casino

Emperors Palace Casino, address: 64 Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1620

Emperors Casino is the flagship casino of the Peermont Global company.

The casino is located with the sizeable 188,000 ft2 (17,465 m2) complex, which also has a luxury hotel, a 900 seat theatre, multiple nightclubs and many other amenities.

Nu Metro Cinemas, the supposedly largest cinema complex on the African continent is also located here.

Official full name: Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort.

This is the best rated South African casino (highest rating according to reviews, ratings left by patrons online).

 

Games: 1710 gaming machines (slots, video poker, sadly most of the slots appear to be at least 10+ years old, and some are very old, 15+ years old, not a high quality selection), and around 70 tables (Texas Hold ‘Em, Arizona Hold ‘Em Poker, Punto Banco, Spanish 21 (a blackjack variant)*, American Roulette).

They also have a poker room (the biggest in SA, the Gladiators poker room).

Sadly, at the time of writing there is no online tournament schedule, and there is zero information about the cash games.

UPDATE: However, it seems to be under construction. You will be able to find it here once it is finished.

*Spanish 21 tutorial, explanation:

To learn more about this version of blackjack watch the tutorial video below. It will teach you how to play Spanish 21.

 

Video of Emperors Palace Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: very good reviews, 4.5/5, this is the best rated South African casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

3., Carnival City Hotel and Casino
This is a picture of the main building of Carnival City Hotel and Casino in Brakpan, Boksburg, at night. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Carnival City Casino

Carnival City Hotel and Casino, address: Century Road, Elsburg Rd, Brakpan, Boksburg,1541

The casino is owned by Sun International, which is the second biggest casino group in SA with 12 casinos (this is their biggest, flagship venue).

The casino used to be bigger, according to various online sources, it used to have 1700 gaming machines now it only has 1400 (which is still by far the highest number in South Africa). At one point Carnival City was the biggest casino of South Africa.

The complex also has a 500 seat theatre (for North American visitors: classic theatre, not movie theatre) and the main attraction is the multipurpose Big Top Arena with a capacity for 5,000 people.

They also have arcade games.

/Comment: Which is a fantastic idea, sadly very few casinos have an arcade section./

 

Games: 1400 gaming machines (slots, video poker, sadly all of them appear to be at least 10+ years old, some are very old 15+ years old, not a high quality selection, although pictures and videos of the casino do seem to be a few years old, so take this with a grain of salt), and around 60 tables (baccarat, Raise ’em Poker*, Magic Poker**, Lunar Poker***, American Roulette, blackjack).

*3-card progressive poker with a fancy name

**there is no information online about what kind of poker this is

***there is no information online about what kind of poker this is

 

Video of Carnival City Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: good reviews, 4/5, based on the aggregate score of all the reviews and ratings online

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

4., Time Square Casino
This is an aerial picture of the tower of Time Square Casino in Pretoria, one of the three capitals of SA. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Time Square Casino

Time Square Casino, address: 209 Aramist Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria, 0181

Time Square Casino is a recent addition to the gambling scene of South Africa, the venue only opened in 2018.

This is the most recent and therefore the most modern SA casino of Sun International. The gaming machine portfolio of the venues is a testament to this.

While other Sun International casinos in South Africa have many 10+ years old machines, Time Square casino has recent machines, which are only a few years old.

Just like all the other Sun International casinos this venue is also  part of a huge hotel complex (along with many other amenities).

 

Games: 1750 gaming machines (slots, video poker, recent machines, good selection), and around 60 tables (baccarat, Raise ’em Poker, American Roulette, blackjack).

 

Video of Time Square Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: there is no information about it on the official website of the casino, however based on pictures and videos (you can see it above) it appears that there is no dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: good reviews, 4/5, the third best rated South African casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

5., Montecasino
This is a picture of front entrance gate of Montecasino in Johannesburg, the largest city of SA. This is the fifth casino on this list of the top 6 biggest and best South African casinos. You can find the other venues above and below this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Montecasino

Montecasino, address: Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2055

Montecasino (a.k.a. Monte) is a leisure and casino complex, one of the biggest in the country.

Official full name: Montecasino Events & Hotels in Fourways.

Despite its faux classical European look (it was inspired by the Monte Casino abbey in Rome) the casino is actually only in operation since 2000 (the complex cost an unbelievable R* 1.6 billion, € 283 million, the equivalent of 2.5 skyscrapers).

*R = South African Rand

It is a major tourist attraction, which attracts 9.3 million visitors annually, and the venue is priced accordingly.

It is currently owned by Tsogo Sun Holdings/Hosken Consolidated Investments, which is the biggest casino group in South Africa with 14 casinos.

Apart from the the casino (one of the biggest in SA), multiple restaurants, hotels and many other amenities one of the main attractions is The Teatro, which is a 1870 seat lyric theatre**, one of the biggest in the world.

**lyric theatre: designed for opera, musicals and similar

This is the flagship casino complex of Tsogo Sun.

 

Games: 1700 gaming machines (slots, video poker, recent machines, good selection, but not as good as one would expect), and around 83 tables (baccarat, dice, Poker Xtra Progressive, Raise ’em Poker, American Roulette, blackjack).

They also have a smaller VIP casino, Casino Privé (the games of Casino Privé were included in the calculation of the total number of games above).

There is also a poker lounge with daily cash games (no online tournament schedule, Texas Hold’ Em):

  • Small Blind – R10
  • Big Blinds – R25.
  • Buy ins from R500 to R12,500.

 

Video of Time Square Casino:

 

Opening hours: 

  • Casino Main Floor: 24/7
  • Table Games: until approx. 04:00, depending on the demand
  • Casino Privé: 24/7
  • Poker lounge: 14:00 – 22:30

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: there is no information about it on the official website of the casino surprisingly, however based on pictures and videos (you can see it above) it appears that there does not appear to much of a dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: good reviews, 4/5, the third best rated South African casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

6., Suncoast Casino
This is a picture of front entrance gate of Suncoast Casino in Durban, the third largest city of SA. This is the sixth and last casino on this list of the top 6 biggest and best South African casinos. You can find the other venues above this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Suncoast Casino

Suncoast Casino, address: Suncoast Boulevard, O R Tambo Parade, Durban, 4056

The casino complex describes itself as: “Durban’s most loved entertainment destination”, which is accurate.

This is not just a casino, it is an entertainment complex (however, we will only focus on the casino section in this review).

It is currently owned by Tsogo Sun Holdings/Hosken Consolidated Investments and the casino even has its’ own Wikipedia page.

 

Games: 1800 gaming machines (slots, video poker, recent machines, good selection, but not as good as one would expect), and around 71 tables (baccarat, dice, variosu forms of poekr, American Roulette, blackjack).

They also have a VIP section, Salon Privé.

 

Video of Suncoast Casino:

 

Opening hours: 

  • Sunday to Thursday: 08h00 to 04h00
  • Friday & Saturday: 24 hours

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: there is no information about it on the official website of the casino surprisingly, however based on pictures and videos (you can see it above) it appears that there is no dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: good reviews, 4/5, the third best rated South African casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Other forms of online gambling in South Africa

Even though online gambling is legal in South Africa since 2008, so for only the following two types of digital wagering were legalized:

  • electronic sports betting
  • internet lottery (monopoly of the South African National Lottery)

 

UPDATE 2022: However, the currently pending 2022 online gambling bill will legalize additional forms of online gambling.

You can read more about the legal status of gambling in South Africa here.

 

Bitcoin casinos in South Africa

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Cryptocurrencies themselves are legal in SA. However, placing bets with bitcoins, litecoins, ethereum, ripple etc… is not specifically regulated.

The regular gambling laws apply to cryptocurrency gambling as well.

However, due to the lack of specific regulations none of the licensed South African casino companies accept cryptocurrency at this time. It is unknown if this was done by their own volition or if this is because of legal issues (if you know please leave a comment at the bottom of this page, thank you).

Playing on unlicensed bitcoin gambling websites is illegal. However, due to the anonymous nature of virtual currencies this is unenforceable, and players are not prosecuted if they use any of the offshore digital bitcoin gambling platforms.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from South Africa.

 

The following casino websites accept players from South Africa.

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • 88 free spins, no deposit required,
  • and 100% welcome bonus, up to 100 £.

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is the banner advertisement of the gambling website Miami Club, it displays the various bonuses and promotional offers currently available at the digital gambling website, including their terms and conditions and legally mandated player protection information. The picture acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the electronic wagering platforms, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, codes, promos and you can register and play if your over the age of 18 (you can try out the games for free, no registration is needed for the free to play mode).

Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
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  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country. Especially if you are from South Africa. Thank you.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about South Africa online casinos

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in Somalia. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in South Africa?

Yes, casinos are legal in South Africa since 1996.

Are online casinos legal in South Africa?

Online casinos are officially illegal in South Africa. However, this does not appear to be enforced, and as a result some of the big international online casino groups accept players from South Africa. You can see a list of internet casinos, which accept players from SA, on this webpage. However, online gambling is officially illegal, therefore we can not recommend visiting an online casino if you are a South African citizen. UPDATE: However, the currently pending 2022 Remote Gambling Bill is expected to legalize internet casinos.

Are there any casinos in South Africa?

There are 38 casinos in South Africa since the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic there were 40 casinos throughout the 9 provinces.

Can I play in an online casino from South Africa?

Officially you can not, South African players can not play in international online casinos. However, this does not appear to be enforced and this is expected to change with the 2022 Remote Gambling Bill. In the meantime some international casinos accept SA players. You can see a list of them on this page. However, keep in mind that online casinos are officially illegal, even though this is not enforced and players are not prosecuted for playing in online casinos.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in South Africa?

Cryptocurrency accepting casinos are not specifically addressed by the South African casino gambling legislation. However, due to a lack of proper legal and regulatory framework none of the SA casinos accept cryptocurrencies.

Are there online casinos, which accept players from South Africa?

Yes, the licensed online casinos listed on this page accept players from the Republic of South Africa. However, keep in mind that online casino gambling is officially illegal in SA. And even though this is not enforced, and players are not prosecuted, we do not officially recommend it.

Can tourists play in the South Africa casinos?

Yes, tourists can play in the casinos in South Africa.

Can tourists place bets in online casinos while staying in South Africa?

Yes, the casino gambling laws and regulations mentioned on this page only apply to locals (or at the very least it's not enforced when it comes to tourists). Tourists, migrants, expats visiting South Africa can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of South Africa online casinos?

There is no set online casino gambling age in South Africa, because online casinos are illegal. However, when it will be legalized (expected very soon, bill is pending since 2022) it is almost certain that the brick & mortar casino gambling age (which is 18) will apply to digital casinos as well.

Do casinos in South Africa have dress codes?

Yes, most of the casinos in South Africa are big upscale venues attached to luxury hotels. Therefore, at least smart casual is usually mandatory (or at the very least expected).

How much tax do I have to pay in South Africa on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

The taxation of online casino gambling is not officially determined, because online casinos are illegal. It is not known how income from online casinos gambling (e.g.: winning money in an offshore online casino playing online) is handled by the SA tax authorities.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in South Africa?

Online casino licenses are not issued in South Africa. There are no South Africa online casinos.

How many casinos are there in South Africa?

There are 38 casinos in South Africa post-pandemic.

Do casinos in South Africa have entrance fees?

No, they don't, entrance fees are not customary in the country.

Which is the biggest casino in South Africa?

GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World in Cape Town is the biggest SA casino (you can see a picture of the venue at the top of the page).

Which is the biggest casino group in South Africa?

The biggest South African casino group is Tsogo Sun Holdings/Hosken Consolidated Investments with 14 casinos.

Can tourists play in the casinos of South Africa?

Yes, tourists can visit the casinos in South Africa.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in South Africa is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide – with interactive global map.

Last updated: 2022-12-01

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