Betway is one of the biggest bookie platforms around the world, you will see their name at almost every major sporting event. They cover pretty much any local or international sporting event you might think of. Although they are an international brand that has been operating since 2006, they are also licenced to operate in South Africa and do so on a designated platform just for South Africans. Players might take comfort that Betway will pay out their winnings because of the fact that Betway currently holds the world record of biggest Jackpot ever paid after Jon Heywood from the UK won a staggering €17 879 645 on a Betway slot game. Wondering how much that is in Rand? At the time of writing, about R305 777 497. While online slots are illegal in SA, that fact should serve to assure you that Betway is capable of paying out your winnings.
- Safety, being such a big brand and having so many eyes on them means that they have to play by the book. Their site is secure, their licences are up to date and they will pay out your winnings.
- Coverage, they really do cover almost any event you can think of.
- Customer support, they have teams on standby 24/7 to assist you with your needs.
- Live betting, while there may not be as many options for the live betting as some other platforms, Betway has one of the coolest interfaces.
- Sign-up bonus, they offer a R25 bet which we think is below par.
- Horse racing, the absence of horse racing, which was one of the first things they got into on international shores, is strange and inconvenient for anyone who does enjoy a day at the races.
Betway at a glance
|Licensed||Yes, Betway is licensed through the Western Cape Gambling Board.|
|Currency||Rand (on the South African website)|
|Established||Betway – 2006 / Betway SA – 2017|
|Products||Sports betting, e-sports, lucky numbers, 4-to-score, betgames|
|Platform||Website & App (android/IOS)|
|Quality of odds||Fair, you’ll be able to find better odds, but not by much.|
|Betting limits||Minimum wager is R1, while maximum is R500 000 on a single slip, or R1 000 000 on a multi-slip.|
Betway user experience
When opening the Betway homepage, you’ll immediately be bombarded with a lot of information. This is a trend that runs throughout most sports betting websites. While this could be overwhelming for new users, you’ll be able to make sense of it quick enough.
All the different games are listed in a bar on the top of the screen, underneath which there is another bar, listing all the available sporting codes. On the left hand side there is a highlight reel and on the bottom of the page is a section which constantly update the live games. The search bar on top of the highlight reel comes in handy, especially when looking for local games which tend to get lost in the masses.
Clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner gives you access to all your personal information. This is where you can deposit or withdraw funds, see your current and past slips, and claim your promotions.
When you click on a sport, you will be faced with all the upcoming matches, which can be rather confusing, especially in the bigger sporting codes like soccer. This is where the filters come in handy, you can organize your results to meet your own needs by filtering it by country, tournament, odds, bet type or date.
If you’re still struggling, this how to bet guide explains the entire process, alternatively, you could also speak to their support team.
Betway cash out
Betway offers the cash out option, which is only starting to catch on with other bookies now. Basically, this feature allows you to withdraw your bet during the event, while it is at a high, or when you decide to cut your losses. This is becoming an extremely popular feature among punters who keep an eye on their wagers.
Betway covers sport from all over the world, with soccer definitely being the most prominent. That said, rugby and cricket also features heavily and combat sports are quickly gaining popularity.
The full list of sports available on Betway are Table Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Golf, Motorsport, MMA, Volleyball, Baseball, Handball, Boxing, Snooker, Cycling,Darts, Skiing, Esports, Water Polo, Aussie Rules, Football, Biathlons, Soccer, Cricket, Rugby and Tennis. A notable omission is that of Horse Racing, which Betway does not cover in South Africa.
Betway deposits and withdrawals
Betway accepts deposits and withdrawals through a number of popular methods. You can deposit and withdraw through credit/debit cards, SID’s, I-pay or vouchers. The minimum deposit is R10 and the minimum withdrawal is R50 which Betways promises to deposit within 2 business days. The maximum withdrawal is R25 000 at a time.
Betway customer service
Betway offers ‘round the clock support to its users. You can speak to a consultant via their chat box, over the phone or by email. Their social media team is also responsive and knowledgeable.
Register at Betway
Registering an account is quick and simple, the only details they require are your name, ID number, mobile number and email address. After that they send you an one time OTP which allows you to claim your R25 signup bet.
Betway in South Africa
Since online sports betting has only recently been legalized in South Africa, none of the bookies have been around for long. Because Betway is part of an international company though, they do not come with a lot of the growing pains many other local bookies have. They are modeled on the same structure as the Betway which began in the UK and the experience shows. While they might not always have the best odds, their interface and customer support surpasses any other in South Africa. They cover our major local sporting events (except for horse racing) but their focus is definitely on international events, in particular soccer, although their cricket and rugby depth is also very good.
The one area where we found Betway lacking was in the promotions that they offer players. At the time of writing, they had four active promotions. The R25 sign-up bet, First pick free on Four To Score, WinBoost and MoneyBackBoost.
The R25 sign-up bet comes with the standard terms and conditions, you can only use it to place a bet, any winnings from the bet can only be withdrawn after a customer has deposited a minimum of R25, and it has an expiry date. This is all pretty standard, but we feel that Betway needs to consider making this incentive more attractive, as there are other platforms who offer up to 100% bonuses on your first deposit.
Four To Score is a minigame available, where users need to pick the first players to score in four upcoming games. The grand prize is an impressive R100 000.
WinBoost is a feature in which your winnings are exponentially increased based on how many legs you bet on. If you bet on 2 legs, your winnings are increased by 2.5%, whereas if you bet on 40 legs, you will receive an increase of 150%.
Finally, the MoneyBackBoost is a safety feature, wherein if you use a Multi Bet slip, you can win your bet back, even if one of your selections turn out to be wrong.
Apparently there are also loyalty awards, but we think there should be better incentives for new users.
Although the website version works just fine, Betway’s app is extremely convenient and very cool. They definitely have one of the best apps in the industry, compatible with both Android and IOS.
Betway Review Summary
Betway is without a doubt one of South Africa’s best bookies for both serious and first time players. It covers a vast spectrum of sporting events and provides fair odds while still being user friendly, which is enforced by their effective customer support services. Betway easily ranks in the top 5 sports betting sites in SA, with a good argument for the top spot. There is also a sense of safety in the fact that they are a multinational company with a long, solid history of getting winnings to players.
Sometimes, however, being on top for so long breeds complacency, and we feel they could improve their incentives for new customers. The mysterious lack of horse racing could also be a problem for the brand, especially as we have some world class races here in SA.
Betway is one of the giants for good reason. Their odds are fair, their website and app are user-friendly and they cover every event you can imagine, except, strangely, horse-racing. We would like to see them offer better promotions. They give a R25 sign-up bet, while some of their competitors are offering to match 100% of your first deposit.
Overall though, they are an established and professional brand, that have been in the industry for a long time. So if safety and comfort is what you are after, Betway would be a very good place to start.
Yes! Betway is a registered and licenced bookie.
It doesn’t really matter which platform you use. The promotions are valid on both options, and there are no special offers connected to only one. The App is quicker to access and a bit easier on your data.
Yes! And the interface on the live betting is very pleasing to use.
Yes! They do cover local tournaments, especially rugby, cricket and soccer, but their international depth is far more impressive. Our local soccer games seem to get lost between the hundreds of other games they cover.