PlayaBets offer one of the most complete sports betting services in South Africa. They’ve been around for a long time and they know what they are doing. Rooted in the knowledge of the Van Der Vyfer family who owns and run Playabets and has more than 65 years of gambling experience in SA, Playabets was opened in 1990 and have been on top of the online sports betting game since 2014
- Best sign-up bonus in SA, they offer 100% of your first deposit as a bonus bet as well as giving you a win guarantee on your first bet of up to R50.
- Amazing depth, their coverage of sporting events is extremely comprehensive and they have probably the best soccer division in the industry.
- Playa bets are also offering Horse Racing
- Their website and app are both beautifully designed and the layout makes sense, which means that you can get accustomed to it quite naturally.
- Customer support, unlike most of their competitors they don’t offer 24/7 customer support.
- The absence of Horse Racing odds are inconvenient as we have excellent events in SA.
PlayaBets at a glance
|Licence||Playabets is legal and licensed by the KZN Gambling and Betting Board, Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board and Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board.|
|Established||Retail shops were opened in 1990 and online services kicked off in 2014.|
|Products||Sports betting, Lucky numbers, Lotto and Bet games|
|Platform||Microsoft, Android and IOS|
|Quality of odds||Their odds are very competitive and the have probably the most comprehensive soccer division in SA with over 1000 markets for every EPL game and 200 outrights each season for soccer alone.|
|Betting limits||They have a minimum deposit of R50. Minimum wager is just R1 and their maximum payout is R200 000.|
PlayaBets user experience
Overall, their website and app are both slick and well designed. When you open the home page you can immediately see the top bets in the center of the screen, have an overview of your account on the right-hand side or access the sporting code you are looking for on the left. Everything makes sense and is easy to understand.
The different matches are grouped under different tournaments beneath the respective sports, so getting to the exact game you are looking for is quick and easy. You can even filter the list of sports by when the event is taking place, so you can choose whether you want to see all sports, or only those taking place within a week, 3 days, 1 day or 3 hours.
Playa Bets have also implemented their variation of the latest trend in online sports betting, the cashout option. At Playa Bets you are allowed to cash out if you have a multi bet with one or more winning sections, but another section has yet to start. This means if you have 2 out of 3 bets right, you can choose to cashout before the 3rd game starts and take a payout. Some other bookies allow you to cash out mid game, which is more useful for serious sport fans who are following all their bets.
Their coverage of Soccer is unlike any other in SA, but they are definitely not limited to that. At Playa Bets you can wager on Soccer, Table Tennis, different Esports, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Boxing, Golf, American Football, Aussie Rules, Bandy, Baseball, Darts, F1, Futsal, Handball, Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Ski Jumping, Snooker and Water Polo. Strangely, Horse Racing.is not on the list.
PlayaBets deposits and withdrawals
Playa Bets say they allow deposits through Credit cards, EFT, Bank Deposits,Vouchers and Zapper, with a minimum deposit of R20 but we were unable to deposit through Credit card.
The minimum amount a customer can withdraw in a Playa Betting Shop is R20. The minimum amount a customer can withdraw by EFT Bank Transfer is R50. The minimum amount a customer can withdraw by Standard Bank Instant Money or FNB eWallet is R100.
The maximum amount a customer can withdraw in a Playa Betting Shop is R10,000. The maximum amount a customer can withdraw by Standard Bank Instant Money or FNB eWallet is R3000 per day and R25000 per month.
Deposits are instant but withdrawals can take up to 3 days.
PlayaBets customer service
Playa Bets is one of only a few online bookies to not offer 24/7 customer service. That said, if you reach them during office hours their team does an exceptional job. One of the only faults with their interface is that it is not easy to find a link to the support page, but if you go to their “About” section, which is marked only by a small question mark in the top right corner, you will find all of their contact details to reach them telephonically, via email or on whatsapp.
Register at PlayaBets
Registering at Playa Bets is hassle free and quick like with most other bookies, remember, they’re not trying to keep you out. Your full name, email address, residential address, birth date, phone number and ID number is all you need to register an account, after which Playa Bets will match 100% of your first deposit up to R2000 as a welcome bonus!
PlayaBets in South Africa
The management team are some of the people who’ve been involved with gambling for the longest out of anyone in SA. With 65 years of experience they know the game and it shows. With the exception of Horse Racing, South African punters will find everything they need at Playa Bets.
One of the things that really set Playa Bets apart from lesser bookies is their exciting range of promotions. To start off, they will give you a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to R1000. After that, they will also give you an extra R50 if you bet R25 on sport as well as another R50 for every person you refer to Playa Bets.
Then they also have an impressive amount of promotions that change constantly, mostly to boost your winnings or as a safety feature on multi bets.
Their promotion package is one of the most impressive we’ve been able to find on the SA market.
Their App, like their page, has one of the most aesthetically pleasing and user friendly interfaces of all SA equivalents. It runs all of the same functions as the website, including live betting, which most other apps don’t support and is available on both Android and IOS.
Playa Bets is definitely one of the top bookies in South Africa. Apart from Google’s safety concern, limited customer support and the lack of horses on the books, there is not much that can be found to complain about. They have, in our opinion, one of the prettiest interfaces which is amazingly easy to use as well, paired with an intense depth of sporting events and bookmakers which result in a pleasant, complete betting experience.