Bet365 South Africa. We used to have access to this wonderful bookmaker but alas that access has been revoked. For many years South Africans were able to use and enjoy Bet365 but that came to an end in March 2015. We’re not exactly sure why they dropped South Africa but it’s likely to have something to do with South African Gambling regulations as well as exchange control. One of the last official statement from the UK to a South African punter was as follows.
Official Bet365 South Africa Statement
“Following an internal review, we have decided as a company that we are no longer able to provide a service to accounts within South Africa, whilst I appreciate that this may be frustrating for yourself this is an internal review and has only been made after carefully consideration from bet365.”
With Bet365 South Africa defunct for the time being we recommend checking out the following bookmakers as a replacement :
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Sunbet : 100% Match up to R1000 for first timer depositers.
Sportingbet : The closest you’ll get to Bet365 in South Africa, additionally you get a 100% match up to R2000 on your first deposit.
Betway : A solid UK bookmaker that is operating in South Africa, legally! 125% Match up to R1000.
What a pity, we’re sure the South African market was big enough to warrant them staying, but we’re sure that some of their punters got into trouble while using their services.
Bet365 South Africa – What happened?
Throughout the years we’ve heard several stories of players having their withdrawals confiscated by banks. What would happen was that you’d make a withdrawal from Bet365 which would never come through, you’d start to worry and ask Bet365 where the money is. You’d do this until one day you get a threatening call from the bank asking where the money is from. If the bank agent was sharp they’d know it was from gambling.
If they were dumb then you could fib your way out of it and get the money. We’ve heard of people losing up to R20,000 to the banks due to this. Not cool, but the banks were within their legal right to do this.
Alternatives to Bet365 South Africa
Naturally punters found ways around this but then for unknown reasons, Bet365 pulled the plug, leaving a big gap in the market. We hope and pray (every night, really) that they’ll change their mind and come back because the only bookmaker that comes close to Bet365 South Africa is Sportingbet. Sportingbet have taken a few features that Bet365 had like cashout and implemented them on their South Africa site which make them a pretty good alternative to Bet365. This brings our short write up about Bet365 South Africa to a close, pray for their return!
Looking for a free bet to try our some South African Bookmakers and see how they add up? Check out our FICA bonus page.
Hollywood are currently offering a FREE R100 once fica’d to try out their site, give em a whirl. It might not be Bet365 South Africa but it’s got markets GALORE! Otherwise we also recommend signing up with Betway.
Do you have any more information as to why they left? We’d love to hear it!