How bookmakers are innovating without sports

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, your whole world has just been turned upside down. It was just a few weeks ago that we published this blog about the small odds of contracting COVID-19 and it seems like an eternity ago because so much has changed since then. Fortunately, thanks to the swift actions of President Ramaphosa, the COVID-19 infection rate in South Africa is still relatively low, but the entire Rainbow Nation, along with most of the world, is stuck inside their homes on lockdown.

How could we ever have predicted this would be our situation? It’s been a really tough time for all of us as we try to adjust to this new normal, and it might get a lot harder before it gets any better. So keep safe and hang in there.

To make matters worse, almost every single league of every sport in the world is cancelled until at least August. Sports fans and punters around the world have suddenly been deprived of the sporting action they have so steadily relied on for betting and entertainment.

Here is the good news though, we sure as hell know you need it! There are still some great betting opportunities to help you get through this live sports drought. From Esports and virtual sports to roulette, poker and other casino games, we’re here to let you know what’s happening and point you in just the right direction!

Where Can I Bet on Esports in South Africa?

Although many international Esports tournaments have been cancelled due to COVID-19, the nature of Esports and gaming means these events can easily be played “in isolation”. American sports networks like ESPN are now also televising Esports with no other live sports to show.

I guess they know their subscribers can only watch so many Superbowl reruns! With the fast growth of Esports over the years, local bookies like Sportingbet, World Sports Betting, Playa Bets and Hollywoodbets have all incorporated competitive gaming into their offering. You can bet on games like Counterstrike GO, League of Legends and DOTA 2. For more information and how to get started, check out our full Esports Betting Guide for South Africa.

What are the best Esports betting sites?

What is Jika Sports?

Virtual sports betting has been around for as long as the real thing, but until recently, it’s kind of taken a backseat. With the COVID-19 pandemic, there isn’t much live action for punters to bet on, and so the popularity of virtual sports has surged. In South Africa, Jika Soccer and Jika Racing powered by Kiron Interactive, are available for players with accounts at Betway, World Sports Betting, Hollywoodbets and Supabets. Gbets will also be offering Jika Sports soon.

How does Jika Soccer work?

Every 6 minutes, you can bet on virtual soccer games between English Premier League teams you know and love. With realistic 3D animations, thrilling commentary and a rowdy atmosphere, it’s almost like betting on the real thing! The minimum bet stake is R1 and there’s a wide variety of markets to choose from such as match result, total goals, goal handicaps, double chance, correct score and more. 

How to Place a Bet on Jika Soccer

Betting on Jika Soccer is very easy, especially if you’ve placed a bet on any live sports match before. Let’s take you through the steps to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the virtual sports action. 

  • Log in to your Hollywoodbets or Supabets account
  • For Hollywoodbets: Click the Jika Sports tab on the left side of your screen (second from the top on the main sports menu)
  • For Supabets: Click the yellow Jika Sports tab just above the main menu and below the login field on the right side of your screen
  • Scroll down below the video/results screen to see the fixtures of upcoming virtual soccer matches
  • Alongside each upcoming fixture, you will see the odds for the corresponding betting markets listed above
  • Make your selection by clicking the odds of the market you want to bet on
  • Go to your bet slip on the right side of your screen. Select your bet type, enter your stake and click ‘Place Bet’

How does Jika Racing work?

Much like with Jika Soccer, there are also virtual horse races you can bet on every 6 minutes at venues like Milnerton and Turfontein. Up to 12 horses compete in each race which is supported by thrilling commentary and photo finishes to make it feel like you’re right there at the track! Even though these are virtual horse racing events, you can still study the form.

On the race card, each horse has a star rating and it also shows the results of their last 5 races. Now, how’s that for realistic!? There are a whole host of bet types available for punters from simple straight and place bets to forecasts, trifectas and other system bet combinations. The minimum bet stake is R1.

How to Place a Bet on Jika Racing 

  • Log in to your Hollywoodbets or Supabets account
  • For Hollywoodbets: Click the Jika Sports tab on the left side of your screen (second from the top on the main sports menu)
  • For Supabets: Click the yellow Jika Sports tab just above the main menu and below the login field on the right side of your screen
  • Click the icon of the horse to open the Jika Racing platform
  • Scroll down below the video/results screen to see the fixtures of upcoming virtual horse races
  • Select an upcoming race to open the race card for that event 
  • Make your selection by clicking the odds of the market you want to bet on (Win, Place, 1st Two or 1st Three)
  • Go to your bet slip on the right side of your screen. Select your bet type, enter your stake and click ‘Place Bet’

What Betting Can I Do During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

With no live draws being streamed from around the world due to COVID-19, live lottery betting is limited but there are still some awesome games to play out there. Live games are available at all your favourite bookmakers and are set to run uninterrupted during the COVID-19 shutdown. Those waiting for live sports will have to wait a while longer but at least for now there are some great casino-style games including live ones like Monopoly Live and Dreamcatcher still available to bet on. Thankfully, these games will be streamed live non-stop from the Betgames.tv studio.

What are BetGames?

BetGames are a fun and exciting way to play online that combine traditional fixed odds betting with lottery and casino-style games. These games have become a big hit among South African punters because of how easy they are to play and the big winnings possible if you strike lucky. The huge advantage of playing simulated bet games rather than live ones is that they happen every few minutes and you never have to wait long to win again!

BetGames Never Stop, Even for a Pandemic!

There might not be any real-life sport and lotteries to bet on during this time of crisis, but don’t let that stop you when there are a whole host of Bet Games still to play. Bookies like Sportingbet and Hollywoodbets have a diverse range of simulated lottery and casino games to keep you busy during the lockdown in South Africa.

Favourites like War of Bets, Bet on Poker, Baccarat, Dice Duel and more are still available to play 24/7. There are also draws every few minutes in virtual lotteries like Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7 so you can still bet on numbers if that’s your game, just no live draws for now.

What Kinds of BetGames Can I Play?

BetGames include a variety of draws such as Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7 as well as Wheel of Fortune, Dreamcatcher and Dice. Also try your hand at casino games which include Poker, Roulette, Baccarat, and many more!

Where Should I Play BetGames?

  • On Sportingbet, you can play Lucky 5, Lucky 6 and Lucky 7, plus Dreamcatcher, Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly Live, Roulette and more. Register today and claim your 100% first deposit match bonus up to R2000.
  • On Betway, you can play Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7, plus Dice, Poker, Baccarat, Wheel of Fortune and more. Register today and claim your R25 free bet (no deposit required).
  • On Hollywoodbets, you can play Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7, plus Speedy 7, Wheel of Fortune, Dice, War of Bets and more. Register today and claim your R25 sign up bonus.
  • On Gbets, you can play Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7, plus War of Bets, Poker, Baccarat, Lucky Wheel, Dice Duel and more. Register today and claim your 100% first deposit match bonus up to R1000.
  • On World Sports Betting, you can play Lucky 5, Lucky 6, Lucky 7, Deal or No Deal, Dice and more. Register today and claim your first deposit bonus up to R10 000 when using the voucher code BSB001.

For more information, visit our dedicated BetGames page or review this handy guide we put together to help you play BetGames online like a pro!

How to play Lightning Dice

A product of Evolution Gaming, Lightning Dice is an exciting dice game now available at Betway, Sportingbet and World Sports Betting. How it works is that you have 3 traditional dice with 6 sides (numbers 1-6) and the object of the game is to predict the total of the 3 dice rolled.

Place your bets on the numbers 3-18 before the start of each round. If you correctly predict the total sum of the dice you will win 5x to 1000x your stake depending on the total you predict correctly. You can win big at the end of each round if when the betting timer runs out lightning strikes 1 or more of your numbers for a random bonus multiplier.

How to play Deal or No Deal

Deal or No Deal is a really fun live game offered by World Sports Betting based on the popular TV show. To qualify for the full game, punters need to place qualifying bets. Once you have qualified for the bonus round, you can place bets on a number to be the last one drawn. As the ZAR amounts are revealed from inside the suitcases, the amount offered to you will increase or decrease, depending on amounts which remain and your chances of hitting big.

Remember, play your part in combating the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands regularly and practising social distancing. Stay safe out there!

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