Firstbet South Africa Review

The Firstbet online betting platform that has made a transition from their predominantly retail shop-based services to include online betting, casino games and slots. The Turfsport trademark design and layout is visible from the moment you open their betting page (similar to what is offered by Lucky Bets). The bookmaker is legally registered with the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board, allowing them to offer services countrywide. What we like about this bookie is some of the non-sports betting options, remarkable customer support and communication through Messenger groups. Now, let’s find more about Firstbet – our review takes a look at the various features, the deposit options, and many others from a mobile betting perspective.

The Firstbet desktop landing page

The Firstbet desktop landing page layout takes a very simplistic but functional approach. The bookie makes use of a blue, white, and grey colour theme that would typically remind one of Sunbet. The layout shows evidence of some deep thought – the menus and icons are well laid out to give a very pleasing appearance.

For a bookie that came online just recently, they score better than some well-established brands in this field. Sports and other betting options are accessible from the menu options on the left pane of the home page. The centre panel of the page is populated by the various sporting highlights which surprisingly have some cut off time for placing bets.

Firstbet Mobile

The Firstbet mobile page is also minimalist and neatly laid out. It is hard not to notice the typical Turfsport layout. Firstbet makes use of a responsive site that changes in size in accordance with the device in use.

From the top left of the page, one can easily access the menu button leading to choices such as Betgames, Sports categories, and others. The betting options may also be accessed from the top navigation page. As is with the desktop site, the centre pane is also occupied by betting highlights.

Firstbet App

Firstbet does not presently have an application for either Android or iOS devices. To go around this, you would need to same their home page on your device home screen to allow for faster access. This can be done using either a Google Chrome or a Safari browser.


Not much choice is available from Firstbet in this category at the moment. They only offer a R30 Free Bet bonus for new customers. It does not get any better. This is only awarded to the first 500 customers, so you better be fast to catch it.

You would need to have deposited at least R50, and additionally have wagered at least a similar amount as well to be able to withdraw any winnings from the R30 free bet. The maximum winnings from this free bet are capped at R5, 000. We certainly hope to see Firstbet offering more competitive promotions for both new and existing customers in the future.

Firstbet Deposit Match Bonus

Firstbet offer a 100% deposit match bonus for new players making their first deposit,

This is a 100% First Deposit Match Sports Bonus for new customers up to a maximum of R1,000.00 (one thousand rand).

  • If a customer opts in for the promotion, they will receive a bonus of 100% of their first deposit up to a maximum of R1,000.00. For example, if the customer deposits R1,000.00, they will receive an equal matching bonus of R1,000.00.
  • The customer must opt in for the promotion by entering the promo code FDM22 when making their first deposit.
  • Only first deposits of R50 or greater qualify for this promotion.
  • The customer will need to wager their matching bonus at least 6 times before any withdrawal of the winnings from the matching bonus can be made.

Firstbet R30 Sign up Bonus Free Bet

  1. In order to qualify for the promotion the customer must register a Firstbet account.
  2. The promotion is limited to the first 500 customers to register a Firstbet account, as determined by Firstbet in its sole discretion.
  3. The promotion is limited to one free bet per customer/account.
  4. Any winnings from the Free Bet promotion cannot be withdrawn until a customer has deposited a minimum of R50 and wagered at least R50 in one or more bets, excluding the R30 Free Bet.
  5. The R30 free bet cannot be withdrawn by the customer.
  6. The customer’s account will be credited with the Free Bet within two working days.

Sports, Markets and Odds at Firstbet

Coming to sports options, Firstbet falls very short of the present offerings of most players on the market. During the time of preparation of this review, they had only 6 sports options to place bets on including Australian rules, Football, Futsal, and Horse Racing. It would appear there is still some work in progress, and some more sports options could be added in the future.

With regards to football, they offer betting options in several leagues including the major EPL and La Liga ones. The market options for these matches are fairly wide and should satisfy some punters. The odds are also competitive when compared to some other Sports Betting and Casino sites in South Africa. We would however like to see some live markets – it occurred to us that you would only get maximum value from this bookie only through placing pre-match bets.

Firstbet Slots

Firstbet offer a variety of online slots games, including the popular Habanero slots, with titles like Hot Hot Fruit, Wealth Inn and more.


Other than sports betting options, Firstbet also offers punters an option for placing bets on Betgames which have become quite popular of late. As usual, the full set of Betgames including options such as Lucky 5, Dice Duel, and many others form part of the mix.

Lotto and Lucky Numbers Betting

If you are interested in international lottery draws, then this section would capture your interest. Firstbet allows punters to place bets on the outcome of various lotteries scattered across the world including options such as the UK 495, The Russian Gosloto, the Ireland Daily, and many others. South African Lotteries are also included in the mix – i.e. Lotto, Powerball, and Daily Lotto.

Ease of Betting

The process of placing bets with Firstbet is quite simple. Once the desired market is selected, it is immediately available in the bet slip that is available from the top right of the screen. You would need to proceed and select your stake and confirm your bet. The maximum winnings vary with the type of sport and can be accessible from Firstbet ’s Terms and Conditions page.


How does Firstbet fare in terms of transaction options? Well, for making deposits, you can choose from options such as instant EFT, Debit/Credit Card, and OTT Vouchers. This should meet most of the customers’ needs. For withdrawals, you can receive your funds through an EFT, with a minimum requirement of R50 being required to make a withdrawal.

Our Final thoughts on Firstbet

Firstbet, whilst not new to the sports betting industry, has recently launched an online platform to satisfy their online client requirements. As the platform is developed by Turfsport, there is an unmissable trademark footprint that is visible in some of its sites. Firstbet offers a simple, yet fast to navigate betting page. They also offer a desirable choice of deposit methods that should cater for most ends of their client base.

We would like to see them expanding on their sports betting options to include wider selection to allow for competition with the big boys in the SA market. We would also like them to include live markets into the mix. For those who would wish to expand their bookie options, then Firstbet is another recommended bookie. However, do not come with too much expectation as they only recently launched this online service. We may see some improvement in content in the near future if Firstbet wants to give their competition a run for their money.

Additional Firstbet Info

Firstbet contact information

Firstbet Branches

Firstbet Rocklands

Shop 2A Rocklands Shopping Centre


Mitchells Plain


Firstbet Caravelle

Shop 2 Rocklands Shopping Centre


Mitchells Plain


Firstbet Mowbray

102 Main Road


Firstbet Diep River

42 Main Road

Diep River


Tel: 021 713 2277

Firstbet Grassy Park

Grassy Park Hotel

Cnr Victoria Rd and 4th Ave

Grassy Park

Cape Town, 7941

Tel: 021 705 3860

Firstbet Broadway ( Strand )

Shop 16 and 16a

Broadway Mall

20 Joseph Way


Firstbet St Georges Street (Strand)

Corner Gordons Bay Drive and St Georges Streets


Firstbet Claremont

111 Main Road


Cape Town

Firstbet Table View

3 Porterfield Rd, Table View, Milnerton, 7441

Tel: 021 557 9611

Firstbet Hermanus

Bojangles Pub

121 Main Rd



Firstbet Belhar

Shop 41

First Floor Airport Shopping Centre

Cnr Belhar Drive & Stellenbosch Arterial



Firstbet Milnerton

Unit 7 Milnerton Centre

Cnr Koeberg Road and Kildare Road



Firstbet Morgenster

Shop 10 Morgenster Shopping Centre

Cnr Morgenster & Anna Marie Drive

Mitchells Plain


Firstbet Noordhoek  

Shop 2 & 3 Sunnyacres Shopping Centre

Kommetjie Main Road



One comment

  1. Peter Wrensch says:

    Great to shopfit nice stores but then staff it with arrogant, insolent and totally uncommitted personnel like Milnerton.
    Between 2 and 2.35 your clerk was fully engaged in eating lunch.
    When asked if we could get a bet the answer was an immediate NO, because she is eating. The Gauteng race was run whilst we got on the tote – thankfully because the payouts were better.
    I hope lunch lasts another 6 months because your branch will definitely not.

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