Hollywoodbets review

Hollywoodbets are arguably one of the most popular and well known bookies in South Africa. They not only have an online sportsbook but also a number of retail operations that seem to be doing very well. Their first branch was opened in 2000 and they now have an impressive 84 stores across South Africa.

As much as we like their retail stores we’re going to focus on Hollywoodbet’s online operation, so onto the Hollywoodbets review!

Hollywoodbets Site

The Hollywoodbets site can be very overwhelming when you open it, the predominant colour is their branded purple and there are tabs and buttons everywhere. Once you’ve gotten over the purple shock you are left with a very deep reaching site that feels slightly out of date.

We’re not sure why they have not decided to revamp their site and navigation yet, as it can be very difficult to find the markets you want. All of this is coming across as very critical and it partly is, with all the money at their disposal they could’ve built an amazing site or at least kept it up to date. I guess it’s working for them and they are the one making millions, not me.

Hollywoodbets registration

It’s fast and easy to register an account with Hollywoodbets, in fact we’ve put a complete registration guide together to help you get started. Check out our registration guide which will take you through the process step by step.

Hollywoodbets Mobile

We also had a look at the Hollywoodbets mobile website, https://m.hollywoodbets.net/ and found it to be a fantastic experience. The site caters for punters who might not have the best smartphones which is great as it makes mobile betting more accessible. You can upload your FICA documents, get an app for basic phones as well as check results. It’s one of the best mobile sites in South Africa for what it offers and we can see why it’s one of the most popular platforms used by punters.

Hollywoodbets Odds

It’s not all doom and gloom as once you get used the layout the Hollywoodbets experience is a fairly positive one. They have their own trading team and price up before most other South African bookies have had their breakfast. Want the latest Super rugby handicap? Hollywoodbets will be one of the first to post it. Not only are they ahead of the game with their markets but they are also very competitive with their posted odds. You’ll get a good deal when betting at Hollywoodbets, something which not many South African bookies can offer.


The compliments continue to flow when one takes a look at their payments team, if you withdraw before 10am you’ll likely have that cash in your account before the end of the day.

Hollywoodbets Customer Service

One area we did find them somewhat lacking in was their customer service. The call centre agents were not of the highest calibre and could do with some additional training and the live chat feature. There is nothing worse than being promised something that never materialises, you need to be lucky if you want to have that incorrect bet voided at Hollywoodbets.  Other than that they were able to answer our queries sufficiently.

Hollywoodbets App

Hollywood currently do not offer an app for Android or IOS users. We recommend adding the mobile site to your home screen as an alternative

Hollywoodbets Fixtures

Did you know you no longer have to visit a Hollywoodbets branch in order to get the latest Hollywoobets fixtures? You can simply download the latest Soccer or Sports fixtures from the site itself. The fixtures are in a PDF format so you’ll need a PDF reader on your PC or Mobile Device. You can view and download the latest fixtures here.

Hollywoodbets Fica Bonus

Hollywoodbets have always offered a Fica or registration bonus for new customers. While this has changed in amount over the past few years we’re glad to see that they still have it on offer. Currently Hollywood have a R25 Free Bet for new customers, which you can claim by clicking here.


Win a Trip to El Clasico

R25 Fica Bonus : Fica your account and get a R25 bonus.

Soccer Money Back Promotion : Win up to 10x your stake if you are 1 leg out.

Refer a Friend : Refer a friend an earn a R20 betting voucher 

Their promotions aren’t the worst and are pretty standard but one thing does stick out like a sore thumb… The lack of a sign on offer. It’s not really that surprising as Hollywoodbets are so big they really don’t need to offer one! We would however like to see one in the future.

Sports Offered

Athletics, darts, softball, archery, badminton, beach volleyball, bowls, canoe/kayak, chess, combat sports, curling, diving, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, squash, surfing, swimming, table tennis, water polo, sailing, snooker, shooting, triathlon, weight lifting, wrestling, lucky letters, soccer, horse racing, rugby, tennis, American football, Aussie rules, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, golf, ice hockey, lucky numbers, motor racing and more.

Overall Experience

During the course of our Hollywoodbets review we’ve brought up lot’s of negatives and positives about them, this does not mean we dislike them. We just would like to see them improve their site to a decent standard. Their Inplay site is pretty good and it’d be great if they could use that as a springboard into a new revamped site. The overall experience at Hollywoodbets is indeed a positive one. They are also very active on the charity side and have a fantastic up to date blog, all extras that score brownies points with us. If you are looking for a big, established no nonsense book then Hollywoodbets is for you. Sign up with Hollywoodbets HERE.

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Overall Rating : 7/10


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I can’t withdraw my funds and I did everything they asked me to to do. Aaa have this is very frustrating mahn.. I have money but I can’t use it.. Your service is the poorest. I called them and they gave me a lame excuse that was not in their Terms and condition. Nxa mahn this poor.

Romeo :-(

Regarding fica. I submitted my FICA documents via email of which are my I.d copy and my fathers I.d copy, proof of residence and a signed capitec bank declaration that states I’m his son. I went through the process more than 5 times and the response i get is “your proof of residence is invalid or your proof of residence is outdated” I updated the proof of residence again their response was its invalid.

please assist me with registering this is my account number(cell number)

Yunique Claassen

Hi was your issue resolved? I can assist you if you want t

bradley :-(

i have an issue with number of games in a tennis match considering the 3rd set . they told me that set will be called one game and added to the games in the other 2sets im so shocked. please help. my number is 0623490879

Jamie David

Thank you for your site, I find your articles and reviews very interesting; but I have to disagree with this one since I had a very bad experience with Hollywoodbets. I submitted my FICA documents, and well over a week later I still haven’t gotten the R100 bonus they promise on their site. I’ve attempted contacting them on their site but I haven’t gotten any sort of response. I’ll probably be going back to EaziBet.

Juan Van der Westhuizen

Hi Jamie

I would like to apologies for the inconvenience caused as we at Hollywoodbets strive to make all clients our top priority.

I have sent you a mail regarding this problem and will make sure to get this resolved ASAP

bradley :-(

help me


Thanks for the site!
I really enjoyed reading all the reviews on the various online sports books.
A funny thing I noticed is that you make reference to the inplay offering of Hollywood and how they should use it as a spring board for the rest of their site, The thing is that contrary to the other various comments in your articles about how you find the Bettech platform “lacking”, the Hollywood in play is exactly that, a Bettech offering.