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 massive online operation, so onto the Hollywoodbets review, where we’ll be looking at the most important features and offerings.

Hollywoodbets South Africa

The Hollywoodbets site can be somewhat underwhelming when you open it on desktop, 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 Once you’ve gotten over the purple shock you are left with a very deep reaching site that feels slightly out of date, but one packed with various betting options and menus.

hollywoodbets site

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. We suspect there are other factors that involve their retail operation that affect this, as Hollywood are a fantastic business in general.

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. You will only need to fill in a few details and registration can be done from your phone or pc. If you’d like to skip the rest of the review and jump right into registering with Hollywoodbets then this link will take you to the registration page. Hollywoodbets are currently offering punters a Free R25 bonus when signing up.

Hollywoodbets Mobile

We also had a look at the Hollywoodbets mobile website, https://m.hollywoodbets.net/ and found it to be a fantastic experience, making up for the poor one on desktop. 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.

You also have all the functionality on mobile that you have on desktop, it just feels much smoother and more intuitive. As we mentioned it’s one of the best in South Africa!


Hollywoodbets currently offer the following deposit methods to top up your account. Punters who do not have access to a bank account can still enjoy betting with Hollywoodbets as there are several voucher deposit options available.

  • Vouchers (1Voucher and various others)
  • EFT Payment
  • Credit card payments
  • Instant EFT (Ozow, Peach payments)

If you’d like to know how each of these deposit work then check out our Hollywoodbets Deposit Guide.


Vouchers are one of the most popular ways for punters to top up their Hollywoodbets account. There are several vouchers you can use at Hollywoobets, including 1Voucher and Holly Top Up vouchers which can be purchased at retailers nationwide.

Hollywoodbets Withdraw Time

Hollywoodbets have one of the fastest withdraw times in South Africa. Their withdraw time is around 24-48 hours. With most punters actually receiving their money on the same day, even over a weekend. To put it simply, their withdrawals are lightning fast. We’ve tested their withdrawals numerous times over the years and the processing speed is simply fantastic.

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.

Cash Out

Hollywoodbets are the latest bookmaker to offer cash out to their punters. Cash Out at Hollywoodbets is slightly different to that at other bookmakers, punters can only use cash out on mobile for multiple bets and use the feature before a match starts. Most other bookies allow you to cash out at any time, depending on the match flow. Check out our how to cash out at Hollywoodbets post for more on how to use the feature.

Hollywoodbets Customer Service

One area we did find them somewhat lacking in was their customer service. The call centre agents were pleasant to deal with but could do with some additional training and a live chat feature. There is nothing worse than being promised something that never materializes, 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 Contact Details

Hollywoodbets have a vast customer support structure which is broken down in to general inquiries, deposit and withdrawal inquiries. Below are the contact details for general question.

Click here to view more Hollywoodbets contact details.

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


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.

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.


  • Predictor Games
  • R25 Sign-up Bonus
  • Irish Objection Promotion
  • Soccer Bonus Bonanza
  • Refer A Friend Promotion
  • Soccer Money Back Promotion

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

You’ll find a comprehensive sports offering at Hollywood, including the sports listed below.

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.

Virtual Sports

Hollywood offer 2 virtual games to their punters, virtual soccer and virtual horse racing. Both can be played on the Jika Sports section on the site and are a first in South Africa.

Hollywoodbets Betgames Africa

Hollywood have a comprehensive Betgames offering, including Wheel of Fortune, Dice, Poker, Lucky 5, 6, 7 and War of Bets. They have also recently updated their system, so you can now bet on the games from your wallet instead of having to transfer funds.

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.

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Overall Rating : 7/10


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2 months ago

Hello I have changed my numbers (username) from old numbers to new numbers the problem now is that all numbers… Read more »

3 months ago

Hi I tried to login my Hollywood account but it keeps on saying the client is not active, please assist… Read more »

4 months ago

Hi, it’s Eric, the money was widthraw from my Acc without my knowledge. Pls talk to me

Jon Bradley
7 months ago

Horrible people be very careful avoid like the plague, allowed me to join while under gamstop and deposit and loose… Read more »

7 months ago

Best betting site ever

8 months ago

Hi I have registered with Hollywood longtime…so now I have bought the new phone am trying to login it say… Read more »

Ishmael Mbulaheni
9 months ago

Hi I tried to contact Hollywood bets for account registration coz they keep saying my Id is in already used,… Read more »

9 months ago

I want to top up but it keep on saying client not active or contact fica

Lucas Norkee
10 months ago

I have register want to place bet

Ishmael letageng
10 months ago

Hello..are you welcome me

Ishmael letageng
10 months ago

Hello.. I want to join the hoolywoodbets

8 months ago


10 months ago

Hi im Sihle I have forgotten my login details because my account is three years old not being used. And… Read more »

10 months ago
Reply to  Siphesihle

hi am ziyanda when i login it says client not active ..submitt fica dotuments

11 months ago

I’m trying to open an account and it says my ID number already in use help

David Futama
11 months ago

I do not agree with the Hollywoodbets, it’s currently one of the most difficult betting website when it comes to… Read more »

Ayanda mbhalo
1 year ago

I phone in to give new number ,but still deficulte to log in

Nqobani Ncube
1 year ago

I can not logg in to my account,, whats the problem Now want play my games

1 year ago

Hi im struggling to login to my account and it my first time to play Hollywood bet pls help me

1 year ago

I’m trying to register but it tells me that my ID number is already in use. I need you to… Read more »

1 year ago

I want to open my account but they tell me that my account is no more ative, so wat can… Read more »

1 year ago

I need help

1 year ago

Join the discussion…I want to withdraw my money en i make ewallet bt i ddnt get sms from Hollywood

1 year ago

Hi i excluded myself at the National Gambling Board. Hollywoodbets marketer contacted me and said he must close my account… Read more »

1 year ago

But i have a problem that is why i excluded myself. Dont they have a responsibility? The gambling board sended… Read more »

1 year ago

But how do i go from here? Were do i start?

1 year ago

-Goodday I just wanted to know what happens if I win and I want to withdraw but I can’t finish… Read more »

1 year ago

Hi Hollywoodbets Hollywoodbets max winning have increase to R10 miliion ZAR but when i bet on my mobile it show… Read more »

1 year ago

I can’t withdraw my funds and I did everything they asked me to to do. Aaa have this is very… Read more »

6 months ago
Reply to  Martha

I doubt that if one wins 10 millions this bookmakers will be able to pay. Their terms and conditions contradicts… Read more »

Romeo :-(
2 years ago

Regarding fica. I submitted my FICA documents via email of which are my I.d copy and my fathers I.d copy,… Read more »

1 year ago

hi ,

always dealing with staff at hollywood that cut the call when they cannot answer the question

Yunique Claassen
1 year ago
Reply to  Romeo :-(

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

bradley :-(
2 years ago

i have an issue with number of games in a tennis match considering the 3rd set . they told me… Read more »

Jamie David
2 years ago

Thank you for your site, I find your articles and reviews very interesting; but I have to disagree with this… Read more »

Juan Van der Westhuizen
2 years ago
Reply to  Jamie David

Hi Jamie I would like to apologies for the inconvenience caused as we at Hollywoodbets strive to make all clients… Read more »

bradley :-(
2 years ago

help me

4 months ago

holl how are you doing today i want sing in to hollywoodbets but i am trugllnge to log in