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!
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 Once you’ve gotten over the purple shock you are left with a very deep reaching site that feels slightly out of date.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.
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.
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.
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.
R100 Fica Bonus : Fica your account and get a R100 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 (erm…)
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.
Sign on Bonus Rating : N/A
Overall Rating : 7/10