AuthorBy Jeffrey Cammack
Updated: March 2, 2021

Our South African editorial team has been a part of the online casino industry since 2008 and we have thousands of hours of experience playing casino games. We have held management positions in casino marketing departments, and we know what makes an excellent casino.

Central to our review process is:

  • The integrity of our methods and the accuracy of our journalism.
  • A data-driven approach based on detailed research

Our Best Casinos in South Africa Annual Report is the culmination of over 3000 hours research on over 400 casinos. We have gathered detailed data on over 110 of these casinos and used this data to write over 198,000 words of analysis. Finally, we have assigned each of these casinos a score to reflect their quality.

Our reviews have the clear goal of helping players learn about different online casinos, and we will always steer players away from the worst ones. Our scoring algorithms arrange our lists to ensure you always see the best casinos first.

Local South African Perspective

In the casino industry, bonus T&Cs, game choice, and customer support vary depending on where in the world you live. We write our casino reviews for South African players. With over 70 data points on each casino and a constant focus on the South African experience, we believe we have succeeded in providing the detail and accuracy that South Africans need when comparing casinos.

Our Review Process

We know what a great casino experience is. We know that players want safe casinos with proper licensing where deposits are secure. We know what fair bonus conditions look like. We know where express withdrawals and local customer service teams can be found. And we know all the best games from the best game providers in the world.

Many online casinos accept South African players, and each casino has a different set of games, bonuses, promotions, and conditions. Our reviews are always complete, so you can take your time and read our opinion before you sign up. When we review a casino, we consider:

Licensing & Regulation

We have a tiered regulation system and prefer casinos that are licensed by the Gambling Commission (UK), Malta Gaming Authority, Spelinspektionen (Sweden) or Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission.

We have singled out these organisations because they ensure casinos comply with gambling laws by:

  • Testing game fairness
  • Testing site security and payment systems
  • Overseeing all complaints and grievance resolutions

Game quality and selection

Software companies make casino games on behalf of the casinos. So, the quality and number of games available at a casino will be dependent on the quality of the software developer.

We prefer game developers who produce games with high-quality graphics, sound, and stories. We also appreciate games developers who offer unique and innovative games. Those we prefer are Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n GO, Evolution Gaming, Betsoft, IGT, Playtech. For more information, read our article comparing all game developers.

Bonuses and promotions

Welcome bonuses, player promotions, progressive jackpots, and bonus terms and conditions vary significantly between casinos. We believe that casinos that offer the highest possible bonus, with additional free spins and other freebies to get you going are the best.

That said, we favour casinos with transparent terms and conditions. Terms and conditions related to cash welcome bonuses will have the largest impact on your gaming. To find out more about possible welcome bonus terms and conditions, read our welcome bonus page.

Cashier and withdrawals

Can I deposit Rands? Is there a minimum withdrawal amount? How long do withdrawals take? Is there a withdrawal fee?

We value casinos that let you play in Rands as this makes it more fun and easier to understand how much money you have in your account. More importantly, you should be able to withdraw your money fast, without fees and with reasonable withdrawal minimums.

Customer support and local assistance

Local customer support makes all the difference for those who need to contact their casino. Premier South African casinos will offer a SA toll-free phone number, as well as live chat and email customer service 24/7.

Overview

The casinos that get the best scores will have strong licensing, great games, fun and fair bonuses, local customer service, and will give players access to their money quickly.

We hope that you find our lists useful and that they help you find your perfect casino. To learn more about our company and us, read our about us page.

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