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Online Gambling in South Africa – What you need to know

If you are new to the world of gambling – either on land or online, there may be a few questions you need answered first. If you have been participating in gambling for a while, there still might be some information you do not have.

There are certain questions that aren’t always answered in online FAQ’s, so we have covered all of them here. Rather have all the information you need before carrying on or deciding if gambling is for you.

Are casino winnings taxable in South Africa?

Casino winnings are not taxable in South Africa. This is because they are seen as capital and not as money earned as profit. However, you will need to declare your casino winnings in your annual tax return each year.

How old do you have to be to gamble?

Whether you are gambling online or at a land based casino, you need to be over the age of 18 to participate. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to take part in any form of gambling, even if accompanied by an adult.

Is online gambling legal in South Africa?

While land based casinos are legal in South Africa, online gambling is not. Section 11 of the National Gambling Act clearly prohibits use of online gambling in South Africa.

For more information on the legalities of gambling, read further here.

Is online betting legal in South Africa?

Yes. Online betting is legal in South Africa. Betting in South Africa is increasingly popular, whether it be horse racing, cricket, soccer, boxing or a host of other sports.

Betting has always been a favourite hobby for many South Africans. As long as you are betting through a licensed South African bookmaker online, it is 100% legal. We have recently reviewed and written up on the best online betting apps in South Africa here.

Do South Africans still gamble online?

Yes. Many South Africans enjoy online gambling through foreign sites, where it is legal for them to host online gambling. Some of these international sites do make provisions for South African players and South African currency, but often you will need to pay in dollars.

How can I pay for online gambling?

Visa and Mastercard

There are multiple ways to pay or deposit money for online gambling. Using either credit card, debit cards, bank transfers or e-wallet sites, you can safely send money to your online profile. Once you have gathered some winnings, you can also use these methods to withdraw money.

These transactions are considered safe and secure when you are using a trusted and legitimate online gambling site. Always be sure to check that the online casino you are using is not a fake.

What are the different ways to gamble?

There is a lot of variety for players when it comes to gambling. If you prefer actually going in to a casino then there are plenty of options available.

Depending on the casino you visit you will more than likely have access to slot machines, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps and many other games. If you are playing online then depending on the online casino you choose, you should have access to all of these games as well.

Can casinos change the settings on a machine?

No they cannot. SABS certifies and tests all gaming machine software. There are specifications set that have to be adhered to. Changes can only be made through and appeal and then approval from SABS.

What is fixed odds betting?

Fixed odds betting is when an offer is giving by a bookmaker prior to the bet being placed. This is usually found in sports betting.

Who regulates gambling in South Africa?

Gambling in South Africa is regulated by the National Gaming Board. It is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. It was created to regulate gambling practices in South Africa and make sure that all gambling facilities and participants adhere to the regulations and codes particular to South Africa.

How many casinos are in South Africa?

There are approximately 40 casinos  in South Africa, spread between the provinces.

Cape Town has the most casinos in one province in the country. We have recently listed some of the most popular casinos in South Africa.

Can I use mobile casinos on my phone?

Yes. Most online casinos are available to be played on your mobile device, and many offer apps that can be downloaded onto your phone to play at any time. This offers a really great convenience as you can have access to these sites at all times, anywhere. As long as your phone has he correct software, enough space and a good internet connection you will be able to download these straight away on your phone. For more information on this, read up here.

It is always a good idea to know all the facts an nitty gritty before trying something new, or continuing with something you enjoy. Having all the information you need means that you shouldn’t run into any trouble later on, and if you do then you know who to contact. Luckily gambling is regulate very well in South Africa, so as long as you ensure you are gambling through legitimate and legal avenues then you can be sure that you are gambling safely and under the protection of strict regulations.

If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, please seek help from the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation straight away http://responsiblegambling.org.za/