Sports Betting Apps

There aren't many mobile betting apps from betting sites in South Africa available. Match.Center experts have found only 8 betting sites offering clients to download mobile betting apps. Android betting apps should be downloaded to your mobile device not from the Google Play store, but from betting sites as an .apk file. We have evaluated all of the top betting apps we have found, compared these 8 mobile apps by several parameters and made lists of the best sports betting apps in South Africa for enthusiasts who like to make bets on this or that sport. 

The List of the Best Betting Apps in South Africa

Last updated: 03.12.2022

  • Good range of betting markets
  • Statistics
  • Cash Out

The bonus is credited as a free bet. The maximum bonus amout is R1000. In order to qualify for the bonus offer, new customers must make a deposit and place sports bets equal to 3x the value of their first deposit at odds of 3.0 or greater. Customers receive winnings minus the initial stake.

  • Easy and convenient mobile betting app
  • Good odds for baseball

Bet a minimum of R50. If your qualifying bet is settled as a loser, the company will refund your stake as a free bet. The maximum bonus amount is R2000.

  • Live streaming of horse races
  • Best for UFC online betting
  • Lots of deposit methods
  • A lot of football betting markets
  • Great odds

The company offers users to double their rewards, with a first deposit match bonus of 100% up to R1,000. To get this sports bonus, customers need to wager six times at minimum odds of 0.70 (7/10), and the bonus amount excludes the 1 x turnover requirement of the deposited funds.

  • Blog and podcasts about horse racing
  • Great odds for baseball

The bookmaker offers a 100% bonus on the first deposit, up to a maximum of R40. The bonus will be added to your account within 5 minutes. You need to wager it once.

  • Detailed info section for mobile betting
  • Convenient design of the betting app
  • Good for online betting on baseball

The bonus is for new customers only. Use the promo code "WelcomeFreeBet" when registering. The free bet must be wagered as one whole bet - a single bet with min odds of 9/10 or 1.90, or a combo bet with min odds of 4/1 or 5.00 and each leg must be 7/10 or 1.7 or greater. Only one free bet per person and per family ia available.

  • Good for online betting on soccer
  • Good odds for baseball

The maximum bonus is R3000 and the minimum amount of the first deposit is R100. The bonus needs to be claimed within 14 days of opening your account. You need to wager the value of the bonus five times, as well as your initial deposit once. Only single bets with odds of 2.00 or greater will qualify towards wagering. The maximum winnings from bonus is R10000.

  • Most convenient among apps for betting
  • Good for UFC online betting

Online Sports Betting Apps

There are several criteria we use when choosing top online sports betting apps. South African online sports betting apps usually have the same functions as mobile betting sites. And the goal for users is the same: to make a good sports bet. So evaluating the sports betting app we take into account how good the bookmaker is in general.

Moreover, mobile betting apps allow you to bet quickly and comfortably from anywhere. Therefore we take note of stability of functioning and ease of use of a betting app. These are the most important indicators. But they are not the only ones. Here is a detailed explanation of what aspects we take into account and how we choose the best betting apps in South Africa.

Ease and simplicity of navigation

No one likes to search for a bet by scrolling through menus and long lists - whether it's on betting sites or in bookies apps. The variety of bets, promotions and other bookmaker offers creates confusion if they are not in their places. Not every betting site can arrange this in a correct way. We penalise mobile sports betting apps in South Africa for the atypical arrangement of the main sections or the excess of small details that interfere with navigation.

The main betting markets & features that should open in one click in good mobile sports betting apps of the best betting sites are:

  • Pre-match for the most popular sporting events
  • In-play betting
  • Full list of available sports
  • User's betting account screen

Also important to us is the structure of the markets inside the list for the selected match, so that you could easily find your favourite sports betting markets.

The fewer clicks are required to place a bet, the more convenient the betting app is.

Speed and stability

If bets are in your pocket, it is probably because you want to bet fast and often. The speed at which the mobile betting app starts and runs is very important to Android and Iphone users. Unlike on a PC, on mobile devices mobile apps will not be constantly active once opened.

For example, if you open an In-play betting section and then switch to a match streaming on another mobile site, the phone may unload the bookmaker's betting app from memory. When you return to the mobile app to place a bet, you will see that it has been restarting. And if it takes a long time to launch, you may not be able to place the bet you want. Especially in sports where things change quickly, such as tennis or basketball.

But we hate not only slow betting apps, but also unstable online sports betting apps. They can crash suddenly and for some unknown reason.

If you use the betting app for a long time, these things will influence your decision as to whether to continue using it or to look for other south african betting apps. As for us, we are to suffer using slow online betting apps to evaluate them and find the best betting apps available. But it will save your time.

Live betting and video streaming

The possibility of in-play betting is now successfully implemented in all of the online betting apps known to us both for Android and iPhone users, so we will not describe it in detail.

We will look at what betting options for in-play betting bookmakers offer in general, regardless of the platform - iOs devices or Android devices.

Video live streaming  is not yet a common product even among the best betting sites in South Africa. Many betting sites have no live streaming at all, some have it, but in a limited form. A bookmaker which will provide the customer with a fully functional video streaming service, will get very kind feedback from us. We are waiting and monitoring all the South African betting apps.

Customer Support Work

Sooner or later there is a moment when you have questions that need to be clarified with the help of the support team. And it’s a big advantage if you can get in touch with the customer support service quickly and 24/7.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

One of the common fails is when betting sites present what is called a live-chat on their website or in the betting app, but in fact there is just a bot in this chat. The user tries to contact the operator, but gets only silly bot's answers. It irritates everyone.

It is great when betting sites offer several ways of contacting support. If you can make a call, email or send a message in WhatsApp, you are sure to communicate with a human being.

Special Features of Betting Apps

We put this parameter at the end of the list, because something really unique in betting apps is not very common. But it's a good indicator of how much money and effort the betting sites have put into the app. By features we mean anything that isn't part of the basic package. But it's nice when you can see it and use it.  These are the following:

  • Cash Out and Bet Builder
  • Statistics section
  • Betting guides
  • Dedicated security settings for Android devices & iOS devices

Bonuses for Downloading Apps or for Mobile Betting in the App, not on the Website

This kind of promotion is rare not only in South Africa, but also worldwide.

Match.Center works in many countries around the world and we know that sometimes betting sites offer betting apps with free bonuses. All you need to do is to open an account right in the mobile app. It can be, for example, a free bet after installation or a bigger-than-usual bonus for your first deposit in the betting app.

If you come across such an offer, you are very lucky. And we always mention it in our reviews as a huge advantage.

Top Sports Betting Apps for iOS & Android

Soccer Betting Apps

Betway

Betway is one of international betting sites with many virtues. The biggest disappointment is that these virtues do not include best odds. To put it bluntly, they are very bad. The bookmaker's margins in almost every sport are higher than most competitors'.

However, the betting app of Betway should definitely be at the top of the best betting apps for soccer fans, because it offers a huge selection of markets. The online betting app offers the deepest range of markets in the betting market of South Africa, with several hundred bets on each popular league. In the betting app, you'll have to repeatedly press the "Load more" button to see all the bets on a match, which is quite inconvenient.

Betway betting app

Betway betting app

A unique feature from Betway for mobile sports betting is quick hints that you can find right in the list of events below each game. There you'll find statistics that might be useful for making bets. For example: "Team 1 has not scored in the last 4 matches".

There are also many bets with Cash Out in this betting app for a mobile device - this feature is available for most soccer matches.

Gbets

Gbets is another bookmaker with a mobile app that we are glad to recommend as one of the best betting apps to soccer fans. Gbets' online betting app is second to Betway by the number of bets available, but Gbets has enough to offer for most punters: over 350 markets for popular matches. At the same time, the bookmaker offers competitive to high odds. For some matches the margin is even lower than 4% (gold standard for soccer markets). And for sports games that are part of the boosted odds promotion the margin can be minimal, around 2%.

Gbets betting app

Gbets betting app

Technically, though, the betting app is far from perfect, in our opinion. It has a strange, unfamiliar layout. You have to tap more times to get to the bets than in the betting apps of competitors. From the home screen you can go to lucky numbers and FICAA, but there is no selection of sports and the usual Live tab. 

Betolimp

The Betolimp betting app for a mobile device is also in the list of the best betting apps available to download if you want to bet exactly on soccer. The range of markets here is a lot more moderate than in the betting apps mentioned above. For example, there is no horse racing, boxing or MMA. But for soccer the offer is good. For most users the number of markets will be sufficient, although it is smaller than Betway's. The odds are slightly lower than at Gbets, but in general they are decent for the market – the margin is 4-5% for the top events.

Betolimp app

Betolimp app

When you open the betting app, the bookmaker draws attention to itself because one of the promo banners features a picture of Mohamed Salah.

Many icons of different sports at the top line lead to a blank screen, as no matches are offered. It looks very strange and unprofessional.

As well as soccer, you can also find bets for baseball on Betolimp. Let's mention it here, as there are no more places in the top sports betting apps for baseball - there are stronger competitors there.

UFC Betting Apps

World Sports Betting

World Sports Betting offers plenty of UFC matches as well as other MMA fights. The odds for them are very high. They charge a "soccer" margin of 4-5%, which is rarely found in any other sport.

WSB betting app

WSB betting app

The bookmaker's betting app is easy to use. There is quick access to all sports, as well as live betting. The duplication of parts of the main menu in the sidebar looks a little strange. Also the colour overload is to be mentioned, which is not typical for modern best betting apps. We understand that it is a matter of taste and a personal preference.

PalaceBet

When you first launch the betting app of PalaceBet, you may feel you shouldn’t  have done it. The download may take a little longer than usual. But once downloaded, the app works perfectly, it is fast, convenient, and everything is in its right place. The style is strict and visual.

PalaceBet betting app

PalaceBet betting app

As for the UFC, PalaceBet has a great offer both in terms of the number of bets and the odds among South African betting apps. The bookmaker's margin on this type of fighting is 5-6%.

If you scroll down the screen you will find legal information and tips on how to bet on this or that sport. Some of this information, when you click on it, turns out to be a link to a page in your browser on a mobile device, which is a bit inconvenient.

SportPesa

This is a minimalistic app with a classic design, easy switching between sports, as well as pre-match and in-play. The hamburger menu has hints: how to place a bet, how to make a deposit or a withdrawal. This is one of the best betting apps for a mobile device in terms of simplicity where you just can not get confused, which isn't often the case.

SportPesa betting app

SportPesa betting app

For UFC SportPesa offers good odds with margins around 5-6%.

The bookmaker's app has benefited a lot from the fact that promotional banners do not take up almost half of the screen like in the apps of most competitors. But there are no banners because SportPesa has no bonus promotions themselves, so this is a dubious advantage.

Horse Racing Betting Apps

Interbet

One of the best betting apps in South Africa for horse racing, according to our team, is Interbet. The bookmaker focuses on horses, first of all, as horse racing appears first in the section of Featured events. There is information on horses, although not much. Registered users can watch video streams. Apart from that, you can read a betting blog and even listen to podcasts! That's something we don't see much at bookmakers around the world either.

Interbet

Interbet

The app is easy to use. Partly because very few sports are represented on Interbet. But if it is horse racing that interests you, you should definitely check out Interbet.

World Sports Betting

We have already written about World Sports Betting in the UFC betting section. For horse racing betting fans, this bookmaker also has something to offer. Although in general betting on horse racing is similar in almost all betting sites and, accordingly, betting apps, there are some nuances. For example, streaming or statistics. The WSB betting app has links to the top channels broadcasting horse racing. Statistics, on the other hand, are lacking.

Betway

We have already described the Betway app in detail when we described betting apps best for soccer. In horse racing this bookmaker has the same trump card as in other sports - information. In contrast to WSB there is information about the state of horses but no video streaming. For some bets there is a boost option.

Baseball Betting Apps

PalaceBet

PalaceBet is, according to our experts, the first in the list of best betting apps for baseball. Its range of betting markets is wider that its competitors' - from 160 bets per match. The betting app provides the best odds in the market, with a margin from 3.5% to 4.5%. In addition, you can quickly access the statistics from Sportradar directly from the lineup of markets.

Gbets

Gbets charges 4.5-5.5% margin on baseball bets. The range of markets is pretty good - over 70 markets for MLB games, including individual innings.

Sportingbet

Sportingbet has a good classic style betting app, with the sports presented alphabetically, which is very handy. The switching between sports, pre-match and in-play is quick. However, it is included only in the baseball top of all tops featured here. The bookmaker has an average list of betting markets, the odds are more often low, sometimes average.

Sportingbet app

Sportingbet app

For baseball, Sportingbet's 5-6% margin looks pretty acceptable, and the selection of bets is 60+ per match. Sometimes you can get odds boost. For the third place it's fine, given the convenience of the betting app. Though it can not be compared with the PalaceBet app.

Boxing Betting Apps

World Sports Betting

WSB offers additional bets for some boxing fights. More often in betting apps of South Africa you will find either only W1 W2 basic bets. If, of course, there are bets on fights there at all.

The bookmaker's margin on boxing is 5.5-6.5%.

Interbet

Interbet has a higher margin for boxing fights: 6-7%. They offer a selection of fights, but no choice of bets.

Gbets

Gbets has a selection of boxing bets. But the margin is higher than its' competitors': around 7-8%.

Betting Apps with the Best Offers in South Africa

Let's have a look at the best bonuses and betting options from the betting apps in South Africa.

Betting Apps with Cash Out

Cash Out is an option of early bet settlement before the outcome takes place. The user, who cashes out his bet, can lock in a profit or limit the loss on his bet.

Online betting sites have come up with three types of Cash Out:

  • Full.  With full Cash Out, you sell your entire bet early. There are no other options available. Once your bet is settled, you instantly get the amount offered by the bookmaker into your account.
  • Partial. You decide which part of the stake you want to cash out (e.g. 60% of the total bet), and which you want to keep in the game. The remaining 40% will be settled after the end of the game.
  • Automatic. You set a price for your bet, and when it is reached, the bookmaker has to cash out your bet immediately, even if the match is still in progress.

Benefits of Cash Out:

  • Early bet settlement. No need to wait for the game outcome.
  • The chance to cut your loss when the bet is not winning.
  • A chance to lock in a profit of a bet that may be a loser.

Disadvantages of Cash Out:

  • Cash Out cuts profits: with early settlement the return amount is always undervalued.

Let's consider top betting apps with Cash Out in South Africa.

Betway

Betway online betting app is one of the few betting apps in the market of South Africa with full and partial Cash Out. It works for single and accumulator bets.

You can find out for which sports games Cash Out is offered before you place any bets, they will be marked with "CO" icon on the exact match name. This is very convenient.

Cash Out from Betway is available for all sports, including soccer, tennis, rugby, horse racing, Formula 1 and so on. But sometimes there are exceptions.

NB: Cash Out is not available for matches if you bet using free bets.

Sportingbet

This is also one of the betting sites in South Africa whose app for mobile devices offers Cash Out. All three types are available: full, partial and automatic. Users have an opportunity to get paid out early on both single and accumulator bets.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to know in advance if there Cash Out in a match. The Cash Out option is displayed under "My bets" only after the bet has been placed.

An important thing you should know about Sportingbet Cash Out: if the odds for the match have changed during early bet settlement, Cash Out will be canceled immediately.

GBets

The Cash Out function in the GBets mobile app is available for various sports and events (both pre-match and live betting). Users can settle both single and accumulator bets early.

Like other betting sites, GBets has limitations on how you can use the Cash Out option.

  • Bets placed using free bets are not eligible for early settlement, whether you want to lock in your profits or cut your potential losses.
  • If Cash Out (full/partial) is available in the match, but the game will not be covered by the bookmaker in the live mode, then the early bet settlement after the start of the game will be canceled.

Sports Betting Apps with Free Bets

A free bet is a bet that is given to a user for free as a virtual amount to place a bet. If the bet wins, the bonus will be converted into real money. If you lose, then you lose not yours, but bookmaker's money.

Free bets in betting apps are offered to new customers (Betting Deposit Bonus, No Deposit Bonus, Match Bonus on Betting etc.) and existing customers (Reload Bonus, Refer a Friend, Birthday Bonus etc.).

So, which betting apps in South Africa are the most generous for free bets?

GBets

100% 1st deposit match free bet

GBets offers a 100% 1st Deposit Match free bet to its online betting apps customers.

If you deposit up to R1000, the bookmaker will credit your account with a 100% deposit bonus. You need to make six single bets in a row at minimum odds of 1.70 or greater to turn the bonus into real money.

Restrictions on bonus wagering:

  • No accumulator or system bets allowed. Only single bets.
  • The maximum winnings from the promotion are R10,000.
R25 Sign up free bet

Another interesting free bet which is available to new GBets customers is the R25 sign up free bet. To get it you simply need to register at the bookmaker and verify your account. After that, the R25 bonus will be instantly credited to your virtual betting account. To turn the bonus into cash, you need to wager it first.

Within 48 hours of the bonus being credited to your betting account, you must place a single bet (pre-match or live) at minimum odds of 1.50. The maximum winnings are R1000. If your bet wins, the bookmaker will credit the net winnings to your account. Then you can use the money as you wish: to continue betting or to make a withdrawal.

If you intend to withdraw your winnings from the betting site, the bookmaker will ask you to make a minimum deposit of R25 and to place at least one bet of the same amount.

Maybe, you are wondering: "why should I make a deposit in order to withdraw the money I already have in my account?" The answer is that betting sites can only withdraw funds via the method that you used for making a deposit. Since initially you just registered and did not deposit any funds, you will not be able to withdraw via any of the methods.

World Sports Betting

Get your 1st Deposit matched R50 - R10,000 in Free Bets

If you download the WSB betting app, as a new customer you will be able to take part in the "Get your 1st Deposit matched R50 - R10,000 in Free Bets" promotion. Put simply, when you make your first deposit up to R10,000 you will get a 100% bonus on your deposit.

In order for the WSB welcome bonus to be credited to your balance, top up your account and email the bookmaker at [email protected]. Please mention "100% Bonus Offer" in the subject line of your message. In case the bookmaker refuses to provide you a gift, you will definitely receive an e-mail notification about it.

According to the rules of the promotion, once the bonus is credited to your betting account, you must wager it in order to turn the virtual amount of money into real money.

The wagering requirements for the bonus are as follows:

  • Place bets total amount of which are 5 times the amount of your deposit. The wager is x5. If you deposited R1000, you must place bets of R5000.
  • Place bets at odds of 1.50 or greater.
R50 Welcome Bonus

If you do not wish to or cannot make a deposit at the betting site, you can start betting with World Sports Betting at the expense of the bookmaker. WSB is providing the R50 Welcome Bonus as part of its loyalty programme to all new customers. To get it, you need to meet three conditions:

  • Register in the bookmaker's app.
  • Verify your account.
  • Request the bonus by sending an email to [email protected] or via live-chat.

Once you have created and verified your account, you have only 72 hours to claim the welcome bonus.

As for wagering of the R50 Welcome Bonus, the terms of the promotion will be similar to the 100% bonus for the 1st Deposit:

  • Place bets with the x5 wager. In this case, with a bonus of R25 you have to wager R125.
  • The minimum odds are 1.50.

Betolimp

100% Match Up To R3000

Betolimp is one of the mobile apps in South Africa that provide a welcome bonus for new users. The bookmaker offers 100% Match Up To R3000 to all new bettors.

To get the welcome bonus you need to:

  • Register in the bookmaker's app.
  • Tick the "Get Welcome Bonus" box.

  • Verify your account.
  • Make a deposit via certain payment systems: SID, Credit Card/Debit Card and 1voucher. The minimum deposit is R100.
  • Request a bonus credit writing to the live-chat of the betting site.

You can request the bonus from the support within 14 days after you created your account. Use the bonus within the next 7 days after the bonus is credited. Otherwise, it will be canceled.

The wagering rules of the welcome bonus 100% Match Up To R3000 are as follows:

  • Make only single bets
  • Wager your bonus six times (x6)
  • The minimum odds are 2.00

Betting Apps with Other Bonuses

A lot of betting apps in South Africa have other bonuses too, like odds boosts, bonus back offers, cashback, etc. Usually these are also free bets and you will have to wager them.

Let's take a closer look at the bookmakers who offer interesting bonuses in their betting apps.

Sportingbet

Cashback if you lose by one

Sportingbet has come up with a "Cashback if you lose by one" promotion for all soccer fans. The essence of the bonus is to create an accumulator of sports bet of 5+ soccer selections. If only one selection loses, the bookmaker will return your bet in full. There are a lot of restrictions in the rules of the promotion:

  • The minimum bet to qualify for the promotion is R5.
  • The maximum refund is R500.
  • The odds for each selection must be 1.50 or greater.
  • Bets can only be placed on the main outcomes: a particular winner of the match or a draw.
  • All bets must be placed in the pre-match mode.
  • You can only get a refund once a day.

If your accumulator bet matches all of the above criteria and only one bet out of five is a loser, the bet will be refunded to your account within 48 hours as a free bet. You then have 3 days to spend it on another bet. If you don't manage to use the free bet, it will be taken from your account without any refund.

If you are not a soccer fan, then consider the tennis promotion by Sportingbet: Get your money back as a free bet if one leg lets your 5+ tennis accumulator down! See the Promotions section for more details.

Palacebet

Grand Slam Live In-Play Promo

For all fans of tennis the bookmaker offers the Grand Slam Live In-Play Promo to build a pre-match accumulator for Grand Slam matches and get a free bet for future tennis bets, this time in the live mode, as a reward.

Conditions to qualify for the bonus:

  • An accumulator bet consisting minimum of 3 Grand Slam tennis events.
  • The minimum betting odds for each bet are 1.70.
  • The minimum amount of an accumulator is R25.

If you meet these conditions, the bookmaker will credit a free bet of 1/2 the amount you spent on the accumulator to your account. The maximum free bet is R1000. Once you have received your gift from the bookmaker, you only have 7 days to use the bonus to make  tennis live bets.

If you're not a tennis fan, there are other bonuses available in the Promotions section at Palacebet. For example:

  • Bet on any Evolution game and earn a R100 bonus to be used on any Evolution game.
  •  Make R1000 worth of bets on football in a week and get a R250 free bet.
  • Make a soccer accumulator, and if you are let down by 1, the betting site will refund your full stake as a free bet.
  • Place a single pre-match bet on any cricket event, and the betting site will match it with a free bet to use on any event taking place live in-play.
  • Place R1000 worth of bets on any basketball within a week and the bookmaker will lay-up a R200 free bet to use on another basketball game.

FAQ

Are betting apps legal in South Africa?

Yes, betting apps are legal in South Africa as long as the bookmaker is compliant with the law, i.e. is licensed to accept bets and verifies the customer's personal data according to the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA).

What are the best betting sites that give you a free bet in their betting apps?

You can get free bets on your first deposit in GBets (up to R1000) and World Sports Betting (up to R10,000). At PalaceBet, you can get a free bet for building accumulators on tennis.

How old do you have to be to place bets online in South Africa?

You have to be at least 18 years old to legally bet on betting sites and in the apps.

Is it safe to use betting apps online in South Africa?

Yes, it is safe to place bets in the betting apps as long as you do it in a licensed bookmaker's app. Only licensed betting sites are included in the lists on the Match.Center website.

Andrew Heaford

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