Bricks and mortar casinos are a relatively
new phenomenon in South Africa as gambling within South Africa
was prohibited by the 1965 Gambling Act. Players had to go
to the surrounding independent homelands of Transkei, Bophuthatswana
and the Ciskei in order to have a flutter.
African online casinos arrived in the 90’s and some
of the best SA Rand based ones are African
Palace Casino, Indio
Casino, Pigg’s Peak and Silversands.
South African online casinos use software from reputable
international companies, such as Microgaming, Playtech and
Real Time Gaming. There are restrictions on licensing within
South Africa at the moment, so most of these online casinos
are licensed in places such as Curacau in the Antilles. The
South African government will be passing a new law in 2009.
The National Amendment Gambling Bill will be responsible for
regulating and licensing South African online casinos
consider when choosing an online casino:
1. A reputable online casino
will list the payout results of their previous games
– this is a good sign of what you can expect.
2. Players should make sure that the
online casino they are using is in possession of a valid
license. An online casino with a license is more reputable
3. Any reputable and trustworthy online
casino should have an ‘About Us’ or ‘Company
Information’ section on their website. The casino
should be transparent with regards to their history,
management structure and origination.
4. Customer Support is integral when
using an online casino, as errors and problems do occur.
Ensure that the online casino you want to use has a
support line available – these can be email, chat
or telephone options but the Customer Support information
should always be clearly displayed on the website.
5. A credible online casino will use
software from a reputable software manufacturer.
6. The Terms and Conditions of
Play are also important and should be displayed on the
online casino’s website for players to read.