Gbets Games Offering

Gbets Games Offering

As the games section of Gbets is quite vast we have put together an overview in one sweet article.

Gbets offers new and regular players a variety of games titles online and on mobile. The portfolio can be grouped into 5 categories:

  • Betgames
  • Live Games
  • Lotto Instant Win
  • Virtual Sports
  • Lucky Numbers

On desktop the games are accessible via the header navigation while on mobile you have a category slider at the top for easy access.

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Fans of Betgames will love Gbets as it offers the full range of game titles. This includes the 3 lucky Betgames titles Lucky 5, Lucky 6 and Lucky 7 who are very close to standard lotto draws but with enhanced fixed odds betting and winning options. But you will also find the card based Betgames 6+ Poker, Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Speedy 7 as well as War of Bets. In addition, you can enjoy Dice Duel and spin the Wheel of Fortune.

Gbets is one of a few betting sites that features the full suite of Betgames. Therefore, you can also enjoythe new titles Rock Paper Scissors and Andar Bahar with them.

Live Games

In the category ‘Live Games’ Gbets features world class live casino games by Evolution Gaming, Ezugi and Betconstruct. These are 3 big names in the area of live dealer content development and this reflects Gbets excellence.

Through a direct integration you will find the full suite of Evolution games. From Game Show titles including Dreamcatcher, Deal or No Deal or Monopoly Live to Live Table game – all games are laid out well. The table games offering contains a variety of roulette, blackjack and baccarat variants, some are also available as first person version.

Ezugi is part of the Evolution but caters for a slightly different target audience. Their games are especially popular in India but are now slowly but surely climbing the popularity ranks in South Africa. Try Roulette Live or Bet on Numbers as a start.

Lastly you will find some Live Games developed by Betconstruct. Paigow Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette are all available.

Overall, Gbets offers one of the most extensive selection on live roulette betting in South Africa.

Virtual Sports

Betconstruct is also one provider of Virtual Sports Games on Gbets. The following games are available at present: The Penalty Kicks, Virtual Football Pro, Virtual Football League, Virtual Drag Racing, Virtual Horse Racing and Virtual Bicycle.

But of course Gbets also features games by our very own South African provider Jika Sports. Dive into the world of virtuals and enjoy Jika Soccer, Jika Horse Racing, Jumps or Trotting as well as Racing Roulette and Motor Racing.

Virtuals are on the upgrade and Gbets has supported this trend very early on by adding a variety of games in this category.

Lotto Instant Win

One newcomer in live games entertainment is Lotto Instant Win (LIW). These games have spiced up the way we play Lucky Numbers. 17 games are part of the current portfolio and played live from 5 real studios. Over 2000 draws play each day! The most popular game is Lucky Six 35/48 which is played from Studio 2. We have covered background information about these games and more in our detailed Lotto Instant Win article.

Lucky Numbers

Lucky Numbers betting is very popular with us South African punters and therefore a big focus of Gbets.

You can enjoy live lucky numbers betting with the Golden Race games Mega Seven and Spin 2 Wheel. In addition you can of course bet on the best lotteries nationally and worldwide. So aside of the RSA lotteries Gbets offers you betting on draws from lotteries in Italy, Ireland, the USA and Canada. Needless to say you can also bet on the Russian lottery GoSloto or the all-time favourites UK49s Lunchtime and Teatime.

Gbets is the home of South Africa’s biggest Lucky Numbers Jackpot with the chance to win up to R100 million on 7 lotto draws. We have done a separate article about Gbets Lucky Numbers betting offering including 5 Bop Fela for your convenience.

Why play games at Gbets?

While Gbets is a great choice for sports betting the above portfolio of games makes them also a fantastic option for playing casino games. With so much variety and the integration of the best content providers you are guaranteed endless hours of entertainment.

Here are a few more reasons why the Gbets Games offering is worth a try:

  • Play 24/7/365: the great thing about live games is that they are always on. Hence there is always a game you can participate in and place your bets on.
  • Real Entertainment: Betgames, Live games as well as Lotto Instant Win games are all streamed live and in real time. The live dealer presenters add a nice interactive touch to the gaming entertainment.
  • Mobile optimised: the Gbets website itself is 100% optimised for mobile. But on top all games content is available on mobile as well and therefore you can play whenever and wherever
  • Great bonuses and promotions: From the moment you sign up with Gbets you will always find a special offering for games on the promotions page.

The Gbets games portfolio is always expanding and a great addition to the sports betting and esports betting offering. Head over to Gbets now to give it a go.

Jika Sports – Virtual Soccer & Racing

You might have seen the virtual games by Jika Sports across many major SA sports betting sites. Since being launched officially in June 2020 the games by Jika Sports have seen increased popularity due to the punters’ demand for fresh content. Let’s have a closer look at the available games and the company developing them

About Jika Sports

Jika Sports is part of global virtual games provider Kiron Interactive. Kiron is a pioneer and leading games supplier for 20 years. The company, which started of in Johannesburg, holds a number of licenses and certifications. This allows them to offer their games portfolio across 60 countries. In South Africa they hold licenses with all relevant regulatory bodies.

With the official launch of Jika Sports mid 2020 virtual sports are now available to South African punters in a fully certified and reliable way. Jika means ‘to turn’ in Zulu. Therefore, the company intents to revert the way South Africans bet on sports by concentrating on some the nation’s most loved sports, soccer and racing.

Kiron’s strong games portfolio is very comprehensive and currently contains 24 numbers games and virtual sports titles.

Best Jika Games in South Africa

It is all about sports with Jika Sports which divides into Jika Soccer and Jika Racing. Below we have listed the currently available games in South Africa. For detailed information have a look at our detailed reviews for the most played games by following the links.

Jika Soccer

Pick matches from the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A or the Spanish La Liga. Then see real teams compete in completely virtual environments. For detailed information have a look at our Jika Virtual Soccer game review.

Jika Racing

  • Horse Racing: very realistic animations of high speed races across varying tracks offer gripping action every few minutes.
  • Jump Racing (Jumps): between 8 to 14 horses go head to head and jump diverse fences in this action packed simulated reproduction of the well-know sport Steeple Chase.
  • Trotting: every few minutes 8 to 14 racers take to the track for real Harness racing. With dynamic distances and race tracks Jika Trotting is surely entertaining.
  • Motor Racing: bring the thrill of live motor racing onto your device with state-of-the-art simulated races. 8-14 cars compete every 6 minutes.
  • Greyhound Racing: while real greyhound racing is banned in South Africa you can still enjoy it in a completely virtual way.
  • Racing Roulette: Jika has combined classical horse racing with the excitement of roulette into a highly innovative game

Racing Roulette is part of the Numbers Games and Lottery Games provided by Kiron which also contains titles such as Spin2Win, Lucky Loot, Lotto Horses or Lotto Cars.

Where to play Jika Sports

Since its launch Jika Sports has been integrated with the online betting platforms of many South African bookmakers.

Below we have listed the sites you can currently play Jika Sports across all your favourite devices.

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Jika Virtual Sports games work across all devices. Whether you want to bring the action home and play on your desktop and laptop or rather want to bet on the go – the games work seamlessly across.

Why play Jika Virtual Games

While Virtual Games might be new to many of us they come with quite a few advantages:

  • Bet every few minutes 24/7
  • Fast results; gone are the days where you needed to wait 90 minutes for the outcome of a football match. Virtual Soccer matches are over within a minutes.
  • Immense game variety; the sheer amount of soccer matches and races is a real game changer
  • Diverse betting options with dynamic and increased odds on a variety of single and combination bets.
  • So real! Jika Sport has managed to animate all games in the best possible way. Using the latest technology these simulates games are as close the real action as possible.


What is Jika Sport?

Jika is a South African provider of virtual soccer and racing games. The Jika Sports games are fully licensed and therefore safe to play.

Where can I play Jika Sports?

Jika Sports – Jika Soccer and Jika Racing are currently available across a few big South African bookmakers, including Gbets, Betway and Hollywood Bets. See our overview listing for all choices.

How can I bet on Jika Sports?

Jika Sports can be played across many bookmakers. To place your bets you have to follow these steps:
1. Log into your betting account (or register a new account if you do not have one yet).
2. Select the Jika Sports tab
3. Pick your game: Soccer or Racing
4. Place your bets
5. Get your live results immediately after

Can I play Jika Sports on my mobile?

Yes, you can. The games are fully optimised to work seamlessly across all devices, from desktop and laptop to all established mobile devices.

Jika Sports has definitely enriched our betting experience. Give it a go yourself! Pick one of our trusted bookmakers and try Virtual Games first hand! It might be a bet of a change at first but with many advantages virtuals are definitely worth trying. The games are virtual but the wins are real!


Bye 2020, hello 2021!

Bye 2020, hello 2021!

2020 is for some of us really a year to forget (if you are not one of the Powerball jackpot winners from the draw on 1 December). The COVID pandemic has interrupted our lives in many ways and brought the sports industry for a few months to a standstill. As this surreal year draws to an end we wanted to do a quick recap of the various changes we have seen in 2020 and what to expect for our 2021 betting.

Online betting

Due to the pandemic the betting behavior of many of us changed. Our beloved local bookies had to temporarily close and we had to turn to online betting. While some of us already had a favourite online bookmaker for others online betting was completely new territory. As we punters had to adapt so did the bookmakers themselves. Some bookies used this to also finally move with the times. As a result, the likes of Sportsbet and Firstbet went online on the Turfsport platform. We have also seen new betting sites enter the South African market. Palace Bet, Millionaires Gaming Sports Betting and SpotonBets are aiming especially at online and mobile bettors and strike with excellent user-friendly platforms and highly entertaining betting options.

We hope that our detailed reviews helped some of you to find your best betting site in South Africa.

Esports and Virtuals

While betting shops were closed our preferred sporting events were also not available. No Premier League Football, no horse racing, no cricket or rugby matches. In the absence of our usual sports we discovered new games to bet on. Esports and Virtual Sports have both seen a big rise during the past months. And they are both here to stay. Virtual Games offer us an immense variety of fast-paced, regular game action with numerous betting options. The games portfolio of Jika Sports, part of Kiron, has launched in SA in June 2020 and since then has been integrated with major betting sites including Betway, Hollywood Bets and World Sports Betting.

Instant win live games

2020 has been the year of instant win live games. Evolution Gaming entered the SA market early in the year. Their live games range is outstanding and leads the way in live dealer games. But more and more players also discovered the fun, fast-paced Betgames. Whether lotto, blackjack, poker or baccarat – Betgames had a version for all of us.

But that’s not all. Lotto Instant Win (LIW) games launched at Hollywoodbets and we are sure to see these lotto-style games very soon across more bookmakers.

While we love lucky numbers and lottery style games everyone likes games based on a spinning wheel. These days we have quite a big variety to choose from: Evolution’s Dreamcatcher, Spin2Win and Spin2Wheels by Golden Race or Pragmatic Play’s Mega Wheel. We all love to spin and win or to bet and win.

Betting 2021 – what’s coming up?

For 2021 we expect a few more new betting sites to enter the South African market which will bring us even more choice. And with it more game providers for even more entertaining betting options. So overall 2021 looks like a good year for online sports betting, especially when looking at the sports calendar.

2021 will see a huge sporting calendar. Major tournaments and sport events were postponed while others were scheduled for 2021 anyway. Aside from the usual soccer leagues and tournaments (Premier League, PSL, Champions League) let’s have a look at what we can look forward to over the next 12 months:

Best Sporting Events for 2021

January 2021

  • 2021 Sun Met (30 January)
  • Sri Lanka v England – Cricket two test series (14 – 26 January)

February 2021

  • Six Nations 2021 opening weekend (6 February)
  • NFL Super Bowl (7 February)
  • Australian Open (8-21 February)
  • India v England – Cricket four test series (5 February – 8 March)

March 2021

  • Cheltenham Festival (16-19 March)
  • Six Nations final weekend (20 March)
  • Formula 1 season starts 21 March – Australian Grand Prix Melbourne

April 2021

  • The Masters, Augusta (8-11 April)
  • The Grand National, Aintree (8-10 April)
  • Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup (17 April – 19 June)
  • World Snooker Championship (17 April -3 May)

May 2021

  • French Open (23 May – 6 June)
  • Final Day of Premier League (23 May)
  • The Indy 500, Indianapolis (28-31 May)
  • UEFA Champions League Final, Istanbul (29 May)
  • Giro d’Italia (8-30 May)

June 2021

  • Euro 2020 (11 June- 11 July)
  • Tour de France (26 June- 18 July)
  • Wimbledon (28 June- 11 July)
  • Comrades Marathon (13 June)

July 2021

  • Lions Tour (3 July – 7 August)
  • Durban July (3 July)
  • Tokyo Olympics (23 July – 8 August)

August 2021

  • Women’s British Open at Carnoustie (19 – 22 August)
  • Tokyo Paralympic Games (24 August – 5 September)
  • US Open, New York City (30 August – 13 September)

September 2021

  • Women’s Rugby World Cup, New Zealand (18 September – 16 October)
  • Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio. (4-6 September)
  • Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin (24-26 September)
  • Bob Willis Trophy final – Lord’s (27 September – 1 October)

October / November 2021

  • London Marathon (3 October)
  • ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, India (18 October – 15 November)
  • Rugby League World Cup, England (23 October – 27 November)

December 2021

  • World Darts Championship

As you can see there is a lot to look forward to for 2021 for betting enthusiasts. All the big events will surely bring some exciting betting fun. If you want to end 2020 with a Bang have a look at the best betting sites. Most of them offer special bonuses and promotions to celebrate the New Year. Gbets offers a ‘Deposit Match Bonanza’ while Hollywood Bets is ‘celebrating 365 days in 2020’

The future of horse racing betting in 2021

Horse racing has always been very popular with South African punters. Billions of rands were bet on horse races in a usual year. But 2020 has seen some drastic changes and it has been a tricky year for the horse racing industry. The pandemic caused quite some disruption with many races being cancelled or postponed. This resulted in many forms of traditional betting coming to a halt. Therefore, South Africans bettors turned to alternative sports and we have seen a rise of e-sports and simulated sports betting. Online bookmakers reacted and added additional betting opportunities onto their sites. Aside from virtual games, including virtual horse racing, Betgames and Live Games were added for further entertainment. So what is to expect from horse racing betting in 2021?

Less betting sites offer betting on horses

While the world is still upside down some races are back. Nevertheless, over the recent weeks we have seen a decline in traditional online horse racing betting being offered across South African betting sites. New operators such as SpotOnBets launch without horse racing betting. Others, such as Gbets, removed horses from their betting offering.

Offering horse racing betting is quite challenging for operators due to the following reasons:

  • Extra licensing costs
  • Additional feed fees
  • Tax on horse racing

In addition, horse racing punters are quite loyal and stick with their favourite operators. This makes it very hard for new betting sites to get traction and at the end is not worth the effort.

Therefore, we see a lot more sites without horse racing betting which seems to be the new standard for 2021. While we understand the commercial difficulties on operator side we like horse racing betting and therefore it is a plus point for us if its part the sports betting portfolio.

But if you like betting on the horses do not fear. The are still a variety of bookmakers available that offer you fantastic horse betting entertainment in 2021.

Where to bet on horses online in 2021

Please find below our top picks for bookmaker in South Africa who offer horse racing betting .

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We have seen some of the big bookmakers even expanding their involvement. WSB recently became the sponsor of the WSB Gauteng Summer Cup. Sunbet is still the sponsor of the Sun Met, with the Sun Met 2021 coming up end of January 2021.

We hope that in 2021 we can go back to being at the races. In the meantime we enjoy the betting opportunities available on current horse racing events.

Online Betting Bonuses Explained

You have opened your online betting account and you are ready to place your first bet. How can you differentiate your real balance from your bonus balance? What are wagering requirements? Is this bonus attractive? These are all valid questions. Let us help you get to grips with online betting bonuses and bonus terms and conditions.

Your free bet paid out, time to withdraw your winnings…or not.

For once lady luck was on my side. A few of my horse racing bets had paid out handsomely and my balance was up by 4-times than what I had deposited. I could not believe it! Time for me to withdraw my winnings before I lost it on questionable bets like a volleyball game in Brazil or a hotly anticipated Call of Duty match between the Toronto Ultra and the Dallas Empire Esports teams.

I go to the cashier and I am ready to request my withdrawal. But it says my withdrawable balance is R0.00. How is this possible? I need to contact the help desk. Sounds familiar?

What the help desk usually responds with in cases like this is enough jargon that confuses you as much as a chameleon on a Smarties box. Words like, in breach of, playthrough or wagering requirements, bonus balance and sticky bonus all come to mind. And to new players, trying to withdraw their winnings, this can be both a confusing and disheartening experience.

But it does not have to be. Read on and let us explain how online betting bonuses work so you don’t have to feel cheated or confused.

Online Betting Bonuses – Terms and Conditions

Before you use your next online betting bonus, take some time to read and understand its terms and conditions. All licensed bookies will clearly show these directly on the promotions page or link to them. Bookmakers, who try to hide them away, are not recommended.

Some of the key questions to ask yourself are:

  • What is the qualifying criteria for you to get the bonus?
  • When is the promotion running?
  • Are any bets excluded from using your bonus on?
  • What are the play through/wagering requirements?
  • Is the bonus withdrawable or only the winnings generated from the bonus?
  • Do additional terms and conditions apply to the bonus?

The Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) Explained:

What is the qualifying criteria for you to get the bonus?

Bookmakers will always have specific criteria for a player to receive or qualify for a bonus. These requirements can vary. They range from the bonuses being available only to new players, how many times a player can receive a specific promotion, minimum and maximum deposit amounts, and more.

So make sure before you deposit to claim a bonus or place a certain bet that you are eligible. If unsure, ask support.

When is the promotion running?

Check the dates of a promotion. These can be the dates you need to place a bet to receive your free bet or when you need to make your qualifying deposit to receive your bonus. In addition, ensure you know when your bonus will be credited. Some campaigns could run over the weekend and hence qualifying accounts might be credited on Monday morning.

Some bonuses might also carry a specific period in which you need to have used it. This can range from 24 hours to 7 days or more. Not complying could result in the bonus, and any winnings you might have generated from playing with it, being removed from your account.

Are any bets excluded from using your bonus on?

There might be some restrictions on what you can use your free bet or bonus on. It’s not uncommon to see conditions such as betting on Lucky Numbers (High/Low) or Powa Numba (one ball) being excluded. Sometimes a bonus cannot be wagered on both/all markets in the same event.

These exclusions aim to ensure fairness. Bets like these can be seen as “no-risk” bets, meaning you can meet requirements without losing. It’s understandable why bookies do this, especially if you are using their money for your gain.

What are the play through/wagering requirements?

Wagering requirements, sometimes also referred to as play through requirements, can be explained as the multiple of times you will need to play with the bonus amount before you can withdraw any winnings from that bonus.

What you need to remember is that a bonus is in theory the bookmaker’s own money. They are giving you some of their money to play with and they stand the risk of losing. To limit their losses, they will ask you to wager or play the bonus through, for example 2 times.

Once you have met the wagering conditions, you are in the clear. This leads us nicely into our next point.

Is the bonus withdrawable or only the winnings generated from the bonus?

Non-withdrawable bonuses or sometimes also called sticky bonuses can be confusing but are relatively self explanatory. The bookie gives you a bonus, a freebie to play with. You play, meet the wagering requirements and generate some winnings. But before you request a withdrawal, the bonus amount you have received will be removed from your balance. This leaves you with only the winnings generated from the bonus which you can withdraw or place further bets with.

Some bookmaker platforms cater for different balances such as bonus balance and real balance. This makes it easy for a punter to differentiate between the amounts they can withdraw.

Do additional terms and conditions apply to the bonus?

In some instances bookmakers have additional sets of terms and conditions or definitions that might apply to a bonus offer. As these can be rather extensive, they usually include a clause along the lines of “standard terms and conditions apply” or “Sign Up Bet terms and conditions apply”. Be sure to check these and any associated conditions. You might not be eligible to receive a bonus you originally thought you qualified for.

Enjoy your free bets and bonuses!

For a new player it might all sound like a lot. But trust us. Once you get into the habit of reading and understanding the online betting bonus terms and conditions, you’ll enjoy receiving and playing with bonuses a great deal more. And who knows, sometimes even win with them.

You might ask what happened to my horse racing winnings. Well, after speaking to a very helpful support agent I learned that I had not yet met the wagering requirements. Luckily I did not have a lot to go. Hence, after placing a few more small bets, I managed to walk away with a handsome amount.

As much as betting is fun, remember that when the fun stops, so should you. Gamble responsibly.

Secure Online Payment Methods Guide

Read our online payment methods guide to understand what the most widely used and secure methods in South Africa are.

Online bookmakers across South Africa almost all offer the same deposit options. Credit and debit cards, secure instant online EFT and various online vouchers are widely accepted. The payment method offering nevertheless differs from online bookmaker to bookmaker.

Debit and Credit Cards

The most used and accepted online payment methods of all are Debit Cards and Credit Cards. Most SA bookies accept Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard and MasterCard Maestro. These are widely available and highly secure for online payments. Plus, bookmakers will also not charge you for using these.

Please note that bookmakers in South Africa currently do not refund withdrawals to credit or debit cards.

SiD Secure EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer)

SiD as a company have been around since 2007 giving them enough time to know what works for the South African betting market – and what does not. It is one of many instant EFT facilitators. Other providers are Peach Payments, i-Pay OZOW and PayFast, all offered for example by Hollywoodbets.

All EFT payment systems work in the same manner, allowing players to safely and securely transfer funds directly from their bank account to the bookmaker’s account without the need for a card. Funds are also available instantly.

EFT is supported by most banks in South Africa such as ABSA, Capitec Bank, FNB, Investec, Nedbank and Standard Bank. It is one of the most widely trusted and used payment method online and very easy to use. Once logged into your betting account, visit the cashier and choose SiD (EFT) as the payment method. Then select the bank you hold an account with, enter your online banking login details and complete the transaction.

This instant deposit methods is one of the most secure payment methods and simple to use. Bookmakers such as won’t charge you for using it. Be sure to check for any associated costs your bank might charge for electronic transfers.

We do like bookmakers who also send our winnings using instant EFT. There is really nothing better than receiving your winnings instantly, even if there might be a cost involved.

Direct Bank Transfers

Some players still feel that logging into their online banking through a third party is just not for them. Therefore, they don’t trust instant EFT transfers and rather prefer direct bank transfers.

You can transfer funds to your online betting account by adding the bookmaker as a beneficiary and making a payment. Although this method usually takes a little longer, you might feel more secure and have full control.

All South African banks offer their customers bank transfers. Unfortunately some bookmakers do not have bank accounts with specific banks and hence might not be able to accept payments. In other instances there could be additional bank transfer charges. If unsure, always contact the support desk for more information on using direct bank transfers.

Most online sportsbook operators in South Africa also use direct bank transfers for transferring your winnings. As with instant EFT, there might be an extra charge for receiving your winnings using this method.

1Voucher and OTT Vouchers

You don’t have access to a credit or debit card or other banking facilities? You just don’t want to use cards online? This does not stop you from being able to deposit funds into your online betting account as you can use vouchers instead.

This easy to use method is as simple as loading an airtime voucher on your phone. Simply purchase your 1Voucher or OTT voucher at a participating outlet. Then log in to your account, select the voucher type you are using, enter your pin and click submit.

You can now also buy OTT vouchers online directly from their website. To complete your transaction you will however need access to online banking . Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive your OTT voucher pin via SMS as well as having the details displayed on screen.

You can buy your 1For You Voucher from retailers such as PEP, Shoprite, Checkers, Usave, Dealz, Ackermans, OK and many others and also online.

OTT vouchers are available online and at more than 75,000 outlets across the country including Game, Makro, Builders and Caltex.

You can use these vouchers at almost all the big online sportsbooks in South Africa, including Hollywood Bets, Betway, Gbets, PlayaBet or Be sure to read through our detailed sportsbook reviews to see available deposit methods.

Please note: online vouchers cannot be used to receive your winning.

Alternative Online Deposit & Withdrawal Payment Methods

Above we have listed the most used online payment methods by South African punters. But we did think that it is worth mentioning that there are a few more methods available to use online.

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) offered by Betway is an innovative way of topping up your account without the need for mobile data. Making use of your phone to communicate with your service provider, like checking your airtime balance or topping up through SMS messages. Not only can you fund your account, you can also check your balance or request a withdrawal. More information on using this method is available on the BetWay website.

Bookies such as Hollywood Bets, Gbets and Sunbet also offer their customers the option to fund their online account by visiting one of their retail outlets.

The majority of South African bookmakers will refund winnings through EFT or OTT instant pay-outs allowing users, even if they don’t have a bank account, to visit their nearest ATM, enter their unique code and withdraw their winnings.

And remember…

As part of the bookmaker’s regulatory obligations all players need to undergo FICA. This might seem like a pain, but this procedure is there to ensure the safety of all customers. It also gives peace of mind that you are betting with a licensed operator. For more information on FICA and betting online, please read our detailed FICA guide.

Qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France

France is gearing up to host the tenth men’s Rugby World Cup, to take place in 2023. Incidentally 2023 marks the 200th anniversary since William Webb Ellis supposedly invented rugby. The 2023 RWC will happen from 8 September to 21 October 2023 with Stade de France hosting the final fixture of the tournament.

The qualification process for France 2023 was confirmed in June and is accessible on the official Rugby World Cup website.

Twelve Qualifiers so far

In total, 20 countries will compete in 2023 Rugby Wold Cup. Twelve have qualified directly by finishing in the top three in their pools at the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup. These are England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Fiji, Japan, Argentina, and of course South Africa. This leaves room for eight more nations to secure a place in the international rugby showcase.

How the Qualification Process Works

According to France 2023’s official website, the qualification process for the remaining eight teams is structured in such a way that all non-qualified unions have as equal a chance as possible of securing a spot in the next Rugby World Cup. The process involves a series of regional and cross-regional qualifying tournaments, which will begin in 2021.

A round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022, involving four teams from different regions, will determine the final qualifier.


Of the eight available places, there is a sure space for one direct qualifier from Africa. This will be the team who wins the Rugby Africa Cup 2022. The runners-up will enter the Final Qualification Tournament.


The Americas have two guaranteed places in the championship; the winners and runners-up of the regional qualifier tournament will receive direct places at France 2023. The team that comes third in the Americas tournament will move on to the Final Qualification Tournament.


Europe also has two guaranteed places for direct qualifiers in the 2023 RWC. The region will send the two teams that do best across the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Rugby Europe Championship. As with the Americas qualifier, the team that comes third in the Rugby Europe Championship will compete in the Final Qualification for a space in the RWC.

Oceania and Asia

Tonga and Samoa will represent the Oceania region which can send only one direct qualifier to France 2023. The two countries will compete in a home-and-away contest; the winners qualify for France 2023 as Oceania 1. Meanwhile, the losing team will not automatically go on to the Final Qualification Tournament. Instead it will face the winners of the Oceania Rugby Cup 2021 in a play-off. The winners of this contest will represent Oceania 2 to compete with Asia’s team in a home-and-away play-off (the Asia/Pacific play-off). The winners of this event will qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup; the losers will play in the Final Qualification competition for one last shot at a place.

The winners of the Asian Rugby Men’s Championship 2021 will be the team to represent Asia at France 2023.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup

France won the vote to stage the 2023 RWC in 2017 after the Word Rugby Council carried out a secret ballot to choose the World Cup host. South Africa, the initial favourites to host, did miss out.

France’s win was controversial and met with much backlash. After all, the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board had recommended South Africa. Adding to the storm was the fact that France had contested this recommendation and reportedly lobbied for council votes.

Despite this controversy, organisers of the France Rugby World Cup are positive. Further, they expect great things for the upcoming event, which is predicted to be more competitive than ever. Claude Atcher, chief executive of France 2023, is excited by the growing popularity of rugby worldwide. “The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugby’s expansion globally.” said Atcher, adding that the World Cup in 2023 “will be the best tournament ever delivered.”

The World Cup pool draw should happen this year. Although whether more international matches will happen this year depends on the COVID-19 situation. The dates for the 2021 events are also affected and not yet confirmed.

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Cricket 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Cricket

To a newbie, cricket may look like a confusing, complicated, and rather dull game. With so many players, fielding positions, and odd-sounding terms like “biffer”, “sticky wicket” and “Howzat!”, it’s no surprise that a novice watcher of cricket may feel stumped, so to speak. Our short beginner’s guide to cricket is here to help.

Let’s start with the above terms. Biffer is a slang term for an attacking batsman (who guns for lots of runs and plays ‘aggressively’); a sticky wicket is a wet pitch that makes play difficult; and “Howzat!” is something players shout as an appeal to the umpire to dismiss a batsman.

An entire glossary of cricket terms would certainly be overwhelming. And if we are honest, a cricket spectator only needs to know a few of them, plus some rules, to understand what’s going on. Next to that, the game itself is quite straightforward.

Therefore, we break cricket down into its simple basics.

The Game in a Nutshell

Two teams of 11 players compete with one another on a rectangular pitch in an oval field. A game involves a bat and ball and the aim is to score more runs than the other team. The team that scores the most runs wins.

Both teams take turns batting and fielding, swapping at the end of each innings. The batsmen try and get as many runs as possible before getting out.

There is a set of three stumps called a wicket on each side of the pitch. The batting team will always have two batsmen on the field who stand opposite each other, one in front of each wicket. One batsman is the hitter.

A player from the opposing team will bow to the batter in an attempt to dislodge his wickets while the player tries to hit the ball with a bat. If the batsman hits the ball, the batter guns it to their teammate’s wicket to tag it, swapping places with their partner who races to their wicket to tag it. This is a single run. The two players run back and forth tagging the wickets as many times as possible before the fielders get the ball or attempt to run them out.

If a batter misses a ball and it hits the wicket behind them, they are out.

Two umpires stand on the oval and officiate the match, and they make the decisions when it comes to dismissals, how fair a ball was, and other important aspects of the game.

Three formats of international cricket games

Below are the main things you need to know about the three formats and the differences between them:

Test MatchTwenty20 MatchOne Day Match
Red ballWhite ballWhite ball
At least seven hours per day of playThree hours per day of playAbout eight hours per day of play
Teams wear whitesColoured uniforms are wornTeams wear coloured uniforms
One match lasts up to five days (in the past many lasted longer)Typically in the eveningsUsually starts in the early afternoon
Played in daylightPlayed partially under floodlightsPartly played under floodlights
90 overs a side each day20 overs a side50 overs a side

Some Basic Cricket Terms

No beginner’s guide to cricket would be complete without an overview about the basic cricket terms:

Run: The name for points in cricket. Players score runs by hitting the ball bowled at them away from the wicket and running between the two wickets on each end of the pitch. They also automatically score four to six runs when they hit the boundaries (the ball goes beyond the edge of the playing field) with the ball. In this instance, they get four runs if the ball bounces before it crosses the boundaries, and six if it doesn’t bounce.

Over: This is a set of six consecutive fair ball deliveries bowled towards a player at one wicket. At the end of the over, the fielding team switches to the opposite direction, bowling towards the other wicket for another over. Closing the latter, the teams change bowling direction again.

The number of overs a team gets changes depending on the game format. In One-Day Internationals, each team bowls a maximum of 50 overs. During test matches each team gets no more than 90 overs on each day. In short and speedy Twenty20 cricket, there are 20 overs a side in a game.

Dismissal: This is when the fielding team ends a batsman’s turn at batting by getting them out. Umpires can dismiss batsmen for various reasons, including when they are bowled out or caught out.

Innings: Matches are divided into innings, which are segments of time in which one team bats while the other bowls and fields. A match has two innings, except for test matches which have four innings. An innings ends when all batsmen on a team are out.

The answer is very. Cricket isn’t just beloved in South Africa, India, and the UK. The sport has a total 2.5 billion fans worldwide, making it the sport with the second-largest global fanbase (football has the largest with a whopping 3.5 billion fans).

On Sports Show’s 2020 list of the 10 most popular sports in the world, cricket placed number 2, again just below football. When Sports Show was curating the list, they measured the popularity of each sport according to several criteria, including global fanbase size, viewership, top athletes’ average salaries, number of pro leagues, social media presence, gender equality, and more.

It should be said that cricket is only super popular in around 15 to 20 countries, and these make up the larger part of the sport’s fanbase. Nevertheless, the cricket fever is slowly spreading across more and more nations. Therefore, we should see a more diverse and widespread fanbase of the sport soon enough.

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