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The world's largest independent bookmaker, offering great sports and games betting now in South Africa!
  • Lots of promotions and bonuses
  • Slots, Live Casino, Betgames
  • Extensive betting options

Detailed Betfred Review

More and more big international betting companies are entering South Africa. While Betway SA has been available for a while we have recently seen 10bet launch as well. UK betting giant Betfred is the latest addition to the great range of best betting sites. As Betfred acquired Betting World in 2021 it operates as Betting World (Pty) Ltd / Betfred South Africa.

Let’s have a look if the worlds largest independent bookmaker can give us South African punters the best betting value.

Betfred South Africa Offers & Promotions

New player offers

Betfred South Africa welcomes new players with a great freebie. Register your account and you will get a R50 free Welcome bonus, no deposit required. Use it to place a sport bet completely risk-free.

Once you have tried Betfred there are many more bonuses and rewards waiting for you. Next in line is a 100% match bonus on your first deposit up to R5000. Once you have made your deposit, send an email to support with your account ID as well as subject line “First Deposit Match Bonus”. Deposit R100 to get an additional R100 and bet with R200. Or make the most of this big bonus and deposit R5,000 for an additional R5,000 bonus and hence bet with R10,000.

100% 1st deposit bonus: max. bonus R5,000. Valid on sports. 5x turnover. Request required with support. Promotional as well as general T&Cs apply.

Betfred wants all new customers to start well and hence there is also a First Bet Bonus available. They triple your first bet back in bonus funds, up to a max. of R15,000. So if you place a first bet of R50 you get R150 in bonus, if your first bet is R200 you get R600 bonus. For tip on how to register have a look at our Betfred Account Guide.

Other promotions

In addition, there is a diverse range of sports promos, horse racing offers as well as competitions, including the following:

  • R50 Refer a Friend Bonus.
  • Betfred Fantasy.
  • Win R100000 for R1 horse racing promotion.
  • Win your share of R10 million every month in the Pragmatic Play Drops & wins promotion.
  • Take a Chance – win a BMW.


  • Excellent welcome offer
  • Great sportsbook with good odds
  • Wide games portfolio, including slots, live casino games, Betgames, scratchcards and more
  • Huge variety of promotions and bonuses
  • World-known bookie with SA license and retail presence
  • User-friendly layout and navigation, especially for mobile betting
  • Exclusive Fred’s Hourly Powerball lottery draw
  • Betfred Fantasy, free for members


  • Habanero, NetEnt or Red Tiger slots missing in the portfolio
  • No Live Chat
  • Currently only EFT withdrawals

Betting Markets & Sports

We didn’t expect anything less but after reviewing the Betfred Sportsbook we just have to say it’s superb. 1000s of markets are available for pre-match as well as live in play bets. From soccer, basketball or tennis to cricket, rugby, badminton or baseball – the list of sports to bet on is long. And so are the markets and betting options. For example there are over 600 markets on a single soccer event alone.

In addition there is also Horse Racing as well as Greyhounds. 100+ markets are available and with it great promotions. Bet on real greyhound racing at various racetracks in the UK or some virtual events.


Betfred doesn’t currently offer esports betting. To find a bookie who offers it have a look at our online Esports betting page.

Betfred Slots and Games

Slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, poker…. whatever you fancy, at Betfred you will be able to play it. That is to say, the “Slots & Table” Games tab contains a lot of thrilling entertainment.

Live Casino Games

Take on the dealer and play live casino games. Betfred offers the best games by market-leader Evolution but also Pragmatic Play titles. Here are some of the best live dealer games you might want to try:

  • Lightning Roulette
  • Free Bet Blackjack (various tables with different limits)
  • Double Ball Roulette
  • Casino Hold’Em
  • Dream Catcher (also available as first person)
  • Dragon Tiger
  • Crazy Time
  • Cash or Crash
  • Craps
  • Sweet Bonanza Candyland
  • Live Andar Bahar
  • Mega Roulette


Aside from live casino content Betfred also features the slots as well as some scratchcards by Pragmatic Play. The online slots by this developer are top-notch and there are over 130 titles from the full Pragmatic Play portfolio available for you. Try Sweet Bonanza, Wolf Gold, Big Bass Bonanza, The Dog House Megaways, Chili Heat or many of the other fantastic slots. A full overview is also available in our Betfred Slots article.

Betgames & others

As if all of this wouldn’t be enough there is even more. Enjoy 24/7 live action with Betgames.TV. Nearly the complete Betgames portfolio is available including Lucky 5, Speedy 7, Bet on Poker or also Dice Duel. The only ones missing are classic wheel as well as Andar Bahar. Furthermore you can enjoy Golden Race Instant Games such as the Winner’s Wheel, Spin & Win or Keno.

Lotto & Lucky Number

That is to say, you can enjoy betting on the best lotteries from around the globe with Betfred. In the “Lotteries” tab you find hundreds of draws. From our national lotteries such as the SA PowerBall, SA Lotto or Daily Lotto all the way around the world. Bet on well-known international lotto draws such as UK 49’s, USA Mega Millions or the Greek Powerball or discover new lotteries you might have never heard off before. Moreover, there is a lottery unique to Betfred: Fred’s Hourly Powerball.

Payment Options

Many payment options are available for you to make a deposit. To withdraw your winnings your account needs to be FICA’d. Currently only EFT to your bank account is available as a withdrawal method.

Betfred Contact & Support

Whatever questions or queries you might have, the Betfred support team is very knowledgeable and can be reached via the following ways:

  • Email: support@betfred.co.za
  • Phone: 087 095 8862

You can also connect with Betfred SA via social media (Facebook and Instagram) or find personal support in one of the Betfred branches across South Africa.

Betfred.co.za Review – Final Words

Betfred, the world’s largest independent bookmaker, started off and is still headquartered in the UK. While some might think that the big international bookies are a treat, we see them actually as a great opportunity for more variety.

Betfred and its entry into South Africa is actually a great example. They bought Betting World in 2021 and are now operating as Betting World (Pty) T/A Betfred. Not only has Betfred turned Betting World around and also kept the branches but they also put together a great online betting offering for SA punters. The new online and mobile betting experience is fantastic and offers great sports betting as well as casino games entertainment.

If you sign up a new account during the period of the Qatar Wold Cup you can benefit from a big 100% deposit match up to R15,000 on your first deposit. So if you were planning on betting on some great soccer fixtures, then have a closer look at Betfred.

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