- 100% Bonus up to R1000
- Live In Multi Play View
- Great mobile betting experience
Detailed Gbets Review
We had never played at Gbets before writing this review and have to say: we missed out.
Gbets is part of the Goldrush Gaming Group, one of the largest and most trusted gaming companies in South Africa. They operate both retail betting shops and online, licensed by the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.
Let’s have a closer look at the Gbets site, its offering and features.
Offers & Promotions
Gbets is very generous when it comes to giving their players something extra.
Until May 2021 new players got a R30 free bonus available for Betgames and Live Games. This free registration offer has recently changed and new players receive now a R25 free sports bet sign-up bonus. While the former offer gave newbies a chance to try games, Gbets got a few complaints regarding the T&Cs. Therefore, we fully understand their decision to replace it with a good sports betting sign up bonus.
The free registration bonus is followed by a generous opening deposit Match Special of up to R1000, which can also be used on Betgames and Live GAmes.
R25 free bonus valid for 1 pre-match or live sport bet; 1x wagering and full promotional T&Cs apply. 100% 1st deposit Match bonus up to R1000: min. 1st dep. R20; required wager turnover 3x; further T&Cs apply.
Regular players can enjoy an array of promotions. With ongoing ‘Double your Winnings’ offers, refunds on losing bets and anytime goal scorer type promotions, they know how to keep punters entertained.
There is something on offer for every type of sports fans, from rugby to soccer to Grand Prix, and even Golf.
- Site simplicity with straightforward navigation across all devices
- Live In-Play Multiview Feature
- Experienced punters will enjoy easy access to statistics, upcoming events, results centre and other betting information
- Android App
- Regular and varied promotions
- The detailed sports tab, featuring all live and upcoming events, can be overwhelming
- Slightly higher playthrough requirements on bonuses
- No iOS App
- Desktop version lacks compared to the mobile experience
Betting Markets & Sports
One thing is for certain. Gbets do not shy away from the number of markets available for punters on most of the events they offer. Having looked at a few English football league games, we regularly found more than 260 markets on games, more than enough for both newbies and seasoned bettors.
As for available sports, where do we start? You can expect all your mainstream sports such as rugby, boxing, cricket, tennis, cycling and motorsport including Formula 1 and other plus Esports, with leagues covered from most countries around the globe.
Please note that as of November 2020 Gbets no longer offers horse racing betting.
Overall, their offering is very comprehensive. If you spend some time to go through the available sports you discover betting opportunites you might have not know existed. We discovered Pesapallo, often referred to as the national sport of Finland, or floorball a 5-a-side (plus a goalkeeper) type of indoor hockey. Alternatively, why not place a bet on the next Sumo match happening in Japan or even on politics.
Something that did stand out to us was their dedicated horse racing portal. With a focus on racing from the UK, South Africa, Australia, France and the USA there was almost always a pony with your name on it. Unfortunately as of November 2020 Gbets no longer offers horse racing betting.
The big-6 are all present; Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, League of Legends, StarCraft 2, King of Glory, and Valorant.
Gbets covers all championships from all over the USA, Europe, Asia and rest of the world and there is no shortage of action to follow and place a bet on.
You can also place bets on simulated sporting events with Jika Sports. Jika Sports gives you the chance to place standard bets on simulated sport events such as Soccer, Steeplechase, Horse Racing and Motor Racing. Each sport offers you a selection of bets such as winners, placed, last 6 and more. Simulated events are very straightforward, fun to watch and none is ever the same.
Live Betting & Live Streaming
Although there is an icon for “with video” in the LIVE section of the site, we have not yet seen any live streamed matches. But that’s fine, Gbets have done a really good job with their live betting functionality and on desktop is a pleasure to use. The presentation of the event works and fits well. Animations and sounds indicate a goal or other key events happen during the match.
We liked the LIVE MULTIVIEW feature. The Live In Multi Play View allows you to select up to 6 matches from the available events and add them to the multiview grid, giving you the chance to bet in-play with live odds. A simple drag and drop function makes this a lot of fun to use.
There is a massive amount of virtual or simulated betting markets at any given time, one would think you would get tired of these, but we didn’t. At times there were more than 2000+ events available to bet on. That is a lot!
Lotto Instant Win and Lucky Numbers
All your favourite lucky number draws are available to pick from. There are daily draws from South Africa, the US, Canada, France, Greece, UK and many other countries.
Have a look at Gbets’ new Lotto Instant Win games. There are 4 studios with a live presenter and you can join in 17 live Lotto Games online. Draws differ from 20 to 80 ball games and best of all, you can participate anytime as these draws are available 24/7.
For those of you who have not yet heard about Betgames TV, do read on. Betgames TV uses real live hosts in a variety of game types for you to bet on. From lotto draws, to poker and dice draws. There is a draw or event happening almost every minute all day and night. If you think you are a master in picking red or black, higher or lower, these games will suit you well.
Gbets offers its customers a variety of payment options to deposit and withdraw.
Next to creditcards and vouchers you can use OZOW secure instant EFT payments for all major banks including Standardbank, Nedbank, FNB, ABSA, African Bank or Capitec.
Winnings are paid through OTT or EFT. Gbets is the first bookmaker to offer Instant OTT refunds. Therefore you can withdraw funds directly at your nearest Standard Bank or FNB ATM!
For players residing in Lesotho, m-Pesa is also an option to receive winnings within 60 minutes. If you are not in a rush to receive your funds within 60 minutes you can qualify for a bonus. This is a nice touch.
Gbets also offers you a unique way of avoiding queues at their retail betting shops by using their “Book a Gbet” or Quick Bet option – and you don’t even need an account. Simply make your bets selection, put in the amount you want to bet, enter your cell phone number and click bet. Once you have placed your bet you will receive a reference number. Walk into your nearest Gbet branch and present both your mobile number and bet amount to the attendant who will print your bet slips. It is that easy!
Contact & Support
You can get in touch with the friendly staff at Gbets using the following contact details.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 08612 Gbets (42387)
- Live Chat feature on site
- WhatsApp: 066 305 1345
Gbets – Final Words
Overall, we think Gbets is a great site to play at. Operating over 40 retail shops across South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique and a fully licensed online sports betting offering means your gameplay is in safe hands. Gbets is more than just an online bookmaker. They are active in local communities, supporting projects such as sport development or welfare poverty alleviation.
Both new and regular players can enjoy a great selection of sports, local and international. The choice in betting markets is vast and you won’t run out of options.
We loved the simplicity of the site, easy navigation and a great user experience. Betting across all devices was easy and straightforward. The mobile experience outranks the desktop one which is a plus for all of us who like to bet on the go. From registering, to funding our account to withdrawing our winnings – all journeys worked smoothly. What did impress us is that Gbets.co.za also offers to collect your FICA documents and that at their own expense. That was a first for us.
General turnover (playthrough) requirements of bonuses received at Gbets is 3x. This requirement excludes the 1x turnover requirement of the deposited funds. This might be higher than the playthrough requirements you will find for example at Betway or Hollywoodbets, but Gbets’s promotions are a lot more generous. Be sure to read the conditions on qualifying bets as bets placed on Cash Put or Partial Cash Out might not count towards certain promotions.
The few times we contacted their support desk via Live Chat we did not wait long. The support staff is knowledgeable and friendly, with our questions being promptly answered.
So if you are looking for a no-fuss, world class bookie to try out for your online betting entertainment give Gbets a go. We are positive you will have an enjoyable and safe online betting experience.