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Leading South African sports and horse racing bookmaker - a must for every serious punter!
  • Great, competitive odds
  • Generous, regular promotions
  • Live In-Play, BetGames, Lucky Numbers

Detailed Hollywood Bets Review

Where do we start? Most South Africans will be familiar with the name Hollywood Bets. Their purple branding is unmissable. On top of working with the Dolphins Cricket team they have sponsored both Scottsville and Greyville racecourses, the latter home to South Africa’s premier horse racing event, the Vodacom Durban July.

Away from the glitz and glam, Hollywoodbets ‘My Community Program’ supports local charities, children’s homes, local sports teams and other initiatives that benefit our local communities.

With more than 20 years experience, they know what punters are after, both in their betting shops as well as online. For a long time online desktop players had a hard time placing their bets. But times have changed and the new Hollywood Bets desktop site is a pleasure to use. The mobile website has always been easier to navigate but could also do with a refresh.

Read our detailed Hollywood Sportsbook review below and see why they are still one of South Africa’s 1st choice betting destinations.

Offers & Promotions

New players who have never registered an account at Hollywoodbets will be eligible for a free R25 Sign-up Bonus.

R25 Free Bet is valid for 24 hours on selected bets, FICA required for first withdrawal to be processed; full promotional T&Cs apply.

The generosity does not stop there and regular players can enjoy their fair share of special promotional offers:

  • Soccer Season R1 Million Competition: bet on soccer and win your share of R1 million in prizes
  • Special events based promotions such as Soccer Bonus Bonanza, Soccer Money Back or Irish Objection
  • If you refer a friend and they register their account and make a R50 deposit, you could also qualify for a R50 Refer A Friend Bonus.

Pros

  • Established South African brand
  • Excellent Horse Racing Betting options
  • New desktop website (… and it is great!)
  • Detailed “how-to” guides
  • Phone a bet
  • Great games offering, including BetGames and Lucky Numbers

Cons

  • The old desktop site navigation was daunting
  • No app

Betting Markets & Sports

Having started back in 1986 as a small race cards publishing company Hollywood Bets now have more than 80 retail outlets across South Africa. Therefore, you would expect that Hollywoodbets know a thing or two about sport, especially horse racing, – and they do.

There is definitely something for everyone. Here is a list of some of the main markets you can bet on: rugby, cricket, soccer, horse racing, netball, lucky numbers, darts, ice hockey, esports, volleyball, MMA, table tennis, snooker, pool, tennis, American football, Aussie rules, basketball, boxing, cycling, golf, motorsport, baseball, and many more.

If you were wondering, yes Hollywoodbets offer virtual sports. This is provided through the Jika sports integration and allows you to place a bet on a virtual sports such as:

  • Soccer
  • Horse Racing
  • Steeplechase
  • Motor Car Racing

Go on, give it a go, we are sure you will like virtual sports.

If you enjoy both Roulette and horse racing, you will most likely love Racing Roulette. Racing roulette is the combination of horse racing and roulette, where 13 horses are available to pick from and you can place roulette style bets such as Rows, Columns, Numbers etc. based on the results of the horses in the virtual race. Sounds confusing but it’s not. Choose a number, pick a bet type, place your bet and watch the race to see if you are a winner! Good luck!

Esports

As you would expect, all the big international tournament names are available for you to choose from.

You can place a bet on international tournaments such as StarCraft 2, Overwatch, DOTA 2, King Of Glory, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends.

Having compared the odds on some of the recent more high profile matches, we can honestly say that Hollywoodbets do have good odds. In some cases we found their outright winner odds were some of the best offered in South Africa. 

Live In-Play Betting

We like our In-Play betting, and Hollywood Bets does not disappoint when it comes to bringing you live betting action.

And it is easy. Once you have logged in, click the LIVE IN-PLAY tab and pick an event you would like to follow. Then place your bets. In-play betting is currently available on basketball, esports, tennis and soccer.

The best thing about in-play betting is that you can assess the action in front of you before deciding on whether or not to place a bet. This means gone are the days when you placed a bet and needed to wait for the game to start and finish before you knew if you are a winner.

Lotto, Lucky Numbers, Betgames & Live Games

As offered by most of the South African bookmakers, you can also bet on Lucky Numbers. It is not the big payday winning the National Lottery might give you but it is just as exciting. Plus, there are still some big amounts to be won!

Hollywood brings you 1582 weekly draws from countries around the globe, such as Greece, Barbados, Japan, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Take a punt and travel the world.

Hollywoodbets offer you the chance to bet on:

  • One number to show up in the draw
  • Two numbers
  • Three numbers
  • Four numbers
  • Whether the bonus ball will be Low (1-24) or High (26-49) (25 belongs to the bookmaker)
  • Whether the bonus ball will be a single digit number (1-9).

For more details on the draw schedule, closing times, the odds and the Lucky Numbers Dream Guide visit the Hollywoodbets blog or contact their friendly support staff.

In addition Hollywood Bets features the full potfolio of Betgames as well as hundreds more Live Games. For more details about the great games offering at Hollywoodbets have a look at our detailed article.

Payment Options

It is easy and secure to top your account up at Hollywoodbets. Whether you are at home on your desktop or on your mobile device, you have a variety of payment options to choose from.

Withdrawing your cash is also fast and easy. You can request a withdrawal using “Cash Send to Cell Phone” or via the following options:

  • ABSA Cash Send
  • Standard Bank Instant Money
  • Nedbank Send-iMali
  • FNB eWallet
  • Instant Money

Funds are usually in your account within 24-48 hours, sometimes sooner if everything is in order. Remember: no FICA, no withdrawal!

Lastly, you can also withdraw your winnings at any Hollywood branch (up to R10,000).

Contact & Support

Hollywood Bets offers you 24/7 support and the friendly and helpful support team can be reached via email, through chat or over the phone

  • Email: hwhelpline@hollywoodbets.net
  • Phone: 087 353 7634
  • Live Chat

If you need any special assistance, for example with deposits, withdrawals or the FICA process, Hollywood Bets has dedicated support for these as listed on their ‘Contact us’ page.

You can also connect via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @Hollywoodbets).

Hollywood Bets – Final Words

Hollywood Bets might not be the sleek machine that Betway is. But what Hollywood Sportsbook lacks in looks it makes up twice in its offering and the new site is surely a sign of better things to come.

With a deep history in horse racing, being proud sponsors of the Greyville racecourse, you know they like everything about horses. And even more so betting on horses, both local and international. While Hollywood Bets is excellent for horse racing it has an overall great selection of sports and betting markets. There is something for everyone.

Their odds, as with most bookmakers differ slightly, but as we have said, we did find that in some instances, Hollywoodbets had the better odds, especially when it came to horse racing.

Their support team is more than happy to assist you with queries. We like the variety and regularity of new promotions, whether it is a bonus boost on your next deposit or getting your money back when you go out of the last leg in your soccer multipliers.

We feel it is only fair to give Hollywoodbets the thumbs up for both new and seasoned punters who want to place a bet online in a safe and secure manner. And remember, always gamble responsibly.

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