South Africa plays home to one of the richest betting cultures in the world. Certain operators in the country have websites that rival the likes of Google and Facebook in terms of their popularity (measured by monthly searches). But a big question remains for those who have not jumped on the bandwagon; how in fact, do you get started with betting in South Africa?
First up, you need to know about sports. Well, actually, depending on what you’re looking to bet on, you only really need to know one sport. If you’re looking to start betting but have no idea about the sport you’re looking to bet on, you’re setting yourself up to lose. It’s important to seek out certain resources to ensure that you have a good understanding of the many factors that go into sports.
Things like past form, players and league standings are all useful pieces of information, however, it is crucial to have the ability to analyse in order to place bets that are actually able to come off. This is generally a product of having a vested interest, so if you’re not deeply interested in a certain sport, you should probably kick the idea of betting into touch.
If you already have a good range of knowledge, or if you’ve spent some time studying up, the next thing you need to do in order to start betting is to choose a bookmaker.
This can be quite a tough task considering there are so many of them out there. It is generally highly recommended to seek out a professional opinion when it comes to this, which can be done by consulting websites that make it their mission to compare and review the best betting sites.
This way you’ll get a better understanding of what is offered, why you should choose which bookmaker, and which bookmakers offer the best features.
Once you’ve made your pick as to which betting site you would like to bet with. The next step in the process is to go ahead and sign up with them. The great thing about signing up with betting sites is the fact that it’s free, and the whole process from start to finish can be completed in a maximum of two minutes. All betting sites require from you is some personal details, and you can feel good knowing that all of your details, as well as your money will be kept safe with the help of encrypting software.
Once you’ve gone ahead and signed up and created an account, the next thing to do is to go ahead and make a deposit. If you’re unfamiliar with online payments, or if you’re worried about your money being kept safe, don’t fret.
Each of the deposit methods that are provided by betting sites have a set of instructions attached to them, making the process of depositing an absolute breeze. When it comes to safety, bookmakers are responsible for overseeing thousands of transactions everyday. Bookmakers simply wouldn’t be in business if they didn’t keep your money safe.
What’s left to do after depositing is to claim your welcome bonus, which is so easy that it barely warrants a paragraph in this article. In South Africa, welcome bonuses generally come in two forms – no deposit free bets and first deposit bonuses.
Generally with no deposit free bets you are able to receive your welcome bonus straight after signing up, but with deposit bonuses, your bonus will be issued once you have made your first deposit.
And that’s it! Once you have completed all of the preceding steps, you will be able to start betting in South Africa!