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A Comparative Analysis Of Land-Casinos and Online Casinos in South Africa 2024





Are you a gambling enthusiast in South Africa caught in the dilemma of choosing between the electric buzz of land-based casinos and the cutting-edge convenience of online platforms? Well, you’re in luck, as the South African gambling landscape offers the best of both worlds, each with its own unique allure and benefits. Whether you’re someone who relishes the glamour and social interaction of physical casinos, or you prefer the accessibility and innovation of online gaming, South Africa’s diverse gambling market has something tailor-made for you.

The Age-Old Charm of Land-Based Casinos Vs. The Digital Allure of Online Platforms

As of 2024, the land-based gambling market in South Africa continues to be a significant segment of the country’s entertainment industry. The nation is home to some of the most renowned casinos in the world, offering a diverse range of gaming options from traditional casino slots machines to various table games like poker, blackjack, and roulette.

These establishments are not just about gambling; they are complete entertainment destinations, often featuring luxury hotels, fine dining, and live entertainment. The National Gambling Board strictly regulates the sector, ensuring fair play and responsible gambling practices. While the market faces competition from the burgeoning online gambling sector, land-based casinos in South Africa continue to attract both local and international visitors, contributing significantly to the country’s tourism and economy. However, it’s important to note that the landscape of the gambling industry is ever-changing, influenced by technological advancements and shifting consumer preferences.


Online casinos bring unparalleled convenience, allowing players to indulge in their favourite games from the comfort of their homes. The absence of travel requirements and the 24/7 availability of online platforms are just a few reasons why digital gambling is gaining traction in the region.

The Unmatched Benefits of Online Gambling

The unmatched advantages of online gambling go well beyond the convenience of accessibility. Online casinos boast an extensive and diverse range of games, surpassing the limited variety in physical casinos. This vast selection caters to all gamblers, offering everything from traditional slot machines and table games to innovative themed games. Online platforms continuously update their game libraries with fresh and exciting titles, ensuring a dynamic gaming experience that keeps pace with player preferences and the latest trends.

Incorporating cutting-edge technology, online casinos have elevated the gambling experience. Live dealer games, conducted in real-time by professional dealers, bring the authentic atmosphere of a land-based casino into the digital realm, offering a blend of convenience and realism. The emergence of virtual reality (VR) in online gambling is a game-changer, creating immersive, 3D environments that mimic the experience of stepping into a physical casino. This technological advancement enhances the thrill of gambling and attracts a tech-savvy audience seeking interactive and engaging experiences.

Moreover, the allure of online casinos is significantly bolstered by their exclusive no deposit casino bonuses and promotions. These include welcome bonuses, free spins casinos, loyalty rewards, and more, offering added value and increased chances of winning for new and regular players. With options for various stake levels, online casino real money cater to a wide spectrum of financial preferences, from high rollers to casual players. The combination of privacy, a wide array of games, advanced technology, and enticing bonuses makes online gambling a highly appealing and continually evolving field for players globally.


Why Some Gamblers Might Still Prefer Land-Based Casinos

Some gamblers in South Africa might prefer land-based casinos over online options for several reasons. Firstly, the tangible experience of a physical casino, with its vibrant atmosphere, live entertainment, and the social aspect of interacting with other players and staff, can be more engaging and enjoyable for some. Land-based casinos often offer a sense of luxury and a unique ambiance that online platforms cannot replicate.

Secondly, there is a level of trust and security associated with physical transactions and seeing games played in real-time, which some players might find more reassuring than online gambling. Additionally, the immediate payout of winnings in a land-based casino can be more satisfying compared to the processing times of online withdrawals.

Finally, for some, visiting a casino is a special outing or a part of a larger entertainment experience, which includes dining, shows, and other amenities, adding to the overall appeal of land-based casinos in South Africa.

Luckily for South Africans, They Don’t Need to Choose


The choice between land-based and online casinos in South Africa ultimately boils down to personal preference, as both offer unique and compelling experiences. Land-based casinos provide the classic, tangible experience of gambling, complete with the exhilaration of live gameplay, the social aspect of interacting with others, and the luxury of resort-style amenities. They cater to those who appreciate the traditional aspects of gambling and the holistic experience of a night out at a casino.

On the other hand, online casinos appeal to those who value convenience, a wider variety of games, and the innovative features of digital technology. The ease of accessing a multitude of games from anywhere at any time, coupled with the advancements in live dealer games and virtual reality, makes online gambling a continuously evolving and exciting field. Additionally, the attractive bonuses and promotions available online add extra value to the player’s experience.

South Africans are fortunate to have access to high-quality options in both realms. Leading South African gambling portals such as will help players find the type of gambling establishment they seek. Whether it’s an online casino that focuses on slot games, or a land-based casino offering night shows and a massive gambling floor – they have it all listed.

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BMM Testlabs Continues Its Expansion in Africa with New Licenses in Botswana and Nigeria to Test Land-Based and Digital Products





BMM Testlabs (BMM; or the Company), the world’s original gaming test lab renowned for exceptional product compliance and certification services, today announced that it has been approved to provide compliance testing, inspections, and certification services for the African countries of Botswana and Nigeria.

The Botswana Gambling Authority and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission in Nigeria, the official gaming regulatory bodies in those states, granted BMM licenses for the land-based and digital gaming markets in the two African countries.

BMM, which opened its office in South Africa in October 2004, is now able to provide comprehensive compliance testing and inspection services for most regulated markets across Africa.

BMM`s Senior Vice President, Africa, Zeena Rossouw said, We are honored that the gaming authorities in Botswana and Nigeria have demonstrated their trust in BMM to license us for product testing and certification. As regulation gains momentum across the continent, the African gaming market offers even more promise for BMM. With a focus on safeguarding the African gaming industry and all its stakeholders, BMM looks forward to working with suppliers and operators to accelerate the deployment of new technologies and products.



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KingMakers’ Nigerian operating business, BetKing, selects Genius Sports to power growth with in-play trading services



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New partnership sees KingMakers’ BetKing business benefit from Genius Sports’ leading portfolio of in-play content in Nigeria, including football, tennis and basketball

Genius Sports Limited has today announced a new agreement to supply KingMakers, one of the fastest-growing group of betting operators in Africa, with a range of in-play trading services.

The deal sees BetKing power its live betting product with ultra-fast venue content for the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, English Football League, FIBA basketball and every other major European and South American football league.


Genius Sports will also provide BetKing with its market-leading trading services which include modelled odds feeds for major football competitions.

With in-play sports betting growing rapidly across Africa, fast and accurate odds are vital to maximising revenues by increasing the availability of betting markets.

Tim Smeets, Trading Director at Kingmakers said “We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Genius Sports. Their trusted trading solutions, including low-latency in-play content on crucial football leagues like the Premier League, will enable us to offer market-leading betting experiences for BetKing users in Nigeria.”

Will Westcott, Head of Business Development at Genius Sports said “Every year, we continue to invest in delivering the highest-quality trading services for the African market. With the value of in-play betting growing across Africa, we’re excited to help BetKing execute its online sports betting vision in Nigeria, by providing it with the fastest, most reliable live content on the market for major sports.”

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‘Supa’ Celebration as Hacksaw Gaming Takes First Steps into South African Market with Supabets



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After nearly a year in making, both Hacksaw Gaming and Supabets are reaping the rewards of their partnership this week! As of the 30th March 2024, Supabets’ players now have access to a  plethora of Hacksaw games at their fingertips, and their platform currently stands as the only place players can access our games in South Africa.

The South African market has been on our radar for a while now, but like all good things, this partnership took time, refinery and hard work from both parties. A relatively new market to our expanding industry, but with the potential to be one of the most lucrative we’ve seen in a while. Needless to say, we are thrilled to now be a part of it!

Household Hacksaw names such as Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild and The Bowery Boys are now available for Supabet users, and we’re ‘supa’ excited for South African players to immerse themselves in the true Hacksaw experience for the first time ever. But we’re not stopping there. As a homage to this new partnership, we’re planning on increasing our portfolio to over 30 of our games by August, and there are even whispers of game exclusives for South Africa in the future.


Supabets, founded for the people, have been at the forefront of promoting innovative and dynamic experiences for their customers since 2008. Head of Product at Supabet, Bavu Mpama, couldn’t contain his excitement on this recent launch – “What a ride it’s been trying to make this all possible, with the help of the Hacksaw team we are now able to launch one of the best providers in the market at Supabets. It’s been incredible to see the growth of the iGaming industry in South Africa. It’s a huge moment for Supabets, our customers and the iGaming industry in South Africa. We cannot wait!”

“It’s a thrilling expansion into a new region for Hacksaw Gaming, one that I’m confident will see mutual growth of both Hacksaw and Supabets.” Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming stated that “as always, our focus remains on delivering the Hacksaw quality we’re known for. Supplying unique and innovative content  that is not only visually stunning, but provides players with inventive mechanics that they know and love us for.”

Looking towards that stunning South African horizon, we’re certain that this is just the beginning of what we can provide to this new region of Hacksaw Gaming enthusiasts.

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