It would be hard to talk of gambling, and sports betting in particular in South Africa without mentioning the name of Sunbet. The bookmaker owned by the Sun International Group is legally registered with the Western Cape Gambling and racing board to legally offer services in South Africa.
What is great about this bookie is loads of experience they bring from offering services including physical casinos, the reasonably good selection of sports and other betting options, and the modernistic feel their betting user interface gives. This review will take a look at the latest offerings from Sunbet, promotions, sports and market options, and other associated features with a particular bias towards mobile usage considering how popular it has become.
The desktop landing page
Upon opening the desktop landing, one is immediately struck by a modern-looking webpage that hosts big and visible icons. From the top of the page, you can easily have access to sports, horse racing, lucky numbers, and other options. The centre portion of the page is occupied by various live, upcoming, and highlight matches, which makes it easier to access live matches. The left pane allows one to navigate again through the various sports options. Overall, it shows evidence of deep thought in enhancing the ease of navigation across the page.
Sunbet makes use of a responsive site that adjusts automatically according to the device in use. The mobile page is also very simple, yet quite modern with clear and visible icons and buttons. Sunbet makes use of the traditional blue and white colour scheme to create an interface that is quite appealing. You will be able to access the various sports options through the collapsible menu from the top left of the home screen.
These include options such as promotions, lucky numbers, and others. The midsection is occupied also by a horizontally oriented menu options bar giving access to similar options. As is with the desktop page, the midsection of the page is occupied by live and highlighted matches. We like that Sunbet has placed a huge search bar in this section to easily search for a team, fixture, or league without any sweat.
The Sunbet Mobile Application
Sunbet has also moved on with modern trends by offering a mobile application for both Android and iOS devices. For android devices, the applications are not available through the Google Play store, but rather through a link that is provided on the Sunbet site. Take note that you would need to allow for applications downloaded from unknown sources to run on your device. iOS apps are available from the App store. The user interface of the mobile applications is pretty much the same as their website, so it would not be too difficult to adjust when using such an app.
Coming to promotions, Sunbet has several promotions on offer that are updated regularly – it would be worthwhile to continue checking the promotion tab for frequent updates. The good thing is Sunbet generally categorize the promotions according to the type of sport. During the time of preparation of this article, there were promotions for rugby, esports, cricket, golf, soccer, tennis, and horse racing.
Other than these, the main offering is the 100% matched welcome bonus up to a maximum of R1,000 for new account opening after their first deposit. Both the deposit and bonus would need to be wagered for a minimum of three times at odds of 1.5 (1/2) or better. In addition, the bonus would need to be utilized within 3 months of being awarded. Sunbet also offers some exciting rewards programs that involve the awarding of bonus points for existing customers following how you bet. These bonuses may be redeemed for hotel stays and casino gambling credit in the event one wishes.
Sports and market options
In terms of sports, Sunbet goes out in trying to provide a wide selection of sports. Their selection of sports is equally impressive with options such as soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, and many others. In terms of markets, Sunbet has a very good selection of markets to place bets on – a good example is that of soccer in which they offer a total of over 300 market options for big leagues such as the La Liga and EPL. The bookie also offers you options to place bets on politics and entertainment. In terms of odds, Sunbet is very competitive with other bookmaker offerings in the South African market.
Sunbet also offers the option of cashing out on bets before the completion of a fixture to allow for realising profit or minimising losses. This feature is only available to selected leagues and sports, but we like the fact that Sunbet offers this as a standard feature. Take note that this feature cannot be used for free bets
Whilst the Sunbet menu contains a Lucky numbers options, they do not offer these services at the time of preparing this review.
Opening an account with Sunbet
The process of opening an account with Sunbet requires very little effort. From the top right of the page, one can access the Sign-Up button, which leads you to enter real data for registration and verification processes.
Sunbet offers the options of using VISA, Mastercard and Instant EFT for making deposits into your account.
Sunbet is a very modern bookmaker that rides on loads of experience from its parent company which has been in the gambling industry for some time. Both the desktop and the mobile landing pages are well designed, with the trademark blue and white colour schemes that are evident from first opening the page. The bookie has a solid number of sports and betting offerings, that should prove to be highly attractive.
Sunbet also offers some solid number of promotions for both new and existing customers, including a flexible term 100% matched bonus capped to a maximum of R1, 000 which requires 3 times wagering at odds of 1.5 (1/2). Outside of sports betting and horse racing, we would like to see Sunbet spicing things up by adding options such as Jika Games, Betgames, Lucky numbers that are fast becoming popular locally. For punters who prefer a proven track record of betting, combined with a modern feeling bookie, this is a highly recommended bookie