The nation has a huge passion for sport, so there is plenty going on locally. However, online betting sites in South Africa enable customers to bet on the best action in a wide variety of sports from around the world.
English Premier League (soccer) The EPL is the most popular domestic football league in the world and therefore Premier League betting is a great option. The league is known for its non-stop action, historic rivalries and the passion with which fans pack stadiums to show their devotion to their chosen team. Millions in South Africa follow the fortunes of its most famous clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Rugby Championship (rugby union) South African rugby fans follow the fortunes of their national side with intense interest. Not least in the annual championship that pits the Springboks against the other elite rugby powers of the Southern Hemisphere. There are plenty of ways in which supporters can place a bet on the keenly-fought clashes with New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.
Currie Cup (rugby union) The appetite for top-class rugby union in South Africa is insatiable, and the Currie Cup is the highest level of competition in the sport here. The top provincial sides go head-to-head each winter and spring to battle for supremacy, and the result is that this is one of the most popular events for sports betting.
South African Premier Division (soccer) The beautiful game’s popularity in South Africa has grown rapidly in recent decades, boosted by the nation’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. With 16 teams playing to a high standard, the South African Premier Division is a top-quality competition that generates huge interest among fans and football betting enthusiasts alike. It’s been dominated in recent seasons by Pretoria-based 10-time winners Mamelodi Sundowns.
Turffontein, Kenilworth, Scottsville and Greyville (horse racing) Horse racing in South Africa has been a popular sport for more than 200 years. Action from tracks around the country is followed closely by bettors at home - and in many other nations across the world. The best quality action is staged at four Group 1 tracks - Turffontein, Kenilworth, Scottsville and Greyville - which are familiar names to racing enthusiasts around the globe.
International Test series (Cricket) South Africa has a proud heritage of producing world-class players who stand comparison with the elite stars of any rival nation. Players like Graeme Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Quinton de Kock are household names around the world. Test cricket is seen as the highest form of the game, with matches lasting five days. When South Africa play against other leading nations, the level of interest in betting, is incredibly high.
Tennis grand slams The undoubted highlights of the tennis calendar are the four Grand Slam tournaments. The Australian Open takes place in January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July and the US Open in August/September. Both the Australian and US Opens are played on hard courts, with the French Open played on clay and Wimbledon on grass. Johan Kriek is the only South African to win a grand slam, claiming the Australian Open in both 1981 and 1982, although Kevin Anderson has reached the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open in more recent years.
SuperSport Rugby Challenge (Rugby Union) The enthusiasm for rugby union among South African sport lovers extends to the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the second most prestigious domestic competition in the country. Online betting sites in South Africa carry a wide variety of markets as 14 provinces, plus one team each from Namibia and Zimbabwe, play in two sections followed by a final knock-out tournament.
Golf majors Legendary names from the history of golf including Gary Player and Ernie Els demonstrate that this sport has long been extremely popular in South Africa. Interest reaches its peak when there is a big event on home soil, or if it’s time for the four annual majors. These are the Masters (held in Augusta each April) , the PGA Championship (held in various USA locations each May), the US Open (held in various USA locations each June) and the Open Championship (held in various UK locations each July).
UFC The Ultimate Fighting Championship has quickly gained a huge worldwide following since it was launched in 1993. It has mushroomed from its spiritual home in Las Vegas and its regular fight nights are now held in venues around the world. Sports betting sites carry a wide range of markets on UFC events, as well as in South Africa’s top mixed martial arts championship, the EFC.
Africa Cup of Nations (soccer) The finest national teams in Africa meet every two years to battle it out for the continent’s leading international prize. South Africa, where soccer is such a popular sport, have won the cup only once, in 1996, but there is always enormous interest in matches in the finals and betting on the games is common.
Basketball National League Basketball is one of the most popular spectator sports, and it has grown steadily in South Africa in recent decades. The Basketball National League is the top level of the sport here, with 10 teams who showcase the best talent the nation has to offer. Online sport betting sites carry markets on matches in the tournament each season.
NBA (basketball) The most prestigious league in the world of basketball is undoubtedly the NBA. Its global following began to grow in the 1990s, driven by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and the exploits of the USA’s Dream Team at the Olympics. Interest has stayed high and matches in the regular season and the annual playoffs generate significant interest for online betting sites in South Africa.
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