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Playa Bets Review

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Playa Bets operates a chain of off-tracking betting shops and an online sports betting platform. It promises competitive prices across its sports markets and lucky number games in addition to offering over 100,000 live in-play betting events every year.

Playa Bets Review

Playa Bets, commonly known as Playa, is 100% South African. It opened its first betting shop in 1990 so it’s a familiar name within the industry these days.

Playa Bets Platform

In the online betting world, Playa offers customers a crisp betting platform that works well across all devices. It’s known for having plenty of promotions which include a 100% matched deposit welcome offer, an FICA bonus, odds boosts and money back specials.

With valid licences from the KZN Gaming and Betting Board, Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board, and the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board, you can rest assured that this operator is completely legal. It is also regulated by these governing bodies to ensure a fair and safe online betting experience.

Playa Bets Verdict

Why punters bet at Playa Bets

Pros

✔ 100% matched deposit bonus up to R2,000
✔ Plenty of regular promos for existing players
✔ User-friendly platform and mobile app
✔ Good market depth
✔ Competitive odds throughout the site

Cons

✘ Does not offer horse racing
✘ No live streaming
✘ Live support not 24/7

Playa Bets Odds & Markets

Playa bets doesn’t offer online horse race betting, but there is still a range of more than 30 sports on offer to bet on. By any standards, this is a thoroughly complete list.

FootballCricketRugby UnionRugby LeagueTennis
BasketballEsportsVolleyballBoxingGolf
Alpine SkiingAmerican FootballAthleticsAustralian RulesBadminton
BiathlonBowlsChessCyclingDarts
Formula 1HandballIce HockeyMMAMotor Cycling
PoolMotor RacingSki JumpingSnookerSurfing
Table TennisWinter OlympicsEurovision


Playa Bets Football Betting Tips

At the time of writing this Playa Bets review, there were 1,100 football matches open for betting. These came from more than 40 countries around the world as well as European and Asian club tournaments and international matches.

The number of betting markets is also eye-catching. All of the main leagues boast over 500 betting opportunities per fixture. These include: final score, half markets, double chance, BTTS, margins, handicaps, exact score, draw no bet and many others. Even matches which are not on most bettors’ radars such as Bali United Vs Pusamania Borneo from the Indonesian Championship deliver a stellar 260 different betting options. 

On top of the pre-match and in-play fixtures, Playa Bets also offers 180 ‘Football Outrights’ markets which are for winning league and cups at the end of the season. Plus, you have nearly 100 Goalscorers markets from leagues and other competitions around the world.

Playa Bets Horse Racing Betting Tips & more

Each sport on the Playa Bets menu has a number beside it which indicates how many individual fixtures or matches there are open for betting. Whilst these vary from week-to-week, the current pack leaders are ice hockey, basketball, tennis and golf. These events come from multiple places. Tennis has ATP, WTA, ITF, Challenger and Davis Cup action. Basketball has leagues from 12 countries plus Euroleague matches. Ice hockey follows a similar path.

There’s also plenty of American football from both the US and Canada, as well as lots of snooker, volleyball and handball. Esports is rapidly growing, and Playa delivers a host of markets from Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends and CS:GO to name a few.

As for market depth, on the whole it is above average. The majority of sports have a plethora of options ready and waiting for you. The odds that you’ll get at Playa - as promised - are competitive. We compared them with a few other local operators and this site performed very well, so value betting is assured.

Prices quoted are South African odds (excluding stake). 
Event
Playa
BetOlimp
Scorebet
Football: Europa League - sporting Lisbon Vs Arsenal. Arsenal win.1.000.920.95
Football: Serie A - Torino Vs Fiorentina. Torino win.1.581.501.50
Baseball: MLB - Dodgers Vs Red Sox (Game 3 WS). Dodgers win.0.600.590.60
American football: NFL - Texans Vs Dolphins. Texans win.0.280.300.30
Basketball: NBA - Detroit Vs Cleveland. Detroit win.0.320.300.32


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Playa Bets Live Betting

Playa delivers a decent amount of live in-play betting across a number of sports including soccer, tennis, basketball, rugby, volleyball, golf, table tennis and ice hockey. Market depth is again strong, with live Indonesian football having 120+ betting options, ice hockey from Russia offering 40+, Challenger tennis events having 35+ and even table tennis weighing in with more than 20 different bets for each fixture.

The live betting platform at Playa makes for a user-friendly betting experience. It’s neat layout makes finding the event you want easy and the betting markets are split into categories so searching out your favourite markets only takes a few seconds. There’s an animation console complete with game stats available for most events, but not all. The only missing link is that Playa Bets doesn’t offer live streaming. This service would enhance this product and make Playa even more desirable.

Playa Live Betting

Playa Bets Website & Login

There’s no disputing that Playa comes up trumps with the vast array of bonuses and promotions it has available for new and existing customers, but what features can you expect to find on its website? Let’s have a look:

Playa BSM Keno


BSM Keno is a lucky numbers lottery type game. In consists of 80 numbered balls in the pot with 20 balls being drawn for each draw. There are a variety of betting options available, such as: all-in where you pick between 1 and 6 numbers, system where you can pick between 2 and 10 numbers and still get a payout if you don’t match them all and no draw where you pick numbers that you don’t think will come out. There are further exotic bets like first number to be odd/even and last number O/U 40.5 that you can also try with this game.

Playa Keno

Playa Live Score


Playa offers a superb live score centre where you can track all of the current live sporting action from events all around the world. You get an overview screen if you just want to know what’s going on, or you can click on an individual match and take a more in-depth look at the game stats. There’s also a ‘My Games’ tab which stores your unsettled bet tickets for you to easily monitor the action from those bets, too.

Playa Live Score

Website/Usability


Playa has recently upgraded its web platform to provide customers with a better user experience and it clearly shows. The new interface, which is responsive for mobile users as well, is a joy to use. There are five main menu tabs: sport, in-play, keno, lotto and promotions. Then, you’ve got a side menu headed by Power Leagues which are the most popular football markets, followed by a complete list of the sports available. You’ll also notice a cool date slider which allows you to quickly filter events according to when they are due to start.

Navigation is effortless, and it can all be done from within the menu so you do not have to load several pages before arriving at the event you want. The bet slip is divided into singles, multiples and system bets, so when you add your selection, or selections, you only need to choose your bet type and insert the stake to bet.

Playa Bets Mobile App

Mobile customers are treated with a cutting-edge web-based platform and if you’re an iOS or Android user, you can also download the native Playa Bets mobile app direct to your device.

It packs everything in that the desktop offers and more. You have all of the pre-match and live betting markets as well as keno. There’s also a fast bet option from which you can place a bet without being logged in and take the code to your nearest Playa shop. Furthermore, the Playa mobile app offers an empty bet feature where you create your own ticket and contact Playa for it to be priced up, and there is a new customisation feature that allows you to select favourites and alter the navigation structure to fit your own style of play.

Playa Mobile App

Playa Bets Withdrawals & Deposits

The most common payment options for South Africa are available at Playa Bets, including:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Instant ETF
  • Direct Bank Deposit
  • OTT

For both instant EFTs and direct bank deposits, you can use: ABSA, FNB, Investec, Nedbank and Standard Bank when depositing. Withdrawals can be made at any Playa shop or by bank transfer. Please note, your account needs to be FICA verified before you’re able to withdraw.

Playa Bets Customer Service

There are a number of methods you can use to contact Playa Bets if you have a question. They include:

Live chat: click the read icon labeled ‘Live chat’ to launch this feature (09:00 - 22:00)
Telephone: 0873-546-333 or WhatsApp: 0743-102-305 (09:00 - 22:00)
Social media: Search ‘Playa bets’ to reach them on Twitter or Facebook

Playa Bets FAQs

Can I join from a mobile?

Yes, the Playa Bets sign up process is exactly the same for desktop and mobile players.

Do I need any Playa Bets promo codes?

Some offers may require the use of Playa Bets promo codes while others will not. The latest information can be found on its website.

Is there a Playa Bets FICA bonus?

Yes, there is. It is worth R100 in free bets.

Can I download the Playa Bets app before joining?

Yes, you can download the Playa app and then create your account.

Am I eligible for the Playa Bets SA sign up offer?

There are some territorial restrictions on the Playa Bets welcome bonus. Please check the site to find out if you’re eligible for the 100% matched deposit offer.

Facts & Figures


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