More top online casinos 2022
Our top online casinos for South Africans in 2022 is the definitive go-to guide for any South African online gamblers looking for legitimate, licensed online casinos that accept South African Rands. The Online Casino Review team picked our top 5 playing partners but we realised that there were at least 5 more outliers that could have broken into our list.
While the choices of online casinos are bewildering (and the very appealing advertising can often hide a plethora of problems with an online or mobile casino) our team dug a little deeper than just looking at bonus offers to really get into the nitty gritty of the various online casinos out there. We delved into their licensing, their promotions, the games and game providers they have on board, their banking methods, and even the ease of using their websites to make sure that you get the most comprehensive and in-depth reviews of each casino.
This list gives you a basic overview of our top picks for online casinos in 2022 – but there are comprehensive reviews for each of them on our reviews page so you can see exactly what we thought and what we found for each one.
Remember, even though these online casinos do welcome South Africans, none of them are really “South African”. They are all owned and operated by overseas companies and are licensed in overseas territories that grant legal operating licenses.
Our journey so far
Our initial list of Top online casinos for 2022 featured our favourites in terms of legality, experience, expertise, and thrills.
In order of best to next best they were: Jackpot.co.za, PlayLive, Casino.com, TuskCasino, and Springbok Casino. Read the original article to find out why these online casinos made an impression on us.
For our list of more top online casinos, we had another look at those casinos that almost made the cut but were just overshadowed by our choices.
What makes a good online casino?
Our criteria are simple but important. The first thing we want to know is whether the casino is licensed. There are a lot of shady operators out there but if a casino is going to go to the effort and expense of obtaining a proper online casino license from a proper gambling authority, they generally tend to be running a legit operation.
Once the license is established, we check that the casino offers safety, is trusted by others in the online gambling world (an easy process – just Google comments and remarks and reviews of your chosen casino and see what other players are saying), has secure banking options, accepts ZAR as a playing currency (to avoid the often ridiculously expensive Forex charges), and the range and quality of the games.
- Check online casino license
- Check online reviews and comments
- Check registration and log in process
- Check banking methods and security and currency options
- Check the ease of navigation around the site
- Check the games on offer and the game providers
- Play at the casino
- Write up our reviews
It’s an ongoing process
We strive to bring you only the best online casino options but there are always new casino opening up and urging you to try them out. While we do spend the vast majority of our time checking as many as we can, we do sometimes miss out on one o two that are growing in popularity.
Thankfully, our vetting process is simple and, if you find an online or mobile casino that you think you might enjoy, you can quite easily do your own vetting just by following the steps above. Remember, the first and most crucial step is making sure that the casino is properly and legitimately licensed!
Fun Casino is a hugely popular playing partner for a lot of South African online gamblers, and we can see why. From its quirky logo to its simple navigation, it has a real spirit of playfulness and a sense of being there for the players. While many online casinos have gone the way of skinning their site to give a sense of opulence and wealth, Fun seem to have decided that it’s actually all about the games – and we love that.
When it comes to a legitimate gambling experience, Fun Casino ticks all the boxes. Not only are they properly licensed, but they’ve actually done it through three different (and internationally respected) gaming authorities: Malta, UK, and Sweden.
Adding to this is their selection of games providers, a who’s who of international power players who are providing some of the best and most innovative online casino games on the market.
All to make sure that South African online casino fans have FUN!
Fun Casino details:
License: Malta, UK, Sweden
Games: 450+. Slots, jackpots, table games, Live Dealer.
Games providers: various including Microgaming, Novomatic, NetEnt, SG, Thunderkick, Bally, Evolution Gaming, IGT, WMS, NextGen, Play’n GO, Blueprint Gaming, Barcrest Games, Amatic Industries, Big Time Gaming, Elk Studios, SG Gaming, Just For The Win, Leander Games, Nyx, Slingshot, and more.
Live Dealer: Yes
Bonuses: Welcome bonus, cashbacks, weekly and monthly promos.
Loyalty programme: Yes
VIP programme: Yes
This is one for the slots purists out there – Spin247, as the name implies, is all about spinning those reels with an impressive and unusual portfolio of online slots games. Impressive because they are great quality and entertainment. Unusual because they all come from a very under-the-radar provider – Slot Factory.
Our initial view of Slots247 was that we would be there for a brief visit because they didn’t offer a wide variety of games other than slots (they have only two table games). To our delight, we discovered that Spin247 offers online slots fans a truly unique experience. Slot Factory is not as well-known as some of the other providers out there which means you get to spin some really different slots, not just the usual ones you find at every other casino. Evolution and Ezugi are also on the list of providers but, for South African players, it’s the Slot Factory games that will grab your attention. And they have an awesome Game of the Month promo that lets you try out new games every month.
Spin247 also offers great banking options including crypto.
Games: 60+. Slots, table games.
Games providers: Slot Factory (with a few from Evolution and Ezugi and some proprietary offerings as well)
Live Dealer: No
Bonuses: Welcome bonus, deposit bonuses, refer-a-friend, game of the month, weekly and monthly promos.
Loyalty programme: Yes
VIP programme: N/A
Europa Casino is another one of the big name international online casinos that is opening up its doors for South African online casino players. Our very first review of Europa Casino left us with a feeling of awe and not much has changed. Europa still offers more bonuses than you can throw a slots credit at. They still have a superb interface and easy navigation. And they still list some of the biggest names in the gaming world as their providers.
And they still offer some pretty hectic wagering requirements so make sure you read, understand, and agree to them before you hit up any of those sweet deals!
Europa are becoming almost a gold standard for players around the world and it’s great to see that they now offer ZAR as a valid currency so we Saffers can also visit the Euro-centric vibe of this amazing online and mobile casino. And, of course, get to play some of the biggest and most famous online casino games out there.
Always worth a visit!
Europa Casino details:
Games: Posted as 400+ but there appear to be way more
Slots, table games, Live Dealer.
Games providers: All the big players are here including Playtech, Microgaming, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Pragmatic Play, IGT, eyecon, pariplay, Quickspin, Skywind, Wazdan, and more.
Live Dealer: Yes
Bonuses: SO MANY! Welcome bonus, deposit bonuses, Drop & Wins, comp points, free spins, daily, weekly and monthly promos.
Loyalty programme: Yes
VIP programme: Yes
We’ll keep you updated
As we said in the beginning, checking and reviewing online casinos for South African players is an ongoing process. Yes, we know it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta make sure us South Africans are being treated like the rock stars we are so we are always willing to take one or two for the team and spend our hours playing awesome online casino games (shocking I know, horrifying even). It’s our burden.
Not really. We love what we do, and we love being able to do it and help other passionate online gamblers. As 2022 hits its stride, we’re sure that there will be more online casinos that really excite us, and we will bring you all the deets as soon as we can!
As always: Play safe. Play responsibly. Play for fun.