Gambling in South Africa had been heavily restricted with the South Africa Gambling act of 1965 banning all forms of betting except for horse racing.
However, things have opened up now and there are casinos in all metropolitan areas. Moreover, gambling participation is as follows:
- National Lottery (87%)
- Slots (28%)
- Scratch Cards (23%)
- Horse Racing (12%)
- Charity (12%)
Revenues to the state from these activities totaled R13.52 billion during this period.
Online betting is allowed if the bookie is properly licensed within South Africa, however this is mostly limited to sports betting activities. Online Casinos in South Africa are somewhat of a gray area and although there may be legislation in place that prohibit all online casino/poker activities it is mostly unenforced allowing South Africans to play casino games, poker etc. online.