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Betway Hollywoodbets - The Ultimate Big Name Betting Site Showdown

21 April 2021

Choosing between betting sites in South Africa can be tricky. Especially when having to decide between two of South Africa’s biggest betting brands, Betway and Hollywoodbets. In this article we will provide you with how each of these powerhouses measures up to our carefully selected standards, and will announce who our winner is in this Betway Hollywoodbets Showdown.

Betway Hollywoodbets

Betway Hollywoodbets. Who do you choose? And why? It’s without a doubt one of the more asked questions within the betting fraternity. But that’s what we aim to do in this article. To settle this dispute and answer this question once and for all.

We will be using the carefully selected metrics by which we measure betting sites, and will then objectively assess how both Betway and Hollywoodbets measure up to each metric. We will use a simple points scoring system, whereby one point is given to each metric.

At the end, we will tally up all of the points, and announce the winner of the Betway Hollywoodbets Showdown.

But first, click the dropdown below to get an idea of each of the ways we aim to officiate the ultimate Betway Hollywoodbets face off.

Betway Hollywoodbets - Assessment Criteria
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Alex Goldstein

Here you will be able to find out all the ways in which we’ll measure Betway and Hollywoodbets against each other. You can expect the following metrics to be covered:

Welcome Bonus

Betting Features

Betting Games

Betting Markets

Betting Odds

Deposit Methods

User Experience

Mobile Experience


Wild Card Round

The Final Verdict

Betway Hollywoodbets: Pros and Cons

Betway Pros Hollywoodbets Pros
✅ Great betting site for beginners✅ SA’s favourite bookmaker
✅ International name and reputation✅ Best horse racing betting site
✅ Great User experience✅ Awesome betting games
Betway Cons Hollywoodbets Cons
❌ No horse racing betting❌ Could offer more deposit methods
For some of you, this may be enough to make up your mind!

If that's the case, click on one of the claim buttons below and sign up with either Betway or Hollywoodbets, or both!

Betway and Hollywoodbets Bonuses

  1. 100% up to R1000
    as a Free Bet

  2. R25 in Free Bets
    + 50 Free Spins

Betway Hollywoodbets Mock Up

Welcome Bonus

Upon first glance, Betway and Hollywoodbets appear to have the exact same welcome bonus. Both offer new users a free bet to the value of R25.

Here however we’ll pick apart each of these offers and declare a winner based on everything from what it takes to receive the bonus, to wagering requirements and validity period.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to these seemingly identical bonuses.

Let the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown begin!

Betway Bonus

Betway offers all new users a R25 Sign Up Bet. The bonus is made available to players once they have either been verified through Betway’s automatic FICA function, or once they have sent in or uploaded their FICA documents.

The bonus reflects after users unlock the free bet with a voucher code sent to their mobile phone.

Once the voucher code is entered into the space provided on Betway's website, and the redeem button is clicked, the free bet will be available.
Sport bonus:

100% up to R1000
as a Free Bet

Turnover: 1x bonus amount Lowest odds: n/a Bonus code: No Code

Note that Betway’s welcome bonus doesn’t come with any wagering requirements, and once you’ve won just one bet, you will be able to withdraw any winnings minus the free bet amount.

What’s more is that the bonus is valid for a whopping 180 days after you’ve created your account. That means you have 3 months to decide what you want to do with your sign up bet!

Click on the dropdown below for more info

Betway Bonus Terms and Conditions
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These are the significant terms and conditions that are attached to Betway’s R25 Sign Up Bet

  1. Players must be over the age of 18 to be eligible to open an account with Betway
  2. The promotion is only valid to new users
  3. The promotion can only be claimed once per customer.
  4. The customer must either pass Betway’s automatic FICA verification test, or upload or send Fica documents to Betway to claim the bonus
  5. The bonus comes with no bonus requirements, but cannot be withdrawn. For example, if the R25 Free bet is played on a selection with odds of 4.00, and it turns out to be the winning selection, the player will win R100, but will only be able to withdraw R75.
Betway Welcome Bonus

Hollywoodbets Bonus

While the Betway and Hollywoodbets welcome bonuses may appear identical, as you must have gained by now, they share more differences than similarities. In fact, all they have in common is their amount and that they’re a free bet.

If you take a look at things such as validity period, wagering requirements, and claiming process, they are in fact quite different.

Where the Hollywoodbets sign up offer is attractive is in the fact that all you need to do to recieve it is sign up with them.
Sport bonus:

R25 in Free Bets
+ 50 Free Spins

Turnover: 1x bonus amount Lowest odds: 0.5 Bonus code: No Code

The bonus is credited to new users accounts immediately after the sign up process is completed.

The catch however, and this is a major one, is that the bonus is only valid for 24 hours after sign up. After the 24th hour, the bonus disappears, so when it comes to placing your first bet with Hollywoodbets, there’s no time to waste.

What’s more is that the bonus comes with wagering requirements. Players must play through the bonus amount in full, at odds no less than 0.5.

Click on the drop down for some more info

Hollywoodbets Bonus Terms and Conditions
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Alex Goldstein

Here are the significant terms and conditions of Hollywoodbets’ bonus

  1. The offer is only valid to new customers
  2. Users must be over the age of 18 to be eligible for the promotion
  3. A limit of one account per customer applies
  4. The sign up offer must be used within 24 hours of signing up or it will be forfeited.
  5. The bonus cannot be used on more than one outcome of the same event
Hollywoodbets Sign Up Offer

The Verdict

Due to both of these welcome bonuses being equal to each other in their amount, and both coming in the form of no deposit free bets, we understand how many would consider this to be a tie.

But we’ve dug a little deeper and picked apart each of these bonuses a little more to give you an accurate representation of the full picture.

The winning welcome bonus goes to Betway’s R25 Sign Up Bet

While this may spark some debate, the reason for our decision is two fold. Betway’s R25 Free bet is valid for 180 days, while Hollywoodbets’ free bet is only valid for 24 hours.

What’s more is that Betway do not attach any wagering requirements to their bonus, you can simply play, win, and withdraw. Hollywoodbets however require the bonus to be turned over in full at odds of 0.5.

Betway have started strong in the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown, but there’s plenty more opportunities for Hollywoodbets to pull it back!

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Betting Features

"Betting features" is quite a broad term, but it is one that we will define as the things aside from sports betting, that enhance your sports betting experience.

For us, betting features are crucial as they play an enormous role in the punters journey.

Betting features are meant to make betting easier, more fun, and all round more enjoyable. The more betting features you have available to you, the more you will want to engage in betting, and thus engage in betting with the particular betting site.

The features we’ll be using as measuring metrics include:

  1. Live Betting
  2. Live Streaming
  3. Cashout
  4. Bet Builders
  5. Data Free

Click on the drop down below to see how each of the powerhouses involved in the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown fare on each of these criteria

Betway Hollywoodbets: Betting Features Checklist
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Alex Goldstein

This is how Betway and Hollywoodbets measure up to features that we feel to be of the highest importance.



Live Betting
Live Streaming
Cashout✅ (only on mobile)
Bet Builders
Data Free

The Verdict

As can be seen from the comparison above, Betway simply offer more features than Hollywoodbets do.

Aside from this, we feel that each feature that both betting sites offer tends to be offered better by Betway.

Betway extend their lead with another point, make it 2-0 in the Betway Hollywoodbets clash
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Betting Games

While the majority of punters come to betting sites to bet on sports, the availability of other games is always something that is of interest. There’s no better way to reclaim a patch of good luck than to engage in one of the many betting games that Betway or Hollywoodbets have on offer.

Betting games can be thought of as the icing on the cake that betting sites provide

Ranging from the more familiar roulette, dice games, and blackjack to the newer addition of virtual sports, betting games have become an imperative part of betting sites.

With that said, no two betting sites offer betting games quite like Betway and Hollywoodbets. They truly lead the pack in terms of the betting games they offer.

Megaball Mock Up

If you’re unsure of what we mean by betting games, these are the most popular

  1. Live Games - virtual interactive casino type games
  2. Bet Games - interactive live dealer games
  3. Lucky Numbers - lottery draws from around the world
  4. Virtual Sports - simulated sports events with fixed odds

While these are the most popular out there, some betting sites, like Hollywoodbets, go above and beyond to offer a betting games list that is jaw dropping.

Click on the dropdown below to see how Betway and Hollywoodbets measure up against each other in the betting games category.

Betway Hollywoodbets Betting Games Comparison
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Alex Goldstein

Stars are provided for the quality and quantity of what is offered, while crosses are given where either of the betting sites does not offer the game.


Live Games

Bet Games⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lucky Numbers⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Virtual Sports⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Spine Zonke⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Live Instant Win⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fantasy League Betting⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Live Games: While Betway’s offering of live games is decent, Hollywoodbets offer gaming suites from two different providers, giving players a wider, more varied experience.

Bet Games: Again, Betway offer a great bet games suite, but Hollywoodbets edges them as they offer one more bet game than Betway.

Lucky Numbers: Hollywoodbets are often quoted to be the best lucky numbers betting site in South Africa and it shows. They claim the lucky numbers category.

Virtual Sports: In this category it’s a tie. Both betting sites have impressive offerings of this product.

Live Instant Win, Spine Zonke and Fantasy League Betting all go to Hollywoodbets, as they offer these services in style, where Betway does not offer them at all.

The Verdict

It’s clear that South Africa's top betting sites both provide amazing offers when it comes to betting games. Both stand out from the pack both in the quantity and in the quality of the betting games they have on offer.

That being said there can only be one winner, and that winner is Hollywoodbets.

Hollywoodbets simply offer more ways to wager, and with the larger size of their offering naturally comes a more quality experience that can be found nowhere else. It's taken them a while, but Hollywoodbets finally pull one back in the Betway Hollywoodbets match up.

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Betting Markets

There’s no escaping the fact that betting markets are one of the most crucial criteria that set apart the best betting sites from the rest. If you’re unsure of what betting markets are, they are the number outcomes within a particular event that the betting site offers you to bet on.

Quite simply, the more markets there are, the more betting you can do

This is a crucial determinant of top betting sites, with Betway and Hollywoodbets being no different in this case.

To establish who has the better markets in this showdown, we will be taking a look at four random events from four of South Africa’s favourite sports: soccer, rugby, cricket, and horse racing from each of Betway's and Hollywoodbets’ sportsbooks.

We will simply count the number of markets, and record them, the site the most markets at the end will win

Betway Hollywoodbets Markets
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Alex Goldstein

For this test, we have randomly selected events from each of South Africa’s favourite sports.

  1. For soccer, we have chosen Tottenham vs. Southampton
  2. For rugby, we have chosen Chiefs vs. Hurricanes
  3. For Cricket we have chosen Punjab Kings vs. Sunrisers
  4. For Horse Racing we have chosen Ipswich Race 1 (21 April 2021)
Betway Hollywoodbets
Tottenham vs. Southampton ⚽152120
Chiefs vs. Hurricanes 🏉411
Punjab Kings vs. Sunrisers 🏏9510
Ipswich Race 1 🏇05
Total 288136

The Verdict

If we tally up the markets offered by each betting site, Hollywoodbets offer 136 markets over 5 events, while Betway offer a whopping 288 markets over the exact same events.

What's even more impressive about this fact is that Betway don’t offer any horse racing, which theoretically would have given Hollywoodbets the edge.

Betway have extended their lead with another point in the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown.

Can Hollywoodbets pull a couple back? Will we witness a comeback of the ages? Or will Betway’s already dominant performance see them through? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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Betting Odds

The next assessment criteria upon which we will measure Betway and Hollywoodbets is on the odds that they provide.

Quite simply, the better the odds, the more you stand to win, as your winnings are equal to your stakes multiplied by the odds.

If one betting site offers better betting odds than another on the same event, you simply stand to win more with them

This is what makes odds so important, and overall, a crucial factor, not only in this match up, but in choosing betting sites in general.

Odds Mock up Betway ZA

To compare odds, the same events for comparing markets will be used, and we will look to see which betting site offers the more attractive odds for the main outcome of each of those events, the match result.

Betway Hollywoodbets Odds Comparison
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Alex Goldstein

In the comparison below you will see which betting site offers the better odds in each of the events that were covered in the betting markets section of this article.

For a refresher, the events include:

  1. Soccer: Tottenham vs. Southampton
  2. Rugby: Chiefs vs. Hurricanes
  3. Cricket: Punjab Kings vs. Sunrisers
  4. Horse Racing: Ipswich Race 1 (21 April 2021)

A tick will be located under the name of the betting site with the better odds, and a cross to the betting site with the lesser odds. The betting site with more ticks will be the winner of this round

Tottenham vs. Southampton
Chiefs vs. Hurricanes
Punjab Kings vs. Sunrisers
Ipswich Race 1

The Verdict

If you clicked on the drop down above, you would clearly see that the outright winner of this category goes to Betway. They offered better match result odds in each of the events aside from horse racing, because they do not offer the sport.

Betway extend their lead by another point and start edging closer and closer to being victorious in the Betway Hollywoodbets clash!

There is however always time for Hollywoodbets to rally and make a comeback! Keep reading to find out what happens!

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Deposit Methods

This section is not worthy of as much of a detailed approach as the last few, as there is a clear and stand out winner right from the get go.

For us, deposit methods are important, because the more that are offered, the more payment preferences can be catered to.
Betway Hollywoodbets Deposit Methods Mock Up

With that being said, it is also important to note that the deposit methods on offer need to be relevant to South African payment preferences.

It’s no use offering fancy deposit methods that are popular in Europe, but don’t have a foothold in the South African market.

With that in mind, the pure fact that Betway offers 8 different deposit methods, and Hollywoodbets only accepts EFT deposits means the clear winners of this round are Betway.

Betway Hollywoodbets Deposit Methods
Shoprite & Checkers
MTN MoMoney

The Verdict

Betway are clear winners as their deposit methods outnumber Hollywoodbets’ deposit methods 8 to 1.

Betway are starting to run away with a little bit, as the scoreboard clearly shows, leading the Betway Hollywoodbets contest 5:1

You must be wondering if there’s any way back for Hollywoodbets after all! Keep reading to find out!

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User Experience

If you’re wondering what user experience is, it basically refers to how easy it is to use the betting site’s interface. Things like how easy it is to place a bet, how easy it is to find certain features, and whether or not you want to use the site again are all good characteristics to measure user experience.

User Experience is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing which betting site to bet with.

User experience is a tricky comparison metric to track because of how subjective it is. What makes me like one thing might make you dislike that very same thing.

That’s why in this section, we aim to be as objective as possible.

The Verdict

The most important thing overall is that you choose a betting site that meets your needs from a user experience.

As you can see Betway and Hollywoodbets both offer amazing interfaces that make for unparalleled betting experiences. While we feel that Betway offers a nicer website, the point in this round goes to Hollywoodbets.

This is due to the fact that Hollywoodbets have two, fully kitted out websites. One older website, for anyone who prefers a more retro betting site feel, and a new website for those who prefer a modern, more slick layout.

Hollywoodbets manage to get a point back in the rather one sided Betway Hollywoodbets clash! Keep reading for the last two criteria!
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Mobile Experience

Similar to user experience, mobile experience can be pretty subjective and can be influenced a lot by personal preference. It refers to how well the site is designed for mobile use, and follows similar measurement characteristics such as easiness to place a bet and ease of navigation.

Betway and Hollywoodbets have worked hard to bring their users fantastic mobile betting experiences.
Betway vs Hollywoodbets Mobile Mock Up

The way in which will adjudicate this contest is by reviewing each site from a mobile perspective by using certain criteria we have chosen. They are:

  1. Betting experience
  2. Is an app available
  3. Is Data Free available
  4. Mobile user experience

Click on the dropdown below to see how each site measures up to our criteria

Betway Hollywoodbets Mobile Experience
Alex Goldstein

Alex Goldstein

The sites will be measured against whether or not they include each of the above mentioned criteria. Green ticks will be placed in categories where the service is available, and stars will be used to measure the metrics of betting experience and mobile user experience.

A red cross will be placed underneath a betting site if they do not offer the service.

Betting experience⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
App availability
Data Free Available
Mobile User Experience⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Betway app mock up mock up guy ZA

The Verdict

As you’d be able to see from the box above, Betway edges Hollywoodbets in what they offer from a mobile perspective.

While Hollywoodbets offer a fantastic mobile service, the fact that Betway offers an app and data free version means that they get our vote for being the better mobile betting site.

That’s another point to Betway in the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown, is it too late for Hollywoodbets to make a surprise comeback?
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Completing the FICA process is one of the more underrated processes in terms of importance when it comes to choosing betting sites. Generally speaking, in order to withdraw funds from your betting account, you will need to have had your account FICA’d.

We bet to win, and to withdraw our winnings, but we can’t withdraw if we don’t FICA.

This is what makes FICA so important.

More factors that are important in the FICA process are the number of methods you can use to send or upload your FICA documents, as well as the time it takes for the documents to be verified.

The Verdict

For this section the competition is pretty tight but our vote goes to Hollywoodbets. The reason is that they offer five ways to submit your FICA documents, from in store drop offs, to facebook messages.

Betway does offer an automatic FICA verification function, but if this wouldn’t work, you would have to email them or upload your documents, which can be pretty frustrating considering Betway's reponse time.

Hollywoodbets manage to pull another point back in what already feels like an open and shut Betway Hollywoodbets contest.

Betway hollywoodbets 6 3

Wild Card

In the wild card round we have to address something that we haven’t been able to address throughout this Betway Hollywoodbets showdown article just yet.

While it seems Betway are clear winners, we cannot help awarding Hollywoodbets a bonus point for the fact that they are one of the oldest and most trusted betting sites in South Africa, as well as being the authority when it comes to horse racing betting.

What’s more is that Hollywoodbets’ provision of tips and information when it comes to horse racing betting is unparalleled.

Nobody offers Horse racing betting quite like Hollywoodbets. It is for this reason that they have been awarded a bonus point.

Horse Racing Kentucky Derby

The Final Verdict

After some seriously deep analysis and nitpicking, we have ourselves a clear and undisputed champion of the Betway Hollywoodbets showdown.

By our estimations, Betway beat Hollywoodbets 6-4 in this epic battle, to claim the spot of SA’s best betting site.

It wasn’t easy, and it sure wasn’t very straightforward, but after undergoing some really deep and heavy analysis, Betway can be crowned kings of South Africa after winning the Betway Hollywoodbets title.

That being said, Hollywoodbets are still absolutely one of the best Betting sites in South Africa, and you are guaranteed a fantastic betting experience despite us rating them second best in this contest.

Betway Hollywoodbets Final Score

That's a Wrap!

As South Africans we are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to awesome betting sites. Now that you have a better idea of where Betway and Hollywoodbets stand, go ahead and sign up with each of them, and test them out for yourself.

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