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PlayCasino Rating Guidelines

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South african online casino ratings guidelines

Our commitment at PlayCasino is to provide online casino players with the highest quality reviews. Our reviews are not only accurate and dependable, but also tailored specifically to the needs of online casino players. This page highlights our process for creating online casino reviews, including our rankings, listings, and the factors we consider before we publish any casino review.

We Use Ratings Guidelines So You Don't Have To

To ensure transparency, consistency, and accuracy in our reviews of online casinos, we rely on rating guidelines that has been established based on clear criteria. With these guidelines in place, PlayCasino users can trust that our ratings are based on objective and reliable information, providing you with a trustworthy resource for selecting a casino to play. We do the research for you and aggregate it all in one convenient location. If a new casino or game drops, PlayCasino is the first place you can check to find out if it's worth your time.

We Test And Review The Top Online Casinos In South Africa

Before publishing about the online casinos we feature on our website, we go thorough the whole process from creating an account withdrawing winnings from the casino, to to ensure that our reviews meet strict compliance and review criteria. This makes it easier for our players to navigate through the casinos we list on our site. Our approach ensures that our reviews are comprehensive, covering all aspects that matter, and providing maximum value to our readers. To achieve this every casino on PlayCasino undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that it meets our high standards. We leave no stone unturned in our reviews.

Your safety and security is our priority

We value your safety and security. For us it's a priority. All online casinos that we list should have a solid security platform in place to secure the protection of your personal player details and data.

We recommend only online casinos with licenses from reputable gambling authorities, ensuring a safe, secure, and fair gaming experience for players. These commissions regulate the casinos, and each jurisdiction follows its own set of rules and laws in the country where the license is registered to maintain these values, including South Africa.

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    We recommend only online casinos with licenses from reputable gambling authorities, ensuring a safe, secure, and fair gaming experience for players. These commissions regulate the casinos, and each jurisdiction follows its own set of rules and laws in the country where the license is registered to maintain these values, including South Africa.

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    Responsible Gambling

    An excellent online casino will provide resources for promoting responsible gambling, preventing problematic gambling, and have strict rules in place to address it. These measures may include temporary blocking of deposits, deposit limits, and other preventative measures to safeguard players. Additionally, they should offer links to charities and helplines that assist with problem gambling and addiction, as needed.

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    SSL Certificate

    Online casinos with SSL encryption certificates ensure secure data exchanges, minimizing the risk of players' data being compromised and providing a safe website to use.

  • Organisations That Independently Audits Casino Safety

    Organisations That Independently Audits Casino Safety

    PlayCasino ensures compliance with fair play regulations, such as Cash Check and Player Check, for online casinos. The best online casinos are typically independently rated by legitimate organizations like eCOGRA, improving the safety of the casino as they have no ties to any authorities. If a casino cannot indicate that they have been audited by these organizations, we will then evaluate games and read players' reviews to ensure fairness when providing reviews. Additionally, all games listed on the online casino should have their RTP percentages clearly and publicly available on their site for anyone and everyone to see. RTPpercentages can often be see in the terms and conditions of an online casino.

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    Our Expert Advice

    "Our in-depth casino analysis has been perfected over the years and focuses on multiple areas crucial when deciding on a reliable online casino. We aim to offer our readers trustworthy information to help them make informed decisions. Assessing the legitimacy of the casino license, the variety of games, player feedback, clear and fair terms, swift payments, dependable customer service, and an intuitive interface all help to guarantee a satisfying gaming experience. " 
    Kelvin Jones - Senior Editor

Casino Games and Software Check

Games are the core of online casinos, and for PlayCasino, the quantity, variety, and quality of games provided by leading software providers are crucial factors.

Variety of games available at South African online casino

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    The Best Quality Games

    We make sure that the casinos we list offer a fantastic selection of games from these providers, ensuring that players have the most fun and no frustration when playing casino games.

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    Quality User Experience

    A seamless and user-friendly interface is essential for an excellent casino experience. At PlayCasino, we prioritize easy navigation and smooth operation to ensure that our web interface upholds these accessibility factors.

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    Best Casino Software Providers

    The reliability and technical soundness of the games is extremely important to us. We ensure that casino games are developed by reputable companies. At PlayCasino, we prioritize industry-leading software providers such as NetEnt, Microgaming, and BetSoft.

  • Jackpots


    Since these online slots offer some of the largest payouts in online casino gaming, PlayCasino verifies whether online casinos offer this crucial category of slots jackpots for online slots enthusiasts. We don't want you missing out on those massive jackpots.

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    Reliable and Stable Downloadable Software

    PlayCasino ensures that the mobile casino playing experience is on par with the desktop counterpart for casino players who prefer to download casinos when playing.

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    Free Play Option

    PlayCasino considers whether online casinos provide free-to-play games, which allow casino players to test out strategies without having to bet real money. Having the ability to test an online casino's games at no cost is essential to gain player's trust.

We Check Casino Offers And Bonusses

Every casino listed on PlayCasino offers enticing bonuses and promotions to online players, which we closely scrutinize. We also take note of and list other types of bonuses available at the casinos we review, such as birthday bonuses, no deposit bonuses, and cashbacks.

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    Welcome Bonuses

    Since we know match deposit bonuses, no-deposit bonuses, free spins, and cashback offers are among the most sought-after bonuses utilized by numerous online casinos to welcome players to an online casino in South Africa, we make sure to check the welcome bonus offers of each casino.

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    Wagering Requirements

    At PlayCasino, we ensure that the casinos we feature have easily understandable and clear terms and conditions readily accessible to players. This enables us to help players to familiarize themselves with wagering requirements and deposit terms before they even make a deposit.

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    VIP Programs and Loyalty Bonus

    We believe that promotions should not just apply for new players at an online casino, but also the long time players. In fact, we think it's really cool if a casino rewards long-time players for their loyalty. That's why VIP Programs and Loyalty Bonuses make up part of our ratings guidelines.

Payment Methods and Options Check

When you play at real money casinos in South Africa it's important to know that you have a safe and secure payment methods available to you as a player. Whether you want to make a deposit into your new account, or if you want to withdraw your winning, we check that it's easy, safe and secure for all players.

Ways to Pay at Online Casino in South Africa

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    Deposit and withdrawal methods

    PlayCasino makes sure that all the casinos we list have various payment and withdrawl methods availible for South African players. From using Visa and Mastercard, to EFT, Skrill, Neteller, Pay By Phone and more. We want to make sure you have the option to use the best deposit and withdrawal methods available in South Africa.

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    Payment and Credit Protection

    Ensuring the security of the online casino alone is not enough. To establish if a casino is a reliable and trustworthy platform, it is essential to protect a player's payment method details. We prioritize personal data encryption, verify that only relevant information is requested, and confirm that player funds are kept separate from the general operations of the casino.

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    Fair RTP and Winnings

    A casino that doesn't clearly display it's RTP (return to player) percentage has something to hide. It's for this reason that PlayCasino checks the RTP of not only the casino, but even individual casino games. Online casino RTP should be clearly displayed. That way we can make sure you are getting a fair payout percentage from your gaming experience.

Customer Service and Player Support

For us here at PlayCasino a big part of the casino experience is the customer service and the player support that the online casino offers. We understand that each player will have different requirements in how they want to be able to contact the casino and receive their customer service. For this reason we check all the available options: toll-free helpline, 24/7 Live Chat, contact form or just plain old email.

As we rate and review sites on a daily basis, it's important that if we have an issues we can get quick, quality support from the casino platforms we direct our players to. If the online casino can't help us quickly and effectively, what are the chances that they are going to do it for you? We put every support channel available to players through a tough testing system that takes into account everything from first response time, to effectivity of solution offered and even how a casino will handle a situation with a "difficult customer".

Online Casinos in South Africa with the PlayCasino stamp of approval

 That's it. Basically our whole ratings guide and review process. As you can see, we have nothing to hide. South Africa is a very specific market for online casinos. We know the challenges that face South African players and because we are South Africans too, we can put ourselves in our players shoes. Combining that with our rating system helps us bring you the most informed and trusted online casino reviews in South Africa.

We also stay up to date so you don't have to. In the world of online casinos things change all the time. We keep track of all changes that might occur at your favourite online casino and update our information accordingly. That way we can give you, the reader and the player, a full and up-to-date picture of any online casino in South Africa.

Safe and secure online casinos for South African Players

Red Flags That Could Indicate a Bad Casino

As with all things on the internet you need to be careful and aware that their are bad agents out there. Casinos sometimes dwell off the path that we think is best for casino players experience. We don't just want to hurry and put casinos on the naughty-list, but we can certainly tell you about some warning signs to look out for:

  • Terms and Conditions are unclear or hard to find
  • Bad customer support
  • Withdrawals take extremely long to process
  • Not operating under a valid or correct license
  • General lack of transparency

Want to get listed on PlayCasino?

Are you a online casino brand that want to reach new players? Do you have the everything you need other than the traffic? Do you want to bring you casino to the attention of the PlayCasino readership? Reach out via our contact page and after you pass our review process we can help our players find you.

Kelvin Jones

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Senior Editor & Product Owner


When he was still at varsity, Kelvin started out as a freelance writer for random online gambling sites. That’s until he chanced on PlayCasino and became one of our lead writers – a whole decade ago – and an expert on the fastest-paying online casinos. Since then, Kelvin has been one of the most instrumental personalities in shaping South Africa’s online gambling landscape.

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