Hollywoodbets is hands down the clear leader in the South Africa bookmaker industry, providing what can be termed all-round solid betting experience. The bookie is legally registered in the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo, allowing them to legally offer bets to customers. What is likeable with this bookie is the very wide variety of sports and betting options and promotions which have made them quite popular. In this article, we take a review of the bookie, offering some insights into the latest updates. Our review will take focus on a mobile betting perspective as we find this to be quite common these days.
Hollywood bets revamped its webpage through the introduction of a new website sometime in late 2019. As it stands, one can equally access their betting account using both the new and the old sites. We prefer the new site which is associated with enhanced features and better design. This makes the icons and buttons very large when compared to the old site which somewhat appeared cramped. The new site has a modern appearance and feel and maintains the purple colour with a combination of black as compared to the old site that had a combination of white and purple.
The increased space usage has also allowed for the centre pane of the webpage to be occupied by a number of the day’s match highlights and upcoming fixtures in the English Premier League. This is much better info as compared to the old site that only gave a few highlights, one at a time. The sports menu options remain the same, and these can be accessed by scrolling through the left pane of the page. However, on clicking the sports options from this menu, the submenus now appear on the centre part of the screen instead of the below the sports menu option. The market options are also arranged according to a type, which allows for quicker selection of the desired markets and bets. They have also reduced the clutter on the midsection of the page by placing links to social media at the bottom of the right page.
The net result of all these changes is enhanced usability that equally competes with other excellent interfaces on the market.
Although the desktop site allows for the options of choosing in between the new and the old sites, the mobile site only allows you to access the old website. Just like the old desktop site, Hollywoodbets does not strike as appealing. They make up for this by providing a very fast navigation experience. From the top of the menu, you can access options such as horse racing, soccer, lucky numbers, and many others. The midsection of the home page is also occupied by several other options such as the Hollywood blog, specials, live matches, and plenty of others.
Should one choose to do so, they may access a desktop site through the appropriate link. Generally, the site is characterized by sufficiently big icons and buttons that make navigation very easy. One would generally however feel that there is a need to place some of these in collapsible menus to enhance the visibility and general appeal of the site.
Coming to promotions, Hollywoodbets do fairly well to impress by giving punters a number of promotions. During the time of review, the major promotions include the R100, 000 lucky numbers competition, there usual R25 sign up bonus that has to be used within 24 hrs, R50 refer a friend bonus plus others. We would however like to see a matched first deposit bonus for new customers as is with other bookies.
The sports and market options provided by Hollywoodbets are still comprehensive, giving punters a fantastic choice to select from. We find the market options for major soccer leagues to be wide and competitive with most South Africa bookies. They have also gone further to provide cash out and Same match bet builder for selected leagues, features which have progressively become standard in international sports betting. Hollywoodbets also offer betting services for live matches, and these are accessible through a tab allowing for quicker access to the games. Other than sports, Hollywoodbets also offer enhanced fun through games such as Lotto Instant Win, Jika Sports, Lucky numbers, and race horsing.
As usual, placing bets with Hollywoodbets is very easy and straightforward. Once the desired market has been selected, one can easily access the bet slip from the bottom of the page. The good thing is Hollywoodbets gives you a prompt to confirm the desired market has been loaded onto the bet slip, with a similar notification when a market is removed from the bet slip. We find this feedback useful. The stake is then placed, and the bet confirmed.
Hollywoodbets continue to impress through their revamped desktop site, an impressive selection of sports and other betting options such as Jika Sports, Lucky numbers, and many others. In a truly continuous improvement style, they continue to add exciting features to their line up of services which are updated from time to time. The new Hollywoodbets site shows evidence a bit more thought placed in providing an enhanced betting platform for punters. The new layout allows for the full-scale occupation of the screen resulting in bigger and easier to use icons and buttons. There is a lot of functionality that has been added, and this gives enhanced usability and speediness when placing bets. It is a marvel to use this site on a PC.
They also offer a wide variety of payment options that cater to the diverse nature of their client base. Overall, it would be hard to fault this bookie, and it explains why they remain one of the market leaders. Highly recommended for those who prefer an overall solid betting experience.