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Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review 2020

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POSITIVE
  • Easy, Yet Detailed Registration Process
  • Several Wonderful Promotional Offers
  • Live Streaming Is Available For Several Markets
NEGATIVE
  • Only Three Deposit Options, And Two Withdrawal Options
  • No Loyalty/VIP Program
  • Easy, Yet Detailed Registration Process
  • Several Wonderful Promotional Offers
  • Live Streaming Is Available For Several Markets
  • Only Three Deposit Options, And Two Withdrawal Options
  • No Loyalty/VIP Program

Introduction

Hollywoodbets is one of the most popular bookmakers in South Africa, and Mozambique, and is headquartered in Durban, South Africa. Having been founded in 2000, the bookmaker is also known as Hollywood Sportsbook, and operates in South Africa, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, and Ireland at the time of writing.

Hollywoodbets is the Spanish La Liga’s Official Betting Partner in South Africa, until the end of the 2019/20 season. This partnership will see Hollywoodbets being displayed on digital advertising boards during La Liga games, among other exciting benefits.

The purpose of this review is to determine whether Hollywoodbets is an ideal bookmaker for you. Does Hollywoodbets tick all the right boxes, when it comes to you choosing a bookmaker? Read on to find out, and learn much more.

Registration process


  • Easy registration process, which requires you to enter necessary personal identification details
  • You must click on the green coloured “Join Now!” option, present at the top right of the website’s homepage
  • A toll-free responsible gambling aid number is provided during the registration process, dialling which you can contact a customer support representative – 0800 006 008
  • As soon as you complete the registration process, you can log in to the betting site, via your registered email address, and chosen password

hollywoodbets registration

As soon as you open Hollywoodbets’ website, you will be directed to its homepage. You must click on the green “Join Now!” option, present at the top right of your screen. As soon as you click on this option, you will be redirected to Hollywoodbets’ registration form.

The betting site displays its welcome offer during the registration process, as can be seen from the above mentioned image. We will get into the details of the betting site’s welcome offer, in another section of this review.

A toll-free responsible gambling aid number is provided during the registration process, dialling which you can contact a customer support representative – 0800 006 008

hollywoodbets sign up form first part

Hollywoodbets comes with a detailed registration form, which requires you to enter all necessary personal identification details. You must select your Title, and enter both your First Name, and Surname. You must choose to enter either your ID Number, or Passport Number. It must be noted, that South Africans have a 13 digit ID Number.

The first six digits of a South African ID Number represent your Date of Birth (YYMMDD), followed by a 7 digit identification number.

You must then choose your Gender, enter your Mobile Number (+27), and Email Address.

hollywoodbets sign up form second part

After having entered the above mentioned details, you must enter your complete Address, including your Suburb, City, Area Code, and Province. You must then enter your Source of Income (There are several options for the same). Choose a unique password for your account, and re-enter it, to confirm it.

You can choose whether you want to view the odds on offer, at Hollywoodbets, in the Fractional, or Decimal form.

hollywoodbets sign up form third part

After you have filled the above mentioned details, you can choose to receive promotional, and betting information via email, by ticking on their respective boxes. You must tick the boxes which confirm that you are over 18 years of age, and that you have read the betting site’s Terms and Conditions, and Disclaimer.

It must be noted that the betting site can only release your earned winnings via a Hollywoodbets shop, or into a South African Bank Account.

To conclude the registration process, you must enter the code which will be displayed on your screen, and click on the “SUBMIT” button. As soon as click on this button, the ID Number that you entered during the registration process, will be verified by Hollywoodbets’ nominated verification tool.

If the tool fails to verify your ID Number, you will requested to upload documentation, to prove the same. Once your ID Number has been successfully verified, you can login to the betting site via your registered email address, and chosen password.

Deposits and Withdrawals options


  • Limited deposit options on offer at Hollywoodbets (3)
  • Minimum deposit amount is R 10
  • Limited withdrawal options (2) – You can only withdraw your earned winnings via a Bank Transfer to a South African Bank, or by visiting one of Hollywoodbets’ branches
  • Minimum withdrawal amount is R 100
  • Uploading ID, and Proof of Residence, which is no longer than 3 months old, is required during your first withdrawal

As soon as you have registered at Hollywoodbets, you can deposit funds into your account, by clicking on the red coloured “DEPOSIT” option, at the top right of your screen. At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets is offering 3 deposit options, for residents of South Africa. You can choose to deposit funds into your Hollywoodbets account via Credit Card, Bank Deposit, and PayFast.

You must keep in mind that the use of Credit Cards will be banned, from the 14th of April, 2020. That being said, the betting site’s deposit team works around the clock, and your transferred funds should reflect on your account, within 10-15 minutes.

If your transferred funds do not reflect on your account, you can send an email to Hollywoodbets’s deposit team, at deposit@hollywoodbets.net. They should respond to your query as soon as possible. The minimum deposit amount on the betting site is R 10.

If you opt to deposit funds exceeding R 5,000, the betting site will request you to upload valid ID proof, before you can go on to make a deposit. For deposits exceeding R 25,000, you will be requested to upload Proof of Residence as well, which is no longer than 3 months old.

There are only 2 available withdrawal options, at Hollywoodbets, and the minimum withdrawal amount is R 100. You can choose to collect your earned winnings at a Hollywoodbets branch near you, or withdraw funds via Bank Transfer (South African Banks Only). Your withdrawn funds should reflect on your account within 48 hours.

You can call Hollywoodbets at 087 353 7634, if your withdrawn funds do not reflect on your account within 48 hours. Uploading ID, and Proof of Residence, which is no longer than 3 months old, is required during your first withdrawal.

Check our extensive guide to payment options in Nigeria here. 

Welcome Bonus


  • At the time of writing, there is a decent welcome bonus on offer, at Hollywoodbets – A R 25 registration bonus
  • Certain Terms and Conditions apply for the same

hollywoodbets welcome bonus - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

At the time of writing, there is a decent welcome bonus on offer, at Hollywoodbets. You will receive an R 25 sign up bonus, as soon as your Hollywoodbets account is activated. Certain Terms and Conditions apply for the same.

The ID Number that you entered during the registration process, will be verified by Hollywoodbets’ nominated verification tool, as soon as you conclude the registration process.
If the tool fails to verify your ID Number, you will requested to upload documentation, to prove the same. Once your ID Number has been successfully verified, you can login to the betting site via your registered email address, and chosen password. At this point, your account will be credited with R 25.

You must bet the bonus amount in full, within 24 hours of it being credited to your account, after which the bonus amount will be considered void. You can only withdraw winnings received from the bonus amount, if the bonus amount is turned over in full, within the above mentioned time frame.

You must bet on markets offering odds of 0.5, or more, and you cannot bet on both outcomes of the same market, or related markets.

Sportsbook promotions


  • At the time of writing, there are several excellent promotional offers on offer, at Hollywoodbets
  • The betting site is offering a daily cash prize of up to R 500,000, if you bet on a football match, with a stake of R 20 or more
  • The betting site is also offering money back on Football Multiple Bets (Terms and Conditions apply)

hollywoodbets sportsbook promotional offers - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets is offering some excellent promotional offers. You can win cash prizes of up to R 500,000 on a daily basis, if you place a Single Bet on Football, or a Multiple Bet on Football, and some other sport, with a stake of R 20, or more.

In order to qualify for the daily lucky draw, which will take place from the 1st of February, to the 1st of April, 2020, you must dial *120*46559*1*ticketnumber# if you are punting from a retail shop, or opt in to the daily draw from the promotions page, if you are punting from the bookmaker’s betting site.

A winner will be selected on a random basis every day, and you must bet each day, if you want to qualify for the next day’s draw. You can win a daily prize in between R 2,000, to R 30,000 (The figure is selected on a random basis), and winners will be announced from 10 am – 12 pm, each day.

Another exciting promotional offer on offer, at Hollywoodbets, is with respect to winning money back. You can win up to ten times of your stake back, if you lose a placed bet, on the last leg of a Football Multiple Bet.

You will win twice your stake amount, up to R 1,000, if there are 8+ selections on your slip, with odds of 5/1 or more. You will win five times your stake amount, up to R 2,000, when there are 11+ selections on your slip, with odds of 10/1 or more.

You will win ten times your stake amount, up to R 5,000, if there are 15+ selections on your slip, with odds of 25/1 or more. There are quite a few other promotional offers on offer, at the time of writing as well.

 

VIP Program

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets does not offer a VIP Program, or a Loyalty Program. Given the betting site’s standing in the betting industry, this is rather disappointing.

A Loyalty/VIP Program is a key feature, when it comes to retaining and pleasing loyal customers. We genuinely hope that the betting site works on this in the near future, and offers its customers a comprehensive Loyalty/VIP Program.

Pre-match offer


  • Hollywoodbets offers 15+ sports to punt on
  • Active markets, with competitive odds on offer
  • Wonderful Live-In-Play option

hollywoodbets live in-play - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets has 15+ sports on offer. While Football is the most popular sport on the betting site, the betting site offers excellent odds on the likes of Horse Racing, Cricket, and Basketball, among other sports. To ensure that are markets for punters of all tastes, the betting site offers odds on sports like MMA, Darts, and Volleyball, among others as well.

See the list of most popular betting terms and markets here. 

The minimum, and maximum betting amounts on the betting site, vary from sport to sport, and depend on the selection/selections that you have made, and the odds that you are backing for the same. You must always look at the odds on offer, at several different bookmakers, before making a decision.

Some bookmakers offer better odds on the same bet, and it makes sense to place a bet on that particular bookmaker, as you have a better chance of reaping a larger profit.

Hollywoodbets provides markets in a unique fashion. You must click on a sports market of your choice, present on the left side of the bookmaker’s homepage. As soon as you click on a sports market, several betting variants will appear. As soon as you choose a variant, the odds for the same will appear at the centre of your screen.

You can choose to add the bet to your bet slip, if you choose to punt on an outcome of the betting variant. There are options to add a leg of a multiple bet to your bet slip, and an option to add a leg of a Yankee bet to your bet slip as well.

The odds on offer, at Hollywoodbets are competitive, and the markets are competitive.

 

Esports

The best bookmakers out there, offer the younger generation, and all interested parties, with an option to punt on some of the most popular Esports. Several Esports tournaments take place in due course of a calendar year, and these markets are an excellent proposition for earnest punters.

Unfortunately, Hollywoodbets does not offer any Esports to punt on, at the time of writing, we hope that they work on this, in due course of time.

Read our guide to Esports Betting here.

 

Other Specials

Hollywoodbets offers excellent odds on the Entertainment industry. Unfortunately, the betting site’s Specials sphere is limited to the 92nd Annual Academy Awards 2020, at the time of writing. We hope that the bookmaker offers more such markets to punt on, in the near future.

 

Cash Out and Bet Builder

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets comes with option to Cash Out, and an option to build a bet via Bet Builder. Via Cash Out, you can retrieve partial winnings on a placed bet, before the bet has concluded. This feature is prevalent in situations in which you feel that you may go on to lose a bet.

Cash Out offers security of an initially placed stake, as you can go on to retrieve more or less than your initial stake, depending on the time of cashing out, and the odds in favour of your placed bet, at that point of time.

The betting site also offers Bet Builder. You can build a bet of your liking, by combining up to 4 selections on the same match, into a single bet. The bookmaker will determine the odds on offer for the same. It must be noted that all selected selections must come true, if you are to win a built bet.

Bet Builder in essence means that there are an innumerable number of betting possibilities, when it comes to Hollywoodbet’s Sportsbook, as you can club several different selections, into one bet.

Check our extensive guide to Cash Out betting here.

Click here for an article about Bet Builder.

Live offer


  • Live-In-Play option is available
  • A plethora of in-play markets are at offer
  • Live streaming is available for a number of markets, including Football, Cricket, Basketball, and Tennis, among other sports
  • You can access the schedule of Hollywoodbets’ Live-In-Play matches, via its “Live Diary”, and plan your betting schedule accordingly

hollywoodbets in-play markets - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

To access Hollywoodbets’ Live-In-Play section, click on the “LIVE-IN-PLAY” option, present at the top left of the betting site’s homepage. As soon as you click on the option, you will be redirected to a page, which looks like the above mentioned image.

Whenever you are playing Live-In-Play, you must transfer funds from your Hollywoodbets Main Balance, to your Live-In-Play Balance. It must be noted that you cannot withdraw funds from your Live-In-Play Balance – You must transfer your funds to your Hollywoodbets Main Balance.

To punt on a Live-In-Play market, click on a match of your choice, under the “Live-In-Play” option. Hollywoodbets offers live streaming for several sports, including the likes of Football, Tennis, Basketball, and Cricket, among others. You must be logged into the betting site, and must have transferred funds into your Live-In-Play balance, to avail the same.

You can plan out your betting endeavours by accessing the betting site’s “Live Diary”, present to the right of the “Live-In-Play” section.

Read our extensive guide to Live Betting here. 

We have also a list of best betting sites with Live Streaming here. 

Security


  • At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets has 81 betting shops spread across South Africa, under a number of licences issued by regulators in Gauteng, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal
  • Hollywoodbets is licensed and regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission for customers residing in the United Kingdom, and by the Isle of Man, for punters residing in Ireland
  • There are 2 Hollywoodbets branches in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique
  • Although the betting site does not come with a responsible gambling section, a toll-free responsible gambling aid number is provided during the registration process, dialling which you can contact a customer support representative – 0800 006 008
  • Safe and secure

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets has 81 betting shops spread across South Africa, under a number of licences issued by regulators in Gauteng, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

Hollywoodbets is licensed and regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission for customers residing in the United Kingdom, and by the Isle of Man, for punters residing in Ireland.

There are 2 Hollywoodbets branches in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, as well. Although the betting site does not come with a responsible gambling section, a toll-free responsible gambling aid number is provided during the registration process, dialling which you can contact a customer support representative – 0800 006 008, if you ever need any help with respect to a gambling problem.

During the registration process, a responsible gambling message is displayed as well – “WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP”. You must do your bit to ensure that you do not spend your hard-earned money on gambling over your financial limits. You must know when enough is enough, as your physical and mental sanity trumps the prospect of earning a quick buck.

The betting site ensures that your personal information, and stored funds are not encroached upon. That being said, the betting site also separates the costs it takes to run its platform, from the winnings generated on Hollywoodbets. This ensures that the bookmaker can pay you back, if there ever comes about a situation in which they go bankrupt.

The betting site is not linked to any criminal activity whatsoever. The betting site also conducts identity checks during the registration process, when you are withdrawing funds from your account for the first time, and upon depositing large sums of money into your Hollywoodbets account.

Overall, the betting site is extremely safe and secure.

Service and Customer Support


  • You can contact a customer support representative via Email, WhatsApp, Social Media, and Free Phone Call
  • Separate contact details for general queries, deposit related queries, and withdrawal related queries
  • Hollywoodbets offers 24/7 customer support
  • Responsive customer support representatives
  • No Live Chat option

hollywoodbets contact us - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

Hollywoodbets offers four customer support mediums – Email, WhatsApp, Social Media, and Free Phone. The betting site provides for separate customer support mediums, for general queries, deposit related queries, and withdrawal related queries, each medium of which, is serviced by customer support representatives, working around the clock. The betting site’s customer support service is among the most comprehensive we have seen.

To access the betting site’s customer support section, click on the “Contact Us” option, present at the top left of the website. As soon as you click on this option, you will be redirected to a page, which looks like the above mentioned image.

If you would like to address a general query via Free Phone, you can call a customer support representative at – 087 353 7634. You can choose to evoke a formal response to a query that you may have, by either sending an email via the betting site’s email template, as is specified in the above mentioned image, or by sending in an email directly at – hwhelpline@hollywoodbets.net.

Hollywoodbets also gives you an option to “Phone a Bet”, by calling a customer support representative at – 087 353 7633.

For deposit related queries, you can call a customer support representative at – 087 353 7634. You can also choose to WhatsApp the betting site at – 071 446 0778. If you would like to evoke a formal response from the bookmaker, send in an email at – deposit@hollywoodbets.net.
For any banking queries that you may have, you can email the betting site at – bankdetails@hollywoodbets.net

When it comes to withdrawals, there are two available mediums of contact. You can choose to WhatsApp the betting site at – 082 369 0351, or email the betting site to evoke a formal response at – withdrawal@hollywoodbets.net.

Be rest assured that a customer support representative will get back to you as soon as possible. Although the betting site does not come with a responsible gambling section, a toll-free responsible gambling aid number is provided during the registration process, dialling which you can contact a customer support representative – 0800 006 008, if you ever need any help with respect to a gambling problem.

Design and Usability


  • Simple, old-fashioned design, set in a mix of purple and yellow, with a hint of white
  • Ease of navigation, with all major options of access, present on the website’s main page
  • “Results” section enables you to witness match results, and formulate a sound betting strategy

Hollywoodbets comes with a simple, yet old-fashioned design. The website is set in a mix of purple and yellow, with a hint of white. The betting site offers extreme ease of navigation, as all major options of access, are readily available on the betting site’s homepage.

At the top right of your screen, exists an option to deposit funds into your Hollywoodbets account, by clicking on the red coloured “DEPOSIT” option.

The betting site’s main navigation bar comes with several important options, in the context of the bookmaker’s offerings. You can navigate to the betting site’s “Promotions”, “Contact Us”, “Results”, “Same Match Betbuilder”, “Fixtures”, and “Form Guide” section.

When you click on the “Results” option, you will be redirected to a page, wherein you can download a PDF File, with detailed insights into past match results. Upon clicking on the “Fixtures” option, you can gauge the various sports matches that are to take place with offerings on Hollywoodbets, in due course of time.

Via the “Form Guide” section, you can learn valuable information, about the form of teams/racers.

Via these three sections, you can formulate a viable betting strategy, and punt accordingly. You must always perform your due diligence, before placing a bet.

If you look at the left hand side of the website’s homepage, you will see the various Sports, and Specials markets on offer, at the betting site. You can click on any of these markets, to see the odds on offer, for that particular market. These odds will be displayed at the centre of your screen.

If you scroll down to the bottom of your screen, you will see options to access the betting site’s “Mobile”, and “Terms and Conditions” sections, among other options. You will also come across the betting site’s “NOTICE” statement, and the various licenses it holds in South Africa.

Mobile


  • At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets comes with a Sportsbook app
  • The betting site comes with a mobile-friendly website as well

At the time of writing, Hollywoodbets comes with a wonderful Sportsbook app. That being said, you can access its mobile-friendly website, from the comfort of your mobile phone as well. You can access the betting site’s mobile site, by opening the website – http://www.hollywoodbets.mobi/, or by sending an SMS to 45294 – “Bet”.

You must complete the registration process, if you are a new user. As soon as you complete the registration process, an SMS will be sent to you, with your account details. You must click on the verification link provided to you, via the same SMS, to activate your account.

If you are an Android, or Apple user, looking to download the betting site’s Sportsbook app instead, you must open the website – https://mobi.hollywoodbets.net/, and download Hollywoodbets’ Sportsbook app from the above mentioned website. The app comes with good graphics, readily available options of access, and a much more modern look, when compared to the betting site’s desktop version.

The app also provides for greater speed of access, and lovely streaming facilities. You can bet on the go, and receive notifications from the bookmaker, which is useful when it comes to you wanting to follow a bet that you have placed, or when it comes to you staying up to date with Hollywoodbets’ latest offerings.

Read our article about best mobile betting apps here.

Other products


  • Hollywoodbets offers several other products, including the likes of Poker, Baccarat, Wheel, Lucky 7, Lucky 6, Lucky 5, and Dice Duel.
  • New games start at small intervals of time
  • Excellent streaming of these games, in High Definition (HD)

Hollywoodbets’ offers an excellent barrage of other products. To access the betting site’s other products, you must click on the “Betgames Africa” option, present on the left side of the bookmaker’s homepage. As soon as you click on this option, you will be redirected to a page, which looks like the below mentioned image.

hollywoodbets casino products - Hollywoodbets Sports Betting Review

You can choose to play any of these games – Poker, Baccarat, Wheel, Lucky 7, Lucky 6, Lucky 5, and Dice Duel. You can access the “Results” section of a particular game, which will enable you to see past winners of that particular game.

You can also look into information regarding the betting site’s dealers. If you are new to any of these games, you can access the “How to play” section, and learn all you need to know.
New games start at small intervals of time, and are streamed in High Definition (HD).

Read out article about how to win in the casino here. 

Summary


Hollywoodbets is an excellent betting site for residents of South Africa, and Mozambique. The bookmaker is among the best in the business, and comes with several fantastic features. That being said, the purpose of this review in not to gauge whether the betting site is a good prospect or not, as this is an established fact already.

Rather, the purpose of this review is to determine whether the betting site is a perfect fit for you, and whether it ticks all the right boxes, when it comes to you choosing a bookmaker. Having extensively reviewed each feature of the betting site, we have determined the betting site to be an excellent choice for you. As is the case with most bookmakers, Hollywoodbets too, comes with a set of pros and cons.

Let’s explore the betting site’s cons to start things off. The betting site comes with only 3 deposit options, and 2 withdrawal options. A bookmaker of Hollywoodbets’ stature, should offer more options to its customers. The betting site does not offer its customers a VIP/Loyalty program which is rather disappointing, as programs of this nature are often key to retaining loyal customers, and appeasing them.

The betting site does not offer Esports markets to punt on, and has limited Specials markets, at the time of writing. The bookmaker offers a lesser number of sports markets, in comparison to the best bookmakers out there. With that, we end the list of the betting site’s cons.
The betting site comes with several fantastic pros. Hollywoodbets come with a safe, and secure registration process. The betting site has dedicated teams, to help you with deposits, and withdrawals. The betting site offers an excellent welcome offer, and several wonderful promotional offers.

What’s more, the betting site comes with an enticing live streaming option, and an excellent in-play section, called “Live-In-Play”. The bookmaker comes with dedicated sections for “Results”, “Form Guide”, and “Fixtures” as well. These sections are perfect, when it comes to formulating a betting strategy.

The betting site also comes with an excellent customer support team, which works around the clock. Hollywoodbets offers its customers several other exciting products, and a good Sportsbook app as well. Overall, the betting site is a magnificent proposition, worth looking into.

While the betting site does have its fair share of cons, we expect Hollywoodbets to look into them, and offer an even more rounded betting experience, in time to come.

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