Growing up in Cape Town, I have fond memories of watching my father and his friends going at it at their Wednesday poker game. Poker, in particular online poker, has enjoyed an incredible amount of popularity in South Africa. Players like Raymond Rahme and Mark Vos have had a great impact on the game and there are plenty of up-and-comers ready to join the ranks. Our list of the top 10 South African online poker sites is the culmination of countless hours of research and testing and offers the very best promotions, bonuses, banking options and action for the discerning South African poker player.

Best South African Online Poker Sites


Rank Logo   Name Software Bonus Score Review
1. 888 Poker 888.com (Random Logic) R88 FREE + 100% up to R400 Bonus 8.6 Poker
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2. William Hill Poker Playtech 200% up to R2000 bonus 8.3 Poker
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3. Party Poker Proprietary 100% up to R500 Bonus 8.2 Poker
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4. Titan Poker Playtech 200% up to R2000 Bonus 8.0 Poker
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5. Everest Poker Playtech R600 Bonus 7.6 Poker
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6. Mansion Poker Playtech 100% up to R500 Bonus 7.8 Poker
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7. Poker770 Playtech R7.70 FREE & 200% up to R2000 1.0 Poker
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8. bwin Poker Ongame 100% up to R500 Bonus 7.6 Poker
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9. PokerStars Proprietary 100% up to R600 Bonus 8.2 Poker
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10. bet365 Poker Playtech 100% up to R500 Bonus 8.4 Poker
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The Online Poker Index has been online since 2004. We established our online poker portal with the goal of providing our readers with thorough and accurate reviews of all of the very best poker sites in operation today. In putting together our list of the Best South African Poker Sites, there were a number of characteristics that we took into consideration. These include the amount of traffic enjoyed at peak South African playing hours, banking options and the different bonuses and promotions offered.

There are currently just over 650 poker sites in operation online and their numbers are on the rise. While the vast majority of the sites are on the up-and-up, there are certainly those whose management is of questionable character. With so many sites online, it would appear a daunting task to find a site that is suited for the South African poker enthusiast.

The staff of the Online Poker Index is made up of fairly eclectic group of poker players and researchers that are dedicated to offering readers a comprehensive list of the very best sites that the online poker industry has to offer. Before a site can make our list, it must first pass an extensive battery of tests. Should a poker site manage to pass out tests, we will add it to our list along with a very detailed and thoughtful review.

In looking for an online poker room to call home, what most players fail to realize is that while a certain poker site might be fantastic for players from one particular country or region, it might not be so wonderful for players from other countries or regions around the globe. During our research in creating our list of the top 10 South African poker sites, there were a number of pivotal parameters that required consideration.

The first thing that we looked into was the banking options offered by the different poker sites. A site might have offered the very best of everything but if they did not accept the ZAR or offer South Africans a list of acceptable deposit and withdrawal methods then it could not even be considered.

Oftentimes, online poker rooms will focus their attentions on, or geo-target, one country or region. When this is the case, the poker rooms will enjoy a greater percentage of player traffic from those places which means that they will also experience peak hours of traffic corresponding with the time zone in which the country or region is located. As a result, a poker site that focuses its marketing on the Canadian market might not be the best choice for South African players.

In geo-targeting a particular country, online poker sites will often offer very geocentric promotions. For example, a Canadian online poker room might offer players promotions that award tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays or a free ticket to a poker tournament at the Four Aces Stags poker room in Ontario. While such promotions are great if you are from Canada, it doesn’t make much sense for a South African to spend R 12,000 for travel and accommodations in order to take advantage of an R 800 baseball or poker tournament ticket. Now, if they offered tickets to see the Springboks or to a poker tournament in Sun City then that would be an entirely different story.

All of the sites listed above offer South Africans the highest levels of player experience online. You can join any of the sites and be supremely confident that you will enjoy the best promotions, most convenient banking options, the best action, biggest bonuses and the most stable and secure gaming environments available.