how to play at an online casino.

How to play at Online Casinos

Do you enjoy the thrills of playing slots but hate the crowds at the casino? Do you enjoy putting your skills to the test at games of chance like blackjack, poker, roulette or baccarat but live to far from a casino to play as often as you’d like?

These are just some of the reasons that online casinos sprang into being and have grown exponentially over the last decade. The same excitement, the same games, the same rules – all on your terms and in your time.

But South African players are often a bit nervous about joining an online casino. This is where Online South Africa Casinos stands out. Our experts are here to guide you through all the details and nuances of the online casino world. From reviews of online casinos, to reviews on online slots to news about the industry to tips and guides on online games – we are passionate players and fans of the online casino world and we bring our passion to you to make it easier for you to understand the industry.

For those just starting out, Online South Africa Casinos presents a short guide to playing at an online casino.

Starting out with an online casino

The OSAC website offers tons of information for players new to the online casino world. All you need to do is search the menus to find reviews and guides galore.

For the first-time online casino player there are a number of things you need to do or look out for if you want an excellent online casino experience and want to avoid the very many shady operators out there.

In a nutshell:

  • Research
  • Sign up
  • Choose fun or real money
  • Test
  • Enjoy

Research online casinos for South African players

The first thing any online casino player should do, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, is research. Knowledge is power and knowing exactly what you are getting into will ensure you have a hassle-free and fun experience.

Research allows you to check out the various online casino on offer as well as the different games and different variations of those games you could be playing. Review sites like Online South Africa Casinos is an invaluable source of information about online casino, what they offer, whether they are any good and what games are available. You can also do Google searches for any complaints or other reviews out there.

Look out for the following when doing your research:

  • Is the online casino licensed – incredibly important, always check that they have a license.
  • Does the online casino welcome players from South Africa – playing in foreign currency will get very expensive very quickly, check that you can play in South African Rands.
  • Are there a variety of banking options – trusted banking options are key to staying safe.
  • Is there a good selection online casino games – less than 100 = small fry, more than 300 = serious site.
  • Read up about online casino games – slots, blackjack, spin and win, poker, baccarat, roulette, craps, keno, specialty games, there are thousands of games available and often a lot of variations of games like Texas Hold’em Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Pai Gow Poker, make sure you know what and how to play.

Sign up at an online casino for South African players

Once you’ve checked out and chosen your preferred online gaming partner all you need to do is go to the website and register using the register button. Fill in your details as prompted and choose your preferred banking method.

The next time you play, all you need to do is click the log in button and fill in your username and password.

Choose fun or real money gambling

Some players do it for the fun, some players do it for the money. Whichever way you like to play, most online casinos will allow you to play for fun. For those who prefer the thrill of having a real stake in the game, set up your online casino account, choose your preferred banking method and you’re ready to deposit money into your account (or withdraw if you’re a winner!).


Before you put real money into a game, always play a few games in demo mode to get a feel for how it works. This will also give you a good feel for the online casino experience once you start playing for real money.

Enjoy your online casino experience

Once you’ve completed the registration process or logged in to your chosen online casino, find the games lobby. This is where you will find all the games: slots lobby, table games lobby, Live Dealer lobby and more.

Remember – online casinos, online casino games and online gambling are meant to be fun! Play responsibly. Set a budget and stick to it. Walk away if you are on a losing streak – there’s always another day to play.

OSAC recommends

If you want a quick view of some trusted and excellent online casinos for south African players, our expert reviewers recommend the following three casinos. You can find more recommended online casinos on our Online Casino Reviews page.

PlayLive Casino – read the OSAC review here

Fun Casino – read the OSAC review here – read the OSAC review here


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