Can you really win money on online casinos?

Jackpots, jackpots, everywhere! And they’re closer than you think…

Online casinos have popped up like wildflowers all over the internet, and there’s a huge variety for South Africans to choose from. But is it worth the risk? Are the jackpots for real? Can you actually win real money playing online casino games?

The short answer is yes. You can absolutely play for and win real money online. Just like any brick-and-mortar casino, there are wins and losses, ups and downs, and jackpots to be won. That said, here are a few tips on making the best of your online casino experience.

Finding a legitimate online casino

There are literally thousands of online casinos and other gaming-for-money platforms out there, but not all of them are legitimate. Illegal operators proliferate, unfortunately, and these can be a black hole into which your hard-earned and hard-won cash can vanish.

When looking for an online casino, check for licensing. Licensed operators are both legally allowed to operate and have to comply with certain legislation that makes sure you don’t lose out.

Bonuses and wagering

Most online casinos offer welcome or other bonuses, which could mean a massive payout for you. However, these bonuses are usually subject to wagering requirements, which mean you can’t access the money immediately. Make sure you read the online casino’s terms and conditions so that you know how their specific wagering works. They can and do differ, so don’t assume that what goes for one casino will be the same at another.

Read our article on wagering for more details on how this works.

Return to player (RTP)

All legitimate casinos have an average RTP, which indicates the percentage of bets that gets paid back to all players over time. With online casinos, this percentage tends to be pretty high, usually in the 90-99% range. This means that, for every R1000 played, the casino will pay out between R900 and R990 to players.

Take note that individual games’ RTP may differ from the casino RTP – the casino RTP is an average, based on all games played in that casino. Make sure to look at each game’s RTP to find out what your chances are.

Check out our online casino reviews to see your favourite casino’s RTP.


Jackpots are the crowning glory of online casinos. Many slots games, whether standard or progressive, offer anything from small(ish) to enormous jackpots. For legitimate operators, they offer a chance for players to win big. Some online casinos even offer tournaments, during which you can win even bigger jackpots, as well as other prizes.

Tips and strategies for winning

While we can’t tell you how to win a specific game or jackpot, we can certainly point you at our multiple game guides and reviews that discuss individual games in detail. Familiarise yourself with any game before playing, and your odds will improve.

Always remember to set a time and budget limit on any game play session to ensure you manage any losses, and to make sure your wins don’t disappear.

Time to play!

Legitimate online casinos are a great way to spend time and play to win real money. Just make sure to follow the tips above for a great online casino experience. And remember to tell us all about your big wins!


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