Free State Casinos

Free State casinos

Free State might not boast the big casinos of Johannesburg or North West Province, but there are still some pretty decent places to get your gambling fix.

The big casino chains like Sun International and Tsogo Sun operate casinos in this part of South Africa, and whether it's slots or table games, there's something for everyone.

Furthermore, get hold of a player's card and the regular promotions can be truly rewarding.

There's not a great deal of casino resorts to enjoy at all, but let's take a look at what Free State has to offer the canny SA gambler.

Windmill Casino

It's no surprise that the Windmill in Bloemfontein is our top pick for a Free State casino.

Although part of a wider hotel and entertainment complex, the Windmill casino alone is enough to warrant a visit.

Boasting more visitors than anyone else, the Windmill is the casino to beat in Free State. It has over 350 slots and 18 gaming tables (a pretty impressive offering), while Sun's MVG (Most Valued Guests) programme is great if you're into some high-stakes action.

In terms of big casino promotions, 9 Ka-Ching on Sundays and Mondays gives away R3,000 in cold hard cash to players picking winning numbers, while table games and slots players can take a share of R1.6 million by earning player points and earning prize draw tickets.

Goldfields Casino


Welkom's Goldfields Casino is one of Tsogo Sun's big guns, with a pretty impressive range of Bally and WMS slots (250) jostling for space with a rather meagre total of table games (9) like European Roulette and Blackjack.

Having said that, the low-stakes games are king at Goldfields with over 90 machines having bet denominations of 5 cents. Although there are 30 slots in the Prive gaming area, general gamblers have a big choice of 113 on the main floor.

And if you're sleeping over, hotel rooms are a very reasonable R950 per night.

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Frontier Inn


Surely one of the prettiest-looking casinos in Free State, the Frontier Inn and Casino in Bethlehem might not bring many miracle wins, but it's a beauty to look at and be seen in.

The building embraces some 1800s-style architecture but inside it's 21st-century the whole way: 120 slots with some pretty wallet-friendly coin stakes (1c to R25), and plenty of blackjack and slots tournaments to keep things interesting.

The VIP programme is perhaps the Frontier's shining light, and various special evenings like 'Winna Wednesdays', 'Hot Seat Thursdays', and 'Winter Wonders' sees 'Winners Circle' players earning extra points on their frequent player cards, free casino credit giveaways, and exclusive prize draws for members.

Naledi Sun

Another Sun International casino sits in Thaba Nchu in the middle of Free State. Naledi Sun has a decent casino with 150 slots and an impressive if unspectacular conference centre and restaurant for visitors.

There are seven in-house progressive slots, but stakes are pretty basic - from 1x to R5. Mystery jackpots help to bump up those prize payouts, however.

Naledi Sun might not be the biggest casino in Free State, but for a small-town gambling experience, it's hard to beat. It's worth noting too that Naledi Sun is only open until 2am during the week but 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

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