Gauteng Casinos Reviewed

Gauteng Casinos

Is there a bigger concentration of great casinos anywhere in South Africa than Gauteng? We think not.

From the impressive facade of Emperors Palace to the bizarre circus-tent of Carnival City, and the scenic beauty of Gold Reef, there's lots to enjoy for SA gamblers in this part of the country.

Monte Casino


Why We Like It:

  • Beautiful venue inspired by the Palazzo Corsini in Italy
  • Progressive jackpot slots
  • Big range of table games like Baccarat and roulette

As well as 1,700 slot machines at the Monte Casino, this stunning hotel-casino complex features all manner of table game mayhem (including Baccarat) as well as Wheel of Fortune games and Life of Luxury progressive slots.

In fact, there are 70 table games in total, but as well as the humdrum there are some interesting variations like Lucky Symbols Roulette (an interesting side bet on the usual roulette games) and 'Rapid 8s' - an exciting side bet on Baccarat games.

Poker nuts can take advantage of major Texas Hold'em tournaments with R8,000,000 prize pools in the Montecasino Poker Lounge.

Silver Star Casino


Why We Like It:

  • Lots of table games including Baccarat
  • Decent cash giveaways and promotions
  • Over 1,100 slot machines plus 200 progressives

This Krugersdorp branch of Tsogo Sun's chain has everything you'd want from a Tsogo Sun property: a beautiful venue, great Bally slots, and decent cash giveaways as part of their Slots Factor promo.

There's a staggering 1,119 slot machines including video slots and electronic roulette terminals, while 200 machines offer progressive jackpots. Silver Star offers the usual range of table game action, and even Baccarat - somewhat rarer in an SA casino.

As with all Tsogo Sun properties, players can take advantage of some big-money promos including The Slots Factor which awards over R2.4 million in free bets and cash across multiple Tsogo casinos.

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Emperors Palace


Why We Like It:

  • Massive main gaming floor with 882 slots
  • Lots of exclusive VIP areas
  • Enormous R1 million giveaways and progressives

The Kempton Park casino (formerly Caesars) might have changed names, but the full-on gambling pedigree is there for all to see.

With almost 900 slot machines in the main casino, and bets ranging from 1c to R5, there's enough to placate the most jaded video slots fan.

Meanwhile, a big range of progressive slots sees some of the biggest Bally games like Hot Shot Blazing 7s and Quick Hits dishing out thousands of Rand to lucky SA players each month.

If table games are more your thing, there are 10 roulette tables and 7 blackjack tables mixing things up, with eight Texas Hold'em tables let you take on the house at this casino favourite.

VIP gamblers can enjoy exclusive Prive gaming, while Peermont's Crown Key loyalty scheme awards visitors special rates and giveaways by racking up points on their cards.

Carnival City

Why We Like It:

  • Amazing big-top setting in Brakpan
  • Lots of 5-star entertainment on the side
  • 1,750 slot machines and 58 table games

Brakpan's Carnival City is part-Vegas Circus Circus, part-21st century SA casino. In short, it's a great place to spend a week or three while you enjoy everything the resort has to offer.

There are 1,750 slot machines to enjoy, all accessed by the casino's smart card system, while the 58 gaming tables include classics like roulette and big progressive games like Lunar Poker.

Sun International wouldn't be Sun International without an impressive VIP section, and Carnival City's Club Prive offers private gaming on all table games. Players can also rack up points on their MVG loyalty card and earn exclusive bonuses and cashback.

For casual gamblers, free meal deals and weekly Wednesday prize draws offer decent regular cash prizes to players at the casino.

Gold Reef Casino

Why We Like It:

  • Intimate resort with lots of entertainment
  • Lots of regular gaming promotions
  • Resort has its own theme park and theatres

Johannesburg's Gold Reef City actually offers more in the way of entertainment than gaming, if we're being honest, but what entertainment.

State-of-the-art cinemas screens, Putt Putt golf, the Hippodrome theatre and conference centres are all offered, but there's still an intimate range of slots (92) and table games (15) if you're bent on some gambling action.

The Gold Reef offers baccarat alongside the usual American Roulette and blackjack fare, and the promotions range from the good (The R2.4 million Slots Factor giveaway) to the excellent (Salon Prive Mega Bonus Jackpots on selected slots).

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