“A Busman’s Holiday: Checking out Online Gambling – A coder’s first impression of the quality of online gambling available in South Africa” by jonmott

Every now and again it is really nice to forget about the day job. It is nice to take off the professional filters and enjoy a bit of time online. No worries about coding, integrating the UX into a job or anything even remotely concerned with functionality. Sometimes it is really nice to just kick back, log on and do a bit of leisure browsing just for the heck of it. All work and no play does nobody any good, does it?

Taking a peek at online gambling in South Africa

OK, just because I am a responsible grown up I am going to add a bit of a rider in here. It goes like this.

The legal status of online gambling in South Africa is a bit hazy. But the bottom line is that individuals inside South Africa who choose to spend their hard earned Rand at sites that are domiciled elsewhere are doing nothing wrong. In effect the law relates to the suppliers and not us consumers. When I have not got my work hat on – like now – I am one of the little guys. Now that is out of the way, let me tell you that I enjoyed a spot of leisure surfing the other day. As I was home alone, I thought, ‘why not see how things look from the other side of the fence?’

spider-manIt was a busman’s holiday, if you like. So, I spent a little time hopping around a few sites, seeing what they had to offer and how they felt purely from a user’s point of view. For those of you who like to know the facts, I spent time principally at Gambling Africa, a leading gaming portal, and Fhats Online Casino. This is not a review, so I am not going to get all technical.

Happy days

I have to say that, having cut myself some slack, I was pretty impressed. Not just at the way everything stacked up technically, but in the way the user experience was really well done. Smooth, intuitive, clear, punchy and, above all, geared towards making things enjoyable. Heck, there are even Marvel superheroes to be found lurking amidst the different games and promotions. You know I am a sucker for an old-fashioned superhero.

Now I reckon that I am a pretty tough sell when it comes to anything that involves even a whiff of coding. So, I do not say this lightly but what is available to South African punters is pretty impressive. And I am not just saying that out of patriotism or because I won (I was up by only a few pennies by the time I quit). There are one or two things I would have done differently (OK, so I did have a peek at some of the coding – I could not help it). But there is some good stuff out there. Which reminds me, I had better get back to work! Happy days!