February 20 - Recent statistics released by the Casino Association
of South Africa (CASA) painted an interesting picture of the local gambling
market, especially on how it has changed over the past several years.
The CASA survey showed that while seven operators owned parts of
the casino industry only six years ago, as a result of mergers and acquisitions,
one giant conglomerate - Tsogo Sun - accounts for over half the 61 million
visitors who played at South African casinos in 2010 and 2011.
Tsogo Sun's fifteen casinos attracted over 31 million visitors,
compared to 21.7 million who visited casinos owned by the Sun International
Group and 7.2 million who played at casinos owned by the Peermont Global Group,
emphasising how Tsogo Sun dominates the SA gambling market.
The fourth operator in the South African market is London Clubs
International, which runs a single casino, the
Emerald Coast Resort in Vanderbijlpark.
Tsogo Sun, which merged with
Gold Reef Resorts last year, owns the
Sun Coast Casino in Durban, which attracted 8.2 million visitors, as well as the
Montecasino in Gauteng which attracted 9.5 million visitors.
Sun International Dominates Western Cape Market
When looking at a regional breakdown of operators' dominance in
South Africa, it is seen in the CASA survey that Sun International continues to
dominate the Western Cape area, with the GrandWest Casino attracting over 6
million visitors each year.
However, this could all change if plans go ahead to allow the
reassignment of a casino license in the Cape area, which, in all likelihood
would go to Tsogo Sun, which already runs three Western Cape casinos.
Tsogo Sun has plans to move its existing Club Mykonos license to
a new venue in the Cape Waterfront area, which would be aimed at VIP players and
Gauteng Gambling Statistics
The CASA report showed that Gauteng is still the hub of the South African
gambling market, generating R6 million in gaming revenue during the survey's
report period. This number is three times higher than the revenue generated by
casinos in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.
Gauteng's gambling revenues are twice those from land casinos in the Free
State, Eastern Cape, North West and North Cape, as well as the Limpopo region,
On the flip side, there is serious competition among the four major casinos
in Gauteng, which affects their profitability in the long run.
Related Gambling Articles:
- 2012 Super 15 Rugby Squad Lineups
- SA Soccer 6 Guide for 23 to 26 Feb 2012
- Bulls vs Sharks Super 15 Rugby Showdown
- 2012 Super Rugby South African Conference Preview
- Marseilles Internazionale UEFA Champions League Odds
- Free Soccer 6 Picks 16 to 19 Feb 2012
- South Africa vs. New Zealand T20 Series
- Relaunch of Desert Nights Casino Announced