South Africa Seizes Man's Cyber Casino Winnings

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The South African National Gaming Board has seized a Johannesburg man's R40,000 casino winnings he scored from a UK betting website.

The whole issue started when the man was gambling online and placed a R20,000 bet through a UK betting site. The bet resulted in a R40,000 win for the man, but he never got to see that money.

The SANGB seized the money, putting it into a trust account that is held by the country's treasury. The man has since hired lawyers to try to fight for the money, but it is likely that he will never see those funds. Online gambling has been illegal in South Africa for years, with punters facing jail time or a large fine if convicted of gambling online.

Speaking about the case, SANGB CEO Baby Tyawa took an unapologetic stance, saying: "Any form of unlicensed online gambling in South Africa is prohibited and is a criminal offence."

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.