Simon’s Guide of Gambling Ghana – Lottery and More

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Guide to Gambling in Ghana – Lottery and more

 

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana is a  sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy located in the subregion of West Africa. Ghana shares borders with Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo in the east, and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean to the south. Ghana’s population is around 27 million. The country’s capital is Accra with approximately 2,3 million residents. The country’s official language is English but there are many national languages spoken around Ghana such as Akuapem Twi, Asante Twi, and Dagaare to name a few. The country’s dominant religion is Christianity.

Modern-day Ghana was home for numerous kingdoms and empires such as the Kingdom of Ashanti for example. At the beginning of the 15th century, numerous European powers wanted to seize the country but ultimately the British established control of the territory in the 19th century.  The current borders of the country were established by the 1900s as the British Gold Coast. In 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African nation to declare independence from European colonization. Since independence, Ghana experienced political instability and dictatorships until the multi-party election system was restored in the early 90s.

Gambling is legal and regulated in Ghana. Therefore, there are land-based casinos throughout in the country, most of them in the capital city if Accra. These casinos offer the most popular casino games like poker, blackjack, and roulette amongst others. Online gambling is legal and regulated too and the Ghanaian government issues licenses to online gambling providers as well. However, online gambling providers operating from Ghana have a bad reputation as they often screw over their players.

 

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Casino gambling in Ghana

 

Online casino gambling in Ghana: operator must have a license

 

Gambling is legal and regulated in Ghana, therefore, there are many casinos operating across the country. These casinos offer the most popular casino games to players. Most of the legally operating casinos are located in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Online gambling is legal and regulated as well and the government offers licenses to online operators. However, it is not so safe to play at online casinos operating from Ghana because Ghanaian law does not protect the players if the got screwed over.

 

 

Bingo in Ghana

 

Online bingo in Ghana: operator must have a license

 

Bingo is a quite popular pastime activity amongst players, especially in the US. Bingo is legal in Ghana and popular too as there are numerous land-based bingo halls throughout the country. Online gambling is legal and regulated in the country as well, so players can enjoy bingo from the comfort of their homes. However, online casinos operating from Ghana are not trustworthy (they often screw over players) as Ghanaian law does not protect the players.

 

 

Poker in Ghana

 

Online poker in Ghana: operator must have a license

 

Poker is quite possibly the most popular card game in the world. Its ever  growing popularity could be traced back to the regularly held international tournaments, television broadcasts, and the game’s competitive nature. Many players argue that poker requires a whole lot more skill than luck for a player to succeed but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling as it is mostly played in casinos across the globe. Ghanaian players can enjoy poker at the land-based establishments or they can try out their luck (or skills) at an online gambling provider. Beware that a lot of online casinos operating from Ghana are rouge.

 

Sports betting in Ghana

 

Online sports betting in Ghana: operator must have a license

 

Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling amongst the male demographic. There are numerous land-based bookmakers operating in Ghana where players can bet on their favorite sports. Sports betting is available for players online as well. Many licensed gambling providers operating from Ghana screw their players over so be careful.

 

 

Lottery in Ghana

 

Online lottery in Ghana: state monopoly

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Ghana either. Ghana’s national lottery is drawn by the National Lottery Authority (NLA). The NLA has numerous offices around the country where players can purchase tickets. The NLA enjoys a monopoly over lotteries for around 50 years. As of now, it seems that the company does not have online play available, though.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Ghana

 

Bitcoin gambling in Ghana: operator must have a license

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency also known as a “cryptocurrency” invented by a mysterious person under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. The currency gained a huge popularity around the world since its inception as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to grow in popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. However, Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries consider Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example). Bitcoin trades mostly conducted on the internet (due to the currency’s digital nature) so Bitcoin gambling technically counts as a form of online gambling. Online gambling is legal and regulated in Ghana and providers have to acquire licenses to operate. It is safe to assume that Bitcoin gambling operators have to get a license as well. Aside from this, there aren’t any specific laws in Ghana regulating Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general.

 

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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2016.02.25.

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