Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Guinea

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Picture of Conakry, the capital city of Guinea. Gambling is legal and regulated in Guinea.

Guide to Gambling in Guinea

 

Guinea (formerly known as French Guinea), officially the Republic of Guinea is country located in West Africa. The country is referred to sometimes as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish itself from other parts of the wider region of the same name, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.  Guinea’s population is around 11,6 million (according to a 2014 estimate). The country’s capital and largest city is Conakry with approximately 1,7 million residents. The official language of the nation is French while the vernacular languages are Cucu, Maninka, and Fula. The dominant religion in the country is Islam as approximately 85% of the population is Muslim.

The modern-day territory of Guinea was ruled by different kingdoms and empires in its earlier history such as the Sosso kingdom, the Mali Empire, and the Ghana Empire amongst others. The European traders brought slave trade to the country in the 16th century which became part of the everyday life of Guinea. The colonization of Guinea began when the French military penetrated the are in the mid-19th century. The country gained independence in 1958 after the collapse of the French Fourth Republic. Today, Guinea operates as a presidential republic. Guinea was the center of the 2014 Ebola outbreak wich caused the deaths of thousands.

Despite being a Muslim-majority country (Islamic teachings forbid all kinds of gambling), gambling in Guinea is legal and regulated by the government. Therefore, there are land-based casinos operating around the country offering the most popular games to players like blackjack, poker, and roulette to name a few. Casinos have to obtain proper licenses to operate, though. The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning is the government body controlling and supervising all the gambling operations.* Playing at an offshore online casino is not regulated so players are eligible to visit them. Therefore, many foreign online casinos accept players from Guinea.

 

 

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*Guinean Legal System and Research by Ibrahima Sidibe

 

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Casino gambling in Guinea

 

Online casino gambling in Guinea: legal, requires license

 

Land-based gambling is legal and regulated in Guinea so players can enjoy their favorite games at the brick-and-mortar casinos operating throughout the country. Online gambling is legal too, but domestic operators have to acquire proper licenses to offer such services. However, playing at offshore online casinos is not regulated. Therefore, players from Guinea can enjoy all the popular casino games from the comfort of their homes by visiting a foreign online casino.

 

 

Bingo in Guinea

 

Online bingo in Guinea: legal, requires license

 

Bingo is quite popular amongst players, especially in the United States. Gambling is legal and regulated in Guinea so Guinean citizens can enjoy this fun little game at the land-based bingo halls operating in the country. Online gambling is legal too but domestic operators have to acquire proper licenses. Offshore casino gambling is not regulated so players from Guinea are able to play bingo at numerous offshore online casinos where they accepted.

 

 

Poker in Guinea

 

Online poker in Guinea: legal, requires license

 

Poker is quite possibly the most popular and well-known casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its huge popularity are the constant television broadcasts, regularly held tournaments, and the game’s competitiveness. Many would argue that poker requires a lot more skill than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. Guinean citizens can enjoy poker at the land-based establishments or they can go online. Players from Guinea are accepted at numerous offshore online casinos to play poker from the comfort of their homes.

 

Sports betting in Guinea

 

Online sports betting in Guinea: legal, require license

 

Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. It is legal to conduct in Guinea despite the Muslim majority. However, there is little to no information online about land-based bookmakers in the country. Players from Guinea can bet on their favorite sports by going to an offshore online casino because playing at a foreign online casino is not regulated at the moment.

 

 

Lottery in Guinea

 

Online lottery in Guinea: legal, requires license

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 Guinea either. The only lottery provider in the country is the La Loterie Nationale de Guinée.* There is not much information about it online, though. Online gambling is legal and regulated too but there are no other domestic lottery providers operating online. Playing at an offshore online casino is not regulated so players can try out many kinds of lotteries if they want to.

 

 

*Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism – Guinea, 2012

 

Bitcoin gambling in Guinea

 

Bitcoin gambling in Guinea: legal, requires license

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented by a mysterious person under the moniker of Satoshi Nakamoto. The currency gained a worldwide popularity since its introduction 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 few countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries consider Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example). There aren’t any specific laws in Guinea concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general at the moment. However, Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so technically Bitcoin gambling can be considered a form of online gambling. This means that Bitcoin gambling operators probably have to acquire a license to operate in Guinea.

 

 

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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: 2016.02.22.

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