Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Swaziland

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This is a picture of the landscape of Swaziland. Swaziland was the first African nation to explicitly legalize online gambling in Africa. in 1998. Read all about it under the picture.

Gambling and online gambling in Swaziland

 

Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland is a sovereign state in Southern Africa. It is neighboured by Mozambique to its east and by South Africa to its north, west and south. The country and its people take their names from Mswati II, the 19th-century king under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified.

Gambling is legal and regulated in Swaziland. There are several land based casinos operating in the country and the Swazi government is reported to issue online gambling licenses as well. Land based casinos are legal and licensed since the 1960’s. Casino gambling was first legalised to make the country an appealing tourist destination*.

Gambling in Swaziland falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Environmental Affairs and Communication, and is regulated by the Casino Act of 1963, the Lotteries Act of 1963 and the Bookmakers’ and Taxation Act of 1970.

In 1998 Swaziland gave Pigg’s Peak Casino an extension to its brick and mortar gaming license allowing it to provide gambling services over the internet**. Pigg’s Peak’s license allows it to run online casino and poker games, and it would also be permitted to conduct online sports betting, if it wished so. The company offered it’s services for players in other African countries as well. On account of this, they had a legal issue with South Africa in 2007 which resulted in Pigg’s Peak online casino restricting access to its site from South Africa.

There are no official sources that would indicate that players of foreign online platforms would face any penalties in the country, and there is also no reported internet censoring system in place in Swaziland. Given the overall liberal stance of the government on gambling and online gambling, it is safe to assume that Swazi players are not prosecuted for playing on foreign online platforms.

 

*Source: Development of Tourism in Swaziland

**Source: Iinternational Study of Gambling Jurisdiction

 

 

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Casino gambling in Swaziland

 

Online casino gambling in Swaziland: legal, licenses are issued

 

Casino gambling is legal and regulated in Swaziland under the Casino Act of 1963. The Ministry of Tourism, Environmental Affairs and Communication is the legal body overseeing and regulating the industry and issuing licenses to operators.

In 1998, the Swazi government extended the license of a land based casino, Pigg’s Peak operating between the country’s borders to launch an online casino platform. The company offered it’s services on many other African markets. This resulted in a legal conflict with the South African authorities. In 2007, the South African Pretoria High Court banned all Swaziland based sites from accepting wagers from South African residents. The ruling also forbids the advertisement of Swaziland based internet gambling sites in South Africa.

Another online casino licensed in Swaziland is the Volcano Gold Casino.

Although, there is no info on whether players are prosecuted related to online gambling, it is safe to assume that Swazi players face no penalties if they gamble online from the safety of their homes. There is also no reported internet censoring in place in the country.

 

 

 

Bingo in Swaziland

 

Online bingo in Swaziland: land based Bingo is legal, no info on online bingo, safe to assume that players of foreign online platforms face no penalties

 

Casinos in Swaziland are allowed to offer bingo games to their players and many does so – the Royal Swazi Casino and the Royal Swazi Sun Valley Casino are reported to have bingo halls.

There is no indication anywhere of a Swaziland based bingo site, but it is extremely unlikely that a Swazi player would face prosecution for playing on foreign bingo sites from his home.

 

 

 

Poker in Swaziland

 

Online poker in Swaziland: legal on licensed platforms, safe to assume that players of foreign sites are not prosecuted either

 

Land based poker is legal and regulated in Swaziland and nearly all of the land based casinos in the country offer some kind of poker games to their players.

Online poker operators are also eligible for a license in Swaziland. In 1998, Pigg Peak received a licence for operating online poker games as well as casino games and sports betting.

There is no info on whether players of foreign poker sites are prosecuted in the country, but gaming laws in Swaziland are generally quite liberal and there is no internet censoring system in place, so it’s safe to assume that Swazi players who frequent foreign online gambling sites do not face any penalties.

 

 

 

Sports betting in Swaziland

 

Online sports betting in Swaziland: legal on licensed platforms, safe to assume that players of foreign sites are not prosecuted

 

Land based betting is legal and regulated in Swaziland under the Bookmakers’ and Taxation Act of 1970. Land based betting shops are eligible for a licence in the country.

However, there is no indication anywhere that a legal, Swaziland based online bookmaker is in operation in the country currently, although it is reported, that Pigg Peak would be allowed to conduct online sports betting under the extension of its casino license, if it wanted to.

 

 

 

Lottery in Swaziland

 

Online lottery in Swaziland: legal, state monopoly

 

Conducting a state lottery is definitely allowed in Swaziland, however, there is no indication of a currently up and running state lottery in the country. Some unofficial sources suggest, that it was shut down in 2005 due to financial difficulties.

Even though there seems to be no state lottery, let alone an online version of it currently, Swazi players who try their luck on foreign lottery sites are not prosecuted in the country.

 

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Swaziland

 

Bitcoin gambling in Swaziland: unknown, undetermined, safe to assume that players are not prosecuted

 

There are not many countries in the world with specifically laws on Bitcoin gambling. This is one of the reason that there are almost no Bitcoin casinos either, operating under a legit license from any jurisdiction. However, it’s safe to assume that in Swaziland, players who gamble on foreign Bitcoin gambling platforms are not prosecuted, given the overall liberal nature of the gambling regulations in the country.

 

 

 

Online gambling websites accepting players from Swaziland

 

There are only a few legal online gambling operators licensed in Swaziland, but most foreign gambling sites are also accessible and almost all of these sites accept players from the country.

 

The following online casinos accept players from Swaziland.

 

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BGO casino – accepting players from Swaziland

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BGO online bookmaker – accepting players from Swaziland

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32 Red casino accepting players from Swaziland

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32 Red online bookmaker, sports betting website – accepting players from Swaziland

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Black Lotus casino accepting players from Swaziland

 

 

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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: 2015. 10. 27.

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