This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Guinea. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Guinea, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.
Online casinos in Guinea
Legal status: legal, requires a licence
Online casino gambling is, at least in theory, legal in Guinea which is somewhat of a curiosity in the region, especially considering that this is a Muslim majority country. Officially named the Republic of Guinea, the country is located in West Africa and bordered by Senegal, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean among others. Guinea was a French colony from 1890 until it gained independence in 1958, while the first democratic election was held in 2010. French remains the official language of Guinea today.
Online casino gambling appears to be legal in Guinea, although the local gambling laws do not explicitly regulate it. Still, as both land-based casinos and online gambling are legal, this means that online casino gambling is also possible without breaking any laws.
The legality of online casinos in Guinea is somewhat surprising for multiple reasons. The first is that the internet penetration rate in Guinea is rather low: only about 10 percent of the population has access to the internet which necessarily limits the local online casino market. The other reason is that the vast majority of the population, about 85 percent follows Islam (,which prohibits gambling).
In theory, online casino operators may be able to apply for a gambling licence from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, the authority supervising and regulating online casinos in Guinea. However, no online casino operator appears to have applied successfully for a licence so far, which means that there are no online casinos licensed in Guinea. Fortunately for the Guinean gamblers, most international online casino sites welcome players from Guinea. Although these casinos are technically considered unlicensed in Guinea, the local authorities do not actively block international online casinos and players are not prosecuted.
Online casinos accepting players from Guinea
Here’s a selection of online casinos, which accept players from Guinea:
Land-based casinos in Guinea
Land-based casino gambling is also legal in Guinea, similarly to online casinos. In accordance with the casino gambling law in effect in the country, casino operators must obtain a gambling permit from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning. Casinos are also required to pay a gambling tax, the casinos themselves are managed by private companies.
Casino gambling appears to be quite popular in Guinea, and not only among tourists but locals as well. It is especially young Guineans who are enthusiastic about casino games, which poses somewhat of a social problem, at least according to some Guinean economists.
The largest casino in Guinea is most likely the Grand Hotel & Casino located in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.
Other forms of online gambling in Guinea
The laws of the country allow online gambling, but there aren’t actually any online gambling operators in Guinea.
Sports betting is organised by Guinée Games. Guinée Games offers sports betting on a wide array of sports, including but not limited to football, tennis, and basketball. Online sports betting is available on the website of Guinée Games for all their games.
Guinea also has a national lottery, La Guinéenne des Jeux. This state-backed gambling operator has a monopoly on lottery games in Guinea. La Guinéenne des Jeux has recently signed an agreement with Skullrock Technologies to provide the infrastructure for creating online access to their games. However, at the moment it appears that online lottery tickets are not yet available.
For Guinean gamblers looking for a bit more variety, international online gambling sites offer a great option. Most international online sports betting, online lottery and online poker sites welcome players from Guinea.
This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Guinea.
Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Guinea is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.
Last updated: 2018. 06. 29.