Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Liberia

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This a picture of the interior of the Oceana casino in Liberia.

Casinos and online casinos in Liberia, Africa

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Liberia. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Liberia, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in Liberia

Legal status: legal, requires a licence

Online casino gambling is, at least in theory, legal in Liberia. Officially called the Republic of Liberia, the country is located in Western Africa, and is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia had been a colony of the American Colonization Society, and declared its independence in 1847, as the first among African nations. English, along with its local variations remains the official language of Liberia today.

Online casino gambling is officially legal in Liberia. In fact, Liberia strove to be among the first countries to legalise and regulate online casino gambling back in 1999. In 2000, the government signed an agreement with Starnet, which was supposed to provide the technical background for a state-backed online casino. However, no such online casino has been created to date.

Interestingly, the most recent Liberian gambling regulation issued by the National Lottery Authority, the body regulating gambling in the country makes no mention of online casino gambling. However, since 2015 it is officially mandatory for online gambling operators to obtain a licence; otherwise they can not offer their games to Liberian players legally. To date, there have been no reports of any online casino operators applying for a Liberian licence, nor are there any online casino sites based within the country.

Technically, in accordance with the Liberian laws, international online casino sites without a licence should not accept players from Liberia either. However, the local authorities appear rather lax in this question. International online casino sites are not blocked, and locals face no repercussions for playing in such online casinos. In fact, most international online casino sites welcome players from Liberia.

 

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Liberia

Here’s a selection of online casinos, which accept players from Liberia:

Banner for the Betsson online casino, which is available to players from Liberia

Betsson online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner of the Betsafe online casino, which accepts players from Liberia.

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner of the Casino Euro online casino, accepting players from Liberia

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner of the Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Liberia.

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner of the Lotus Asia online casino, acceptin players from Liberia.

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner of the 32 Red online casino, which accepts players from Liberia.

32Red online casino accepting players from Liberia

Banner for the BGO online casino, available to players from Liberia

BGO online casino accepting players from Liberia

 

 

 

Land-based casinos in Liberia

While the legal status of online casino gambling in Liberia can be somewhat confusing, brick and mortar casinos are most definitely legal in the country. Liberian casinos are regulated by the Gaming Regulation of 2016, accepted by the National Lottery Authority, the entity supervising casino gambling in Liberia. The NLA also issues licences to Liberian casinos.

In accordance with the Gaming Regulation, all casinos must apply for and receive a casino licence in order to operate legally within the country. There is a multitude of prerequisites for obtaining such a licence: casinos may only be opened in approved locations, operators must pass the technical and financial requirements, and so on. Casino operators also have to pay the associated licensing fee and gambling tax. Casino licences in Liberia are only valid for one year, but may be renewed.

There are currently only two licensed  casinos in Liberia, the Oceano Casino and the Palm Spring Casino, both of which are located in the capital city, Monrovia. Since gaming machines are treated separately in the gaming regulation, there is also most likely a larger number of gaming parlours. The largest casino in Liberia is the Oceano Casino, with about 30 gaming machines as well as more than 20 gaming tables. Table games available include roulette, blackjack, Oasis Stud Poker and Hold’em Poker. The casino is part of the Mamba Hotel and is open daily from 8 pm.

 

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Liberia

Most forms of gambling are legal in Liberia, both in online and land-based form. In theory, both online and offline gambling operators would have to apply for a gambling licence from the National Lottery Authority. In practice, there is no evidence that online gambling operators could obtain gambling licences in Liberia. Sportsbetting and lotteries are, similarly to casinos, controlled by the NLA. Interestingly, the authority does not appear to operate it’s own national lottery or sportsbook, but supervises only the lawful operation of all gambling activities.

At one point, there had been an agreement that Starnet would provide the technical knowledge and background for the Liberian online sports betting scene. However, there appear to be no locally based online sports betting, or other online gambling companies in Liberia.

Fortunately, since online gambling in general is legal, locals are free to play on international online gambling sites instead. Most international online poker, online lottery and online sports betting sites welcome players from Liberia.

 

This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Liberia.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Liberia is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2018. 07. 12.

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Liberia
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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Liberia
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Liberia, including the expected but not realised Liberian online casino sites.
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