Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Ethiopia

Facade of the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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


Online casinos in Ethiopia


Legal status: unregulated

Online casino gambling is not explicitly regulated in Ethiopia. Officially called the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country is considered to be among the poorest in the world. In spite of this, about 15 percent of the population has access to the internet, which is actually relatively high compared to internet penetration rates in other countries of the region.

Casino gambling is legal in Ethiopia, but the country’s gambling laws make no mention of online casinos. Casino gambling is also rejected by a large percentage of the population. About 34% of Ethiopians follow Islam, which prohibits casino gambling. The Islamic holy book, the Quran states that gambling is akin to alcoholism, and casino gambling turns Muslims away from God and hard work.

Casino licences are issued by the National Lottery Administration and, in theory, it might be possible for an online casino operator to apply for and receive such a licence. As it stands, however, no online casinos have a gambling licence in Ethiopia, and as a result there are also no online casino sites based within the country. Casinos without a valid gambling licence can expect to be shut down by the Ethiopian authorities, but due to a lack of precedent, it is unclear whether this would be the case for online casinos as well or not.

Fortunately for the locals, this does not mean that online casino gambling would be out of the question for Ethiopian gamblers. In fact, most international online casinos welcome players from Ethiopia, though none of them support the official language of the country, Amharic. Since casino gambling in general is legal, Ethiopians are free to play in international online casinos with no repercussions.





Online casinos accepting players from Ethiopia


Here’s a selection of online casinos I’ve tried and recommend wholeheartedly. Choose from these trustworthy online casinos available in Ethiopia, or read on to find out more about the legal status and history of gambling and casinos in Ethiopia!


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

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Ethiopia

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

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Ethiopia

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

32Red online casino accepting players from Ethiopia

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

BGO online casino accepting players from Ethiopia



Land-based casinos in Ethiopia


While online casino gambling appears to be unregulated in Ethiopia, land-based casinos are definitely legal. The authority regulating casinos in Ethiopia is the National Lottery Administration that was founded in 1961 and reorganised in 1985. All Ethiopian casinos must register with this administration, and obtain a valid gambling licence. Operating a casino without such a licence can result in the operators being fined or even imprisoned, in accordance with the Criminal Code of Ethiopia.

Even though casinos are legal in Ethiopia, it appears that there are currently no casinos in operation within the country. In the 80s there had been a casino in Ethiopia, the Ghion Hotel & Casino in the capital, Addis Ababa. This casino was shut down after a brawl led to the death of a patron.

There are conflicting reports about whether the casino has since reopened, as some sources state that there is a small gambling area with roulette, blackjack, baccarat and some slot machines. There had been two motions, one in 1995 and another in 2006, that aimed at the establishment of a new casino. Both motions failed to pass, however, as they did not receive the necessary support in the parliament.

As a result, there are no new brick&mortar casinos in Ethiopia. This makes online casino sites the optimal choice for Ethiopian gamblers with an access to the internet.


Other forms of online gambling in Ethiopia


The legal status of online gambling in Ethiopia is very similar to that of online casinos – unregulated, that is. The authority tasked with supervising gambling in Ethiopia is the National Lottery Administration, but the Ethiopian laws make no mention of online gambling.

Lottery is the most widespread form of gambling in Ethiopia. Lottery games include traditional number games, bingo and scratchcards. The NLA has a website where the winning numbers are posted for each game, but tickets to the games are only available at physical retailers, not online.

This means that there are no online lottery operators based in Ethiopia, nor are there any online sportsbooks or online lottery sites. However, since gambling is not against the law, Ethiopian gamblers are free to play on any international online gambling site available to them.

Online gambling sites do not appear to be blocked by Ethiopian internet service providers. Most international online gambling sites welcome players from Ethiopia.


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


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


Last updated: 2018. 06. 25.


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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Ethiopia
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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Ethiopia
A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Ethiopia, including the online casino gambling options available to Ethiopian players
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