This a photo of the front entrance gate of Jacaranda Casino in Lagos, the capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Under the picture, on this page, you can read about the legal status of the various forms of Nigeria games of chance: internet lottery, digital bingo, electronic poker, sports betting, crypto wagering. There is also info about illegal gambling, betting on blood sports, the licensing system, taxation regime, and you can find a list of licensed online gambling websites, which accept Nigerian players.

Nigeria Gambling Guide (on the picture: Jacaranda Casino in Lagos, the former capital)

Summary: Gambling is legal in Nigeria since 2005 (officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa, a former British colony, not to be confused with Niger, has a population of 218 million, about 40% of the country is Muslim, despite this gambling is legal).

Online gambling is legal as well, since 2005.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Nigeria by scrolling below, or click here to jump to that list:

History of Gambling in Nigeria - click to expand

1963: Independence from the United Kingdom. However, UK gambling laws were not adopted and games of chance were not legalized until x.

1963 – 1977: Gambling was entirely unregulated until 1977.

1977: Gambling was officially banned by the 1977 Gaming Machines Act.

1990: This ban was reinforced by Chapter 22 of the 1990 Criminal Code Act (with the exception of backgammon and poker, which were not considered gambling, details below).

2005: Gambling was officially legalized with the passing of the 2005 Lottery Act.

Gambling is legal in Nigeria since 2005, according to the National Lottery Act 20051.

/Comment: Some people put the date of the legalization of gambling at 19903, because section 236, of chapter 22, of the 1990 Criminal Code of Nigeria made backgammon and poker exempt from the gambling ban2:

“Section 236, subsection 2: In this section, “unlawful gaming” includes roulette, every game of dice except backgammon, every game of card which is not a game of skill, the game known as chacha and other games of cowries, and any game the chances of which are not alike favourable to all the players, including the banker or other person or persons by whom the game is managed or against whom the other players stake, play or bet.”

However, this is not legalization per se, this merely states that backgammon and poker were not conspired games of chance and therefore they were outside of the scope of the ban. We therefore consider the date of legalization the passing of the National Lottery Act in 2005./

Nigeria has a very ad-hoc, arbitrary gambling legislation.

/Comment: Probably due to political pressure from the sizeable Muslim population (around 40% of the population)./ 

Games of chance are officially illegal even to this day. However, “games of skill”  were legalized in 2005.

As a result in Nigeria even such things are considered games of skill as: casinos, gaming machines, lottery etc…, which are definitely not games of skill by any stretch of the imagination.

At this point, all of the main forms of gambling are legal in Nigeria, one way or another, despite the misleading language of the legislation.

However, illegal gambling dens, which do not pay any taxes, continue to be a problem (especially in the countryside) and are regularly raided by the police. Even players, who frequent such illegal establishments, can be prosecuted, but the penalties are far greater for the owners and operators of such venues (2 years imprisonment and hefty fines)..

UPDATE 2022: Nigeria did not have a state-owned national lottery for long time (At this point around 80% of all African countries, where gambling is legal, have a national lottery). However, the government launched Nigeria National Game (NNG) in 20225. Despite this the lottery sector is not a monopoly of the state and the private operators are still present.

Sports betting is the main form of gambling in Nigeria, brick & mortar betting shops can be found in every larger town.

The biggest problem of the sector is the many illegally operating companies and scammers in the sector6, which do not pay any taxes (they often have ties to corrupt politicians and organized crime groups).

There are only 23 licensed gambling companies in Nigeria (some of them subsidiaries of the big international offshore gambling companies), you can find the official list of them here.

 

Online gambling is also legal in Nigeria since 2005, as evidence by the digital platform of one of the lotteries (LottoNigeria, operated by Global Game Nigeria Ltd..), which sells lottery tickets online, among other things.

In 2013 private operators Nairagames and Superiorbet tried to get licence for an online casino and a digital bookmaker from the authorities (they were the first private companies, which attempted such). However, after a year, they both faced legal and financial difficulties and ceased operation.

However, since then multiple private operators have successfully acquired a licence from the Nigerian National Lottery Commission (e.g.: you can see many of them at the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers, it even includes some international gambling giants as well).

Only licensed gambling websites can accept players from Nigeria. Playing on unlicensed digital wagering platforms is illegal.

Offshore operators can also acquire a licence in Nigeria, provided they are willing to set up a Nigerian subsidiary.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Nigeria below.

 

Can tourists play online from Nigeria?

Yes, the laws discussed on this webpage only apply to Nigerian citizens, and they do not apply to tourists. Tourists (expats, non-citizens, illegal migrants) can play online freely.

 

Betting on blood sports in Nigeria

All forms of blood sports are officially illegal in Nigeria. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

 

Nigeria is one of the more developed African countries. This is reflective of the country’s sizeable tourism and hospitality sector, which is responsible for attracting over 5 million visitors per year (usually the 2rd most visited country in Sub-Sharan Africa).

UPDATE COVID-19: However, the global pandemic devastated the country’s hospitality sector and Nigeria is expected to receive at least 50% less visitors (the official numbers are not yet available at the time of writing, in fact official tourism statistics are not available since 2016).

This likely has a very bad effect on the country’s gambling sector, especially the casinos, which have been traditionally located in the capital and the other bigger cities, and they have been reliant on tourists to a large extent. Casino closures are expected.

If you are thinking about visiting the country watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect:

 

Nigeria gambling licenses

Gambling licences in Nigeria are issued by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission. You have to contact them if you wish to set up a gambling business in Nigeria.

The licencing fees, requirements, and process can be found here.

Online gambling licences are also issued by the NLRC. You can find more information about the Nigerian online gambling licencing process here.

 

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Nigeria gambling taxation

The following are the national gambling tax rates payable in Nigeria:

Nigeria gambling tax
Activity: Rate: Tax Base:
Gambling tax 20% gross gaming revenue
Online gambling tax 20% gross gaming revenue
Extra sports betting tax 2% gross sales turnover, only bookmakers need to pay
SMS gambling 3% gross sales turnover from SMS gambling

 

Apart from the national tax rate gambling operators have to pay a local state gambling tax as well (e.g.: in Laos it is 2.5%). This is considerably smaller then the national tax rate. However, there is very little information available of the various local tax rates online.

Gambling taxes are payable in addition to licensing fees and regular taxes (e.g.: corporate tax, which is 30% in Nigeria and VAT, which is 5%), according to the Nigerian tax laws4.

This all adds up to a considerable tax burden. This is the primary reason why there are so few casinos and gambling companies for a population of 218 million.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings: unknown

There is no information online about the taxation of gambling winnings in Nigeria. If you know anything about the taxation of winnings in the country please leave a comment. Thank you.

 

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The picture must be 150x150 pixels.
Contact me through the live chat, it's in the bottom right corner of the website, or in the comments section at the bottom of this page, with a link to the website you wish to advertise. If you qualify, I will give you my email address where we can discuss everything (I won't be putting my email address on the page, due to the extreme amount of spam I receive as it is).
In exchange: In order to appear for free on this website, you have to link back to this guide, from your website. It must be your website, your employer's website, a law blog or something similar. The link doesn't have to be in a prominent position, or on the homepage. It can be placed at the bottom of an unimportant page, where people don't see it, that's fine with me. And 1 sentence is enough, something like this: "We are featured on Simon's Gambling and Casino Blog, at <link here>."
That's all, if you are interested, get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Gambling age in Nigeria: 18+ (20 in case of brick & mortar casinos)

 

Other:

Virtual sports betting and fantasy football are legal in Nigeria. Most Nigerian digital sportsbooks have a virtual sports wagering section.

Social gambling is legal in Nigeria, and it is not taxed (only games are allowed, which are not played for real money and all participants must be adults).

Loot boxes, or similar digital gambling like activities with virtual goods are entirely unregulated in Nigeria.

 

Sources, and main pieces of the Nigerian gambling legislation:

1Lawpadi – 2005 National Lottery Act

2Jurist.ng – 1990 Criminal Code Act, chapter 22, section 236 – Gaming houses

3PMC – An overview of gambling in Nigeria

4Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria – Tax Laws

5Vanguard Nigeria – NLRC launches new national game to boost boost Nigeria’s revenue

6Ripples Nigeria – EFCC uncovers 35 illegal betting companies in Nigeria, lists their names

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Nigeria

The following online gambling websites accept players from Nigeria. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Nigeria, or if they are blocked for some reason please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

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Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
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USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
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  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
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  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Nigeria

Casinos in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

Online casino gambling in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Casinos are legal in Nigeria since 2005, and despite the Gaming Machines Act from 1977*, they can operate slots and other gaming machines as well since 2005.

Interestingly, and counterintuitively, casino games are not considered games of chance, they are considered games of skill in Nigeria, due to peculiarity of the gambling legislation.

Additionally, roulette, dice games and card games (where the outcome is entirely based on chance) are officially considered illegal, even to this day. Despite this most casinos operate roulette tables and the other officially banned table games. Therefore it is unknown if this law is still in effect or have been revoked sometime in the past (if you know please leave a comment).

UPDATE COVID-19: It is not known exactly how many casino there are post-pandemic, but estimates put the number to about 300 (most of the casino venues of Nigeria ae very small, dilapidated and look like slot halls).

Most of these venues are located in and around the former capital Lagos and the bigger cities, including the new capital Abuja. However, not every state of Nigeria is welcoming towards casino venues, therefore their distribution is uneven.

The overwhelming majority of casinos are small, dilapidated and have very low quality equipment, although this is typical for Africa.

You can read more about the casino sector of Nigeria, and you can find a list of all brick & mortar casino venues here, with info about the address, number and types of games, entrance fee, dress code, and with a video of each one etc…

Online casinos are also legal since 2005, with a remote gambling licence (according to our interpretation of the information on the website of National Lottery Regulatory Commission).

Only licensed casino websites can accept players from Nigeria.

Playing in unlicensed internet casinos is illegal.

The online casinos below accept players from Nigeria.

Online casinos, which accept players from Nigeria - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Nigeria:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is the banner advertisement of the gambling website Miami Club, it displays the various bonuses and promotional offers currently available at the digital gambling website, including their terms and conditions and legally mandated player protection information. The picture acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the electronic wagering platforms, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, codes, promos and you can register and play if your over the age of 18 (you can try out the games for free, no registration is needed for the free to play mode).

Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Nigeria.

*Source: PLAC – 1977 Gaming Machines Act

 

Bingo in Nigeria

Bingo halls in Nigeria: not regulated

Online bingo in Nigeria not regulated

 

Bingo is not mentioned anywhere in the 2005 National Lottery Act.

This can mean two things:

  1. bingo is illegal in Nigeria, because it is not among the explicitly legalized forms of gambling,
  2. bingo is legal in Nigeria, because it is a form of lottery and lottery-like games are legal in Nigeria.

 

Both of these statements are true, what the official legal status of bingo is depends on the National Lottery Regulatory Commission’s interpretation of the gambling law in Nigeria. Unfortunately , the official stance of the Nigerian gambling authority is not known. If you know please leave a comment at the bottom of the website.

There are no bingo halls in Nigeria.

Online bingo is similarly not regulated.

The following bingo websites accept players from Nigeria.

Online bingo websites, which accept players from Nigeria - click to see

The following bingo websites have live bingo and accept players from Nigeria:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

Poker in Nigeria

Poker halls in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

Online poker in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Poker is legal in Nigeria.

Banking poker is restricted to the casinos.

There are no poker halls in the country, poker hall licences are not issued in Nigeria.

However, non-banking poker played with play tokens (not real money) is not considered gambling (it is considered a game of skill), and is it one of the few games permitted in social gambling situation (e.g.: a poker game among friends in someone’s house).

Online poker is also legal since 2005 with a remote gambling licence.

The following online poker sites accept players from Nigeria.

Online poker networks, which accept players from Nigeria - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Nigeria:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

 

Sports betting in Nigeria

Bookmakers, betting shops in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

Online sports betting in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Sports betting is legal in Nigeria since 2005. It is explicitly mentioned in the the gambling legislation among casino gambling and lottery.

Sports wagering is the main form of gambling in Nigeria (in terms of popularity and revenue), and betting shops can be found in most bigger towns.

Most of the 23 licensed gambling companies active in Nigeria are primarily bookmakers (the list of Nigerian gambling companies can be found above).

Online sports betting is legal as well since 2005.

However, due to the extremely low internet penetration rate in Nigeria in the early 2000s the first domestic internet sportsbook only appeared in 2013. Among the first were Nairabet, Merrybet and the Winners Golden Bet (none of them are in operation anymore).

UPDATE: Nowadays most of the Nigerian bookmakers operate digital betting platforms.

Virtual sports betting and fantasy sports betting are also legal in Nigeria and most of the domestic Nigerian digital bookmakers have a virtual sports section.

/Comment: Interestingly virtual sports betting is actually increasingly common in Africa, due to the extremely high licensing and broadcast fees most of the big sports federations charge./

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Nigeria.

Online bookmakers, which accept bettors from Nigeria - click to see

The following gambling websites have sports betting sections and accept registrations from Nigeria:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Lottery in Nigeria

Lottery in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

Online lottery in Nigeria: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Lottery is legal in Nigeria since 2005. It is the second most popular form of gambling in the country.

Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world, where lottery is not a monopoly of the state. Nigeria did have a national lottery for a long time, and instead private lottery operators filled that niche.

In fact, most of the Nigerian gambling companies operate some form of lottery or raffle.

UPDATE 2022: The government launched Nigeria National Game (NNG) in 2022, the state-owned national lottery of Nigeria. Despite this, the lottery sector did not become a monopoly of the state and private lottery operators are still allowed to do business.

Online lottery is also legal since 2005, and it is similarly not a monopoly of the state.

The biggest Nigerian online lottery is Lotto Nigeria.

The following websites allow people from Nigeria to purchase lottery tickets online.

Online lottery platforms, which accept players from Nigeria - click to see

The following internet lottery sites allow players from Nigeria to purchase lottery tickets online:

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 

Bitcoin gambling in Nigeria

Cryptocurrency wagering in Nigeria: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Cryptocurrencies are officially illegal in Nigeria, according to a 2021 statement form the Central Bank of Nigeria*.

This means that placing bets with bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, ripple or any other crypto coin is illegal as well.

Consequently none of the Nigeran gambling companies accept virtual currencies.

Players themselves and crypto users are not targeted by the authorities for using digital currencies online or for placing bets with bitcoins over the internet.

/Comment: Even if the Nigerian authorities attempted to prosecute bitcoin users it would be impossible due to the anonymity provided by the use of virtual currencies (the bitcoin transactions can not be traced back to the individuals). Therefore, using bitcoin while playing online is actually a good way to protect your privacy, especially if you are also using a VPN.

However, it’s not needed, players, who place bets with bitcoins online, are not targeted by the authorities in Nigeria./

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Nigeria.

Online casinos, which accept crypto and players from Nigeria - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from Nigeria:

Bitcoin gambling is illegal in Nigeria, therefore we do not recommend using any crypto wagering platforms.

*Source: Punchng – Why Nigeria may not adopt Bitcoin as legal tender

 

If you have questions, or any feedback, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong, or if you have additional information, clarification, about the legal status of online gambling in this country. Especially if you are from Nigeria or nearby.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Nigeria internet gambling platforms

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about gambling in Nigeria. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Is gambling legal in Nigeria?

Yes, gambling is legal in Nigeria since the passing of the National Lottery Act in 2005.

Is online gambling legal in Nigeria?

Yes, online gambling is legal in Nigeria since 2005. There are many domestic internet gambling operators in the country.

Is online bingo legal in Nigeria?

Online bingo is not regulated in Nigeria.

Is online poker legal in Nigeria?

Online poker is legal in Nigeria.

Is online sports betting legal in Nigeria?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in Nigeria.

Is online lottery legal in Nigeria?

Yes, online lottery is legal in Nigeria.

Is bitcoin wagering legal in Nigeria?

Cryptocurrencies are illegal in Nigeria.

Can you play online from Nigeria?

Yes, you can play online from Nigeria on licensed online gambling websites, which accept players from Nigeria. You can see a list of such digital platforms on this page.

Can you play bingo over the internet in Nigeria?

Yes, you can play bingo over the internet from Nigeria. You can see a list of digital bingo platforms, which accept players from the country at the Nigeria bingo section above.

Can you play poker online from Nigeria?

Yes, you can play poker over the internet from Nigeria, on licensed poker networks or apps. You can see a list of them on this page.

Can you bet on sports online from Nigeria?

Yes, you can place bets on sports from Nigeria with the digital bookmakers mentioned on this page.

Can you purchase lottery tickets online in Nigeria?

Yes, you can buy lottery tickets online in Nigeria on the lottery platforms listed on this page.

Can you use bitcoin wagering websites in Nigeria?

No, using bitcoin gambling websites is illegal for Nigerian citizens officially.

Are there gambling websites, which accept players from Nigeria?

Yes, some international online gambling websites accept players from the country. You can see a list of these licensed internet wagering sites on this webpage.

Which internet gambling apps can I use from Nigeria?

You can use any of the mobile gambling apps listed on this webpage.

Which online bingo sites accept players from Nigeria?

The online bingo sites listed at the Nigerian bingo section all accept players from the country.

Which online poker websites accept players from Nigeria?

The poker websites listed at the Nigeria online poker section on this page accept players from the country.

Which online sportsbooks accept bettors from Nigeria?

The digital bookmakers and wagering websites listed above this questions and answers section accept punters from Nigeria (the list can be found at the the Nigeria internet sports betting section).

Which online lotteries accept registrations from Nigeria?

The digital lottery retailers, which sell lottery tickets online to Nigerian citizens can be found on this page, at the lottery section above the FAQ.

Which internet gambling platforms have a Nigerian license?

Online gambling licences are not issued in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Which crypto gambling platforms accept players from Nigeria?

Bitcoin gambling is officially illegal in Nigeria

 

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: 2022-09-12

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