Street in Bamako, the capital of Mali
Bamako, the capital of Mali

 

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

Online casinos in Mali

 

Legal status: unregulated

Online casino gambling is not explicitly regulated in Mali. Officially called the Republi of Mali, this landlocked country is located in West Africa and bordered by Algeria, Cote d’ivoire and Burkina Faso among others. Mali had been a French colony from the late 19th century and gained its independence from France in 1960. Today, French remains the official language in Mali.

The legal status of casino gambling in Mali is quite difficult to grasp at first glance. Casino gambling in general appears to be illegal, but there are some exceptions to this rule. A large percentage of the Malian population is against casino games being conducted in the country, which is most likely due to the predominant religion in the country. The vast majority – over 90 percent of the population – follows Islam, which prohibits all forms of gambling.

In the past decades, there have been multiple changes to the gambling laws of Mali. However, none of these make explicit mention of online casino gambling. This is not exactly surprisin, seeing as the internet penetration rate in the country is rather low: only about 15 percent of the population has access to the internet. This means that, even if online casino gambling wer to be tolerated or even supported, online casino gambling does not constitute a large markt in Mali at the moment.

As a result, there are currently no online casino operators based in Mali. This means that for Malian gamblers looking to play online casino games, international online casinos constitute the best – and only – option. The legal status of these casinos in Mali is still questionable, but since they fall outside of the jurisdiction of the Malian government, most of them are freely accessible. There have been no reports of individual Malian gamblers facing repercussions for playing in international online casinos. Most of these online casinos welcome players from Mali, and many of them are available in French as well.

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Mali

The following online gambling websites accept players from Mali:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here, and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • 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.

 

Land-based casinos in Mali

 

The legal status of brick and mortar casinos in Mali is not exactly clear at the moment. In general, it can be said that all forms of gambling are considered illegal, unless specifically stated otherwise by a Malian law. The main reason behind such a strict stance on gambling is the country’s religious orientation.

In accordance with the Qu’ran, th holy book of Islam, all forms of gambling are to be avoided, both on a professional level and as a form of recreation. There are two main reasons for this prohibition: First, Muslim people are expected to earn money thorugh hard work, and not through the luck of winning at casino games; and second, the Qu’ran considers gambling to be as addictive as alcohol.

In spite of this, casinos have no been compltely banned in Mali. In accordance with the 1996 law on gambling, certain forms of casinogames are allowed, which enabled a French-owned casino to operate in Mali. The presence of this casino resulted in multiple protests, especially as the casino was suspected to be involved in fraudulent operation and tax evasion.

In the end, the casino appears to have been shut down, and currently there are no other casinos to be found in Mali, which makes online casinos the simplest and best option available to Malian gamblers.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Mali

 

While most forms of gambling are not allowed in Mali due to the religious affiliations of the population, there are certain gambling activities that are legal in the country. Most notable among them is, as in many former French colonies, sports betting.

Sports betting in Mali is conducted and supervised by the Pari Mutuel Urbain Mali, which has strong ties to the French Sports betting organisation. This means that Malian gamblers can bet on French horse racing events. The website of PMU Mali shows upcoming events as well as results, but online play is not available. PMU Mali also organises the national lottery with number games such as 5/90. Lottery tickets are also available at kiosks but not online.

This means that for now there are no local online gambling options in Mali. On the other hand, locals are free to play on international online sports betting, online poker and online lottery sites, as these are generally not blocked from within Mali.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Mali:

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here, and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • 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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-14

 

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