Simon’s Sierra Leone Casino and Gambling Guide

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This is a picture of an open-air betting shop in Sierra Leone. In this developing country this is the closest thing to a real casino.

Sierra Leone Casino and Gambling Guide

 

The Sierra Lone casino industry and gambling scene is fairly unregulated, even compared to other gambling markets in poor African developing countries. Casino gambling, lotteries and sports betting is known to be legal in the country. Casino licences are issued by the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone, though there is no supervision of the gambling activities*.

The Managing Director of the Sierra Leone State Lottery, Charles S. Kamara reportedly stated earlier this year, that they made a request to the government over 6 years ago, calling for the establishment of a national regulatory board, that would control and regulate all betting and casino activities around the country, but the board is not established to date**.

Besides the state lottery and the one single casino in Freetown, the country’s capital, there is only one legal gambling provider in the country, Mercury International. It acquired its license from the government of Sierra Leone on the 1st October 2006 for the provision of a 5/90 lottery and Sports Betting business, including Horse Racing and Dog Racing. The company is also a market leader in Corporate Social Responsibility and donate over Le. 750,000,000 ($166,889) worth of scholarships annually amongst numerous other contributions***.

Online gambling in Sierra Leone is not regulated and therefore there are no legal and licensed online gambling sites in the country. Sierra Leone is not a potential online gambling market either ways, with its 2.1% internet penetration (figure from December 31, 2014****). However, due to the lack of regulations, there are no restrictions in place, that would limit the capabilities of locals to register at foreign online platforms.

 

*Source: World Bank Anti Money Laundering Report: Sierra Leone

**Source: Sierra Leone: Salone Lacks Regulatory Body On Gambling

***Source: The Official Website of Mercury International

****Source: Word Internet Stats: Africa

 

 

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Casino gambling in Sierra Leone

 

Online casino gambling in Sierra Leone: not regulated, foreign platforms are freely accessible for players form the country

 

There appears to be only one single legal and licensed casino in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, called the  Bintumani Hotel and Casino in Aberdeen Hill district.

Online casinos are unregulated and therefore there are no licensed providers of online casino gambling operating in the country. That small portion of locals, who have access to the internet are free to register on foreign online platforms.

 

 

 

Bingo in Sierra Leone

 

Online bingo in Sierra Leone: not regulated, foreign platforms are freely accessible for players form the country

 

The sole legal casino in the country, Bintumani Hotel and Casino doesn’t appear to offer any bingo games to its visitors. There are no reports on separate bingo halls operating in the country. However, the Sierra Leone State Lottery does offer one bingo game, called State Bingo, although it has no online platform.

Online bingo, as all forms of online gambling in Sierra Leone, is unregulated and therefore there are no legal and licensed online bingo sites in the country. However, foreign bingo platforms are freely accessible to locals.

 

 

 

Poker in Sierra Leone

 

Online poker in Sierra Leone: not regulated, foreign platforms are freely accessible for players form the country

 

The only land based casino in the country’s capital, Freetown offers poker tables to its visitors, although there is no info on which type(s) of the game can be played at this venue. There are no reported dedicated poker clubs in the country.

There are no online gambling regulations in place in Sierra Leone. Therefore there are no legally licensed online poker platforms in operation in Sierra Leone. Foreign online poker sites, on the other hand, are freely accessible for that 2.1% of the population, which has access to the internet.

 

 

Sports betting in Sierra Leone

 

Online sports betting in Sierra Leone: sports betting is legal and licensed, however, there is no online platform due to the virtually non-existent market

 

Sports betting is legal and licensed in Sierra Leone with the only two legal providers being the state owned Sierra Leone State Lottery company and Mercury international. Both run land-based fixed odds betting operations over the country, with options to bet on popular international sporting events, like the Fifa World Cup. Mercury international also conducts betting games on horse and dog races country-wide.

Online gambling is not regulated and none of the two licensed providers offer their products on an online platform. Foreign betting sites are freely accessible, but their popularity lags far behind their land based counterparts’, due to the extremely low internet penetration rate of the country.

 

 

 

Lottery in Sierra Leone

 

Online lottery in Sierra Leone: legal and licensed, there is no online platform

 

The two companies conducting all legal sports betting in the country also offer lottery products to Sierra Leone residents. The State Lottery company offers 6 types of lottery games, while Mercury international, the only other legal provider runs a 5/90 lottery game in the country.

None of the two companies offer any of their lottery products on an online platform, due to the low internet penetration rates. However, there are no laws restricting playing on foreign online lotteries.

 

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Sierra Leone

 

Bitcoin gambling in Sierra Leone: not regulated

 

There appear to be no regulations in force in Sierra Leone that would restrict or limit the use of Bitcoin or other digital currencies. There are also no laws specifically regulating any form of online gambling. There are, therefore, no legally licensed Bitcoin casinos in Sierra Leone (in fact, there are virtually no legally licensed Bitcoin casinos anywhere in the world).

Foreign Bitcoin casinos, on the other hand, are freely accessible for players form Sierra Leone, although I don’t advise anyone to gamble on such platforms.

 

 

 

Online gambling websites accepting players from Sierra Leone

 

Online gambling in Sierra Leone is not regulated, therefore most major international operators accept players form the country. The ones that don’t, restrict access not for legal, rather for economic reasons – Sierra Leone is a virtually non-existent online gambling market.

The following online casinos and bookmakers accept players from Sierra Leone.

 

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Sierra Leone

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32 Red casino accepting players from Sierra Leone

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32 Red online bookmaker, sports betting website – accepting players from Sierra Leone

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Black Lotus casino accepting players from Sierra Leone

 

 

 

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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: 2015. 11. 03.

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