About Ghana Gaming
Gambling in Ghana
Ghana is a multicultural West African nation of nearly 30 million people. In the markets of Accra, it is not uncommon to hear dialects from half a dozen countries in one place. Among the native Ghanaians, there are more than a dozen dialects and these can be heard mixing with Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and more. Ghanaians are fiercely independent. In 1957 they were the first sub-Saharan nation to cast off European colonization. Ghana established its current constitution in 1992.
The capital of Ghana is Accra and about 10% of the country's population lives there. The city hosts about half a dozen licensed casinos and several sports books as well as multiple lottery outlets. Other casinos can be found in Kusami, the capital of the Ashanti region, and in Tema. No licensed casinos are operating in the other major metropolitan areas of Sekondi, Tamale, or Cape Coast as of late 2017. More than a third of the nation lives in the urban centers of Ghana.
The most recent gambling legislation was The Gaming Act, 2006. The law lacks a legislative instrument that would give regulators positive guidance in several matters including resolution of consumer complaints. It also failed to address surveillance and internal monitoring requirements leaving operators on their own to implement best practices. The licensing of casino employees was also overlooked in the Act.
Internet penetration in Ghana stayed relatively flat from 1995 until 2001 and then began a meteoric rise as it has in many African nations. By 2001 95 of the population could access the internet from home and that number skyrocketed to 28.4% in 2017, after two years of more than 25% increases in usage per year.
Casinos in Ghana
The capital city offers locals and visitors 6 regulated casinos to choose from. Le Palm Casino opened in the prestigious La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in December 2003. Although a small casino by Las Vegas standards, most casinos in the world are. In addition to 57 slot machines and 6 electronic roulette terminals, the casino offers 5 gaming tables which open at 8 pm every night. The Ladbrokes sportsbook offers retail and online betting from the premises with self-service terminals for both methods.
The Piccadilly Casino in Accra is owned by KaiRo International as is Le Palm. Located in the vibrant Osu district of the city. The gaming and betting offering is nearly identical to Le Palm Casino with 7 tables and 69 machines.
Tema hosts the Golden Dragon Casino and Casino Crown, while Millionaires Casino Kusami is found about 4 hours by road from Accra, in the Ashanti region. The casino is part of the Golden Tulip Hotel complex, surrounded by tropical gardens and adjacent to the Kumasi Royal Golf Course. Air service is available from the capital with another 30-minute ride to the casino.
Other gambling in Ghana
Sports betting, bingo and lottery are available in Ghana. Ten years after the National Lottery Authority was established in 2007, the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (independent operators) still claim the government watchdog has not done its duty in regulating the games. The association continues to ask the government to establish a commission. The National Lottery offers about 8 games at any given time and play is available for mobile devices. The main game is a pick 5 from 90 draw game.
The NLA also offers sports betting via their Soccer Cash product through shell shops, sports bars, and online.
Ghana Casinos and Gambling Facts
Ghana is a country in Africa with legal gambling.
There are 3 cities with gambling facilities in Ghana which have 12 legal gambling facilities available in total.
The types of gambling available in Ghana are: casinos, sportsbetting parlours.
The largest gambling city in Ghana is Accra with 9 gambling facilities, 31 tables games, 1,509 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest casino in the entire country of Ghana is Victoria Casino Accra which is located in Accra. Victoria Casino Accra has 1,300 gaming and video poker machines.
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- Licensed Casinos: 12
- Horse Tracks: 0
- Licensed Bingo: 0
- Lotteries: 0
- Table games: 56
- Slot machines: 1,573
- Poker tables: 4
- Simulcasting: 0
- Greyhound Tracks: 0
- Cities with Gambling: 3
- Sportsbetting Parlours: 1
- Casino Hotels: 5
- Venues: 13
- Restaurants: 10
- Minimum Bet: 0.01
- Maximum Bet: 500