Gambling in Egypt
Gambling has been going on in ancient Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C. according archaeologists since the discovery of six-sided dice from a dig. Since the days of the Pharaohs, gambling still remains popular in Egypt today, and thanks to its secular militarist government, Egypt has a number of lotteries, sportsbooks and many land-based casinos today.
Egypt has many forms of gambling on offer. Egyptian casinos are excellent, and the country has more of them than any other country in the region. Gambling is legal for those holding foreign passports in government-sanctioned casinos, which are generally found in major hotels.
Poker is growing very quickly in popularity, especially since tournaments take place on a regular basis in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities. Sports gambling in Egypt has also started to gain popularity, though it is not very well-regulated at present.
While the Egyptian gambling industry is not as strong as it is in some other countries, the gambling facilities are plentiful. The currency accepted by most establishments is primarily the US dollar, although very few casinos have started to accept Euro, and at present no casinos play in Egyptian currency. There are dozens of inland casinos in Cairo, followed by popular tourist destinations, such as Sharm el Sheikh.
Online Gambling in Egypt
Although land-based casinos are well-established in Egypt, online gambling in the country is still in its infancy, but is slowly catching on.
The Egyptian casinos might be off limits to those holding Egyptian passports but there are currently no laws that address gambling on the internet in Egypt, so there is nothing to prevent players from using foreign internet gambling sites.
Even though there are no online casinos or gambling websites on the internet operating with Egypt, there are plenty of offshore sites that accept players from Egypt, and some even offer Arabic translations of their sites to make it easier for payers in Egypt to gamble online.