Gambling Laws in Ghana
Land-based as well as online gambling in Ghana are legal in much of their variety. Within the Ghanaian gambling legislation, the Gaming Act 2006 is considered to be the main regulatory acts of all gambling activities in the country. According to this acts all forms of land-based gambling are legal in Ghana. Online gambling is also considered to be legal, but only in regard of the online betting, as of November 2018.
The regulatory body of the land-based as well as online gambling activities in the country is the Gaming Commission of Ghana. The Gaming Commission is a body corporate established by the Gaming Act 2006, Act 721 with the main purpose of regulating, controlling, monitoring and supervising the operations of games of chance in the country.
According to Ghanaian gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Ghana?
Only online betting is legal in Ghana.
Online Casinos in Ghana
There are dozens of licensed land-based casino operators in Ghana, as of November 2018. However, there are still no online casinos in Ghana, licensed under the gambling regime of this country. Foreign internet casino sites are actively being blocked by the gambling authorities in the country.
Online Poker in Ghana
Poker in Ghana is a very popular pastime, with most of the casinos regularly offering attractive poker tournaments. Regarding online poker, however, there are no specific Ghanaian online poker laws. There are also no specialized, licensed, online poker sites in Ghana, as of November 2018 either. Foreign online poker sites are actively being blocked from making offers to Ghanaian citizens.
Online lottery in Ghana
The Ghanaian lottery laws and regulations can mainly been derived from Gaming Act 2006 and its amendments as well as the National Lotto Act 722 . However, no online lottery has been launched in the country as of November 2018. The National Lottery authority (NLA) is currently the national lottery operator in Ghana. The NLA was originally established as the Department of National Lotteries (DNL) in 1958 with a mandate to organize raffles for the public to have fun and win prizes. This year marks the start of the history of online lottery in Ghana. In 2006, the passing of the Gaming Act in the Parliament and the National Lotto Act 722 gave birth to NLA out of the former DNL . Monday Special and Midweek are the two most famous popular lotto games inn Ghana. However, none of them has an online version yet.
Online bingo in Ghana
There are no specific Ghanaian online bingo laws. Therefore, online bingo in Ghana is considered to be unregulated. As of November 2018, there are no specialized sites for online bingo in Ghana. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, can easily be accessed from the country.
Online sports betting in Ghana
Online sports betting in the country is regulated with the Gaming Act 2006. As of November, 2018, there are plenty of licensed online sportsbook sites in Ghana. Among them the most prominent ones are those of Mybet, Betway as well as Simbabet. The betting offer in the country is thus quite rich and one of the most diverse on the African continent. Most of the betting sites in Ghana have also launched user friendly smart phones applications that make their platforms more accessible. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are actively being blocked by the authorities.
Online daily fantasy sports in Ghana
Online DFS sites in Ghana do not have a legally regulated status. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online sports betting in the country it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would soon receive a legal status in Ghana.