Gambling in Ghana
Various forms of gambling are completely legal and are enjoyed freely all over Ghana by handfuls of citizens each year. Casino table game fans can choose from both land-based and online casino options, as both are represented in Ghana. Choices for sports betting, bingo and lottery are also available throughout the African nation. The Ghanaian lifestyle tends to be full of partying and fun loving, which coincides perfectly with the traditional gambling fan attitudes.
Ghana launched a watchdog for its lottery industry, the National Lottery Authority in 2007. However, a number of private lottery operators in Ghana were unhappy about the development. The Ghana Lotto Operators Association claimed that the regulatory body will put all private lottery operators out of business. The Ghana Lotto Operators Association, in collaboration with six lottery companies in Ghana, filed a case in Accra High Court demanding that the NLA must not be permitted to regulate the national lottery. The case is still being heard.
In October 2007, the Ghana Gaming Commission decided to shut down all illegal gambling outfits in the country. Several gambling companies in Ghana have the license to provide a wide range of gaming services such as scratch offs and sports betting. They also sponsor major sports teams in Ghana.
Gambling is well regulated in the Ghana, current regulations covering the activity are the Casino Licensing Act 1975, Gambling Machines Act 1973 and the Lotteries Betting Act 1960.
Online Gambling in Ghana
Online gambling is also perfectly legal in Ghana, just like other forms of gambling. Online gaming services, based and licensed in Ghana, are available to Ghana players although a large number of people in Ghana do not have the means to afford a computer and an Internet connection.
Ghanaian online casinos services exist and are available to be freely played for those with access. Furthermore, several offshore online gambling sites accept players from Ghana.
Regulations don’t specifically mention online gambling as they came into place before the advent of online betting arrived. However, online gambling is still recognized as a fully legal activity and if any new legislation is passed it will no doubt reflect this.