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Gambling in Malawi

Almost all forms of gambling have been legal in Malawi since 1996. The Gaming Act of 1996 established a set of rules to regulate and oversee gambling activities in the country. As of August 2016, the Malawi Gaming Board and Lotteries Authority is responsible for controlling the gaming industry here.

Casino gambling is legal in Malawi. There are currently two land-based casinos inside the country, both of which cater mostly to tourists. The first casino is called the Colony Club Casino, and is located in Kidney Crescent. This casino offers fifty-two slot machine games and four table games including blackjack and poker. The second casino in Malawi is called the American Palace Pirates Casino, in Lilongwe. This casino is much larger, offering over 100 slot machines and eight table games.

Sports betting is also legal in Malawi, and is perhaps the most popular form of gambling in the country. There is currently only one licensed sports betting company that runs in the country, called Premier Betting.

Like all other forms of gambling in Malawi, the national lottery is legal and regulated here. There is only one company offering lottery games, called the Gidani International Limited. They offer scratch cards as well as a weekly draw game.

Online Gambling in Malawi

Online gambling is not yet regulated in Malawi, and internet use remains very low here at just 5.4%. The exact legality of gambling online here is not clear, as no laws specifically mention internet gambling, but it seems likely that if a gambling site were able to obtain a license from the government it could legally operate here.

As of August 2016, there are no gambling websites in Malawi. That could change in the future, but for now the only way to gamble for money online here is through a foreign gambling site that accepts Malawi players.