Malawi

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GAMBLING IN MALAWI

Peter Situma

Also known as Nyasaland, Malawi is a country on the southeastern side of Africa. Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi and a subject of importance in matters gambling.

By the year 2016, Malawi had recorded a total population of 18.1 million people, and more than a third of its population believed to be actively involved in gaming and betting. Gambling is legal in Malawi. The business came into existence after the introduction of the only act in Gambling in 1996 which created regulations under a new legislative body meant to oversee gambling. This means that betting in casinos has been legal for over two decades now. Gambling on the internet however, lacks proper regulations as dictated in the gambling act. The implication is that gambling online is inadequately regulated in Malawi. This has been the case amongst most of the African countries. The major reason is that the online gambling sector has not taken roots in most of these countries since most of them are in the early stages of technological advancements which are key to online gambling.

Forms of Gambling Available in Malawi

Gambling in Malawi exists and is legal in various forms that provides the Malawian gaming population with a variety to choose from. The forms of gambling available include;

Casinos

A variety of slots and table games are available to play and win in most if not all Malawian casinos. Lilongwe is the pinnacle of all gambling activities in Malawi with 3 world class casino facilities. These casinos in total own 183 machines for slot,gaming and video poker and 30 table games. The most incredible Malawian casino inthe Pirates Casino which is located in the country’s capital, Lilongwe.The legal gambling facilities are 5 in total located in two Malawian cities.

Lottery

Lottery is a game of chance and purely, the players can only depend on luck. This is however, the most played form of gambling in Malawi with close to 15 Million citizens from Malawi placing wagers daily in the National Lottery.

Sports betting.

Premier Betting Company is the sole legal and licensed Malawian sportsbooks. Sports’ gambling for games like soccer, rugby, basketball, and tennis is another popular form of gambling amongst the Malawians.

Land-Based Casinos

Casino Marina
Situated at a 5-star hotel, the Golden Peacock Hotel, within Lilongwe the new city Centre, is Casino Marina. This Casino has 70 slot machines and 21 table games. The table games available include Baccarat, European Roulette, and Blackjack, Card poker, Caribbean poker and the Texas Hold’em poker. The casino is available 24/7.

Colony Club Casino
Located in Blantyre at the Mpatsa square, Colony Club casino offers slot machines, live poker, and table games. This facility owns 60 slot machines and 6 table games. Live games offered in the Colony club Casino include Blackjack, English Roulette, Caribbean Stud, and the Texas Hold’em. Live tables are available and open for gaming from 7:00 pm from Wednesdays to Saturday. Slot machines are open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 am daily. The Casino is open 24/7.

Pirates Casino
Pirates Casino is the largest casino in Malawi, the epitome of all gaming activities. The casino is owned and run by American Palace Ltd. The casino features 100 slot machines with incredible titles such as Book of Ra, Cleopatra, Turkey shoot amongst others, and 9 table games for 3 card poker, American Roulette and Blackjack. Slots are available daily from 1:00 pm while table games are open from 7:00 pm daily.

Vision Gaming Lilongwe
Located in Area 10 Lilongwe is this magnificent casino that offers slot machines that are modern and connected to a progressive jackpot system. The jackpot can cash out up to $25,000 and above the casino is open 24/7 and features 13 slot machines.

Blue Elephant casino, Blantyre
This casino is located in Blantyre and is well known for its full bar and casino services. Also, the casino hosts music shows from time to time while offering gambling facilities such as slot machines linked to progressive jackpots where players play from pennies to jackpots. The casino is available everyday starting 9:00 am to 5:00am for gaming.




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