Gambling in Nigeria | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper


Nigeria is the largest country in Africa not only in terms of population but economically as well. 

With an official language of English, many citizens of other English speaking countries find it appealing to visit. 

The country also appeals to gamblers for its variety of activities.

The African country of Nigeria permits gambling in three different areas. Currently, sports betting, lottery games and some casino gambling are legal. Casino gambling developed later as the nation sought increased revenue from gambling tourists. 

The Criminal Code Act of 1990 establishes what forms of gambling are permissible in the country. Mainly, any games of chance which are not favorable to the player are prohibited. This would include dice games as well as card games not based on skill.

There are a total of three land-based casinos in the country. The first is the Federal Palace Casino. 

Located in Lagos, the casino includes 130 slot machines as well as 10 table games.

 The casino is owned by Sun International, a well known developer on the continent. With over forty other developments, the casino has an excellent reputation. 

Also, in Lagos is the Eko Hotel and Suites Casino which specializes in table games, having almost twenty. Abuja is the site of the third casino, Transcorp Hilton. Here gamblers can find around ten table games and more than 40 gaming machines. Roulette and blackjack are the most played table games by visitors to the Transcorp Casino.

Online gambling is also popular in Nigeria. Typically these are offshore licensed casinos. They offer gamblers not only convenience but an excellent selection of games available on sites similar to Additionally, the licensure also is appealing as gamblers know their money is safe with the sites.

Given the commitment of the country of Nigeria to gambling, it is an excellent place for gambling fans to take a holiday. 

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