Friday, 3 March 2017

Gambling in Côte d'Ivoire


Côte d'Ivoire also known as Ivory Coast is a country located in the West Africa.  It comprises a population of over 23.7 million, estimated in 2016.
When it comes to telecommunications, there are 19.8 million mobile cellular lines which ranks 49th in the world (2012) and is well developed by African standards, with multiple mobile-cellular service providers competing in the market, usage has increased sharply to roughly 80 per 100 persons (2011).

Speaking about Internet, there are 522,231 users connected, which stands 130th in the world and covers about 2.4% of its population (2012).

Lottery is the most popular form of gambling in the country.  There’s a national lottery operating in the country called LONACI (Loterie Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire).  Players from Ivory Coast can buy lottery tickets at numerous lottery agencies throughout the country.   However, the company does not seem to have an online service yet as online gambling not regulated.

Land-based gambling is completely legal and regulated in Ivory Coast. Currently, there is only one casino operating in the country, the Hotel Ivoire Inter-Continental & Casino located in the country’s economic capital of Abidjan.  Aside from the casino, there are land-based bookmakers too where players can make bets on their favorite sports.

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