Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gambling in Lesotho

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country situated in Southern Africa, with an estimated population of around 2 million.  The capital is Maseru.
Lesotho is an enclave in South Africa and it is a home to several languages, which includes English, Sesotho, Phuthi, Zulu, and Xhosa.  All belong to the Niger-Congo language family except English.
Radio is the most popular medium of communication.  The Internet penetration rate has been increased by 20.6% in 2016.  There were 1.3 million mobile cellular lines with mobile cellular subscriber base (2012).
Gambling is legal in Lesotho.  The government established its first gambling act in 1989.  All the regulations and supervisions of gambling activities are taken care by the central Casino board.
Online gambling is not regulated in Lesotho and there are no laws and regulations referring online gambling under Lesotho’s gambling regulation act.
The biggest gambling city in Lesotho is its capital Maseru with 1 gambling facility, 14 table games, 71 gaming slots and video poker machines. 
In the capital of Maseru currently, 1 land-based casino is operating. 
This casino provides the most famous games to players like poker, blackjack, roulette and slot machines.
Sports betting is legal in Lesotho and it is one of the most common forms of gambling.  Horse racing is the main social occasion in Lesotho and is considered a huge competitive sport.
As a socially helpful insight, the World Bank took an initiative in Lesotho involving lottery tickets.  To prevent the spreading of HIV, the organization issued lottery tickets to people in the country.  This resulted in greater than 20% drop in HIV so it was a huge success.  Due to which, interests in lotteries have risen.


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