What’s Next For The Ghanaian Casino Industry?

As one of the most liberal countries in Africa in terms of regulation, the casino industry within Ghana’s borders is already vast. With a young population and an increasingly online infrastructure, the different arms of this industry appeared poised for inevitable growth. From what is already a developed starting point, what could be next for the coming generations of the Ghanaian casino sectors?

The Current State of Ghana’s Casinos

In its current state, Ghana's gambling regulations operate under the sole purview of the Ghana Game Commission (GGC). The GGC oversees both offline and online casino regulation, with the most recent set of laws derived from the Game Act 721 which was signed in 2006. While land-based casinos existed before this act following laws set in 1960, online casinos operated within a legally nebulous grey area.

As it exists now, an enormous proportion of Ghana’s adult population engages in some form of licensed gambling. According to e-Play Africa, around 45% of adults partake in casino gambling, though the proportion of online to offline engagement is currently unknown.

In land-based casinos, most engagement comes from the regular fare of slots, cards, and table games such as roulette. The majority of these exist in Accra, where six full-featured casinos currently find their home. Outside of the capital, other casinos can usually be found in any other of Ghana’s major cities.

For the online space, digital casinos are also popular in urban centers. As with their offline cousins, these casinos tend to exceed in their offerings of slots primarily, though the table and card games also perform well. This is especially the case with more competitive games like poker, which boast increased connectivity in the online arena.