Betting has become popular, especially online sports betting – many individuals attribute it to the state of Ghana’s economy.
Due to modernization and new technology, the newly reformed method of betting has displaced the conventional national lottery. The original national lotto had its limit: it involved middle men who were popularly known as “Lotto Doctors” or “Agents.” Gradually this type of the lotto system lost its credibility due to the fact that some agents made away with people’s winnings.
Established in 1958, DNL (Department of National Lotteries) was a monopoly government institution formed to generate revenue. Along the way, they began to lose public appeal and new patrons due to the same aforementions reasons, and human errors.
Sportsbook, also known as sports betting took off after horse racing in the early 19th century in America. Since then it’s been revamped. It has become more accessible and intuitive than the traditional ones. It eradicates middle men and also cuts the journey to visit a lotto kiosk to stake.
Also, due to the conservative nature in Ghana; lottery is frowned upon by some religions. In light of this, internet or mobile lottery has taken the new form to encourage privacy and also lessen the hassle of last-minute entry.
Online sports betting has also been lucrative due to the wide of range of products it offers. They include soccer, basketball, American football, polo games, swimming, boxing and more.
The most popular of them in Ghana are football leagues, including English Premier League (EPL), Fantasy Premier League (FPL) or Fantasy Football League, UEFA Champions League, Italy Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and more.
Now we take a look at the top online sports betting companies in Ghana.
They are a global online gambling company. They also operate Betway Sportsbook, Betway Casino, Betway Vegas and Betway Eports.
Found in Cyprus in 2007, 1xBet once sponsored Chelsea and Liverpool football clubs. They are also very popular in Nigeria. Their licence has been revoke by UK government following embezzlement and illegal practises. The unknown owners are on wanted list in several international states including USA, France, Burkina Faso and more.
They are a licenced in Kenya, Sportybet offer game bettings like football, eFootball, basketball, tennis, cricket and more.
betPawa operates in African countries like Nigera, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and more.
They are licenced in Nigeria. Msport also operates in Ghana and Uganda. They offer wide range of sports betting as well, involving online game League Of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and others.
Bet365 is a registered British gambling company. However this company has been hit with several controversies: including failing to pay bet winners. They were taken to court in 2017 for refusing to pay a winner sums of £1 milliion and another £54,000 – a case which is still ongoing in UK court.
Melbet operates in several different countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and more. Apart from major sports, they also offer online casino inccluding poker. It originated from Cyprus.
22bet is available in Ghana and their payment methods include MTN mobile money and Vodafone Cash.
Premier Bet is available in almost 20 African countries. They also provide sports betting and online casino in Ghana. They provide wide range of payment systems including MTN mobile money, Vodafone Cash, tiGo Cash and more.
Soccabet is a Ghanaian sports betting company. Their office is based in Osu, Accra. They have quite an easy interface to navigate and they provide odds betting and weekly deals.
Founded in 1998, Mybet is a German bookmaker company. They operate under different registered retail names in several African countries.
Just as the name suggests: Bet9ja is Nigerian gambling company. They are very popular in Nigeria. Bet9ja has worked in the past with the EFCC to clamp down on suspected fraudsters.
Remember that betting has a health risk. You should play these games in moderation because they are highly addictive. Set a limit for yourself — you can always set a reminder – and stick to it. You can track these by taking three to six-month gaps.