• Big stakes

    Big stakes

    Betting, especially on the outcome of sports matches, has become something of a pastime among Ugandan youngsters.

    Last year, the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board revealed that Ugandans spend an estimated Shs150 billion a year on gambling – much of which is generated from the country’s 12 casinos. However, the more than 200 shops supplementing sports wagering have also been generating interest, according to a Quartz Africa report.

    The Kabalagala neighbourhood in the Ugandan capital of Kampala is home to an array of gambling stations (including virtual games) and is usually where betting takes place.

    To curb the practice among underage children and prevent high school dropout rates, the Ugandan government, together with the board, are planning a new series of regulations. This is in addition to the country’s first-ever responsible-gambling campaign and counselling services.

    28 March 2017
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