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Gambling in Nigeria Infographic – An Overview of the Betting Industry in Nigeria

Author: Marco Fontana


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Legal sports betting has been around for a while but only recently has it grown in Africa especially Nigeria.

In this sports betting infographics in Nigeria, we cover the Ins and Outs of the gambling world in Nigeria where we look at how big the sports betting industry is in Nigeria, who gamble the most and top reasons why most people gamble on sports in Nigeria.

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What is Gambling?

Gambling is placing a wager on the outcome of an event in this case (sports). The global gambling industry is worth over 600billion.

How much is Africa Gambling Industry Worth?

The Africa gambling industry is worth $37 billion. Nigeria sports betting market is worth $730 billion with $2billion spent daily and the average bettor spend about 3,000 Naira (nearly $15) per day

Is gambling illegal in Africa?

Gambling is full illegal in the following Africa countries:

  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Sudan
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Burundi
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia

While gambling is not illegal in the following countries, it is highly regulated in the following countries:

  • Tunisia
  • Algeria
  • Senegal
  • Egypt
  • Togo
  • Nigeria
  • The Central African Republic
  • South Africa

Countries with the highest percentage of gamblers in Africa

  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Ghana

Interesting Nigeria Betting Statistics and Facts:

  • 3 casinos are licensed. They include Federal Palace Hotel and Casino, Transcorp Hitlon Abuja and Le Meridien Eko Hotels & Casinos
  • 60 million people between the ages of 18 and 40 years gamble
  • 5 million dollars a day on sport-linked gambling
  • 250 bet slips are processed on the average by betting agents every day

Check out for more detailed statistics on betting in Nigeria

Top Sports Nigerians Gamble On:

  1. Soccer
  2. Motorsports
  3. Basketball
  4. Cricket
  5. Aussie rules football
  6. Rugby
  7. Virtual football leagues
  8. Tennis
  9. Baseball
  10. Badminton

Top 10 Betting Companies in Nigeria

Check out a full review of the best betting sites in Nigeria.

Why Do People Gamble in Nigeria?

  • Quest for quick money
  • Unemployment
  • Greed
  • Economic hardship
  • Poverty
  • Just for fun
  • Passion for sports
  • Peer group influence

Gender Breakdown: Who Gamble The Most

  • 47% of men
  • 43% of women bet

7 The trait of A Great Gamblers:

  1. They know their numbers
  2. Take calculated risks
  3. Practice mindfulness
  4. Have people skills
  5. Stay healthy
  6. Realistic
  7. Think long term


While it is possible to make lots of money gambling, it is also possible to lose. Be gamble aware.

About the author

Marco Fontana

The creator of this project is not just another writer but he is, first and foremost, a passionate online gaming player. His attention to detail means he spends hours studying and trying out innovative new techniques in order to write content that is engaging and truly informative for the users of this blog. When he's not writing, you can find him in Macau and Las Vegas, with sunglasses and the ever-present cigar.

Marco Fontana Content writer of apostando24

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