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Online Casinos in East Africa Are the Next Big Thing

If you are a regular reader you will know that bingo at the Upanga Club in Dar es Salaam has become a favourite Friday night out. But the Upanga Club is not the only place where you can experience the thrill of a cash win. Friday night is also not the only time when you can enjoy a spot of gambling excitement. South Africa’s big gambling resorts are, inevitably, what everyone thinks of whenever gambling and Africa are mentioned in the same sentence. But believe it or not, there is a lot more to Africa than just the bit at the bottom! Throughout East Africa there are plenty of casinos, especially in Mombasa, Malindi and Nairobi in Kenya where there are the populations as well as the numbers of tourists needed to support them. On a smaller scale, the same is true of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Kampala in Uganda. The casinos in these cities may not be as numerous or on the same scale as those in Sun City, but they are no worse off for that.

Online Opportunities

But for the man and woman in the East African street, increasing access to the internet is opening up a whole new arena for gamblers. The list of online casinos for East African countries is growing all the time. As a result, the benefits for those of us who like to put a bit of spice into our playtimes are there for all to see. Simple apps and games that are as familiar as bingo mean that it is as easy to play as it is to send a text message. And the great advantage is that there is no need to dress up, make your way to a venue or even fit in to anyone else’s idea of what is a good time to play. You can play wherever and whenever you get the urge when using a smartphone.

Heading into a new environment to play can be quite intimidating. Spending your leisure time on your own is one thing. But being on your own in a public place is too high a price for many of us to pay just for the sake of a game of bingo. Playing online has the great advantage that it is perfectly in tune with those solitary times. The fact that you can play on a smartphone as easily as a computer means that it is the perfect way to pass the time. That is the case whether you are stuck at home or even if you are out on your travels.

A Welcome for Us All

The great thing is that it can be as cheap and as cheerful as you want it to be. Those big city casinos tend to put an emphasis on having a certain amount of cash to start with. They are really more interested in the high rollers than anyone else. Why would they not? But the people who set up online casinos recognise that it is the ordinary people who play for just a few pennies at a time who are their core market. That makes for a friendly, unchallenging environment where everyone is treated with the same enthusiastic level of respect.

A Revolution in the Way We Play

Smartphones are slowly but surely transforming all our lives. In fact, the revolution is proving to be not that slow. Researchers estimate that the ‘mobile continent’ – as Africa has been dubbed – is set to see a 20-fold increase in the use of mobile phones in the next five years alone.

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That will see more and more of us able to enjoy all the benefits that mobile technology can bring. The opportunity to play online is a key part of that picture. Expect to hear a whole lot more about mobile gambling over the next few years. It is the next big thing!

Photo Credits: Ken Banks; Pop!Tech