A Geopoll report has proved that in 2018, nothing occupied Kenyans minds more than betting and gambling with the country leading in Africa.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has ordered a fresh crackdown n betting companies in the country.
The Interior CS has announced that all licenses for betting companies in Kenya stand suspended as from July 1, 2019, unless they confirm that they have paid all taxes since inception of their operations and complied with all regulations.
According to the interior CS , 76% of gamblers involved in betting are the youth, the highest figure on the continent.
“The betting, licensing and control regime in our country MUST change. We will turn it inside out”he said
The CS further revealed that 54% of those actively involved in betting are within the low income earning bracket.
Kenya has the highest number of betting youth, this is according to a recent GeoPoll rapid survey carried out among youth between the ages of 17-35 in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
The largest gambling city in Kenya is Nairobi with 18 gambling facilities, 128 tables games, 908 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest casino in the entire country of Kenya is Casino Flamingo which is located in Nairobi. Casino Flamingo has 15 table games, 2 poker tables, 160 gaming and video poker machines.
In 2018, Kenyans went online in their numbers and searched for betting and sports-related sites, a new report has showed. A massive 11 of the top 20 Google search queries were directly related to betting.
The report found out that while in other countries the frequency of betting was once a month, in Kenya it’s once a week.
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