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Kenyan MPs Vote to Repeal Sports Betting Turnover Tax

Niji Narayan

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The National Assembly of Kenya has approved a budget bill removing the controversial excise tax on betting stakes.

While the 20% excise tax on stakes, which was introduced in the country’s 2019/20 budget, was initially set to be carried over in the 2020/21 finance bill, an amendment put forward by the National Assembly’s Finance and National Planning Committee led to its removal.

The tax removal was suggested by an entity named Shade.co.ke, which said the tax “has made many betting firms strapped for cash hence cutting down on sponsorships to local sports clubs.”

This was then adopted by the Committee, which told Shade that “the reason behind [removing the tax] was that the high level of taxation had led to punters placing bets on foreign platforms that were not subject to tax and thereby denying the government revenue.”

Removing the tax would “reverse the negative effects […] on the industry, which has led to the closure of betting shops in Kenya,” it explained.

In the National Assembly debate, Finance Committee chair Joseph Kirui Limo repeated this sentiment, arguing that the reduced tax would actually increase revenue.

“This is going to enhance revenue, because currently, revenue is going down,” he said.

The bill will now be put before President Uhuru Kenyatta, who can sign it into law or send it back to the legislature.

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Betway announced as title sponsor of CSA T20 challenge

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Global online betting and gaming company Betway and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are proud to announce the bookmaker’s title sponsorship of T20 competition, the Betway T20 Challenge.

Showcasing the best white ball cricket talent South Africa has to offer, loyal supporters across the world will be able to enjoy much-needed competitive T20 action from 19-28 February.

Joining Betway’s impressive cricket portfolio which already includes title sponsorship of all Proteas Test and One Day International series, this announcement demonstrates Betway’s commitment to South African cricket.

Paul Adkins, Betway’s Marketing & Operations Director said: “We are extremely happy to be announcing our title sponsorship of the Betway T20 Challenge. It enforces our strong commitment to cricket in South Africa and we look forward to being part of this exciting tournament.”

CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki added: “We would like to thank Betway for joining Cricket South Africa as the title sponsor of the domestic T20 competition.”

“They are already part of our family with their association with Test and ODI cricket and this new agreement just reinforces our partnership with them.

“I have no doubt that the Betway T20 Challenge will prove to be a huge hit. We have all our Proteas playing and they are mixed amongst some of the finest cricketers in the country, so it is a win-win situation for everyone.”

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Pragmatic Play Enters South Africa With CDP Gaming Technologies Deal

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Pragmatic Play, a leading game content provider to the gaming industry, has confirmed a partnership with CDP Gaming Technologies to take multiple verticals live with the leading South African brand, Yesplay.

The supplier has entered into a partnership distribution agreement with CDP Gaming Technologies (Holders of Manufacturers License in South Africa), a B2B partnership that will allow CDP to resell Pragmatic Play products in South Africa. The supplier will make its market debut by initially providing its Live Casino offering throughout the nation, with Slots and Virtual Sports to be provided in the near future.

Pragmatic Play’s Live Casino continues to go from strength to strength, combining land-based classics with an optimized online offering to ensure an immersive gaming experience. The supplier’s Live Dealer portfolio is headlined by its Baccarat, Roulette, and Blackjack products.

The CDP Gaming Technologies deal marks the provider’s latest global expansion, with numerous commercial successes from its worldwide hubs.

Pragmatic Play’s African Business Development Manager, Solomon Godwin, said: “We are thrilled to partner with CDP Gaming Technologies, a leading Licensed Betting Platform provider in South Africa, to be a distributor of our products in the country.

“Through this partnership, South African gaming enthusiasts will have access to all of Pragmatic Play’s award winning and innovative Live Dealer games and we are excited to make our debut in the market.”

Tebogo Makamo, Director and Co-Owner CDP Gaming Technologies, said: “Pragmatic Play is the latest provider to enter the South African market in partnership with CDP Gaming Technologies and we are extremely happy to be the first operator to offer their content to South African players.

“CDP and Pragmatic Play will strive to bring great innovative and award-winning games to the thriving gambling industry in South Africa.”

Pragmatic Play currently produces up to five new slot titles a month, while also delivering Live Casino and Bingo games as part of its multi-product portfolio, available through one single API.

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Kenyan Online Casinos Guide

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Kenyan Online Casinos Guide

Online gambling in Kenya is big business; especially with the advent of online casinos. More so, online casinos in Kenya offer a unique experience that most land-based casinos do not offer. This is because they are designed to provide players with unending entertainment. No wonder foreign-based online casinos dominate the online gambling market in Kenya.

However, various highlights of online casinos in Kenya and other important factors will be discussed here. Stay tuned!

How to Choose the Best Online Casinos in Kenya in 2021

The big question is, how does a player choose an online website? Of course, to get the most of your casino experience in Kenya, there are pointers you have to look out for. Below is a list of some of the most important factors to consider:

●       Licensing: The first thing to look out for in a casino is whether they are licensed or not. However, you need to know the licensing agent. Also, find out if the license is valid or not.

●       Game Portfolio: The second thing to find out is their gaming portfolio. A standard online casino should have a wide variety of gaming portfolio to select from. An online casino with only a handful of the game is a big red flag. To add, game software developers value their reputation a lot and would not partner with a casino that is not licensed and valid.

●       Payment Options: A good reputable online casino should not have any problem partnering with recognized payment providers. Casino sites that have just a few payment options that are not trusted should be avoided.

●       Welcome Bonus: Another thing to look out is whether the online casino offers new players a welcome bonus. Everyone loves a welcome bonus. A good online casino should have a mouth-watering welcome bonus.

●       Bonus and Promotions: Most online casino sites always have bonuses and promotional offers for new and existing players. Bonuses and promotions are a form of encouragement for repeat patronage for players. A good online casino ought to have lots of these offers.

●       Support: No one likes the idea of being in a fix, especially when having a bad day on a casino website. Imagine the agony of not getting assistance if you can’t withdraw from an online casino.  Hence, the support team’s effectiveness and responsiveness becomes important.

You can have a quick glimpse of this by evaluating the casino’s website for its customer-centric approach through the support team. A good website should have at least more than two ways of reaching support.

Regulations of Online Gambling in Kenya

Online casino gambling in Kenya is legal. Also, they are regulated by the Betting Control and Licensing Board of Kenya (BCLBK). The regulating body was created by the parliament in 1966. One important responsibility of the board is granting licenses to gambling operators and regulating their activities. Although you will not easily find a Kenyan-based casino operator, a few online casinos are operated by Kenyan-based companies. In fact, most of the online casinos in Kenya are foreign-based.

Online Casino Mobile Gaming in Kenya

Playing online casino games on the go has experienced a real surge among players in Kenya. Just as expected, most of these online casinos offer similar services for different mobile devices. To choose an online casino to pitch your tent, consider how their sites function on mobile devices. Also, check how easy it is to use their casino services on your mobile device. Finally, check the mobile casino compatibility with your Smartphone.

Online Casino Games available in Kenya

The casino’s gaming library has to be vast. Ensure that their gaming portfolios are provided by top-class casino software providers. Most top casino operators typically would feature hundreds of slot games. The casino should also offer solutions to cater to all player preferences. Progressive jackpot slots should be part of the online casinos library. However, slot games are not everyone’s favorite, hence the importance of having a diverse gaming portfolio.

Below are some of the real money games an online casinos in Kenya offer:

  • Video poker
  • Three card poker
  • Casino Hold ‘em
  • Keno
  • Sic Bo
  • Bingo
  • Live casino games
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Caribbean Stud
  • Classic roulette

Final Verdict

As we draw the curtain on this guide, let’s quickly have a recap of some of the highlights of our discussion. As we all know, there are several licensed and safe online casino platforms that Kenyans can join. Top casino operators offer a rich library of real money games, generous bonus opportunities, and high-quality mobile applications.

Lastly, online casinos have come to stay in Kenya. Hence be sure to consult this guide before making any serious commitment to any casino operator.

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Casinos in Kenya

  1. Which online casino is the best in Kenya?

The best online casino would depend entirely on individual player preference. However, be sure to check off some of the indicators we have listed above that qualify a casino to be top – rated.

  1. Is making deposits at an online casino easy?

Yes, it is. Often it only takes a few simple steps to deposit at online casinos in Kenya.

  1. Which regulatory body issues casino licenses in Kenya?

The Betting Control and Licensing Board of Kenya (BCLBK) issues and regulates online casinos in Kenya.

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