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Go-Go Kenya! Kenya Moves Forward in Online Gaming

7 March 2011 by admin

Raise your hand if you are tired of hearing about New Jersey! Okay, I know, what they are doing—or trying to do—is historic and will most likely set the pace for the rest of the online gambling future in the United States. But now that the bill is off of Christie’s desk and being worked on again by lawmakers there really is not all that much to say about it.

So we move on to the other side of the Atlantic to Kenya where they are definitely making steps forward in their country’s online gambling future.

This month saw the Betting Control and Licensing Board awarding its first official gaming license. And the prized first license goes to Canadian based Amaya Gaming Group.

Now Amaya will not be the first online gambling group to operate in Kenya. The difference is that they will be the first to do so with government sanction. For years other online gambling sites have been operating within Kenya; none of them are legal online casinos but Kenyans are playing anyway. This is given the Kenya government pause to think that there just might be something to this online gambling thing. Wish the US government would hop on the same train of thought.

So it came to the Betting Control and License Board of Kenya to make some inquires and to learn in what ways they could go about turning online gambling into something that could be controlled and to make some revenue on. Enter, after much consideration on Kenya’s part, Amaya. Amaya President and CEO, David Baazov, said, “We are proud to have been chosen by the Betting Control and Licensing Board of Kenya as their exclusive partner of choice to set up a case study for online gaming evaluation.”

So why Amaya? As Lucas Maitha, Chairman of the Betting Control and Licensing Board, said, “We believe that the valuable insights we will certainly gain from the online gaming test case study conducted by Amaya will provide us with the ability to fully evaluate online gaming and therefore properly formulate appropriate rules and regulations.”

The license that Amaya has been granted is only for a trial online gambling operation so that data can be gathered about the viability and movement of the online gambling market in Kenya. It is possible that if the trial goes smoothly and if Kenya continues to move forward in their path towards online gambling regulation within their country that Amaya could be granted a more permanent license.

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