Liberian Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Casino gambling is legal in Liberia, although it is unknown whether or not other forms of gambling are legal. Casino gaming is administered by the Gaming Board of the Republic of Liberia.
Casinos in Liberia
There is currently one operational casino in Liberia. It is known as the Casino Oceano and is located in the Mamba Point Hotel, Monrovia, Liberia. The casino is open Tuesday thru Thursday from 8pm until 4am, Friday and Saturday from 8pm until 5am and Sunday from 8pm until 2am.
There are a total of 32 gaming machines and six table games (including Oasis Stud Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette). A bar and hotel are also located on the premises. For more information, call +231 64 400 00.
Online Gambling in Liberia
In October of 1999, the Gaming Board of the Republic of Liberia issued a request to obtain responses from Internet operational site providers, Internet marketing providers and gaming software providers to enable Liberia to be the first country to offer a government-run lottery and other Internet games of chance.
The government planned to offer games to players in every country where gambling wasnít illegal. They also planned to offer advertiser-paid prizes and free sweepstakes in countries which allowed such enterprises.
In February of 2000, Starnet Communications announced that it had been selected to provide software for the Internet casino and sports book of Liberia. This would have made the Liberian government the first to actually run an online casino themselves.
However, no sign of a government-run casino or lottery could be found as of this writing.
The Republic of Liberia is an African country bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea and The Ivory Coast. Since 1989, the country has been ravaged by civil war, with the first occurring from 1989 to 1996, and the second lasting from 1999 until 2003. During this period, the economy was crippled and hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.
Liberia has traditionally relied on iron ore and rubber exports to support their economy. However, war profiteering and looting almost completely destroyed the infrastructure of the country. Liberia is now reliant on foreign aid, having incurred a debt of $3.5 billion. The nation also has a 85% unemployment rate, the second highest in the world.
The population of Liberia is estimated to be over three-million, with 16 different ethnic groups. The largest of these groups are the Kpelle, who dwell mainly in central and western Liberia. 15% of the population is made up of Americo-Liberians, who are descended from freed slaves who arrived in Liberia in 1821. Whites, Lebanese, Indians and West African Nationals also make up various communities.
Half the population of Liberia is under the age of 18. As of 2006, the country had the highest population growth rate in the world.
It is estimated that forty percent of the population follows Christianity, while another 40% adheres to indigenous beliefs. Muslims make up a smaller percentage, while Jews comprise a tiny segment of the nationís religious population.
English is the official language. There are over 20 ethnic languages, but most do not have an alphabet which can be used in correspondence.
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