ALGERIA HISTORY Gambling Restrictions in Algeria 2 years ago Peter Situma Post Views: 1,392 About 99% of the Algeria population confesses to the Islamic faith. The country’s legal system depends on the Sharia laws which prohibit any forms of gambling. These laws are enshrined in the holy Quran, which considers gambling as the work of Satan. There are no exceptions to this law, meaning that every Algerian has a zero-tolerance policy to gambling. If 99% of a population is Muslim, the government has no choice but to impose a total ban on gambling. Algeria is unique compared to other African countries. Basing on the nation’s history, there are times when the government threatened to censor the internet when online companies tried to operate illegally in the country. Some operators have been found on the wrong side of the law while attempting to provide services in the country. As a consequence, the sites were blocked. There is even a law that criminalizes such activities, and an operator could be prosecuted. Licensing Algeria does not offer any form of licensing for either land-based or online casinos. In fact, there is a likelihood that no licensing will take place, at least for the few decades to come, owing to the Islamic fabric that makes up the laws. Other countries with Islamic roots have had people breaching the law and getting involved in gambling, but Algeria has managed to implement legal structures that protect its citizens from such temptations. Regulators continue to develop new and stricter rules to try and defend the tenets of Sharia law. Player Protection There is nothing like player protection for online gamers in Algeria. On the contrary, many laws have been established to limit online gamblers from playing. In reality, you will be punished if found attempting to access any gambling site. The little number that participates in gambling comprises of visitors and a few residents who profess another religion. However, the government warns such individuals to play at their own risk since the law would catch up with them. Due to the complexity of tracking down lawbreakers, there is limited information about charges and prosecutions against gamblers in this country. Lotteries You can only find one national lottery in Algeria. This is because it complies with the rules in the country. It is licensed to operate under Pari Sportif Algérien (PSA). Islamic laws prohibit gambling which is a way of acquiring wealth for selfish gain. On the contrary, this national lottery complies with the religious rules because the revenue accrued is used to help the poor in society. Online Sports Betting The laws are a bit lenient to some kind of sports betting. For example, you will come across hippodromes where horse racing is organized. Although betting on these events is also illegal, the regulatory structures have not caught up with operators here. If you are lucky to find a loophole, you have a few banking options to deposit your money. However, you cannot use the Algerian Dinar, which has been blocked by many banks if the transaction involves a betting company. Gamblers in Algeria have resorted to e-wallets which are somewhat unmarked. Peter SitumaPeter Situma is a lover of football and a staunch supporter of Chelsea Football Club. He has been working as a sports betting and casino gambling writer for over 5 years. He is also interested in technology and playing FIFA Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Algeria, lotteries, restrictions Continue Reading Previous 5 most famous gambling events in historyNext Meyer Lansky – the brains of the American Mafia and Godfather of Las Vegas. More Stories ALGERIA BETTING HOT NEWS Who are the most successful AFCON winners in history? 6 months ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY HOT NEWS SOUTH AFRICA Archbishop Desmond Tutu is dead 6 months ago Samuel HISTORY KENYA MERKUR sun shines over the roof of Africa 6 months ago Szarlot HISTORY WORLD NEWS Top three James Bond movies 8 months ago Samuel EXPERTS HISTORY History gambling in Asia 8 months ago Samuel CASINO HISTORY Influence of Movie Industry on Gambling 11 months ago Szarlot CASINO HISTORY 10 of the biggest winners in the history of casinos 11 months ago Szarlot CASINO HISTORY When did problem gambling start? 1 year ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY KENYA Kenya – Gamblers among losers in treasury’s Kshs. 3.03T budget 1 year ago Szarlot EXPERTS HISTORY How Technology Has Changed Poker & Gambling Industry 1 year ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS HISTORY A Brief History of Pachinko 1 year ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY WORLD NEWS Most Influential Women in Politics and Social Life in Modern Times 1 year ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.