GAMING IN MADAGASCAR Capital City: Antananarivo Area: 587.041km2 Population: 25.570.000 as per 2017 census Largest cities: Antananarivo, Toamasina, Antsirabe, Franarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toliara Gambling appears to be legal in Madagascar as 4 land-based casinos are operating there currently: Carlton Casino & Hotel Casino Marina Antananarivo Colbert Hotel & Casino Hotel De I’Avenue & Casino Land-based gambling is regulated by the government. Just operators with proper licenses can conduct such activities. These casinos are offering the most popular games like roulette, poker, blackjack, and slot machines to name a few. However, there is little to no information about the status of online gambling in the country. It is not illegal that’s for sure, but not regulated like the land-based operations either. Therefore, the only option for players from Madagascar is to visit an offshore online casino where they are accepted. There aren’t any land-based bingo halls available in Madagascar. Though, because players from Madagascar can enjoy a good bingo game in numerous offshore online casinos. Sports betting is a pretty common form of gambling around the world. Betting on sports appears to be legal in Madagascar as the country has annual horse races tracing back to the French colonial days. However, online gambling is not yet regulated in the country. Therefore, players from Madagascar “have” to bet at foreign online bookmakers if they want to play online and from the comfort of their homes. With no licensing body in place for online gambling, there is no type of protection for players who choose to place bets on the Internet. Any future attempt to regulate the industry would most likely include some good levels of protection, however, because the land-based casinos they have also include processes for players who have disputes, and these disputes are taken very seriously. While no licensing process is in place in Madagascar for any form of online gambling site, there are licenses given for land-based casinos. This is a good sign because it means that there are already procedures and officials in place that could pivot over to the online sector in the future. Already having a licensing body for land-based games in place makes it a lot more likely that any proposed legislation for online gambling will pass in the future. But at the moment, there’s been no indication that anyone is interested in regulating the industry in Madagascar at this time. No government officials have brought it up, and there hasn’t been any suggested legislation of any kind.