The African poker scene isn’t discussed much in the media. But one country that could definitely feature a budding poker economy is Nigeria, which is Africa’s richest country with a GDP of $594 billion.
The Tide recently discussed how Nigeria could feature a quality poker scene. That said, let’s discuss their options in terms of both land-based and online poker rooms.
Nigeria Land-Based Poker Action
Nigeria features two legal casinos in Le Meridien Eko Hotel & Casino on Victoria Island and Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Unfortunately, both venues only offer traditional casino games like blackjack, roulette, and slot machines.
Le Meridien Eko and Transcorp Hilton are both small casinos. So it’s unlikely that they build a poker room any time soon, given that this game doesn’t bring in a ton of money.
But considering that Nigeria has 186 million people, it seems like only a matter of time before they could have a poker room.
Nigeria Online Poker Options
The good news for Nigerian poker enthusiasts is that they can play at major sites like PartyPoker and PokerStars. And many Nigerians are taking advantage by playing at online poker sites. This has eased the fact that the country doesn’t currently have a land-based poker room.
There isn’t any movement to legalize internet poker. But the country’s politicians don’t seem concerned about banning the game either. This means that there’s a very good chance Nigerians will continue to be able to play online poker.
As for the future of Nigerian poker, it’ll be interesting to see if they get any land-based cardrooms. Another thing to watch for is if the country ever begins serious discussions on a regulated online poker market.