Tanzania is a green-level online gambling jurisdiction with all forms of online gambling allowed.

Tanzania is on the eastern coast of Africa. It borders the Indian Ocean to the east, Mozambie to the south, Malawi and Zambia to the south-west, Rwanda and Burndi to the north-west, and Uganda and Kenya to the north.


Online gambling has been legal since 1999 in Tanzania. However, they didn't have a Gaming Board until 2003, and their first licensed online casino launched a year later in 2013. This was iplay8 Casino, and it's very strange because players from Tanzania weren't initially allowed to play there even though gambling with foreign online casinos is completely legal. Even though iplay8 is powered by the Microgaming software and has a very modern look and feel, they didn't allow players from their own country to play there, which seems to defeat the point in a lot of ways. Eventually this changed, but it's still very strange.


Licenses can be given by the Gaming Board of Tanzania for any type of online gambling. This includes lotteries, sports betting, casino gambling, poker and other forms of gambling. The main licensee today is iplay8, a combination of an online casino and online sportsbook. This site is extremely popular in Tanzania, and it was the very first regulated operator in all of Africa.

To hold a license to operate in this country, a company has to show that they're going to adhere to the right types of business practices that are necessary for running fair games and keeping the confidence of the players. The point here is that a site that can't be trusted will not make nearly as much in revenues for the government, and the Gaming Board is there to make sure that a fair and safe market is always available for the players.

Player Protections

If you play with a site licensed in Tanzania, then you'll be able to escalate any types of complaints to their Gaming Board. They handle all complaints and requests for investigations, and they take this very seriously for reasons outlined above. Aside from that, play at foreign sites is explicitly legal, but you will not have the same kind of legal protections from the Tanzania government as you do when you play with sites that are licensed and regulated in that particular country.

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