What do you do with your smartphone?

According to a new study by Geopoll, millions of young people across Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya use their smartphones for gambling.

The report showed 90% of the respondents interviewed said they used smartphones to place bets, with GeoPoll describing these gadgets as ‘African Las Vegas’.

The study, which engaged 2,000 respondents in the three countries, found out that 3% of the respondents used slot machines; 5% used cybercafé machines; 13% slips; and 2% used other devices.

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“This is in line with a growing mobile gambling industry in Africa, which has become a multi-million-dollar industry in many African countries due to growth in Internet and smartphone penetration as well as the ease of use of mobile money services such as MPesa,” GeoPoll, a mobile survey platform, said.

The study, which examined the prevalence of sports betting during the 2018 World Cup, found that Kenya and Ghana had a tie in the percentage of respondents who engaged in sports betting during the competition at 77%, while Nigeria followed closely at 76%.

The Nigerian youths interviewed admitted that during the just concluded World Cup, they spent as much as 4,000 naira per bet on predicting winners of the various matches.

Findings from the study indicated that the most popular online betting sites utilised by the youths were SportPesa in Kenya (82%), Bet9ja in Nigeria (66%), and Betway in Ghana (56%).

Other popular betting sites, according to the report, are Betkia and Betin in Kenya; MyBet and Soccabet in Ghana; and NairaBet and NaijaBet in Nigeria.

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