Best Angola betting sites

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Population: 31.000.000
Active players: 4.000.000
Currency: Kwanza (AOA)
Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, casino games, lottery
Operator types: Betting shops, land-based casinos, unlicensed international betting sites
Designated authority: Instituto de Supervisão de Jogos (ISJ)
Status: Regulated

Angola is an oil and diamond-rich country in Central Africa. It was under Portuguese rule until 1975, with a  27-year civil war following, which ended in 2002. The economy was wrecked, but it has been making steady steps ever since. For locals that enjoy placing bets, Angola is clearly ahead of its neighboring nations. The country was quick to pass laws to regulate land-based gambling activities. The first law came in 2016.

Then, in May 2020, the Remote Online Game Regulation was enacted, covering the online sector as well. There are yet no licensed betting sites in Angola though. Empresa Nacional de Loterias is still the main provider in the country, with betting shops in major cities. However, with no restrictions in place, local players are reaching for international bookmakers too. Girabola, the local top-flight football league, is one of their main betting attractions.

Betting in Angola - 5 things to know

  • The legal gambling age is 18
  • All forms of gambling are legal
  • The law for online gambling was passed in May 2020
  • A gaming license is valid for 10 years
  • There are no restrictions when accessing international online bookies

Best betting sites in Angola

We’ve checked and list the best bookmakers in the country, offering a great variety of sports and a wide array of markets to choose from.

Gambling in Angola: The law framework

The Angola sports betting landscape is overseen by the ISJ (Instituto de Supervisão de Jogos). It falls under the Ministry of Finance, replacing the National Lotteries Company as the regulator, since 2015. The first law on games of chance came in 2016. The 2020 Presidential decree no. 131/20 covers online betting in Angola. So, it deems the operation of online sports betting providers in the country legal. It also allows the issuance of licenses to all land-based Angolan casinos and sportsbooks.

However, since the law is quite recent, it will take time until online bookmakers receive licenses. These will cost 750.000 Kz and have a 10-year validity. Applying companies shall maintain a technical system for the exploitation of online betting and keep a players’ registry. They must also keep a bank account with an Angolan financial institution. Furthermore, compliance with all Angolan laws around the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism is mandatory. Empresa Nacional de Loterias de Angola remains the country’s main betting provider. A few local betting sites like Elephant Bet or Premier Bet are also present. However, the opening of the market has seen more and more players opting for renowned international betting sites.

Essential information for Angolan bettors

If you generally love a bit of gambling, Angola is a welcoming place. Laws here don’t include gambling winnings in the personal income tax. Therefore, players’ winnings are tax free. Furthermore, there are no restrictions or actions taken against bettors who are choosing to enjoy international online bookmakers’ services. The authorities maintain the same relaxed attitude regarding the available payment options. Bank transfers, as well as debit and credit cards are used to top-up online bookie accounts without restrictions.

Bet Angola: Deposits and withdrawals

open account and depositNeteller offers its services in Angola and allows you to make safe and anonymous transactions. Even though there are no restrictions applied from banks or the government, another layer of safety can’t do any harm. The main local payment method is Multicaixa; the sole debit card issued in Angola. However, always check with the respective bookmaker you choose, to see what payment methods it allows. Plus, check for possible currency conversion fees, to know what you’ll eventually pay.

The future of sports betting in Angola

The significant economic growth that the country has been enjoying in recent years makes it a very fertile market for online betting. Angola is one of the few countries in Central Africa with such a clear perspective on gambling. The authorities’ move to come with a complete framework for online betting, set  the bar high in the region. Furthermore, the government identified online gambling taxation as a reliable income source and expects some serious revenue from it. The overall feeling is that the Angolan sports betting environment will only be getting better.

Complete list of bookmakers in Angola

After having a close look at the local betting market, it's time to list all the available online bookies for Angolan bettors.

FAQ
Q: Can I bet on 888sport in Angola?

888sport is one of the biggest international bookmakers that accept Angolan bettors. Make sure to check their daily offers and promotions on a wide range of sports and markets.

Q: Is it safe to bet online in Angola?

Apart from the few local betting sites, many reputable international online bookies are accepting Angolan players. Stick to the ones you are familiar with, like Melbet, and enjoy a safe betting experience.

Q: Is online betting legal in Angola?

Betting is totally legal, both land-based and online. The latter became regulated quite recently, when a 2020 law included the online gambling sector in its sections.

Q: Does Bet365 accept bettors from Angola?

Unfortunately, Bet365 doesn’t offer its services in Angola. Instead, you could join 1xBet, one of the most renowned international bookies offering Portuguese as a language as well as betting in your local currency.

Q: Are my winnings taxed?

Local personal income tax doesn’t mention winnings from gambling. Therefore, your online betting is practically tax-free and you get to keep what you win.

Q: Is Bwin available in Angola?

Bwin has recently ceased offering its services in Angola. However, other renowned bookies like Betwinner or Melbet will gladly accept your registration instead.

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