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This Chinese money betting machine was spotted in a local bar in Namanga yesterday (Monday). Parents are up in arms over the many such machines which owners allow children to gamble in their premises during school days.Photo/Kurgat Marindany

Kenya youth top list of gamblers

More than 50 per cent of youths use close to Sh5,000 a month to gamble through their mobile phones, a survey reveals.

The survey conducted by GeoPoll shows 76 per cent of Kenyan youths bet using football matches, compared to 57 per cent of Uganda’s youths.

“A majority have never won any amount above Sh5,000. Youth elsewhere spend less than $50 (Sh5,0000 ) per month and bet only once a month,” read the report

Ghana had the lowest number at 42 per cent.

The survey focused on five countries in sub-Saharan Africa — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

A total of 3,879 people were sampled in the poll that was conducted last Monday.

“Among the most popular gambling options, football betting reigns in all countries except in South Africa. Kenyan youth bet the most with 79 per cent of bets placed on football matches. In South Africa, lotteries are preferred to football, casino, racing and poker,” read the report.

The report also shows gambling is becoming popular among African men because of their high affinity for sports and the proliferation of local sports betting players.


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