In the coming years, Namibia’s number of casinos will likely increase. Since Namibia gained independence, a ban has been placed on issuing new casino licenses. The need for more licenses was so great that at least one licensing board official was able to increase his salary, at most for a brief time, by selling fake licenses until he was found out. It seems that the Government did the right thing from May 2006. It seems sensible that the Namibian Government should get the money if people are willing to fork out the money to establish Namibia’s casinos.
It shouldn’t take long to understand the reasons for this expansion. Like other countries in southern Africa, Namibia is keen to increase its tourist trade. Namibia has very little else to do other than cattle ranching and diamonds. However, economics experts are impressed by the way that they manage their fisheries. But that’s another story. Two things would drive the tourist trade: safaris and selling the idea of winter sun, warmth and warmth to Northern Europeans who are desperate to escape the Northern Hemisphere winter.
Here is a listing of all current Namibian casinos:
Swakopmund: Mermaid Casino & Swakopmund Hotel
There are 170 video and slot poker machines, as well as tables for American Roulette (three), Poker (three), Blackjack (four), Hold’em, and Stud poker.
Windhoek: Desert Jewel Casino, Windhoek Country Club
There are 200 video poker and slot machines, American roulette (one table), poker (2 tables), and blackjack (4 tables).
Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino
There are 200 slots and video poker machines and blackjack and poker tables (four), one and three respectively. American roulette is also available (three). This casino is operated and owned by Sol International, who also owns Sun City.
The future for Namibia’s casino industry is bright. People were so desperate for more licenses than they offered to pay a lot of money. The Government finally agreed to issue more legal ones. It looks like both the gaming industry and tourism will expand significantly with the participation of large international gaming companies.