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Regulators in Kenya concerned about growing popularity of online gambling

Halima Gikandi May 31, 2019
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A billboard advertising a popular sports betting site is seen along a highway in Nairobi, on November 8, 2017. ONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Regulators in Kenya concerned about growing popularity of online gambling

Halima Gikandi May 31, 2019
A billboard advertising a popular sports betting site is seen along a highway in Nairobi, on November 8, 2017. ONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
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Some of the biggest fans of American basketball and English football’s Premier League are located thousands of miles away in Kenya, where a sports betting craze is quickly spreading.

Using only their phones, people are able to place small bets on matches happening around the world. But regulators in the region are worried about the impact gambling is having on young people and the poor.

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