Malawi, a landlocked and mountainous former British colony of South Africa, is a favorite with tourists for its incredible views, the great opportunities it offers for hiking and trekking in its national parks, and the opportunity to see African wildlife in its many game reserves. However, the country also enjoys the facilities of two casinos based in the country’s main cities, Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Lilongwe, with a population of around 400,000, has been the capital of Malawi since 1971, and it is where all government agencies, including the Ministry and Parliament, are located. The casino, the larger of the two Malawian casinos, is American. Palace Pirates casino .It has 100 slot machines, including a video poker machine and eight gambling tables, playing blackjack and roulette. There is also a restaurant and bar. Children over the age of five are welcome to accompany adults, as there is a dedicated entertainment arcade for their enjoyment, with 15 online agile video games .
In July 2006, the Malawi Times reported a local gambler at the American Palace Pirates casino won a record 2.3 million Kwacha, which equates to $16,000, on a bet of 500 Kwacha, which equates to just $3. This is the largest amount known to be paid with slot machines at one of the Malawian casinos, although the general manager of the casino says payouts of 600,000 Kwacha to 800,000 Kwacha are relatively common.
Malawi’s second casino is based in Blantyre, the largest city and commercial capital (and location of the country’s Supreme Court). Blantyre has a population of over 600,000 and there are two flights a day on Air Malawi from Lilongwe, or five hour coach trips.
The city’s casino, located at Colony Club, Victoria Avenue, opened in December 2002 and offers gamblers 4,306 square feet of gaming opportunities. It has 32 slot machines and 7 table games. There are many games on offer – American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Raise’em Poker (a variant similar to Texas Hold’em). The game also offers a Race Book and Sports Book. The book is open from 6 p.m. to “late” and has a bar, as well as Livingstones Restaurant when gamblers want a break.
So visitors to Malawi’s cities will have no shortage of opportunities to gamble at two of Malawi’s casinos, either at the American Palace Pirates casino in Lilongwe, or the Colony Club casino in Blantyre. All that needs to be said is luck!