Sierra Leone has a history in gambling dating as far back as the 9th century. The country was once inhabited by two prominent tribes, Mende and Temne, whose chiefs were believed to have led their subjects in games of chance to win valuable prizes or even wives.
Gambling ancient Sierra Leone is said to have been so popular among the tribes because it involved more than luck; it required strategy and skill on the part of players. But colonial governments didn't allow this type of practice, and it passed strict laws against gambling soon after they took over Sierra Leone. For instance, the British passed a law prohibiting all kinds of gaming except for horse racing. The Sierra Leone Lotteries Ordinance was also passed, which created a Sierra Leone Lottery and imposed taxes on all Sierra Leone citizens who bought tickets.
Sierra Leone's first legal casino, called the Sierra Leone Casino, opened in downtown Freetown on April 24, 1959. This was later shut down by the government a few years down the line. At the moment ( as of 2021), the gambling laws in Sierra Leone prohibit all forms of gambling except for horse racing and lotteries.