Ghanaian man Theophilus Morgan won a bet worth Ghȼ57 million from SafariBet Sports Betting but faced difficulties in claiming his winnings. After filing a complaint with the Gaming Commission and pursuing legal action, Mr. Morgan obtained a favourable default judgment, but SafariBet had already ceased operations, leaving him without his winnings. SafariBet was later suspended by the Gaming Commission as a precautionary measure.
The Chairman of the Gaming Commission, Gary Nimako Marfo, addressed the situation at a workshop, stating that measures have been implemented to prevent similar incidents. The commission has increased bankroll and capital requirements for betting companies to discourage them from withholding winnings.
Mr Marfo encouraged punters to report non-payment of winnings to the commission, assuring them of an efficient and fair system to address grievances.
The Gaming Commission’s renewed commitment and regulatory reforms aim to ensure transparency, fairness, and customer protection in the sports betting industry in Ghana.