Gamblers Like Me: The Dark Side of Sports Betting – BBC Africa Eye documentary

Sports Betting has exploded across Africa. But are the betting companies playing it straight? Do the punters really understand the odds they’re up against? And who is getting rich from the thrill of the beautiful game?

BBC Africa Eye follows one young football fan on a journey across Uganda, to find out what happens when global companies target some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the continent.

Collins Muhinda has been betting on football since he was a kid – but on this journey, he discovers an industry that can have a devastating impact on the lives of young Africans, and an epidemic of compulsive gambling that makes him question his own betting habits.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this video, you can seek further information and support here:


What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet – and can the secret to their addiction be found within the brain itself? BBC Panorama filmed a unique experiment designed to find out. Wendy Bendel’s partner killed himself after struggling with a 20-year gambling addiction. In a confession he wrote for Wendy he singled out the high-stakes, high-frequency fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) found in bookmakers across the UK. These machines offer gamblers a choice of games, and combine potentially high stakes with the chance of a win every 20 seconds.
Join Wendy on tonight’s Panorama, as she seeks to find out why these machines can be so addictive, and are so controversial.
Panorama – Why are Gambling Machines Addictive? is broadcast on BBC One on Monday 12 September at 20:30.

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  1. Vcnt Omondi Art

    Wow! Amazing documentary. So informative! Many thanks Collins – from your backyard, Uganda …

  2. Justin Williams

    Gambling is a slippery slop no matter who are or where you live. Who will never gambling and earn a living

  3. sultan sultan

    Treat gambling as a buisnees u will never loose

  4. sultan sultan

    All this is Fuck suck bullshit without knowledge gambling is bad u need to be full of knowledge of sport on which u bet

  5. BuyBitcoin

    Only gamble with what you’re afford to lose. And if you can’t afford to lose please don’t gamble, invest that money instead fellow africans. Save take that money invest in a little business. Dont gamble for a living. Gamble for fun and with what you can afford to lose.

  6. Alolan Tuga

    You can't watch a match in this days while being bomb with betting sites ads. In the field and during breaks.

  7. Pezo Prisca Chingole

    Job well done Collins.

  8. Emily Campbell

    Luck is never in your hands

  9. Lamar Entertainment

    Same thing here in Jamaica 🇯🇲 💯

  10. Lesedi Makoko

    not gonna cap, i be betting like a mf

  11. papa ngom

    when you start gambling it's like drug you become addict you dont know how to stop and i know what i am talking about because i am addict now

  12. Afolabi Adetunji

    Again thank BBC African Eye for this documentary.
    Poverty is a very strong weapon that is being use to manipulate a very large number of people especially in Africa.
    It is not only in Sport Betting but in religion (churches) politics and governance, crime and violence.
    A poor man will do anything no matter how stupid it to think that thing will free him out of poverty.

    Please BBC we need this very type of investigation on Sport Betting in Nigeria. Our own betting companies will be more that 44, and we also have our government reps as owners of betting company, our sport men, celebrities are brand ambassadors of betting companies. It is hell and terrible here.

  13. edwin pillay

    Nice to see Africans interview Africans especially this guy, he's amazing,talented and is a local with knowledge about the topic, great job my Brother.

  14. Mr K

    gambling is negative sum game. u never wn. the hose always wins

  15. Ali Abdikadir

    I lost $3000 dollar on betting read that again $3000 dollar in Uganda and Kenya

  16. Temabor Agadama

    Gambling is a is not caused by unemployment as the guys in this doc try to claim..even in the developed world with way less unemployment betting is a huge problem..betting is fuelled by greed and it draws you into a highly addictive habit of gambling…some play it safe only putting in what they can afford to lose..some take stupid risks and put in what they cannot afford to lose and that’s how they destroy their lives

  17. Affordable Properties

    All I've seen here is stupid pundicts. Bet smart not foolishly… Bet what you can loose

  18. Aliyu Isiaku

    this is suppose to be done in nigerian

  19. Some Person

    I work with a gambling addict at my job who says he won $1,200 after only putting $20 in recently. This same person always tells me how he always loses a ton of money gambling. Does the $1,200 he won outweigh the thousands of dollars he has lost over the years? I don't think so.

  20. Ayesha Amer

    Wow Allah is the greatest….there is a whole verse in quran where Allah explains why gambling is prohibited 🚫…any one wants evidence ask me!…

  21. Fajar Ramadhan

    I wonder if a gambling addict can be satisfied with a virtual gambling (without real money) like GTA online casino for example

  22. The Chaotic Soul


  23. In Vino Veritas

    I played not for gain but for sport !

  24. Darrell Irwin

    I’m not sure what to think, I think all gamblers are different like finger prints

  25. suman 66

    This habbit very dangarous than drugs

  26. Jacob Niu

    The government is suppose to be making it easier for its citizens. Us as humans are suppose to make life easier for us. Yet the government takes advantage of its citizens to make money. Im not blaming the government… Im just saying they're not helping. Humans should make life easier for humans. We as a species can't be that stupid….

  27. Pablo Ariza

    Please if you're reading this… you always win if you DONT play.

  28. Ian Red

    Wel were they gonna encourage gambling addiction like bruh😂point out the obvious some more looool

  29. tigana

    I feel like this applies to some of the people on wallstreetbets tbh

  30. Shifty Dingo

    I’m addicted to greyhound and Trott races

  31. xun lee

    Responsible gambling? Why there isn’t a responsible drugs ? Because gambling bring huge revenue to the authorities and that’s why this bull shit brain washes us for so many decades .

  32. John Ebau


    GOD ALREADY GIVE ME SECOND CHANCE!! 😭😭 wife pick me up on a middle night, no place to sleep and i'm suffering outside house of gamblers gang!!

    2nd…My mother n my sister pick me up in budget hotel, i'm suffering and hungry!!! i'm crying with my bank receipt and loans!! MY MOTHER PUNCH ME AND HIT ME 😭😭


  33. Patrick Stenning

    Its odd nobody has commented here

  34. 04. Đức Nguyễn Văn

    Three years ago, when I was a student, I rent a room and lived alone. I started to play game out of sheer boredom and I promptly addicted to it. I had tried in vain to quit it for almost one year until I found support from my family. Though game, I think, is much easier to quit than gambling, I partialy understand how addicts feel. And I think that to quit something like games, alcohol, gambling, etc we definitely need help from others( family, friends, partners, doctor and psychologist). It's nearly impossible to do it by yourself. We need a supportive community because this is a hard challenge, a very long journey to go. Hope you can find your right support and successfully overcome this.

  35. Jaynalee Superville

    i am 31 and i still i wish mom never gamble we lost our lives childhood happiness. her friend introduced her to gambling my became evil. we lack food, clothes, love, negleted because of this game. we al left school cuz mom would everything thousands in a day. oh why didnt God stop her. my life would of been great in my childhood

  36. Ace Portgas D. ÁKAÁLIAS MrRxbxt

    ADD §303 a §303 b and c with §202 voila you trust them? I dont .

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