Gambling Laws Around the World

Today almost every country in the world has its own regulations for land-based and online casinos. In many countries gambling is controlled through licensing and supervision, but there are some places in the world where it is completely forbidden. Here we present the laws for land-based and online gambling in 526 countries and territories with the sources in 46 different languages and their translation into English. The results of our research are summarized in this report.
Latest update: 12 Oct 2016
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NameNumber of Casinos (of 930)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 349 329 0 0.000.002.003.503.500- 368
Albania 543 521 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 792
Algeria 493 20 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 435
American Samoa 460 444 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 477
Andorra 645 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 847
Angola 496 84 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 767
Antigua and Barbuda 580 556 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 772
Argentina 657 187 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 843
Armenia 552 144 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 757
Aruba 594 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 749
Australia 269 261 18 5.001.505.005.005.00Currently being considered under which, amongst other things, offending websites will be “blocked” by local internet service providers following direction by ACMA--- 575
Austria 595 293 5 5.003.002.005.005.00Title: The Roadmap to Austria Gambling Sites ᐈ Is It Legal? Check with Our Review Description: Explore the legal basis for online gambling in Austria. See our take on regulations in the country and use recommendations for best online casinos for Austria.-----P 720
Azerbaijan 527 143 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 613
Bahamas 606 582 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 746
Bahrain 578 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 381
Bangladesh 575 553 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 539
Barbados 631 607 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 739
Belarus 530 126 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Tax payment of 22% is required for the winnings from foreign online casinos. Winnings from local online casinos do not require paying taxes.L 785
Belgium 342 115 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 384
Belize 570 169 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 796
Benin 586 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 815
Bermuda 635 611 0 3.505.005.005.005.00At this time there are no land-based casinos in Bermuda. But in 2017 international casino operator Century Casinos submitted a licence application for a casino at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda jointly with the company that owns the propertyL 811
Bhutan 599 577 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 462
Bolivia 628 189 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 838
Bosnia and Herzegovina 547 28 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 724
Botswana 554 532 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 798
Brazil 644 104 2 0.001.502.005.005.000---P 616
Brunei 733 704 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 594
Bulgaria 366 20 0 5.003.005.000.005.00Title: Online Gambling in Bulgaria ᐈ Discover 360+ Online Casinos Description: Join us in exploring online gambling in Bulgaria. Is it legal? What are the best online casinos and bonuses? We have answers to these and other questions.----- 557
Burkina Faso 603 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Burundi 569 182 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 776
Cambodia 527 504 0 1.000.002.005.005.000--- 543
Cameroon 579 175 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 811
Canada 633 613 21 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 830
Cape Verde 622 96 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 804
Cayman Islands 607 583 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 556
Central African Republic 568 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Chad 593 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 819
Channel Islands 740 711 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 888
Chile 673 198 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 792
China 463 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 349
Colombia 562 164 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 582
Comoros 605 21 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 815
Congo 536 157 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 788
Cook Islands 641 618 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 845
Costa Rica 554 172 1 1.001.505.005.005.000L 648
Croatia 552 26 1 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 697
Cuba 499 145 0 0.000.005.003.503.500---- 508
Curacao 460 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 737
Cyprus 438 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 435
Czech Republic 410 24 1 5.003.005.000.005.00Guide to Online Casinos for the Czech Republic with Best Bonuses | [YEAR] Discover top online casinos for the Czech Republic ➤ More than 400 gaming websites with the best bonuses ✅ Benefit from safe and secure licensed gaming online.O 580
Denmark 331 23 10 5.003.005.005.005.00Title: Online Gambling in Denmark ᐈ Your Roadmap to the Best Online Casinos Description: Is online gambling legal in Denmark? This publication provides a full assessment of the gambling regulations and adds links to the best online casinos.--- 638
Djibouti 576 553 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 810
Dominica 592 569 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 808
Dominican Republic 620 187 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 823
DR Congo 695 194 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 874
Ecuador 588 181 1 0.005.005.005.005.000--- 716
Egypt 590 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 817
El Salvador 630 192 1 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 609
Equatorial Guinea 621 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Eritrea 526 504 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 513
Estonia 396 8 1 5.003.002.000.005.000--- 513
Ethiopia 514 493 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 636
Falkland Islands 738 709 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 857
Faroe Islands 606 39 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Fiji 622 599 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 534
Finland 662 241 26 5.003.005.005.005.00Best Online Casinos for Finland: Gambling Laws and Market - KeyToCasino Review of best Finnish online casinos highlights important aspect of the online gambling market, its regulations, laws, best operators & games.---- 816
France 145 78 6 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting----- 308
French Guiana 403 126 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 477
French Polynesia 419 131 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 485
Gabon 597 195 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Gambia 586 562 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 615
Georgia 595 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 780
Germany 527 266 14 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 513
Ghana 548 524 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 795
Gibraltar 603 581 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Greece 483 45 2 5.003.005.003.503.50Top 500 Greece-Friendly Online Casinos ᐈ Guide to Gambling [YEAR] Discover 500+ legit and reputable Greece-friendly online casinos ➤ Use our guide to online gambling in Greece ✅ Pick among hefty welcome bonusesOL 660
Greenland 593 34 0 5.004.505.005.005.00There are no casinos in Greenland. It is almost certainly impossible to run one, so there are no specific laws about it, but other kinds of gambling have to be approved by the Danish government and/or Danske Spil.LO 809
Grenada 598 576 0 0.005.005.005.005.000 722
Guadeloupe 448 139 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 501
Guam 459 442 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 577
Guatemala 631 188 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 679
Guinea 564 167 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 793
Guinea-Bissau 568 90 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 805
Guyana 556 536 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 799
Haiti 554 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 798
Honduras 636 191 1 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 842
Hong Kong 434 413 0 0.001.500.005.005.00Under current law, there are no land-based casinos in the territory. However, there are cruise ships with on-board casinos that dock in the city and then travel out to international waters before taking any bets.--- 463
Hungary 296 27 0 5.003.005.000.000.00Best Online Casinos for Hungary ᐈ Pick the Best Games Bonuses | [2020] Description: Our review covers the list of the best online casinos for Hungary ➤ Check out the latest on how online gambling in Hungary works ✅ Choose among numerous bonuses- 419
Iceland 689 665 1 0.001.500.005.005.00Those who make gambling or betting their profession or involve others in gambling will be sentenced to up to 1 year of prison.- 600
India 583 562 7 3.501.505.005.005.00Online Gambling in India ᐈ Top Online Casinos and Bonuses | [2020] Discover everything about online gambling in India ➤ Get access to the best online casinos for India and explore the bonuses ✅ Play in INR, USD, or BTC-- 713
Indonesia 491 14 1 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 364
Iran 518 497 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 348
Iraq 364 19 0 0.000.000.000.000.00Gambling is prohibited by religious tradition. 196
Ireland 568 549 13 0.004.505.005.005.00The casinos are regulated by the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 and established illegal. To escape the enforcement of this law it is established private clubs on scheme "members-only" where gambling activities are performed legally. As similar clubs are not prohibited in the law such loophole in the gambling laws has allowed land casinos to stay open. Future participant has to apply for membership in the next way: - provide proof of age (he should be over 10 or 21 years); - provide proof of residence (should be resident of Ireland). The membership approval is given by the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland.-- 695
Isle of Man 580 558 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 812
Israel 232 221 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 225
Italy 15 11 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.---- 308
Ivory Coast 712 209 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 883
Jamaica 599 575 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 822
Japan 658 55 3 0.001.500.005.005.00Online Gambling in Japan ᐈ Roadmap to Japan Online Casinos Use our detailed roadmap to Japanese online gambling to discover the legal status of casinos in the country, as well as the most popular casinos, games, and bonuses.-PP 584
Jordan 552 21 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 597
Kazakhstan 711 150 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 652
Kenya 553 529 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 797
Kiribati 633 609 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 840
Kosovo 725 32 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.-- 890
Kuwait 550 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 366
Kyrgyzstan 541 144 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 561
Laos 686 660 0 3.501.502.003.503.50There are land based casinos in Special Economics Zones. However, there is no regulatory body. Winnings are not guaranteed.--- 649
Latvia 487 12 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 562
Lebanon 555 21 0 5.000.002.000.003.50Gambling is allowed in only one casino that is a monopoly Casino du Liban. All online casinos are blocked 508
Lesotho 614 590 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 830
Liberia 531 508 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 785
Libya 656 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 423
Liechtenstein 656 343 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 853
Lithuania 443 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000OO 528
Luxembourg 653 212 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 751
Macau 546 523 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 794
Macedonia 703 674 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 868
Madagascar 621 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 834
Malawi 587 564 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Malaysia 510 34 0 3.501.502.000.005.00Title: Online Gambling in Malaysia ᐈ Legal Status and Best Online Casinos Description: Discover the best betting sites in Malaysia and find out is it legal to play online in this country. The review also has a list of the best bonuses and games. In Malaysia, there are Malays (100% Muslim & 60% of population), Chinese and other Minorities. Malays are banned from any sort of gambling under Sharia laws. The rest are permitted to gamble on the legal international websites.--- 514
Maldives 624 600 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 475
Mali 594 185 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels. 739
Malta 592 569 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Martinique 465 139 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 510
Mauritania 587 21 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 516
Mauritius 598 576 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.-- 612
Mayotte 499 145 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 528
Mexico 627 173 1 5.004.505.005.000.000-- 727
Micronesia 723 695 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There is no Central Government. Chuuk is the largest of the islands. Legislation has been introduced to establish casinos, but nothing has come up. No definite law. Some islands are more inclined to allow online gaming, others are against. 889
Moldova 681 39 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 856
Monaco 664 201 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 847
Mongolia 590 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 737
Montenegro 555 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 788
Morocco 582 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.00As Morocco is officially an Islamic country the government cannot pass laws legalizing gambling activities. However, there are no laws prohibiting gambling either. In this status quo there are 8 Casinos operating legally in Morocco, with 3 of them in Agadir. No regulations outlawing gambling are presentL 813
Mozambique 566 91 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 804
Myanmar 493 470 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There is no gambling regulatory commission in the country. However, Myanmar has finalized a new gambling law that would pave the way for casinos in the three-star and higher hotels near border crossings. These casinos would only allow foreigners inside their premises.L 765
Namibia 561 292 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 802
Nauru 623 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Nepal 604 581 0 1.000.002.005.003.50Government of Nepal issues licenses only to 5 star hotels that are available to foreign visitors only to run Casinos.-- 555
Netherlands 386 21 4 5.003.005.005.005.00Title: Best Dutch Online Casinos: Betting Tips, Links to Play - KeyToCasino Description: Review of best Dutch online casinos covers links to the best Netherlands betting websites, provides tips on betting & gambling laws, plus evaluates bonuses.------ 668
New Caledonia 513 148 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 536
New Zealand 698 674 9 5.001.505.005.005.000-- 805
Nicaragua 564 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 803
Niger 600 191 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Nigeria 512 490 0 5.001.505.005.005.000 705
North Korea 611 15 0 1.000.000.000.003.50Gambling is forbidden for North Korean citizens, but foreign visitors are allowed to play. Internet is not widespread: as of late 2014 there are 1,024 IP addresses in the country. But ten years ago there were at least two gambling websites – DPRKLotto.com and jupae.com, which provided lotteries for both South and North Korean citizens (but later in 2000s they have been closed).L 418
Northern Mariana Islands 499 28 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Tinian Dynasty is the only casino in operation in NMI.There is apparently a deadlock in new legislation for casinos. Two groups are battling for the license.- 768
Norway 643 217 18 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 636
Oman 587 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 386
Pakistan 448 427 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 441
Palau 619 596 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 733
Panama 566 183 0 5.003.002.005.005.000-- 704
Papua New Guinea 570 547 0 5.003.005.000.005.00There are as yet no land-based casinos in the country, although there are video poker machines in some tourist hotels--- 666
Paraguay 642 191 1 3.505.005.005.005.000--- 815
Peru 670 195 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 830
Philippines 390 370 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 540
Poland 400 57 1 5.000.000.000.003.50[ANSWERED] What are the Top Polish Online Casinos? Discover more than 350 reputable online casinos accepting Polish players ➤ Roadmap to the laws about Polish online casinos added ✅ Discover the best bonuses.-- 385
Portugal 358 51 2 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos. Title: Top 300+ Online Casinos in Portugal ᐈ Laws and Regulations Covered Description: Explore the legal basis for online gambling in Portugal. Our review talks about the status of online casinos, the best websites to play, and available promotions.-- 682
Puerto Rico 489 121 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.--- 663
Qatar 607 21 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 496
Reunion Island 680 660 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 626
Romania 302 22 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU. Title: Best Online Casinos in Romania: Links, Tips, Bonuses - KeyToCasino Description: Review of best online casinos in Romania reveals top places to go to, betting market info & gambling law peculiarities, live games, slots, & more.------ 622
Russia 620 142 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of Roskomnadzor--- 603
Rwanda 535 513 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 778
Saint Barthelemy 713 211 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Saint Kitts and Nevis 609 585 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 827
Saint Lucia 610 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Saint Martin 695 670 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 634
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 608 585 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Samoa 598 576 0 1.005.005.005.005.00The act provides regulation for 2 casinos in the hotels located in this country. Only foreign passport holders can place bets.L 742
San Marino 667 131 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.--- 789
Sao Tome and Principe 593 92 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 819
Saudi Arabia 564 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 373
Senegal 587 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Serbia 434 23 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 693
Seychelles 622 599 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 824
Sierra Leone 580 557 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 812
Singapore 416 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 324
Slovakia 454 12 0 5.003.005.000.005.00Title: Slovakia Online Casino Gambling ᐈ Best Games and Bonuses | [YEAR] Description: Is online gambling legal in Slovakia? What are the best bonuses, games, and casinos here? The answers are in the detailed Slovakia online casino gambling guide.O 604
Slovenia 442 14 0 5.004.500.000.005.000-- 528
Solomon Islands 622 599 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 834
Somalia 499 20 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 408
South Africa 544 523 7 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 592
South Korea 732 17 0 3.500.000.000.003.50Koreans are not allowed to gamble in any casinos other than the one in Kangwon Island. Foreigners may gamble in a variety of casinos located in most major tourist cities.----I 534
South Sudan 712 684 0 5.005.005.005.005.00The legal situation surrounding gambling in South Sudan is unclear and it seems to be largely unregulated at this date. There are no casinos or poker rooms in the country.- 883
Spain 262 84 6 5.003.002.000.000.00Title: Top Spain Online Casinos – Pick Among 250+ Reputable Sites Description: Check out 250+ Spain-friendly online casinos compatible with the online gambling regulations for this country. The review is topped with a roadmap to bonuses.---PI 341
Sri Lanka 565 542 0 5.003.005.005.005.000- 764
Sudan 427 19 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 230
Suriname 589 32 0 5.005.005.003.503.50There are two laws in Suriname regarding gambling; Loterijwet 1939 Wet Hazardspelen 1962 In this legislation online gambling is not mentioned.LO 757
Swaziland 583 559 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Sweden 525 180 15 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 742
Switzerland 531 249 2 5.003.005.000.005.00Block access to unlicensed gaming sites will come into force after July 2019 Guide to Switzerland Online Gambling and Best Casinos Is online gambling legal in Switzerland? the answer is in our detailed guide, which has a list of reputable online operators with popular games for the Swiss market.--O 645
Syria 584 19 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 484
Taiwan 501 30 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 339
Tajikistan 555 144 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 798
Tanzania 555 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 798
Thailand 531 14 5 0.000.000.000.000.000---- 285
Timor-Leste 726 106 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 890
Togo 604 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 825
Tonga 629 606 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No law on gambling. 838
Trinidad and Tobago 586 562 0 5.005.005.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.--- 815
Tunisia 553 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 797
Turkey 280 37 3 0.000.002.00