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 965)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 372 352 0 0.000.002.003.503.500- 373
Albania 572 550 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 796
Algeria 521 20 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 440
American Samoa 491 474 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 484
Andorra 677 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 851
Angola 521 92 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 770
Antigua and Barbuda 613 589 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 778
Argentina 689 195 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 847
Armenia 581 147 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 761
Aruba 619 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 751
Australia 286 278 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--- 578
Austria 627 310 4 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 725
Azerbaijan 560 146 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 620
Bahamas 636 612 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 750
Bahrain 609 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 386
Bangladesh 608 586 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 545
Barbados 660 636 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 742
Belarus 555 130 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 788
Belgium 367 126 6 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 390
Belize 602 177 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 802
Benin 616 206 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 819
Bermuda 666 642 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 815
Bhutan 629 607 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 466
Bolivia 657 196 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 840
Bosnia and Herzegovina 577 28 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 729
Botswana 584 562 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 803
Brazil 676 112 2 0.001.502.005.005.000---P 620
Brunei 764 735 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 596
Bulgaria 391 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.----- 563
Burkina Faso 633 200 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Burundi 601 196 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 781
Cambodia 555 532 0 1.000.002.005.005.000--- 548
Cameroon 609 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 816
Canada 666 646 21 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 835
Cape Verde 651 103 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 807
Cayman Islands 637 613 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 560
Central African Republic 597 196 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Chad 625 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Channel Islands 770 741 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 889
Chile 706 206 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 796
China 494 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 356
Colombia 595 172 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 588
Comoros 636 21 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 820
Congo 566 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 793
Cook Islands 672 649 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 848
Costa Rica 584 179 1 1.001.505.005.005.000L 653
Croatia 584 26 1 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 703
Cuba 526 151 0 0.000.005.003.503.500---- 513
Curacao 477 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 737
Cyprus 468 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 442
Czech Republic 431 26 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 583
Denmark 357 23 9 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.--- 645
Djibouti 609 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 816
Dominica 626 603 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 814
Dominican Republic 652 195 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 828
DR Congo 725 208 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 876
Ecuador 615 187 1 0.005.005.005.005.000--- 719
Egypt 620 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 821
El Salvador 661 199 1 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 612
Equatorial Guinea 652 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 838
Eritrea 554 532 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 517
Estonia 418 9 1 5.003.002.000.005.000--- 517
Ethiopia 544 523 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 642
Falkland Islands 770 741 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 859
Faroe Islands 637 39 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 830
Fiji 655 632 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 539
Finland 691 259 27 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.---- 818
France 154 82 6 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting----- 310
French Guiana 423 135 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 479
French Polynesia 440 140 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 488
Gabon 628 209 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 825
Gambia 619 595 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 621
Georgia 628 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 785
Germany 550 276 13 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 515
Ghana 576 552 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 798
Gibraltar 628 606 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 825
Greece 509 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 664
Greenland 624 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 813
Grenada 629 607 0 0.005.005.005.005.000 726
Guadeloupe 470 149 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 504
Guam 490 473 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 584
Guatemala 663 196 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 684
Guinea 592 180 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 797
Guinea-Bissau 596 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 809
Guyana 585 565 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 803
Haiti 585 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 803
Honduras 666 198 1 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 845
Hong Kong 464 443 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.--- 470
Hungary 322 30 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- 427
Iceland 717 693 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.- 602
India 618 597 8 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-- 720
Indonesia 522 14 1 0.000.000.000.005.000-- 370
Iran 534 514 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 347
Iraq 392 19 0 0.000.000.000.000.00Gambling is prohibited by religious tradition. 203
Ireland 598 579 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.-- 700
Isle of Man 613 591 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Israel 248 237 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 228
Italy 14 10 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.---- 307
Ivory Coast 742 222 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 884
Jamaica 629 605 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 826
Japan 691 59 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 588
Jordan 584 21 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 603
Kazakhstan 741 152 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 654
Kenya 582 558 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 802
Kiribati 663 639 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 844
Kosovo 758 32 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.-- 893
Kuwait 580 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 371
Kyrgyzstan 572 146 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 566
Laos 714 688 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.--- 650
Latvia 511 12 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 565
Lebanon 583 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 512
Lesotho 644 620 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 834
Liberia 560 537 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 790
Libya 686 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 425
Liechtenstein 686 357 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 855
Lithuania 459 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000OO 528
Luxembourg 684 226 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 754
Macau 577 554 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 799
Macedonia 736 707 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 871
Madagascar 653 206 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 838
Malawi 620 597 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Malaysia 545 35 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.--- 522
Maldives 656 632 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 480
Mali 622 198 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels. 742
Malta 621 598 1 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 822
Martinique 488 148 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 513
Mauritania 617 21 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 520
Mauritius 630 608 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.-- 616
Mayotte 521 155 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 530
Mexico 658 181 1 5.004.505.005.000.000-- 731
Micronesia 755 727 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. 891
Moldova 709 40 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 857
Monaco 695 214 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 850
Mongolia 619 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 741
Montenegro 586 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 794
Morocco 612 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 817
Mozambique 595 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 808
Myanmar 518 495 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 768
Namibia 592 304 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 807
Nauru 655 632 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Nepal 637 614 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.-- 560
Netherlands 402 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 535 158 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 537
New Zealand 732 708 9 5.001.505.005.005.000-- 809
Nicaragua 589 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 805
Niger 633 205 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 828
Nigeria 541 519 0 5.001.505.005.005.000 710
North Korea 634 14 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 529 30 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.- 774
Norway 677 226 18 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 641
Oman 619 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 391
Pakistan 475 454 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 446
Palau 652 629 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 738
Panama 594 189 0 5.003.002.005.005.000-- 708
Papua New Guinea 599 576 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--- 670
Paraguay 674 199 1 3.505.005.005.005.000--- 819
Peru 701 203 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 833
Philippines 420 400 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 548
Poland 429 65 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.-- 392
Portugal 381 55 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.-- 687
Puerto Rico 523 129 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.-- 671
Qatar 639 21 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 501
Reunion Island 713 693 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 629
Romania 331 24 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.------ 632
Russia 644 145 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of Roskomnadzor--- 604
Rwanda 566 544 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 783
Saint Barthelemy 745 225 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 646
Saint Kitts and Nevis 643 619 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 833
Saint Lucia 643 619 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 833
Saint Martin 719 694 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 641 618 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 832
Samoa 627 605 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 745
San Marino 699 131 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.- 792
Sao Tome and Principe 624 100 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Saudi Arabia 596 21 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 379
Senegal 619 203 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Serbia 456 23 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 696
Seychelles 655 632 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 829
Sierra Leone 610 587 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 816
Singapore 439 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000-I 327
Slovakia 473 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 605
Slovenia 462 14 0 5.004.500.000.005.000-- 529
Solomon Islands 654 631 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 839
Somalia 528 20 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 414
South Africa 571 550 7 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 596
South Korea 760 16 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 743 715 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.- 885
Spain 274 89 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 342
Sri Lanka 594 571 0 5.003.005.005.005.000- 768
Sudan 454 19 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 235
Suriname 620 33 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 761
Swaziland 616 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 819
Sweden 545 171 14 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 742
Switzerland 560 265 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 650
Syria 609 19 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 486
Taiwan 532 30 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 346
Tajikistan 585 147 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 803
Tanzania 585 563 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 803
Thailand 565 14 5 0.000.000.000.000.000---- 293
Timor-Leste 757 114 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 892
Togo 635 202 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 829
Tonga 660 637 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No law on gambling. 842
Trinidad and Tobago 615 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.--- 819
Tunisia 583 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 802
Turkey 300 39 3 0.000.002.000.000.000----F 195
Turkmenistan 577 146 0 5.000.005.000.003.50The Government is the only internet provider. Online casinos are banned. 569