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 901)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 334 315 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 365
Albania 537 517 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 798
Algeria 488 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 441
American Samoa 476 460 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 494
Andorra 655 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 863
Angola 457 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 754
Antigua and Barbuda 574 551 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 779
Argentina 671 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 862
Armenia 519 130 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 748
Aruba 607 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 767
Australia 299 285 10 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--- 596
Austria 618 284 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 743
Azerbaijan 494 135 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 604
Bahamas 628 605 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 769
Bahrain 568 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 385
Bangladesh 567 546 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 545
Barbados 643 620 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 757
Belarus 539 125 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 799
Belgium 331 109 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 384
Belize 572 160 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 807
Benin 565 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 814
Bermuda 634 611 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 property-L 822
Bhutan 572 551 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 457
Bolivia 631 175 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 850
Bosnia and Herzegovina 536 25 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 727
Botswana 579 557 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 821
Brazil 639 99 1 0.001.505.005.005.00Since all the laws concerning gambling were made before the internet, online casino players can only be punished by law if the online casino is hosted in Brazil.LOO 685
Brunei 735 704 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 608
Bulgaria 371 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 666
Burkina Faso 578 166 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 821
Burundi 542 165 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 771
Cambodia 536 515 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 557
Cameroon 579 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Canada 632 614 12 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 841
Cape Verde 596 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 801
Cayman Islands 603 580 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 565
Central African Republic 544 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 802
Chad 560 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 811
Channel Islands 740 709 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 901
Chile 669 182 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 801
China 478 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 365
Colombia 580 161 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 602
Comoros 570 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 806
Congo 535 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 797
Cook Islands 642 620 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 856
Costa Rica 572 161 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 667
Croatia 564 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 713
Cuba 501 145 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 518
Curacao 474 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 753
Cyprus 468 40 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 460
Czech Republic 424 23 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 595
Denmark 306 23 9 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 630
Djibouti 576 553 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 820
Dominica 570 548 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 806
Dominican Republic 628 177 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 839
DR Congo 679 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 877
Ecuador 581 169 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 722
Egypt 587 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 826
El Salvador 638 183 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 624
Equatorial Guinea 593 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Eritrea 508 487 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 512
Estonia 404 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 624
Ethiopia 480 460 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 626
Falkland Islands 741 710 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 871
Faroe Islands 614 44 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 841
Fiji 623 601 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 546
Finland 684 223 19 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.LOOO 840
France 139 76 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 435 134 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 501
French Polynesia 454 140 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 512
Gabon 593 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 829
Gambia 582 559 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 623
Georgia 593 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 789
Germany 609 320 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 568
Ghana 560 537 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 811
Gibraltar 615 593 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 841
Greece 507 54 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 681
Greenland 605 42 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 826
Grenada 604 583 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 735
Guadeloupe 499 154 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 537
Guam 457 440 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 584
Guatemala 633 175 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 691
Guinea 562 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 802
Guinea-Bissau 564 86 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 813
Guyana 553 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Haiti 555 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 808
Honduras 637 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 853
Hong Kong 421 402 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.--- 464
Hungary 301 23 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 457
Iceland 697 674 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.- 617
India 578 558 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 791
Indonesia 469 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 360
Iran 472 451 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 332
Iraq 338 13 0 3.500.005.005.005.00Islam is the official religion of Iraq. Gambling is prohibited by religious tradition. However, the games of chance are legal for international visitors in Iraqi Kurdistan.--- 558
Ireland 588 570 10 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.-- 716
Isle of Man 580 559 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 822
Israel 208 197 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 215
Italy 5 5 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 303
Ivory Coast 682 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 878
Jamaica 607 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Japan 653 50 1 0.001.500.003.503.50In Japan, as per the Penal Code Article 185 (simple gambling) and Article 186 in (habitual gambling and gambling field Kaicho), gambling is prohibited. Under 185 Article, the person will be punished by a fine of no more than ¥ 500,000. However, when the bet is subject to temporary entertainment, this law will not apply. Under 186 Article - addiction, the person will be punished by three years in prison. For gambling zones in Kaicho or Bacto, the person who tried to profit from gambling will be punished by imprisonment for no more than 5 years.-P 532
Jordan 540 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 600
Kazakhstan 711 142 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 665
Kenya 571 548 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 817
Kiribati 607 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 837
Kosovo 723 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 901
Kuwait 534 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 366
Kyrgyzstan 513 130 0 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 555
Laos 671 643 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.LOO 652
Latvia 484 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 569
Lebanon 551 17 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 516
Lesotho 600 577 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 833
Liberia 528 506 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 793
Libya 613 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 410
Liechtenstein 663 329 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 868
Lithuania 497 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 566
Luxembourg 652 195 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 762
Macau 540 518 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 800
Macedonia 716 685 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 887
Madagascar 616 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 842
Malawi 556 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Malaysia 513 33 0 3.501.502.005.005.00In 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.-- 625
Maldives 594 571 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 470
Mali 590 171 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 747
Malta 630 608 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 850
Martinique 520 153 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 549
Mauritania 550 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 505
Mauritius 605 584 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 626
Mayotte 517 145 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 547
Mexico 633 166 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 681
Micronesia 701 671 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.LO 889
Moldova 682 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 868
Monaco 662 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 857
Mongolia 602 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 754
Montenegro 546 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 793
Morocco 571 17 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 577 95 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 820
Myanmar 464 443 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 757
Namibia 555 265 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 808
Nauru 592 570 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 829
Nepal 606 583 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.LOO 566
Netherlands 439 22 3 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.------- 704
New Caledonia 552 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 566
New Zealand 720 696 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 830
Nicaragua 584 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Niger 571 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 817
Nigeria 491 470 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 702
North Korea 570 12 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 406
Northern Mariana Islands 499 24 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.L 777
Norway 710 221 14 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 684
Oman 578 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 391
Pakistan 406 387 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 425
Palau 592 570 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 729
Panama 567 168 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 715
Papua New Guinea 561 540 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--- 671
Paraguay 640 174 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 825
Peru 666 178 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 840
Philippines 408 389 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 556
Poland 450 51 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 480
Portugal 376 52 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 699
Puerto Rico 485 125 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.LLO 669
Qatar 598 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 502
Reunion Island 667 646 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 630
Romania 284 20 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.LOOOOO 618
Russia 617 135 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 612
Rwanda 493 472 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 764
Saint Barthelemy 701 193 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 649
Saint Kitts and Nevis 616 593 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 842
Saint Lucia 618 595 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 843
Saint Martin 697 671 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 647
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 610 588 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Samoa 602 581 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 754
San Marino 671 136 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 802
Sao Tome and Principe 594 88 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 830
Saudi Arabia 568 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 385
Senegal 584 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Serbia 458 23 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 714
Seychelles 617 595 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 832
Sierra Leone 557 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 809
Singapore 410 18 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 328
Slovakia 507 13 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 711
Slovenia 473 15 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 752
Solomon Islands 621 599 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 845
Somalia 497 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 416
South Africa 530 510 3 5.000.000.005.005.000LOO 594
South Korea 730 15 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 545
South Sudan 704 675 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.- 891
Spain 271 88 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 490
Sri Lanka 586 564 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 785
Sudan 415 13 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 230
Suriname 590 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.L