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 335 315 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 366
Albania 542 521 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 801
Algeria 492 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 443
American Samoa 453 436 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 481
Andorra 649 175 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 860
Angola 466 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 759
Antigua and Barbuda 577 553 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 780
Argentina 675 191 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 865
Armenia 532 133 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 755
Aruba 608 31 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 767
Australia 297 283 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--- 595
Austria 617 289 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 742
Azerbaijan 503 136 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 609
Bahamas 630 606 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 770
Bahrain 571 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 387
Bangladesh 569 547 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 546
Barbados 644 620 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 757
Belarus 545 125 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 802
Belgium 333 111 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 385
Belize 575 169 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 809
Benin 575 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 819
Bermuda 638 614 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 824
Bhutan 582 560 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 463
Bolivia 635 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Bosnia and Herzegovina 541 26 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 730
Botswana 565 542 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 814
Brazil 641 100 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 686
Brunei 735 704 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 608
Bulgaria 358 20 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 659
Burkina Faso 587 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 826
Burundi 551 169 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 776
Cambodia 539 517 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 559
Cameroon 584 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Canada 640 621 12 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 845
Cape Verde 605 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 806
Cayman Islands 606 582 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 566
Central African Republic 554 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Chad 571 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 817
Channel Islands 740 709 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 901
Chile 670 192 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 802
China 463 25 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 357
Colombia 581 170 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 602
Comoros 581 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 812
Congo 535 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 797
Cook Islands 641 618 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 856
Costa Rica 573 170 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 668
Croatia 564 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 713
Cuba 505 153 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 520
Curacao 484 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 759
Cyprus 447 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 448
Czech Republic 426 25 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 596
Denmark 305 24 10 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 629
Djibouti 580 556 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 822
Dominica 579 556 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 811
Dominican Republic 631 186 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 840
DR Congo 683 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 879
Ecuador 585 179 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 725
Egypt 592 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 829
El Salvador 639 191 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 625
Equatorial Guinea 603 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 835
Eritrea 514 492 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 515
Estonia 406 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 625
Ethiopia 490 469 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 632
Falkland Islands 741 710 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 871
Faroe Islands 615 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 841
Fiji 626 603 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 547
Finland 687 235 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 841
France 139 76 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 413 129 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 489
French Polynesia 432 135 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 500
Gabon 597 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Gambia 586 562 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 625
Georgia 596 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 791
Germany 612 322 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 569
Ghana 564 540 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 813
Gibraltar 618 595 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 843
Greece 506 56 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 681
Greenland 605 35 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 606 584 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 736
Guadeloupe 470 142 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 521
Guam 454 436 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 582
Guatemala 635 184 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 692
Guinea 567 164 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 805
Guinea-Bissau 569 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. 816
Guyana 555 535 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 808
Haiti 557 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 809
Honduras 641 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 856
Hong Kong 423 403 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.--- 465
Hungary 276 22 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 443
Iceland 700 676 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.- 618
India 582 561 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 793
Indonesia 473 14 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 362
Iran 476 455 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 334
Iraq 348 14 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.--- 563
Ireland 566 547 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.-- 704
Isle of Man 583 561 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Israel 234 223 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 230
Italy 5 5 13 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 685 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 880
Jamaica 610 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 839
Japan 654 51 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 533
Jordan 543 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 601
Kazakhstan 710 142 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 664
Kenya 557 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 809
Kiribati 617 593 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Kosovo 723 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 901
Kuwait 537 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 368
Kyrgyzstan 524 132 0 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 561
Laos 672 644 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 653
Latvia 487 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 570
Lebanon 552 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 613 589 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 840
Liberia 534 511 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 796
Libya 618 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 413
Liechtenstein 666 337 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 870
Lithuania 498 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 566
Luxembourg 655 206 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 763
Macau 549 526 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Macedonia 717 686 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 888
Madagascar 620 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 844
Malawi 565 541 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 814
Malaysia 515 34 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.-- 626
Maldives 606 582 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 476
Mali 594 182 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 750
Malta 607 584 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Martinique 492 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 533
Mauritania 563 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 512
Mauritius 607 585 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 627
Mayotte 519 145 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 548
Mexico 633 176 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 681
Micronesia 704 674 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 891
Moldova 684 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 870
Monaco 666 196 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 860
Mongolia 600 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 753
Montenegro 554 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 797
Morocco 575 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 819
Mozambique 580 95 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Myanmar 468 446 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 760
Namibia 557 272 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Nauru 602 579 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 834
Nepal 609 585 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.-- 568
Netherlands 409 21 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.------- 687
New Caledonia 525 150 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 551
New Zealand 724 700 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 832
Nicaragua 587 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 826
Niger 581 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Nigeria 489 467 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 701
North Korea 574 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 409
Northern Mariana Islands 494 25 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 774
Norway 688 225 14 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 672
Oman 582 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 393
Pakistan 414 394 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 430
Palau 604 581 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 735
Panama 570 177 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 716
Papua New Guinea 564 542 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--- 673
Paraguay 645 185 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 828
Peru 672 188 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 843
Philippines 384 364 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 543
Poland 407 47 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 456
Portugal 376 51 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 699
Puerto Rico 479 121 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.LLO 666
Qatar 600 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 503
Reunion Island 667 646 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 630
Romania 286 21 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 619
Russia 616 134 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 612
Rwanda 499 477 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 767
Saint Barthelemy 701 201 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 649
Saint Kitts and Nevis 618 594 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 843
Saint Lucia 620 596 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 844
Saint Martin 697 671 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 647
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 615 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 841
Samoa 606 584 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 756
San Marino 675 137 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 805
Sao Tome and Principe 597 88 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Saudi Arabia 569 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 386
Senegal 587 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Serbia 467 24 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 719
Seychelles 620 597 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 834
Sierra Leone 567 543 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 815
Singapore 411 19 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 328
Slovakia 500 14 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 707
Slovenia 460 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 745
Solomon Islands 623 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 846
Somalia 495 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 415
South Africa 532 511 3 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 595
South Korea 731 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 546
South Sudan 706 677 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.- 892
Spain 272 88 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 491
Sri Lanka 581 558 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 782
Sudan 422 14 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 234
Suriname 595 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 770
Swaziland 585 561 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 825
Sweden 572 212 18 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall