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 927)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 343 322 0 0.000.002.003.503.500- 365
Albania 537 514 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 790
Algeria 490 19 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 434
American Samoa 455 437 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 475
Andorra 641 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 846
Angola 490 84 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 764
Antigua and Barbuda 573 548 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 769
Argentina 666 192 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 849
Armenia 547 141 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 755
Aruba 590 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 748
Australia 255 247 16 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--- 568
Austria 587 288 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 717
Azerbaijan 519 140 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 610
Bahamas 603 578 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 745
Bahrain 570 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 377
Bangladesh 569 546 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 537
Barbados 628 603 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 739
Belarus 533 125 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 787
Belgium 336 114 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 381
Belize 566 167 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 795
Benin 583 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 814
Bermuda 631 606 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 810
Bhutan 590 567 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 458
Bolivia 627 187 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 838
Bosnia and Herzegovina 542 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 722
Botswana 551 528 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 797
Brazil 640 105 2 0.001.502.005.005.000---P 615
Brunei 730 700 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 594
Bulgaria 367 21 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.----- 558
Burkina Faso 598 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Burundi 564 180 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 774
Cambodia 527 503 0 1.000.002.005.005.000--- 544
Cameroon 584 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 815
Canada 627 606 20 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 828
Cape Verde 615 95 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 802
Cayman Islands 602 577 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 555
Central African Republic 563 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 804
Chad 588 20 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 817
Channel Islands 737 707 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 888
Chile 669 196 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 791
China 460 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 348
Colombia 567 169 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 586
Comoros 598 20 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 813
Congo 537 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 790
Cook Islands 630 606 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 840
Costa Rica 553 171 1 1.001.505.005.005.000L 648
Croatia 548 26 1 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 696
Cuba 503 150 0 0.000.005.003.503.500---- 511
Curacao 460 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 738
Cyprus 435 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 435
Czech Republic 407 25 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 326 24 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.--- 636
Djibouti 572 548 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 809
Dominica 588 564 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 807
Dominican Republic 620 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 824
DR Congo 701 199 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 878
Ecuador 583 180 1 0.005.005.005.005.000--- 714
Egypt 586 20 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 816
El Salvador 628 190 1 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 609
Equatorial Guinea 614 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 831
Eritrea 516 493 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 508
Estonia 399 9 1 5.003.002.000.005.000--- 515
Ethiopia 509 487 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 635
Falkland Islands 737 707 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 858
Faroe Islands 600 39 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Fiji 617 593 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 533
Finland 665 241 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.---- 819
France 142 78 6 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting----- 307
French Guiana 403 126 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 477
French Polynesia 420 132 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 487
Gabon 595 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Gambia 583 558 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 614
Georgia 591 10 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 779
Germany 522 263 16 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 511
Ghana 553 528 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 798
Gibraltar 604 581 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 826
Greece 493 54 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 666
Greenland 597 36 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 812
Grenada 594 571 0 0.005.005.005.005.000 720
Guadeloupe 448 139 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 502
Guam 455 437 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 575
Guatemala 629 186 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 679
Guinea 560 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 792
Guinea-Bissau 560 89 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 802
Guyana 549 528 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 796
Haiti 550 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 797
Honduras 634 189 1 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 842
Hong Kong 429 407 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.--- 461
Hungary 292 26 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- 417
Iceland 687 662 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.- 601
India 583 561 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-- 714
Indonesia 483 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 361
Iran 512 491 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 346
Iraq 360 18 0 0.000.000.000.000.00Gambling is prohibited by religious tradition. 194
Ireland 560 541 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.-- 692
Isle of Man 572 549 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 809
Israel 233 221 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 226
Italy 14 9 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 709 207 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Jamaica 598 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 823
Japan 651 57 2 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 581
Jordan 546 20 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 594
Kazakhstan 711 147 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 653
Kenya 554 529 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 799
Kiribati 627 602 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 838
Kosovo 721 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.-- 889
Kuwait 543 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 363
Kyrgyzstan 539 141 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 561
Laos 678 651 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.--- 646
Latvia 478 13 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 558
Lebanon 555 20 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 509
Lesotho 609 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 828
Liberia 529 505 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 785
Libya 651 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 421
Liechtenstein 654 342 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 853
Lithuania 456 11 0 5.004.505.000.000.000OO 536
Luxembourg 648 209 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 750
Macau 548 524 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Macedonia 709 679 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 872
Madagascar 619 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 834
Malawi 581 557 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Malaysia 513 36 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.--- 517
Maldives 617 592 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 473
Mali 590 184 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels. 738
Malta 592 568 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 819
Martinique 468 139 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 512
Mauritania 580 20 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 513
Mauritius 602 579 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.-- 615
Mayotte 496 144 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 528
Mexico 630 178 1 5.004.505.005.000.000-- 730
Micronesia 722 693 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 678 41 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 856
Monaco 659 199 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 845
Mongolia 588 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 737
Montenegro 553 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 788
Morocco 578 20 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 812
Mozambique 574 99 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 810
Myanmar 487 463 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 763
Namibia 556 288 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 800
Nauru 613 589 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 831
Nepal 600 576 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.-- 554
Netherlands 391 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.------ 671
New Caledonia 508 147 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 534
New Zealand 696 671 8 5.001.505.005.005.000-- 805
Nicaragua 573 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 809
Niger 596 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Nigeria 512 489 0 5.001.505.005.005.000 706
North Korea 605 13 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 416
Northern Mariana Islands 495 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.- 767
Norway 644 217 18 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 637
Oman 581 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 383
Pakistan 442 420 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 438
Palau 611 587 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 730
Panama 561 180 0 5.003.002.005.005.000-- 703
Papua New Guinea 562 538 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--- 663
Paraguay 636 189 1 3.505.005.005.005.000--- 813
Peru 668 193 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 830
Philippines 387 366 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 539
Poland 401 55 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.-- 386
Portugal 362 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.-- 685
Puerto Rico 483 120 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.--- 661
Qatar 600 20 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 494
Reunion Island 676 655 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 625
Romania 297 23 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.------ 620
Russia 616 139 5 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of Roskomnadzor--- 602
Rwanda 527 504 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 774
Saint Barthelemy 708 208 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 642
Saint Kitts and Nevis 604 579 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 826
Saint Lucia 604 579 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 826
Saint Martin 694 668 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 634
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 601 577 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Samoa 595 572 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 741
San Marino 664 129 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.--- 788
Sao Tome and Principe 586 91 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 816
Saudi Arabia 560 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 372
Senegal 585 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Serbia 447 22 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 701
Seychelles 615 591 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 822
Sierra Leone 576 552 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 811
Singapore 411 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 322
Slovakia 465 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 611
Slovenia 443 15 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 729
Solomon Islands 615 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 832
Somalia 494 19 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 406
South Africa 541 519 6 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 592
South Korea 727 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 532
South Sudan 709 680 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.- 882
Spain 259 83 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 340
Sri Lanka 560 536 0 5.003.005.005.005.000- 762
Sudan 429 18 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 231
Suriname 585 31 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 756
Swaziland 579 554 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 812
Sweden 533 191 15 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 747
Switzerland 535 253 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 649
Syria 582 18 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 484
Taiwan 497 30 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 338
Tajikistan 550 141 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 797
Tanzania 553 530 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 798
Thailand 524 13 4 0.000.000.000.000.000---- 283
Timor-Leste 723 107 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 890
Togo 602 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 825
Tonga 621 597 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No law on gambling. 835
Trinidad and Tobago 589 564 0 5.005.005.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.--- 818
Tunisia 554 20 0 5.005.005.005.00