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 900)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 333 315 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 365
Albania 536 515 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 798
Algeria 486 16 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 440
American Samoa 451 434 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 481
Andorra 637 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 854
Angola 462 78 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 757
Antigua and Barbuda 570 546 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 777
Argentina 666 188 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 860
Armenia 525 137 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 752
Aruba 596 31 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 761
Australia 271 261 9 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--- 581
Austria 598 287 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 732
Azerbaijan 497 139 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 606
Bahamas 611 587 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 759
Bahrain 567 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 385
Bangladesh 568 546 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 546
Barbados 633 609 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 752
Belarus 535 128 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 797
Belgium 326 111 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 381
Belize 565 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 804
Benin 569 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 816
Bermuda 629 605 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 819
Bhutan 569 547 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 456
Bolivia 625 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 847
Bosnia and Herzegovina 540 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 730
Botswana 558 536 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 810
Brazil 633 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 682
Brunei 724 694 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 602
Bulgaria 358 21 0 5.003.005.000.005.000----- 559
Burkina Faso 578 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Burundi 545 169 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 773
Cambodia 529 507 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 554
Cameroon 582 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Canada 636 616 10 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 843
Cape Verde 597 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 802
Cayman Islands 600 576 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 563
Central African Republic 546 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 803
Chad 566 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 814
Channel Islands 734 704 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 898
Chile 661 190 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 797
China 451 25 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 351
Colombia 570 167 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 597
Comoros 575 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 809
Congo 528 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 793
Cook Islands 628 605 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 849
Costa Rica 554 166 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 658
Croatia 561 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 712
Cuba 495 149 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 515
Curacao 473 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 753
Cyprus 434 43 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 441
Czech Republic 411 25 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 588
Denmark 308 22 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.--- 631
Djibouti 572 549 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 818
Dominica 571 548 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 807
Dominican Republic 621 183 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 835
DR Congo 676 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 876
Ecuador 575 173 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 719
Egypt 586 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 826
El Salvador 628 186 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 619
Equatorial Guinea 595 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 831
Eritrea 506 485 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 511
Estonia 397 9 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 621
Ethiopia 485 465 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 629
Falkland Islands 732 702 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 867
Faroe Islands 602 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 834
Fiji 617 594 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 543
Finland 669 234 18 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.---- 832
France 138 74 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 406 124 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 486
French Polynesia 421 130 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 494
Gabon 592 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 829
Gambia 580 556 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 622
Georgia 588 10 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 787
Germany 593 314 11 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 559
Ghana 558 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 810
Gibraltar 607 584 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Greece 492 56 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 673
Greenland 595 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 821
Grenada 593 571 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 729
Guadeloupe 457 137 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 514
Guam 449 432 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 579
Guatemala 627 182 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 688
Guinea 560 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 801
Guinea-Bissau 562 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. 812
Guyana 544 525 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 802
Haiti 547 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 804
Honduras 632 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 851
Hong Kong 413 394 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.--- 459
Hungary 279 23 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 445
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.- 613
India 576 555 6 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 790
Indonesia 471 14 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 362
Iran 474 454 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 333
Iraq 351 15 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.--- 565
Ireland 564 545 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.-- 703
Isle of Man 572 550 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Israel 231 220 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 228
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 682 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 879
Jamaica 602 578 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 834
Japan 649 53 1 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 591
Jordan 542 18 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 601
Kazakhstan 704 146 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 661
Kenya 553 529 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 807
Kiribati 606 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 837
Kosovo 717 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 898
Kuwait 533 16 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 366
Kyrgyzstan 519 138 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 558
Laos 670 643 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 480 13 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 567
Lebanon 552 18 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 517
Lesotho 608 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 838
Liberia 527 504 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 793
Libya 612 16 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 410
Liechtenstein 656 337 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 864
Lithuania 471 11 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 552
Luxembourg 647 207 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 759
Macau 541 518 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 801
Macedonia 707 677 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 883
Madagascar 617 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 843
Malawi 561 538 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 812
Malaysia 505 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.--- 521
Maldives 596 572 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 471
Mali 589 183 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 747
Malta 596 573 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 831
Martinique 474 137 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 523
Mauritania 557 18 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 509
Mauritius 598 577 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 622
Mayotte 505 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 541
Mexico 626 174 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 678
Micronesia 696 667 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. 887
Moldova 676 39 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 866
Monaco 654 197 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 853
Mongolia 590 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 748
Montenegro 553 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 797
Morocco 571 18 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 576 96 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 820
Myanmar 459 437 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 755
Namibia 551 276 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 806
Nauru 590 567 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 828
Nepal 601 578 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.-- 564
Netherlands 395 20 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.------- 679
New Caledonia 513 146 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 545
New Zealand 713 689 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 826
Nicaragua 572 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Niger 577 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Nigeria 488 466 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 701
North Korea 572 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 408
Northern Mariana Islands 489 26 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 772
Norway 667 225 12 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 661
Oman 575 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 389
Pakistan 413 394 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 429
Palau 592 569 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 729
Panama 559 176 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 711
Papua New Guinea 556 534 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--- 669
Paraguay 637 184 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 824
Peru 661 185 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 837
Philippines 378 359 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 540
Poland 400 49 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 452
Portugal 358 49 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.-- 689
Puerto Rico 476 117 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 664
Qatar 592 17 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 499
Reunion Island 664 643 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 629
Romania 287 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.------ 619
Russia 605 137 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 606
Rwanda 497 476 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 766
Saint Barthelemy 699 205 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 648
Saint Kitts and Nevis 608 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 838
Saint Lucia 606 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 837
Saint Martin 689 663 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 603 580 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Samoa 594 572 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 750
San Marino 663 134 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 798
Sao Tome and Principe 587 87 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 826
Saudi Arabia 562 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 382
Senegal 584 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Serbia 454 25 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 712
Seychelles 616 593 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 832
Sierra Leone 556 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 809
Singapore 401 20 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 323
Slovakia 478 14 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 696
Slovenia 450 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 740
Solomon Islands 614 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 841
Somalia 485 17 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 409
South Africa 531 510 3 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 595
South Korea 724 14 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 542
South Sudan 701 673 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.- 889
Spain 251 79 2 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 479
Sri Lanka 571 548 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 777
Sudan 415 15 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 231
Suriname 586 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 766
Swaziland 579 555 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Sweden 546 203 16 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 763
Switzerland 550 260 1 5.001.505.003.505.00Block access to unlicensed gaming sites will come into force after July 2019---O 706
Syria 548 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 474
Taiwan 491 28 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 343
Tajikistan 527 140 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 793
Tanzania 555 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 808
Thailand 526 12 1 0.000.000.000.000.000