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 890)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 327 307 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 364
Albania 534 513 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 800
Algeria 484 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 442
American Samoa 448 431 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 482
Andorra 633 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 856
Angola 461 78 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 759
Antigua and Barbuda 568 544 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 779
Argentina 665 187 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 864
Armenia 526 133 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 756
Aruba 598 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 766
Australia 292 278 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--- 594
Austria 604 283 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 739
Azerbaijan 494 136 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 608
Bahamas 612 588 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 764
Bahrain 565 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 387
Bangladesh 561 539 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 545
Barbados 633 609 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 756
Belarus 536 126 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 801
Belgium 328 110 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 384
Belize 565 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 807
Benin 568 176 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 819
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 823
Bhutan 569 547 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 459
Bolivia 624 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 851
Bosnia and Herzegovina 535 26 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 731
Botswana 556 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 812
Brazil 631 97 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 684
Brunei 724 693 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 607
Bulgaria 356 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 660
Burkina Faso 578 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 825
Burundi 544 167 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 776
Cambodia 526 504 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 556
Cameroon 578 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 825
Canada 629 610 12 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 843
Cape Verde 596 91 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 805
Cayman Islands 597 573 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 565
Central African Republic 545 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 806
Chad 563 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 816
Channel Islands 733 702 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 902
Chile 660 189 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 801
China 455 24 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 356
Colombia 570 167 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 600
Comoros 572 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 811
Congo 525 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 795
Cook Islands 631 608 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 854
Costa Rica 559 166 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 664
Croatia 559 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 714
Cuba 498 150 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 520
Curacao 477 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 758
Cyprus 433 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 443
Czech Republic 419 25 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 595
Denmark 304 24 10 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 631
Djibouti 573 549 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 822
Dominica 571 548 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 811
Dominican Republic 621 183 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 839
DR Congo 674 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 879
Ecuador 572 174 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 721
Egypt 583 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 828
El Salvador 628 187 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 623
Equatorial Guinea 595 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Eritrea 505 483 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 514
Estonia 402 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 626
Ethiopia 484 463 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 632
Falkland Islands 731 700 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 871
Faroe Islands 602 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 838
Fiji 614 591 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 545
Finland 676 232 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 140 75 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 309
French Guiana 406 125 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 488
French Polynesia 425 131 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 499
Gabon 590 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Gambia 578 554 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 625
Georgia 586 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 789
Germany 604 315 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 569
Ghana 557 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 813
Gibraltar 612 589 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 844
Greece 497 56 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 679
Greenland 596 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 825
Grenada 594 572 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 734
Guadeloupe 462 139 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 520
Guam 450 432 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 583
Guatemala 625 181 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 691
Guinea 557 163 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 803
Guinea-Bissau 560 85 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 815
Guyana 543 523 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Haiti 547 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 807
Honduras 630 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 854
Hong Kong 415 395 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.--- 463
Hungary 276 22 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 445
Iceland 686 662 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.- 615
India 571 550 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 791
Indonesia 466 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 362
Iran 470 449 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 334
Iraq 346 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.--- 564
Ireland 560 541 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.-- 705
Isle of Man 574 552 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 822
Israel 232 221 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 678 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 881
Jamaica 600 576 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Japan 644 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 538 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 602
Kazakhstan 702 142 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 664
Kenya 550 526 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 809
Kiribati 606 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Kosovo 716 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 902
Kuwait 529 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 367
Kyrgyzstan 516 133 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 560
Laos 665 637 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 654
Latvia 481 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 570
Lebanon 548 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 518
Lesotho 605 581 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 840
Liberia 525 502 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 795
Libya 611 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 413
Liechtenstein 652 328 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 866
Lithuania 490 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 565
Luxembourg 643 205 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 761
Macau 541 518 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 804
Macedonia 707 676 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 887
Madagascar 612 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 844
Malawi 558 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Malaysia 505 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.-- 624
Maldives 594 570 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 474
Mali 586 181 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 749
Malta 596 573 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 835
Martinique 482 138 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 531
Mauritania 556 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 512
Mauritius 600 578 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 627
Mayotte 510 142 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 547
Mexico 623 173 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 680
Micronesia 695 665 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 890
Moldova 675 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 869
Monaco 654 195 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 857
Mongolia 589 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 751
Montenegro 550 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 799
Morocco 568 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 573 94 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Myanmar 457 435 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 546 265 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Nauru 592 569 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 833
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.-- 567
Netherlands 398 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.------- 684
New Caledonia 518 147 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 551
New Zealand 711 687 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 829
Nicaragua 573 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 822
Niger 573 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Nigeria 484 462 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 702
North Korea 568 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 488 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 774
Norway 670 223 14 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 666
Oman 573 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 392
Pakistan 410 390 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 430
Palau 592 569 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 733
Panama 559 175 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 714
Papua New Guinea 554 532 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 636 183 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 827
Peru 660 184 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 841
Philippines 379 359 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 543
Poland 403 47 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 456
Portugal 372 51 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 699
Puerto Rico 475 118 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 667
Qatar 590 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 501
Reunion Island 661 640 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 631
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 621
Russia 607 134 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 611
Rwanda 493 471 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 767
Saint Barthelemy 696 201 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Kitts and Nevis 609 585 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 842
Saint Lucia 606 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 840
Saint Martin 692 666 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 649
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 605 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
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 754
San Marino 663 134 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 802
Sao Tome and Principe 587 87 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 830
Saudi Arabia 563 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 386
Senegal 580 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Serbia 459 24 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 718
Seychelles 611 588 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 833
Sierra Leone 558 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 813
Singapore 404 20 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 327
Slovakia 495 15 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 708
Slovenia 456 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 746
Solomon Islands 612 589 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 844
Somalia 485 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 412
South Africa 525 504 3 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 595
South Korea 722 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 546
South Sudan 698 669 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 271 87 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 492
Sri Lanka 573 550 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 782
Sudan 414 14 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 233
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 769
Swaziland 577 553 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Sweden 555 206 18 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall