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 902)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 339 320 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 368
Albania 533 512 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 795
Algeria 482 18 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 437
American Samoa 447 431 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 478
Andorra 625 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 846
Angola 480 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 766
Antigua and Barbuda 559 536 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 770
Argentina 651 188 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 851
Armenia 540 138 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 759
Aruba 584 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 754
Australia 247 239 13 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--- 567
Austria 578 280 2 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 720
Azerbaijan 508 137 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 612
Bahamas 592 569 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 748
Bahrain 555 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 378
Bangladesh 559 538 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 540
Barbados 619 596 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 743
Belarus 526 122 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 792
Belgium 325 110 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 380
Belize 557 167 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 799
Benin 572 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 817
Bermuda 619 596 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 813
Bhutan 577 556 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 460
Bolivia 617 184 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 842
Bosnia and Herzegovina 533 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 725
Botswana 543 522 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 801
Brazil 624 102 2 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 676
Brunei 716 688 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 597
Bulgaria 357 22 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 589 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 826
Burundi 551 175 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 775
Cambodia 522 500 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 549
Cameroon 574 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 818
Canada 615 596 16 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 831
Cape Verde 604 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 805
Cayman Islands 590 567 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 557
Central African Republic 554 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Chad 576 19 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 819
Channel Islands 724 696 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 891
Chile 654 192 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 793
China 446 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 347
Colombia 562 171 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 592
Comoros 591 19 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 818
Congo 523 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 790
Cook Islands 616 594 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 841
Costa Rica 544 168 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 652
Croatia 542 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 700
Cuba 495 148 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 514
Curacao 457 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 743
Cyprus 426 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 436
Czech Republic 405 30 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 585
Denmark 309 23 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 561 539 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 811
Dominica 576 554 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 809
Dominican Republic 607 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 826
DR Congo 687 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 881
Ecuador 573 176 1 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 718
Egypt 571 19 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 817
El Salvador 617 186 1 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 612
Equatorial Guinea 602 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Eritrea 504 483 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 509
Estonia 396 9 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 620
Ethiopia 499 479 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 637
Falkland Islands 723 695 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 861
Faroe Islands 590 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Fiji 604 582 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 535
Finland 656 233 20 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.---- 824
France 142 75 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting----- 309
French Guiana 394 122 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 478
French Polynesia 410 128 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 487
Gabon 583 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Gambia 571 548 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 617
Georgia 583 10 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 783
Germany 524 268 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 520
Ghana 543 520 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 801
Gibraltar 593 571 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Greece 480 55 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 586 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 815
Grenada 581 560 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 722
Guadeloupe 443 134 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 506
Guam 451 435 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 580
Guatemala 617 182 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 682
Guinea 551 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 795
Guinea-Bissau 548 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. 804
Guyana 540 521 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 799
Haiti 537 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 798
Honduras 622 185 1 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 845
Hong Kong 414 394 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 282 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- 416
Iceland 674 651 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.- 604
India 570 550 7 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-- 716
Indonesia 477 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 364
Iran 499 480 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 347
Iraq 359 17 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.--- 569
Ireland 546 528 11 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.-- 693
Isle of Man 567 546 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 814
Israel 228 217 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 226
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 696 201 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 886
Jamaica 586 563 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 825
Japan 637 56 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 583
Jordan 535 19 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 597
Kazakhstan 697 144 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 656
Kenya 541 518 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 800
Kiribati 613 590 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Kosovo 708 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 892
Kuwait 531 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 364
Kyrgyzstan 528 138 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 563
Laos 668 643 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 650
Latvia 474 13 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 563
Lebanon 546 19 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 513
Lesotho 597 574 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 831
Liberia 516 494 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 786
Libya 630 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 419
Liechtenstein 642 335 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 856
Lithuania 456 11 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 543
Luxembourg 636 204 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 753
Macau 533 511 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 795
Macedonia 697 669 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 876
Madagascar 608 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 837
Malawi 570 548 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Malaysia 499 35 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 603 580 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 580 180 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 742
Malta 581 559 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 822
Martinique 462 133 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 516
Mauritania 570 19 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 516
Mauritius 591 570 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 618
Mayotte 493 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 533
Mexico 617 174 1 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 672
Micronesia 707 680 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. 892
Moldova 668 41 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 860
Monaco 644 194 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 847
Mongolia 578 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 740
Montenegro 545 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 792
Morocco 564 19 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 813
Mozambique 565 96 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Myanmar 479 457 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 766
Namibia 545 280 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 802
Nauru 598 576 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 831
Nepal 588 566 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.-- 556
Netherlands 386 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.------- 674
New Caledonia 504 144 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 539
New Zealand 687 664 5 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 811
Nicaragua 564 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 813
Niger 583 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Nigeria 503 482 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 709
North Korea 594 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 419
Northern Mariana Islands 490 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.L 772
Norway 635 216 15 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 642
Oman 566 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 384
Pakistan 437 417 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 442
Palau 599 577 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 732
Panama 550 176 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 705
Papua New Guinea 553 531 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--- 667
Paraguay 623 184 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 815
Peru 654 189 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 833
Philippines 382 363 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 542
Poland 395 56 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.-- 389
Portugal 354 50 1 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.-- 686
Puerto Rico 476 118 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 664
Qatar 583 19 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 493
Reunion Island 659 640 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 625
Romania 284 22 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.------ 617
Russia 603 136 5 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 604
Rwanda 515 494 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 775
Saint Barthelemy 694 202 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 645
Saint Kitts and Nevis 596 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 830
Saint Lucia 592 569 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Saint Martin 682 658 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 638
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 590 568 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Samoa 582 561 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 743
San Marino 651 129 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.--- 791
Sao Tome and Principe 575 88 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 819
Saudi Arabia 548 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 374
Senegal 574 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 818
Serbia 449 25 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 709
Seychelles 603 581 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 824
Sierra Leone 566 544 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 814
Singapore 400 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 322
Slovakia 464 14 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 617
Slovenia 442 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 735
Solomon Islands 604 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 835
Somalia 482 18 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 407
South Africa 527 507 4 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 592
South Korea 718 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 538
South Sudan 695 668 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.- 885
Spain 263 90 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 346
Sri Lanka 555 533 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 768
Sudan 418 17 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 232
Suriname 576 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 759
Swaziland 567 544 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 814
Sweden 529 196 17 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 753
Switzerland 529 251 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 653
Syria 570 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 486
Taiwan 485 29 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 339
Tajikistan 538 138 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 798
Tanzania 543 522 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 801
Thailand 516 13 4 0.000.000.000.000.00