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 899)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 333 315 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 365
Albania 530 509 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 795
Algeria 481 18 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 438
American Samoa 446 430 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 478
Andorra 626 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 848
Angola 478 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 766
Antigua and Barbuda 561 538 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 772
Argentina 656 189 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 855
Armenia 537 139 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 759
Aruba 583 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 754
Australia 249 240 11 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 584 285 1 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 725
Azerbaijan 507 139 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 612
Bahamas 597 574 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 752
Bahrain 559 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 381
Bangladesh 560 539 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 541
Barbados 623 600 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 746
Belarus 523 124 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 791
Belgium 320 111 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 378
Belize 558 164 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 800
Benin 576 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 820
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 property-L 814
Bhutan 579 558 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 462
Bolivia 617 183 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 843
Bosnia and Herzegovina 534 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 727
Botswana 547 526 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 804
Brazil 625 102 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 678
Brunei 720 690 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 600
Bulgaria 356 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 589 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Burundi 553 177 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 778
Cambodia 521 499 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 550
Cameroon 573 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 819
Canada 618 599 12 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 834
Cape Verde 607 93 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 808
Cayman Islands 592 569 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 559
Central African Republic 555 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Chad 578 19 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Channel Islands 730 700 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 896
Chile 654 192 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 794
China 443 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 346
Colombia 557 166 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 590
Comoros 586 19 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 816
Congo 523 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 791
Cook Islands 617 595 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 843
Costa Rica 546 166 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 654
Croatia 548 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 705
Cuba 491 147 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 513
Curacao 462 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 747
Cyprus 427 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 437
Czech Republic 403 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 584
Denmark 304 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.--- 629
Djibouti 563 541 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 813
Dominica 579 557 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 812
Dominican Republic 611 182 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 830
DR Congo 691 194 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 884
Ecuador 572 174 1 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 718
Egypt 576 19 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 820
El Salvador 620 186 1 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 615
Equatorial Guinea 605 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 836
Eritrea 501 481 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 509
Estonia 396 9 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 620
Ethiopia 499 480 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 638
Falkland Islands 728 698 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 865
Faroe Islands 591 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 829
Fiji 609 587 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 539
Finland 657 231 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.---- 825
France 139 76 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 396 123 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 480
French Polynesia 413 129 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 490
Gabon 585 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 825
Gambia 569 546 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 616
Georgia 578 10 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 781
Germany 569 300 11 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 546
Ghana 546 523 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 804
Gibraltar 597 575 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 832
Greece 481 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 668
Greenland 583 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 814
Grenada 584 563 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 725
Guadeloupe 443 136 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 506
Guam 447 431 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 579
Guatemala 619 182 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 684
Guinea 551 163 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 796
Guinea-Bissau 550 87 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 806
Guyana 541 522 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 801
Haiti 538 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 799
Honduras 626 185 1 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 848
Hong Kong 412 393 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 276 23 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- 414
Iceland 678 655 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.- 607
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-- 717
Indonesia 470 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 361
Iran 501 481 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 349
Iraq 350 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.--- 565
Ireland 551 533 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.-- 696
Isle of Man 562 541 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 813
Israel 228 217 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 227
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 699 204 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 889
Jamaica 591 568 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 829
Japan 639 54 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 585
Jordan 535 19 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 598
Kazakhstan 702 145 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 660
Kenya 545 522 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 803
Kiribati 616 593 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Kosovo 713 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 897
Kuwait 532 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 366
Kyrgyzstan 529 140 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 564
Laos 671 644 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 474 13 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 564
Lebanon 543 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 512
Lesotho 601 578 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 834
Liberia 518 496 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 788
Libya 632 18 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 422
Liechtenstein 645 337 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 859
Lithuania 462 11 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 547
Luxembourg 637 206 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 754
Macau 531 509 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 795
Macedonia 704 674 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 882
Madagascar 609 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 839
Malawi 570 548 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 817
Malaysia 502 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.--- 519
Maldives 605 582 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 580 182 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 743
Malta 585 563 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 825
Martinique 464 136 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 518
Mauritania 569 19 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 516
Mauritius 594 574 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 620
Mayotte 493 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 534
Mexico 617 173 1 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 673
Micronesia 712 683 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. 896
Moldova 673 40 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 864
Monaco 644 196 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 848
Mongolia 580 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 743
Montenegro 543 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 792
Morocco 565 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 814
Mozambique 566 97 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 815
Myanmar 474 452 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 764
Namibia 547 280 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 804
Nauru 600 578 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 834
Nepal 591 569 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.-- 559
Netherlands 393 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 502 145 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 539
New Zealand 692 669 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 815
Nicaragua 566 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 815
Niger 588 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Nigeria 497 476 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 706
North Korea 596 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 421
Northern Mariana Islands 484 27 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 769
Norway 646 216 12 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 649
Oman 570 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 387
Pakistan 430 411 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 439
Palau 601 579 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 734
Panama 553 175 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 708
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--- 668
Paraguay 625 184 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 818
Peru 654 188 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 834
Philippines 373 354 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 537
Poland 394 50 0 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 357 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.-- 689
Puerto Rico 474 117 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 588 19 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 497
Reunion Island 663 642 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 629
Romania 282 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.------ 617
Russia 606 137 5 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 607
Rwanda 512 492 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 775
Saint Barthelemy 698 205 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 648
Saint Kitts and Nevis 598 575 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 833
Saint Lucia 596 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Saint Martin 688 662 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 593 571 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 830
Samoa 586 565 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 746
San Marino 654 133 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.--- 794
Sao Tome and Principe 579 88 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 822
Saudi Arabia 554 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 378
Senegal 574 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 819
Serbia 447 25 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 709
Seychelles 607 585 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 828
Sierra Leone 566 544 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 815
Singapore 400 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 322
Slovakia 468 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 620
Slovenia 442 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 736
Solomon Islands 604 582 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 836
Somalia 481 18 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 408
South Africa 524 504 4 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 591
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 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.- 890
Spain 262 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 558 536 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 770
Sudan 415 17 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 231
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 760
Swaziland 571 548 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 818
Sweden 536 199 16 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 758
Switzerland 535 256 1 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 658
Syria 572 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 488
Taiwan 487 29 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 341
Tajikistan 539 140 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 800
Tanzania 545 524 0 5.005.005.005.005.000