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 928)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 347 327 0 0.000.002.003.503.500- 367
Albania 541 519 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 791
Algeria 491 19 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 435
American Samoa 459 442 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 477
Andorra 643 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 846
Angola 494 83 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 766
Antigua and Barbuda 578 554 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 771
Argentina 655 185 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 843
Armenia 550 143 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 756
Aruba 592 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 749
Australia 268 260 18 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--- 574
Austria 593 291 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 720
Azerbaijan 525 142 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 613
Bahamas 604 580 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 745
Bahrain 576 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 380
Bangladesh 573 551 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 539
Barbados 629 605 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 739
Belarus 528 125 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 784
Belgium 341 114 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 384
Belize 568 167 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 796
Benin 584 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 815
Bermuda 633 609 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 811
Bhutan 597 575 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 461
Bolivia 626 187 1 5.005.005.005.005.000- 837
Bosnia and Herzegovina 545 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 724
Botswana 552 530 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 797
Brazil 641 103 2 0.001.502.005.005.000---P 615
Brunei 731 702 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 594
Bulgaria 364 19 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.----- 556
Burkina Faso 601 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Burundi 567 180 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 775
Cambodia 525 502 0 1.000.002.005.005.000--- 543
Cameroon 577 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 811
Canada 629 609 21 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 829
Cape Verde 620 95 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 804
Cayman Islands 605 581 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 556
Central African Republic 566 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Chad 591 20 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 818
Channel Islands 738 709 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 888
Chile 672 196 1 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 792
China 461 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000-- 348
Colombia 560 162 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 582
Comoros 603 20 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 815
Congo 534 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 788
Cook Islands 639 616 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 844
Costa Rica 552 170 1 1.001.505.005.005.000L 647
Croatia 550 25 1 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 696
Cuba 497 143 0 0.000.005.003.503.500---- 508
Curacao 459 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 737
Cyprus 436 41 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 435
Czech Republic 409 23 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 329 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.--- 637
Djibouti 574 551 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 809
Dominica 590 567 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 808
Dominican Republic 618 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 823
DR Congo 693 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 873
Ecuador 586 179 1 0.005.005.005.005.000--- 716
Egypt 588 20 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 817
El Salvador 628 190 1 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 608
Equatorial Guinea 619 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Eritrea 524 502 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 512
Estonia 395 8 1 5.003.002.000.005.000--- 513
Ethiopia 512 491 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 636
Falkland Islands 736 707 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 857
Faroe Islands 604 39 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 825
Fiji 620 597 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 534
Finland 660 239 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.---- 816
France 145 78 6 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting----- 308
French Guiana 402 125 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 477
French Polynesia 418 130 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 485
Gabon 595 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 821
Gambia 584 560 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 615
Georgia 593 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 780
Germany 525 264 14 5.001.50-0.015.000.000---OI 513
Ghana 546 522 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 794
Gibraltar 602 580 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Greece 481 44 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 659
Greenland 591 34 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 808
Grenada 596 574 0 0.005.005.005.005.000 721
Guadeloupe 447 138 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 501
Guam 457 440 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 576
Guatemala 629 186 1 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 679
Guinea 562 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 793
Guinea-Bissau 566 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. 805
Guyana 554 534 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 798
Haiti 552 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 797
Honduras 634 189 1 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 842
Hong Kong 432 411 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 295 25 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- 419
Iceland 687 663 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.- 600
India 581 560 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-- 713
Indonesia 489 14 1 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 363
Iran 516 496 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 348
Iraq 362 18 0 0.000.000.000.000.00Gambling is prohibited by religious tradition. 195
Ireland 566 547 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.-- 695
Isle of Man 578 556 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 811
Israel 231 220 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 224
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 710 207 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 883
Jamaica 597 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 822
Japan 656 55 3 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 550 20 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 596
Kazakhstan 709 149 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 652
Kenya 551 527 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 797
Kiribati 631 607 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 840
Kosovo 723 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.-- 890
Kuwait 548 19 0 0.000.000.000.003.500 365
Kyrgyzstan 539 143 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 560
Laos 684 658 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.--- 649
Latvia 484 12 1 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 561
Lebanon 553 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 508
Lesotho 612 588 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 830
Liberia 529 506 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 785
Libya 654 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 422
Liechtenstein 654 341 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 852
Lithuania 443 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000OO 529
Luxembourg 651 210 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 751
Macau 544 521 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 793
Macedonia 701 672 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 868
Madagascar 619 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 834
Malawi 585 562 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 815
Malaysia 508 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.--- 514
Maldives 622 598 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 475
Mali 592 183 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels. 739
Malta 590 567 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Martinique 464 138 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 510
Mauritania 585 20 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 515
Mauritius 596 574 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.-- 611
Mayotte 498 144 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 528
Mexico 626 171 1 5.004.505.005.000.000-- 727
Micronesia 721 693 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. 888
Moldova 679 39 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 856
Monaco 662 199 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 847
Mongolia 588 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 737
Montenegro 553 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 788
Morocco 580 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 813
Mozambique 564 90 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 804
Myanmar 491 468 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 765
Namibia 559 290 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 801
Nauru 621 598 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Nepal 602 579 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 387 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.------ 669
New Caledonia 512 147 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 536
New Zealand 695 671 9 5.001.505.005.005.000-- 804
Nicaragua 562 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 803
Niger 598 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Nigeria 510 488 0 5.001.505.005.005.000 705
North Korea 610 14 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 497 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.- 768
Norway 641 216 18 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 635
Oman 585 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 385
Pakistan 446 425 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 440
Palau 617 594 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 732
Panama 564 181 0 5.003.002.005.005.000-- 704
Papua New Guinea 568 545 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--- 666
Paraguay 640 189 1 3.505.005.005.005.000--- 815
Peru 668 193 1 3.505.005.005.005.000- 830
Philippines 388 368 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 539
Poland 398 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.-- 384
Portugal 356 50 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.-- 682
Puerto Rico 487 119 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.--- 662
Qatar 605 20 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 496
Reunion Island 678 658 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 625
Romania 300 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.------ 622
Russia 618 141 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of Roskomnadzor--- 603
Rwanda 533 511 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 777
Saint Barthelemy 711 209 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Saint Kitts and Nevis 607 583 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 827
Saint Lucia 608 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Saint Martin 694 669 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 634
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 606 583 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Samoa 596 574 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 666 127 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.--- 789
Sao Tome and Principe 591 91 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 818
Saudi Arabia 562 20 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 373
Senegal 585 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 815
Serbia 434 22 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 694
Seychelles 620 597 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 824
Sierra Leone 578 555 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 811
Singapore 414 21 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 323
Slovakia 453 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 604
Slovenia 441 14 0 5.004.500.000.005.000-- 528
Solomon Islands 620 597 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 834
Somalia 497 19 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 408
South Africa 542 521 7 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 592
South Korea 730 16 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 533
South Sudan 710 682 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.- 883
Spain 261 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 341
Sri Lanka 563 540 0 5.003.005.005.005.000- 763
Sudan 425 18 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 229
Suriname 587 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 756
Swaziland 581 557 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Sweden 523 180 15 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 742
Switzerland 529 247 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 645
Syria 582 18 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 484
Taiwan 499 30 0 0.000.000.000.003.500-- 339
Tajikistan 553 143 0 5.005.005.005.005.00There are no laws restricting people from placing bets on online casinos. 798
Tanzania 553 531 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 798
Thailand 529 14 5 0.000.000.000.000.000---- 285
Timor-Leste 724 105 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 890
Togo 602 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Tonga 627 604 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No law on gambling. 838
Trinidad and Tobago 584 560 0 5.005.005.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.--- 815
Tunisia 551 20 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 797
Turkey 279 36 3 0.000.002.00