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
  • List View
  • Map View
  • Statistics
NameNumber of Casinos (of 898)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 334 315 0 0.000.002.003.503.500-- 366
Albania 541 519 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 801
Algeria 491 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 443
American Samoa 451 434 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 481
Andorra 636 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 854
Angola 468 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 761
Antigua and Barbuda 572 547 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 778
Argentina 668 189 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 862
Armenia 528 136 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 754
Aruba 601 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 765
Australia 288 274 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--- 590
Austria 602 284 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 735
Azerbaijan 499 138 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 608
Bahamas 614 589 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 762
Bahrain 568 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 386
Bangladesh 566 543 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 545
Barbados 636 611 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 754
Belarus 538 129 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 800
Belgium 327 110 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 382
Belize 567 166 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 806
Benin 571 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 818
Bermuda 632 607 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 822
Bhutan 572 549 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 458
Bolivia 626 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 849
Bosnia and Herzegovina 542 26 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 732
Botswana 559 536 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 811
Brazil 634 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 683
Brunei 726 695 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 604
Bulgaria 360 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 660
Burkina Faso 581 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Burundi 548 169 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 775
Cambodia 532 509 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 556
Cameroon 582 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Canada 636 616 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.-- 844
Cape Verde 599 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 804
Cayman Islands 600 575 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 564
Central African Republic 548 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Chad 567 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 816
Channel Islands 737 706 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 900
Chile 662 191 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 799
China 458 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 355
Colombia 573 169 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 599
Comoros 577 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 811
Congo 529 154 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 795
Cook Islands 632 608 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 852
Costa Rica 561 168 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 662
Croatia 565 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 715
Cuba 500 151 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 518
Curacao 476 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 755
Cyprus 438 43 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 444
Czech Republic 416 25 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 592
Denmark 309 22 10 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 632
Djibouti 574 550 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 820
Dominica 573 549 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 809
Dominican Republic 624 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 837
DR Congo 678 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 878
Ecuador 578 175 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 722
Egypt 588 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 827
El Salvador 631 188 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 621
Equatorial Guinea 597 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 832
Eritrea 508 486 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 513
Estonia 402 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 624
Ethiopia 487 466 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 631
Falkland Islands 734 703 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 869
Faroe Islands 604 38 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 836
Fiji 617 593 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 544
Finland 676 233 17 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 836
France 139 74 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 409 124 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 488
French Polynesia 425 130 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 497
Gabon 593 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 830
Gambia 581 556 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 623
Georgia 589 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 788
Germany 600 314 11 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 564
Ghana 561 536 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 812
Gibraltar 607 583 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 838
Greece 498 56 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 677
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 822
Grenada 596 573 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 732
Guadeloupe 460 137 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 516
Guam 451 434 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 581
Guatemala 629 183 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 690
Guinea 562 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 803
Guinea-Bissau 563 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. 813
Guyana 547 527 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Haiti 550 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 806
Honduras 633 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Hong Kong 417 397 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.--- 462
Hungary 280 23 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 446
Iceland 690 665 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.- 614
India 575 553 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 790
Indonesia 477 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 366
Iran 475 454 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 334
Iraq 352 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.--- 566
Ireland 564 544 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.-- 704
Isle of Man 577 554 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 821
Israel 232 221 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 229
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 683 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 880
Jamaica 602 577 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 835
Japan 649 52 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 531
Jordan 543 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 602
Kazakhstan 706 145 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 663
Kenya 555 530 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 809
Kiribati 608 583 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Kosovo 719 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 900
Kuwait 536 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 368
Kyrgyzstan 521 137 0 0.001.505.003.503.500-- 560
Laos 672 644 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 654
Latvia 484 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 569
Lebanon 555 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 519
Lesotho 609 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 839
Liberia 530 506 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 795
Libya 615 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 412
Liechtenstein 656 333 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 865
Lithuania 476 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 555
Luxembourg 648 208 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 761
Macau 544 520 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 803
Macedonia 709 678 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 885
Madagascar 616 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 843
Malawi 561 537 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 812
Malaysia 507 34 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.-- 622
Maldives 596 571 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 472
Mali 590 183 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 749
Malta 596 572 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 832
Martinique 482 138 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 528
Mauritania 560 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 512
Mauritius 601 579 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 625
Mayotte 510 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 544
Mexico 627 175 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 679
Micronesia 698 668 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 889
Moldova 678 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 868
Monaco 656 196 0 5.004.505.005.005.000--- 855
Mongolia 591 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 749
Montenegro 553 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 798
Morocco 572 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 818
Mozambique 577 96 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Myanmar 461 438 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 552 271 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Nauru 593 569 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 830
Nepal 602 578 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.-- 565
Netherlands 399 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.------- 682
New Caledonia 517 146 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 548
New Zealand 714 689 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 828
Nicaragua 577 166 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 821
Niger 577 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 821
Nigeria 486 463 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 701
North Korea 575 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 410
Northern Mariana Islands 491 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 773
Norway 671 226 12 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 664
Oman 576 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 391
Pakistan 418 398 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 433
Palau 596 572 0 0.005.005.005.005.000- 732
Panama 565 178 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 715
Papua New Guinea 560 537 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--- 672
Paraguay 637 185 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 825
Peru 663 186 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 839
Philippines 386 366 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 545
Poland 404 48 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 455
Portugal 362 50 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 692
Puerto Rico 477 119 0 5.000.005.005.005.00Puerto Rico is a United States territory, and therefore online gambling is banned in accordance with US Laws.LLO 666
Qatar 592 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500 500
Reunion Island 665 644 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 630
Romania 290 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 609 137 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 609
Rwanda 498 476 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 767
Saint Barthelemy 700 203 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 650
Saint Kitts and Nevis 611 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 840
Saint Lucia 610 585 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 645
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 607 583 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 838
Samoa 598 575 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 753
San Marino 664 134 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 800
Sao Tome and Principe 589 87 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 828
Saudi Arabia 565 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 385
Senegal 585 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Serbia 458 24 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 715
Seychelles 616 592 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 833
Sierra Leone 560 536 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 812
Singapore 406 20 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 326
Slovakia 487 15 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 701
Slovenia 456 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 744
Solomon Islands 616 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 843
Somalia 488 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 412
South Africa 529 507 3 5.000.000.005.005.000--- 595
South Korea 726 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 544
South Sudan 703 674 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.- 891
Spain 263 88 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 486
Sri Lanka 574 550 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 780
Sudan 419 14 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 233
Suriname 589 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 768
Swaziland 581 556 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Sweden 556 207 17 5.003.005.005.005.00The four casinos are located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall---O 770
Switzerland 557 258 1 5.001.505.003.505.00Block access to unlicensed gaming sites will come into force after July 2019---O 710
Syria 549 14 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 476
Taiwan 494 28 0 0.000.000.00