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 333 314 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 365
Albania 540 520 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 800
Algeria 491 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 443
American Samoa 479 463 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 496
Andorra 657 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 865
Angola 457 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 754
Antigua and Barbuda 576 553 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 780
Argentina 673 182 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 864
Armenia 519 130 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 749
Aruba 609 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 769
Australia 300 286 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--- 597
Austria 620 286 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 745
Azerbaijan 494 135 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 605
Bahamas 630 607 0 1.005.005.005.005.000- 770
Bahrain 571 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 388
Bangladesh 570 549 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 547
Barbados 645 622 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 759
Belarus 542 125 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 801
Belgium 331 109 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 384
Belize 575 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 810
Benin 565 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 814
Bermuda 636 613 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 824
Bhutan 572 551 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 458
Bolivia 633 176 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Bosnia and Herzegovina 539 26 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 730
Botswana 581 559 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 823
Brazil 641 98 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 687
Brunei 737 706 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 610
Bulgaria 374 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 668
Burkina Faso 577 166 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 821
Burundi 542 165 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 771
Cambodia 539 518 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 560
Cameroon 581 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 823
Canada 635 617 12 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 843
Cape Verde 595 91 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 801
Cayman Islands 605 582 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 566
Central African Republic 544 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 803
Chad 560 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 811
Channel Islands 742 711 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 903
Chile 670 183 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 803
China 480 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 367
Colombia 582 162 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 604
Comoros 569 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 806
Congo 534 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 797
Cook Islands 644 622 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 858
Costa Rica 574 162 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 669
Croatia 565 25 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 714
Cuba 504 145 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 520
Curacao 476 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 755
Cyprus 468 40 0 5.001.500.000.003.500---- 460
Czech Republic 426 23 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 597
Denmark 305 23 9 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 630
Djibouti 579 556 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 822
Dominica 569 547 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 806
Dominican Republic 630 178 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 840
DR Congo 679 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 878
Ecuador 584 170 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 725
Egypt 591 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 829
El Salvador 640 184 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 626
Equatorial Guinea 592 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Eritrea 508 487 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 513
Estonia 406 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 626
Ethiopia 480 460 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 627
Falkland Islands 743 712 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 873
Faroe Islands 616 44 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Fiji 626 604 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 548
Finland 685 223 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 841
France 139 76 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 437 134 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 503
French Polynesia 456 140 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 514
Gabon 595 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Gambia 584 561 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 625
Georgia 596 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 791
Germany 608 320 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 568
Ghana 562 539 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 813
Gibraltar 617 595 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 843
Greece 509 54 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 683
Greenland 607 42 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 828
Grenada 606 585 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 737
Guadeloupe 501 154 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 539
Guam 456 439 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 584
Guatemala 635 176 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 693
Guinea 562 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 803
Guinea-Bissau 563 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. 813
Guyana 556 537 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Haiti 559 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 811
Honduras 641 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 857
Hong Kong 421 403 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.--- 464
Hungary 304 23 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 459
Iceland 699 676 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.- 619
India 582 562 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 794
Indonesia 472 13 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 363
Iran 473 452 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 333
Iraq 338 13 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.--- 558
Ireland 590 572 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.-- 718
Isle of Man 582 561 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Israel 208 197 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 216
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 681 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 879
Jamaica 610 587 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 839
Japan 654 49 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 534
Jordan 543 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 602
Kazakhstan 714 142 0 3.500.005.000.005.000-- 667
Kenya 573 550 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 819
Kiribati 607 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 838
Kosovo 725 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 903
Kuwait 537 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 369
Kyrgyzstan 513 130 0 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 555
Laos 674 646 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 655
Latvia 488 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 571
Lebanon 554 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 603 580 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 835
Liberia 528 506 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 794
Libya 614 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 411
Liechtenstein 665 331 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 870
Lithuania 501 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 569
Luxembourg 654 195 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 764
Macau 542 520 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 801
Macedonia 718 687 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 889
Madagascar 619 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 844
Malawi 555 532 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Malaysia 516 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.-- 627
Maldives 595 572 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 471
Mali 593 171 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 750
Malta 633 611 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Martinique 521 153 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 550
Mauritania 549 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 505
Mauritius 607 586 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 628
Mayotte 516 145 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 547
Mexico 635 167 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 683
Micronesia 700 670 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 686 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 872
Monaco 664 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 859
Mongolia 605 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 756
Montenegro 548 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 795
Morocco 573 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 579 94 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Myanmar 465 444 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 759
Namibia 558 267 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 810
Nauru 592 570 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 829
Nepal 608 585 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.LOO 568
Netherlands 443 23 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.------- 706
New Caledonia 554 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 568
New Zealand 723 699 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 832
Nicaragua 587 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 826
Niger 571 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 818
Nigeria 490 469 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 703
North Korea 571 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 408
Northern Mariana Islands 499 24 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 778
Norway 712 221 14 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 686
Oman 581 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 393
Pakistan 405 386 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 425
Palau 591 569 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 729
Panama 570 169 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 717
Papua New Guinea 564 543 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--- 674
Paraguay 643 175 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 828
Peru 668 179 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 842
Philippines 411 392 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 559
Poland 453 51 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 482
Portugal 375 51 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 699
Puerto Rico 484 125 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 669
Qatar 600 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 504
Reunion Island 669 648 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 632
Romania 284 20 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 618
Russia 619 135 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 614
Rwanda 493 472 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 764
Saint Barthelemy 703 193 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Kitts and Nevis 618 595 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 844
Saint Lucia 620 597 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 845
Saint Martin 699 673 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 649
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 612 590 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Samoa 605 584 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 756
San Marino 673 136 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 804
Sao Tome and Principe 596 87 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 831
Saudi Arabia 571 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 388
Senegal 586 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Serbia 463 24 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 718
Seychelles 619 597 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 834
Sierra Leone 556 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 809
Singapore 411 18 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 329
Slovakia 509 13 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 713
Slovenia 475 15 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 754
Solomon Islands 623 601 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 846
Somalia 498 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 417
South Africa 528 508 3 5.000.000.005.005.000LOO 594
South Korea 732 15 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 547
South Sudan 708 679 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.- 894
Spain 271 88 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 491
Sri Lanka 589 567 0 5.003.005.005.005.000L 788
Sudan 415 13 0 0.000.000.000.000.00As per Islamic law 231
Suriname 594 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.L