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 225 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 721)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 432 345 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 480
Albania 535 414 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 871
Algeria 541 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 545
American Samoa 507 419 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 582
Andorra 617 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 928
Angola 507 76 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 852
Antigua and Barbuda 554 457 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 844
Argentina 609 161 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 822
Armenia 541 95 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 835
Aruba 607 26 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 851
Australia 528 415 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 796
Austria 597 231 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 774
Azerbaijan 524 99 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 693
Bahamas 600 502 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 836
Bahrain 573 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 567
Bangladesh 552 449 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 783
Barbados 610 509 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Belarus 546 88 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 879
Belgium 337 114 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 404
Belize 560 160 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 878
Benin 549 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 881
Bermuda 604 504 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 919
Bhutan 556 455 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 526
Bolivia 578 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 901
Bosnia and Herzegovina 554 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 814
Botswana 582 487 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Brazil 579 77 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 732
Brunei 588 489 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 738
Bulgaria 387 13 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 728
Burkina Faso 553 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 883
Burundi 546 159 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 849
Cambodia 557 462 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 646
Cameroon 577 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 900
Canada 524 420 6 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 853
Cape Verde 568 82 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 864
Cayman Islands 604 504 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 649
Central African Republic 558 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 887
Chad 539 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 874
Channel Islands 604 500 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 909
Chile 618 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 929
China 465 20 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 422
Colombia 593 166 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 691
Comoros 564 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 881
Congo 531 150 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Cook Islands 601 485 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Costa Rica 563 159 0 5.005.005.005.005.00This country has not established a law that regulates online gambling. Thus, there are no restrictions for online casinos, nor penalties for online casino players.LO 890
Croatia 525 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 764
Cuba 519 146 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 600
Curacao 561 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 879
Cyprus 469 36 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 525
Czech Republic 564 42 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 701
Denmark 333 12 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 691
Djibouti 582 485 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Dominica 557 448 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Dominican Republic 586 159 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 896
DR Congo 537 154 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 872
Ecuador 564 162 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 791
Egypt 586 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 906
El Salvador 602 171 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 687
Equatorial Guinea 559 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 888
Eritrea 531 443 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 598
Estonia 431 2 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 699
Ethiopia 512 431 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 715
Falkland Islands 598 534 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 875
Faroe Islands 584 31 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 905
Fiji 589 489 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 798
Finland 594 121 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 872
France 157 87 3 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 369
French Guiana 447 130 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 570
French Polynesia 476 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 590
Gabon 576 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 899
Gambia 580 482 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 862
Georgia 580 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 862
Germany 571 228 10 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 556
Ghana 569 470 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 895
Gibraltar 597 500 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Greece 530 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 628
Greenland 582 30 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 894
Grenada 571 472 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Guadeloupe 516 152 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 618
Guam 488 397 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 668
Guatemala 596 169 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 753
Guinea 557 170 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Guinea-Bissau 546 76 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention.LOO 879
Guyana 557 461 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 886
Haiti 552 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 883
Honduras 596 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 913
Hong Kong 412 349 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 686
Hungary 437 17 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 693
Iceland 622 506 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.LO 661
India 547 442 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 849
Indonesia 512 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 555
Iran 372 292 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 328
Iraq 406 9 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.LAOO 652
Ireland 529 464 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 757
Isle of Man 579 477 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Israel 290 228 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 401
Italy 321 101 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 523
Ivory Coast 545 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 878
Jamaica 592 491 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Japan 577 34 0 0.001.505.003.503.50In 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.L 670
Jordan 549 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 581
Kazakhstan 579 98 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 672
Kenya 573 473 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 897
Kiribati 562 461 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Kosovo 584 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 905
Kuwait 548 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 490
Kyrgyzstan 553 96 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 653
Laos 547 453 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 659
Latvia 531 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 758
Lebanon 571 11 0 5.000.002.000.003.50Gambling is allowed in only one casino that is a monopoly Casino du Liban. All online casinos are blockedLO 606
Lesotho 584 487 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 905
Liberia 544 448 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 877
Libya 480 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 403
Liechtenstein 607 253 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 921
Lithuania 531 7 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 758
Luxembourg 597 184 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 814
Macau 548 436 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 880
Macedonia 582 459 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 894
Madagascar 590 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 909
Malawi 562 465 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Malaysia 513 22 0 5.001.505.005.005.00In 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.LO 786
Maldives 570 468 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 535
Mali 586 177 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 826
Malta 592 494 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Martinique 542 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 636
Mauritania 549 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 681
Mauritius 581 484 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 693
Mayotte 543 164 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 637
Mexico 586 159 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 736
Micronesia 554 455 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 884
Moldova 560 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 878
Monaco 606 172 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 910
Mongolia 582 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 824
Montenegro 555 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 875
Morocco 564 11 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 891
Mozambique 587 82 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 907
Myanmar 474 389 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 829
Namibia 569 238 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 895
Nauru 563 458 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Nepal 597 490 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 644
Netherlands 543 24 5 5.004.505.005.005.000LOOGOOG 867
New Caledonia 572 173 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 657
New Zealand 618 502 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 859
Nicaragua 581 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 903
Niger 561 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Nigeria 502 407 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 778
North Korea 446 7 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 399
Northern Mariana Islands 525 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 864
Norway 604 115 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 809
Oman 585 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 476
Pakistan 465 378 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 522
Palau 564 463 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 791
Panama 560 162 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 788
Papua New Guinea 564 470 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 891
Paraguay 596 167 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 883
Peru 594 162 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 882
Philippines 459 368 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 718
Poland 533 56 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 670
Portugal 495 59 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 833
Puerto Rico 502 132 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 748
Qatar 569 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 565
Reunion Island 528 448 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 626
Romania 378 18 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU.LOOOOO 722
Russia 512 97 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 625
Rwanda 535 441 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 861
Saint Barthelemy 564 171 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Kitts and Nevis 592 490 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Saint Lucia 591 488 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 910
Saint Martin 564 464 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 590 488 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Samoa 580 481 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 822
San Marino 618 138 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 859
Sao Tome and Principe 581 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 903
Saudi Arabia 567 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.The Saudi government has control over the content which its citizens can access over the Internet. A sophisticated filtering system leaves out sites involving gambling as well as drug use, pornography, and religious conversion of Muslims. Hence, Arabian gambling laws are very stringent.