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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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Number of Casinos (of 726)Casino LawBlocks
NameAllowedFriendlyTargetedLand - basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBankNotesSources Score
Afghanistan 433 347 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 478
Albania 540 420 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 872
Algeria 545 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 545
American Samoa 507 420 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 579
Andorra 622 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 928
Angola 509 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 851
Antigua and Barbuda 558 462 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 844
Argentina 614 162 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 823
Armenia 546 98 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 836
Aruba 613 26 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 852
Australia 532 419 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 796
Austria 602 236 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 774
Azerbaijan 529 102 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 694
Bahamas 604 507 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 836
Bahrain 576 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 567
Bangladesh 557 455 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 784
Barbados 614 514 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Belarus 550 90 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 338 112 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 403
Belize 564 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 878
Benin 554 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 882
Bermuda 608 509 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 919
Bhutan 561 461 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 526
Bolivia 583 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Bosnia and Herzegovina 559 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 815
Botswana 587 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Brazil 584 81 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 592 494 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 738
Bulgaria 387 13 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 727
Burkina Faso 558 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 884
Burundi 549 161 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 848
Cambodia 561 467 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 646
Cameroon 582 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 901
Canada 521 418 6 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 849
Cape Verde 573 86 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 865
Cayman Islands 609 510 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 649
Central African Republic 563 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
Chad 542 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 873
Channel Islands 609 506 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 909
Chile 622 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 928
China 464 19 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 420
Colombia 598 167 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 692
Comoros 569 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 882
Congo 533 149 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Cook Islands 606 491 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Costa Rica 567 158 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 530 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 765
Cuba 522 145 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 600
Curacao 566 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 880
Cyprus 473 37 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 526
Czech Republic 569 41 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 702
Denmark 337 12 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 692
Djibouti 587 491 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Dominica 561 453 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Dominican Republic 591 160 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 897
DR Congo 536 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 869
Ecuador 570 163 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 793
Egypt 591 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 907
El Salvador 607 172 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 688
Equatorial Guinea 564 154 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 888
Eritrea 532 445 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 596
Estonia 434 2 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 699
Ethiopia 515 435 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 715
Falkland Islands 603 539 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 875
Faroe Islands 587 31 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Fiji 594 495 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 799
Finland 599 122 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 873
France 159 90 5 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 370
French Guiana 448 129 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 569
French Polynesia 478 141 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 589
Gabon 581 176 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 900
Gambia 585 488 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 863
Georgia 583 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 862
Germany 576 233 10 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 557
Ghana 574 476 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 895
Gibraltar 601 505 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Greece 532 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 626
Greenland 586 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 575 477 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Guadeloupe 517 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 616
Guam 488 398 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 666
Guatemala 601 170 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 754
Guinea 562 173 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 877
Guinea-Bissau 549 80 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 878
Guyana 562 467 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 887
Haiti 554 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 882
Honduras 601 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Hong Kong 410 348 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 682
Hungary 440 18 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 693
Iceland 627 512 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 662
India 551 447 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 849
Indonesia 516 11 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 555
Iran 373 294 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 327
Iraq 407 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 650
Ireland 534 470 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 758
Isle of Man 584 483 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Israel 291 230 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 400
Italy 325 104 14 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 524
Ivory Coast 550 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 879
Jamaica 596 496 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 910
Japan 582 35 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 671
Jordan 552 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 580
Kazakhstan 584 101 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 672
Kenya 577 478 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 897
Kiribati 567 467 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Kosovo 589 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 906
Kuwait 552 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 490
Kyrgyzstan 558 99 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 654
Laos 553 460 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 661
Latvia 536 12 1 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 759
Lebanon 576 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 607
Lesotho 589 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 906
Liberia 549 454 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 878
Libya 480 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 401
Liechtenstein 612 258 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 921
Lithuania 535 8 1 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 758
Luxembourg 602 187 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 815
Macau 552 441 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 880
Macedonia 586 464 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 894
Madagascar 595 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 910
Malawi 567 471 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Malaysia 516 21 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 785
Maldives 575 474 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 536
Mali 591 180 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 827
Malta 597 500 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Martinique 544 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 635
Mauritania 552 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 680
Mauritius 584 488 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 692
Mayotte 546 164 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 636
Mexico 591 160 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 737
Micronesia 559 461 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 885
Moldova 565 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 879
Monaco 609 174 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 909
Mongolia 587 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 824
Montenegro 560 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Morocco 567 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 890
Mozambique 592 86 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 908
Myanmar 476 392 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 828
Namibia 575 243 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 896
Nauru 568 464 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 891
Nepal 602 496 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 645
Netherlands 546 24 5 5.004.505.005.005.000LOOGOOG 866
New Caledonia 576 173 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 657
New Zealand 623 508 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 859
Nicaragua 587 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Niger 566 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Nigeria 507 413 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 779
North Korea 447 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 398
Northern Mariana Islands 528 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 864
Norway 609 117 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 588 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 475
Pakistan 469 383 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 523
Palau 569 469 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 792
Panama 566 163 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 790
Papua New Guinea 570 477 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 893
Paraguay 601 168 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 884
Peru 599 163 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 883
Philippines 461 371 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 717
Poland 539 61 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 671
Portugal 499 62 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 834
Puerto Rico 503 130 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 746
Qatar 572 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 564
Reunion Island 532 453 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 626
Romania 380 17 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU.LOOOOO 722
Russia 518 98 5 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 627
Rwanda 538 445 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 861
Saint Barthelemy 569 172 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Saint Kitts and Nevis 596 495 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 910
Saint Lucia 595 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 910
Saint Martin 569 470 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 594 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Samoa 585 487 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 823
San Marino 623 142 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 859
Sao Tome and Principe 586 84 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 904
Saudi Arabia 570 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.L 563
Senegal 595 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 910
Serbia 524 15 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LOOO 791
Seychelles 602 501 0 5.004.505.005.005.000