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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 727)Casino LawBlocks
NameAllowedFriendlyTargetedLand - basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBankNotesSources Score
Afghanistan 434 347 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 478
Albania 539 418 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 871
Algeria 550 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 548
American Samoa 508 420 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 579
Andorra 623 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 928
Angola 511 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 851
Antigua and Barbuda 559 462 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 844
Argentina 615 163 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 823
Armenia 544 102 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 834
Aruba 615 27 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 853
Australia 533 419 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 797
Austria 604 236 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 775
Azerbaijan 527 106 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 692
Bahamas 605 507 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 836
Bahrain 577 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 567
Bangladesh 558 454 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 784
Barbados 615 514 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Belarus 547 91 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 876
Belgium 339 113 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 403
Belize 565 162 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 879
Benin 552 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 880
Bermuda 609 509 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 919
Bhutan 558 457 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 524
Bolivia 583 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 901
Bosnia and Herzegovina 560 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 815
Botswana 589 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 905
Brazil 585 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 594 494 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 739
Bulgaria 385 13 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 725
Burkina Faso 555 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 882
Burundi 547 162 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 846
Cambodia 566 470 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 649
Cameroon 584 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Canada 526 422 5 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 852
Cape Verde 570 86 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 862
Cayman Islands 610 510 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 650
Central African Republic 561 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 886
Chad 539 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 871
Channel Islands 610 506 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 910
Chile 623 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 928
China 466 19 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 420
Colombia 600 168 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 693
Comoros 566 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 879
Congo 531 150 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 865
Cook Islands 607 491 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Costa Rica 568 159 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 891
Croatia 531 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 765
Cuba 524 146 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 600
Curacao 567 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 880
Cyprus 478 37 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 529
Czech Republic 570 42 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 702
Denmark 341 12 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 695
Djibouti 589 491 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 905
Dominica 558 449 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 874
Dominican Republic 592 161 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 897
DR Congo 533 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 867
Ecuador 574 164 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 795
Egypt 593 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 908
El Salvador 608 173 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 688
Equatorial Guinea 561 154 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 886
Eritrea 530 441 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 595
Estonia 432 2 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 697
Ethiopia 513 431 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 713
Falkland Islands 604 539 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 875
Faroe Islands 588 31 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Fiji 595 495 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 799
Finland 597 122 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 871
France 159 90 5 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 369
French Guiana 451 130 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 570
French Polynesia 478 142 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 589
Gabon 583 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 901
Gambia 587 488 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 864
Georgia 581 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 860
Germany 574 233 10 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 555
Ghana 576 476 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 896
Gibraltar 602 505 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Greece 530 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 625
Greenland 587 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 576 477 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Guadeloupe 518 152 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 616
Guam 485 394 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 664
Guatemala 602 171 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 754
Guinea 559 174 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 874
Guinea-Bissau 546 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 876
Guyana 563 467 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 887
Haiti 556 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 882
Honduras 602 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Hong Kong 411 348 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 683
Hungary 448 18 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 698
Iceland 628 512 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 552 447 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 850
Indonesia 520 11 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 558
Iran 374 293 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 327
Iraq 409 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 651
Ireland 535 470 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 758
Isle of Man 585 483 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Israel 292 230 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 401
Italy 328 105 14 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 526
Ivory Coast 547 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 876
Jamaica 598 496 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Japan 583 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 554 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 581
Kazakhstan 585 105 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 672
Kenya 579 478 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 898
Kiribati 564 463 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
Kosovo 590 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 906
Kuwait 556 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 492
Kyrgyzstan 556 103 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 652
Laos 557 463 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 663
Latvia 537 12 1 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 759
Lebanon 578 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 608
Lesotho 590 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 906
Liberia 547 450 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 876
Libya 478 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 399
Liechtenstein 613 258 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 922
Lithuania 535 8 1 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 758
Luxembourg 603 188 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 815
Macau 553 441 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 880
Macedonia 584 461 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 892
Madagascar 596 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 910
Malawi 565 467 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Malaysia 517 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 786
Maldives 572 470 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 533
Mali 592 181 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 827
Malta 598 500 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Martinique 545 161 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 635
Mauritania 549 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 678
Mauritius 585 488 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 692
Mayotte 543 165 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Mexico 592 161 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 737
Micronesia 556 457 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 882
Moldova 566 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 879
Monaco 610 175 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 910
Mongolia 589 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 825
Montenegro 562 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 877
Morocco 569 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 594 86 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Myanmar 472 387 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 825
Namibia 580 245 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 899
Nauru 565 460 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Nepal 604 496 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 547 25 5 5.004.505.005.005.000LOOGOOG 866
New Caledonia 577 174 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 657
New Zealand 624 508 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 859
Nicaragua 591 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 906
Niger 563 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 887
Nigeria 504 408 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 777
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 397
Northern Mariana Islands 524 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 860
Norway 610 117 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 810
Oman 590 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 476
Pakistan 471 383 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 524
Palau 566 465 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 789
Panama 571 164 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 793
Papua New Guinea 574 480 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 895
Paraguay 602 169 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 884
Peru 599 164 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 882
Philippines 463 371 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 718
Poland 541 60 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 672
Portugal 500 62 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 834
Puerto Rico 500 130 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 744
Qatar 573 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 564
Reunion Island 533 453 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 627
Romania 383 17 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU.LOOOOO 723
Russia 517 99 5 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 626
Rwanda 535 441 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 858
Saint Barthelemy 570 173 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Saint Kitts and Nevis 597 495 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Saint Lucia 596 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 910
Saint Martin 570 470 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 595 493 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Samoa 586 487 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 624 143 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 859
Sao Tome and Principe 587 84 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 904
Saudi Arabia 571 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 597 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 911
Serbia 522 15 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LOOO 789
Seychelles 603 501 0 5.004.505.005.005.000