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 772)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 413 329 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 447
Albania 518 400 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 835
Algeria 520 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 507
American Samoa 486 402 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 545
Andorra 598 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 887
Angola 488 74 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 816
Antigua and Barbuda 536 442 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 807
Argentina 590 155 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 782
Armenia 524 93 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 799
Aruba 586 27 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 810
Australia 483 386 7 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 743
Austria 577 221 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 734
Azerbaijan 508 97 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 659
Bahamas 579 484 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 795
Bahrain 553 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 528
Bangladesh 532 433 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 745
Barbados 591 493 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 783
Belarus 531 86 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 844
Belgium 327 111 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 382
Belize 541 154 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 840
Benin 528 157 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 842
Bermuda 583 487 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 878
Bhutan 536 439 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 487
Bolivia 560 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 863
Bosnia and Herzegovina 531 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 774
Botswana 561 469 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 863
Brazil 560 75 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 693
Brunei 570 474 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 699
Bulgaria 373 12 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 702
Burkina Faso 532 159 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 845
Burundi 528 151 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 812
Cambodia 538 445 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 608
Cameroon 556 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 860
Canada 509 409 5 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 820
Cape Verde 547 80 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 824
Cayman Islands 583 487 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 608
Central African Republic 536 157 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 847
Chad 519 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 836
Channel Islands 585 485 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 869
Chile 599 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
China 446 20 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 389
Colombia 574 160 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 652
Comoros 542 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 841
Congo 512 141 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 832
Cook Islands 580 468 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 876
Costa Rica 540 151 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 850
Croatia 505 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 727
Cuba 502 139 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 565
Curacao 540 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 840
Cyprus 451 37 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 492
Czech Republic 525 39 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 650
Denmark 319 11 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 667
Djibouti 562 468 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 864
Dominica 536 431 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 837
Dominican Republic 566 153 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 857
DR Congo 518 146 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 835
Ecuador 545 157 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 753
Egypt 566 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 867
El Salvador 581 165 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 646
Equatorial Guinea 538 147 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 848
Eritrea 511 426 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 561
Estonia 418 2 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 671
Ethiopia 489 412 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 677
Falkland Islands 580 518 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 836
Faroe Islands 566 30 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Fiji 569 472 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 759
Finland 575 114 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 832
France 152 84 3 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 358
French Guiana 439 128 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 544
French Polynesia 464 135 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 561
Gabon 556 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 860
Gambia 559 464 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 822
Georgia 561 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 823
Germany 555 217 8 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 519
Ghana 548 453 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 855
Gibraltar 578 484 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 874
Greece 514 53 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 593
Greenland 560 29 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 853
Grenada 552 456 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 758
Guadeloupe 501 144 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 584
Guam 468 381 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 633
Guatemala 576 163 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 713
Guinea 536 159 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 837
Guinea-Bissau 528 74 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 842
Guyana 538 445 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 848
Haiti 535 148 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 847
Honduras 576 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 873
Hong Kong 394 334 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 655
Hungary 414 17 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 658
Iceland 603 491 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 621
India 525 424 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 810
Indonesia 491 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 518
Iran 355 278 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 300
Iraq 386 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 620
Ireland 514 450 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 723
Isle of Man 561 461 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 863
Israel 274 217 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 377
Italy 310 100 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 501
Ivory Coast 524 158 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 839
Jamaica 572 475 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 870
Japan 559 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 632
Jordan 527 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 541
Kazakhstan 562 96 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 634
Kenya 552 455 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 858
Kiribati 542 444 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 851
Kosovo 565 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 866
Kuwait 527 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 451
Kyrgyzstan 533 92 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 615
Laos 528 436 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 622
Latvia 512 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 722
Lebanon 553 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 568
Lesotho 564 470 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 865
Liberia 523 431 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Libya 463 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 370
Liechtenstein 588 242 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 881
Lithuania 510 7 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 720
Luxembourg 577 176 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 774
Macau 528 420 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Macedonia 560 442 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 853
Madagascar 567 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 867
Malawi 541 447 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Malaysia 492 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 749
Maldives 549 450 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 496
Mali 565 165 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 786
Malta 573 481 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 871
Martinique 526 152 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 601
Mauritania 528 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 642
Mauritius 560 467 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 653
Mayotte 524 152 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 599
Mexico 568 153 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 698
Micronesia 533 437 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 845
Moldova 541 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 840
Monaco 589 166 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 871
Mongolia 563 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 785
Montenegro 532 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 835
Morocco 542 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 851
Mozambique 566 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Myanmar 458 374 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 797
Namibia 548 224 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 855
Nauru 542 440 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 851
Nepal 575 472 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 602
Netherlands 516 25 3 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOGOOGO 794
New Caledonia 554 161 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 619
New Zealand 598 485 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 817
Nicaragua 561 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 863
Niger 540 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Nigeria 482 389 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 742
North Korea 432 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 370
Northern Mariana Islands 504 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 826
Norway 583 108 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 768
Oman 563 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 435
Pakistan 443 360 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 487
Palau 543 445 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 752
Panama 540 156 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 750
Papua New Guinea 544 453 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Paraguay 576 160 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 843
Peru 575 156 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 842
Philippines 442 355 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 686
Poland 512 55 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 632
Portugal 468 56 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 793
Puerto Rico 480 126 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 711
Qatar 547 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 524
Reunion Island 514 437 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 593
Romania 362 18 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU.LOOOOO 694
Russia 492 95 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 589
Rwanda 514 423 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 823
Saint Barthelemy 542 159 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 611
Saint Kitts and Nevis 572 473 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 870
Saint Lucia 571 471 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 870
Saint Martin 542 447 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 611
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 569 471 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 869
Samoa 559 463 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 782
San Marino 599 131 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 818
Sao Tome and Principe 560 78 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 863
Saudi Arabia