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 799)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 408 325 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 435
Albania 512 397 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 820
Algeria 515 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 492
American Samoa 484 401 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 533
Andorra 592 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 870
Angola 483 73 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 802
Antigua and Barbuda 530 437 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 792
Argentina 584 154 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 765
Armenia 517 91 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 784
Aruba 580 27 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 793
Australia 386 300 5 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 672
Austria 570 219 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 716
Azerbaijan 503 95 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 645
Bahamas 573 479 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 779
Bahrain 548 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 513
Bangladesh 527 429 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 730
Barbados 585 488 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 766
Belarus 525 84 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 829
Belgium 322 111 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 372
Belize 535 152 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 825
Benin 522 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 827
Bermuda 577 482 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 861
Bhutan 531 435 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 472
Bolivia 554 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 847
Bosnia and Herzegovina 526 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 759
Botswana 556 465 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 848
Brazil 554 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 677
Brunei 564 469 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 683
Bulgaria 371 11 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 692
Burkina Faso 526 158 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 829
Burundi 522 150 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 797
Cambodia 532 441 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 593
Cameroon 551 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 845
Canada 504 405 5 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 805
Cape Verde 541 79 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 809
Cayman Islands 577 482 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 591
Central African Republic 530 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 832
Chad 514 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 822
Channel Islands 579 480 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 852
Chile 593 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 871
China 441 20 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 376
Colombia 568 158 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 635
Comoros 536 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 825
Congo 506 140 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 817
Cook Islands 574 463 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 859
Costa Rica 534 149 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 834
Croatia 499 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 712
Cuba 496 137 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 550
Curacao 536 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 825
Cyprus 446 36 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 479
Czech Republic 516 39 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 633
Denmark 313 11 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 656
Djibouti 556 463 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 848
Dominica 530 426 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 822
Dominican Republic 560 152 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 840
DR Congo 512 145 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 820
Ecuador 539 155 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 737
Egypt 560 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 850
El Salvador 575 163 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 630
Equatorial Guinea 532 145 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 833
Eritrea 505 421 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 546
Estonia 413 2 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 658
Ethiopia 484 408 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 663
Falkland Islands 574 513 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 819
Faroe Islands 560 30 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Fiji 563 467 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 742
Finland 567 113 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 815
France 148 83 3 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 353
French Guiana 435 127 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 532
French Polynesia 460 134 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 548
Gabon 550 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 844
Gambia 553 459 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 806
Georgia 555 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 807
Germany 548 215 8 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 503
Ghana 542 448 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 839
Gibraltar 573 479 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 859
Greece 509 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 579
Greenland 554 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 837
Grenada 546 451 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 742
Guadeloupe 496 143 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 570
Guam 464 378 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 620
Guatemala 570 161 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 697
Guinea 530 158 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 822
Guinea-Bissau 522 73 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 827
Guyana 532 440 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 833
Haiti 529 147 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 831
Honduras 570 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 857
Hong Kong 390 331 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 644
Hungary 409 17 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 646
Iceland 596 485 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 603
India 520 421 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 795
Indonesia 486 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 504
Iran 349 274 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 288
Iraq 381 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 608
Ireland 509 446 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 709
Isle of Man 557 457 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 849
Israel 271 215 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 370
Italy 303 98 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 490
Ivory Coast 520 158 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 825
Jamaica 566 470 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 854
Japan 553 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 616
Jordan 522 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 527
Kazakhstan 556 94 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 618
Kenya 546 450 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 842
Kiribati 536 439 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Kosovo 559 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 850
Kuwait 522 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 437
Kyrgyzstan 527 89 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 600
Laos 522 431 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 607
Latvia 506 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 707
Lebanon 547 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 552
Lesotho 558 465 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 849
Liberia 518 427 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Libya 458 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 357
Liechtenstein 582 240 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 864
Lithuania 504 7 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 705
Luxembourg 570 175 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 757
Macau 522 416 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Macedonia 554 437 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 837
Madagascar 561 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 851
Malawi 535 442 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Malaysia 487 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 735
Maldives 543 445 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 480
Mali 559 164 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 770
Malta 567 476 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 855
Martinique 522 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 587
Mauritania 522 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 627
Mauritius 554 462 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 637
Mayotte 520 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 585
Mexico 562 152 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 682
Micronesia 529 434 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 831
Moldova 535 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 825
Monaco 583 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 855
Mongolia 558 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 769
Montenegro 526 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 819
Morocco 537 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 836
Mozambique 560 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Myanmar 452 369 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 783
Namibia 542 222 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Nauru 536 435 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 835
Nepal 569 468 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 586
Netherlands 510 25 3 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOGOOGO 779
New Caledonia 550 161 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 604
New Zealand 593 481 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 801
Nicaragua 555 159 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 847
Niger 534 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 834
Nigeria 477 385 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 728
North Korea 425 6 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 356
Northern Mariana Islands 499 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 812
Norway 575 108 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 750
Oman 557 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 419
Pakistan 438 357 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 474
Palau 537 440 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 736
Panama 534 154 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 734
Papua New Guinea 538 448 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Paraguay 570 159 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 827
Peru 569 155 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 826
Philippines 438 353 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 674
Poland 507 55 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 617
Portugal 464 56 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 780
Puerto Rico 476 125 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 698
Qatar 542 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 509
Reunion Island 510 434 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 579
Romania 358 18 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 684
Russia 487 93 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 575
Rwanda 508 418 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 808
Saint Barthelemy 536 158 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 595
Saint Kitts and Nevis 566 468 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 854
Saint Lucia 565 466 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 854
Saint Martin 536 442 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 595
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 563 466 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 852
Samoa 553 458 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 766
San Marino 593 128 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 801
Sao Tome and Principe 554 77 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 847
Saudi Arabia