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 860)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 540 452 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 494
Albania 665 538 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 887
Algeria 661 16 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 554
American Samoa 636 546 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 600
Andorra 770 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 948
Angola 634 90 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 869
Antigua and Barbuda 698 594 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 866
Argentina 761 185 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 842
Armenia 681 135 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 856
Aruba 748 31 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 865
Australia 486 407 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 713
Austria 731 294 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 785
Azerbaijan 669 138 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 719
Bahamas 749 643 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 855
Bahrain 717 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 587
Bangladesh 697 589 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 805
Barbados 762 653 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Belarus 690 127 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 901
Belgium 445 137 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 429
Belize 698 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 896
Benin 697 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 905
Bermuda 753 647 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 938
Bhutan 703 596 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 549
Bolivia 718 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 917
Bosnia and Herzegovina 693 21 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 833
Botswana 730 628 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 924
Brazil 726 93 1 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 752
Brunei 740 633 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 760
Bulgaria 498 15 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 750
Burkina Faso 700 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 907
Burundi 699 181 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 876
Cambodia 699 595 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 666
Cameroon 726 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 922
Canada 678 570 7 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 884
Cape Verde 716 98 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 886
Cayman Islands 755 648 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 669
Central African Republic 703 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Chad 688 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 900
Channel Islands 755 644 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 929
Chile 771 191 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 948
China 605 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 452
Colombia 742 187 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 711
Comoros 707 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 901
Congo 683 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 897
Cook Islands 747 625 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 934
Costa Rica 696 177 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 905
Croatia 650 21 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 778
Cuba 656 166 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 621
Curacao 696 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 895
Cyprus 594 41 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 545
Czech Republic 663 44 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 695
Denmark 413 16 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 700
Djibouti 731 626 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 925
Dominica 704 588 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 899
Dominican Republic 735 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 917
DR Congo 688 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 900
Ecuador 691 180 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 802
Egypt 736 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 928
El Salvador 750 192 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 706
Equatorial Guinea 708 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 912
Eritrea 675 579 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 622
Estonia 555 8 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 723
Ethiopia 631 547 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 727
Falkland Islands 750 675 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 896
Faroe Islands 734 36 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 927
Fiji 740 633 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 820
Finland 747 187 17 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 894
France 223 105 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 390
French Guiana 602 159 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 610
French Polynesia 627 166 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 625
Gabon 724 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 921
Gambia 728 622 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 883
Georgia 727 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 883
Germany 729 304 9 5.003.000.000.000.00Title: Best Online Casinos for Germany: Reviews, Links to Play - KeyToCasino Description: Find out more about gambling in Germany: legal casinos, available bonuses, most popular games & slots, and new betting sites. Click for details!OOOAGOL 584
Ghana 708 602 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 912
Gibraltar 739 635 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 930
Greece 664 57 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 646
Greenland 723 35 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 910
Grenada 720 614 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 819
Guadeloupe 667 174 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 648
Guam 614 521 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 687
Guatemala 746 190 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 774
Guinea 705 187 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 900
Guinea-Bissau 699 94 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 906
Guyana 691 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Haiti 707 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 911
Honduras 745 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 933
Hong Kong 544 475 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 716
Hungary 515 20 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 689
Iceland 776 651 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 681
India 687 579 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 869
Indonesia 626 15 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 564
Iran 475 394 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 346
Iraq 512 15 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 668
Ireland 676 602 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 783
Isle of Man 730 620 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 924
Israel 363 299 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 411
Italy 404 111 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 535
Ivory Coast 692 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Jamaica 743 635 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 932
Japan 721 43 1 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 689
Jordan 681 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 596
Kazakhstan 728 137 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 693
Kenya 710 602 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 913
Kiribati 712 603 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 914
Kosovo 733 24 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 926
Kuwait 674 16 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 502
Kyrgyzstan 700 132 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 677
Laos 681 578 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 676
Latvia 658 13 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 773
Lebanon 724 17 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 631
Lesotho 733 628 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 926
Liberia 693 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 903
Libya 624 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 433
Liechtenstein 762 324 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 943
Lithuania 651 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 768
Luxembourg 738 207 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 829
Macau 697 581 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 905
Macedonia 725 595 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 912
Madagascar 735 198 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 927
Malawi 709 604 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 912
Malaysia 644 29 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 804
Maldives 719 609 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 558
Mali 734 195 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 847
Malta 740 638 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 930
Martinique 694 182 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 663
Mauritania 691 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 702
Mauritius 724 620 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 711
Mayotte 692 182 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 662
Mexico 728 175 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 753
Micronesia 705 597 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 910
Moldova 696 35 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 895
Monaco 765 197 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 935
Mongolia 737 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 848
Montenegro 689 24 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 891
Morocco 706 17 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 910
Mozambique 734 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 927
Myanmar 606 513 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 852
Namibia 707 295 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 911
Nauru 711 599 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 913
Nepal 747 635 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 664
Netherlands 660 30 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Title: Best Dutch Online Casinos: Betting Tips, Links to Play - KeyToCasino Description: Review of best Dutch online casinos covers links to the best Netherlands betting websites, provides tips on betting & gambling laws, plus evaluates bonuses.LOOGOOGO 844
New Caledonia 720 194 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 679
New Zealand 785 661 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 886
Nicaragua 722 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 920
Niger 707 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 911
Nigeria 633 532 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 798
North Korea 570 11 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 421
Northern Mariana Islands 654 31 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 880
Norway 764 189 14 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 834
Oman 729 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 494
Pakistan 579 491 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 537
Palau 711 602 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Panama 690 179 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 801
Papua New Guinea 695 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Paraguay 744 189 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 903
Peru 746 185 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 904
Philippines 590 495 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 743
Poland 647 67 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 676
Portugal 595 69 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 836
Puerto Rico 638 157 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 771
Qatar 711 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 583
Reunion Island 675 588 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Romania 468 26 3 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 732
Russia 625 133 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 633
Rwanda 677 576 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 884
Saint Barthelemy 706 189 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 670
Saint Kitts and Nevis 742 632 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 931
Saint Lucia 740 629 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 930
Saint Martin 705 602 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 670
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 739 630 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 930
Samoa 726 621 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 842
San Marino 772 145 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 879
Sao Tome and Principe 723 97 0 5.005.00