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 526 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 889)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 347 328 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 375
Albania 564 544 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 817
Algeria 517 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 461
American Samoa 497 480 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 510
Andorra 673 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 879
Angola 480 83 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 770
Antigua and Barbuda 596 572 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 795
Argentina 695 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 881
Armenia 551 133 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 770
Aruba 634 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 787
Australia 312 299 10 5.001.505.005.005.00Currently being considered under which, amongst other things, offending websites will be “blocked” by local internet service providers following direction by ACMA--- 605
Austria 642 300 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 761
Azerbaijan 527 138 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 626
Bahamas 649 625 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 785
Bahrain 587 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 400
Bangladesh 576 554 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 554
Barbados 667 643 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 775
Belarus 570 129 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 821
Belgium 345 117 7 5.003.002.000.000.000-----L 394
Belize 605 170 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 830
Benin 587 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 830
Bermuda 663 639 0 3.505.005.005.005.00At this time there are no land-based casinos in Bermuda. But in 2017 international casino operator Century Casinos submitted a licence application for a casino at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda jointly with the company that owns the property-L 843
Bhutan 591 569 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 472
Bolivia 648 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 864
Bosnia and Herzegovina 567 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 749
Botswana 616 593 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 846
Brazil 646 100 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 693
Brunei 733 702 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 612
Bulgaria 394 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 682
Burkina Faso 606 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 841
Burundi 566 172 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 788
Cambodia 567 546 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 579
Cameroon 610 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Canada 638 619 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 849
Cape Verde 616 95 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 816
Cayman Islands 633 609 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 586
Central African Republic 578 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 825
Chad 582 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 827
Channel Islands 743 712 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 908
Chile 688 185 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 817
China 510 30 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 387
Colombia 600 164 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 617
Comoros 600 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 827
Congo 554 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 812
Cook Islands 661 638 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 872
Costa Rica 599 167 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 687
Croatia 575 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 723
Cuba 536 156 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 541
Curacao 494 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 768
Cyprus 494 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 478
Czech Republic 457 27 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 567
Denmark 322 23 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 641
Djibouti 613 589 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 845
Dominica 592 569 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 823
Dominican Republic 654 178 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 858
DR Congo 679 177 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Ecuador 605 169 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 740
Egypt 613 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 845
El Salvador 662 184 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 642
Equatorial Guinea 615 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 846
Eritrea 529 507 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 528
Estonia 433 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 644
Ethiopia 512 491 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 648
Falkland Islands 741 710 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 877
Faroe Islands 635 44 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 857
Fiji 643 620 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 562
Finland 698 224 19 5.003.005.005.005.00Best Online Casinos for Finland: Gambling Laws and Market - KeyToCasino Review of best Finnish online casinos highlights important aspect of the online gambling market, its regulations, laws, best operators & games.LOOO 853
France 139 76 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 308
French Guiana 463 143 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 520
French Polynesia 493 157 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 537
Gabon 615 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 846
Gambia 614 590 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 645
Georgia 624 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 811
Germany 618 324 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 577
Ghana 598 574 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 836
Gibraltar 638 615 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 859
Greece 533 57 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 560
Greenland 630 42 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 844
Grenada 623 601 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 750
Guadeloupe 520 159 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 552
Guam 473 455 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 596
Guatemala 659 177 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 711
Guinea 595 177 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 825
Guinea-Bissau 586 88 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 830
Guyana 574 555 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 823
Haiti 578 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 825
Honduras 659 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 871
Hong Kong 435 416 0 0.001.500.005.005.00Under current law, there are no land-based casinos in the territory. However, there are cruise ships with on-board casinos that dock in the city and then travel out to international waters before taking any bets.--- 475
Hungary 327 24 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 474
Iceland 712 688 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.- 630
India 601 580 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 808
Indonesia 493 14 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 377
Iran 471 450 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 335
Iraq 356 13 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 570
Ireland 601 582 10 0.004.505.005.005.00The casinos are regulated by the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 and established illegal. To escape the enforcement of this law it is established private clubs on scheme "members-only" where gambling activities are performed legally. As similar clubs are not prohibited in the law such loophole in the gambling laws has allowed land casinos to stay open. Future participant has to apply for membership in the next way: - provide proof of age (he should be over 10 or 21 years); - provide proof of residence (should be resident of Ireland). The membership approval is given by the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland.-- 728
Isle of Man 605 583 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 840
Israel 225 213 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 227
Italy 320 98 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 480
Ivory Coast 683 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 884
Jamaica 631 607 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 855
Japan 659 49 1 0.001.500.003.503.50In 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.-P 541
Jordan 557 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 613
Kazakhstan 716 143 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 673
Kenya 595 571 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 835
Kiribati 624 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 851
Kosovo 726 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 908
Kuwait 556 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 383
Kyrgyzstan 544 132 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 576
Laos 674 646 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 659
Latvia 523 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 594
Lebanon 590 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 542
Lesotho 625 601 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 852
Liberia 561 538 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Libya 615 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 416
Liechtenstein 682 337 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 884
Lithuania 536 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 591
Luxembourg 668 202 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 776
Macau 556 533 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 813
Macedonia 715 684 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 892
Madagascar 649 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 865
Malawi 589 565 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 831
Malaysia 536 35 0 3.501.502.005.005.00In 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.-- 641
Maldives 618 594 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 488
Mali 628 188 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 773
Malta 660 637 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 871
Martinique 543 159 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 565
Mauritania 581 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 527
Mauritius 631 609 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 645
Mayotte 542 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 565
Mexico 642 167 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 691
Micronesia 697 667 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 892
Moldova 686 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Monaco 677 189 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 871
Mongolia 621 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 769
Montenegro 571 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 811
Morocco 597 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 836
Mozambique 608 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Myanmar 486 465 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 773
Namibia 582 278 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Nauru 611 588 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 844
Nepal 630 606 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 584
Netherlands 461 24 3 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 719
New Caledonia 584 174 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 588
New Zealand 737 713 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 845
Nicaragua 619 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 848
Niger 597 176 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 836
Nigeria 509 487 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 716
North Korea 565 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 408
Northern Mariana Islands 527 24 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 796
Norway 730 228 15 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 801
Oman 606 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 411
Pakistan 435 416 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 445
Palau 606 583 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 741
Panama 596 172 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 735
Papua New Guinea 587 566 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 830
Paraguay 662 176 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 842
Peru 680 179 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 852
Philippines 436 416 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 575
Poland 473 53 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 496
Portugal 395 54 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 712
Puerto Rico 503 125 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 683
Qatar 615 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 516
Reunion Island 666 645 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 635
Romania 293 21 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 625
Russia 615 136 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 616
Rwanda 523 501 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 784
Saint Barthelemy 703 192 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 655
Saint Kitts and Nevis 647 623 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 864
Saint Lucia 639 615 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 859
Saint Martin 699 673 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 653
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 633 610 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 856
Samoa 624 602 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 771
San Marino 691 144 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 819
Sao Tome and Principe 618 91 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 848
Saudi Arabia 592 17 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 503
Senegal 618 191 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 848
Serbia