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 902)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 345 326 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 371
Albania 564 544 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 813
Algeria 514 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 455
American Samoa 492 475 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 503
Andorra 679 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 876
Angola 477 82 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 764
Antigua and Barbuda 600 576 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 793
Argentina 700 184 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 788
Armenia 555 133 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 768
Aruba 639 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 784
Australia 305 291 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--- 599
Austria 643 303 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 756
Azerbaijan 530 138 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 624
Bahamas 654 630 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 783
Bahrain 592 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 498
Bangladesh 582 560 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 723
Barbados 671 647 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 772
Belarus 577 129 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 820
Belgium 346 121 7 5.003.002.000.000.000-----L 392
Belize 606 173 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 826
Benin 590 184 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 827
Bermuda 668 644 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 870
Bhutan 594 572 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 469
Bolivia 651 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 861
Bosnia and Herzegovina 571 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 747
Botswana 620 597 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 844
Brazil 653 101 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 692
Brunei 746 713 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 744
Bulgaria 388 21 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 675
Burkina Faso 609 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 838
Burundi 568 176 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 785
Cambodia 569 548 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 575
Cameroon 613 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Canada 648 629 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 849
Cape Verde 621 95 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 814
Cayman Islands 637 613 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 583
Central African Republic 580 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Chad 585 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 824
Channel Islands 757 724 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 910
Chile 693 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 884
China 509 29 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 382
Colombia 606 167 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 616
Comoros 603 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 824
Congo 555 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 808
Cook Islands 664 641 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Costa Rica 605 170 1 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 835
Croatia 577 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 720
Cuba 533 159 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 535
Curacao 495 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 764
Cyprus 490 41 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 472
Czech Republic 457 26 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 563
Denmark 319 23 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 637
Djibouti 615 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 841
Dominica 596 573 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 820
Dominican Republic 658 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 855
DR Congo 693 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 884
Ecuador 604 172 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 735
Egypt 614 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 840
El Salvador 668 187 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 640
Equatorial Guinea 620 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 844
Eritrea 528 506 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 523
Estonia 434 8 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 641
Ethiopia 512 491 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 644
Falkland Islands 755 722 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 879
Faroe Islands 639 44 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 854
Fiji 648 625 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 749
Finland 707 227 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 852
France 139 77 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 465 147 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 518
French Polynesia 492 161 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 533
Gabon 618 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 843
Gambia 616 592 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 801
Georgia 631 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 810
Germany 627 330 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 577
Ghana 597 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 831
Gibraltar 645 622 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 858
Greece 535 56 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 557
Greenland 633 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 841
Grenada 628 606 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 748
Guadeloupe 525 163 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 551
Guam 470 452 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 591
Guatemala 663 180 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 708
Guinea 599 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 822
Guinea-Bissau 589 87 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 826
Guyana 573 554 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 818
Haiti 579 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 821
Honduras 663 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 868
Hong Kong 435 416 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 641
Hungary 320 24 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 567
Iceland 721 697 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 630
India 605 584 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 805
Indonesia 490 14 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 472
Iran 480 459 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 336
Iraq 353 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 566
Ireland 609 590 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 608 586 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 837
Israel 219 207 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 321
Italy 322 102 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 478
Ivory Coast 696 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 886
Jamaica 635 611 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 852
Japan 663 49 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 638
Jordan 559 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 510
Kazakhstan 730 143 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 675
Kenya 593 569 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Kiribati 627 603 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 848
Kosovo 739 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 910
Kuwait 560 15 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 420
Kyrgyzstan 546 132 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 573
Laos 686 656 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 660
Latvia 520 12 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 678
Lebanon 594 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 539
Lesotho 629 605 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 849
Liberia 561 538 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 811
Libya 627 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 418
Liechtenstein 689 341 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 882
Lithuania 535 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 587
Luxembourg 672 206 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 773
Macau 562 539 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 812
Macedonia 729 696 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 894
Madagascar 654 197 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 863
Malawi 592 568 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 828
Malaysia 537 34 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 728
Maldives 623 599 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 485
Mali 631 192 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 770
Malta 665 642 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 869
Martinique 545 163 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 562
Mauritania 583 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 623
Mauritius 634 612 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 641
Mayotte 544 164 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 562
Mexico 646 170 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 688
Micronesia 711 679 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 894
Moldova 699 39 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 877
Monaco 685 193 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 870
Mongolia 627 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 768
Montenegro 571 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 807
Morocco 599 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 832
Mozambique 612 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 839
Myanmar 481 460 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 767
Namibia 584 281 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Nauru 614 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Nepal 634 610 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 581
Netherlands 460 23 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 715
New Caledonia 585 178 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 584
New Zealand 748 724 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 845
Nicaragua 622 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 845
Niger 600 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 833
Nigeria 506 484 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 710
North Korea 577 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 410
Northern Mariana Islands 522 23 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 789
Norway 741 230 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 608 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 407
Pakistan 434 415 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 441
Palau 609 586 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 738
Panama 597 175 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 731
Papua New Guinea 587 566 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 825
Paraguay 669 179 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 841
Peru 688 183 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 851
Philippines 436 416 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 572
Poland 468 52 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 559
Portugal 392 52 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 707
Puerto Rico 501 128 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 678
Qatar 619 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 513
Reunion Island 679 656 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 636
Romania 290 22 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 621
Russia 628 136 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 618
Rwanda 524 502 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 780
Saint Barthelemy 716 196 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 657
Saint Kitts and Nevis 651 627 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 861
Saint Lucia 644 620 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 857
Saint Martin 712 684 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 655
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 634 611 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 851
Samoa 626 604 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 767
San Marino 697 148 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.