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 898)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 538 801 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 480
Albania 663 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 869
Algeria 658 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 536
American Samoa 632 801 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 582
Andorra 765 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 926
Angola 629 115 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 850
Antigua and Barbuda 694 801 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 846
Argentina 758 214 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 822
Armenia 678 156 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 838
Aruba 744 39 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 844
Australia 476 801 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 695
Austria 726 377 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 764
Azerbaijan 663 156 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 699
Bahamas 745 801 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 835
Bahrain 712 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 566
Bangladesh 691 801 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 785
Barbados 758 801 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 822
Belarus 685 156 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 881
Belgium 437 219 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 413
Belize 694 214 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Benin 693 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 886
Bermuda 750 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 918
Bhutan 698 801 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 529
Bolivia 714 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 898
Bosnia and Herzegovina 688 33 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 813
Botswana 726 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Brazil 722 115 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 732
Brunei 736 801 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 740
Bulgaria 492 32 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 734
Burkina Faso 696 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 888
Burundi 694 219 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 856
Cambodia 694 801 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 646
Cameroon 721 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 901
Canada 676 801 7 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 866
Cape Verde 712 115 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 866
Cayman Islands 752 801 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 649
Central African Republic 699 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Chad 682 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 880
Channel Islands 751 801 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 908
Chile 767 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 927
China 601 43 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 435
Colombia 736 214 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 690
Comoros 703 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 881
Congo 678 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 878
Cook Islands 744 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 914
Costa Rica 691 214 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 885
Croatia 644 33 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 759
Cuba 652 214 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 603
Curacao 689 39 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 874
Cyprus 588 71 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 527
Czech Republic 655 61 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 675
Denmark 404 45 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 685
Djibouti 727 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 905
Dominica 700 801 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 880
Dominican Republic 731 214 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 897
DR Congo 682 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 880
Ecuador 688 214 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 783
Egypt 732 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 908
El Salvador 746 214 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 685
Equatorial Guinea 704 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 892
Eritrea 670 801 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 603
Estonia 547 11 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 705
Ethiopia 629 801 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 710
Falkland Islands 746 801 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 875
Faroe Islands 731 45 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 907
Fiji 736 801 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 800
Finland 741 215 16 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 873
France 215 219 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 380
French Guiana 599 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 594
French Polynesia 624 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 607
Gabon 720 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 901
Gambia 724 801 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 863
Georgia 723 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 863
Germany 717 377 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 559
Ghana 704 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 892
Gibraltar 735 801 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 909
Greece 658 71 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 626
Greenland 720 45 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 891
Grenada 716 801 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 799
Guadeloupe 660 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 627
Guam 610 801 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 670
Guatemala 742 214 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 753
Guinea 699 219 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 879
Guinea-Bissau 694 115 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 886
Guyana 685 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 881
Haiti 701 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 890
Honduras 741 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 913
Hong Kong 542 801 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 702
Hungary 499 38 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 668
Iceland 773 801 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 660
India 684 801 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 851
Indonesia 623 16 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 547
Iran 471 801 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 332
Iraq 509 17 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 653
Ireland 671 801 11 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 764
Isle of Man 726 801 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Israel 356 801 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 398
Italy 393 168 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 519
Ivory Coast 686 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Jamaica 739 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Japan 718 52 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 670
Jordan 677 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 577
Kazakhstan 724 156 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 673
Kenya 706 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 893
Kiribati 708 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 894
Kosovo 729 33 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 906
Kuwait 671 17 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 484
Kyrgyzstan 696 156 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 658
Laos 676 801 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 656
Latvia 650 14 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 752
Lebanon 718 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 610
Lesotho 729 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 906
Liberia 687 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 883
Libya 619 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 415
Liechtenstein 758 377 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 922
Lithuania 643 12 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 748
Luxembourg 732 219 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 808
Macau 693 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 886
Macedonia 722 801 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 892
Madagascar 731 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 907
Malawi 705 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 893
Malaysia 640 43 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 786
Maldives 715 801 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 538
Mali 730 219 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 826
Malta 734 801 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 909
Martinique 687 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Mauritania 687 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 683
Mauritius 720 801 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 691
Mayotte 686 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 642
Mexico 723 214 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 733
Micronesia 701 801 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 890
Moldova 691 45 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 875
Monaco 760 219 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 913
Mongolia 732 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 828
Montenegro 687 33 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 873
Morocco 701 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 890
Mozambique 730 115 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 906
Myanmar 601 801 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 835
Namibia 703 377 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 891
Nauru 707 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 894
Nepal 743 801 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 644
Netherlands 639 39 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 816
New Caledonia 716 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 659
New Zealand 784 801 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 867
Nicaragua 718 214 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 900
Niger 702 219 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 891
Nigeria 630 801 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 781
North Korea 565 13 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 405
Northern Mariana Islands 651 43 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 862
Norway 763 220 13 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 815
Oman 725 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 474
Pakistan 575 801 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 520
Palau 707 801 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 794
Panama 685 214 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 781
Papua New Guinea 691 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 885
Paraguay 740 214 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 882
Peru 742 214 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 883
Philippines 585 801 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 726
Poland 639 83 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 656
Portugal 586 115 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 816
Puerto Rico 633 214 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 752
Qatar 706 17 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 563
Reunion Island 670 801 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Romania 463 45 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 718
Russia 620 156 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 615
Rwanda 673 801 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 865
Saint Barthelemy 702 219 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Kitts and Nevis 738 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Saint Lucia 736 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 910
Saint Martin 701 801 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 650
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 735 801 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 909
Samoa 721 801 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 821
San Marino 769 168 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 858
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