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 854)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 526 439 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 488
Albania 646 524 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 878
Algeria 647 13 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 549
American Samoa 616 528 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 591
Andorra 746 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 937
Angola 617 85 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 861
Antigua and Barbuda 675 576 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 855
Argentina 737 181 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 831
Armenia 660 128 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 846
Aruba 725 30 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 854
Australia 498 414 8 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 722
Austria 710 288 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 775
Azerbaijan 649 132 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 710
Bahamas 726 624 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 845
Bahrain 697 14 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 578
Bangladesh 677 572 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Barbados 740 635 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 833
Belarus 668 119 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 891
Belgium 423 130 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 418
Belize 677 179 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 886
Benin 673 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 894
Bermuda 730 627 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 927
Bhutan 683 579 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 540
Bolivia 698 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 909
Bosnia and Herzegovina 668 18 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 821
Botswana 710 611 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 916
Brazil 701 90 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 740
Brunei 717 614 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 750
Bulgaria 481 13 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 742
Burkina Faso 678 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 897
Burundi 675 174 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 865
Cambodia 676 577 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 656
Cameroon 706 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 913
Canada 651 546 7 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 871
Cape Verde 694 94 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 876
Cayman Islands 732 629 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 659
Central African Republic 681 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 899
Chad 666 14 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 890
Channel Islands 732 625 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 919
Chile 747 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 937
China 581 27 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 440
Colombia 721 184 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 702
Comoros 685 14 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 891
Congo 658 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 885
Cook Islands 725 607 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 924
Costa Rica 675 175 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 895
Croatia 630 18 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 769
Cuba 637 164 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 613
Curacao 680 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 888
Cyprus 578 40 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 538
Czech Republic 647 44 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 689
Denmark 391 16 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 689
Djibouti 708 608 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 915
Dominica 681 570 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 889
Dominican Republic 711 179 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 906
DR Congo 663 169 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 888
Ecuador 674 178 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 795
Egypt 712 14 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 917
El Salvador 727 190 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 696
Equatorial Guinea 685 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 901
Eritrea 653 561 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 612
Estonia 528 4 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 709
Ethiopia 616 533 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 721
Falkland Islands 726 657 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 885
Faroe Islands 710 36 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 916
Fiji 717 614 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 810
Finland 720 177 17 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 882
France 206 99 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 381
French Guiana 574 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 596
French Polynesia 600 158 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 611
Gabon 701 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 910
Gambia 704 603 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 872
Georgia 704 6 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 872
Germany 700 290 9 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 570
Ghana 688 587 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 903
Gibraltar 715 615 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 919
Greece 641 57 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 635
Greenland 700 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 900
Grenada 697 594 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 808
Guadeloupe 640 167 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 635
Guam 594 504 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 678
Guatemala 723 188 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 763
Guinea 683 182 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 890
Guinea-Bissau 675 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 895
Guyana 672 572 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 893
Haiti 682 171 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 899
Honduras 722 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 923
Hong Kong 517 451 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 703
Hungary 505 19 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 686
Iceland 752 632 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 670
India 666 558 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 860
Indonesia 611 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 558
Iran 461 380 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 340
Iraq 496 12 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 660
Ireland 649 577 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 770
Isle of Man 707 599 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 914
Israel 352 292 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 406
Italy 390 109 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 528
Ivory Coast 671 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 893
Jamaica 719 615 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 921
Japan 694 39 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 676
Jordan 660 14 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 586
Kazakhstan 705 130 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 683
Kenya 690 587 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Kiribati 689 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 903
Kosovo 709 21 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 915
Kuwait 658 13 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 495
Kyrgyzstan 676 126 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 666
Laos 661 563 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 667
Latvia 640 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 765
Lebanon 703 14 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 622
Lesotho 710 609 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 916
Liberia 672 573 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 893
Libya 599 12 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 421
Liechtenstein 737 315 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 931
Lithuania 633 8 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 761
Luxembourg 715 200 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 819
Macau 674 560 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 895
Macedonia 701 575 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 900
Madagascar 712 191 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 917
Malawi 686 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Malaysia 622 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 794
Maldives 695 589 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 547
Mali 711 188 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 836
Malta 719 621 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 921
Martinique 668 175 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Mauritania 669 14 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 692
Mauritius 702 603 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 701
Mayotte 669 175 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Mexico 705 173 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 743
Micronesia 682 579 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 899
Moldova 676 33 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 886
Monaco 739 190 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 923
Mongolia 714 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 838
Montenegro 666 21 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 880
Morocco 686 14 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 902
Mozambique 711 94 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 916
Myanmar 586 496 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 843
Namibia 687 289 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Nauru 688 580 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 903
Nepal 723 614 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 653
Netherlands 646 28 2 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOGOOGO 838
New Caledonia 697 186 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 668
New Zealand 754 635 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 871
Nicaragua 702 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Niger 686 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Nigeria 615 517 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 790
North Korea 553 7 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 414
Northern Mariana Islands 634 33 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 871
Norway 733 176 14 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 819
Oman 706 14 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 483
Pakistan 566 479 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 531
Palau 689 584 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 803
Panama 673 177 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 794
Papua New Guinea 678 579 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 897
Paraguay 721 186 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 892
Peru 722 182 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 893
Philippines 567 475 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 732
Poland 635 66 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 672
Portugal 580 67 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 830
Puerto Rico 613 153 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 759
Qatar 691 13 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 575
Reunion Island 654 574 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Romania 452 23 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 725
Russia 613 128 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 629
Rwanda 655 558 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 873
Saint Barthelemy 684 182 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 660
Saint Kitts and Nevis 719 613 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 921
Saint Lucia 717 610 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 920
Saint Martin 683 584 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 660
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 716 611 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 919
Samoa 705 602 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 833
San Marino 748 144 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 868
Sao Tome and Principe 704 92 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 912
Saudi Arabia