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 469 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 926)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 561 536 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 483
Albania 625 598 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 837
Algeria 592 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 490
American Samoa 663 642 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 588
Andorra 729 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 894
Angola 564 91 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 805
Antigua and Barbuda 655 626 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 814
Argentina 741 193 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 800
Armenia 627 137 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 799
Aruba 693 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 804
Australia 386 367 10 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 638
Austria 703 331 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 739
Azerbaijan 605 142 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 657
Bahamas 705 676 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 801
Bahrain 659 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 526
Bangladesh 645 618 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 748
Barbados 722 692 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 790
Belarus 642 133 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 847
Belgium 391 132 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 381
Belize 653 181 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 843
Benin 657 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 855
Bermuda 721 691 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Bhutan 650 623 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 491
Bolivia 697 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 876
Bosnia and Herzegovina 643 28 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 777
Botswana 684 656 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 869
Brazil 694 106 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 705
Brunei 695 667 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 705
Bulgaria 445 22 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 700
Burkina Faso 664 195 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 859
Burundi 639 184 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 815
Cambodia 636 608 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 603
Cameroon 679 195 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Canada 680 656 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 857
Cape Verde 673 103 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 833
Cayman Islands 700 670 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 608
Central African Republic 654 194 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 853
Chad 644 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 848
Channel Islands 780 746 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 911
Chile 744 196 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
China 567 33 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 406
Colombia 682 181 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 648
Comoros 658 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 845
Congo 625 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 837
Cook Islands 711 683 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 884
Costa Rica 647 176 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 849
Croatia 615 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 732
Cuba 600 167 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 564
Curacao 576 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 801
Cyprus 545 42 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 494
Czech Republic 537 34 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 600
Denmark 355 25 10 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 652
Djibouti 680 651 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 867
Dominica 660 633 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 846
Dominican Republic 705 190 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 871
DR Congo 619 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Ecuador 653 180 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 753
Egypt 682 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 868
El Salvador 716 196 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 657
Equatorial Guinea 673 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 863
Eritrea 605 579 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 557
Estonia 497 8 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 668
Ethiopia 582 557 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 674
Falkland Islands 713 683 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 845
Faroe Islands 694 45 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 875
Fiji 700 672 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 768
Finland 745 226 18 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 862
France 174 95 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 354
French Guiana 543 158 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 553
French Polynesia 568 173 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 567
Gabon 683 199 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 869
Gambia 683 654 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 829
Georgia 686 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 830
Germany 668 345 11 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 521
Ghana 661 632 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 857
Gibraltar 706 677 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 881
Greece 591 59 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 579
Greenland 688 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 861
Grenada 678 652 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 766
Guadeloupe 601 177 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 585
Guam 548 526 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 626
Guatemala 710 189 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 723
Guinea 657 190 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 845
Guinea-Bissau 649 95 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 850
Guyana 636 609 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Haiti 649 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 850
Honduras 710 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 883
Hong Kong 484 460 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 661
Hungary 400 26 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 606
Iceland 764 735 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 643
India 655 631 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 824
Indonesia 552 15 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 498
Iran 402 381 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 287
Iraq 440 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 608
Ireland 650 628 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 741
Isle of Man 676 648 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 865
Israel 299 282 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 361
Italy 359 114 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 494
Ivory Coast 639 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 845
Jamaica 693 664 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 874
Japan 707 51 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 652
Jordan 628 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 539
Kazakhstan 672 145 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 633
Kenya 660 631 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 856
Kiribati 679 650 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Kosovo 759 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 910
Kuwait 616 15 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 443
Kyrgyzstan 625 136 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 607
Laos 619 591 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 614
Latvia 588 13 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 707
Lebanon 664 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 569
Lesotho 681 652 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Liberia 634 606 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Libya 561 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 373
Liechtenstein 735 358 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 897
Lithuania 590 10 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 709
Luxembourg 715 213 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 786
Macau 636 608 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Macedonia 691 662 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 863
Madagascar 705 206 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 881
Malawi 660 631 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 856
Malaysia 597 37 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 752
Maldives 678 649 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 506
Mali 687 201 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 791
Malta 722 693 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 890
Martinique 622 176 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 596
Mauritania 640 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 646
Mauritius 683 658 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 659
Mayotte 626 176 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 598
Mexico 690 178 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 703
Micronesia 656 628 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 854
Moldova 656 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 844
Monaco 732 201 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 885
Mongolia 686 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 790
Montenegro 636 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 833
Morocco 655 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 854
Mozambique 681 106 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Myanmar 545 517 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 794
Namibia 730 341 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 894
Nauru 668 640 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 861
Nepal 694 665 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 605
Netherlands 546 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 755
New Caledonia 656 190 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 614
New Zealand 787 757 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 855
Nicaragua 670 182 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 862
Niger 662 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 857
Nigeria 582 555 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 744
North Korea 491 10 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 355
Northern Mariana Islands 594 29 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 821
Norway 777 231 13 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 810
Oman 669 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 431
Pakistan 517 492 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 479
Palau 666 638 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 760
Panama 648 182 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 750
Papua New Guinea 644 616 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 848
Paraguay 715 188 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 856
Peru 727 191 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 863
Philippines 512 488 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 676
Poland 553 59 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 599
Portugal 495 61 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 757
Puerto Rico 570 141 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 708
Qatar 671 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 532
Reunion Island 698 675 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 637
Romania 371 26 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 660
Russia 556 129 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 570
Rwanda 599 573 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 813
Saint Barthelemy 736 202 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 657
Saint Kitts and Nevis 702 673 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 879
Saint Lucia 697 668 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 876
Saint Martin 732 704 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 655
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 689 661 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 872
Samoa 676 649 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 785
San Marino 742 154 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LO