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 916)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 534 799 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 471
Albania 661 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 861
Algeria 654 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 527
American Samoa 628 799 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 573
Andorra 762 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 916
Angola 623 112 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 840
Antigua and Barbuda 688 799 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 836
Argentina 753 212 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 811
Armenia 673 150 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 827
Aruba 737 38 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 832
Australia 470 799 8 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 687
Austria 722 375 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 754
Azerbaijan 660 150 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 690
Bahamas 740 799 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 824
Bahrain 707 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 556
Bangladesh 688 799 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 776
Barbados 753 799 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 811
Belarus 681 150 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 872
Belgium 430 217 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 405
Belize 689 212 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 866
Benin 688 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 876
Bermuda 746 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 907
Bhutan 693 799 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 518
Bolivia 710 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 888
Bosnia and Herzegovina 685 32 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 804
Botswana 721 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 894
Brazil 717 112 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 721
Brunei 733 799 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 730
Bulgaria 488 32 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 726
Burkina Faso 691 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 877
Burundi 689 217 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 846
Cambodia 689 799 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 636
Cameroon 716 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 891
Canada 676 799 7 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 859
Cape Verde 707 112 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 856
Cayman Islands 747 799 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 638
Central African Republic 694 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 879
Chad 677 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 870
Channel Islands 747 799 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 898
Chile 763 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 916
China 599 43 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 427
Colombia 729 212 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 678
Comoros 700 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 872
Congo 673 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 867
Cook Islands 739 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 903
Costa Rica 686 212 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 874
Croatia 641 32 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 750
Cuba 645 212 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 592
Curacao 682 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 862
Cyprus 584 70 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 519
Czech Republic 646 58 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 663
Denmark 399 45 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 678
Djibouti 722 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 894
Dominica 695 799 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 869
Dominican Republic 726 212 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 886
DR Congo 678 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 870
Ecuador 685 212 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 774
Egypt 728 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 897
El Salvador 741 212 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 674
Equatorial Guinea 699 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Eritrea 665 799 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 593
Estonia 543 11 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 696
Ethiopia 624 799 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 701
Falkland Islands 742 799 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 865
Faroe Islands 729 45 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 898
Fiji 731 799 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 789
Finland 738 214 15 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 863
France 213 217 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 376
French Guiana 597 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 586
French Polynesia 622 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 600
Gabon 715 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 890
Gambia 719 799 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 852
Georgia 719 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 852
Germany 715 375 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 550
Ghana 699 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 882
Gibraltar 730 799 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 898
Greece 650 70 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 615
Greenland 718 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 882
Grenada 711 799 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 788
Guadeloupe 658 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 619
Guam 606 799 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 661
Guatemala 737 212 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 742
Guinea 694 217 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 869
Guinea-Bissau 690 112 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 877
Guyana 680 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 871
Haiti 696 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 880
Honduras 736 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 902
Hong Kong 539 799 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 694
Hungary 492 36 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 659
Iceland 769 799 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 650
India 682 799 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 842
Indonesia 620 16 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 538
Iran 468 799 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 325
Iraq 505 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 646
Ireland 669 799 11 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 755
Isle of Man 723 799 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 895
Israel 352 799 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 392
Italy 387 166 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 511
Ivory Coast 681 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 872
Jamaica 734 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 901
Japan 715 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 660
Jordan 672 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 567
Kazakhstan 721 150 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 664
Kenya 702 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 883
Kiribati 704 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 884
Kosovo 725 32 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 896
Kuwait 666 17 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 474
Kyrgyzstan 691 150 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 647
Laos 670 799 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 646
Latvia 644 14 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 742
Lebanon 716 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 601
Lesotho 724 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 895
Liberia 682 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 872
Libya 612 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 404
Liechtenstein 754 375 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 912
Lithuania 639 12 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 739
Luxembourg 728 217 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 797
Macau 689 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 876
Macedonia 719 799 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 882
Madagascar 726 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 896
Malawi 701 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 883
Malaysia 636 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 777
Maldives 711 799 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 528
Mali 726 217 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 816
Malta 729 799 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 898
Martinique 684 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Mauritania 680 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 671
Mauritius 713 799 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 679
Mayotte 686 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 634
Mexico 719 212 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 722
Micronesia 696 799 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 880
Moldova 688 44 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 866
Monaco 756 217 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 903
Mongolia 728 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 817
Montenegro 683 32 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 863
Morocco 694 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 879
Mozambique 725 112 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 896
Myanmar 597 799 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 826
Namibia 698 375 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 881
Nauru 702 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 883
Nepal 738 799 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 633
Netherlands 627 38 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 802
New Caledonia 713 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 649
New Zealand 783 799 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 857
Nicaragua 713 212 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 889
Niger 698 217 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 881
Nigeria 625 799 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 771
North Korea 562 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 397
Northern Mariana Islands 646 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 853
Norway 763 222 13 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 806
Oman 718 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 462
Pakistan 571 799 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 512
Palau 702 799 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 783
Panama 680 212 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 771
Papua New Guinea 686 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 874
Paraguay 736 212 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 872
Peru 738 212 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 873
Philippines 581 799 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 717
Poland 633 82 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 646
Portugal 583 112 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 808
Puerto Rico 629 212 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 743
Qatar 702 17 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 553
Reunion Island 669 799 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 625
Romania 460 44 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 711
Russia 618 150 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 607
Rwanda 667 799 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 854
Saint Barthelemy 703 217 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 644
Saint Kitts and Nevis 734 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 901
Saint Lucia 732 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 900
Saint Martin 701 799 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 731 799 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 899
Samoa 716 799 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 811
San Marino 765 166 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 848
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