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 735)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 421 337 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 466
Albania 524 406 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 856
Algeria 529 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 530
American Samoa 494 410 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 566
Andorra 604 166 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 911
Angola 496 74 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 837
Antigua and Barbuda 544 449 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 830
Argentina 596 159 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 805
Armenia 529 95 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 820
Aruba 594 26 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 834
Australia 494 395 7 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 766
Austria 583 226 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 756
Azerbaijan 513 99 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 679
Bahamas 588 492 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 820
Bahrain 561 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 552
Bangladesh 539 439 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 767
Barbados 599 500 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 807
Belarus 535 88 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 864
Belgium 328 110 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 393
Belize 549 158 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 863
Benin 537 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 865
Bermuda 591 494 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Bhutan 544 446 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 510
Bolivia 566 159 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 885
Bosnia and Herzegovina 540 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 797
Botswana 570 477 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
Brazil 566 75 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 715
Brunei 576 479 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 722
Bulgaria 378 13 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 717
Burkina Faso 541 164 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 868
Burundi 535 154 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 834
Cambodia 545 452 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 631
Cameroon 565 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 884
Canada 514 413 6 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 840
Cape Verde 555 80 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 848
Cayman Islands 591 494 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 632
Central African Republic 545 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 871
Chad 527 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 859
Channel Islands 591 490 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 892
Chile 605 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 912
China 455 20 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 410
Colombia 580 164 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 675
Comoros 550 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 864
Congo 519 144 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 853
Cook Islands 588 475 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 900
Costa Rica 548 155 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 873
Croatia 512 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 748
Cuba 509 143 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 586
Curacao 548 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 863
Cyprus 456 36 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 510
Czech Republic 536 40 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 675
Denmark 323 11 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 680
Djibouti 570 475 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 888
Dominica 544 438 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 860
Dominican Republic 574 157 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 880
DR Congo 525 149 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 857
Ecuador 553 161 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 776
Egypt 574 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 890
El Salvador 589 169 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 671
Equatorial Guinea 546 151 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 871
Eritrea 520 434 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 584
Estonia 424 2 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 688
Ethiopia 498 421 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 699
Falkland Islands 585 523 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 858
Faroe Islands 572 30 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Fiji 577 479 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 783
Finland 581 117 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 855
France 152 83 3 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 363
French Guiana 438 125 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 558
French Polynesia 465 135 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 576
Gabon 564 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 884
Gambia 568 472 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 846
Georgia 568 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 846
Germany 559 222 10 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 540
Ghana 557 461 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 879
Gibraltar 583 489 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 897
Greece 517 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 612
Greenland 569 29 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 877
Grenada 560 463 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 781
Guadeloupe 505 146 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 604
Guam 477 389 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 654
Guatemala 584 167 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 737
Guinea 544 164 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 860
Guinea-Bissau 535 74 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 864
Guyana 546 453 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 871
Haiti 542 151 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 869
Honduras 584 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 897
Hong Kong 401 341 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 673
Hungary 424 17 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 678
Iceland 609 496 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 644
India 532 431 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 832
Indonesia 501 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 541
Iran 363 286 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 317
Iraq 394 9 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 638
Ireland 519 455 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 743
Isle of Man 566 467 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 885
Israel 279 221 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 390
Italy 314 100 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 514
Ivory Coast 532 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 862
Jamaica 580 482 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 895
Japan 564 35 0 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 654
Jordan 535 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 564
Kazakhstan 567 98 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 656
Kenya 561 463 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Kiribati 550 451 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 874
Kosovo 571 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 888
Kuwait 535 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 474
Kyrgyzstan 541 96 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 638
Laos 535 443 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 644
Latvia 519 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 743
Lebanon 559 11 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 590
Lesotho 572 477 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 889
Liberia 531 438 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 861
Libya 470 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 390
Liechtenstein 594 248 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 904
Lithuania 517 7 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 742
Luxembourg 584 179 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 797
Macau 536 427 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 865
Macedonia 568 449 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 876
Madagascar 576 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 892
Malawi 549 454 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 873
Malaysia 500 22 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 770
Maldives 557 457 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 519
Mali 573 170 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 810
Malta 579 484 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 894
Martinique 530 154 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 621
Mauritania 536 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 665
Mauritius 568 473 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 676
Mayotte 530 156 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 621
Mexico 574 157 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 720
Micronesia 541 444 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 868
Moldova 548 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 863
Monaco 594 167 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 894
Mongolia 569 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 807
Montenegro 541 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 858
Morocco 552 11 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 876
Mozambique 574 80 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 890
Myanmar 463 379 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 815
Namibia 556 232 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 878
Nauru 550 447 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 874
Nepal 583 479 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 627
Netherlands 521 24 3 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOGOOGO 814
New Caledonia 561 166 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 642
New Zealand 605 491 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 842
Nicaragua 568 165 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 886
Niger 548 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 873
Nigeria 490 397 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 763
North Korea 437 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 387
Northern Mariana Islands 512 28 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 848
Norway 591 111 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 792
Oman 572 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 459
Pakistan 452 369 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 507
Palau 551 452 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 775
Panama 548 160 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 773
Papua New Guinea 551 460 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 875
Paraguay 582 164 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 866
Peru 581 160 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 865
Philippines 446 359 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 703
Poland 523 56 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 656
Portugal 483 59 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 819
Puerto Rico 488 128 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 732
Qatar 556 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 548
Reunion Island 517 440 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 612
Romania 367 18 2 5.003.005.005.005.00Currently online regulation applies to Romanian casinos and casinos registered in EU.LOOOOO 710
Russia 497 96 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 608
Rwanda 523 431 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 846
Saint Barthelemy 549 164 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Saint Kitts and Nevis 580 480 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 895
Saint Lucia 579 478 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 894
Saint Martin 549 453 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 633
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 577 478 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 893
Samoa 567 470 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 806
San Marino 605 134 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LO