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 872)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 536 451 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 487
Albania 661 537 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 879
Algeria 656 16 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 546
American Samoa 631 545 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 592
Andorra 765 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 939
Angola 629 90 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 861
Antigua and Barbuda 692 591 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 857
Argentina 756 184 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 833
Armenia 675 135 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 847
Aruba 741 31 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 855
Australia 479 404 9 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 705
Austria 726 298 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 776
Azerbaijan 662 138 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 710
Bahamas 743 640 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 846
Bahrain 712 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 578
Bangladesh 690 585 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 796
Barbados 756 650 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 833
Belarus 684 127 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 892
Belgium 439 138 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 422
Belize 693 180 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 887
Benin 691 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 896
Bermuda 748 645 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 929
Bhutan 697 593 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 540
Bolivia 712 181 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 908
Bosnia and Herzegovina 687 22 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 824
Botswana 724 625 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 915
Brazil 720 93 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 743
Brunei 734 629 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 751
Bulgaria 492 15 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 742
Burkina Faso 694 190 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 898
Burundi 693 182 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 867
Cambodia 693 592 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 657
Cameroon 720 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 913
Canada 674 569 7 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 876
Cape Verde 710 98 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 877
Cayman Islands 750 646 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 660
Central African Republic 697 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 900
Chad 682 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 891
Channel Islands 749 641 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 919
Chile 765 191 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 939
China 602 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 445
Colombia 735 187 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 701
Comoros 700 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 891
Congo 677 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
Cook Islands 742 623 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 925
Costa Rica 689 175 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 644 22 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 769
Cuba 651 165 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 613
Curacao 687 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 884
Cyprus 587 41 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 537
Czech Republic 654 44 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 685
Denmark 406 16 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 693
Djibouti 725 623 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 916
Dominica 698 585 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 890
Dominican Republic 729 180 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 908
DR Congo 681 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 890
Ecuador 685 179 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 793
Egypt 730 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 919
El Salvador 744 191 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 697
Equatorial Guinea 702 173 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 903
Eritrea 669 575 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 614
Estonia 550 8 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 715
Ethiopia 627 546 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 720
Falkland Islands 744 670 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 887
Faroe Islands 728 36 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Fiji 734 630 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 811
Finland 740 188 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 884
France 217 106 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 384
French Guiana 595 159 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 601
French Polynesia 620 166 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 616
Gabon 718 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 912
Gambia 722 619 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 874
Georgia 722 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 874
Germany 718 302 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 572
Ghana 702 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 903
Gibraltar 733 631 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 920
Greece 657 57 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 637
Greenland 717 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 901
Grenada 714 611 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 809
Guadeloupe 659 175 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 638
Guam 609 520 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 679
Guatemala 740 189 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 764
Guinea 698 188 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 890
Guinea-Bissau 693 94 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 897
Guyana 684 583 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 892
Haiti 700 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 901
Honduras 739 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 924
Hong Kong 540 475 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 710
Hungary 502 20 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 678
Iceland 771 649 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 672
India 682 577 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 861
Indonesia 622 15 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 557
Iran 470 393 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 339
Iraq 508 15 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 661
Ireland 670 597 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 774
Isle of Man 724 617 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 915
Israel 357 298 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 405
Italy 397 112 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 685 187 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 893
Jamaica 737 632 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 923
Japan 716 43 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 681
Jordan 675 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 587
Kazakhstan 722 137 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 684
Kenya 704 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 904
Kiribati 706 600 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 905
Kosovo 727 25 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 917
Kuwait 669 16 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 494
Kyrgyzstan 694 132 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 668
Laos 674 575 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 666
Latvia 648 13 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 762
Lebanon 717 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 621
Lesotho 727 625 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Liberia 686 588 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 893
Libya 618 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 424
Liechtenstein 756 325 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 933
Lithuania 644 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 759
Luxembourg 731 208 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 819
Macau 691 579 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 896
Macedonia 720 592 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 903
Madagascar 729 199 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 918
Malawi 703 601 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 903
Malaysia 639 28 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 796
Maldives 713 606 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 549
Mali 728 196 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 837
Malta 732 632 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 920
Martinique 686 183 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 653
Mauritania 686 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 693
Mauritius 719 616 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 702
Mayotte 684 183 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 652
Mexico 722 175 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 744
Micronesia 699 594 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 901
Moldova 690 35 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 886
Monaco 759 198 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 925
Mongolia 731 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 839
Montenegro 684 25 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 882
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 902
Mozambique 728 98 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 917
Myanmar 599 511 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 701 295 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Nauru 705 596 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
Nepal 741 632 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 655
Netherlands 648 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 832
New Caledonia 713 195 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 669
New Zealand 782 660 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 878
Nicaragua 716 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 911
Niger 701 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 902
Nigeria 627 532 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 790
North Korea 564 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 413
Northern Mariana Islands 648 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 872
Norway 761 192 13 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 826
Oman 724 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 485
Pakistan 573 488 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 529
Palau 705 599 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 804
Panama 683 177 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 792
Papua New Guinea 689 590 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 895
Paraguay 738 189 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 893
Peru 740 185 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 894
Philippines 583 492 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 734
Poland 638 65 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 666
Portugal 586 69 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 826
Puerto Rico 632 155 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 762
Qatar 706 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 575
Reunion Island 668 585 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 643
Romania 462 26 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 619 133 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 625
Rwanda 672 573 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 875
Saint Barthelemy 700 190 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 661
Saint Kitts and Nevis 736 629 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 922
Saint Lucia 734 626 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 921
Saint Martin 699 599 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 661
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 733 627 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 920
Samoa 720 618 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 767 146 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 870
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