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 526 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 890)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 340 320 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 371
Albania 550 529 0 5.005.005.005.005.000--- 809
Algeria 498 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500 450
American Samoa 486 469 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 503
Andorra 662 170 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 872
Angola 461 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 759
Antigua and Barbuda 579 555 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 785
Argentina 676 180 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Separate law for Buenos Aires-O 870
Armenia 529 129 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 757
Aruba 612 33 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 774
Australia 297 283 11 5.001.505.005.005.00Currently being considered under which, amongst other things, offending websites will be “blocked” by local internet service providers following direction by ACMA--- 597
Austria 624 289 1 5.003.002.005.005.000-----P 751
Azerbaijan 500 134 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 611
Bahamas 633 609 0 1.005.005.005.005.000-- 776
Bahrain 577 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500--- 394
Bangladesh 566 544 0 0.001.505.000.005.000- 548
Barbados 648 624 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 764
Belarus 550 124 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 809
Belgium 339 117 7 5.003.002.000.000.000----L 390
Belize 579 159 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 815
Benin 572 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 821
Bermuda 642 618 0 3.505.005.005.005.00At this time there are no land-based casinos in Bermuda. But in 2017 international casino operator Century Casinos submitted a licence application for a casino at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Hamilton, Bermuda jointly with the company that owns the property-L 831
Bhutan 576 554 0 0.00-0.010.003.503.500- 463
Bolivia 640 176 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 860
Bosnia and Herzegovina 549 27 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 738
Botswana 587 564 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 830
Brazil 631 97 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 684
Brunei 731 700 0 0.000.000.005.005.000--- 611
Bulgaria 385 22 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 676
Burkina Faso 583 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 828
Burundi 547 172 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 777
Cambodia 545 523 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 566
Cameroon 586 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 829
Canada 632 613 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 845
Cape Verde 600 92 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.- 807
Cayman Islands 611 587 0 0.001.500.005.005.000- 573
Central African Republic 551 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 810
Chad 565 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 817
Channel Islands 739 708 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 905
Chile 675 182 0 5.001.505.005.005.000-O 809
China 488 26 2 0.000.005.000.000.000---- 374
Colombia 588 162 0 5.000.002.003.503.500--- 610
Comoros 577 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 814
Congo 539 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 803
Cook Islands 647 624 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 863
Costa Rica 579 160 1 1.001.505.005.005.000-L 675
Croatia 563 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 716
Cuba 511 145 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 527
Curacao 475 27 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 757
Cyprus 474 41 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 466
Czech Republic 432 24 1 5.003.005.000.005.000O 603
Denmark 312 24 9 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 635
Djibouti 585 561 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 829
Dominica 574 551 0 5.004.505.005.005.000-- 812
Dominican Republic 635 176 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 847
DR Congo 675 178 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 879
Ecuador 588 168 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 730
Egypt 597 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 835
El Salvador 644 182 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 632
Equatorial Guinea 598 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 836
Eritrea 514 492 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 519
Estonia 416 8 2 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 634
Ethiopia 489 468 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 635
Falkland Islands 738 707 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 875
Faroe Islands 623 45 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Fiji 629 606 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 553
Finland 691 222 19 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 848
France 137 77 4 5.001.505.000.000.00only allowed online poker, lottery and sports betting------ 307
French Guiana 449 143 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 512
French Polynesia 467 149 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 522
Gabon 600 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 837
Gambia 590 566 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 631
Georgia 602 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 798
Germany 606 320 12 5.001.50-0.015.000.000----OI 570
Ghana 570 546 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 820
Gibraltar 624 601 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 851
Greece 519 55 1 5.003.005.003.503.500OL 692
Greenland 616 43 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 836
Grenada 609 587 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 742
Guadeloupe 509 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 546
Guam 463 445 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 590
Guatemala 641 176 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 700
Guinea 567 168 0 5.004.505.005.005.000- 809
Guinea-Bissau 568 85 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Casinos are mentioned in a law about fiscal incentives, but no additional information was found besides this mention. 819
Guyana 561 541 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 815
Haiti 564 168 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 817
Honduras 645 179 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 862
Hong Kong 428 408 0 0.001.500.005.005.00Under current law, there are no land-based casinos in the territory. However, there are cruise ships with on-board casinos that dock in the city and then travel out to international waters before taking any bets.--- 470
Hungary 300 24 0 5.004.505.000.000.000- 459
Iceland 702 678 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.- 624
India 589 568 0 3.505.005.005.005.000-- 801
Indonesia 478 14 0 0.000.000.000.005.000--- 369
Iran 471 450 0 0.000.000.000.003.500---- 335
Iraq 347 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.--- 565
Ireland 583 564 10 0.004.505.005.005.00The casinos are regulated by the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 and established illegal. To escape the enforcement of this law it is established private clubs on scheme "members-only" where gambling activities are performed legally. As similar clubs are not prohibited in the law such loophole in the gambling laws has allowed land casinos to stay open. Future participant has to apply for membership in the next way: - provide proof of age (he should be over 10 or 21 years); - provide proof of residence (should be resident of Ireland). The membership approval is given by the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland.-- 718
Isle of Man 589 567 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 831
Israel 218 206 0 0.000.000.000.005.00Israel allows gambling on cruises departing from the port of Eilat---- 222
Italy 5 5 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 303
Ivory Coast 678 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 881
Jamaica 612 588 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 844
Japan 649 49 1 0.001.500.003.503.50In 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.-P 535
Jordan 547 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.000- 607
Kazakhstan 711 140 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 669
Kenya 580 556 0 5.005.005.005.005.000-- 826
Kiribati 610 586 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Kosovo 722 30 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 906
Kuwait 541 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500- 374
Kyrgyzstan 521 129 0 0.001.505.003.503.500--- 563
Laos 671 643 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 657
Latvia 492 12 0 3.504.502.000.005.000--LP 576
Lebanon 563 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 blocked 526
Lesotho 608 584 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Liberia 535 512 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 801
Libya 613 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 414
Liechtenstein 668 334 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 875
Lithuania 508 10 0 5.004.505.000.000.000----F 575
Luxembourg 658 202 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.- 770
Macau 548 525 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 808
Macedonia 713 682 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 891
Madagascar 625 185 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 851
Malawi 563 539 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Malaysia 523 33 0 3.501.502.005.005.00In 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.-- 634
Maldives 599 575 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 477
Mali 600 180 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 757
Malta 639 616 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 859
Martinique 530 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 558
Mauritania 556 17 0 0.000.000.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon request- 512
Mauritius 612 590 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 634
Mayotte 524 152 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 554
Mexico 629 166 0 5.001.505.005.000.000-- 683
Micronesia 694 664 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 890
Moldova 683 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 874
Monaco 667 191 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 865
Mongolia 609 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 762
Montenegro 557 29 0 5.004.505.005.005.000 803
Morocco 578 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 825
Mozambique 587 95 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 830
Myanmar 474 452 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 766
Namibia 563 270 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 816
Nauru 594 571 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 834
Nepal 612 588 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 574
Netherlands 439 23 3 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.------- 707
New Caledonia 561 166 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 575
New Zealand 729 705 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 840
Nicaragua 591 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 832
Niger 576 175 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Nigeria 498 476 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 710
North Korea 568 11 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 409
Northern Mariana Islands 507 24 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 785
Norway 719 224 14 0.004.505.005.000.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.------ 694
Oman 586 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 399
Pakistan 414 394 0 0.000.000.005.005.000-- 433
Palau 594 571 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 734
Panama 576 168 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 724
Papua New Guinea 569 547 0 5.003.005.000.005.00There are as yet no land-based casinos in the country, although there are video poker machines in some tourist hotels--- 680
Paraguay 649 175 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 835
Peru 672 177 0 3.505.005.005.005.000- 848
Philippines 418 398 0 5.001.500.005.005.000OOIP 565
Poland 455 51 0 5.003.000.000.003.500-- 486
Portugal 379 50 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 703
Puerto Rico 491 125 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 676
Qatar 604 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 509
Reunion Island 665 644 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 634
Romania 283 20 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 619
Russia 610 133 3 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 613
Rwanda 500 478 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 771
Saint Barthelemy 701 193 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 654
Saint Kitts and Nevis 623 599 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 850
Saint Lucia 622 598 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 849
Saint Martin 696 670 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 651
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 615 592 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 846
Samoa 607 585 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 761
San Marino 677 143 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 810
Sao Tome and Principe 601 88 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 838
Saudi Arabia 579 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.50As Saudi Arabia is governed under Islamic law, gambling is illegal in this country.- 395
Senegal 593 183 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 833
Serbia 476 25 0 5.003.005.005.005.000--- 727
Seychelles 624 601 0 5.004.505.005.005.000O 841
Sierra Leone 562 538 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L- 816
Singapore 418 18 0 5.000.000.000.000.000--I 335
Slovakia 519 14 0 5.001.505.005.005.000- 722
Slovenia 483 16 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 761
Solomon Islands 626 603 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 852
Somalia 506 16 0 0.000.000.003.503.50As per Islamic law 424
South Africa 521 500 4 5.000.000.005.005.000LOO 593
South Korea 727 14 0 3.500.000.000.003.50Koreans are not allowed to gamble in any casinos other than the one in Kangwon Island. Foreigners may gamble in a variety of casinos located in most major tourist cities.----I 548
South Sudan 705 676 0 5.005.005.005.005.00The legal situation surrounding gambling in South Sudan is unclear and it seems to be largely unregulated at this date. There are no casinos or poker rooms in the country.- 896
Spain 272 87 7 5.003.002.003.503.500LOO 493
Sri Lanka 596 573