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 817)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 408 325 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 430
Albania 512 397 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 813
Algeria 515 10 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 485
American Samoa 484 401 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 526
Andorra 592 160 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 862
Angola 483 73 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 796
Antigua and Barbuda 530 436 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 784
Argentina 584 154 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 757
Armenia 517 91 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 776
Aruba 580 27 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 785
Australia 381 300 5 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 663
Austria 570 219 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 709
Azerbaijan 503 95 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 638
Bahamas 573 478 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 771
Bahrain 548 11 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 505
Bangladesh 527 428 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 723
Barbados 585 487 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 758
Belarus 525 84 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 821
Belgium 322 111 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 367
Belize 535 152 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 817
Benin 522 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 819
Bermuda 577 481 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 853
Bhutan 531 434 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 465
Bolivia 554 153 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 839
Bosnia and Herzegovina 526 16 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 752
Botswana 556 464 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 840
Brazil 554 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 669
Brunei 564 468 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 675
Bulgaria 371 11 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 687
Burkina Faso 526 158 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 822
Burundi 522 150 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 789
Cambodia 532 440 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 586
Cameroon 551 163 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 837
Canada 504 405 5 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 798
Cape Verde 541 79 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 801
Cayman Islands 577 481 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 583
Central African Republic 530 156 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 824
Chad 514 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 815
Channel Islands 579 479 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 844
Chile 593 162 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 863
China 441 20 1 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 370
Colombia 568 158 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 628
Comoros 536 11 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 818
Congo 506 140 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 810
Cook Islands 574 462 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 851
Costa Rica 534 149 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 827
Croatia 499 16 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 705
Cuba 496 137 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 544
Curacao 536 26 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 818
Cyprus 446 36 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 473
Czech Republic 516 39 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 626
Denmark 313 11 9 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 652
Djibouti 556 462 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 840
Dominica 530 425 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 814
Dominican Republic 560 152 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 833
DR Congo 512 145 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 813
Ecuador 539 155 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 730
Egypt 560 11 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 843
El Salvador 575 163 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 622
Equatorial Guinea 532 145 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 826
Eritrea 505 420 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 539
Estonia 413 2 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 653
Ethiopia 484 407 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 656
Falkland Islands 574 512 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 811
Faroe Islands 560 30 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Fiji 563 467 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 735
Finland 567 113 14 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOO 807
France 148 83 3 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 351
French Guiana 435 127 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 526
French Polynesia 460 134 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 542
Gabon 550 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 837
Gambia 553 458 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 798
Georgia 555 5 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 800
Germany 548 215 8 5.003.000.000.000.000OOOAGOL 495
Ghana 542 447 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 832
Gibraltar 573 478 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 851
Greece 509 52 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 572
Greenland 554 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 829
Grenada 546 450 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 734
Guadeloupe 496 143 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 564
Guam 464 378 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 614
Guatemala 570 161 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 689
Guinea 530 158 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 814
Guinea-Bissau 522 73 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 819
Guyana 532 439 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 826
Haiti 529 147 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 824
Honduras 570 161 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 849
Hong Kong 390 330 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 639
Hungary 409 17 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 640
Iceland 596 484 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 595
India 520 420 1 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 788
Indonesia 486 12 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 497
Iran 349 274 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 284
Iraq 381 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 603
Ireland 509 445 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 702
Isle of Man 557 456 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 841
Israel 271 215 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 366
Italy 303 98 13 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 485
Ivory Coast 520 158 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 818
Jamaica 566 469 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 846
Japan 553 34 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 608
Jordan 522 11 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 519
Kazakhstan 556 94 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 610
Kenya 546 449 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 834
Kiribati 536 438 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 828
Kosovo 559 18 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 842
Kuwait 522 10 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 429
Kyrgyzstan 527 89 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 593
Laos 522 430 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 599
Latvia 506 11 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 700
Lebanon 547 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 545
Lesotho 558 464 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 841
Liberia 518 426 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 817
Libya 458 9 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 350
Liechtenstein 582 239 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 856
Lithuania 504 7 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 698
Luxembourg 570 175 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 749
Macau 522 415 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 819
Macedonia 554 436 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 829
Madagascar 561 167 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 843
Malawi 535 441 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Malaysia 487 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 728
Maldives 543 444 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 472
Mali 559 164 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 762
Malta 567 475 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 847
Martinique 522 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 579
Mauritania 522 11 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 619
Mauritius 554 461 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 629
Mayotte 520 151 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 578
Mexico 562 152 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 674
Micronesia 529 433 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 824
Moldova 535 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 817
Monaco 583 165 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 847
Mongolia 558 4 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 761
Montenegro 526 18 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 812
Morocco 537 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 829
Mozambique 560 79 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Myanmar 452 368 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 777
Namibia 542 221 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 832
Nauru 536 434 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 828
Nepal 569 467 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 578
Netherlands 510 25 3 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOGOOGO 772
New Caledonia 550 161 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 597
New Zealand 593 480 1 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 793
Nicaragua 555 159 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 840
Niger 534 155 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 827
Nigeria 477 384 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 722
North Korea 425 6 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 350
Northern Mariana Islands 499 27 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 805
Norway 575 108 12 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 742
Oman 557 11 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 411
Pakistan 438 357 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 468
Palau 537 439 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 729
Panama 534 154 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 727
Papua New Guinea 538 447 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Paraguay 570 159 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 819
Peru 569 155 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 818
Philippines 438 353 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 668
Poland 507 55 1 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 610
Portugal 464 56 0 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 774
Puerto Rico 476 125 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 691
Qatar 542 10 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 502
Reunion Island 510 434 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 572
Romania 358 18 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 679
Russia 487 93 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 568
Rwanda 508 417 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 801
Saint Barthelemy 536 158 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 588
Saint Kitts and Nevis 566 467 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 846
Saint Lucia 565 465 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 846
Saint Martin 536 442 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 588
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 563 465 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 845
Samoa 553 457 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 758
San Marino 593 128 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LOO 793
Sao Tome and Principe 554 77 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 839
Saudi Arabia