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 469 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 919)Casino LawBlocksNotesSourcesScore 
AllowedFriendlyTargetedLand-basedOnline, operatorOnline, playerISPBank
Afghanistan 561 534 0 0.000.002.003.503.500LOO 485
Albania 620 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 837
Algeria 584 15 0 0.000.005.000.003.500L 488
American Samoa 658 635 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LOO 588
Andorra 727 189 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LLO 896
Angola 552 92 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No laws about casinos. 800
Antigua and Barbuda 647 616 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LO 812
Argentina 739 197 0 5.005.005.005.000.00Separate law for Buenos AiresLLOOOG 802
Armenia 620 139 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LOO 797
Aruba 692 34 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Dutch and Aruban laws show little differences.LOO 806
Australia 378 357 10 5.001.505.005.005.000LOO 636
Austria 695 326 1 5.003.00-0.015.005.000OOOOO 738
Azerbaijan 599 144 1 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 656
Bahamas 703 672 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LO 802
Bahrain 658 17 0 0.000.005.000.003.500LOA 528
Bangladesh 639 610 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 748
Barbados 720 688 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 792
Belarus 639 135 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 848
Belgium 385 132 7 3.503.002.000.000.000OOLAG 379
Belize 653 185 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 845
Benin 648 195 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 853
Bermuda 714 682 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 888
Bhutan 642 613 0 0.000.000.003.503.500LO 489
Bolivia 694 193 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 878
Bosnia and Herzegovina 638 28 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 777
Botswana 677 647 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Brazil 696 106 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 709
Brunei 692 662 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 706
Bulgaria 442 22 0 5.003.005.005.005.000LOOAA 700
Burkina Faso 657 196 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 857
Burundi 629 186 0 3.505.005.005.005.000OO 812
Cambodia 631 601 0 1.000.002.005.005.000OLO 603
Cameroon 672 197 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 866
Canada 678 652 9 5.004.505.005.005.00Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia governments are able to give licenses to online casinos.LLO 859
Cape Verde 668 103 0 3.505.005.005.005.00Game zones: Sal, Santiago, São Vicente, Boa vista e Maio.LO 833
Cayman Islands 698 666 0 0.001.500.005.005.000LO 610
Central African Republic 644 196 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 850
Chad 638 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 847
Channel Islands 784 748 1 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 917
Chile 742 200 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 904
China 567 32 2 0.000.005.000.000.000LOOOOOA 408
Colombia 673 182 0 5.000.002.003.503.500LOO 646
Comoros 651 17 0 5.004.505.005.005.000A 844
Congo 617 174 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 836
Cook Islands 709 679 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 886
Costa Rica 646 179 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 851
Croatia 617 26 0 5.003.005.003.503.500LO 736
Cuba 592 169 0 0.000.005.003.503.500LLOL 562
Curacao 575 28 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 803
Cyprus 543 44 0 5.001.500.000.003.500LOOA 495
Czech Republic 534 33 1 5.001.502.003.503.500LOOO 601
Denmark 350 24 10 5.003.005.005.005.000LOL 650
Djibouti 675 644 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 867
Dominica 654 625 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 846
Dominican Republic 704 194 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LLOO 873
DR Congo 605 172 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 829
Ecuador 648 184 0 0.005.005.005.005.000LLL 753
Egypt 674 17 0 5.005.005.005.005.000O 867
El Salvador 713 200 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOO 658
Equatorial Guinea 666 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 862
Eritrea 594 566 0 0.001.500.005.005.000 553
Estonia 498 8 1 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 671
Ethiopia 573 546 0 5.003.000.005.005.000LOO 672
Falkland Islands 713 681 0 5.003.005.005.005.000OL 848
Faroe Islands 690 46 1 5.005.005.005.005.000L 875
Fiji 697 667 0 5.004.500.005.005.000LO 769
Finland 744 223 17 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 865
France 172 95 4 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 354
French Guiana 539 160 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 553
French Polynesia 561 175 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 565
Gabon 678 201 0 5.005.005.005.005.000 869
Gambia 677 646 0 3.504.505.005.005.000LO 828
Georgia 688 9 1 5.003.005.005.005.000L 834
Germany 691 353 10 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 536
Ghana 654 623 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LL 856
Gibraltar 702 671 3 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 882
Greece 608 60 1 5.004.500.000.003.500OOA 591
Greenland 683 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 862
Grenada 675 647 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 767
Guadeloupe 596 177 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 584
Guam 537 513 0 0.001.505.005.005.000LO 622
Guatemala 708 193 0 0.005.005.003.503.500LOO 725
Guinea 650 192 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 844
Guinea-Bissau 643 95 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 850
Guyana 630 601 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 843
Haiti 640 180 0 5.005.005.005.005.000- 848
Honduras 708 196 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 885
Hong Kong 483 457 0 3.501.505.005.005.000LO 663
Hungary 395 26 0 5.004.505.000.005.000O 605
Iceland 764 733 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 646
India 650 624 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LL 824
Indonesia 547 14 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LLO 498
Iran 387 364 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 281
Iraq 428 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.LAOO 603
Ireland 648 624 10 0.004.505.005.005.00A number of casinos operate as private clubs.LO 743
Isle of Man 673 643 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 866
Israel 271 252 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LOOO 347
Italy 357 113 12 3.503.005.000.003.50Legal in limited number of cities/localities only: Venice, San Remo, Campione d'Italia, San Vincent.LOOOA 494
Ivory Coast 631 188 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 843
Jamaica 688 657 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 874
Japan 704 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 653
Jordan 622 17 0 0.000.005.000.005.000LA 538
Kazakhstan 673 147 0 3.500.005.000.005.000OLA 636
Kenya 653 622 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 855
Kiribati 673 642 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 866
Kosovo 761 31 0 5.005.005.005.005.00Online casinos are not a part of the gambling law yet.LL 914
Kuwait 614 15 0 0.000.002.000.003.500LOA 444
Kyrgyzstan 616 136 0 0.001.505.003.503.500LLOOO 605
Laos 614 584 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 614
Latvia 588 13 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LOA 710
Lebanon 657 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 567
Lesotho 678 647 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 869
Liberia 621 591 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 838
Libya 547 15 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 368
Liechtenstein 735 358 0 5.005.005.005.005.00No mention of online or land-based gambling was found in the legislation.OL 900
Lithuania 591 10 0 5.004.505.000.005.000LLOO 712
Luxembourg 717 218 0 3.501.505.005.005.00There is only one authorized land based casino in the country.LOL 790
Macau 629 599 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 842
Macedonia 687 656 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 864
Madagascar 704 209 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LOO 883
Malawi 652 621 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 855
Malaysia 598 35 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 755
Maldives 672 641 0 0.000.000.003.503.50Gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam, and anything prohibited under Islam is illegal in the Maldives.LO 506
Mali 684 203 0 1.005.005.005.005.00Land-based casinos can be established only in the hotels.L 792
Malta 720 689 2 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 892
Martinique 617 176 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 596
Mauritania 636 17 0 0.000.005.005.005.00No regulations outlawing gambling are present. ISP do block sites upon requestL 646
Mauritius 684 657 0 5.004.505.000.000.00Online gambling sites may be blocked, and financial transactions may be interrupted.LO 662
Mayotte 613 176 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 594
Mexico 690 182 0 5.001.505.005.000.000LOG 705
Micronesia 648 618 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 853
Moldova 654 38 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 846
Monaco 733 206 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LOO 889
Mongolia 681 6 0 1.005.005.005.005.000LL 791
Montenegro 632 30 0 5.004.505.005.005.000LO 834
Morocco 652 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 855
Mozambique 676 106 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 868
Myanmar 531 501 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 789
Namibia 732 342 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 898
Nauru 662 632 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 860
Nepal 689 658 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 605
Netherlands 547 31 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 758
New Caledonia 646 190 0 5.003.005.000.000.000LOOAAO 611
New Zealand 788 756 2 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 859
Nicaragua 668 186 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 863
Niger 655 192 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 856
Nigeria 571 542 0 5.001.505.005.005.000LO 741
North Korea 475 9 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 348
Northern Mariana Islands 582 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 817
Norway 776 230 13 0.004.505.005.005.00Only one online casino is allowed in the country, run by the government controlled gambling company.LOOOOO 812
Oman 666 17 0 0.000.000.000.003.500LOOA 432
Pakistan 504 477 0 0.000.000.005.005.000LO 474
Palau 659 629 0 0.005.005.005.005.000L 759
Panama 643 186 0 5.003.002.005.005.000LOO 750
Papua New Guinea 641 611 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 849
Paraguay 715 192 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 859
Peru 726 195 0 3.505.005.005.005.000LOO 865
Philippines 503 477 0 5.000.005.005.005.000LOO 674
Poland 542 58 0 5.003.000.003.503.500LOO 595
Portugal 465 61 1 5.004.505.005.005.00Players can only be punished for gambling in land-based casinos.LOOO 743
Puerto Rico 559 140 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 704
Qatar 668 16 0 0.001.500.003.503.500LO 533
Reunion Island 699 674 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 640
Romania 345 27 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 648
Russia 552 130 4 3.500.005.000.005.00More than 250 gambling websites are blocked by ISPs on demand of RoskomnadzorLOA 570
Rwanda 589 561 0 5.004.505.005.005.000L 810
Saint Barthelemy 735 204 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 660
Saint Kitts and Nevis 700 669 0 5.005.005.005.005.000LO 881
Saint Lucia 694 663 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 878
Saint Martin 733 703 0 5.003.005.000.000.00French territory; laws of France are in forceLOOAAO 659
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 686 656 0 5.005.005.005.005.000L 873
Samoa 672 643 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 786
San Marino 741 154 0 5.004.505.003.503.50Online casino providers are required to follow Italian AAMS rules.LO