The number of laws gambling companies must abide to is no mean feat. In fact, you’re unlikely to find a more extensive list of worldwide laws in any other recreational activity!
In many countries around the world, gambling online and offline is perfectly legal; in others they’re completely forbidden. And then you’ve got the countries where it’s all just a bit of a grey area.
For instance, in the UK gambling scene is very much legal both online and offline. And then you’ve got North Korea where citizens attempting to find their way into the Dear Leader Kim-Jong Un’s personal underground casino will find themselves punished very severely indeed.
If you’re looking to gambling while on holiday, it’s worthwhile looking up the respective laws and licenses of that particular country. For example, while Dubai is fast becoming a massive hotspot for holidayers, all forms of gambling are illegal. If you’re found engaging in online gambling while you’re in Dubai, you could be subject to a two-year prison sentence.
A Short History of Online Gambling Legislation
In 1994 online gambling software come into existence. But it wasn’t until two years later that internet gambling was officially – and legally – recognised.
As a result of the growing trade, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (based in the Mohawk Indian Territory of Kahnawake, Canada), was founded. The job of this Gaming Commission is to regulate the online gaming industry, ensuring that gaming operations across the world are fair and transparent.
Over the next few years, internet gambling exploded. More and more online casinos were set up, with increased incentives targeted at getting people to sign up. Various governments grew uneasy with this; not only was there a worry that, at a social level, online gambling could cause many issues, it was seen as a threat to other domestic leisure industries.
In order to limit the impact of online casinos, many countries opted to pass laws banning residents from online gambling. Countries that have made gambling at online casinos illegal include China, Russia, The Netherlands, Greece and even most of America!