Which countries have banned online gambling?

Discussion in 'General Bitcoin Gambling Discussion' started by Doyle, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Doyle

    Doyle Member

    When I play at a bitcoin casino or poker room I usually presume that most of the other gamblers there are from the United States because of our restrictive gambling laws. But that's probably not the case. In what other countries is sports betting, poker and casino betting prohibited?
  2. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    That's kind of a tricky question to answer. For example, in Australia you can bet on an upcoming sporting event at an Australian online bookmaker. However, one the sporting event has started the bookies are no longer allowed to accept bets so live in-play betting is illegal in Australia.

    In China there are some licensed gambling operators so betting on things like the lottery in permitted. Many other forms of online gambling like sports betting and casinos are not legal in China.
  3. Kaboom

    Kaboom Member

    Gambling laws are weird. Pakistan has strict anti-gambling laws for everything except horse racing. Tote betting on horse racing was legalised there in the 70's. Seems strange to me that you can bet on a horse legally but if they catch you betting on the national cricket team you will be fined.
  4. Terry

    Terry Member

    When I visited the Vatican City I don't remember seeing any sleazy casino :)
  5. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    Online gambling is no longer legal in Singapore thanks to the Remote Gambling Act 2015. The government blocked hundreds of gambling website and the punishment for breaking these laws is quiet severe. You can be jailed for up to 6 months or have to pay a fine of $5,000 Singapore dollars.
  6. 2damoon

    2damoon Member

    some scandinavian countries like norway force their citizens to gamble at state run monopolies.
  7. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    Hardly surprising but North Korea has pretty restrictive laws when it comes to online gambling. The only place in the entire country where you can gamble is the Seaview Casino and Hotel in Rajin, which has a handful of slot machines and table games. I guess the average North Korean doesn't have a great deal of spare cash to lose at the blackjack tables anyway.
  8. BeastyBoy

    BeastyBoy Member

    Holland, a country that is famous for its liberal attitudes, recently forced Apple to remove real-money gambling apps from the Dutch iTunes App Store.
  9. Umair

    Umair Member

    wasn't there rumours last week that china was going to crackdown on bitcoin because of capital flight worries due to the yaun depreciating?
  10. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    These rumours happen every few months. Quiet often they are just FUD from traders hoping to trick the market into panic selling.

    There was also rumours recently that the United States was going to ban online gambling in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware because Donald Trumps appointment to the role of attorney general is anti-gambling. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
  11. Lance

    Lance Member

    Australia have recently introduced some regulations that effectively outlaws online poker. 888poker have already left Australia and PokerStars and PartyPoker are threatening to do the same. This will be good news for bitcoin adoption in Australia if they do.
  12. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    Here's an article we posted recently on why we think bitcoin gambling will prosper in Australia following the ban.
  13. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    Bitcoin friendly poker room and casino Ignition have announced they are entering the Australian poker market as the Aussie government is in the process of banning online poker. Ignition Casino/Poker already operates in the United States so they are used to offering their services i countries with anti-gambling legislation. http://www.bitcoingambling.io/crypt...tion-casino-brings-bitcoin-poker-to-australia
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2017
  14. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

  15. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    We are hearing reports that the Australian government is starting to block bitcoin gambling sites. Thankfully you can still use a VPN to get around these restrictions.
  16. PokerGod

    PokerGod Member

    but do crypto gambling sites still accept australian gamblers? the australian government is threatening big fines and jail time for any gambling site operators who accept australian players without a license.
  17. Lance

    Lance Member

    Even Iran has a bitcoin ATM now so it's pretty impossible to ban online gambling unless you live somewhere like North Korean.

  18. Header

    Header Member

    The Indian government have recently created a draft bill that would sell bitcoin miners, traders and holders face up to 10 years in jail. Their government must be very worried about cryptocurrencies.


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