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Countries Where Online Gambling Is Illegal?

Countries Where Online Gambling Is Illegal?

It may come as a surprise to some people to hear that online gambling sites are illegal in some countries. In places like the UK, and most places in Europe, gambling is perfectly legal and seen as quite a fun activity. Whether it's a quick bet on a football match or playing casino slots, gambling generally isn't seen as a massive problem. But that isn't the case everywhere. Here are just some of the countries where online gambling is illegal or banned, but bare in mind that it is banned for a variety of reasons. Political, religious, social... There are many reasons why there are countries where online gambling is illegal. Below is just a list of three.

Gambling in the United Arab Emirates

In most Islamic countries you'll find that online gambling is illegal, but the most notorious of which has to be the United Arab Emirates. In fact, the United Arab Emirates are especially harsh on individuals who are caught gambling. Simply visiting an online gambling website in the United Arab Emirates can lead to imprisonment, and some people have been handed sentences that stretch as long as two years! Whilst this might come as a surprise to some, gambling is actually prohibited in the Quran, so most Islamic countries don't allow gambling in law. Although most countries aren't quite as harsh with their punishments as the United Arab Emirates, and some don't enforce the law at all.

Gambling in Cambodia

This is quite an interesting one because unlike the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia hasn't always banned online gambling. It actually only changed the law in 1996 after Cambodia suffered one of the worst gambling crises ever. Before the ban was introduced, gambling was big business in Cambodia and it actually formed a pretty hefty portion of the countries economy as a whole.

So it might seem strange that the government decided to ban the very thing that was making their country richer. Unfortunately, gambling in Cambodia took a nasty turn. Crime was on the rise and reports of a drug trade started to form, and almost all of the reports were claiming that casinos were the sight of many of these underground drug and prostitution rings. Seeing that social order was starting to fall apart, Cambodia decided to end gambling in all its forms, and as of August 2020, all online casinos operating out of Cambodia had to stop entirely. Now it is against the law to gamble in Cambodia at all unless playing one of the 5 lotteries that are government approved.

Gambling in North Korea

To anybody who knows anything about North Korea, the fact that online gambling is banned here probably won't come as a massive shock. North Korea is known for its government's tight control over peoples lives, and this includes gambling. The reason this particular country is interesting to look at though is that whilst gambling in all forms is forbidden in law, they do have one casino in Pyongyang - and it's the only casino in the entire country. This casino is located in the basement of the Yanggakdo Hotel, so it remains a slightly hidden feature of the country. This casino isn't for locals who want to let off some steam though, this casino is only open to tourists on guided tours of Pyongyang. It's ironic that a country with such tight restrictions on gambling of all forms would offer a casino to tourists. Perhaps they recognised the benefit to their economy to allow other tourists to gamble? In any case, residents of North Korea will find that gambling online or offline is completely forbidden.

Those are just three countries where online gambling is illegal, but there are actually quite a few more! Interestingly, most countries where gambling has been banned don't actually enforce the law on tourists visiting their country. So, if you were to travel to them, you may be able to access online gambling websites without facing any repercussions. That being said, each country is different, and there is no guarantee that the law won't be enforced, so you should always stick to local laws when visiting specific countries to be on the safe side.