Welcome to the Legal Gambling and the Law website. In the ever changing online gaming environment it is always important for players and anyone involved in the gaming industry to be fully aware of any country specific laws and regulations that may apply to them when they are thinking of gambling online or setting up any type of online gambling related company.
Whilst many countries of the world have embraced fully the online gaming industry and have actively been looking at, and have often implemented a frame work allowing them to regulate, oversee and license a wide and varied range of gambling related websites, some countries approach online gambling in any shape or form with a head in the sand approach.
With this in mind we have compiled a range of informative and educational guides and articles throughout this website that are going to give you, our website visitor, access to lots of information regarding the legalities of gambling online based on your country of residence.
Please feel free to take a look at any of the following articles and gambling related guides which will enable you to hopefully form your very own checklist for locating an online casino, poker room, bingo site or betting site that is going to offer you a safe and secure and more importantly fully legal type of online gaming experience.
We are of course fully aware that if you are new to the online gambling world you may have a huge number of questions regarding many different aspects of gambling online, and as such in each of the guides and articles listed below we have listed all of the most commonly asked, and some not so commonly asked questions and have compiled full and definitive answers to each of those questions.
UK Gambling Laws and Regulations
One country that has warmly embraced online gambling is the United Kingdom. Having put in place their own infrastructure which allows the UK Gambling Commission to approve and regulate any type of online gambling site, they have also been very active is amending and updating their gambling laws and regulations to take into account the ever changing nature of online gambling.
For additional information and answers to a wide range questions surrounding the laws regarding online gambling in the UK please take a look at our guide to UK Gambling Law which you should find very informative.
Online Gaming in the US
The USA has been very slow to react to the online gambling environment, and it was only during the early months of 2013 that some US States finally got around to legalising and regulating online gaming. However, there are only a limited number of States where you can, from within those State boundaries legally gamble online.
There are lots of offshore gambling orientated websites that target US based gamblers, however those sites do not offer any of the protection in regards to fair games, fast payouts and a strict code of conduct as the US State licensed sites do.
For the answers to a very large range of US Gambling Law related questions please do take a look at that section of our website, as we are sure anyone living in the United States who is interested in gambling online will find it informative.
Canadian Gambling Rules and Regulations
There are lots of questions that Canada based gamblers will be looking for the answers to in regards to where they can legally gamble online, for whilst the Kahnawake Gaming Commission has been actively involved in licensing and regulating online casinos since way back in 1999 the Government of Canada has never seemed overly interested in putting place their own country wide online gambling laws and regulations.
However, recently some Canadian Provinces have been putting together their own unique licensing frameworks and also launching their own online gambling sites, and as such if you live in British Columbia, Ontario or New Brunswick you may find or soon find that you will be able to play at a range of online gambling sites with the approval of the law makers in those Provinces!
Feel free to checkout our Canada Gambling Law section of the website that has been specifically put together to answer many of the questions that anyone living or residing in Canada will be seeking the answers to in regards to gambling online.
Online Gambling in Australia
One country that has been very proactive in regards to taking a legal stance to online gambling as a whole is Australia. In fact it was back in 2001 that the Australian Commonwealth Parliament passed into law, that being the Interactive Gambling Act which specifically made it an offence for any gambling related websites to advertise real money gambling games or services to Australian Citizens.
However, in 2012 the Joint Select Committee commissioned and compiled a report in regards to looking at ways to legalize online gambling in Australia and this has led to a potential new framework and set of laws expected to be passed into the very near future which should open the flood gates so to speak in regards to gambling sites being able to legally offer their services to customers based in Australia.
To assist anyone living or residing in Australia to get a much better understanding of Australia Gambling Law we have dedicated a section of our website to just that topic and invite you to check it out if you are thinking of gambling online.
South Africa Online Gambling Laws
South Africa is another part of the world where gamblers are able to legally gamble online at certain betting sites that have been and are currently licensed in South Africa. It has been deemed illegal for anyone living in South Africa to gamble online at sites not licensed or based in South Africa.
However, there are of course many sites that are based offshore who actively seek out residents and citizens of South Africa, but there is of course no protection offered to those players should they experience any type of problems when gambling at offshore based gambling sites.
For a general overview and the answers to a diverse range of questions relating to many different gambling laws and regulations in place in South Africa we invite you to have a read through of our South Africa Gambling Law section of the website.