Gambling has, to a certain extent, always been a part of people’s lives. There is evidence that traces betting and gambling games to 2300 bc China and ancient Egypt. People have always been attracted to gambling and betting. Gambling and betting are extremely profitable industries which raise taxes for the government and a lot of money for the casino owners. This advantage of gambling and betting helps them develop and become more and more popular over the years. However, gambling and betting involve not only fun and entertainment but also the gain and loss of money. In addition, it involves some behavior problems and sometimes it leads to gambling addiction. This is what makes gambling and betting controversial. In order to prevent gambling or to find a balance between gambling benefits and protecting the citizens, governments tend to make certain restraints, and sometimes even forbid it and make it illegal. Nevertheless, people always find ways to gamble and disobey the law.
In the following paragraphs, we will present nine countries which made gambling illegal.
COUNTRY NUMBER ONE: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
In the majority of Islamic countries, gambling is prohibited to an extent. However, some countries do not prohibit or regulate gambling and put gambling in the so-called grey area. This is not the case with the United Arab Emirates. In the United Arab Emirates gambling is prosecuted and if caught playing people can end up in jail for two years. In addition, the Internet content is controlled fully which therefore prevents any access to online casinos.
COUNTRY NUMBER TWO: BRUNEI
Brunei is also an Islamic country which enforces the Common Gaming House Act which, in addition, forbids gambling in any form in the country.
COUNTRY NUMBER THREE: CAMBODIA
Cambodian people are known to have gambling addictions. It is for that reason that the government prohibited gambling in the country. The only form of gambling accepted in Cambodia is the lottery which is sponsored by the government.
COUNTRY NUMBER FOUR: NORTH KOREA
The same rules go for North Korea as for Cambodia. However, the difference is that tourists are allowed to gamble on guided tours. The only casino that exists in the country is located in Pyongyang.
COUNTRY NUMBER FIVE: JAPAN
Until recently, all forms of gambling were prohibited in Japan. However, nowadays, sports betting activities are allowed, and casinos can be opened in resorts as a form of entertainment. Nevertheless, online gambling remains completely illegal in Japan.
COUNTRY NUMBER SIX: SINGAPORE
In Singapore, public lotteries are permitted and regulated by the government. However, other events are strictly banned unless they have a permission by the government. In addition, online gambling is completely prohibited in Singapore.
COUNTRY NUMBER SEVEN: CYPRUS
Online gambling, in general, is not allowed in Cyprus except for sports betting. In addition, slots and other terminal-based games are permitted, however, only 50 machines are allowed.
COUNTRY NUMBER EIGHT: QATAR
Qatar prohibits all forms of betting, and large penalties are imposed when people are caught gambling and betting.
COUNTRY NUMBER NINE: LEBANON
Online casinos are blocked by the government in Lebanon and gambling is also strictly prohibited and heavily punished.