Here at the Student Pocket Guide, we love to cover all aspects of life whether it be serious student issues or more fun topics like music, movies and sports. One fun activity that we’ve covered quite thoroughly at is casinos, including how music impacts the gambling industry, why students love to play games like this, why online roulette is so popular and even how you yourself can host a fun poker-themed night in for you and your mates. Now, we want to cover how gambling laws can differ around the world as the difference can be truly astounding.


If you’re looking for somewhere to make some wagers and play tons of games, chances are you’ll find the perfect place pretty quick in Europe. Throughout most of the continent, casinos both online and brick-and-mortar establishments, are well regulated, with the largest markets existing in the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany. Other countries where almost every kind of gambling is legal include:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Sweden

While this does cover the majority of Europe, there are some exceptions. For example, both France and Iceland only have land-based casinos, and these allow table games, slots, bingo and sports betting. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine allows citizens to play at websites hosted by other countries. Still, the only country twhere you won’t be able to find a game of blackjack or poker is Turkey.

North America


In the United States, each individual state decides on their own gambling laws so it is always wise to do a little research before crossing any state lines. Canada, on the other hand, seems well and truly on board with casinos, with review sites like which have picked the best websites for players who are  fans of slot machines.

In fact, there are so many leading casinos to choose from up in Canada that there are even bonus comparison sites such as that collect all the information for players to ensure they get the best value and experience. Mexico is very similar in this respect, with many online and offline casinos flourishing throughout the country.

South America

Down in South America, many countries are perfectly on board with gambling, with places like Argentina, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic running regulated casino industries. Chile and Brazil are less enthusiastic about online gambling, but offer options to those who enjoy playing in bricks-and-mortar casinos.


Of the 54 countries that make up the continent of Africa, more than 30 of them have legalised all forms of gambling over the past few years. In South Africa alone there are 40 casinos, with even more springing up in Egypt, Kenya, Botswana, Cameron, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Hopefully over the next few years, Africa’s emerging casino industry will evolve even further and achieve great success.

And don’t forget that in Asia you can head to Macau, which has been dubbed the new Las Vegas and has been refurbishing its casino resorts to offer lavish shopping and entertainment, according to an article in The

So, where would you go on a casino trip if you could choose anywhere? Let us know in the comments below.