Differences In International Gambling Laws And Regulations
A study of international gambling laws & regulations makes for some interesting reading. Although all countries have some form of gambling, it is not always legal. It is not therefore not useful to look at the body of law itself, but general tendencies when it comes to those laws. It should be noted that every country has its own outlook and that outlook influences the regulations put into place. As such, those interested in gambling on an international scale are advised to look at the specific laws of the country that they will be travelling to, starting with visas.
In general, the country’s outlook on religion and capitalism will determine gambling regulations, and that is usually modified by how corrupt the government is. The more religious a country is the more likely it will have restricted gambling. There may be exceptions or a blind eye turned to some gambling but a more religious country is likely to have no legalized gambling. An example of this is Iraq, which forbids most forms of gambling, but ignores some betting on sports. Nonetheless, it is always possible to find some sort of action provided a visitor knows someone who knows someone.
The outlook on capitalism is another good area to look at. Communist countries tend to look down on gambling, or at least regulate it to the point where people avoid legal gambling. As gambling is seen as one of the excesses of capitalism and a way for someone to become more than equal, gamblers are usually frowned upon. Ironically, these countries tend to bet on just about anything and the gambling itself ignored as long as it does not make itself too visible. In those countries remember to visibly follow every law and they may give you some leeway in private.
Corrupt governments tend to have stringent laws regarding gambling, but the local officials tend to ignore any gambling as long as they are cut in for some of the action or paid off before the event happens. However, this should not be counted on as they do need to make examples of gamblers every so often. In essence, they may have some of the highest pay offs out there, part of the risk is a possible prison sentence. As long as you are prepare for that risk, corrupt countries make for some interesting places to gamble in.
Keep in mind that there are exceptions to these situations. The United States only allows gambling in certain locations and even then it is tightly regulated, although it is usually a capitalist country. Conversely, although an ostensibly communist country, you can easily find almost any kind of gambling in China. This can even happen in terms of regions rather than as a country, and can be dependent on local leadership; Iraq is infamous for the gambling excesses of its leadership, especially in regard to horses and dogs. Again, the bet thing you can do is to discuss the local gambling laws with a local attorney of any country in which you plan to gamble competitions to win money.
In short, every country has a different perspective on gambling, even though the specifics may vary. Because gambling is tied to cultural mores of specific regions rather than on any greater scale there are no real rules on gambling when it comes to international areas, such as international waters. The United Nations has not been able to create any rules that apply to those areas outside of national borders due to that cultural tie. However, as in all cases, consult an attorney first before acting and you should generally be in legally safe waters.