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Over 50% of the world's population, around 4 billion people, are prohibited from accessing online games. This is what emerges from recent research, which shows that in the 225 countries of the world examined there are very diversified and heterogeneous regulatory and legislative approaches for the gambling sector. 74 countries apply restrictions - albeit in different forms - to casino games like bingo, but in 151 countries placing a bet through your PC is a legal practice.

Gambling is a business worth billions around the world

It is important to understand the concepts of probability in order to understand the math behind casino games. Bingo sites are required to pay a predefined payout percentage as we have seen above. Some bingo sites like are perfectly legittimate in UK while some other sites without licence are not, however, there are hybrid situations. If in 39 countries, for example, online gambling is absolutely forbidden, in 32 countries gambling is forbidden to local operators and paradoxically the same governments are not able (for technical reasons or regulatory gaps) to intervene against unlicensed foreign companies. On the other hand, 61 nations allow to operate through a state license, but in half of these countries compliance with the law is observed only by local operators. Then there are situations of total anarchy: 93 nations do not yet have a gambling law.

Overall, a form of restriction on online gambling is in force in 132 countries and affects 56% of the world population, equal to 4 billion people.

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 Overall, a form of restriction on online gambling is in force in 132 countries and affects 56% of the world population, equal to 4 billion people. Among the sanctions for those who do not respect the laws, in some cultures (25) the practice of gambling involves criminal charges, while in 15 countries administrative sanctions are incurred. The researchers looked at the terms and conditions of 655 online casinos like this to understand which countries have the most restrictive gaming limits.

Many players have a habit of looking for the best places to play at bingo, but to engage in the activity they have to travel to other states and cities. Trips to casino destinations have been part of the list of services offered by United States Travel Agencies for a long time. Last year, each visitor made an average of 5.8 of these trips.

France and Israel follow in the ranking of the strictest regulations. In Iceland, only 7 percent of online casinos would be "rejected". A further data was processed based on all the statistics taken into consideration: opening to casinos, sanctions, blocking of financial transactions, to arrive at a ranking that assigns up to 1000 points for the most tolerant countries. The paradises are Chile, Andorra and Venezuela, Italy is in the middle of the table with 643 points, the most severe are the United States, where the live game lobbies make sure that the grip on what is politically granted to the online.

On average, 24% of online bingo restrict access to players living in a country where a license is required to operate a casino. 22% of casinos restrict access to players living in countries where bans or restrictions are in place. 16% limit access to players, even when they live in countries where foreign companies can operate. 14% restrict access to players living in countries where local casinos are licensed, but where foreign companies can operate. Finally, 14% of online casinos limit access to players, despite living in countries that have no restrictions on online gambling.

In terms of legislation, in some countries casinos are allowed on ships, but not on land. Examples include Russia, Thailand, Israel, Japan and the United States. In Israel, players need only be caught by the police in a forbidden place to be sanctioned, as law enforcement is under no obligation to prove that the subject was actually playing. In some Middle Eastern countries, gambling is completely banned due to the ban in the Quran. In the Faroe Islands, the importation of slot machines is prohibited, except for those purchased for private use. Finally, in Libya, gambling is included in the laws concerning magic and witchcraft.