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Gambling in Bangladesh

The state of Bangladesh has a strict anti-gambling policy, as the majority of the population is Muslim. Dating from 1867, the country’s Public Gambling Act prohibits all forms of gambling except for lotteries and betting on horse races. In order for it to be legal, wagering has to take place on the day of the horse race, at the tracks and with a government-licensed bookmaker.

There are several lotteries in the state, most of them devoted to charitable purposes and “games of skill” are also an exception to the rule, although Bangladeshi gambling laws don’t actually define the term. Illegal gambling is punishable by fine or imprisonment for up to three months.

Online gambling in Bangladesh

There are no online gambling sites in Bangladesh. The state does not hand out any licenses for internet betting operators, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that local gamblers can’t play online casinos in Bangladesh. There are several foreign-based websites taking bets from gamblers living in the country, so they are free to play virtual casino games.