Gambling Laws in Uzbekistan
Gambling in Uzbekistan is generally not legal with the exception of the land-based lotto games. Within the Uzbekistani gambling legislation, the two resolutions issued by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan from August 16, 2007 "About measures on further regulation of the organization and carrying out gambling games" and "About organization of gambling and other games based on risk" and their amendments, are considered to be the main regulatory acts of all gambling activities in the country. Thus, according to these acts forms of land-based and online gambling such as casino and poker games, totalizator games, and sports betting are considered to be illegal in Uzbekistan. However, no restrictions are imposed by authorized bodies on online gambling on foreign sites.
The regulatory body of all issues regarding gambling in the country in the Ministry of Finance. These administrative units of this Uzbekistani institution have so far only granted the Commercial People’s Bank to organize land-based lotto games in the country. According to Uzbekistani gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in land-based lotto games in the country.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Uzbekistan?
No. Most forms of online gambling are prohibited in Uzbekistan.
Online Casinos in Uzbekistan
As of May 2018, there are no online casinos in Uzbekistan. Casinos in the country are in general prohibited, and consequently there are no Uzbekistani internet casino sites either. Foreign licensed operators, however, are not blocked from accessing the Uzbekistani market.
Online Poker in Uzbekistan
Poker in Uzbekistan is not legal, as of May 2018. Although there are no specific Uzbkistani online poker laws, the general prohibition on poker and other card games played for money in the country, holds for the online version of this game too. Foreign internet poker sites in Uzbekistan are, however, not being blocked from accessing the Uzbekistani market.
Online lottery in Uzbekistan
In accordance with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Measures to Improve the Organization of Money-Lotteries" from 2002, the Joint-Stock Commercial People's Bank has been authorized to organize and carry out lotto games in Uzbekistan. The Bank currently conducts several types of lottery games under the license issued by the Ministry of Finance such as "Omad lotto" and "Sharqona lotto", as well as instant games such as "Omad qushi", "Oltin baliq", "Besh karra besh" and others. The bank however has not introduced yet an online lottery in Uzbekistan, whose status is also not legally determined as of May 2018. Foreign sites offering online lotto games are not blocked from approaching Uzbekistani players.
Online bingo in Uzbekistan
There are no specific Uzbekistani online bingo laws. Therefore, the general regulations regarding online gambling games in Uzbekistan apply and online bingo is considered to be illegal in the country. Consequently, as of May 2018, there are no specialized sites for online bingo in Uzbekistan. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, are not being blocked from accessing the Uzbekistani market.
Online sports betting in Uzbekistan
Online sportsbook sites in Uzbekistan are illegal. Due to the almost general prohibition of gambling games in the country, sports betting is also prohibited in any form, online as well as land-based. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are however, very popular among Uzbekistani citizens and they are currently, as of May 2018, not being actively blocked by Uzbekistani authorities.
Online daily fantasy sports in Uzbekistan
Online DFS sites in Uzbekistan do not have a legally regulated status. Having in mind the prohibition of any kind of sports betting, it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would not receive in the near future any positive legal status in Uzbekistan.