Sometimes regulation of gambling activities in certain countries balances on the brink of nonsense. At times, restrictions prescribed by legislators seem explicitly ridiculous, however, are widely applicable.


The top list of the most pointless gambling prohibitions is headed by the USA. The general laws of the state of Ohio prohibit placing bets with friends for $10 in any public area. The one, who ventures to do that, will be immediately fined.

The legislation of the state of Iowa permits sports betting or playing poker in the premises of a private house, however, it imposes limitations on the amounts of money won and lost by a gambler per day that accounts for not more than $50.

In the state of Maine legislators went even further and limited the legitimate amount to $3.

It is prohibited to gamble and play cards with Native Americans on the streets of the city of Globe in Arizona.

In 2006, the authorities of the state of Washington introduced a ban on online gambling and its advertising in the media. Meantime, no cases of violation have been registered yet.

In the same year, some of the legislators introduced a draft bill to the Congress of the USA, prohibiting financial institutions to execute transactions for casinos and gambling resources. The law itself came into effect only 4 years later and the owners of the gambling businesses were forced to move their headquarters to Europe, which is more or less liberal in terms of gambling.

In the state of New Jersey, any gambler can block his/her log in into the online casino for 5 years. In case of breach of the self-restriction, the gambler is doomed to a fine that accounts for the whole amount of the money he/she managed to win. It is quite easy to detect the breacher as long as all the users pass through identification process.

In the state of Kentucky, losers have the right to appeal to a court and seize by court action the amount of money they lost to a casino. You might start with a sum of $5. It is allowed to resort to court during a half a year after the unfortunate game and, in fact, anyone can do it. Themis’s servants usually welcome losers’ appeals.


In the UK, gambling is considered to be illegal, but it is broadly allowed to play in the elite private clubs. In order to get into such places one should purchase a membership card at the entrance, which allows unimpeded gambling during the whole day.

Greece imposed a ban on computer games, trying to prevent casino gambling. As a result, chess and casual games fell under the taboo. The only Greek organization where bookmaker activities are permitted officially is the Greek Organization of Football Prognostics S.A. A gambling magnate William Hill, in spite of all his attempts, still could not obtain a gambling license.


The Australian government has approved an obligatory condition – previous registration of the amount of money the gambler is going to spend in a game. As soon as it runs out, the access to the game automatically closes. So called lobbyists, or interested gambling companies, a year later, finally, managed to overturn the rules. The law was amended in the way that it prohibited installation of ATMs in gambling houses in order for gamblers to have a very limited amount to spend in a game.

Another limitation applicable to Australia states that it is prohibited for the gamblers to use headphones during a session at a slot machine for them not to lose the touch with reality.


In Uganda gamblers have the right to put stakes not only in a form of cash, but also in a form of property including belongings of their relatives. All of that is explained by the influence of archaic rules coming from the depths of centuries, but still widespread in these lands. Henry Dhabasani, took the advantage of that and parlayed his wife and car on the match of the English Premier League. The daredevil expected "Arsenal" to win…