Gambling age

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In various jurisdictions, the gambling age is the minimum age which one can gamble. In some countries, gambling is illegal for all people regardless of age, so a minimum age does not exist. In other countries, there are different age limits for different types of gambling.

Countries[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Country Age Notes
Kiribati Kiribati 18[1]
Marshall Islands Marshall Islands N/A Gambling is illegal, with minor exceptions for non-profit bingo, raffles and cakewalks.[2]
Nauru Nauru 18[3]
Palau Palau 18 Gambling is illegal in Palau, with exceptions for social gambling, non-profit organisations and offshore gambling.[4] The social gambling age is tied to the age of majority,[5] which is 18 under Palauan law.[6]
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 18[7] People below the age of 18 can gamble with parental permission in a private dwelling-house or in the presence of a parent.[7] For certain small lotteries, one only needs to be 16 in order to buy a ticket.[8]
Tokelau Tokelau N/A Gaming is illegal (defined as "a game for money with cards or with dice").[9]
Tuvalu Tuvalu 18[10] People below the age of 18 can gamble with parental permission in a private dwelling-house or in the presence of a parent.[10] For certain small lotteries, one only needs to be 16 in order to buy a ticket.[11]
Vanuatu Vanuatu 18[12][13] The given references only prevent people under the age of 18 from gambling online and gambling in casinos.

Europe[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Type of gambling Minimum age Legislation
Gambling in casinos or other licensed gambling premises
It is illegal to permit any person under the age of 18 to enter a licensed gambling premisis; Only exception: A licensed family entertainment centre
18
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 46, 47, 48 and 49
Gaming machine
(Machine category: A, B1, B2, B3, B3A, B4, C)
18
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 47 and 48
Gaming machine
(Machine category: D)
None
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 46 (2)(e) and 48 (2)(e)
National lottery
16
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(c)
Scratchcards
16
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(c)
Football pool
16
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(d)
Private or non-commercial gaming and betting
None
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(a)(b)
Equal chance gaming in accordance with a prize gaming permit, or
Equal chance gaming at a licensed family entertainment centre
None
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(f)(g)
Prize gaming at a non-licensed family entertainment centre, or
Prize gaming at a travelling fair
None
Gambling Act 2005 - Part 4 Protection of children and young persons - 48 (2)(h)(i)


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