Picture of the Museum of Lybia. Gambling is illegal in Lybia due to the Sharia law.
Guide to Gambling in Lybia


Lybia is a country in the Maghreb Region of North Africa. The country shares borders with the Mediterranian Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. Lybia is the 4th largest country in Africa and the 16th largest in the world with an area around 1.8 million square kilometers. The 3 traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica. Despite it being so big, only a little more than 6 million people lives in the country. Lybia’s capital and largest city is Tripoli with a population of approximately 1 million citizens.

Lybia has been inhabited by Berbers since the late Bronze Age. The Phoenicians were the first to establish trading posts in western Lybia, followed by the Ancient Greek colonists who established city states in the eastern part of the country. Lybia was ruled by different empires throughout its history like the Persians, Egyptians, Greeks, and the Romans. Lybia was an early center of Christianity but after the fall of the Roman Empire, Arab colonization brought Islam to the country. In 1551, the country became part of the Ottoman Empire and remained in it until the early 20th century.

Lybia became an Italian colony in 1911 and served as an important area of warfare in the North African Campaign during World War II. Lybia gained independence as a kingdom in 1951. In 1969, due to Muammar Gaddafi’s military coup, the country became a dictatorship. Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 when the Lybian Civil War erupted. Since then, the country experienced political instability and violence which severely affected both commerce and oil production (Lybia has the 10th largest oil reserves in the world).

As of now, at least two political bodies claim to be the government of Lybia. The Council of Deputies is the internationally recognized legit government but it does not hold territory in the capital. The other one is the New General National Congress which resides in Tripoli. Parts of Lybia are controlled by the infamous jihadist militant group, ISIS.

Gambling in Lybia is completely illegal due to the official religion of the country, Islam. There are no land-based establishments where players could enjoy the popular games like roulette, blackjack, poker, or bingo to name a few. The Sharia Law forbids all kinds of gambling as it sees gambling addicting, evil, and an activity which causes people to forget their social responsibilities. Online gambling is forbidden too for the same reasons. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced by the government.


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Casino gambling in Lybia


Online casino gambling in Lybia: illegal


Land-based casino gambling is strictly forbidden in Lybia due to the Islamic teachings. Because of this reason, there are no brick-and-mortar casinos operating in Lybia. The same goes to online gambling as the government bans online casinos. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced too.



Bingo in Lybia


Online bingo in Lybia: illegal


Bingo is a quite popular game around the world, especially in the United States. However, in Lybia, mainly because of the Sharia law, gambling is forbidden. So there aren’t any land-based bingo halls in the country, and it is safe to say that won’t be in the near future either. Islam forbids online gambling too (as it is a form of gambling), so players from Lybia are not allowed to participate in such activities. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced in the country.



Poker in Lybia


Online poker in Lybia: illegal


Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the constant television broadcasts and regularly held world championships. Many would argue that poker involves more skill than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. All forms of gambling are forbidden in Lybia due to the Sharia law. So players are not allowed to play online either.


Sports betting in Lybia


Online sports betting in Lybia: illegal


Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling around the world. However, all forms of gambling are illegal in Lybia due to the official religion of Islam. The Sharia law forbids all kinds of gambling including online too, so players from Lybia are not allowed to involve themselves in such activities. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced in Lybia.



Lottery in Lybia


Online lottery in Lybia: illegal


Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling in the world. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. However, that’s not the case in Lybia. The country’s official religion is Islam, and Islamic teachings forbid all forms of gambling including the lotteries too. Online gambling is illegal too. The Sharia law is heavily enforced in the country.



Bitcoin gambling in Lybia


Bitcoin gambling in Lybia: illegal


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” first introduced in 2008. It quickly became popular worldwide as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to gain popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Lithuania or Norway for example). As of now, there are no specific laws concerning Bitcoin in Lybia. Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so Bitcoin gambling technically falls into the online gambling genre. Therefore, like other forms of gambling, Bitcoin gambling is illegal too in Lybia.



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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.


Last updated: 2016.01.26.

Simon's Guide to Gambling in Lybia
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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Lybia
An overview of gambling's legal status in Lybia.
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