In 2007, the Kazakhstan government introduced a law that prohibited all online gambling ventures in this country. It also banned betting at land-based casinos in all regions apart from Schuchinsk and Kapshagay. All casinos that were established outside these two zones were closed or moved to operate legitimately.
Before this new law's introduction, Kazakhstan had about 130 casinos. This number drastically reduced afterwards because most of these gambling houses were closed or transformed into businesses such as clubs and restaurants. Casino Flamingo was the first casino to be started in Kazakhstan in 2008 after former president Nursultan Nazarbayev passed the new legislation.
Although internet gambling was forbidden in Kazakhstan in 2007, the government considered regulating it in 2013. Even so, no decision regarding this issue was finalized, meaning that placing wagers online is still illegal here.