There are so many licensed casinos all over the United Kingdom. Gambling is part and parcel of this country, and has been for a very long time. With the advent of the internet, gambling is now possible online through various regulated sites. It is legal and possible to gamble online in the UK. The UK Gambling Commission formed under the Gambling Act of 2005 regulates all manners of gambling in the country. You can now access online casino games, play online poker, bet on your favorite sports as well as participate in various lottery and bingo games.
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Role Of The Gambling Commission
The gambling commission has three major objectives as stipulated in the Gambling Act 2005. In its work of regulating online gambling, it has to ensure the safety of players. It sees to it that sites hosting online gambling are safe and fair. It also protects children and vulnerable adults from any both legal and would be legal gambling sites. It forbids individuals below the age of 18 from gambling both on-land casinos and online.
Further, it has the task of evaluating any operators’ licenses to ensure everyone complies with the set legal restrictions. It dispenses licenses and monitors the same ensuring that every company operates within the set guidelines in a bid to provide a safe betting and gambling environment. The commission, however, is not responsible for spread betting. This particular form of betting is under the Financial Conduct Authority.
Role Of The Gambling Act 2005
The Gambling Act 2005 is a legislation that sets the rules which the Gambling Commission administers. It is committed to ensuring that gambling in the UK is fair and safe, and that it is not associated in any way with any type of crime or disorder. It is also tasked with protecting children and all vulnerable individuals from any harm associated with gambling.
The act requires gambling sites to prove their financial stability, their ability to remain financially stable and to prove that they can dispense safe and fair games to gamblers. It has also enabled licensed companies to advertise hence promoting their business and bringing revenue to the country. You can see most of those advertisements online and during live sports of any kind.
Gambling While Overseas
You can gamble in the UK whether you live within the country or abroad. The gambling regulations allow the operators to work with individuals living outside the UK as long as they comply with the set legal restrictions in the country. That means that you can open an account with some of the major operators, and place your bets online. There are of course jurisdictions that the Gambling Act restricts from accessing sites in the UK, so you should check up with the operator if you are in the allowed location before trying to open and run an account.
Players are not limited to only those operators that are within the UK. There are companies outside the UK that also get licenses from the same commission which gamblers can access while in the UK. These sites are listed in a ‘White List’. You should check the few jurisdictions allowed to advertise their services to clients in the UK before committing your money.