Gambling in the United Kingdom is perfectly legal in many different forms. You need to be over the age of 18 to place a real cash wager and you can gamble at sports betting shops, land based casinos, race tracks, bingo halls and numerous other similar venues with fruit machines and other gaming machines. Traditionally, much smaller venues have existed for UK gamblers, but the Gambling Act of 2005 paved the way for much bigger venues to be established. Gambling in the UK is often seen as being regulated better than anywhere else in the world.
At the same time that this new legislation came in to effect, the UK Gambling Commission was also established. This is the main licensing authority in the UK which has now issued gaming licenses to hundreds of the world’s best gambling portals. The UK Gambling Commission oversees everything to do with online gambling in the United Kingdom and it has one the toughest vetting procedures of all licensing authorities in the world.
This new act also allowed companies that are licensed outside of the UK to access to the UK market, most of which are licensed by the Government of Gibraltar, by the Malta Gaming Authority, by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming, by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, by the Curaçao Internet Gaming Association, by the Gambling Supervision Commission, or by one of several other major licensing authorities around the world.
However, this all changed as recently as 2014. New legislation was passed again and this meant that these ‘white listed’ operators must also obtain a license from the UK gambling Commission if they wanted to continue operating within the UK market. They would also now have to cough up an incredible 15% point of consumption tax, when they have grown accustomed to paying as little as 1%.
Many operators simply decided to halt their UK operations altogether and withdrew their services rather than having to pay so much tax. This didn’t put too much of a dent in how many gambling portals were still available though. UK players could still visit thousands of different gambling portals, all of which are powered by some of the world’s leading software providers. These secure UK gaming sites also happen to be controlled by some of the biggest names from the online & offline gambling industry.
UK players can gamble in the real money mode online at poker rooms, online casinos, online sports betting sites, online bingo sites and at lottery sites. They just can’t gamble in the real money mode at websites which are NOT UK licensed. Today, UK players have access to state of the art games from NetEnt, Playtech, Betsoft Gaming, WMS Gaming and IGT Interactive, to name just a few. These UK gambling portals are free to sign up to, they accept Pound Sterling and they generally provide 24 hour support.