This section of the website is dedicated to UK online gambling laws and regulations.
You will find a large number of gambling sites can be accessed from within Great Britain, and whilst there is a legal framework within Great Britain which is always being reviewed and updated when necessary, to take into account new technical advancements such as mobile gambling there are both UK licensed and unlicensed sites available.
To legally advertise a gambling sites whether a bingo, poker, betting or online casino in the UK the operating or own of that sites needs to have applied for and have been granted a UK Gambling Commission issued Remote Gaming Permit.
Any site that does not hold such a permit is not permitted to advertise to UK residents and citizens, and should you play at such a site then you will not have the added protection offered by the UK Gambling Commission, nor will you have anywhere to turn if you run into any kind of problems with such a site.
- Frequently Asked UK Online Gambling Law Questions
- What is the UK minimum legal age to gamble?
- Are gambling winnings taxable in the UK?
- What does KYC mean?
- What happens if I wish to complain about a gambling site?
- Can I play casino games for free?
- Do gambling sites get taxed in the UK?
- Why are lots of TV shows sponsored by bingo sites?
- How do I know gambling sites are fair?
- Can I really win big gambling online?
- Where should I turn if I have a gambling problem
- Gambling Site Specific UK Laws and Regulations
To give you as much additional information as we possibly can, below you will find a range of questions often asked by UK based gamblers who are looking to or who have already started gambling online. Below each question is the most relevant answer and further down this guide we have links to additional information packed guide on the more specific type of gambling laws surrounding certain types of gambling sites should you be looking for additional information.
You are not going to be able to gamble online unless you have reached the age of 18, anyone who is under the age of 18 will not be permitted to gamble at a betting site, poker or bingo set or at an online casino site.
If you sign up to any such site and you are under the age of 18 then any winnings own will be voided and your account will be closed. All online gambling sites offering their services to UK residents will have to have very robust age verification systems in place. So if you are under the age of 18 do not try to gamble online as you will be found out often rapidly.
Fortunately the only form of tax that was levied on winnings, that being betting tax, was abolished many years ago and as such no matter how much you win when gambling online you are not going to have to pay tax on your winnings. That is true for any type of games you play including poker, bingo or casino games. Any winnings won from any type of sport betting are also non taxable. The only people who have to pay any form of gambling tax are the operators and companies running online gambling sites.
KYC means know your customer, and the UK Gambling Commission insist that any gambling site offering their services to UK based gamblers have a set of procedures that enables those sites to know who their customers are and also to verify their games and their addresses.
This will often be done automatically by checking such things as the polling register, however if you are not on the polling register then you may be asked to send into the casino some form of identification documents to prove you are old enough to gamble and you are who you actually say you are.
All UK licensed gambling sites adhere to a very strict code of conduct and a set of strict rules an regulations, and as such you should usually be able to get any problems sorted out by the gaming sites support team or manager. However, if you are to getting any joy then you are always freely able to escalate any and all complaints or problems to the UK Gaming Commission, but only if those sites have been issued with one of their gaming licenses.
If you do not wish to gamble for real money online then there are a range of free to play games offered at most if not all legal UK casino sites, one of the licensing requirements is that the free play games much payout to the game payout percentages or with the same house edge attached to them as the real money games.
This will mean that when a player of for example a casino game is playing for free they are never misled into thinking that a game is a much better paying one in the free play mode as it is in the real money mode if the payout percentages on the free play games have been increased, or the house edge on for example card or table free play casino games have been reduced.
UK gamblers whether gambling online or in a land based venue will not have to pay any taxes what so ever on their winnings, however the gambling sites and venues offering any games of chance or any type of gambling opportunities whether fixed odds or variable odds such as betting sites are taxed, they also have to pay licensing fees to obtain a license.
There is no main reason why a lot of bingo sites tend to sponsor television shows, but it is often a case of targeting their market and as such you will find during the morning a lot of bingo related advertisements will be shown on television in the hope that those bingo sites can attract players who may be sat at home with nothing else to do!
The UK Gambling Commission have as part of their licensing procedure a way of ensuring any gambling site operator is providing fair and random games, if any site cannot prove their games are completely random, fair and true that site is never going to be issued with a gambling license.
There are going to be a range of games that can be accessed and played online that are known as progressive jackpot games, and when playing those types of games it is possible to win a jackpot worth millions of pounds. As these types of games offer jackpots that rise until won then the sky is the limit in regards to just how much you can win when gambling online!
Should you require any help or support of guidance in regards to you or anyone you know who is experiencing gambling related problem there are many charities and originations that have been set up to of just that. One of them is GamCare who have a telephone support service and a website that is packed full or helpful information, they offer a completely free and confidential service and any one is able to access their website or seek help through their telephone support service.
If you are interested in learning about the more specific and individual laws and regulations that apply to certain type of gambling sites, then below is an overview of some additional sections of this website that will give you lots of information on those types of gambling sites and the strict set of rules, laws and regulations they must adhere to if they are promoted to UK based players and gamblers.
Legal UK Online Poker Sites – This section of this website takes a look at poker sites and how they are licensed and regulated from within the UK, we will also give you the answers to a wide range of questions that you may have about playing poker legally online.
Legal UK Online Casino Sites – You will find you may have a lot of questions reading online casino sites that are available to UK players, and if so do checkout this section of the website, as it will enlighten you on where to access completely fair and legal casino games from anywhere within Great Britain and also has lots of answers to questions you may have about playing any type of casino games online.
Legal UK Online Bingo Sites – There are lots of UK facing online Bingo sites available, however each of them have to comply with UK law if they wish to legally operate in the UK, with this in mind do take a look at this gambling site specific guide as by doing so you will find the answers to a lot of online bingo related questions.
Legal UK Online Betting Sites – Betting sites are as strictly regulated as all other gambling sites in the UK, and we have a section dedicated to this category and type of gambling sites.