Sports BettingYou will soon discover that all high street betting shop operators hold a full UK Gambling Commission approved gambling license which allows them to operate those premises and also offer online sports betting sites. There are also many sites which are based offshore in other countries that have now applied for and have been granted a UK Gambling Commission gaming license.

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You are best advised to only place sports bets and wagers at sites that have been granted such a license, for while you can join up to and bet at sites not holding one of these licenses if you are based in the UK, should you experience any problems at those sites you will not have the Gambling Commission at your service to investigate those problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are new to sports betting online and have any questions then below you are likely to find the answers to those questions, as below are the most commonly asked sports betting site related questions asked regularly by many online gamblers.

  • Can I put Place Pots bets online?

    If you want to place any type of Tote bet online then you are of course able to do so, you will not just be limited to placing Place Pot type wagers for all other Tote related betting opportunities are offered online. Always make sure that you place these types of bets early and do not leave it to the last minute for if you do so and experience any type of connection issues with the betting site you may miss out on placing these type of bets online.

  • Are the betting odds higher online?

    You can shop around quite freely as an online sports bettor located in the UK as there are lots of different licensed betting sites looking for your custom, as competition is therefore so very strong between sports betting sites you will find several of them offering you enhanced odds and usually those odds are way higher than they are in land based betting shops, so always be more than prepared shop around when you do fancy placing a bet on any type of sporting fixtures or sporting event as the odds can vary quite dramatically at different betting sites.

  • How do I claim free bets online?

    There are plenty of free bets that you are able to claim and these are often awarded to you when you first sing up to a betting site you are not already a customer of and have never placed a wager at before. Be aware though that the way the free bets will be awarded to you will vary from site to site, with the most commonly available ones being awarded to you once you have placed a bet with your own money and win or lose, the site will then usually credit you with a free bet up to a certain value of your initial wager bet paced at that site.

  • How old do I have to be to bet online?

    Betting online is legal in the UK if you are over the age of 18, any person under the age of 18 is not allowed by law to gamble online. When you sign up to any site you are going to be subject to an age verification process, this can often be done automatically but if the site is unable to verify your age you will be requested to send in some form of identification documents to prove your age. Your account may be locked until such a time that you send in age verification documents as requested.

  • What stakes do I have to bet online?

    It will be up to the betting site at which you have become a customer of in regards to the betting limits they will offer you, if you are constantly placing winning bets then sadly at some sports betting sites you may find the actual value of each bet you can place will be restricted. However, all betting sites will have to tell you if you are not going to be able to place wagers over a certain level if you have had your betting account betting limits restricted.

  • How quickly are my online bets and wagers settled?

    Settling all winning wagers at most online betting systems is done automatically and as such as soon as any sporting event has finished you will find that any winnings you have achieved will be credited to your account instantly. However, do be aware there are some sporting events and sporting fixtures that may take much longer to have any winning bets placed on those events and fixtures settled, but in most cases you will not be waiting much longer than a couple of minutes at most.

  • What happens if I have a complaint?

    If you have any complaint regarding any licensed UK online sports betting site and you have not been able to get those complaints addressed at the site then you can escalate them to the UK Gambling Commission who oversee and regulate this industry.

  • Can I bet In Play online?

    You will be able to bet once any sporting event has started if you choose to sign up to and use a betting site that offers In Play betting markets, we have seen numerous sites now making these types of betting markets available to their customers so you shouldn’t have to look too hard to find such a site offering them.

  • Will Rule 4 reductions apply online?

    As you will soon discover as you start to take a look around the web and compare the many different UK licensed betting sites that you are feely able to join up to, there are going to be lots of different rules in place at each site, and as such if you are thinking of placing a bet on a horse race then always check to see if Rule 4 will be applied if your horse gets withdrawn, for many sites have done away with the minor Rule 4 restrictions but some still have them in force whenever a horse is withdrawn.

  • Do I have to pay any tax on my winnings?

    No taxes are ever going to be imposed on you if you are living anywhere in the UK and you win when placing nay type of bets or wagers online. The days of having to place tax on either your stakes or the winnings achieved on sports related bets have long gone, and as such everything you do win online is going to b yours to do with those winnings are you please.

Legal UK Licensing Jurisdictions

You will find that all online betting sites that have been granted a UK Gambling Commission license are sites that will afford you the highest levels of protection and as they have all been granted such a license they adhere to a very strict code of conduct.

The following gaming commissions are legally recognised by the UK and you can legally gamble at any site that has been issued a gaming license from any of the following places if those sites also hold an additional UK Gambling Commission issued license.

  • Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner – Gibraltar has had a long tradition of licensing and regulating online sports betting sites and the site licenses there are of the very highest standards and adhere to a very robust code of conduct.
  • Alderney Gambling Control Commission – Whilst Alderney may not instantly be a gambling jurisdiction that springs into your mind, they do have a framework in place for licensing online sports betting sites and have issued their own licenses to many betting sites.
  • Isle of Man Casino Control Commission – One final gambling jurisdiction you are sure to come across as you start hunting around for online sports betting sites is the Isle of Man, this is another recognised jurisdiction by the UK Gambling Commission and you will have no problems gambling at any site that has one of their gaming licenses.

Not Legally Recognised Gambling Jurisdictions

The following licensing authorities are not recognised by the UK and as such you should avoid placing any type of sports wagers at any site licensed in the following jurisdictions if you are based in the UK.

  • Government of Curacao – You will have very little if any protection should you experience any problems when placing sports bets at a site licensed by the Government of Curacao, so steer well clear of any such sports betting site as you may regret joining one of them should anything go wrong.
  • Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling – Whilst many UK online gamblers may have played at a site licensed by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling it has not been listed as a white listed jurisdiction by the UK Gambling Commission and as such if you do discover a sports betting site online that is licensed here you will not have any protection at all in regards to your sports betting activities placed at such a site.