Legal UK casino sites imageYou are never going to find only a handful of online casinos at which you can legally sign up to and play at in the UK, as there are a huge number of casinos that have applied for and have been granted a UK Gambling Commission gaming license.

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When you do decide that you want to start to pay real money casino games online please make sure any site you join is indeed a holder of one of these licenses, for by doing so you will find the games on offer are fair and the sites operate to the highest industry standards.

Playing at any online casino that does not hold a UK issued gambling license will leave you wide open to a range of potential problems, and you should never risk playing at such a site, as you will not have the back up and support of the UK Gambling Commission who can step in and assist if you have any problems at one of their license holding online casino sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you fully understand and get your head around the world of online gambling, more so in regards to playing at an online casino site, below are a range of commonly asked questions many first time and novice players ask, and underneath each of these questions are the respective answers to those questions.

  • What types of casino games are available?

    Just as many different variety of casino games can be played at all online casino sites that are licensed in the UK as you will find in land based casinos, in fact you will find some online casinos offer way more games than land based casinos so do hunt around for some fully downloadable UK casinos offer hundreds of different casino games.

  • What stakes are offered on online casino games?

    You can play online casino games at UK licensed sites for free or pennies or for some very large stake amounts. You should however always play responsibly and set yourself a limit. UK Gambling Commission rules now state that when you are playing at any online casino they license you can set your own limits on the amount of cash you wager per session and the amount of time you want to play for.

  • Can I play fruit machines online?

    You will be able to play large numbers of fruit machines online and also an even larger range of slot machines, it is all dependent however on just which casino sites you play at as many casinos use different gambling platforms then the range of games at different casinos can and will vary.

  • Are free play options available?

    You can play any online casino games for free if you want to just test those games out to see if you like them or simply want to pass some time, however be aware that there are some casino games that you are not going to be able to play for free and these games are usually the games on which one or more progressive jackpots can be won, those types of games due to the way the jackpots are fed cannot be accessed by players playing in a free to play demo mode, if progressive games are available to play for free the jackpot element of the games are turned off and deactivated.

  • How much can I win?

    You could win anything when playing casino games at an online casino for some games have what are known as progressive jackpots on offer and when you play these types of games the jackpots do not stop growing in value until they have been won and awarded and it is not uncommon for some progressive jackpot winners to walk away with jackpots worth millions of pounds!

  • What options are available for depositing?

    You will have hundreds of different ways of funding any UK licensed online casino account, these ways can include using any of the pre paid card and voucher options, using a credit or debit card or using one of the many different web and e wallets that are available to you. However, you are best advised to only use a banking option that has no additional fees or charges attached to them, as paying anything to make a deposit other than the funds you are depositing to play or having to pay when withdrawing any winnings at an online casino is something you should ever have or be forced to do.

  • Why do I need to send in identification?

    If you have been requested by an online casino to send them in some copies of your identification documents which can include a copy of your passport or any utility bills then that will mean the casino you are playing at has been unable to automatically verify your identity. When this happens you should send them the required documents as by doing so they will then verify your account and you will then be able to play their range of games and withdraw your winnings without any delays or problems.

  • How do I know online casino games are fair?

    You will not have to make any type of concerted effort to check whether you are accessing and playing fair and random games if the casino site you are playing at is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, for all such sites have and constantly have their gaming platforms, random number generators and ach individual casino games they offer tested for fairness and randomness. This means gambling online will never pose any additional risks as long as you stick to playing only at fully licensed casinos online.

  • Can I play via a web browser?

    You may find that you never want to download an entire online casinos gaming platform onto your computer or laptop and if that is the case then you are indeed able to play all casino games via any type of web browsers. By playing in this way you will be able to access your casino account on any computer and then play the games you want to play one at a time via the web browser attached to that device. Usually however there are slightly fewer games offered at a web browser compatible casino site than there are available at fully downloadable casino sites.

  • Can I play casino games online at any age?

    Accessing and playing casino games 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

Legal UK Licensing Jurisdictions

In 2014 the UK Gambling Commission put in place some changes and amendments in regards to allowing online casinos to be able to advertise their services to UK based players, and as such you are freely able to gamble at any casino sites that are licensed by the following gambling commissions, but those sites will only be able to advertise their services to UK players if they additionally hold a UK issued gambling license also.

  • Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner – The Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner is highly respected and any casino sites that are licensed in Gibraltar are all very highly regulated and operate to the very highest of standards.
  • Alderney Gambling Control Commission – You will find several online gambling sites including online casinos are licensed in Alderney and much like Gibraltar this small island does have a very robust licensing commission and one that ensures players are protected.
  • Isle of Man Casino Control Commission – Another place that you will have heard of is the Isle of Man, and they too have a long tradition of granting their own licenses to online gambling sites, in fact some online casino software and gaming platform suppliers are also fully licensed there too.

Not Legally Recognised Gambling Jurisdictions

The following gambling license issuers are not recognised in the UK, and as such if you do discover any casino sites at which you are thinking of playing at that have a license issued in one of the following jurisdictions you are strongly advised not to sign up or play at either site.

  • Government of Curacao – You will never have any real protection when you choose to sign up to and play at any online casino that is licensed in Curacao, there gaming licenses are simply business licenses and offer players no protection what so ever.
  • Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling – Antigua was in fact one of the very first places in the world that started to issue their own online gambling licenses, however any casino sites licensed here are not recognised by the UK Gambling Commission and as such unless they also hold a UK gambling license you should avoid playing at such sites.