The UKGC has strengthened the regulations for online gambling operators lately, with measures forcing the operators to know their customers better before they are allowed to play.
With a 5000% rise in gambling-related complaints to the UK Gambling Commission in just five years, new rules and regulations are well received by players.
One of the main changes for the UKGC licensees is that they all have to sign-up to the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme called Gamstop. For some time now, players who have signed up to Gamstop have been able to play at the casinos not yet connected to Gamstop, but this is changing this year.
The UK Gambling Commission has not announced a set date for when this implementation needs to be done, but have said that this will be mandatory for online casinos this year. The end goal is that all casinos not on Gamstop will be listed, but critics have expressed worries about how effective the self-exclusion scheme really is.
For example, Gamstop is only for UK licenced casinos. All international casinos that accept UK players are not part of the scheme.
Gamstop: what is it and how does it work?
Gamstop is a new scheme making it possible for UK players to block themselves from online gambling websites. Itís the first multi-operator scheme for self-exclusion ever created in the UK and in the first months of going live, over 40,000 people registered. Today, over 60,000 people are registered and the number of blocked players is growing on a monthly basis.
Gamstop works like this; players who feel they gamble too much can go to www.gamstop.co.uk to register. 24 hours after they have entered their details to confirm the self-exclusion all access to gambling websites regulated by the UK Gambling Commission will be blocked.
New rules for casinos including Gamstop requirement
As the number of UK citizens with gambling problems has risen to over 450 000 (including 55 000 people under the age of 18) the UKGC has imposed a new set of rules for casino operators.
- Operators need to be connected to Gamstop to offer gambling in the UK. Casinos not on Gamstop needs to implement this before the year is over.
- Before placing a single bet, gamblers now have to submit the following; name, address, date of birth & email address.
- More thorough proof of funds checks.
- Bet limits on certain games.
- Tax on Gross Gaming Revenue is raised from 18% to 21%.
With these new set of rules, the UKGC is hoping to make gambling safer for everyone, and also to make it harder to actually start playing.