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Victoria Square House
4th Floor
Birmingham, England
United Kingdom B2 4BP

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+44 121-2306666

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Casino City’s Friday Five: Revenue records edition
As the saying goes, "records were made to be broken," and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the casino-gambling sector in recent weeks.

Pariplay expands across UK through Slots Temple partnership
A wide range of content from Pariplay’s in-house studio, Wizard Games, will be made available to Slots Temple, including recent hits like Captains of the Coast and Mammoth Mayhem.

Flutter's UKI division commits £8 million to charitable causes in 2023
The company announced that its U.K. and Ireland division has committed up to £8 million to charitable initiatives this year, with its three key brands announcing new partnerships in recent weeks.

Harry Cobden joins Planet Sport Bet as brand ambassador
The 18-time Grade 1 winner will provide regular content throughout 2023/24 National Hunt season.

Wazdan bolsters UK presence with Midnite partnership
The supplier’s games are set to be uploaded in batches of five per week starting with titles such as 9 Coins as well as Hot Slot: 777 Cash Out.

Gaming Realms live with Admiral Casino in the UK
Best-performing titles including Slingo Sweet Bonanza, Slingo Starburst, Slingo Reel King and Slingo Da Vinci Diamonds are now available, all offering a mix between slots and bingo.

Gaming Realms live with Admiral Casino in the UK
Slingo Sweet Bonanza, Slingo Starburst, Slingo Reel King and Slingo Da Vinci Diamonds are now available in the United Kingdom as a result of the deal.

Play'n GO launches in the UK with Betway
Betway's U.K. players will now have access to Play'n GO's entire catalogue of games, including Book of Dead, Sweet Alchemy, Reactoonz and many more.

Flutter relaunches Cash4Clubs sports program
Sporting organizations across the U.K. and Ireland will be able to bid for grants of £2,000 to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, help fund coaching programs or to invest in the sustainability of their club.

Rightlander and Boylesports enter partnership
The partnership will see Rightlander deploy its website monitoring technology to oversee Boylesports’ digital advertising content.

United Kingdom

For years, the U.K. maintained one of the most progressive regulatory frameworks for online gaming in the world. But that changed in 2014.

The Gambling Act 2005 modernized regulations for the U.K. gaming industry. It created the U.K. Gambling Commission, a regulatory body with the authority to license and regulate gambling. The Gambling Commission began accepting applications for licenses on 2 January 2006, and began awarding them in September 2007.

The Gambling Act 2005 includes many conditions concerning problem gambling and requires online gambling licensees to establish policies for promoting socially responsible gambling. These policies must be published and explain how the operator will contribute to the research into the prevention and treatment of problem gambling, to public education on the risks and safety of gambling, and to the identification of problem gamblers. Operators must also clearly state on their website where players may seek help for problem gambling. Employers of online gambling operators must ensure their employees are properly trained in identifying problem gambling and have procedures in place for addressing customers on this matter. Online gambling operators must also give their players the ability to exclude themselves from their services and advertisers must comply with the advertising codes of practice to not promote irresponsible gambling behavior, including underage gambling.

The 2005 Act also gave the European Economic Area (EEA) and other "whitelisted" countries unfettered access to the U.K. market. Whitelisted countries outside the EEA include Alderney, Antigua and Barbuda, Gibraltar, Isle of Man and Tasmania. The promotion of international online gambling in the U.K. from countries other than the U.K., the EEA and the "whitelist" is not allowed.

In addition to being able to operate from a whitelisted jurisdiction, online gaming operators were also able to enjoy the tax benefits of those jurisdictions.

But in December 2014, the U.K. implemented a new regulatory scheme that required operators to obtain U.K. licenses and implemented a 15% point of consumption tax. That means for all wagers placed in the U.K., operators have to pay a 15% tax on gross profits. This tax rate is in line with the current tax rate for online gaming operators licensed by the U.K.

Previously, many of the big operators in the U.K. operated offshore, where they faced a tax of 1%.

The 15% tax on gross profits is eating into overall profits – and it's changing the industry in ways both expected and completely unexpected.

In the expected camp, offshore jurisdictions like the Isle of Man are looking for ways to give operators financial relief from the new tax. Some operators chose to withdraw from the U.K. market. In the unexpected camp, some operators are restructuring player loyalty programs to account for the new tax. Full Tilt Poker announced a 20% reduction in the rate at which rewards points are given to players. Full Tilt cited the new point of consumption tax as the prime reason for the change.

Online gaming in the U.K. is defined as gambling in which people participate by using "remote communication such as the internet, telephone, television, radio, and any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication." The U.K.'s objective with its licensing structure is to prevent problem gambling, ensure that online gambling is fair, and protect children and other vulnerable people from the harms of gambling.

Operators may locate their facilities in the country and offer all types of online gaming, including poker, sports and race betting, casino games, and online slots, abiding by the remote and gambling software technical standards as outlined by the Gambling Commission.

Currently, binary options, or fixed-odds bets on financial markets, are regulated as gambling transactions. However, financial betting could soon come out from the scope of the Gambling Act 2005 and be regulated as a financial product. Binary options account for less than 1% of the regulated online gambling market in the U.K., according to the U.K. Gambling Commission.

There are six types of online gambling operating licenses operators may apply for: a casino operating license, a bingo operating license, a general betting operating license, a pool betting operating license, a betting intermediary operating license and a lottery operating license. Operators who wish to operate more than one type need only apply for one betting license type.

To apply for an operating license, applicants must pay an application fee and an annual fee once the operating license is granted. Both the application fees and annual operating fees are based on the type of license and are on a sliding scale based on gross gambling yield.

On April 14, 2020, the UK Gambling Commission suspended all gambling-related transactions using a credit card. The ban extends to credit card gambling through e-wallets.


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Address
UK Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
4th Floor
Birmingham, England
United Kingdom B2 4BP

Website

Email

Business Offices
+44 121-2306666

Fax
+44 121-2306720

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

United Kingdom Jurisdiction News

Casino City’s Friday Five: Revenue records edition
As the saying goes, "records were made to be broken," and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the casino-gambling sector in recent weeks.

Pariplay expands across UK through Slots Temple partnership
A wide range of content from Pariplay’s in-house studio, Wizard Games, will be made available to Slots Temple, including recent hits like Captains of the Coast and Mammoth Mayhem.

Flutter's UKI division commits £8 million to charitable causes in 2023
The company announced that its U.K. and Ireland division has committed up to £8 million to charitable initiatives this year, with its three key brands announcing new partnerships in recent weeks.

Harry Cobden joins Planet Sport Bet as brand ambassador
The 18-time Grade 1 winner will provide regular content throughout 2023/24 National Hunt season.

Wazdan bolsters UK presence with Midnite partnership
The supplier’s games are set to be uploaded in batches of five per week starting with titles such as 9 Coins as well as Hot Slot: 777 Cash Out.

Gaming Realms live with Admiral Casino in the UK
Best-performing titles including Slingo Sweet Bonanza, Slingo Starburst, Slingo Reel King and Slingo Da Vinci Diamonds are now available, all offering a mix between slots and bingo.

Gaming Realms live with Admiral Casino in the UK
Slingo Sweet Bonanza, Slingo Starburst, Slingo Reel King and Slingo Da Vinci Diamonds are now available in the United Kingdom as a result of the deal.

Play'n GO launches in the UK with Betway
Betway's U.K. players will now have access to Play'n GO's entire catalogue of games, including Book of Dead, Sweet Alchemy, Reactoonz and many more.

Flutter relaunches Cash4Clubs sports program
Sporting organizations across the U.K. and Ireland will be able to bid for grants of £2,000 to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, help fund coaching programs or to invest in the sustainability of their club.

Rightlander and Boylesports enter partnership
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