There are probably few areas where regulation is necessary as in gambling. There are countless gambling operators here, each of which must have at least an official license. Regulation of the gambling industry is extremely important, both for players and for gambling establishments, as its hard to operate without an authoritative regulator. Such an authoritative gambling regulator is the UK Gambling Commission, which is responsible for numerous online casinos.
UK gaming Commission performs the following tasks:
- Ensures that gambling in the UK is fair and secure;
- Ensures that gambling in the UK remains free from criminal activity;
- Protects minors and vulnerable persons from gambling addiction.
The UK Gambling Commission was established in 2005. In the same year, the UK passed the "Gambling Act", which provides for the creation of a separate gaming authority. Since then, the UK Gambling Commission has been responsible for controlling the gambling market in the United Kingdom. These include not only sports betting and casinos, but also the National lottery. Over the years, the scope of the Commission's powers has expanded considerably. After a new gambling law was passed in the UK in 2014, all gaming operators who are residents of the UK and want to offer their services here must obtain official permission from the UK Gambling Commission. It doesn't matter if they have licenses from other regulators. In other words, every UK gambling provider should be able to pass the tests and exams at the gambling Commission.
Since 2014, the UK gaming Commission has been responsible not only for land-based gaming providers in the UK but also for online casinos and so-called offshore casinos. Offshore casinos mean providers that are based, for example, in Malta but provide services to British players. These providers must also be licensed by the UKGC. By the way, the gambling Commission of Great Britain, in full accordance with the name, is responsible not only for England but also for players from Wales and Scotland. If a gambling provider wants to offer its services in these areas, it must be licensed by the UKGC.
Before an online casino is allowed to start entertaining British players, it will have to overcome a major hurdle in the form of UKGC. First, the whole background of the gambling operator is studied. If there are potential criminals in its structure or among its connections, such companies are immediately eliminated and do not receive a license. The same goes for company owners: they are scrutinized to see if these people are serious and trustworthy. Each supplier must then prove its financial viability and convince UKGC that player winnings are guaranteed by the company. Operator competence and player protection also play an important role in obtaining a license.
In addition, if a casino wants to obtain a Commission license, the provider must be able to guarantee the security of its players ' deposits, not only against possible cybercriminal threats but also against their own actions. In detail, this means: if an online casino faces financial difficulties, players ' deposits should not be affected. Therefore, the UKGC license is granted only if the players ' deposits are kept separately from the rest of the company's assets.
As a result, it turns out that if a gambling operator has a license from the UK Gambling Commission, then it really deserves it.
The UK Gambling Commission provides the following types of licenses:
- personal functional license - for employees of gambling establishments,
- personal management license - for management of gambling establishments,
- operating license - licenses for each type of activity that may be required by the operator online,
- Arcade (2 types)
- Betting (12 types)
- Bingo (3 types)
- Casino games (4 types)
- Slot machines (8 types)
- Gambling software (3 types)
- Lottery (4 types)
The UK Gambling Commission does not offer a single license for operators covering all online games. The full list of proposed licenses can be found on the UKGC website.
Ideally, in an online casino, everything works according to plan: the player makes a deposit, places his bets and receives his winnings. However, there have always been disputes between players and online casinos. Players often feel helpless in many cases - because apart from the casino itself, they had no one else to turn to with their problem. However, this has changed significantly as a result of UKGC activities. If players at any UKGC-licensed casino feel they have been treated unfairly or even cheated, they can report it to the UK Gambling Commission. In such cases, the Commission investigates and, if necessary, sanctions the gambling provider who made the mistake. This is a huge advantage for all players because otherwise, a claim against the operator would be almost impossible - because the operators ' offices are often located outside the UK, which makes it all much more complicated and expensive. In this sense, UKGC is the first-class point of contact for solving problems with online casinos in the UK.
Regulator licensed casinos
The UK Gambling Commission currently licenses and controls more than 1,000 online gambling providers, including many well-known online casinos, sports betting providers and lottery operators. Among them are well-known companies licensed by the British Gambling Commission:
A full list of gambling operators can be found on the UK Gambling Commission website in the Public Register section. Here you can find all operators who not only already have a license but also have just applied for licenses. You can also see the names of companies or individuals whose licenses have expired, been revoked, confiscated, suspended or surrendered in the last three years.