No more online gambling with credit cards in the UK.
Earlier this year, the UK Gambling Commission announced its intention
to ban the use of credit cards for the funding gambling accounts.
Regulators were fairly certain it was a good and ethical idea – no
doubt the responsible thing to do. A measure was written and readied
for the regulatory law books, but could not be enacted without due
A diligent review into online gambling and social responsibility
measures was undertaken. How is the permitted use of credit cards
impacting gamblers now, and how might the removal of such payments
impact players, and the industry, going forward? These questions and
more were tabled, researched and debated at length. Now, the results
No More Online Gambling with Credit Cards in UK
I think it’s safe to say the results were unanimous on this one.
Everyone who believes in social responsibility has to agree credits
cards and gambling are a bad mix. Thus, the Gambling Commission is
moving forward with enactment of the ban. enacting the ban. As of
today, April 14, 2020, credit card gambling is no longer legal in the
To make sure the word spreads quickly, the UKGC published the
following message on its website and all social media platforms just
“From today, any consumer gambling online or on the high street will not be able to use a credit card as payment. This extends to credit card gambling through e-wallets. This is an important step forward in protecting the 10.5 million people who gamble online from harm.”
So far, the response has been positive, although some have questioned
why gambling with a credit card was ever legal over the internet to
begin with. One respondent was quick to point this out on the
@GamRegGB Twitter feed.
“The high street part is irrelevant”, reads the response, noting
that credit cards were never actually a viable means of payment in UK
betting shops. The fact that it’s been deemed illegal now, both on
land and online, “begs to question why” it was ever legal to bet
online with a credit card, and why it look so long to ban credit card
use from the UK market.
That question has gone unanswered for the time being, but Commission
CEO Neil McArthur did have this to say in the official press
“This credit card ban will further protect consumers from financial harm and from today, nobody in Great Britain can use a credit card to gamble. It is a ban which ultimately reduces the risks of harm to consumers from gambling with money they do not have.”
McArthur went on to express his pleasure in the timing of the
anti-credit gaming law, saying it comes “at a vital time as we are
seeing an increase in the use of some online products, such as online
slots and virtual sports.” He notes that, according to the
Commission’s analysis of online searches, British consumer interest
in iGaming has been on the rise since the lockdown that began in
The UKGC head concludes that the ban is yet “another milestone”
in the regulator’s efforts to “make gambling safer.” For more
information on how they’re doing it, please visit the official
website of the UK
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