This is a picture of Alea Casino in Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland, UK. Under the picture, on this page, you can read about the legal status of the various forms of UK games of chance: internet lottery, digital bingo, electronic poker, sports betting, crypto wagering. There is also info about the licensing system, taxation regime in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British crown dependencies and overseas territories. And you can find a list of licensed online gambling websites, which accept UK players.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gambling Guide

Summary: Gambling is legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain since 1928 (officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, UK for short, an ex member of the EU, Europe’s second biggest economy, with a population of 67 million, and has very strict gambling laws).

Online gambling is legal in the United Kingdom since 2005. This guide also contains information about Northern Ireland and the crown dependencies.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from the UK by scrolling below, or click here to jump to that list:

History of Gambling in the UK - click to expand

Roman Times and Anglo-Saxon Britain: There are no written records of gambling from Roman or Anglo-Saxon Britain. However, dice, tabula (an early form of backgammon) and the Roman board game Ludus Latrunculorum were found in graves, which many theorize could have been used for gambling as well. Although, we do not know for sure.

Middle ages: Gambling was widespread in Britain during the middle ages. It was a popular pastime in inns and taverns, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the era1.

However, it was mostly an activity associated with the lower classes (who at the time could not read or write, and left little trace of their lives). Therefore, the first official written evidence is from 1539.

/Comment: If you are interested in gambling in Britain during the middle ages and prior to the 19th century check out the following book from the Public Library of the UK. Most info here is from this freely accessible fantastic book from 1898./

1539: Gambling was made illegal with the 1541 Unlawful Games Act2 (officially the An Act for the Maintenance of Artillery and the Debarring of Unlawful Games), which made all forms of gambling illegal. However, this was widely ignored.

1566 – 1826: Despite the ban, Queen Elizabeth I. launched England’s first national public lottery in 1566 to collect funds (unsuccessfully). And lottery continued to pop up until 1826, when it was finally banned.

1928: The Racecourse Betting Act regulated horse racing betting, which was the first form of gambling to be legalized in the UK.

1934: This was followed by the 1934 Betting and Lotteries Act, which legalized lotteries and greyhound racing betting.

1960: The 1960 Betting and Gaming Act legalized casino gambling, poker, bingo and off-course betting.

1994: The date of the creation of the UK National Lottery.

2005: The 2005 Gambling Act was a comprehensive reworking of the gambling legislation, in compliance with EU gambling directives, and it is the start of the modern gambling era in the UK. It also legalized online gambling.

2014: An overhaul of the online gambling regulations in line with EU laws with the introduction of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill. This fully liberalized but also strictly regulated the UK online gambling sector and made it EU compliant (among the first countries of Western Europe to become EU compliant).

This is widely believed to be the turning point, when the gambling regulations became very strict, pro-player.

/Comment: Many businesses closed down or were driven out of the British gambling sector as a result of the ever-increasing requirements and very high standards, only the really big gambling companies can meet the requirements set by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain. This led to considerable consolidation in the UK online gambling segment./

2020: Brexit. This is an ongoing phenomena, the effects of Brexit on the UK gambling sector are still not yet fully clear. It seems like it will impact the online gambling sector the most, but players will not notice much, it will be mostly behind the scenes.

You can read more about the effects of Brexit on the UK online gambling sector here: EuropeanGaming – How will Brexit affect online gambling in the UK?

You can also watch this short documentary about the history of games of chance and betting in the UK to learn more about the topic:

Gambling is legal in the UK, since 1928 (England + Scotland + North Ireland), according to the 2005 Gambling Act3 and its amendments, which is the main piece of the British gambling legislation currently.

Gambling is legal in Northern Ireland since 1921, according to the 1985 Betting, Gaming, Lotteries & Amusements Order4, which is the main piece of the gambling legislation in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, gambling regulation in not unified within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Therefore, we have to discuss the legal status of games of chance and internet betting separately in Great Britain (England + Wales + Scotland, same laws apply) and Northern Ireland, and in the three British Crown Dependencies.

Here is short summary of the legal status of the various forms of land-based gambling in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the crown dependencies:

Territory:  Casino gambling:  Bingo: Poker: Sports betting: Lottery: Cryptocurrency wagering:
England legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Wales legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Scotland legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Northern Ireland casinos are illegal, but slot halls are legal, they are just called bingo clubs legal illegal legal monopoly of the The National Lottery Community (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery) Fund, except “society lotteries” not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal legal legal monopoly of the Manx Lottery Trust (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery), except “society lotteries” legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal, non-profit only legal, non-profit only legal, non-profit only legal monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery, except charity legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal, non-profit only legal, non-profit only legal, non-profit only legal monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery, except charity legal

 

Online gambling is also legal in the UK since 2005. 

Online gambling is not yet regulated in Northern Ireland (with the exception of online lottery, which is legal).

Here is short summary of the legal status of various forms of online gambling in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the crown dependencies:

Territory:  Online casino gambling:  Online bingo: Online poker: Online sports betting: Online lottery: Cryptocurrency wagering:
England legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Wales legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Scotland legal legal legal legal monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except “society lotteries” legal
Northern Ireland not regulated not regulated not regulated not regulated monopoly of the The National Lottery Community Fund (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery), except “society lotteries” not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal legal legal monopoly of the Manx Lottery Trust (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery) legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal legal legal legal monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal legal legal legal monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery legal

 

UK and EU gambling laws: The UK has left the EU, therefore the EU gambling laws (Article 56 TFEU and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC) does not apply to the UK anymore. However, the United Kingdom remains very much integrated into the European Economic Area, which strongly effect the developments in the gambling sector, regardless of the Brexit.

 

This is a picture of the UK flag, the "Union Jack". Next to the picture, to the right, you can find a summary of the legal status of online gambling in the United Kingdom. You can also find on this page a list of the UK licensed gambling websites, which accept players from the United Kingdom.

UK online gambling

Great Britain (England + Wales + Scotland, does not include Northern Ireland): Gambling and online gambling are legal and well regulated in Great Britain.

Operators require a licence and the gambling laws are very strict.

Online gambling laws in Great Britain went through a comprehensive overhaul in 2014 with the enactment of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill4, which was signed into law in 2014 July.

The 2014 bill introduced new stricter standards for online gambling operators within the UK. This resulted in very strict laws, but they opened up the online gambling sector for private operators, in compliance with the EU directives. This allowed the authorities to block and prosecute unlicensed offshore online gambling companies.

Prior to the 2014 changes foreign online gambling operators (due to various EU laws restricting them) could accept players from the country without a licence or paying taxes.

This was a golden age for the unlicensed offshore operators, and it made many online gambling companies very rich (and the government missed out on a significant amount of taxes, these companies were all registered and based in offshore tax havens and they didn’t pay any taxes in the UK, many of them reportedly had ties to organized crime groups).

/Comment: It might appear very strange that they allowed these rouge internet gambling companies to operate for so long, but the truth is, their hands were tied. Because of the EU they couldn’t properly block or prosecute these unscrupulous companies./

The same gambling laws apply to England, Wales and Scotland, there are no differences. And because of this I will not analyze them separately in the breakdown below, I will only refer to them as Great Britain from now on.

This is a picture of the flag of Northern Ireland, the Ulster banner. Next to the picture, to the right, you can find a summary of the legal status of online gambling in Northern Ireland. You can also find on this page a list of British online gambling sites, which accept players from NI.

Northern Ireland gambling

Northern Ireland: Gambling is legal but the whole system is outdated, online gambling is not mentioned at all.

Northern Ireland’s Betting, Gaming, Lotteries & Amusements Order is from 1985 (and it itself is based on a much older piece of legislation from the UK, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act from 1963) and it hasn’t been updated recently. It’s based on the UK system, just worse, in every way.

The 1985 Order regulates betting on tracks and in bookmaking offices, gaming, including the use, supply and maintenance of gaming machines, small scale amusements with prizes and gaming in bingo clubs, and local lotteries (no mention of casinos or online gambling).

These are the only types of gambling activities that are legal and licensable currently in Northern Ireland.

It’s almost certain that they eventually will just adopt the UK system with small changes (the UK system is pretty good, very strict but pro player). However, the political will to see it through is not there, and there is no set date yet (only rumors, every year, for 10+ years now).

This is a picture of the flag of the Channel Islands. Next to the picture, to the right, you can find a summary of the legal status of internet wagering in the British Crown Dependencies. You can also find on this page a list of Great Britain licensed online gambling websites, which accept players from the British Crown Dependencies.

Gambling in the British Crown Dependencies

British Crown Dependencies. Gambling and digital gambling are mostly legal in all of the crown dependencies, although in some of them certain forms of games of chance can only be conducted by non-profits, charities.

UPDATE 2022: The 3 British crown dependencies have received their own pages, you can find them here: Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey. This should make the guide a little bit less complicated and shorter.

They are on the UK gambling whitelist, and therefore online gambling licenses from these locations are vey much in demand (and they are selective because of this, to not to rouse the ire of the UK government, they are basically offshore tax havens made somewhat more respectable through their association with the UK,, explanation of the UK whitelist can be found below).

+EXTRA – Gambling in the British overseas territories: Online and offline gambling are mostly legal in the British overseas territories.

The British territories can legislate for themselves when it comes to gambling. The UK gambling laws do not automatically apply to them.

The overseas territories have their own pages, click on their name to open it:

 

/Comment: Certain territories, which have very little or no permanent population do not have their own gambling legislation, the UK gambling laws apply to them in that case. These territories are: British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia./

 

UK gambling whitelist

Online gambling operators, which are licensed in one of the countries on the whitelist are legally allowed to advertise in and accept players from the UK and Northern Ireland.

These countries are:

 

Additionally, every country, which is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) qualifies as well (UPDATE: this hasn’t changed after the Brexit). Because of their privileged position all of these locations became selective online gambling hubs, and licenses issued by them are very much coveted by online gambling companies.

Playing on unlicensed online gambling websites is illegal. Only licensed internet gambling platforms can accept players from the UK.

Internet service providers (ISPs) block access to these unlicensed wagering websites, and financial institutions block transactions to an from these websites6.

You can find a list of licensed online gambling sites, which accept players from the UK and Northern Ireland  below.

 

Can tourists play online from United Kingdom? 

Yes, the laws discussed on this webpage only apply to UK citizens, and does not apply to tourists. Tourists (expats, non-citizens, illegal migrants) can play online freely. However, unlicensed foreign gambling websites will be blocked by the internet service providers, and won’t be accessible, while you are using the UK internet infrastructure.

 

Betting on blood sports in the United Kingdom

All forms of blood sports are considered animal cruelty, and are illegal in the UK. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

 

UK gambling licenses

Great Britain gambling licensing

The Gambling Commission of Great Britain (which also issues gambling licenses to companies in Northern Ireland) is responsible for issuing licences to gambling establishments all throughout the UK, and also responsible for the licensing of UK online gambling operations. You have to contact them if you want to set up any sort of gambling business in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (overseas territories and crown dependencies have their own licensing systems in place).

Licensing fees and requirements can be found in the 2014 Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act.

A gambling company will need to acquire the following to be compliant:

1., A gambling company within the UK must acquire an operating licence from the Gambling Commission.

2., Physical, land-based gambling establishments needy to acquire a local permit to set up their gambling establishments.

/Comment: A local permit is not easy to get, most brick & mortar gambling establishments, even smaller ones, are inherited, stay within the same ‘old money’ dynasty, or are bought and sold with the company in possession of the licence, as a package deal. Local governments are not keen on issuing such permits, and it’s a nightmare for new companies to set up physical locations within the UK in more desirable places./

3., Key personnel also need to be licensed and acquire the proper permits.

It’s very complicated to apply for a licence (if you are doing it for the first time, you absolutely need the help of a UK lawyer specializing in gambling licenses, there is no way around it, prepare to pay an arm and a leg), but compared to the other EU countries this is more or less on par.

Luckily the online gambling licensing procedure is significantly more streamlined, easier and even cheaper, because it was entirely overhauled in 2014.

 

The three main types of licences are:

Non-remote (a.k.a land-based, terrestrial, brick & mortar) licence, can be used for:

  • slot hall (called ‘arcade center’ in the UK gambling legislation, even though it’s misleading, they are slot halls, not arcades, arcades have regular gaming machines that are not considered gambling, at least according to the most common usage of the word)
  • casino
  • bingo hall
  • betting shop
  • charity lottery, society lottery (for profit, commercial lottery is the monopoly of the UK National Lottery)
  • poker clubs

 

Remote (a.k.a online, digital) licence (no need for a local permit), valid for:

  • online casino gambling
  • online poker
  • online bingo
  • online slots
  • online betting
  • binary options or other types of financial betting (also requires other types of licences related to online trading)

 

Ancillary:

  • software providers

 

They cover pretty much everything you can think of. The license is a type of “pick and choose” licence. You can put together what type of activities you need, and then calculate the cost of the licence using the help of their online calculator here.

/Comment: It’s a very good system, other European countries could learn from this./

However, you can’t combine activities from the various different types .

/Comment: E.g.: If you are developing and supplying online casino games but you are also operating an online casino you need an ancillary and a remote licence. That’s two separate procedures, two different licenses, twice the fees, and time./

Costs are usually in the millions of GBP, per year, for a full fledged, bigger casino or an online gambling website. If you don’t have that sort of capital, it’s best to not even start the process.

 

Northern Ireland gambling licensing system

Gambling operators in Northern Ireland also have to get a so called “operating license” from the Gambling Commission of Great Britain as well. Online gambling licensing is entirely done by the UK Gambling Commission and it’s not done locally.

The local councils are responsible for the licensing physical premises in Northern Ireland.

These licenses are called “amusement permits”, and the gambling establishments are called “bingo clubs” (despite the name, it’s not just for bingo, this is the catch-all term for gambling establishments because of how old their gambling legislation is, but genuine big casinos are not possible in Northern Ireland, they are slot hall equivalents).

Gambling activities that are mentioned in the 1985 NI gambling legislation are:

  • betting on tracks and in bookmaking offices;
  • gaming, including the use supply and maintenance of gaming machines;
  • small scale amusements with prizes and gaming in bingo clubs;
  • and local lotteries.

 

These are the kind of activates a licensed company can engage in, but all of these are strictly regulated. And these regulations are archaic, outdated and hard to understand. You definitely need the help of a NI law firm.

The courts and district councils license gambling activities, the Department licenses track betting and PSNI enforces the law.

Licensing fees and most of the requirements can not be found anywhere online, if you know anything about them please drop a comment. Thank you.

What little is known is:

You must be 21 years old or older, and you must have lived in Northern Ireland for at least one year before applying for a permit. You must display the details of the permit including the licence holder’s address on the front of the machines.

It must be a UK company.

Restrictions: You must not allow gaming machines to be used in licensed bingo clubs on Sundays, Christmas Day or Good Friday (UPDATE 2022: although, they changing this right now, it’s still true at the time of writing).

Apart from this very few info is available online, try contacting the local council of the area for more information (and please do share it if you find out more, thanks).

 

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UK gambling taxation

Great Britain gambling tax

Gambling tax is called “gaming duty” in the UK legislation7. The up to date applicable tax rates can be found on the governments’ website here. The following is just a summary of the 2022 tax rates.

The following apply to England, Scotland, Wales, these are all annual tax rates.

UK gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate: Tax base:
online gambling tax 21% (used to be 15% prior to 2019) profits from remote gaming with UK persons
binary options, finical spread bets 3% bets made
bingo 10% profits in the given accounting period
lottery 12% gross gambling revenue + stake money payable, but not yet received
fixed odds, totalisator bets 15% gross gambling revenue
all other spread bets 10% gross gambling revenue
pool betting duty 15% gross gambling revenue

 

You have to pay the following tax rates on revenue from gaming machines:

UK Gaming machine tax rates (colloquially known as ‘slots tax’)
Type of machine: Cost per spin, per bet, to play one game: Maximum prize: Tax rate: Tax base:
Machine type 1 20 pence  or less £10 5% total net takings
Machine type 2 21 pence to £5 £11 or more 20% total net takings
all other types more than £5 no hard limit 25% total net takings

 

Machine games duty does not apply to video lottery terminals, the lottery tax is applicable to them regardless of the type of game.

If none of the above applies to you, then you have to pay the general gambling and betting tax, which is the following:

UK general gambling and betting tax
Revenue: Tax rate: Tax base:
first £ 2,548,500 15 15% gross gambling revenue
the next £ 1,757,000 20 20% gross gambling revenue
the next £ 3,077,000 30 30% gross gambling revenue
the next £ 6,494,500 40 40% gross gambling revenue
remainder 50% gross gambling revenue

 

If you have difficulty calculating the gaming duty payable, use the handy calculation guide here.

Gambling taxes are on top of regular taxes (e.g: corporate tax, which is 19%). Gambling is VAT exempt.

The gambling tax rates are considered average, by European standards (high by international standards).

In case of foreign companies with a UK gambling license tax is payable only on the activates of UK customers.

 

Gambling tax does not apply if it’s a:

  • charity event,
  • social gambling,
  • tournament,
  • or if the equipment is for domestic use only.

 

Northern Ireland gambling tax

Same as in Great Britain, the same tax rates apply.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in the UK:

  • In Great Britain: Gambling winnings are not taxable. You don’t have to pay any taxes on your winnings.
  • In Northern Ireland: Gambling winnings are not taxable. You don’t have to pay any taxes on your winnings.
  • Crown dependencies: Gambling winnings are not taxable. You don’t have to pay any taxes on your winnings.

 

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Legal gambling age: The legal gambling age is 18+ in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (applies to online gambling as well). The only two exception are lottery and football pool betting (colloquially known as “the pools”) which are 16+.

 

Other:

Loot boxes, skin gambling and similar gambling-like activates with virtual goods are not considered gambling in the UK and Northern Ireland8, as long as the in-game items obtained via loot boxes can only be used within the game and cannot be officially exchanged for real world money.

Fantasy and virtual sports betting is considered gambling.

Social gambling (e.g: a poker game among friends) is not considered gambling as long as the prize is not money or transferable directly to money. However, in certain specific cases small stakes social gambling is allowed, these are:

  • the game is taking place in a private premise, non-public place, and there is no entrance fee;
  • it is taking place at a non-commercial event, to raise funds for a specified purpose other than private gain;
  • it takes place at a pub or private members’ club (small stakes gambling, no entrance fee or rake).

 

Binary options are considered gambling, they are defined as “financial spread bets”.

 

Sources, and main pieces of the UK gambling legislation:

1Public Library UK – History of gambling in England. London : Duckworth, 1898

2UK Parliament – 1541 Unlawful Games Act

3UK Legislation – Gambling Act 2005

4Betting, Gaming, Lotteries & Amusements Order 1985

5Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014

6Visa, MasterCard and PayPal to block unlicensed operators in UK (iGaminbusiness.com)

7UK Government – Official Gaming Duty Rates

8House of Commons Library – Loot Boxes in Video Games

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from the UK

The following online gambling websites accept players from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from the United Kingdom, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

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Casino gambling in the UK

Casinos in the UK: legal since 1960, operators require a licence, slot halls are also legal

Online casino gambling in the UK: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Detailed legal status of land-based and internet casinos in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Casinos: Online casinos:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal legal
Northern Ireland illegal (slot halls only) not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal, charity only legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal, charity only legal

 

Casinos are legal in the UK, they are illegal in Northern Ireland. And in the Channel Islands proceeds from offline casino games must be donated to non-profits, charities.

Slot halls are also legal in the UK, and they are legal in Northern Ireland (NI) as well. In NI they are called bingo clubs, but they have a limited number of gaming machines as well.

/Slot hall definition: Slot halls only have gaming machines and perhaps bingo as well, card games and live dealer games can only be found in casinos. Slot parlours are also significantly smaller than real casinos./

Casinos are legal since 1960, they were legalized with the Betting and Gaming Act*, which also legalized poker, bingo and off-course betting.

The current number of casinos in the UK is around 135 (down from 150 pre-coronavirus), and there are about 600 smaller slot halls. You can read about these casinos in the UK, and you can find the 10 biggest and best rated venues here, with address, number and types of games, entrance fee, dress code, and with a video of each one etc…

In most of Europe slot halls are already banned. It is a well-known fact in the gambling industry that slot halls are worse than regular casinos in terms of problem gambling and addiction.

In the UK, the opposite seems to be happening, there is a clear trend: the number of slot halls keeps increasing, while the number of casinos keeps decreasing, slot halls slowly replace casinos, which will inevitably lead to an increase in gambling addition and problem gambling.

UPDATE COVID-19: The global pandemic seems to have accelerated this process, many gambling companies abandoned their costly casino projects in favour of less expensive and probably more profitable slot halls instead. Additionally, very few slot halls closed permanently out of the 600 in operation, on the other hand the casinos were much more severely affected because of the higher upkeep, license fees and operating costs. You can read more about the casino sector on the UK casino page.

Online casinos are also legal in The United Kingdom of Great Britain and in the British Crown Dependencies, expect in Northern Ireland, where the outdated gambling legislation does not really address casino games over the internet.

Players can play freely online from the UK in licensed online casinos. Even in Northern Ireland players are not prosecuted, even though it’s not regulated by the NI gambling legislation.

However, only licensed online casinos are legal, playing on unlicensed digital casino websites is illegal, and dangerous (due to scams, many of them operate illegally, without any sort of gambling license, avoid them, if they steal your money or credit card number there is nothing the police will able to do for you).

Unlicensed online casinos are blocked and financial transactions to and form such website are also blocked, which means if you can access a casino website from the UK, there is a good chance it’s a legal, licensed platform.

Online casinos are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, according to the 2014 Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill (details of the licensing system can be found above, in the UK gambling licensing section).

Due to the strict requirements some casino companies pulled out of the British market after 2014. And nowadays there are significantly fewer licensed online casinos. However, there are still many UK licensed online casinos, you can see a list of them below.

UPDATE 2022: BGO Entertainment and all of their online casino have shut down in 2021 after it was stripped of its UK licence. This is a very good example of how reliant many online gambling companies are on their UK player base, and losing a UK licence is usually devastating to any internet gambling business.

Bgo is also a good example of how strict the UK Gambling Commission is, the licence was revoked over a seemingly small and insignificant violation, which would have only got them a slap on the wrist in other jurisdictions. You can read about why their licenc was revoked here: EGR – Gambling Commission launches review into BGO and suspends operating licence.

The number of online casino licenses is not capped (about 200 are issued currently, but not all of the licensees operate casino platforms at this time).

UPDATE 2021: Due to changes in regulations, laws regarding online gambling, Paypal will be the main way to pay or receive money in the UK, going forward. Starting from 2020 it will be the main payment method in UK licensed online casinos, and credit cards will be phased out slowly, over the years**.

The licensed online casinos below accept players from the United Kingdom.

Online casinos, which accept players from the United Kingdom - click to see

The following casino websites accept players from the UK:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the UK.

Source:

*Sage journals – Betting and Gaming Act 1960

**Independent – Online gamblers will no longer be allowed to use credit cards for betting

 

Bingo in the UK

Bingo halls in the UK: legal since 1960, operators require a licence

Online bingo in the UK: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Detailed legal status of brick & mortar and digital bingo in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Bingo: Online bingo:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal legal
Northern Ireland legal not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal, charity only legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal, charity only legal

 

Bingo is legal in the UK since 1960, it was legalized by the Betting and Gaming Act.

Bingo halls in the UK are often actually slot halls, and their primary source of revenue is not bingo. In Northern Ireland, where there are no casinos, these bingo halls with a few slot machines are the local substitute.

Online bingo is also legal.

Bingo sites, like all other UK online gambling operators, need to obtain a license from the authorities in order to be able to offer their services in the country legally and to advertise in the UK.

In many countries bingo is considered a type of lottery, and it is part of the country’s lottery monopoly (this is the situation in about 70% of Europe). However, this is not the case within the UK, and private companies can operate bingo websites.

The licensed British bingo websites below accept players from the United Kingdom.

Online bingo websites, which accept players from the UK - click to see

The following bingo websites have live bingo and accept players from the UK:

I’m not much of a bingo player, therefore I can not recommend any UK bingo website. If you know of any please leave a comment.

 

Poker in the UK

Poker halls in the UK: legal since 1960, operators require a licence

Online poker in the UK: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Detailed legal status of poker clubs and online poker in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Poker: Online poker:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal legal
Northern Ireland illegal not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal, charity only legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal, charity only legal

 

Poker is legal in the UK since 1960, it was legalized by the Betting and Gaming Act.

Poker is not restricted to the casinos (like in most countries of Europe), it’s possible to establish standalone poker rooms, there are at least 50 of them in the country.

Poker is very popular in the United Kingdom, and the biggest poker tournaments of Europe often take place in UK casinos (usually in the casinos, poker clubs don’t have that sort of capacity). In fact, many of the world’s biggest poker tournaments and events originate from the country and many of top poker players are from the UK as well.

The best poker players from the UK are: Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, Chris Moorman, Sam Trickett, and Stephen Chidwick, just to name a few. There is not a big city in Great Britain without multiple poker rooms.

Online poker is also legal.

Poker sites need to obtain a remote gambling licence from the Gambling Commission in order to accept players from the UK.

Companies applying for such a licence are rigorously audited and even developers of poker games and other kinds of online gambling software need to hold a specific licence (ancillary licence), issued by the commission. The strict licensing procedure and monitoring ensures that rogue online poker websites can not legally enter the UK gambling market.

Unlicensed poker websites are blocked, and financial transactions involving such sites are also blocked.

Always check the licence of a gambling website. Never play in an online poker website without a licence. You will lose your money and they will get a hold of your credit card information as well.

UPDATE: Many of the biggest poker networks have left the UK market due to increasingly strict licensing requirements and unfavourable taxation.

The UK licensed online poker sites below accept players from the country.

Online poker networks, which accept players from the United Kingdom - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker sections and accept players from the UK:

The online poker platforms I use have left the UK market. Therefore, I can not recommend any poker websites right now.

 

Online sports betting in the UK

Bookmakers, betting shops in the UK: legal since 1960, operators require a licence

Online sportsbooks in the UK: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Detailed legal status of brick & mortar bookmakers and digital sportsbooks in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Bookmakers: Online sports betting:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal legal
Northern Ireland legal not regulated
Isle of Man legal legal
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal legal
Bailiwick of Jersey legal legal

 

Sports betting is legal in the UK since 1960, it was legalized by the Betting and Gaming Act.

There are over 8300 sports betting points in the UK (the highest number of betting shops per capita in the entire world, although, many of these are just sports betting kiosks in slot halls, casinos and other gambling establishments, not actual betting shops).

This is a diagram showing the number of sports betting points in the UK, year by year, from 2009 to 2019. Above and below the picture you can information about the sports betting sector in the UK and the legal status of online bookmakers, and you can find a list of licensed digital sportsbooks, which accept punters from Great Britain and North Ireland.

Number of betting shops in Great Britain, 2009 to 2019, sorted by operator

 

Football betting is by far the most popular sport to bet on in the UK, and only the lottery is more widespread than football pool betting (for US visitors: soccer, European football). Even the age requirement of football pool betting is lower than the average 18, it’s 16, because it’s such an important activity and integral part of the enjoyment of sports for many.

/Comment: The majority actually, according to studies, 60%+ of those who regularly watch sports also bet on sports in the UK*, this is the highest such value I’ve ever seen, and I have been writing about gambling for 10+ years.

Sports betting seems to be the real national sport of the UK, not cricket or football./

The biggest sports betting operators (colloquially bookies) are William Hill, Ladbrokes, Gala Coral Group and Betfred. You can see the number of betting shops these bookmakers operate on the diagram above. The values in 2019 are:

  • William Hill, market leader with 2,264 betting points
  • Ladbrokes, 1,828
  • Gala Coral Group 1,529
  • Betfred 1,620
  • Other 1,079

 

Other popular sports to bet on in the UK are:

  • Horse racing
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Formula 1
  • Cricket

Online sports betting is also legal since 2005.

Online sports betting sites are also licensed by the Gambling Commission, and since the enactment of the 2014 Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill many of the major players in the industry applied for and received a licence to be able to offer their services in the UK.

Actually, online sports betting is the most popular form of online gambling in the UK** (private sector only, excluding lottery), even more popular than online casinos, and the sports betting market grows by about 7% annually (UPDATE COVID-19: and by much more during the pandemic, but the numbers are not yet out at the time of writing, but double digit growth is pretty much expected).

Many expect the growth to slow down post-brexit.

The following online sportsbooks accept punters from UK.

Online bookmakers, which accept bettors from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - click to see

The following gambling websites have sports betting sections and accept bettors from the UK:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

 

Sources:

*Beating Betting – Alarming UK Gambling Statistics, Sports Betting Data & Research 2022

**UK sports betting market continues to grow driven by gen Y and mobile betting apps

 

Online Lotteries in the UK

Lottery in the UK: legal since 1934, monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except charity, “society lotteries”

Online Lottery in the UK: legal since 2005, monopoly of the UK National Lottery

 

Detailed legal status of lotteries in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Lottery: Online lottery:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal, monopoly of the UK National Lottery, except charity, “society lotteries” legal, monopoly of the UK National Lottery
Northern Ireland monopoly of the The National Lottery Community Fund (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery), except charity, “society lotteries” monopoly of the The National Lottery Community Fund (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery)
Isle of Man monopoly of the Manx Lottery Trust (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery), except charity, “society lotteries” monopoly of the Manx Lottery Trust (a subsidiary of the UK National Lottery)
Bailiwick of Guernsey monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery legal, non-profit only
Bailiwick of Jersey monopoly of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery legal, non-profit only

 

Lottery is legal in England, officially since 1934. Currently it is regulated by the 1993 National Lottery Act and its amendments*.

However, the first national lottery in England was organized in 1568. And it was organized by Queen Elizabeth I., to collect funds to repair and upgrade the national harbors**.

Afterwards, the English State Lottery ran from 1694 until 1826, when lotteries were banned and they were only relegalized in 1934.

For profit, commercial lottery is the monopoly of the UK National Lottery, which was created in 1994 and it is currently operated by the Camelot Group. Their license is valid until 2023.

/Fun Fact: The Camelot Group also operates the lottery of the US state of Illinois, since 2018./

The lottery monopoly extends to all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and through subsidiaries it extends to the crown dependencies as well (and tickets can also be purchased in the overseas territories, but the company does not have a monopoly on lottery in the British Overseas Territories).

Even though the UK has a lottery monopoly, the authorities still issue licenses to independent lottery operators as well, and they only need to spend 20% of their proceeds on charity, non-profit organizations (the lowest amount in the entire world). These are called “society lotteries” (or “large society lotteries”, if the proceeds exceed £20,000 for a single draw, or they have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year).

Uniquely in all of Europe these non-commercial lotteries can sell lottery tickets online as well.

This loophole is being abused by companies, which create networks of society lotteries, which pool their prize money and thus they are able to offer huge jackpots with which they compete with the national lottery***. The biggest such network is the Health Lottery ,which is owned by media magnate Richard Desmond, and it is a network of around 60 society lotteries.

These society lotteries also don’t have to pay the 12% lottery tax, which puts them at an advantage.

/Comment: Originally, society lotteries might have been created for a genuinely good cause. However, these lottery networks are a big business, and the fact that they only have to donate 20% of their proceeds to charities is frankly a joke. There is no other country in the world, where something like this would exist.

At this point it’s all about business and they are basically private lotteries with better taxation, who donate some money to charity, which I’m sure was not the original intention of the lawmakers. And the UK National Lottery actually donates 25% of its revenue to charity, which is actually a higher amount./

According to the UK lottery law, UK players can not buy lottery tickets from foreign online lotteries, this is considered illegal.

However, UK players can participate in foreign lottery draws, in person, as tourists visiting other countries, or online, from so called “lottery purchasing services” (lottery purchasing services are businesses, which purchase physical lottery tickets for you in a foreign country, if you make a purchase on their website, you can see an example of such a website below).

Apart from the UK National Lottery the following websites allow people from the UK to purchase lottery tickets online.

Online lottery platforms, which accept players from the UK - click to see

The following internet lottery sites allow players from the UK to purchase lottery tickets online:

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

Sources:

*1993 Government of the UK, Official Website – 1993 National Lottery Act

**The History Press – It Could Be Ye: England’s First Lottery

***Scope NI – Is Lottery funding being undermined?

 

Bitcoin gambling in the UK

Cryptocurrency wagering in the UK: legal, operators require a licence

 

Detailed legal status of cryptocurrency gambling in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands:

Territory:  Gambling using alternative digital currencies:
Great Britain (Scotland+England+Wales) legal, operators require a licence
Northern Ireland legal, operators require a licence
Isle of Man legal, operators require a licence
Bailiwick of Guernsey legal, operators require a licence
Bailiwick of Jersey legal, operators require a licence

 

Cryptocurrencies are legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and in the British Crown Dependencies.

British tax authorities consider bitcoin and similar virtual currencies property, and transactions are subject to taxation and their use is regulated to some extent*.

Even though bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and other similar crypto coins are not recognised as a currency, players can use them in the context of gambling; to place bets. However, UK licensed gambling companies generally can not accept them directly.

The stance of the UK Gambling Commission is neutral. As UKGC CEO Jenny Williams said:

“The Commission neither prohibits nor encourages bitcoin. We are interested only in ensuring the proper regulation of gambling products consumed in Britain.”

However, their regulations are quite strict and are not compliant with blockchain technology. Therefore, at this point, it’s unlikely that a UK licensed gambling company could accept cryptocurrencies directly.

The commission also warns possible future licensees on their official website. When applying for a UK online gambling licence a company has to declare the use of virtual currencies and payment processors, which accept cryptocurrencies.

/Comment: It might be possible to accept bitcoin indirectly, through payment processors, which converts them to regular fiat currency.

The UK Gambling Commission has a page dedicated to the use of crypto-assets by gambling businesses, you can read the details there if you are interested./

Regardless, UK laws require internet casinos specialising in the cryptocurrency to obtain the same licenses and comply with the same regulations as every other UK gambling website. And because of this there are no bitcoin only online casinos with a UK licence.

The licensed online casinos below accept players from the United Kingdom and various cryptocurrencies through their payment processors.

Online casinos, which accept crypto and players from the UK - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from the United Kingdom:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Source:

*moore barlow lawyers – What is the legal status of cryptocurrency in the UK?

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country. Especially if you are from the UK or nearby.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about UK internet gambling platforms

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about gambling in the United Kingdom. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Is gambling legal in the UK?

Yes, gambling is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 1928 (technically the first written record of legal gambling is from 1568, but afterwards gambling was banned in 1826, and the modern period of continuously legal gambling is from 1928).

Is online gambling legal in the UK?

Yes, online gambling is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 2005. You can read the detailed breakdown on this page, above the FAQ section.

Is online bingo legal in the UK?

Yes, online bingo is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 2005. You can read the detailed breakdown on this page, above the FAQ section.

Is online poker legal in the UK?

Yes, online poker is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 2005. You can read the detailed breakdown on this page, above the FAQ section.

Is online sports betting legal in the UK?

Yes, online sports betting is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 2005. You can read the detailed breakdown on this page, above the FAQ section.

Is online lottery legal in the UK?

Online lottery is generally legal in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies since 2005. It is a monopoly of the UK National Lottery (operated by the Camelot Group) or its subsidiaries the The National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland and the Manx Lottery Trust in The Isle of Man. You can read the detailed breakdown on this page, above the FAQ section.

Is bitcoin wagering legal in the UK?

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies, but its use in the context of gambling is legal. You can place bets using virtual currencies on the platforms of licensed gambling platforms with a UK digital betting licence, if they accept cryptocurrencies. Some of them do accept virtual currencies through the various payment processors they work with. You can see a lsit of them in the bitcoin gambling section on this page.

Can you play online from the UK?

Yes, you can play online from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies on online gambling websites with a UK online gambling licence. You can see a list of these platforms on this page.

Can you play bingo over the internet in the UK?

Yes, you can play bingo over the internet from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies, on licensed digital bingo platforms. You can see a list of these websites on this page.

Can you play poker online from the UK?

Yes, you can play poker over the internet from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies, using the poker networks or apps listed on this page.

Can you bet on sports online from the UK?

Yes, you can place bets on sports from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies with the digital bookmakers mentioned on this page.

Can you purchase lottery tickets online in the UK?

Yes, you can buy lottery tickets online in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies on the lottery platforms listed on this page.

Can you use bitcoin wagering websites in the UK?

Yes, some of the licensed UK online gambling websites accept cryptocurrencies through their various payment processors. You can find them on this page.

Are there gambling websites, which accept players from the UK?

Only licensed online gambling websites can accept players from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies. You can see a list of these licensed internet wagering sites on this webpage. Using unlicensed gambling websites is illegal.

Which internet gambling apps can I use from the UK?

You can use any of the mobile gambling apps listed on this webpage.

Which online bingo sites accept players from UK?

Currently there aren't any online bingo sites, which would accept players from UK. If you know of any please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Which online poker websites accept players from the UK?

Currently none of the online poker sites I know of accept players from the UK. If you know of any, which you would recommend please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Which online sportsbooks accept bettors from the UK?

The digital bookmakers and wagering websites listed above this questions and answers section accept punters from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies (the list can be found at the UK sports betting section).

Which online lotteries accept registrations from the UK?

Lottery is a monopoly of the UK National Lottery.

Which internet gambling platforms have a UK license?

The digital platforms on this site all have UK gambling licences, and accept players from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies.

Which crypto gambling platforms accept players from the UK?

The gambling websites listed on this page (at the bitcoin gambling in the UK section) all accept various alternative digital currencies and players from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies.

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2022-03-08

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Last Updated on 2022-03-07 by Simon

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Simon's Guide to UK Online Gambling Websites
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Simon's Guide to UK Online Gambling Websites
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This guide focuses on the legal status of the various forms of online gambling: bingo, lottery, poker, sports betting and bitcoin wagering in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies (and the British Overseas Territories are also touched upon). The guide also includes a list of UK licensed gambling websites, which accept players from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the British Crown Dependencies.
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Simon András Péter (SimonTheSorcerer)
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Simon's Online Casino Gambling Blog
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