This is a picture of the facade of Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool. You can find a list of land-based casinos and online casinos licensed in the UK and accept players from the United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.
Casino Guide UK, list of UK licensed brick&mortar casinos

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in the UK. Find out which are the best casinos and online casino sites in the United Kingdom, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country..

 

 

UK casino gambling laws

Legal status: legal, licence required

 

All forms of gambling and online gambling in the UK are legal and regulated by the state. Sports and horse race betting, lotteries and casinos are legal since the ’60s. On 1 December 2014, the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill* replaced the 2005 Gambling Act**, which was previously the central piece of legislation pertaining to gambling. The new law affected online gambling operators and UK online casinos the most, as it created a much more controlled and strict legal environment for their operations.

As a result of the enactment of the new law, only online gambling sites and online casinos licensed in the UK are allowed to offer their services to residents of the country legally, while previously there was no specific ban in place on foreign operators. The authorities also attempted to order the country’s ISPs to block foreign sites, but they refused to comply, as there are no regulations in place under which they would be obliged to do so***. There’s also no clause in the 2014 piece of legislation that would require financial institutions to block transactions related to online gambling and online casinos in the UK. However, some of the major financial providers, namely Visa, PayPal and MasterCard announced, that they are willing to voluntarily block transactions related to unlicensed online gambling operators****.

The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) changed the British industry dramatically for foreign providers seeking to offer their services on the UK market. However, changes from the individual player’s perspective are a lot less dramatic, as most major online casinos and gambling operators already obtained a UK licence.

The UK license application process is one of the strictest in the world and UK licensees also need to go through frequent stringent audits by the Gambling Commission, so any site in possession of a UK licence can be considered 100% secure. All online casinos on this site have the necessary gambling licenses to accept UK players. If they no longer accept players from the United Kingdom, or if they are blocked in the country for some reason, please let me know, so I can update the list. Thank you.

Gambling on an unlicensed foreign online gambling platforms is illegal, but it is not considered a criminal offence and players are not penalised in any way for doing so. Despite this, we do not recommend it, sharing your passwords and credit card and other sensitive information with illegally operating tax evading gambling websites is not a good idea, nothing good can come out of it

 

 

 

*Source: Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill, 2014

**Source: UK Gambling Act of 2005

***Source: ISPS TELL UK GOV’T THEY WON’T BLOCK GAMBLING SITES WITHOUT A COURT ORDER

****Source: Visa, MasterCard and PayPal to block unlicensed operators in UK

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from the UK

The following online gambling websites accept players from the United Kingdom

 

Black Lotus Casino

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USA and Canada players are accepted.
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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

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Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sports Book

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GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

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Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
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  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Online casinos in the UK

Casino gambling – along with many other forms of gambling – was first legalised in the UK in the ’60s. The Casino Club Port Talbot in Wales is considered the first legal UK casino and was established in 1961 by gambling mogul George Alfred James. The first casinos in the country were only allowed to operate as members-only clubs and were severely limited in size and the types of games they could operate as well.

In 1968, regulations loosened up and the UK gave a green light to more commercial gambling venues and casinos being built around the country. In 2005, with the enactment of the Gambling Bill, the UK allowed for the establishment of Super casinos, which would’ve been much greater in size than any existing UK casino.

Super casino, or regional casino is the largest type of casino allowed under UK law. A Super casino is a venue:

The first of these venues was initially proposed to be in the City of Manchester, but the scheme was scrapped by the UK government in 2008, soon after Gordon Brown became Prime Minister*. His administration threatened the industry, that it would introduce much stricter regulations, such as limits on operating hours and more hefty taxes.

However, since than the company Aspers built two Super casinos in the UK, one in Westfield Stratford City, London and one in Milton Keynes. Currently, a third one is being considered in Southampton’s Royal Pier, after Aspers confirmed it is interested in developing a £330 million project there**. Since the enactment of the 2005 Gambling Act, the UK casino market is expanding at a fairly rapid rate, so it’s likely, that more of these venues will pop up in the country in the near future.

 

Online casinos in the UK and the 2005 Gambling Bill

Any online gambling website or online casino in the UK, seeking to offer its services to residents of the country needs to obtain a licence from the authorities. However, regulations pertaining to online gambling and online casinos in the UK used to be fairly liberal,ó prior to 2014. There were two basic distinct categories of online casino sites (and online gambling operators in general), according to the 2005 Gambling Act:

It’s important to note, that online gambling sites and online casinos of both category were allowed to accept wagers from UK players, but only operators licensed on whitelisted territories were permitted to advertised their products on the British market. Authorities in the country did not issue licensed to operators, so there was no such thing as as a legal UK online casino or gambling site. However, from the players perspective it was ideal, as all major operators were legally present on the market and British resident were allowed to register on each and every one of these platforms.

 

UK online casinos and the 2014 Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill

However, in 2014, the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill was enacted, which changed the online gambling landscape of the UK dramatically. The major changes introduced with the enactment of the Bill are as follows:

No ISP ban is in force on unlicensed foreign operators to date, although major financial providers decided to voluntarily block transactions related to such sites, on the authorities notice, even though they had no legal obligations to do so.

Most of the major online casinos applied for and obtained a UK online casino licence after the enactment of the 2014 Bill. The majority of the foreign platforms that do not yet hold a licence for the UK market restricts access to their sites for UK players. The reason is, that even though if not based in the UK they can’t be prosecuted by the authorities, by failing to comply with UK laws they would risk their possible future UK online casino licence as well.

Online casino tax UK: 21%

 

Sources:

*Super-casino proposal is ditched

**Aspers Could Open a Super Casino in Southampton

 

 

UK Land-based casinos

There are 155 of casinos currently. And there are 500+ slot halls. The legal gambling age is 18 (16 for lottery), the required age to be able to enter a casino is also 18.

Interestingly, there are no really big casinos in the UK, even the biggest casinos, which is currently the Aspers casinos is barely above average by international standards.

UPDATE COVID-19: Right, most, but not all casinos are closed due to the pandemic form Asia. It all depends on depends on what sort of tier (tier 1-3) the casino gambling establishment is. The type is decided by the local government, and as you would expect, there is quite a bot of controversy (partially politically motivated) surrounding this.

Tier 2 areas have casinos open during COVID-19: Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Great Yarmouth, Liverpool, Luton, Northampton, Plymouth, Scarborough (E Casino) and Southampton. Everything else is closed at the time of writing.

The biggest casino groups active on the UK market are: 1., Grosvenor wit 53 casinos out of the 155 casinos, owned and operated by Grosvenor Casinos Limited (a company incorporated in England and Wales under company number 00877080), whose registered office address is TOR, Saint-Cloud Way, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8BN. 2., Genting Casinos Group is the second biggest, with their still very impressive 42 casinos. The big two control 2/3 of the casino market. The third biggest is Caesar’s Entertainment.

Casino tax UK: Land-based casino gambling tax is progressive, depends on the gross gaming revue for that tax year:

 

List of brick&mortar casinos UK – TOP 10 biggest and best British casinos: 

 

This is a picture of Aspers Casino in Stradford, London, UK. This is the first casino on this list of United Kingdom gaming venues, you can find the others underneath this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture.
Aspers Casino Stratford

1., Aspers Casino Stratford (officially Westfield Stratford City), The Loft, Olympic Park, 312 Montfichet Road, London E20 1ET

Currently, the biggest casino in the entirety of the UK. However, by international standards this is just an average sized casino gambling establishment (but a very luxurious, elegant, upscale one).

Games: Despite them being the biggest in the United Kingdom, they only have 150 slots, and about 40 tables (European roulette, blackjack, punto banco, three card poker, casino war, spread-bet roulette*, casino war, dueling for dollars**).

They also have a few electronic (which means automated, without dealers, croupiers) table games: blackjack, baccarat.

There is a sports bar section as well, showing all major sporting events across multiple large screen TV’s, with sports betting terminals.

UPDATE COVID-19: No longer closed due the virus outbreak.

Opening hours: daily, 10 am to 11 pm.

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets between 4/5 and 3/5 on review sites, which is not as good as I expected from UK’s biggest casino. Alarmingly, recent (as in in the last 2-3 years) reviews tend to be worse, more on the 3/5 side, which might mean that the establishment is in the decline.

*Spread bet roulette is a fun, but rare roulette variant. Apart from regular European or American roulette (both can be made into spread-bet roulette, but it’s usually European) combinations, you have to also correctly guess the random number from a side wheel (can be physical or computer generated). The aim of this optional side bet is to correctly guess the amount of: the winning number on the table + the random number from the computer generated wheel. There are 7 spread-bet wager options, each covering a different ranges of possible numbers.

RTP is around 90%, in comparison slots has 96% (the higher RTP the better), and European roulette, has around 97,30%. Therefore it is strongly not recommended unless for fun, compared to the other casino games you have much less chance of winning. 

 

**Dueling for Dollars: A card games played with 6 decks of the standards 52 cards deck. This video will explain perfectly how to play.

 

This is a picture of the entrance gate of Alea Casino in Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain, UK. You can read more about this casino to the right.
Alea Casino Glasgow

2., Alea Casino Glasgow, Unit C Springfield Quay, Paisley Rd, Glasgow G5 8NP

This is the second Alea casino by Caesar’s Entertainment in the UK, and it is Scotland’s biggest casino.

Games: They have 60 slots, and there are 21 tables (american roulette – avoid it, has the worst RTP of all roulette types, the reason why a European casino has american roulette is to make the players lose, bad optics, blackjack, punto banco, three card poker).*

They also have a few electronic (which means automated, without croupiers) roulette machines.

There is a poker section, but no info about it on the website.

There is a sports bar section as well, showing all major sporting events across multiple large screen TV’s, with sports betting terminals.

UPDATE COVID-19: No longer closed due the virus outbreak.

Opening hours:  12:00 am – 04:00 am, tables are open from 2pm (but closed right now due to CVOID-19)

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, in fact, gets better reviews than the more well-known, and more expensive Aspers Casino Stratford – the current biggest casino in the UK.

 

Source:
*Casino Guardian

 

This is a picture of Resorts World Birmingham, in the UK. This is the third casino on this list of UK casinos. You can read the details of this establishment to the right of the 150x150 picture.
Resorts World Birmingham

3., Resorts World Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PU4

Probably the biggest of the Resort World Casinos, which are a subsidiary of Genting Casinos Group (the second biggest casino group in the UK). The building that houses the casino is impressive, but let’s not forget the only a small section of that gargantuan complex is taken up by the casino.

Games: They have 100 slots, and there are 31 tables (roulette, baccarat, blackjack and 3-5 card poker).

They also have 40 electronic (which means automated, without dealers, croupiers) roulette (they have Dragonfire roulette, best electronic roulette currently IMO, really fun) and blackjack machines (they cheat with the numbers, there are 3 wheels only, but each roulette wheel has about 10 terminals, and they count each terminal as a separate machine, it’s cheating).

There is no dedicated poker room.

There is no sports bar section.

UPDATE COVID-19: No longer closed due the virus outbreak.

Opening hours:  closed right now due to CVOID-19

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, no real issues, problems.

 

This is a picture of Genting Casino in Stoke-on-Trent. You can read the details next to the picture.
Genting Casino Stoke

4., Genting Casino Stoke, Etruria Rd, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5NH

The biggest casino of Genting Casino Group. Genting Casinos has 42 casinos in the UK, which makes them the second biggest casino operator int he country.

Games: They have about 70 slots, and there are 20 tables (roulette, baccarat, blackjack and 3-5 card poker).

They also have 20 electronic (which means automated, without dealers, croupiers) roulette and blackjack machines.

There is a poker section.

There is no sports bar section.

UPDATE COVID-19: No longer closed due the virus outbreak.

Opening hours:  closed right now due to CVOID-19

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, no real issues, problems.

This is a picture of the Blackpool casino of Grosvenor UK gambling group, this is their biggest, flagship casino. This is the fifth gaming venue on this list of the 10 best and biggest UK casinos. You can see the other Great Britain terrestrial gambling establishments below this one, and you can read about this casino to the right of the picture.
Grosvenor Blackpoll Casino

 

5., Grosvenor Casino Blackpool, The Sandcastle, Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1BB

This is one of the main casinos of the Grosvenor group, this is the same gambling establishment at the top of the page.

Grosvenor Casino Blackpool also has a restaurant, bar, and an entertainment lounge.

Games: There are about 60 slots. There are 12 tables (5 roulette, 6 blackjack, 1 three card poker).

There is a dedicated poker room.

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed due to the pandemic.

Opening hours: closed due to the Chinese pandemic

Entrance fee:none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, no real issues, problems.

 

This an image of Les Croupiers Casino in Cardiff, UK. You can read more about this casino to the right of the picture.
Les Croupiers Casino, Cardiff

6., Les Croupiers Casino, Cardiff, Capital Shopping Park, Leckwith Rd, Cardiff CF11 8EG

Les Croupiers is better known as the The Croups. It is a smaller casino, not part of any of the casino chains in the UK.

Games: They have 60 slots, and 20 tables of blackjack, american roulette (avoid it, has the worst RTP of all roulette types, the reason why a European casino has american roulette is to make the players lose, bad optics), dice, three card poker, rapid roulette, punto banco, texas holdem and interestingly, they are one of the few casinos in the UK that has mahjong.

There are a few electronic roulette wheels as well.

There is a dedicated poker room (the largest poker room in Wales) with 20 tables, capable of seating up to 200 concurrent players (Texas Holdem and Omaha).

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed due to the pandemic.

Opening hours: 14:00 pm – 05:00 am every day, but closed due to the epidemic from China.

The poker room is open for cash games from:

5pm – 3am Monday to Friday

2pm – 3am Saturday and Sunday

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, no real issues, problems.

 

This is a picture of the building of Park Lane Casino. You can read about this elite casino club right next to the picture.
Park Lane Casino

7., Park Lane Casino Club, 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE

Park Lane Club is an expensive, posh casino club for the wealthy, “elite” clientele. In truth is not really impressive, and “the gaming terrace” they so heavily advertise (advertised as a “private gaming salon”… seriously, these names, tone it down, you are achieving the opposite of what you are hoping for…) is a roulette table on a small terrace, not really impressive at all, but plenty expensive to rent, not worth it, perhaps if you are born into wealth and you never had to work for it, and therefore you have no concept of the value of money, maybe it’s for those types of people.

Games: They have 20 slots in addition to the miniature “private gaming salon” on the terrace. There is also shitty american roulette, which has the worst RTP of all the various types of roulette, avoid it. There is this really bad trend going on that European casinos replace the more appropriate, higher RTP European roulette with the american one that has worse odds, and more and more of them do it, because players don1t care and casinos are just greedy like this. The only way to reverse this trend is to refuse to place bets on american roulette! Additionally, there is a blackjack table, baccarat table and a three card poker table, and that’s all, it’s really not a big casino.

UPDATE: They added some electronic roulette machines (it’s just roulette without dealers/croupiers, really not in line with their image, usually cheapo casinos have this so that they don’t have to pay fora dealer to stand there, weird that a “private, elite casino club” has it too).

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed due to the pandemic.

Opening hours: 14:00 pm – 05:00 am every day, but closed due to the epidemic from China.

The poker room is open for cash games from:

5pm – 3am Monday to Friday

2pm – 3am Saturday and Sunday

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is good, no real issues, problems.

 

This is the building of Genting Casino in Leicester. You can read more about the casino next to the picture.
Genting Casino Leicester

8., Genting Casino Leicester, 17-19 E Bond St, Leicester LE1 4SU

This is most probably the second biggest casino of the Genting Casinos Group, and it is the biggest casino of the Leicester area. Despite this it’s barely bigger than your average slot hall.

Games: They have about 30 slots, and there are 7 tables (american roulette – avoid it, has the worst RTP of all roulette types, the reason why a European casino has american roulette is to make the players lose, bad optics, blackjack, blackjack aces).

They also have 20 electronic (which means automated, without dealers, croupiers) roulette machines (the overabundance of electronic tables is also typical slot halls, it’s  clear this is more of a slot hall, just barely casino)

There is no poker section.

There is no sports bar/betting section.

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed.

Opening hours:  closed right now due to COVID-19

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 3.5/5 on review sites, which is average.

 

This is a picture of Casino Forty Five in Kensington, UK. This is the 9th gambling establishment on this list of UK gaming venues. You can find the 10th, and last venue on this list underneath his one. You can read the details, info about this gaming establishment to the right of the picture.
Casino Forty Five

9., Casino Forty Five Kensington, 43, 45 Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2EF

This is an upscale, casino club like establishment of the Genting Casinos Group (formerly Cromwell Mint). The casino is very small, barely larger than your typical slot hall but looks fantastic, the second best looking casino in London, after the Hippodrome casino below.

Games: They have about 80 slots, and there are 14 tables – american roulette (avoid it, has the worst RTP of all roulette types), blackjack, 3 card poker and baccarat, not a very interesting selection.

They also have an “e-lounge”, a room with automated, so called electronic tables of roulette, blackjack, 3 card poker and baccarat.

There is no poker section.

There is no sports bar/betting section.

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed.

Opening hours:  closed right now due to COVID-19

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is slightly above average.

 

10., Hippodrome Casino London, Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H

Personally I think the Hippodrome casino is the best looking casino, inside and outside, in London, currently. Located in the prestigious West End, you can imagine this is not a cheap place, so if you are on a budget it’s best to stick to a local slot hall. The building that houses the casino is a former theater from the 1900. The Hippodrome is not part of the big casino groups, it’s independent. The casino appears very big, because the whole thing is in a gigantic open auditorium, it’s a good first impression, but after a few hours it can be too chaotic and loud.

Games: They have about 15 slots, much less than what you would expect. You find more, and actually better slots in a slot hall, these slots are old, ugly, outdated, cheapo slots, I expected much better. Don’t go here for the slots.

They have a bunch (97 terminals) of electronic roulette, which is probably the most dumb and boring kind of gaming machine there is, it’s just roulette without the wheel or a croupier. Who would want to play this? Why have 97 of this boring bullshit, and only 15 slots? Who makes these dumb decisions? Really bad gaming machine selection. There is also 8 tombola roulette machines, which I really like, it’s a unique combination of tombola and roulette, it’s one of the rarer machine, very few places have them. I love it when casinos do unique things. There is also a few electronic blackjack machines.

There are 14 tables – craps, american roulette (avoid it, has the worst RTP out of all the roulette types), blackjack, 3 card poker, baccarat, casino war and interestingly pai gow, which is very rare in UK casinos.

There is a poker section on the third floor, it’s quite big, has seats for about 80 players. Many of the big Pokerstars tournaments are held here.

There is no sports bar/sports betting section.

UPDATE COVID-19: Currently closed.

Opening hours:  closed right now due to COVID-19, but usually they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except for Christmas Day.

Entrance fee: none

Dress code: smart casual I think, the website only says “dress to impress” as their dress code, so I have no idea…

18+, ID, and for tourists passport is needed to enter.

Meta review analysis: The casino gets 4/5 on review sites, which is a good score, no real issues, and I’m surprised nobody mentioned the really bad  gaming machine selection, I would rate them lower.

 

Bitcoin casinos of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Bitcoin is legal in the UK, and bitcoin gambling is legal too. However, none of the land-based casinos accept cryptocurrency. However, the UK licenced online casinos below accept bitcoin, bitcoincash, litecoin, ethereum through Skrill, look for Skrill in the payment options menu.

 

Future of UK gambling legislation

Even though the UK is leaving the EU since 2016, it had, so far, very little actual effect on the gambling legislation and regulation of the UK, despite all the rumors, news to the contrary. However, in December 2020, Nigel Huddleston MP finally announced ‘a call for evidence’ to begin the Gambling Act review. Therefore, the current situation, the current defining gambling legislation, the 2005 Gaming Act* is likely to change in a meaningful way in the next few years. The expected changes include a more modernized, streamlined, easier and cheaper licensing procedure for land-based gambling establishments based on the licensing procedure for online casinos, that was updated in 2014.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from the United Kingdom:

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sports Book

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

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 casinos in the country, especially if you are from any part of the UK: Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, British Crown Dependencies, or any of the associated overseas territories, or Gibraltar. Thank you.

 

This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in the UK.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in the UK is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-02-01

 

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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A UK Online Casino and Casino Guide, which summarises the legal status of land based and online casino gambling in the UK and offers list of the best licensed gaming venues and websites.
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  1. George Lynton says:

    Thanks for sharing the very important data for the online gambling sites in the Uk, I was looking forward ot this info!!

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