List of UK Gambling Commission licensed online casinos

United Kingdom

Overview

The regulator that regulates gambling activities and providers of them is the UK Gambling Commission which follows The Gambling Act 2005. Online gambling is separated into few categories such as sports betting, gaming and few types of lotteries.
Every single provider of gambling activities must be a holder of the appropriate license in order its existence to be legal and according the law. Both land and online casinos are governed by the same rules and principles. The distinction is only the method by which they are operated, meaning online casinos offer their services and products via some sort of communication device.

Licenses

The UK Gambling Commission offers several different types of licenses which cover all entities that are offering online gambling games and lotteries. Depending on the services an entity is providing it has to hold the relevant license.
Before applying the applicant must first decide what type of activity is it applying for and provide an address within the UK. In addition to this the applicant must provide a proof that it (The Entity or the principal individual) is not convicted of some offence.
The applicant can choose from one of the 6 types of licenses for online casinos available.

  • General betting operation license
  • Casino operating license
  • Lottery operation license
  • Pool betting operation license
  • Bingo operating license
  • Pool betting operation license

The 2005 Act has certain provision regarding the software that is being used for the casino games. The entity which will supply this software, which will be used by the casino license holder, must have a gambling software license. Their product must be audited and checked before implemented in the public.
On top of this all of the equipment that will be used by the applicant to provide the gambling services must be audited and checked as well. The individual in charge is checked if it is going to be able to maintain the existence of the casino according the rules and the regulations, meaning it is checked if it is qualified enough and capable.

Ultimate Goals of the UK Gambling Commission

The player’s interest is of paramount importance for the commission that is just one of the key goals. Other goals include preventing money laundering and restricting any involvement of one of the licensees in some criminal activities. It prohibits the young and the vulnerable from gambling and another objective of the Gambling Commission is to provide an environment in which the player can truly be entertained without worrying that he or she will be scammed or exploited in some way.