Online Casino Rules and Regulations for UKThe regulatory body for gambling in UK is the Gambling Commission operated on account of Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It is operated under the Gambling Act 2005, which is the act of Parliament of the United Kingdom. It ensures that gambling is done in a fair and transparent way. Gambling online requires license from the Gambling Commission to function in UK and offer betting or lotteries or online casino games. If the rules and regulations laid by the Gambling Act 2005 are not followed then the player can be charged guilty for disobeying the laws.

The main functions of the Gambling Act 2005 are

  • Protecting the vulnerable and children from the gambling adverse effects.
  • Blocking people to indulge in any form of disorder or illegal activity related to gambling
  • Ensuring that the casinos follow the rules and regulation and offer safe and fair gambling.

Forms of Gambling

Sports BettingSports Betting

Betting on sports like horse racing and football is very popular in UK but the bookmakers require license to operate here. Wagering is legal via telephone and internet and the remote gambling is regulated by the British Government to ensure all laws are adhered and authority is said to be ‘on the white list’.

Online CasinosOnline Casinos

The Gambling Act of 2005 ensures that the gambling machines use Random Number Generator technique for generating result and abides by the laws and regulations ensuring fir play. The players are charged for representing false information about real money account.


The Gambling Commission has approved the online lotteries which act much like telephone lotteries. The State franchised lottery of UK is the National Lottery which generates money also for development and raising funds.

Scratch CardsScratch Cards

Scratch cards is another marketable form of gambling in UK where you just have to scratch a card and if the figure matches with the winning one, the player wins.

Gambling Age

This rule specifies that the player should be at least 18 years of age to enter the world of gambling. Players are required to register and make an online account providing no false information before gambling. However for Lotteries, National Lotteries and Football Pools the legal age for betting is 16 years. Other than these the accepted gambling age is 18 years and whosoever is above 16 but below 18 is also penalized for illegal gambling. There are different rules for offshore gambling as well thus this should be kept in mind prior to playing.